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Friday, May 08, 2009
My Morning in ExileThis week on "Law and Order: MLB":
This afternoon may be a bit slow because Lady Law is beating me with a cat-o-nine-tails today. And no, that isn't nearly as exciting as that sounds.
In case you missed it, though, I do have an article posted on the respectable side of THT this morning. It's got time travel and a 51 year-old Joe Posnanski in it, so you'll totally wanna check it out.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:35am
Pete Toms said...
“If these bonds don’t sell, however, it will end up having cost the taxpayers of New York a lot more than they bargained for.”
Hmmmm….are you certain about that? Won’t it cost the Mets more $$$$? Aren’t they responsible for paying back this money?
Posted 05/08 at 11:50 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
You know, now that you mention this, I’m not certain of that, even if it felt right when I wrote it this morning. If anyone has any info on this I’ll post an update (I’m kinda slammed at the moment and can’t track it down).
Posted 05/08 at 11:55 AM
At a website full of snarky humor, I find it amazing that nobody observed that during last night’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ on ESPN, when Olney and Plaschke were taking turns trying to see who could be more outraged at Manny, ESPN repeatedly ran commercials for….
These “Is it low T?” commercials are nothing but pharma ads for testosterone! Once more, pathetic, modern American men prove that all their attitude and all their tough guy rhetoric is all just posing. Of course, the good folks in the government and the pharmaceutical industry say it’s good for you, so we really shouldn’t be outraged.
Of course, because the government and other entities have, somehow, been systematically reducing men’s testosterone at the rate of 1% each year for the past 25 years, this is the greatest scam of all time. It’d be like if I stole your car and then made you lease it from me.
Posted 05/08 at 12:12 PM
Matt M said...
I’m not a financial guru, but, if I’m reading the story right, the bonds in question were sold in 06 at a fixed 5%, maturity date 2046. I.E., the bonds’ status has absolutely no bearing on either the team or the City (unless they’re still trying to issue bonds for a project that’s already complete, which doesn’t make sense). The bad news is for the people who bought these bonds last month and are trying to sell now.
Posted 05/08 at 12:46 PM
Duh! Steroids make one fragile and injury-prone.
Junior must have been clean, because he kept landing on the DL due to being…
Junior really has been getting a free pass, and maybe that is not only fair but absolutely correct, because he hasn’t been able to go yard while riding the pine. His career since leaving Seattle has been one long, inexorable slide down the mountain and into the sea.
His peak HR output, which I don’t think tells us much of anything but is a popular talking point/metric with the more vocal, less cerebral crowds, came in 1996-99, years for which other players get roundly excoriated.
But, there’s one dot, here’s another dot… maybe the dots need connecting.
Or maybe they’re just dots.
Posted 05/08 at 12:53 PM
Hey, at least with Griffey, they’re leaving one black guy alone. Usually, the formula dictates that black or Latin guys receive endless outrage and hysteria from pathetic Americans, whereas whities are, well, just ignored.
Brian Roberts? Andy Pettitte? Troy Glaus?
Etc., etc., etc.
Nobody gives a damn about them.
Posted 05/08 at 12:57 PM
kranky kritter said...
There’s one huge flaw in your other post about Manny coming back after the suspension to lead the Dodgers to a series title. It’s not just a suspension, it’s an opportunity all right. An opportunity for Manny to think. For two months.
As a longtime mannywatcher, I can tell you right now there’s AT LEAST a 50% chance Manny comes back doing his grouchy Greta Garbo routine. How do you suppose he’ll react the first road game he gets really booed at?
Posted 05/08 at 01:00 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
kranky—good point. Worth watching. I have to think that the fact that this team and his manager thus far seem to be behind him will help. Also, isn’t the grouchy Manny usually trumped by the something-to-prove Manny? He was public enemy #1 around the time of the trade last year and look how he responded. Isn’t there a chance he comes back with an “I’ll show them” attitude in July?
Posted 05/08 at 01:03 PM
kranky kritter said...
Oh, and don’t think Theo Epstein is not enjoying how clean his white shirt stayed when the sh!t hit the fan 3000 miles away.
Posted 05/08 at 01:04 PM
kranky kritter said...
That’s a good one too Craig, you’re right about the “something to prove” Manny.
And hey, to be fair, if there’s a player who could be telling the truth about it being an accident, it’s Manny. We need affirmative evidence of that to believe it though, I think. Show me the RX, mannhy.
Anyway, one more thing. There is yet another side to Manny which arises from time to time,. and that’s the one to worry the most about. It’s the “I don’t need this aggravation” Manny. If the Dodgers are smart they find someone like Enrique Wilson to pay to hang out with Manny and keep him away from the TV. I would send him to Nepal, frankly.
Posted 05/08 at 01:13 PM
after the ped issue blows over or gets put to bed…i can’t wait to see the hue and cry over genetic manipulation that’s going to be coming in the next several years…
the main stream media, whatever that means as things shake out…would be doing all of us a favor if they’d worry more about…you know…journalism. facts. information. educating, even…rather than working themselves (and their target audiences) into ill informed, self righteous, and frankly ridiculous lathers.
Posted 05/08 at 01:21 PM
I agree with PB’s post 100%.
While here in America we’re dizzily working ourselves into this mania, in the Eastern countries (specifically China and India), man, it’s the Wild, Wild West! They’re doing such mind-boggling things with drugs and germ-line engineering that, I mean, pretty soon we’re going to have a bunch of Easterners who run like Carl Lewis, think like Stephen Hawking, and work like Thomas Edison conquering us.
But we won’t mind because there are no “steroids” in baseball!
Also, please don’t overlook my earlier post about how ESPN is running ads during ‘Baseball Tonight’ for pharmaceutical steroids. The irony is just too damn rich!
