My Morning in Exile

I’ve been asked why I don’t use Twitter. There are several reasons, but most of them can be traced back to the fact that I’m a late adopter of just about everything. Which, in the case of Twitter, might very well end up saving me a lot of hassle in the long run. Or maybe even the short run. “The CB Radio of Web 2.0.” Ouch.

  • Oliver Perez is cute when he pretends that he’s hurt.
  • The Seibu Lions flushed their Dice-K money down the toilet, and their fans couldn’t be happier.
  • Piniella asks “what could possibly go wrong?” And then something goes wrong.
  • There is nothing wrong with the Braves’ farm system.
  • Finally, Don Sutton’s scuffing gives us an insight into the A-Rod business. Kinda.
  • My definition of perfect weather is low-to-mid 60s, slightest of breezes, and maybe a little bit overcast so the bald head doesn’t get sunburned as fast when I forget my hat. We get approximately 12 of those days a year in Columbus, Ohio, and today is one of them, so I’m going for a little walk. This afternoon’s blogging, therefore, should be extra-refreshing today.

    UPDATE: Forgot to mention my daily NBC gripe. The television side of things is seriously considering canceling “My Name is Earl,” while simultaneously launching a show starring Chevy Chase. If I find out that anyone I know at the network is behind this I’m going to start embedding links to scary Belgian and German pornography in my little baseball stories.


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    David
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    David
    The Don Sutton analogy is flawed on its face.  Embarrassingly flawed. Sutton cheated to help himself and his team.  Pinella looked the other way for the benefit of him and his team. On the other hand, the ugly woman who falsely lead the lynch mob against the innocent Duke lacrosse players is claiming that Alex Rodriguez – and a small army of co-conspirators – all conspired against their own teams and teammates. It’d probably just be better to point out that 100% of Alex Rodriguez’s minutes on the Rangers infield are on video tape – ever second – and that,… Read more »
    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    David—You didn’t not the “kinda?”  The point isn’t that this is equivalent or anything. The point—a minor one, given that the point of the post was really to share Lar’s Sutton piece—is that folks in baseball tend not to be straight up when it comes to cheating, no matter its nature.

    Pete Toms
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    Pete Toms

    I’m technologically intolerant, I don’t even own a cell (ok, I have a cell left over from my workin days, but no longer any service for it).  But I signed up to Twitter, to follow Jeff Blair (Toronto baseball writer).  I just didn’t “get it” though and have abandoned it, evidently like many others according to the article.

    What I do find revealing and absurd is that occassionally I receive email telling me that somebody is “following ME” on Twitter.  How f***ing bored are people!!!!

    David
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    David

    Calcaterra,

    Wait….you’re saying that pitchers in baseball have scoffed the ball?!?!?  This is breaking news, dude; you should write a book!

    Next thing you’re going to tell me that hitters have corked their bats or baserunners have stolen signs! 

    There’s zero connection between what Sutton, Kaat, Niekro, Moehler, etc., etc., etc. have done and the accusations of conspiracy to fix games – which is exactly what pitch-tipping would amount to. 

    Stop groping for analogies and connections.  It was a pointless non-sequitur. 

    Also….“Didn’t not the ‘kinda’”.  What the hell is that?

    dtro
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    dtro

    Whoa, easy big fella. No need to rip on Craig who is a consistent source of perspective and insight for a single analogy with which you disagree.

    I could just as easily rip on you as being unintelligent and childish for using Selena Roberts’ physical appearance as your main arguing point against her. But I won’t/

