Archive for the 'ShysterBall' Category

If anyone is looking for something to buy me for Christmas: “The Official Major League Baseball World Series Film Collection” (A&E, $229.95), a spectacular DVD set that contains 20 discs featuring extensive footage of 65 World Series from 1943 to 2008. It comes packaged in a thick, elongated hard-cover book that chronicles many memorable World […]

I’ve signed way less important petitions than this one. To: Major League Baseball, MLB Network We the undersigned humbly, and with all due respect, ask the MLB Network to air the June 12, 1970 game between the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates. On that day the Pirates’ pitcher Dock Phillip Ellis threw what […]

So I’m trying to decide if, upon leaving the legal job, I’m going to keep the law license active or let it slip into inactive status. On the one hand, letting it go inactive saves me several hundred dollars and about 15 hours sitting in a classroom taking continuing legal education classes between now and […]

So, like, I was building this prototype teleportation machine, and just as I was about to test it on Derek Jeter, the Unfrozen Caveman version of Johnny Damon accidentally fell into the transport pod. Total mess.

If you were to tell me that a Major League team bumbled its way into an international incident, I would immediately say “The Mets. It was the Mets, right?” I mean, is there any other possible answer?

Water on the moon? “The Lcross Mission” Noah Cross? Water where it should not naturally be? Forget it Jake . . . Brent Mayne has the most sensible insight I’ve heard regarding signs since I saw the live recording of Five Man Acoustical Jam at the Trocadero. No, I wasn’t there to see Tesla. I […]

When you have Wednesday off work, Thursday is Monday. Considering that Monday sucks and that I never really got the hang of Thursdays, I’m just really off my game today. Maybe I’d feel better if opposing counsel in one of my cases were to call me and say he was going to “take a meat […]

I wrote over at NBC this morning that I think Marvin Miller was a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame. Not everyone agrees with that. Not even some pretty damn reasonable people. Here are two perspectives. First Rob Neyer: I mentioned this morning that I’m still an agnostic regarding Whitey Herzog’s Hall of Fame candidacy. […]

Sorry for the late Exile post, but I had the great fortune of taking a cat to be euthanized! Second one this year! On the bright side: the lone remaining cat has been on his absolute best behavior for the past two hours. Anyway: I like Whitey Herzog, Billy Martin and Marvin Miller for the […]

Before we get to the posts, take a look at some amazing pictures of that Utah salt flat NASA tried to sucker us into believing was the moon forty years ago. “If you look beyond the Yankees” there is no competitive balance problem in baseball. And if you leave out the killings, Washington has a […]

The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone thinks that the Mariners should bring Ken Griffey Jr. back. There are many words, but it essentially boils down to this: I believe Griffey still has something to offer. He can tickle Ichiro, bring laughter to the clubhouse, hit an occasional bomb and take one more crack at October. Sounds […]

The working conditions are terrible. None of his colleagues do their job. The whole damn operation is a waste of time. I’m just waiting for the “I don’t believe in nothin’ no more, I’m goin’ to law school!” post. Not that I don’t see where Pearlman is coming from. Press boxes are bad places to […]

You probably have to be in your mid-30s and had to have lived in Michigan in the mid-80s in order to care about this. Anybody know what John Wockenfuss is up to?

Remember Dave Chalk’s retirement from Bugs & Cranks last week? Well, he’s takin’ a mulligan. You’ll recall my bewilderment re: Dave’s stated dissatisfaction over steroids and money and stuff ruining baseball, and wondering why that all of a sudden became a problem for him when it was nothing really new. He responds, with the upshot […]

Twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall fell. I’m obviously not equipped to do the event historical justice in this space, so I’ll share my own shallow personal remembrance: I was in the 11th grade, taking an advanced placement government and politics class. The teacher was way more interested in international relations stuff, however, so […]

ESPN plagiarised — and then un-plagiarised and apologized for plagiarising — a story on my NBC colleague Mike Florio’s Pro Football Talk blog. Best part of it is the first comment on ESPN’s article after the correction was made: Jesus… at least plagiarize a legitimate site… you’re now poaching off of a failed lawyer’s sports […]

From Washington Business Journal: The Washington Nationals, which finished its 2009 season with the worst record in baseball, recently laid off several people in the team’s executive offices, according to sources close to the team. Two former employees, who asked not to be identified, admitted to being laid off by the team. One former employee, […]

I didn’t get to it today due to other obligations, but you don’t need me when you have Josh to tell you all that has happened. Obviously the most notable thing in all of this is that the person who will be overseeing the case is named Commissioner Gordon. It’s nice to see him back […]

For reasons that aren’t important, I took out a supplemental disability insurance policy a few years ago. I can’t remember the terms and don’t have the policy handy, so I got on the phone with my broker this morning and asked him if the fact that I’m not going to be a lawyer anymore makes […]

I’m sure you’ve all seen this by now: An officer approached Lincecum’s 2006 Mercedes and smelled marijuana as the pitcher rolled down his window. Schatzel said Lincecum immediately complied with a request to hand over the drug and a marijuana pipe from the car’s center console. Lincecum pitched a two-hit shutout last June 29th, but […]