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Sunday, March 01, 2009
Remember last year when the Astros and their fans complained for a week about having to play a bunch of road games due to Hurricane Ike? Well, I didn't have any sympathy for them then, and I definitely don't have any sympathy for them now, because compared to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, they don't know from the road:
This February day’s doubleheader against Ferrum would be the first of 37 successive away games scheduled for the University of Maine at Presque Isle team this year.
Definitely a perspective-inducing read this fine Sunday morning.
(Thanks to JJ McCoy via Facebook, where all the cool kids are getting their news)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:03am
Monday, March 02, 2009
Things to read while wondering whether Aragorn ever regretted releasing the Army of the Dead before that final attack on Mordor:
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:53am
Summer 2007: Posada kicks butt
Fall 2007: Posada signs gigantic contract
2008-onward: Posada breaks down:
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said the new soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder was nothing to worry about.
Rare is the major injury that doesn't start out as "a little soreness" or "a little tightness" in media reports. Likewise rare is the contract that turns out as poorly as Posada's is looking like it is likely to.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 7:00am
Everyone figured Jim Bowden wasn't long for this world, and as you probably saw, over the weekend he resigned. Tom Boswell comes to bury Caesar, not to praise him:
Jim Bowden was never going to be the Nationals' ultimate general manager, the man who, the franchise hoped, would oversee a potential champion. His methods were too suspect, his moods too unpredictable, his reputation too checkered, his enemies in the game too numerous. But he was useful. He worked like a dog. He sold the game. He was colorful and controversial. He took tiny budgets and, sometimes, made something of them. Or else, like last year, all the baling wire snapped. Given few chips, he couldn't blow a big pot. And he landed castoffs and malcontents, occasionally for peanuts.
If being called a shoddy, moody, hated GM enamored with toolsy players of questionable attitude is the best someone can say of you in your professional obituary, one wonders why this was a resignation rather than a termination.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 7:45am
Brett Favre -- er, I mean Curt Schilling -- wants to keep playing:
Curt Schilling likes to break curses. The Chicago Cubs have had one for over a century.
To translate, the "challenge" Schilling wants is to joint a team that is (a) already loaded with pitching; and (b) is already favored to make the playoffs, glom on to its pitching staff, grab another ring, and then get all kinds of media love for being the guy who "put them over the top."
How about this, Curt: offer your services and celebrity to the Royals or the Pirates or someone who could maybe -- maybe -- use those things. Not that he'd do it, of course, because neither of those situations would maximize the Schilling-centric coverage he so obviously craves.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:30am
I don't usually post on weekends, but this weekend I did. In case you missed it:
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:00am
If you believe in signs and portents, it's going to be a long year for Braden Looper:
The Milwaukee right-hander was scratched from his Cactus League debut after feeling tightness in his left oblique muscle near the end of his bullpen warm-up.
If you win 20 in the show, you can pull an oblique sneezing and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, it means you're kind of a kook.
(thanks to tHeMARksMiTh for the link. By the way, my blogroll is totally out of date and I need to fix it. Until I do, know that tHeMARksMiTh writes here now, not at the place I have linked below. Sorry Mark, I'll get it fixed this week. See, I sprained my site-editing finger in a coughing fit, so I just haven't been able to get to it).
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:30am
Scott Simkus is taken with a story/press release from the Louisville Slugger Museum about the bat used by Negro Leaguer George “Mule” Suttles. Apparently he swung a 37-inch, 50 ounce stick.
*I changed the name of this post because some people questioned whether I was going for a joke based on a racial stereotype. Such a thing was certainly not my intention, as I'm completely colorblind when it comes to making juvenile penis jokes. But I understand how such a thing can be misconstrued as links get passed along and readers come at it with less and less familiarity with my writing style. And before the comments begin, please know that it's neither my intention or desire to cater to the most sensitive readers in the world with this edit. It's simply a matter of saving myself some valuable time. I mean, if I'm going to spend any time defending my level of racial senstitivty, it's going to be done in the service of a post that actually has something to do with race, not something trivial like this.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:00am
It's a press release, sure, but it's one that made me wish I had MLB Network:
On Monday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will debut the first-ever original film from MLB Productions, We Are Young: A Baseball Family, the story of MLB players and brothers Dmitri and Delmon Young, who overcame personal struggles to persevere in the Major Leagues . . .
The Youngs and their antics have often served as point-and-laugh references, and I have been just as guilty of that as anyone. Behind every easy caricature lies a human being, however, and if this film truly gets at any of that, it will definitely be worth watching.
(thanks to Pete Toms for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:30am
I was a D.J. at a radio station for a few years in high school and college. Within the first few days on the air, I started to get hate mail and people calling to yell at me. I was only 16 at the time, and this bothered me a great deal. My boss, Bob the Program Director, told me not to worry. "Silence is way worse than anger," he said, "because at least anger means people are listening to you." Such advice only goes so far, but once in a while I get a comment that makes me think of Bob. Like this one, in response to this morning's Curt Schilling piece:
Back off Schil. you jerk!
Man, I wish Schilling's mom had never found this blog.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:18pm