07.23.16

Sometimes Heros Refuse To Wear Size XXXL Pullovers : Chris Sale Goes Mr. Blackwell On The White Sox

Posted in Baseball, Fashion at 9:50 pm by

Earlier tonight when it was announced that White Sox SP Chris Sale had been sent home due to an unspecified “clubhouse incident”, most presumed this to be a curiously-worded cover story prior to his being dealt to a contender for prospects. Instead, it’s being widely reported that Sale, unhappy with Chicago’s plans to don throwback uniforms based on the club’s 1976 ensemble (see above), personally rendered the jerseys unwearable before game time. From South Side Sox’s Jim Margalus :

The team came out wearing 1983 uniforms, which gave Tommy Stokke’s initial report some circumstantial evidence. Ken Rosenthal said Sale cut up the jerseys during batting practice, a last-ditch protest after his earlier complaints about comfort and priorities fell on deaf ears.

(Julie DiCaro said he used a knife, if you were wondering.)

If Sale didn’t have a rich history of insane behavior, he would have a good point. Maybe he still does. Looking back at last year’s post about the 1976 uniforms, I thought the jerseys were too billowy on everybody, but they worked best on the guys with broad builds. Smaller guys like Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino looked like they were wearing nightshirts.

07.22.16

ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman Is Still In Thrall To His Former Employer

Posted in Professional Wrestling, Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 7:08 pm by

ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman previously toiled as an interviewer, analyst and a-little too-often, in-ring participant for the World Wrestling Entertainment.  With that in mind, you’d think Coachman aka “Coach” would recuse himself from commenting on the recent concussion sued filed against the WWE and Vince McMahon, but that’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a real journalist with an ounce of common sense.  Cageside Seats transcribes Coachman’s love letter to McMahon :

In 2003 was the first time I got into the ring to train to be an in-ring participant. The very first day I was in there, I suffered a concussion. There’s a very good chance … I didn’t get them all evaluated, but … probably between 10 and 20 concussions during my time from 2003 through 2008.

And the one thing I’ve always said about Vince McMahon is this: he is more loyal than any person, boss, human being that I have ever met in my life. It’s not just because he signed my paychecks for nearly a decade.

I don’t like it, in fact, I hate it when a certain group of people, and this was always the case when stars would leave to go somewhere else or they’d get fired because of something stupid that they did, and then they would blame Vince for whatever issues it was that they had.

Vince has recognized that, so he has paid all these guys for years and years and all he asks – all he asks – is that once a year at WrestleMania they show up, sign some autographs, shake some hands and then he pays them enough to live, right? And, so, in response to this, what do these 50 guys do? They go out and file a lawsuit that he was not there for them, and the company was not there for them, when they had all these concussion issues.

This drives me crazy, because for a lot of these people, this is a dream. It’s a dream come true. It’s not an easy business, it’s a tough business. But to come out and say that the company didn’t take care of you because of these concussions is just wrong. It will go away, and as a former employee and a person that loves that business, it just drives me crazy and I don’t like it.

On Thursday, Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer fired back :

By saying he had so many concussions that he never had evaluated, Coachman probably did more harm than good. Plus, his claiming that Vince takes care of all the ex-wrestlers out of the goodness of his heart is ridiculous. Guys get royalties for merchandise sold or being in DVDs, and the amount varies greatly, but the idea he pays everyone’s bills for a year and all they have to do is come to Mania once a year, and now they are suing him is such malarkey and that he said it on ESPN is really speaking without thinking.

Trump Smooching, Hulkster-Financing Motherfucker

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Far more jarring than Donald Trump’s solemn promise last night to protect LGBLTBBQ sandwiches from “foreign attackers” (as opposed to his own supporters or running mate) was PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s claim that “fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline” (“when I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom,”).

Let’s get the obvious out of the way : Thiel is a white male BILLIONAIRE. If someone doesn’t want to let him use their bathroom, he can just buy the fucking building and turn it into his own private toilet. I’d like to see him tell someone that’s been bullied, beaten or murdered that culture wars (or more to the point, struggles for civil rights) are phony and we’ve got bigger fish to fry, except he already said it on TV.

Though most commonly ID’d in the media for his long-running feud with Nick Denton, Thiel was also cited last night for past claims that democracy is a bad idea and plans to use his vast wealth to extend his personal existence into some sort of cyborg perpetuity (which may or may not have been the inspiration for the Johnny Depp megaflop, “Transcendence”). Here’s hoping Ted Williams comes back first.

07.20.16

What The Aesthetically Challenged Mets Fan Will Be Wearing This Fall

Posted in Baseball, Fashion at 11:10 pm by

Despite being shelled by Anthony Rizzo this afternoon, Mets starter Bartolo Colon — already the subject of a bobblehead/stomach combo figurine — has licensed his imposing likeness to Clark Toys for a shirt that may or may not be inspired by The Young Bucks’ recent brand of action-wear.

