San Diego is a lovely place. A place filled with sun-kissed surfers who prance around white sandy beaches, home of the California Burrito, houses one of the largest wildlife facilities in the country and is also given the praiseworthy title of “America’s Finest City.” Who would have thought that “America’s Finest City” is also “America’s Finest Baseball City.” The San Diego Padres have unexpectedly become one stacked MLB team overnight, boasting talent that would make the New York Yankees shake in their spikes. The organization is apparently ready to win, and win big. General manager A.J. Preller’s list of acquired players is truly impressive. Like ridiculously impressive. In a matter of weeks, Preller traded for Matt Kemp (cry), Justin Upton, and Wil Myers to completely overhaul the outfield. He also traded prospects for catcher Derek Norris and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to give manager Bud Black five new bats in the lineup. To go along with Shields, the Padres also added pitchers Brandon Morrow and Brandon Maurer. And most recently, the Padres have agreed to a deal with right-handed starter James Shields on a four-year contract worth about $75-million range on this last Monday morning. Shields is a man who’s helped two franchises to the World Series while throwing at least 200 innings for eight straight seasons. Yikes…… As a baseball fan who has lived in Los Angeles more than half their life, you never thought once of the San Diego Padres. Not once! When I think of San Diego, I think of the beach and Comic Con. Not America’s past time. I have to admit, they do in fact have one of the best looking ball parks in the land, but the baseball team that plays in it was always a different story. You were always too distracted by the exotic selection of beers the stadium offered to really pay attention to the game. The San Diego Padres baseball history is anything but bleak, they have only made two World Series appearances in 1984/1998 where they proceeded to lose, and have produced only two notable Hall of Fame players (Tony Gwynn and Rickey Henderson). Well that’s not fair, they more or less produced more than two Hall of Fame players. But since I can only name two, may be some indication of their meager notoriety. I know now is the time to scoff it off, but come April, I think baseball fans will be singing a different tune. Probably a tune that sounds a lot like a San Diego Serenade.
Who doesn’t love watching the traditional champagne shower in the club house after a team clinches a win in September, solidifying their playoff position. It is nothing but a joy to see grown men sporting snowboarding goggles (i guess they will hit the powder later….) and spray booze on each other, booze usually fit for a group toast honoring the bride and groom on their big day, but who cares? This is AMERICA……I mean Baseball.
Damn that seems like a lot of champagne for one team to have fun with….and they aren’t even drinking it. Wait, they are not even drinking it?! What kind of horrible wasteful ritual is this?!
This it the time of year champagne bottles are shaking in their bottles because the MLB decides that it is OK to be absolutely frivolous with the fizzy. What is even more infuriating is that some baseball teams already know their spot in the post season, sometimes even days before the game, and still partake in the slow sticky doom of champagne.
In theory, a modern team could get bottle service after 1) clinching a wild-card spot; 2) clinching the division title; 3) winning the play-in game; 4) winning the division series; 5) winning the league championship series; 6) winning a World Series.
(I’m no John Nash….but isn’t that a bit too many?)
That’s six more champagne baths than the Super Bowl winner gets. (The NFL prohibits alcohol-soaked celebrations.) Obviously, alcohol is known to provoke violence, the gateway drug to Aaron Hernandez. DUH.
Let’s be honest, the players can’t physically drink all those bottles provided by the MLB, unless they are The Dude, and instead of champagne you have vodka + kalua. I don’t think getting your stomach pumped before the Playoffs is the best idea.
Is this champagne even the good stuff? Good God i hope not. These baseball celebrations are beyond rampant and perhaps need to be replaced with a beverage that wasn’t solely intended to be consumed by French royalty. I would say water, but turns out that is pretty precious too.
How about something American made, a beverage that was initially designed for the poor man – BEER.
Beer can come in a bottle, it can also be shaken up and sprayed profusely all over the place and it can also save lives.
And beer can be cheap. God forbid these players actually drink the cheap beer, but just think, all the money spent on bougie bubbly could be donated to organizations that are in need of dire assistance, like the NFL. They could use all the help they can get.
Vin Scully has announced that he will be returning in 2015 for his 66th season with Los Doyers.
