A few quick links to start your day ...
• Huzzah! We're guaranteed some actual baseball news today when the Hall of Fame announces its 2009 induction class at 2 p.m. ET. It'll be televised on both MLB Network and MLB.com. Until then, try to memorize the drinking game we'll all be playing during Rickey Henderson's acceptance speech next summer. [RazzBall]
• Bert Blyleven doesn't plan on watching today's announcement, nor does he expect to get in. Only once — last year — did he make the mistake of staying home and watching the totals come in with his wife. "We just kind of looked at each other after I was in fourth place," Blyleven said, "and I said we'll never do that again." [Pioneer Press]
• Our own Gordon Edes details why he became one of the few and the proud: A first-time Mark McGwire voter this time around. [Yahoo! Sports]
• Not only is Michael Young anti-hip bump fight, he's also anti-playing third base. As such, he's requested a trade from the Rangers, which has some Dallas/Ft. Worth fans thinking that'd free up enough payroll to go after Orlando Cabrera and Ben Sheets. [Lone Star Ball]
• Should one of the old Shawon-o-Meter Guys be allowed to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame at Wrigley Field? A few Cubs fans don't think so. [Hire Jim Essian]