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Friday, October 09, 2009
Deep ThoughtsHow many beers does C.B. Bucknor owe Phil Cuzzi for taking the heat off him?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:50pm
I’m pretty sure they’re going to have to shuttle Phil Cuzzi in a bulletproof car from the airport to the Metrodome on Sunday.
Posted 10/09 at 11:07 PM
I’m thinking it was a pay-it-forward before the game ala Miguel Cabrera, however….........
Posted 10/09 at 11:39 PM
ESPN glossed over it (and it’ll be forcefully forgotten within 20 minutes….ago). They aired a clip of the lead umpire saying that the umpire will not be penalized because….(wait for it)....he feels bad.
‘Course, it was done intentionally. Saying that declaring that fair ball foul was an accident is as abjectly bogus as saying that this Shysterball post was typed as Craig accidentally fiddled with his keyboard. Kinda like, ya know, putting three bullets in Pat Tillman’s forehead from 30 yards away. “It was an accident!!!”
There is such a thing as the work of an intelligent agent, and then there are the works of randomness (such as an accident). Being able to distinguish between them is not just the work of police detectives, insurance fraud investigators, and archaeologists….it’s a part of basic everyday human reasoning.
Alas, this is America. In modern day America, servility before authority trumps human honesty.
On another note….
Posted 10/09 at 11:55 PM
David catches the real story. And good for A-Rod. He’s always been good, and now he’ll be recognized again.
For the record, I’m an O’s fan and would like nothing more for him to fail and be an albatross for years to come. But my second biggest wish is for jerk journalists to eat it.
Posted 10/10 at 01:41 AM
Instead of beers, Cuzzi wants to know if he can just lay low in Bucknor’s basement for a few months.
Posted 10/10 at 02:17 AM
I feel for the guy, but wtf? That was a choke job right there. Wow. Not even close. And now MLB has to listen to all of the conspiracy theorists saying games are set up.
Damn. I feel bad for the guy still, though. We’ve all made countless mistakes at our jobs (some worse than this), I’m sure. Fortunately, none of my mistakes have been on national broadcasts.
Posted 10/10 at 05:23 AM
“Damn. I feel bad for the guy still, though. We’ve all made countless mistakes at our jobs (some worse than this), I’m sure. Fortunately, none of my mistakes have been on national broadcasts.”
I know! Like, take poor Tim Donaghy. Here’s a guy who was making all these mistakes and, just ‘cause he was in a position with high visibility, everybody was pouncing all over him for the mistakes. He’s the victim, not the people on the blunt end of those “mistakes”!
In all seriousness, I guess that there’s some basic psychological explanation that people always respond like this, by making the perpetrator into the victim. I think it’s just a lot easier than it is to acknowledge the powerlessness we all have over the corruption. (I noticed that ESPN.com and their televised coverage both advocated the same idea: it was an “accident” and we should feel sorry for him. Then, they compound the idiocy by saying that it was actually the Twins’ fault because, even though the umpire indisputably cost them a run, they “failed to capitalize on lots of opportunities!” Well, no, they actually succeeded at taking an 11th-inning lead. MLB stole it from ‘em.)
Posted 10/10 at 07:21 AM
Alex K said...
David- Where is your proof? You seem pretty certain it was not a mistake, how do you know? I remember from your other postings that you are very down on MLB umpiring, but you have no proof.
Also you can’t say the umpire “indisputably cost them a run”. Yes, Mauer should have been on second, but if he was, there is no way to know if the same sequence of pitches was going to be thrown.
Posted 10/10 at 08:43 AM
Rob in CT said...
Holy crap. I mean, it was a bad call, and I wish it had been made correctly, but you’re seriously asserting that they’ve fixed the games? Come on.
Posted 10/10 at 10:26 AM
Alex K- Where is your proof? You seem pretty certain that it was an accident, how do you know?
Seriously, though, it’s just a simple inference to the best explanation. A man was standing ten feet away from the incident (one needn’t be a professional to see the ball fall on one side of a line or another) and he said that the opposite of what happened happened. The default explanation for such a totally false statement is intent until one provides evidence otherwise.