07.19.16

Former Cards Scouting Director Just Bought A Trip To The Stoney Lonesome

Posted in Baseball, The Law at 7:59 pm by

It wasn’t so long ago that you might well wonder why anyone would bother to hack into the Houston Astros’ computer network, but (outdated) jokes aside, former St. Louis scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison yesterday, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Doug Moore details :

Chris Correa pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer. As part of his plea, Correa admitted to using the accounts of three Astros employees to view scouting reports, amateur player evaluations, notes on trade discussions and proposed bonuses for draft picks. The information he accessed was given an estimated value of $1.7 million by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Correa, 36, also admitted taking measures to conceal his identity. The sentence includes two years of supervised release and restitution payment of $279,038.65. He will remain free until he is to report to prison, in two to six weeks.

With the Correa case completed, the focus turns to what action Major League Baseball might take against the Cardinals. The team could face stiff penalties. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has broad powers to assess fines, limit draft spending, or confiscate draft picks.

07.18.16

May Korea’s Bunting Derby Take Your Mind Off The RNC*

Posted in Baseball, We Aren't The World at 11:28 pm by

* – or Anthony Rizzo bludgeoning Steven Matz.

07.16.16

AMERICA, AMERICA IS KILLING ITS YOUTH

Posted in record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 11:03 pm by

A fond farewell this evening to Alan Bermowitz aka Alan Vega, the voice of NYC duo Suicide who shuffled off this mortal coil Saturday at the age of 78. Vega, along with partner Martin Rev, Suicide’s 1977 self-titled album for Marty Thau’s Red Star label (recently reissued by Superior Viaduct) casts a shadow taller than the Empire State Building over what would come to be known as punk or electronica or whatever. Accounts of Suicide’s early performances at downtown venues like the Mercer Arts Center and Max’s Kansas City make modern notions of “confrontational” rock gigs seem downright quaint by comparison, and even as late as their first European tour in 1978, audiences impatiently waiting for Elvis Costello or The Clash to take the stage reacted with physical violence.

To say the rest of the contemporary music world is struggling to catch up with Vega and Rev would be an exaggeration. But only a very slight one.

07.15.16

Backne To The Future Pt. Whatever : Murray Chass Is Not Nearly Done Dogging Metal Mike Piazza

Posted in Baseball, Medical Science, Sports Journalism at 11:24 pm by

The post-New York Times career of columnist-turned-relucant (don’t call him a) blogger Murray Chass (above) has mostly been typified by score-settling, Sabermatrician-baiting and most reliably, continued assertions that newly elected Hall Of Famer Mike Piazza achieved his gaudy statistics with aid of performance-enhancing drugs (Piazza’s allegedly acne-scarred back being the oft-cited smoking gun). On Friday, Chass took the occasion of a media conference call prior to Piazza’s enshrinement to call out America’s most decorated Kings’s X fan, as The New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron details :

The first question to Piazza was about steroids. He was asked to comment on the speculation by Murray Chass, who won the Hall’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2003.

“Is there a question?” Piazza initially responded.

“The question is, can you comment on the steroid speculation?” Chass replied.

“I think at the end of the day, Major League Baseball took steps to implement testing,” Piazza said. “I think there’s no question the game has moved on and it’s better because of that.”

Asked by Chass to talk more specifically about “whether you used steroids,” Piazza replied, “I’ve addressed that many times in the past, sir. Thank you.”

07.13.16

Grapes Weighs In On Canada’s Disgrace

Posted in Baseball, politics, Racism Corner at 5:56 pm by


@coachscornerCBC, July 13, 2016

Though The Tenors’ ill-advised revision of “O’Canada” was easily the most memorable Canadian contribution to the Midsummer Classic since Larry Walker wore a batting helmet backwards vs. Randy Johnson, the incident does raise the following questions, however :

1) if the “all lives matter” guy did indeed, go rogue, is this a common occurrence in the vocal quartet community? What percentage of these seemingly innocuous foursomes are harboring racists, conspiracy theorists, men’s rights activists, anti-vaccine zealots just waiting for the right moment in the middle of a supermarket opening/ribbon cutting ceremony to sneak in their political agenda(s)?

2) if Remigio Pereira has indeed been given the boot, that means The Tenors are now the 3 Tenors. Since they can’t possibly call themselves that, might I suggest THE APOLITICAL TENOR GUYS.

(UPDATE : In a two minute and 30 second monologue, Pereria insists no disrespect was intended towards Black Lives Matter, claiming his message is one of anti-segregation — “who can be higher than God?” — “and that is why everyone’s life matters.” I’m still waiting for his apology to Don Cherry, however.)

07.12.16

Minneapolis Mayor : Lynx Are A Better Draw Than Soul Asylum

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 7:25 pm by

OK, that’s not really what Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges had to say in response to Police Federation President Bob Kroll’s comments supporting off-duty police officers who refused to work security at a Minnesota Lynx WNBA contest over the weekend. Kroll, who considers shirts bearing the caption, “Change Starts With Us” some sort of implicit threat to law enforcement, has played the “false narrative” card (apparently Philando Castile is alive and well and is simply keeping a low profile in order to smear the police), but not without adding that only 4 officers were required to work the game because, “the Lynx are such a pathetic draw.”

For whatever it’s worth, Saturday’s win over the Dallas Wings had an announced attendance of more than 7,000, which is probably more people than you’d get for a Trip Shakespeare reunion or a Jesse Ventura performance of this song.