My Morning in Exile

Not doing ATH this morning has completely thrown me off my game. I have no idea how I structured my day before I started writing it. And not just my blogging day. My whole morning schedule — including my coffee, my shower, and my commute downtown — was simply out of whack, and I think it’s all attributable to BDD: Boxscore Deficit Disorder. Still, I managed to soldier on . . . somehow:

  • The disruption of my day pales compared to just how bent-out-of-shape Alfonso Soriano gets when he doesn’t do what he’s used to.
  • I’ll admit it: I miss ‘Da Meat Hook.
  • Talk, talk, talk all you want, but I still say Halladay is staying put.
  • Jeter has now said that the ump from Monday’s game is lying, and that puts MLB on the horns of a dilemma.
  • Finally, Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night. Thank goodness the scourge of disco has been banished from our land. Oh wait . . .

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    J.W.
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    J.W.
    Nothing like mentioning Jeter over at NBC to make tempers flare and the ad hominem attacks fly. The real point of interest that is arising from this issue is the increased attention that is being paid to umpires’ errors. My guess is that now that reviewing HRs has had a foot-in-the-door effect for instant replay, it won’t be long until we see a broader system of reviews.  Bold prediction: 2010 season will inaugurate team challenges in baseball. P.S. Can someone give me a good reason NOT to have instant replay reviews on plays like this? I don’t think the argument… Read more »
    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    Yeah, it’s like red meat over there J.W.  Some days I just feel like posting “Man, don’t the Yankees and Red Sox suck?” and watching the comment counter go to infinity and beyond.

    Apologies for ATH, though.  I’m not joking when I say that it messes with me too.  I’m a creature of habit and repetition soothes and structures my life. Just know that if I’m not posting ATH it’s for a good reason. 

    And, appropos of your quote, my reason last night was that I was fighting Dr. Octopus and pouring sweet lovin’ on Mary Jane Watson.

    JE
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    JE

    After last night’s Dodgers-Mets game, Mark Loretta kvetched to any reporters who would listen that first-base umpire Marty Foster told him that the flip had beaten him to the bag, which was why he was called out, and, oh, wait, never mind….

    David
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    David
    Your post on the corrupt and incompetent umpire who cost the Yankees a run (in what would ultimately be a one-run game) is a little confusing.  It seems like you’re chastising Jeter for (a) telling the truth and, in so doing, (b) calling attention to a major flaw in MLB – a corrupt, bad umpire who’s a legitimate threat to the legitimacy of the competition.  If you’re arguing that Jeter ought to be punished simply for telling the truth, then what’s wrong with all the mothers in the world who tell their children that “Honesty is the best policy”?  Should… Read more »
    JE
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    JE

    I am surprised that Jeter, of all people, ratcheted up the conversation, rather than putting the incident behind him. The conversation on the Vine might be filled with ad hominem attacks (I am grateful that Shysterball threads remain intact), but some of us can’t help but come away thinking that he simply can’t/won’t acknowledge his baserunning blunder.

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra
    David—My point with that wasn’t to criticize Jeter, it was to illustrate the mess that MLB has right now.  If you’re MLB—and you actually choose not to ignore the issue—you have a choice: believe Jeter or believe the ump.  If you do the former, you have to discipline the ump. If you do the latter, you have to discipline Jeter, because that’s how you’ve always handled people who have called out umps in the past. Personally I tend to believe Jeter, so my talk about going after him was really for rhetorical purposes.  MLB likey does have a problem with… Read more »
    JE
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    JE

    Jeter is telling the truth just because you said so, David? Before you try messing with a man’s livelihood, how about having just a tad more evidence in your back pocket?

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra
    JE—I tend to think the baserunning blunder is beside the point. At the risk of making an over-the-top analogy, I’d liken this to an instance of a cop planting drugs on a guy who got pulled over for speeding.  Of course he shouldn’t have been speeding, and of course none of this would have happened had been going the speed limit.  But man, that doesn’t make the cop right to have planted the drugs, does it? As I write that I’m thinking it will do the opposite of clarify the situation, but like I said in another post, it’s a… Read more »
    David
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    David
    JE: Jeter made a baserunning blunder?  No, he didn’t.  That’s the whole point: the umpire wantonly violated the integrity of the game. Why the hell would Jeter “put the incident behind him”?  The integrity of the industry that his entire professional life is devoted to has been flagrantly violated.  And you want him to “put it behind him”? Sadly, your reverence for power and authority is clearly the motivating mindset behind most fans, as well as the media.  And it’s because you willfully allow the corruption of authorities (an umpire literally making up his own rules) that the competition is… Read more »
    JE
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    JE

    Thanks for responding, Craig, over-the-top analogies notwithstanding. wink After all, the cop has only been ACCUSED of planting the drugs, right?