Posted 10/10 at 10:36 AM
Chris W said...
The burden of proof is on the person MAKING the outrageous claim, not the person wondering why the outrageous claim should be taken seriously.
Your evidence is: it was an easy call to make and he didn’t make it.
That would be compelling evidence if people never erred on easy calls (or easy fastballs, or easy outs, or easy fly balls…Matt Holliday). But as it is, it seems as if Occam’s Razor neatly covers this as: “MLB coddles their umps and we have mediocre umpires at the MLB level who aren’t held accountable for their mistakes.”
Pretty straightforward stuff. Phil Cuzzi’s always been a pretty #### umpire. But then again, lots of umpires have been shitty. It seems the rational mind would say “MLB has its share of lousy umps” but who knows. I guess anything’s possible.
Posted 10/10 at 10:47 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
All—David has been beating this drum all year. He thinks umps are crooked, he believes MLB has the fix in, and he is adamant that people prove that otherwise rather than he provide any evidence for his claims. You try to convince him how ridiculous it is, but he is utterly immune to reason on this point.
Posted 10/10 at 10:53 AM
All—Craig has been beating this drum all year. He thinks umps are sacred, he believes MLB is incorruptible, and he is adamant that people prove that otherwise rather than he provide any evidence for his claims. You try to convince him how ridiculous it is, but he is utterly immune to reason on this point.
Alright, enough screwing around. Wouldn’t the fact that I’ve been “beating this drum all year”, like, support the thesis? This means that I provided incident after incident after incident after incident (which I did)....and yet people still refused to consider the potential.
The very fact that people refuse to consider it is proof that MLB knows they can get away with it. “Our sheep customers have invested so much idolatry into the myth of our incorruptibility that we can do anything we want.”
Like I wrote before, you see the same thing in government, where we now routinely have banana republic-style assassinations (I could literally list a dozen since 2003)....where private investigators are hired to investigate the murders and then soon run screaming from their own investigations yelling, “Look, I can’t finish this job - here, take your money back!!!”....
....The murderers know they’re inoculated from even being investigated, let alone prosecuted, because of this same reason: the myth of the Incorruptibility of the Powerful. (Actually, I think it’s people pretending that the powerful are incorruptible, but they all know it’s bulls—-.)
(Incidentally, the late, great Michael Crichton was going to right a book about people’s “secret, private wish to live in a totalitarian state”. Unfortunately, cancer took him, but the idea still stands.)
Let me ask you this: where were all the ESPN and Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports reporters in the late-90’s and early-00’s when NBA game-fixing was rampant and completely obvious? Answer: they were right where THT and all of you guys are right now: participating in the corruption by pretending it didn’t exist.
It’s cool. MLB=WWE=THT’s Happiness.
Posted 10/10 at 11:28 AM
Humphrey Bogart or Peter Finch could appear in the movie version too, if they weren’t equally as dead.
Posted 10/10 at 11:56 AM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
Did someone lose their hat last night?
Posted 10/10 at 12:07 PM
Lawrence A. Herman said...
Oh my God! The Dylan Christmas album—it’s unspeakable...
Posted 10/10 at 12:13 PM
Alex K said...
David- I wasn’t the one making unsupported claims. That means I don’t have to offer proof.
I don’t know for sure if the fix is in or not. I do, however, know that you don’t know either. That’s all my comment was saying.
Posted 10/10 at 12:47 PM
Originality in humor. Awesome.
Posted 10/10 at 12:49 PM
That makes sense. But, like I said, this was so facially bogus that I think that the obvious, default explanation is corruption, not stupidity.
If you were wearing a red shirt and I said “You’re wearing a blue shirt”, you wouldn’t immediately assume it was a mistake, you’d assume that such a total mistake was done intentionally. Same idea here.
Like I wrote earlier, detecting intelligence vs. randomness is a fundamental thought activity we all do all the time. I guess modern Americans just bypass it when they’re facing powerful entities.
Posted 10/10 at 12:58 PM
Lionel Hutz said...
“Well…I have lots of hearsay and conjecture, your honor…those are *kinds* of evidence…”
Posted 10/10 at 12:59 PM