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Thursday, October 01, 2009
John Smoltz whines about the baseballsIf you would have told me that either (a) the tough future Hall of Famer John Smoltz; or (b) the flaky Bronson Arroyo would be whining about the quality of the baseballs in a given game, I would have guessed (b) in a heartbeat. Shows you what I know:
Starter John Smoltz and manager Tony La Russa expressed irritation with what they felt were unusually slick baseballs, and Smoltz also took exception to a third-inning stolen base by Reds rookie Drew Stubbs.
That quote about "the other guy" is what transforms this from a simple whine to a really, really pathetic whine. John: thank you so much for your pre-2009 career and all you did for the Braves and their fans. Now kindly STFU, retire and/or just go away someplace for a while, OK?
(thanks to J.C. Bradbury for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:35am
So LaRussa has issues with the bullpen mound and the game baseballs. Maybe he’ll express irritation over the 60’ 6” next.
Posted 10/01 at 10:50 AM
When LaRussa invented the game of baseball, he decreed that the baseballs not be all slick and stuff.
Posted 10/01 at 10:52 AM
Huh. I interpreted that a little more generously to Smoltz. To me, it sounded like Smoltz was giving Arroyo some credit for doing a better job than him in dealing with the (perhaps imaginary?) problem.
Posted 10/01 at 11:06 AM
Haven’t you ever gone to a new job with a slightly deluded boss and gone along with what he says for a few weeks to assimilate, even while inwardly rolling your eyes?
Posted 10/01 at 11:07 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
I guess tone of voice matters for that, trokenmatt, but for me “the but I mean” part of the quote seals it for me as more of a whine than it was credit to Arroyo.
Posted 10/01 at 11:08 AM
I guess those walks in the AL don’t count in his eyes.
Posted 10/01 at 11:26 AM
To top that off, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Dave Duncan accusing Arroyo of using pine tar from his hat:
“Duncan, who said the umpires told him the baseballs indeed were rubbed up, said Arroyo was able to deal with the issue because “I’m sure he had pine tar on his cap. He didn’t have any problem getting a grip. Balls like that can generate a lot more movement than a slick ball that hasn’t been rubbed up.”
Posted 10/01 at 11:42 AM
He can complain about the balls all he wants, but how do you take exception to a guy stealing a base in the third inning? Now THAT is pathetic…
Posted 10/01 at 12:14 PM
Andy H said...
“Typically, baseballs are rubbed with mud before a game. By rule they must be rubbed down “so that the gloss is removed.”“
Why don’t the balls come pre-rubbed? Or can’t they be made without a gloss? If the rules say they can’t be glossy, can’t MLB, when they place their order for balls for the year, ask for non-glossy ones?
Posted 10/01 at 12:16 PM
More specifically, this? http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/11/2009/10/500x_625arroyo.jpg
Posted 10/01 at 12:19 PM
List of potential excuses to be used in the future.
1. Lack of Halogen lightbulbs gave the field an unnatural look.
2. Chemical composition of the dirt was altered making it stick more to the cleats.
3. Flight patterns were re-routed by the FAA causing both audio and visual distractions.
4. Gatorade mixture was off resulting in a slight decrease in effectiveness.
5. The dryer shrunk his shorts causing a very irritating chafe.
Posted 10/01 at 12:19 PM
How often do you find yourself reading a quote by Dusty Baker and nodding in agreement? I just about fell out of my chair with the realization.
Seriously, it was the third inning, Smoltz. With Bronson Arroyo on the mound, I would have wanted a bigger lead, too. Dusty got this one right.
Posted 10/01 at 12:32 PM
For those interested, here’s a pretty good post about how baseballs are rubbed up before the game. It does seem to require some good attention from the guy doing it.
It seems to me that there’d have to be some sort of conspiracy going on between a) the guy who rubs the balls down and b) the umpires who choose the balls if what Smoltz was saying - that all of the balls were improperly rubbed down - was true.
Posted 10/01 at 01:38 PM
The Rabbit said...
For 20 years, I lived in the town along the river in NJ where the special “mud” was harvested. Actually, the idea of a mud harvest is pretty funny when you think about it.
Posted 10/01 at 04:42 PM
Please retire!! You are terrible!! JS had a great career and should be a first ballot HOF, but crying like this is unbecoming and pathetic. Let’s put it in simple language. YOU ARE OLD!! BECOME AN ANNOUNCER FOR ESPN BASEBALL TONIGHT!!!
Posted 10/01 at 04:44 PM
Who got in without knowing the secret handshake?
Posted 10/01 at 04:57 PM
The Rabbit said...
“Who got in without knowing the secret handshake?”
Posted 10/01 at 07:21 PM
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