    David
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    David
    Jeter had zero incentive to make up such a tale from whole cloth (unless one want to argue that he was so upset about a caught stealing that he would go out of his way to tell a reporter a crazy story).  He stood to gain absolutely nothing, and yet, as Craig points out, he would stand to lose. Confirming that Jeter told the truth and that the umpire is corrupt would not be too challenging if somebody had the resources.  You’d simply need to check the video tape and see if their lips could be read.  Further, you could… Read more »
    J.W.
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    J.W.
    Attempting to take third was undeniably an ill-advised move on Jeter’s part.  The marginal benefit doesn’t warrant the significant risk.  That he was safe doesn’t mitigate the foolishness of taking the risk in the first place.  But as Craig notes, this is irrelevant when it comes to discussing Foster’s subsequent actions/statements.  I don’t know that he should be fired.  People make mistakes and say the wrong things with alarming frequency, and should not be overly penalized for one error.  MLB should look into it, however, and try to determine if the mindset of if-the-throw-beats-you-you’re-out is truly prevalent among umpires.  On… Read more »
    JE
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    JE
    David, were you even 1/100th this stoked when Jeffrey Maier stole Jeter’s pop fly in the ‘96 playoffs? Seriously, would you really be this hung up on a single play at third base in the first inning if a guy named Jeter (or O’Neill or Brosius, for that matter) had NOT been involved? The reason why Jeter ought to put this matter behind him is that, by his own admission, he has been the beneficiary of lots of calls over the years—some would even say he is the baseball equivalent of “The Jordan Rules”. (Hmmm, does that kind of umpire… Read more »
    JE
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    JE

    Thanks, J.W. And yes, you are correct in your assessment, as many slow-pitch softball umpires have called me out at third base (second and home, too) when the throw beat me but I slid in under the tag. Trust me: none of those guys in blue can say that I simply hurried back to the bench, crying softly!

    YankeesfanLen
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    YankeesfanLen

    Over at the Blue Network, I hope Steve from Alabama doesn’t put a bullet through the eye of Mo Green.  That place is turning into LoHud, better get a bouncer.
    Jeter was safe and ill-advised, at best in both cases.

    David
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    David
    Yeah, Craig, your analogy was totally “over-the-top”!  Only a wacko conspiracy theorist would ever think that our brave, heroic cops would ever murder a little old lady and then plant drugs on her!  And only a fool would think they’d falsify a search warrant to raid a house that had no drugs….only to get caught on camera.  And only wacked-out loons believe that cops are repeatedly caught selling the drugs that they seize. It’s funny, it’s scary, but it’s true.  Men who can’t build anything (i.e., American men) transfer their energies into an idolatry of authority.  It’s akin to a… Read more »
    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    David—relax. I meant “over the top” in that a bad cop is far more serious a thing than a bad ump, not “over the top” in the sense that it was an outlandish example.

    Len—I think Steve from Alabama hit the bricks after Mo caught him in his racist insinuation.

    But yeah, it can get rough over there sometimes.

    David
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    David

    (For the record, I wasn’t responding to Craig’s response especially, but to both the responses that seemed to glibly joke about the possibility of cops planting drugs, as well as all of the posts which seem – unbelievably – indifferent about corrupt umpiring in MLB.  Next think you know, I just went off on one of my rants.  No big deal.)

    Greg Simons
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    Greg Simons
    Actually, Craig, it seems to me that Bob Hammond threw out the racist insinuation and that Steve in Alabama’s follow-up comment was an insult to Mo Green’s intelligence and not necessarily racist.  Steve later stated that C.B. Buckner has his job because MLB won’t stand up to the bad umps. And please forgive me for the Roy Halladay stink bomb I just threw out.  I probably shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t help but feed the wolves.  It’s so entertaining to watch the carnivores in action. Signed, An engineer who sometimes tears up during “God Bless America” and greatly appreciates what… Read more »
    JE
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    JE

    By the way, Craig, regarding the “Disco Sucks” post: disco was not just for the “Studio 54” types. While “Saturday Night Fever” may have featured fictitious characters, the reality was that any middle-class or even working-class guy or girl in Brooklyn or dozens of other cities could go out to a disco on the weekend without breaking the bank.

    YankeesfanLen
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    YankeesfanLen

    What a fun ruckus over at BBTF over this, I’m ROFLMAO.  Haven’t even thought about Steve Dahl in a bout 15 years, and am kind of amazed that no one brought up the fabulous album “Ethel (Merman) does Disco”  Her Donna Sommer isn’t actually that bad.

    David
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    David
    Greg: You’re literally the first engineer I’ve ever met to have any political pretenses.  And I just spent a year-and-a-half working intimately with three engineers and consulting regularly with many others.  You’re literally the first.  Perhaps it was just because most of them were Indians, Arabs, Chinese, or European.  Immigrants just don’t feel comfortable with politics.  But, then, the trend extends beyond that group, anyway.  (I’ll decode what I just wrote: I don’t believe for a second that you actually cry during ‘God Bless America’.  And if you do, you’re faking it.  But it’s cool that you’d say something to… Read more »
    Greg Simons
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    Greg Simons

    David, it sure must have been entertaining watching you do connect-the-dots when you were a kid.

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