Cynical

Okay, so I just sent off another chapter to the man for review, thus it's time to unwind for a few minutes and read the headlines...

oh wait, what's this, Marion Jones took steroids?  WTF?  Holy crap dude, what a shocker, this is an outrage!

Umm, yeah.  I'm all in favor of the principle of innocence, but anyone with a functioning brain stem knew that she wasn't clean.  And now, just because she finally pled guilty today to lying to the Fed, it's the front page headline on CNN.com?  sheesh.

More generally, though, this brings us to the sad state of pro sports.  Bill Simmons commented on how Bret Fah-vre's "magical" recovery could be drawing a lot of attention if he weren't Bret Favre, and I was thinking today about how I couldn't really be surprised if Jorge I-look-like-a-turtle-or-is-it-a-penis-instead-? Posada was juicing (he hit 100 points higher this year, and that's weird for an old catcher).  Similarly, when word got out that Rich Ankiel used HGH my response wasn't shock, just "huh, yeah, that makes sense."

And maybe, that last bit, that I'm not shocked or upset, is the saddest part of all.

On the other hand, I'm pleased by the thought I had yesterday - "huh, I just realized that Hank Aaron and 755 isn't the record anymore".  That means I've done a good job of repressing the last 3 years of Barry Bonds' existence, which I'm sure would make Bud Selig dance with glee.  Ugh, now I feel dirty and used.

P.S.  Manny's walk-off was pretty damn awesome.  I love hearing Fenway erupt when someone (usually Big Papi) hits one out.

  

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3 thoughts on “Cynical”

  1. Manny's walk-off was going like warp 10, my friend!

    Thanks for the txt msg, btw. You know I was still watching. I knew that was going to happen, too, since they'd walked Big Papi so much. Eventually, even Manny will make you pay for that.

    As for the whole juicing thing, I've been wondering about Posada this year as well. Like you said: that's a really unlikely result for an old catcher. An old 1st baseman or DH, sure, maybe, if he eats his Wheaties and takes Viagra, but not an old catcher. Also, no surprise on Ms. Jones or Mr. Ankiel; interesting thought about Favre - hadn't crossed my mind, but it kind of makes sense. I refuse to speak about the other, except to say, oddly enough: keep up the pace, A-Rod - let's make him insignificant!

    Speaking of catchers, did you see how Tek cooled down Big Angry Vlad after Lopez accidentally beaned him? Seriously, Lopez owes him at least a six-pack, 'cause Vlad was totally giving him the "steely eyes of doom" and Tek defused the whole thing with a couple of words. That's why he wears the "C", amigo!

    Finally, speaking of Guerrero, I hope he's alright. They took him out of the game after getting lit up like that. I figure it was just precautionary, but you never know. Don't get me wrong: the Angels without Vlad are way less threatening, but I like seeing him play, wouldn't wish him any harm, and would rather see the Sox beat the Angels in a fair contest. Word.

  2. 2 Part Response:

    1. Posada - Posadas AVG/OBP/SLG last year was .278/.375/.494 in 464 PA, which is pretty much his career average line. This year he hit .338/.426/.543 in 506 PA. Basically, the 50 points of batting average he gained explain the increase in all three categories. Over the course of baseball history, it's not particularly unusual to see a player have 50 point swings in batting average from season to season. Roy Campanella (C / Brooklyn Dodgers) went from .207/.285/.401 in his age 32 season to .318/.395/.583 in his MVP age 33 season. Walker Cooper (C / 3 NL Teams) went from .258/.308/.436 in his age 34 season (1949) to .313/.367/.495 in his age 35 season. What Jorge did was impressive, but not something that hasn't happened before in baseball history.

    B. A-Rod - Yeah A-Rod's having a crappy post-season so far. He's gone 0-6 with two walks. But Mr. Clutchy Clutchington Cap'n Jeter has gone 1-8 with zero walks. The Yankees had to face two of the top five pitchers in all of baseball this year (Sabbathia / Carmona) and have gone 8-66 as a team. Over a small sample of at bats, it's usually impossible to make any meaningful conclusions about a player's ability level. For example, A-Rod hit .293/.418/.520 in 75 "close and late (as defined by ESPN)" AB this season. David Ortiz hit .263/.371/.395 in 76 such AB (that choker). My prediction: Cleveland beats the Yankees in their series, A-Rod gets blamed for it all, opts out of his contract, goes and has an MVP season for someone else next year. And I will laugh at Yankees fans for driving their best player out of town.

  3. Nice A-rod prediction, guy. As you say, Jeter could go 0-40 in the series and it would be ignored... we'll see.

    Also, I want to clarify that I'm in no way asserting that Favre or Posada ARE juicing, just that it's sad how that thought has to cross your mind, and that it wouldn't be a huge shock. That's why if I was a clean player I'd be pushing the union and MLB to actually do something, to get the testing up to the point that you can assume a player to be clean.

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