First things first, Patel and Singh officially signed. I thought it was important to note that news from a site that didn't need a babel fish to figure out what was going on.
Secondly, I mentioned their blog second-hand in my earlier post and I know that a lot of you checked it out through the Walkoff Walk post I quoted, but if you haven't read it yet you really have to do it. There are a million things I could quote, but to give you an idea of what these guys have been thrust into, read this post:
Tonight we were celebrating the Halloween Holiday here in America. we are not sure what the holiday comes from, but kids dress up in all kinds of crazy outfits and then go to houses asking for sweets. if people in the house no give the sweets then the kids put toilet paper in their trees.I hope no one took the to a college Halloween party. Their heads might've exploded with all the naughty nurses and Playboy bunnies around.
I can't even begin to describe how weirdly surreal and awesome this whole thing has been. The bottom line here is that the Pirates saw some high upside 19 year old arms and signed them. That's good, whether these guys work out or not. But they won a reality TV contest. In India. And they have a blog. Can this even possibly be real? I mean, I know it is, it's just really hard to wrap your brain around.
One thing to remember is that even if Singh and Patel are awful, Neal Huntington just managed to make the Pirates the favorite team of a billion people, though it is unfortunate that it's in the one region of the world where piracy is actually a problem in the 21st century (as an aside ... does the rise in prominence of Somali Pirates mean that global warming is over?). If nothing else comes from this venture or the signing of Mpho Ngoepe, Huntington has increased the Pirates' presence in the world more in a year's work than Littlefield did in seven. Maybe nothing will come of it, but there's only one way to find out.