Ronni’s Note: But just because Bud Selig doesn’t remember an incident doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. The law of averages says it is. Maybe it just isn’t getting reported. But what’s going on over at the NFL? Reporting of it’s becoming epidemic and that’s a good thing, but can’t somebody get a handle on this? Condi, where are you?
Bud Selig was asked yesterday about the Ray Rice situation and Major League Baseball’s approach to domestic violence. He mentioned that, in the past, having a league policy on domestic violence had been discussed but tabled in favor of these things being handled on a case-by-case basis. He also said this:
“We haven’t had any cases I’m happy to say for a long, long time. I can’t remember when the last time was,” Selig said. “I’m grateful for that. But we deal with situations as they occur. The only thing I want to say, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are a social institution and I’m proud of our record in dealing with a myriad of subjects, and we deal with them, I think, quite effectively.”
Maybe I’m missing one that is more recent, but a quick check of HBT posts shows that Everth Cabrera was…
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GFBB Comment: Gee whiz ~ so much good info out there this morning. If you get a chance to read this article about Alex Rodriquez’s lawsuit, please do. It will be worth your time. Of particular interest is Calcaterra’s take on the possible reason A-Rod is REALLY filing the lawsuit and it involves the players union and arbitration. The article gives us a link to the actual lawsuit in its entirety and if you download it to your Kindle it will help you kill time as you’re sitting in traffic or waiting at the doctor’s office. Just saying …..
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I finally finished reading A-Rod’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball. If you haven’t read it, go here. It may be one of those most over-the-top, Earth-scorching lawsuits I’ve ever seen. Certainly in a sports context.
It’s Alex Rodriguez attempting to put Bud Selig and Major League Baseball on trial for Collusion against free agents in the 80s, the Steroids Era — which A-Rod claims was largely authored by Bud Selig — and generally for trying to destroy Rodriguez’s career, reputation and earning potential. It did so, he claims, by paying off witnesses, leaking the details of the Biogenesis investigation to the media and singling him out as the target of a vendetta. The complaint reads like acid in places, is hilarious in others and basically attempts to put baseball on trial for everything bad it has done since Selig has been around.
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I rarely find a book that I like that’s been recommended by someone else. Books and movies are personal in nature and everyone relates to whatever they relate to regardless of what the other guy likes.
So a few weeks ago when I read a book review by a fellow blogger about how hilarious the “Batting Stance Guy” was, I went to Amazon Reviews to check it out and sure enough, 15 reviews, 5 stars. So I had very high expectations when I starting reading the book and immediately was disappointed. I mean when someone says a book is hilarious, rolling on the floor laugh-out-loud funny, I planned to be entertained. It took me awhile to warm up to the book, but in the end I have to admit, it was pretty darn funny. Here’s a sampling;
- “Can one player have too much style? I think so. (If there weren’t MLB rules in place) Ichiro would come to the plate in a smoking jacket and Ray-Bans. He’d be like Hugh Hefner. Either that or he’d be like Michael Jackson – weird Michael, not creepy Michael. He’d wear a jewel-encrusted batting glove, swing a fluorescent bat, and moonwalk to first base.”
- “July 7, 1991; the first time I ever sneaked onto a major league baseball field. The A’s were out-of-town, the back gate was open, and there was no security in sight. The terrorists really have won now that moments like this aren’t possible anymore.”
- “About Ivan Calderon. Calderon is Puerto Rican. How do you say Magnum P.I. in Spanish?”
- An open letter to Bud Selig about Pete Rose: “Dear Bud, What is Bud short for? Budrich? Buddadiah? Pete won the Rookie of the Year, was an MVP, a two-time Gold Glover, a 17-time All Star, and won three World Series rings….. If you’re not going to reinstate him because he bet on baseball, at least reinstate his hair, because it was awesome. “
- On Mickey Tettleton; …..”he’s not just about the game, he’s a lifestyle. He’s tough, a catcher and a cowboy. You just don’t mess with him…..He only eats meat, and only if it’s raw. He only drinks motor oil….. You don’t mess with Tettleton. I’m actually afraid to imitate his stance.”
The Batting Stance Guy, © 2010, by George A. Ryness IV and Caleb Dewart, Published by Simon and Schuster, Inc.
If you like baseball, you’re gonna like this book! No, really! Trust me ♥
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