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The last two times I got balls at games -- once while picking up a home run during BP at Camden Yards and the next time picking up a foul ball at a minor league game in Indianapolis -- I gave them to nearby kids.
The kids were ecstatic. Their parents, on the other hand, looked at me like I was offering their kids candy to get them into my windowless van.
Great idea. Great execution, right down to the punctuation.
"Whoa this stuff taste nasty cousin," might become my new go to line.
This is hilarious.
Thanks for the response. I realized that it wasn't the number of pitches. I was suggesting that the x axis should be more clearly defined -- and I realize that you weren't responsible for creating it.
Wow. No wonder Bailey's velocity dipped. That graph seems to be suggesting he threw about 375 pitches.
And in his first start back from the DL! Dusty Baker, this is a new low, even for you.
This is great, especially the section on the Pirates and Brandon Wood (and the parade of terribles). The only thing close to as funny as the zombie and Unabomber references is the fact that Wood has found his way on to my fantasy roster on at least a handful of occasions over the past several years.
I hate to admit that for a second I got excited at the prospect of his multi-position eligibility when Pirates management said he'd play all over the infield. Prospect crushes die hard.
It's a figure of speech.
I used to think amazin_mess was kinda clever. Now I'm convinced it's a typo.
Well done, Emma. You're nobody until amazin_mess says you're nobody.
"...but the hunchback is stretching."
Yes, especially the timely Gigli reference. Apparently Ishtar wasn't available.
Why should the media "boo" Manny if the fans aren't?
It isn't an apples to apples comparison, obviously, but it's the same reason why the media should "boo" the government when it behaves in a less than exemplary manner.
The media's job is to monitor the institutions of a society, whether that's the government or the billion dollar sports industry, major league baseball included.
The media certainly should report on public opinion, but it shouldn't be expected to reflect it.
It's not as if the All-Star ballot is a write-in exercise. To suggest that Manny is out-of-sight and therefore out-of-mind overlooks the fact that he was very much in sight in the online ballot and on the paper ballots.
This isn't a matter of people mysteriously forgetting about Manny's 500+ career homers, incredible second half from last year and general strange behavior that fans have long embraced and explained as "Manny being Manny," but rather of them remembering that he tested positive for a banned substance.
This attempt at having it both ways is comical.
Joe, you wrote this back in May: "The 2009 National League All-Star voting is going to be the best information we yet have about how fans really feel about players suspected of using steroids. The potential for Ramirez to be voted onto the All-Star team while serving a PED suspension is easily the most interesting thing about his suspension today."
Then, you write this today: "but it appears that some combination of his absence and the reasons for his absence dampened his vote totals, both among the fans and the players. It’s not easy to determine how much weight to give those factors, given that time and again current-season performance seems to carry so much weight with the voters."
Today's description of what happened with the voting is a bit mealy-mouthed. By your May standards, doesn't Manny's All-Star team absence mean we can deduce that the public is also fed up with the PED usage and that it's not merely the media-driven story that you've suggested?
Great job. I attended my second doubleheader of the season today at Pringles Park (or at least my second first half of a doubleheader) and was talking to one of the ushers about how few people were in attendance both times. There may have been 500 people there, if you counted the pregnant women as two people. This was on a beautiful, breezy, 83-degree day when, like every Sunday, you can get in free simply by bringing a church bulletin to the box office.
I was quick to blame the locals for not taking advantage of quality baseball being played right in their backyards. In a way I'm glad to know that the issues is actually that there just aren't enough locals. Thanks for setting me straight.
Not that you weren't talking to players before, but it seems that these are the sort of pieces that benefit from the BBWA membership. Good work and belated congratulations.
\"The loudest voices on the evils of steroids in baseball are in the media...\"
Just because we don\'t have microphones doesn\'t mean we\'re not screaming. When you continue to suggest that nobody but the media think this is an important story that\'s worth reporting you\'re guilty of the same oversimplification that you deride.
You don\'t speak for me.
A quick look at the Cubs lineup tonight, in what is almost a must-win situation for the Mets (aren\'t they all), and you\'ll get a feel for how little it would bother Lou Piniella to draft up a lineup laden with backups in those makeup games.