Now there is some news that would make any baseball fan happy happy joy joy.
Vin Scully is a beast. Scully, widely considered the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time, was inducted into the Hall of Fame 32 years ago. He turns 87 in November.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch.
“It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
Stay Vin! Stay!
Relief pitcher Alex Torres became the first pitcher to use one of Major League Baseball’s new protective caps for pitchers. And here is the verdict:
The immediate reaction by many is the enormous size that triples the weight of the caps from 3 to 4 ounces to 10 to 11 ounces.
I think the other reaction we all have is something like this….
The hot topic: Michael Sam.
Let’s first just say a big “thank you.” “Thank you” Mr. Sam for shedding light on an important yet at times overlooked topic in professional sports, particularly the NFL. The NBA already got Jason Collins, a veteran player who finally came out back in April 2013. But having an up and coming NFL player come out confidently is very refreshing.
Second, another big “Thank You” for your courage Mr. Sam. Not only are you the SEC’s Defensive Player of the year, but you could perhaps be the most talked about NFL player of the 2014 season for your courage and frankly, balls, for being an “open, proud gay” man in football. Sorry Richard Sherman.
Some say time doesn’t seem to really move forward in sports, particularly the NFL (and Baseball….jesus they just introduced instant replay for god sakes). The NFL’s conservative nature is almost palpable with their old school General Managers and white washed demeanor. Hell, it took them almost 2 decades to realize that brain damage is a bad thing in football.
But I commend the NFL for taking the news so well, expressing open acceptance of Sam entering the NFL draft this spring. Then again….why wouldn’t they? Why would the NFL even come out with a statement to validate their efforts towards tolerance? Shouldn’t every sports organization in this point and time already be doing that?
I get it. We want to believe that we are all living in a world of that is more accepting of others. (Yea, tell that to FOX) But are we really? Is the NFL really accepting Michael Sam into their world with open arms?
Well apparently, Fortune 500 companies are. This news comes according to Sam’s agent Joe Barkett, who says, “Every time I’m on the phone, I’m getting phone calls. There’s always one from a company expressing their interest in Michael. Name any type of industry, we’ve probably heard from a company in their sector in the last 48 hours.”
Companies see is “market potential” for their monetary gain, completely taking advantage of his emerging “individuality.” Sam just now has to pick and choose his endorsements wisely so as to not have the public perceive him as a sell out using his sexuality for profit.
The first step for change is actual change. Michael Sam now represents the change that is coming to the NFL whether it likes it or not. With all the NFL insiders claiming that his draft status will be harmed is crap. Statements like that are more detrimental to themselves and their television station than Sam, making them all look like ignorant douches. The NFL has yet to accept Michael Sam and everything he represents but has the ideal opportunity to take center stage for the recognition of gay athletes come Draft Day.
If what some NFL insiders say is true concerning Sam’s negative draft status, then we truly are an intolerant society. But it is highly unlikely that he won’t be drafted because the dude got SEC Defensive Player of the Year. DUDE, the SEC- The almighty dominant conference in college football, the greatest college football teams in the world right? What team wouldn’t want that player?! They be crazy if they didn’t draft him. (And just think of all the popularity of having the first “openly gay” player on your team). Tebow couldn’t do it, but maybe Sam can. Just Kidding Timmy!
Michael Sam will be the change. He will get drafted. He will play. He will persevere. And he will forever be a shining example for other gay athletes to be honest, forthright and strong. Thank you Mr. Sam.
The only one who has everything to lose in this fight is the NFL. So don’t fuck it up boys.
Does A-rod, aka A-hole, really deserve justice? Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball and its players’ union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was “clear and convincing evidence” he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation. Yikes….
“Clear and convincing evidence” ladies and gentlemen. That does sound pretty convincing. But I’m no lawyer so let’s see if we can pick a good man of the law for A-hole (let’s face it, A-rod would never pick a woman to defend him in court, sexist centaur).
Rodriguez in his suit claimed the Major League Baseball Players Association “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights” and “this inaction by MLBPA created a climate in which MLB felt free to trample” on Rodriguez’s confidentiality rights. Cry me a river…..