Posted 05/08 at 01:41 PM
There’s a huge difference between low levels of testosterone and taking anabolic steroids. Stop spouting out about this.
No where in the article are those two linked. In fact, the article says:
That’s normal, not the gov’t's systematic destruction of the male testosterone level.
Also, no where in the article is anything gov’t related ever mentioned. The listed possibilities are things such as cologne, tick-and-flea powder for pets, lawn treatments, and common insecticides. Also contributing to the low count is obesity and smoking, which we all know is prevalent in the country.
Posted 05/08 at 02:01 PM
Richard in Dallas said...
Just like the day the Rangers took on the Giants to inaugurate interleague play, the baseball books as we know them have been changed forever. Although sad, it is something we will now have to live with.
Al Capone was a gangster in 1920’s Chicago. He owned every illicit business going on in the second city, centered around bootleg whiskey. Try as they did, the Feds couldn’t make any of the mob charges stick to him, and finally had to settle for busting him on tax evasion charges. He was sentenced to prison and now, nearly 100 years later we all think of him as an all around bad guy.
At about the same time, Mr. Capone had a counterpart in Boston by the name of Joseph Kennedy. Allegedly involved in many of the same illegal activities as Mr. Capone, he was able to completely evade the long arm of the law, and had a bunch of kids that got Ivy League educations and went on to change America. We have sort of come to think of him in a patriarchal way, to be admired for spawning such impressive offspring.
The point is, there will always be those that we suspected, but never caught. If their performance warrants it, we will consider them the heros of the era. Those that are caught, however, belong in the Hall of Shame, not the Hall of Fame, and if they are still active in the game should be removed from it in perpetuity.
Posted 05/08 at 02:18 PM
I don’t disagree with your overall point. However, what about Mark McGwire? Roger Clemens? Pretty significant figures to be ignoring in making that point, no?
Posted 05/08 at 02:34 PM
Richard in Dallas said...
I assume you meant to direct your questions to me. I agree that it paints a really cloudy picture to overlook what we’re fairly certain, but not absolutely certain, the two guys you mentioned have done. In fairness to those we suspect who are actually innocent, we have to assume that a lack of hard evidence, combined with a lack of a conscience on the part of a player that makes them unwilling to fess up, means they are not guilty. If they really did it, but get away with it, they have to live with it. If you’ve ever read Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Telltale Heart”, you can get a feel for the guilt that will consume them unless and until they come clean, and withdraw their names from consideration for all accolades….
Posted 05/08 at 02:51 PM
No, not directed towards you. David mentioned Roberts, Pettite and Glaus. Course, now that I’ve considered it further, David mentions guys who failed drug tests. Than again, did they fail tests, or were they simply mentioned in the Mitchell Report? Confusing.
However, in this instance, I disagree with your premise. “In fairness to those we suspect who are actually innocent, we have to assume that a lack of hard evidence, combined with a lack of a conscience on the part of a player that makes them unwilling to fess up, means they are not guilty.” Honestly, I may be jealous of you as you live in a simpler, more honest world. I’m way too cynical and jaded to take their words, or lack of confessions, at face value.
Posted 05/08 at 03:03 PM
I’m sorry if I linked to the wrong article. There have been several studies showing that modern, pathetic American “men” are being assaulted by some entity - probably the government and the military, considering their joint love of eugenics and black ops - showing that testosterone has been being artificially lowered at a rate of 1% a year.
The prominent medical review, ‘The New England Journal of Endocrinology’ probably performed the most comprehensive study of the creepy phenomenon. If that article was the wrong one, then just read this one:
There is no difference between Joe Republican buying “pharmaceutical” steroids and a baseball player buying black market steroids. It’s like Oxycontin and heroin: they have the exact same active ingredients. The only difference between them is that rich Republicans use one with the approval of the government while poor folks use the latter and are chained and thrown in cages for it.
If you think that the fact that the steroids advertised on ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ are valid because they’re being dealt by a big corporation, then I don’t recognize that distinction at all and so we’re at an impasse.
I find the weak American “men” who are taking artificial testosterone from pharmaceutical companies more outrageous than pro athletes, because the latter are doing it for the sake of their careers and their teams whereas the former are simply doing it because, well, they’re pathetic.
If you’d like, I can send you a lot more information on the government and the military’s assault on our biological integrity. In short, our fertility, neurological precision, and metabolism are, indeed, being insidiously attacked. If you don’t want to believe the New England Journal of Endocrinology and a slew of other studies….that’s your call, once again.
Posted 05/08 at 03:09 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
David—please don’t take this the wrong way, but you are a profoundly weird person.
Posted 05/08 at 03:13 PM
Funny you should mention Roger Clemens. In a sense, his situation is, perhaps, the most egregious evidence of racism in this whole thing.
Roger Clemens perjured himself for sure. Perjury is difficult to prosecute, but his is that very rare case where it’s open-and-shut.
Barry Bonds might have perjured himself if you interpret his testimony the way the government wants you to and if the government could prove that he was lying and if you can prove that his lie was of material importance to the case at hand. (For the record, the government was poised to fail at every one of those “ifs”.)
The Republicans in the DoJ have spent $100 million trying to prosecute Bonds. The case is a clear-cut loser in every single way. As easy as it is for prosecutors to even get indictments, it’s amazing that he was ever even indicted. There was no possible way he would ever be found guilty. It was a dogsh—case, from top to bottom. (Greg Anderson’s courageous stance against the government only made the prosecution’s crap stink that much more.)
Conversely….we’re 15 months removed from Roger Clemens’s real perjury - on national TV in front of millions of people - and there are still no charges. Odds are, there never will be.
Explain that one to me. I think that melatonin would play a part in any honest explanation.
Posted 05/08 at 03:18 PM