Tag Archives: Cheap Shots

Notes from a Semi-Regular Tradition

Sunday was my first opportunity to get to the ballpark in 2012, so I grabbed a friend, put on some black and headed to Sox Park for Jackie Robinson Day! I've seen some great baseball on Jackie Robinson Days past, all of which were pitchers duels (my drug of choice), but with a Rick Porcello v. Chris Sale matchup looming, I wasn't expecting much. The pair would end up surprising me, but that wasn't all:
  • This was the FIRST April baseball game in Chicago I have ever attended where a hat, gloves and scarf were not needed. No joke. I was in a t-shirt. Sweating at times.
  • Miggy can play D. I hung two stars on my scorecard for him, including a barehanded grab-and-throw that nailed a speedy Alexei Ramirez at first.
  • I understand the importance of Jackie Robinson Day...
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Three Up, Three Down

Just like a rainbow themed slap bracelet, this is gonna be loud, colorful and could quite possibly cause a ripple in your otherwise tame relationship. The Iron Fist of King Bud's Court Troy Tulowitzki pisses off Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez subsequently beans Tulowitzki. Jimenez gets slammed with a 5-game suspension. And speaks:
"I can't control what people say. People act like this is the first time that somebody got hit. It happens in the game. That's part of the game. It's always been part of the game."
Ubaldo is right. We don't know if it was on purpose. Beanballs happen all the time. We can assume it was intentional considering the circumstances, but we can't be sure beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the beauty of the unwritten rules of baseball, a game where players police themselves and do what they gotta do to survive. But alas, there is no...
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Why I am Leaving MLB

The recent New York Times editorial/open letter from a former Goldman Sachs employee appears to have opened the floodgates to those seeking to leave behind a no longer fulfilling employment.  However, RSBS was still shocked when the following letter arrived in our inbox the other day signed simply, Bud S. -A ________________ TODAY is my last day at MLB. After more than 40 years at the organization — first as a minority owner of the Milwaukee Braves, then in bringing the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee and renaming them the Brewers, and now as commissioner — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.
To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the owners continue to be sidelined in the way the...
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The RSBS Podcast, Episode 22: Ryan Braun's Rumspringa… and Other Stuff

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And so in this Podcast brought to you by Lifestyles...

Jeff and Johanna kick the season off by trying to name every Jewish baseballer ever known to man before PodMaster Keith let's The 8:08 (from harried Undercast fame) into the studio... from there on out the wheels come off in one great big ball of awesomeness that includes Dodger takeovers, Hawkisms galore, goofy games that may or may not include a sexual innuendo (or fifty) and much, much more... all to make you excite!

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Giving Glenn a Hand

Glenn Beck crying.jpgMy heart is filled with sorrow knowing that Glenn Beck, the insane political entertainment leech that he is, will no longer be employed by the fear-mongering moguls at Fox News.  That's right, dear readers.  I, and a collective US America, am in mourning.  Please, let us grieve.


Unfortunately, this mutual divorce means no more frog murdering on live television.  It means no more psychotic temper tantrums directed towards reason.  And yes, sadly, my friends, It means no more *oligarhy*.

But never fear!  Glenn Beck is the Washington Nationals of politics!  He may be an embarrassment to the establishment, but damn does he make things interesting every once in a while!

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RSBS Digest: Badass

bat_catch.jpgI think that picture just about says it all.  Catch flying bat in one hand, gyroscopically protect beer in other.  There's a pretty good chance he impregnated the woman in front of him during the process, too, because when you're that badass, nothing can stop you.

You know what else is badass?  Tigers.  Sure, you can make all the jokes you want about the 2008 team that started off losing way too many games to the Royals or the 2003 team that lost 119 games.  The fact of the matter is, Tigers are badass.  You want proof?  How about a tiger killing a lion.  Yeah.  You don't get much more badass than that.

Good journalism, though, means looking at both sides of an argument.  I have presented you with my understanding of badass but...

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Cubs Already Reach Midseason Form

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It may still be spring training, but the sCrUBS are already movin' along at their regular pace.  I was able to catch that feeling during Saturday's spanking from the, er, lowly San Diego Padres.

Quade is the man for the job alright.

Any man who can sit through a butt-whoopin' like that and not lose his cool definitely has what it takes to sit through another 80 or so butt-whoopins before the long, back-breaking season is over.

Hate me 'cuz I point out the obvious, just don't hate me 'cuz I'm right.

Peace,

Jeff

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