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The back page of the sports section?
Happens to everyone, from time to time.
I hate the Yankees, but, unless one of their fans is in my face crowing about how they won the Series while my team sat at home watching, I don't have any specific problems with the fandom (I mean, every team has obnoxious fans... even my Red Sox).
My only issue with the Yankees win on Wednesday was that it meant no baseball on Thursday. And a long winter until pitchers and catchers report...
I loved the last line, too. I don't often laugh out loud (usually it's a chuckle to myself), but this made me laugh.
I suppose this just gives me the opportunity to hit up happy hour early...
Even though I know this will never, EVER happen (and is basically a non-starter idea...), I'd love to see the WBC as a two-week event. However, I'd like to see it replace the All-Star game in years that it's played (would anyone really miss the All-Star game once every four years?!). And to extend the All-Star break to two weeks, the season would be shortened to 154 games during WBC years.
The downside to this (setting aside that MLB would NEVER pare down the schedule to 154 games, even if it's only once every four years...) would be I'm not sure how you keep non-roster players sharp during that two weeks. But ultimately, I don't know that a two week break is really going to be THAT detrimental to professional ballplayers, and the rust would be shaken off within a couple of days of resuming play.
I\'m a Red Sox fan, and yet even I find myself outraged by this. In the past, I\'ve found myself the target of many an insufferable Yankee fan and their braindead \"1918\" chants. However, NO fan base should ever be subjected to this type of shoddy treatment. You would think that MLB teams would realize that it\'s the fans that pay the bills and treat them accordingly, rather than with the contempt that seems evident here.
My sympathies. I may hate the Yankees, but their fans don\'t deserve this.
I\'m not sure I buy the Judenrat parallel, either. Again, the players themselves negotiated this rule into the CBA. The Judenrat system you describe wasn\'t something the Jewish people had a say in creating. It was *imposed* upon them. Not the same thing at all. Or at least, not the way I\'m seeing it.
I\'d also note that I don\'t see how this particular rule is unjust or unfair to the players in question. After all, ALL MLB players fall under this rule. Everyone has the same likelihood of getting pinched by it. I would say that the rule, as written, sucks, but that doesn\'t make it unfair to Varitek et al.
Just my thoughts.
Your well scenario doesn\'t exactly parallel very well. You would need to assume that the BP writers *themselves* negotiated to get chucked down a well. I\'m guessing few of the writers at BP would be down with that...
The fairness of the rule really doesn\'t seem (to me) to be overly relevant in this case. After all, they players themselves (through the MLBPA) negotiated them. If they don\'t like the rule, they can discuss it the next time their contract is up. I don\'t see how you can have a hand in making a rule, and then turn around and say it\'s not fair.
I think this may be the first article I\'ve read on the steroids \"issue\" that has really captured the tone of how I\'m feeling about all of this (setting aside that my true reaction to the story is a gaping *yawn*...). The year is 2009, not 2003. If you aren\'t willing to write a mea culpa for not saying anything prior to 2003, just shut the hell up.
Maggiano\'s (assuming you\'re refering to Maggiano\'s Little Italy) is definitely a national chain. There are at least 20 locations across the country.
If you like Belgian fries and ever find yourself in San Francisco, check out Frjtz (and yes, that\'s spelled correctly).
Not to be overly antagonistic, but how is this \"greed?\" I personally would have a very hard time turning down $160M. I don\'t see how taking the highest bid for your services amounts to greed. Everyone should have that right.
Much as I love baseball, to me, the meeting would be distracting me from the poker tables...
Okay, that\'s a lie. But not much of one.
I think a big part of the reason the game wasn\'t held up is that you already have pitchers that had been warming up and preparing to go at an 8:07 start time. You can\'t really ask them to sit back down and wait out a delay of unknown length.
Still, an absolute joke on the part of TBS.