FRED: Oh, God! I'm between Ed Witten and Brian Greene?
ANGEL and GUNN: (Blank stares)
FRED: Think Nomar Garciaparra and Sammy Sosa.
ANGEL: Fred skipped the minors and went straight to the show.
This just happens to be what I was watching as the clock turned over into 2006. What's funny about this (besides Amy Acker's pronunciation of "Garciaparra") is here it is three years later and Sammy and Nomar are, well, hardly Ed Witten and Brian Greene. Who would have imagined that the two baseball stars big enough to cross over into the consciousness of the non-baseball-aware "Angel" writing staff would be marginalized even in the minds of the hardcore by New Year's Day 2006? Seriously, when you heard Sammy Sosa might become a Pirate, what other reaction could you have other than mixed hilarity and pity? Baseball is much like life. Everything is mutable. Happy new year.