    MJ
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    MJ
    @ David it’s “didn’t note the kinda”, it’s a typo so relax. There’s zero connection between what Sutton, Kaat, Niekro, Moehler, etc., etc., etc. have done and the accusations of conspiracy to fix games – which is exactly what pitch-tipping would amount to. How is using an illegal pitch not “fixing” a game?  Both, scuffing a baseball and ‘pitch tipping,’ are illegal actions done to change the outcome of the game.  As it’s said in Major League Rick Vaughn: [Seeing Harris take off his shirt, revealing white suff on his chest] What’s that #### on your chest? Eddie Harris: [Looking… Read more »
    JJO
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    JJO
    My reading of Craig’s point was not so much that there’s necessarily a moral equivalence between the actions themselves, but more that the players’ code of silence about this stuff makes it harder to take the denials of Young et al. about ARod’s actions at face value. I personally think it’s pretty unlikely that ARod did this; it seems very difficult to pull off in practice. I’d think any attempt to do this would more likely to be distracting to the batter than useful—watching the shortstop rather than the pitcher in the second or so before the pitch and still… Read more »
    lar
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    lar
    Well, David, I actually explicitly stated that I didn’t want to compare this to A-Rod’s pitch-tipping situation since “I’m afraid that it’ll look too much like I’m trying to condone or excuse away some anti-competitive behavior from A-Rod”. I just thought it was an interesting story, and one that needs to be considered amongst the greater “cheating in baseball” hysteria that people have gotten so worked up about in the past few years. I also thought it did a good job of showing exactly what Rob Neyer was talking about when he said: “I’m not near my books, so I… Read more »
    David
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    David
    It can safely be said that most people assume that there’s a lot of cheating in sports which increases the athlete’s own and his team’s chances of winning.  With the exception of the Sosa-corked-bat-hysteria (he’s Latin remember, so pathetic American men loved wagging their weak little fingers at him), there’s usually not even a raised eyebrow over cheating to help your team.  For instance, when a pitcher gets caught scuffing, it might not even make ‘Baseball Tonight’ (they’re too busy worshiping Selig, anyhow).  Here in Detroit, Brian Moehler was caught scuffing the ball about 10 years ago and I’m not… Read more »
    David
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    David
    Iar, That’s actually my letter in Rob Neyer’s lame piece there.  Let me tell you: I think that the Mantle HR – and I’m sure that there were other incidents; I’m not a fool – is an abomination.  The difference is that that actually happened, whereas Ugly Woman’s claims against A-Rod and his swarm of co-conspirators are all lies.  I’ll say it again: every single second of his time on the field as a Ranger is on video tape from the camera behind the home plate netting.  Further, the announcers, teammates, and others would’ve spotted it.  To the contrary, they’ve… Read more »
    kendynamo
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    kendynamo

    i got nothing against my name is earl, but i think the joel mchale + chevy chase sitcom about community college is going to be a big upgrade.

    i mean, for whatever problems you have with chevy, i think we can all agree Dr Farthing was one of the finest comedic preformances of the 90s.  that was totally serious, by the way.  i watched dirty work last night, that movie is pure gold.

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra
    Chevy will always be something less than horrible to me due to the profound amounts of goodwill engendered by “Fletch” and, to a lesser extent, Clark Griswold, but there’s a lot of awful in that body of work.  I think my appreciation of “My Name is Earl” comes mostly from the Joy character.  I went to high school with a whole lot of girls whom I’m guessing ended up like her.  I even dated one.  And I’m not saying any of that is a bad thing. David:  you’d probably get more people engaging you if you didn’t insist on ad… Read more »
    David
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    David

    In ‘Bull Durham’, Crash tipped the batter off because he wanted to help his teammate out in the long run.

    Also, that’s minor league baseball and I don’t really give a damn about it. 

    The analogy aside, I’ve always thought ‘Major League’ was funny but ‘Bull Durham’ was kind of flat.  Yet another example of me being totally out of my element in the modern sports fan-scape.  (My hatred for Viagra and refusal to pretend to cry when the military is adorned before games are other signs that I don’t belong.)

    purebull
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    purebull
    if i read the articles about pitch tipping correctly…wasn’t the idea that ARod was sposed to be alerting fellow infielders to what the pitch/location was…and according to the ‘snitches’…he was doing it so much later than most middle infielders do…that he was effectively and obviously tipping the pitches to the opposing players?  and i guess that means that this only happened when certain other teams other middle infielders were the batters. well…i agree with david.  there’s a lot of tape.  shudn’t be too hard to see a pattern of behavior there if anyone wants to check. and seems to me… Read more »
    kendynamo
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    kendynamo

    speaking of hilarious chevy chase anecdotes from Fletch, just read this in the av club.

    AVC: What do you recall most about Fletch?
    GW: [Laughs.] Chevy’s rehearsal techniques come to mind. He used to like to go through scenes and try different exercises while running the lines. Like, “Okay, now we’re two guys taking a dump next to each other in a public bathroom.” “Auuggh… Listen, I think the heroin dealer’s at the beach … Auuughh.” [Laughs.]

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