Monthly Archives: August 2013

Baseball in Heaven?

Baseball in Heaven

Baseball in Heaven

Okay, you say, what’s this got to do with baseball? Well, this little ditty was sent to me by my Chicago White Sox friend, Dan Quintell, and perfect for a quiet Sunday afternoon, on a rare day when the Giants miraculously shut out the Pirates. Here goes ~

Two 90-year-old women, Rose and Barb, had been friends all of their lives. When it became clear that Rose was dying, Barb visited her every day.

One day Barb said, “Rose, we both loved playing women’s softball all our lives, and we played all through High School. Please do me one favor: when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s women’s softball there.” Rose looked up at Barb from her deathbed and said, “Barb, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.” Shortly after that, Rose passed on.

A few nights later, Barb was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, “Barb, Barb.”

“Who is it?”, asked Barb, sitting up suddenly. “Who is it?”

“Barb — it’s me, Rose.” ‘You’re not Rose. Rose just died.” “Well,I’m telling you, it’s me, Rose,” insisted the voice.

“Rose! Where are you?” “In Heaven,” replied Rose. “I have some really good news and a little bad news.”

“Tell me the good news first,” said Barb. “The good news,’ Rose said, “is that there’s softball in Heaven. Better yet all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.”

‘”That’s fantastic,” said Barb. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?”

“You’re pitching Tuesday.”

Life is uncertain – eat dessert first.

How to Handle a Heckler!


I’m looking over my video library and had to chuckle as I remembered the first time I watched this one starring Tony Gwynn in the outfield. What a classy guy. Here he is just doing his job waiting for the ball to come his way, when some of the fans start giving him a hard time. I know, I know, it’s just part of baseball. But the way he reacts to the taunts and teasing is pretty comical. If all our ballplayers practiced the same sense of humor instead of taking it personal and reacting negatively, which is what the fans (shame on them) are expecting of course, it would save a lot of hurt feelings.

If you’ll listen closely you’ll notice the fans actually start joining in on the fun, and it becomes one comical stunt with everyone participating, well almost everyone. Thought you might enjoy this.

Congress is going to wade into PEDs in football? Where’s my popcorn?

Well, good luck with that! Congress and football I mean. I love it when I get a chance to whine about politics and still remain true to my first love, baseball. I’m thinking about the IRS going after Barry Bonds and after three years of getting nowhere, resorted to going through his garbage cans at 3AM, and still getting nowhere. Good grief. What a waste of time and money it’s been. It’s not like the government doesn’t have anything to do. Well, it is kinda sorta like that. I mean they have plenty to do they just aren’t doing it. Well, one thing they’re “trying” to do IMHO is to try and steer attention away from the important things, the things that matter. Does Benghazi, IRS harrassment, and spying on Americans ring a bell? This is great fun. I got to spout off about politics and post a blog at the same time. Thanks Craig Calcaterra. Your posts are always good for something! (In my humble opinion).

HardballTalk

Two things to take away from this report about Congress making noises about getting involved in the NFL being slow to adopt HGH testing:

1. It’s somewhat satisfying to see football begin to get a fraction of the scrutiny baseball has gotten over PEDs for the past decade; but

2. Congress has absolutely no business in this whatsoever.

The last time Congress called athletes and the league before it for PEDs was when Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee were hauled in after the Mitchell Report was released.  The result: a circus of a public hearing (which I liveblogged here and here) in which the very congressman quoted in today’s story — Elijah Cummings — stood out as one of the more clueless and grandstanding members of the committee.  The larger result: a prosecution of Roger Clemens that spanned years and millions and resulted in nothing.

So, yes, while…

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Victorino and Posey, Blowing in the Wind

Last night during the Giants and Red Sox game, it got really interesting in the bottom of the 8th. The score was 2-1, Red Sox in the lead. The Giants had a runner on third with one out when Buster Posey hit a corker out to right field that was foul, which Shane Victorino chose to catch rather than letting it land foul, thereby allowing the runner on third to score. Had the ball landed foul, it would have been dead, and the runner would have remained on third. As a result, the SF Giants, hugging the cellar in the NL West, were able to score, and then score again, and hang onto a 3-2 lead in the 9th to beat the Sox, who were leading the AL East prior to the game.