I know there is someone out there who will protect your rights A-hole, even though your big butt couldn’t tell the difference from right or wrong. But this is America, and every American deserves justice. Since I am only familiar with lawyers of the fictitious persuasion, I am cutting down my list of lawyers from feature films and television shows. Word. Ready to bow down to the law A-hole?
1. Lionel Hutz
So his “office” is in a mall, says he studied law at the Louvre and he never really knows what he’s doing (or even knows basic law words, such as “jury” or “innocent”). But if we go to court, we might as well make it fun. A-hole’s case is quite comical since there is mounting evidence against him, maybe Mr. Hutz can use it to his advantage by distracting the jury into thinking A-rod is the victim of PEDs. Or just not wear any pants…..
Lionel Hutz: I move for a “bad court thingy.”
Judge Snyder: You mean a mistrial?
Lionel Hutz: Yeah! That’s why you’re the “judge” and I’m the “law-talking guy.”
Judge Snyder: The lawyer?
Lionel Hutz: Right.
2. Atticus Finch
Yes, he’s an obvious choice. But let’s count down his awesomeness: stands up to racists, is a wonderful single father who teaches his daughter valuable life lessons, wears a nice three-piece suit. He represents the best that any of us can hope to be. He is selfless, fearless and unflinching. Yea…traits that don’t really resonate with A-hole. Obviously Atticus would be the right choice if A-hole had a conscience….
Preach it Atticus…..just not to A-hole…
Best lawyer-speak: “In the name of GOD, do your duty. In the name of God, believe … Tom Robinson.”
3. Jack McCoy
Law and Order seriously needs its own channel by now. Steely, brilliant, tough but kindly … Jack McCoy is your man for New York City justice. Don’t let the kind demeanor fool you. McCoy mostly deals with homicide and badass murder cases. This guy is clearly to badass for A-hole’s controversial corporate case, unless A-hole murdered Bug Selig…..
Best lawyer-speak: “Your grief might be a little more convincing, sir, if you hadn’t just admitted you cut off your wife’s head.”
4. Vincent “Vinny” Gambini
Oh my cousin Vinny. This would be the obvious choice for A-hole because of his smooth laid-back persuasive New York City style. He will tell it like it is, even if it isn’t what his clients want to hear. A-hole could use a good kick in his big butt even if it is from a small smart mouthed Italian man.
Vinny may not win the case due to the lack of substantial evidence proving A-hole’s innocence but at least he would make the case an entertaining debacle.
Best lawyer-speak: “[opening statements] Uh… everything that guy just said is bullshit… Thank you.”
5. Tom Hagen
If the clear-headed, calm Hagen can deal with various Corleone shenanigans (namely murder — involving horses and people), then he can surely deal with A-hole’s legal issues. Especially since his legal issues may or may not involve horse-related revenge. Tom could be up A-hole’s alley, but is a possible threat due to Hagen’s truthful nature. Despite him being a New York boy affiliated with the mob, Tom is still a moral guy who can even see through his little brother’s, Michael Corleone, evil bullshit.
Best lawyer-speak: “I have a special practice. I handle one client. Now you have my number, I’ll wait for your call.”
6. Harvey Birdman
Harvey has managed to obtain justice for numerous figures in the cartoon world, including Apache Chief (when he spilt hot coffee on his lap and found himself unable to grow……you know….up) and Fred Flintstone (who was accused of being a Mafia figure, the Dabba Don). Surely he could take those lawyering skills and put them to use for live-action clients as well.
Since taking all those PEDs in the past, some would consider A-hole a cartoon.
Best lawyer-speak: “Debbie, we are going to need some law books. With pictures this time.”
7. Fletcher Reid
Fletcher would be perfect but there is only ONE problem. He can’t lie. Without lying, A-hole doesn’t stand a chance.
Best lawyer-speak: “Stop breaking the law, asshole!”
I bet you right about now A-hole is wishing there were no lawyers in the world, a world where we can all go back to playing good old baseball and focusing on what was once good about the game. A tainted free pastime of America 🙂
Yea, that ain’t going to happen A-hole. The damage is done. You and Baseball are busted.