Brian Bruney was designated for assignment Friday night, meaning one of the more interesting members of the Sox may be on his way out.
If this were 2007, Bruney would've been nothing more than a frustrating Ryan Bukvich clone. But luckily for the Sox -- and Bruney -- the 2011 bullpen has been stout, which allows some of Bruney's non-pitching qualities to be appreciated.
In terms of reliever entrance music, this was a phenomenal choice. The song itself is an oddball enough choice, especially given the next two points about Bruney.
But considering "Oh Yeah" is best known, at least by me, as being Duffman's intro song from The Simpsons, that makes it an even better tune to play while jogging in to the mound.
2. The beard
It was gone in the games leading up to Bruney's DFA, which I'm going to blame for the right-hander allowing 11 runs in his final three innings with the Sox. The beard was great, and I hope the Sox hang on to him and he re-grows it in Charlotte, thus allowing him to return to his surprisingly effective form of June and July.
Long live the beard.
Too bad for Matt Thornton, who lost his go-to cribbage buddy when Bruney was DFA'd. From what I can gather, if the Sox ever had to break a tie (let's say, in a 40-inning game) with a game of cribbage, Bruney would be the team's ace in the hole.
I think I'm the only one without an iPad. I try to stay away from all of the technology. I don't do Facebook, I don't do any of that stuff. I am pretty plain and simple and just enjoy the cards. … I know the iPad is a big thing. They've got games on them that they play. For me, it's cards … cribbage. I go home and play cribbage with my grandpa all the time. I'm just a big card player, so that's what I like to do when I am in here." -- Chicago Tribune
I don't claim to know anything about cribbage, although according to Wikipedia, it's a staple amongst submarine crews. Awesome.
So what we had in Bruney was a guy with a great beard who loves cribbage, disdains technology and enters games to day bow bow. I don't care that Bruney's Sox career may come to an end with an ERA that's scraping 7.00. It's tough not to like the guy.