an interesting enOugh read

Posted in arOund the big leagues, blOggers, schadenfrOide on January 15th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Deadspin’s rant about the A-Rod situation, which Blog of Team supposes stands in for all sorts of hipster arguments pushing for the legal use of drugs in sports, is an interesting enough read — as is everything on that great blog — but the problem is, unlike many great Deadspin reads, it contains too many factual errors to be taken seriously.

For example:

“Here’s something you might not realize about the case of Alex Rodriguez: There’s no physical evidence at all tying him to the purchase or use of any prohibited drug”

Wrong! There is physical evidence, obviously, and the arbitrator had every right to consider it. The writer kind of goes back on that claim but then says there is no physical evidence because he doesn’t like the credibility of the guy who provided the physical evidence.

Drug testing is “a moral regime, dedicated to the purification of the body as a way of purifying the mind.”

Wrong! Drug testing is in place to protect those who don’t wish to use drugs at varying levels of the game from undue peer, player, coach and industry pressure. It’s also in place to make sure cheaters can’t use drugs to gain an unfair advantage.

“Alex Rodriguez, to be clear, wasn’t suspended because anyone could prove he did anything; he was suspended because there was good reason to think he wanted or tried to do something. He was convicted, in other words, of a thoughtcrime.”

Wrong! Alex wasn’t convicted of anything. He was suspended under a drug-testing regime he agreed to and his suspension was upheld in binding arbitration.

Said regime “essentially makes contracts conditional, fully guaranteed only so long as the commissioner believes that the player is thinking sufficiently pure thoughts.”

Wrong! Baseball has the strongest contract protections of any major sport. It took a galactic douche like A-Rod to run afoul of them.


Posted in schadenfrOide on September 12th, 2013 by The Wayward O

Blog finds it hard to believe that Santa Claus is Yankee fan…

via Some Guys

This guy must be imposter.

Also why are Chris Moneymaker and Vlad Putin with Santa watching baseball game? Blog could see Vlad Putin rooting for chemically enhanced cheating cheaters but NOT OL’ SAINT NICK!

Whole thing seems … fish fish!

hardly a shOck

Posted in schadenfrOide on January 29th, 2013 by The Wayward O

The following chat, about this story, occurred today between 12:57 and 1:03 p.m., several hours prior to this story.

Blog of Team: Yankees leaking A*Rod dirt. They want out of the personal service contract?
JAKE: I know. Think they can pull it off?
Blog of Team: Get a copy of the contract. See what it says about what behavior isn’t tolerated. Just a conspiracy theory, really, but somebody handed the New Times a big story
JAKE: Is the wording of the contracts public record?
Blog of Team: No, definitely not
JAKE: Well my guess is you’re right. This at least opens the door for the Yanks to void the worst contract in the history of sports
Blog of Team: Or try to
JAKE: If Selig suspends him, that would be additional “evidence” for the team to use depending on the wording of the contract
Blog of Team: You have to wonder whether Alex has any shame at all. Most people would just retire
JAKE: He wants the HR record. It’s already held by a juicer. What does he care? It’s still the record. It’s a shame the ’09 title is now “tainted” given that he carried the team that postseason. But it’s hardly a shock that he was juicing
Blog of Team: I wonder what Vegas would say about the odds of him hitting another 115 dongs?
JAKE: 20-1?
Blog of Team: It could happen

Chat with JAKE was almost kinda sorta semi-jokey, until it became not a joke! Incidentally here is Blog’s favorite line from the Miami New Times story:

The nine athletes and one coach named in this article didn’t respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment, but when New Times began asking questions last week, sources leaked information to the New York Daily News and ESPN to soften the blow.

Sh*t just got real for a bunch of guys.

thanks fOr everything

Posted in histOry, hOpe springs eternal, octOber, schadenfrOide on October 13th, 2012 by The Wayward O

Heart of Oriole order, in five games vs. Yankees:

J.J. Hardy
3 for 22

Adam Jones
2 for 23

Chris Davis
3 for 20

Matt Wieters
3 for 20

Mark Reynolds, the standout, at
3 for 19

So reports you may have read about Team not being able to get key hit are accurate.

Nevertheless, they were one bloop, one well-aimed grounder, one swinging bunt or one similar such outcome away from ALCS last night versus Mercenary Former All-Stars in Bronx.

So Congratulations to you, 2012 Baltimore Orioles. And thanks for everything.