Immediately after the game a rather lively discussion about the Victorino catch ensued about whether he should or shouldn’t have caught that ball. Here’s the options discussed:

1. Because it was Buster Posey, reigning NL MVP, he could have hit the next pitch out of the park for a 3-run homer. Better to retire him now than risk it.

2. The play only allowed a tie game, it wasn’t a go-ahead run. They can get them next inning.

3. It was windy at the park, and there was a chance the ball, barely foul, might have blown back in-bounds. Better to catch it while you can.

Victorino said there was no question in his mind he was going to catch the ball, knowing full well the runner was going to score. His manager agreed with him. After the game the Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, agreed too. And today before the final game in the series, the announcers generally agreed it wasn’t even open for discussion. The only logical option available was to catch the ball and let the chips fall where they may.

Personally, I was totally confused for the rest of the game. For some reason I didn’t think the runner could score on that caught foul ball. I’ve spent all morning looking through the MLB Rulebook and couldn’t find a thing about it and, of course, if that were true we’d be having a completely different discussion today. So be it. And so now it’s back to my pesky little scorebook to try and figure out how to record the darned thing. Never a dull moment in baseball, even in the most boring of games, last night not being one of them.

Adam Jones and the Banana Split

As a Giants fan watching last Sunday’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and the SF Giants, it was something to behold. I mean it was a decent game until the 7th inning and then the Baltimore Orioles remembered why they were there, that they had come to play and were still in the game. In the 9th inning Adam Jones hit a spectacular 3 run homer and it was downhill from there, Orioles winning 10-2. It was just another disappointing game for the Giants and especially for their fans who’ve had to endure late inning come-from-behind wins by their opponents all season. So be it, la dee dah, c’est la vie. That’s baseball.

So Monday morning as I’m reading the commentary and box scores and perusing the sports section I come across an article Adam Jones had tweeted about someone throwing a banana at him in the 9th inning. I’m thinking how juvenile and not very sportsman-like it was, but didn’t give it much more thought. Until the next day. A fellow came forward Monday afternoon after reading the banana article and recognized, to his dismay, the article was about him. Evidently as he was leaving the game in the 9th inning, he grabbed a banana off one of the vendor’s carts and hurled it toward the field, thoroughly disgusted by the Giants performance in the day’s game. It was a pretty stupid thing to do, but I could relate. I felt the same way after watching the game on my telly but, there being no bananas on a cart close by, I decided to watch a movie instead.

Here’s the tweet the illustrious Orioles’ outfielder posted after the game:

“I want to thank whatever slapdick threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jackass.”

And way to show yours Mr. Jones. Baseball players are generally a classy lot. Whether you agree or not, I’m thinking in particular of Barry Bonds, who endured bottles and cans thrown at him on a regular basis and at least on one occasion, was drenched as a bottle of beer was poured on his head as he chased the ball in left field. The particular play I’m thinking about was televised at Dodger Stadium and he ended up making the catch. But never once did I hear about Barry Bonds complaining of the fans treatment of him. Not once. Not that he shouldn’t have, but he just didn’t. And neither did scores of other ballplayers in similar situations. The Giants organization immediately responded to Mr. Jones tweet with this statement:

“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans……The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior ….”

I don’t know about you, but it seems obvious to me the fan was being, well, a fan, which is short for fanatic. He shouldn’t have thrown anything onto the field, bad behavior, bad thing to do. Can’t do it. Whether he threw it “at” someone is debatable and I’d like to take him at his word and assume he did not. It just seems to me that everywhere you look people are trying to turn situations into something they’re not. Is it political correctness? Is it racist? Or is it just plain stupidity?

Personally, I’d like to see an apology from Adam Jones for maybe overreacting just a wee little bit. Now that would show some class. How about it Adam? Show a little class.