Frivolties: 27 Days

by JohnBowen

There are 27 days until we all hear the four sweetest words in the English language: Pitchers and Catchers report. With that in mind, and because reader Len has pointed out how infrequently we’ve been posting, here are some fun baseball-y things having to do with the number 27.

1) For all New York Yankees fans, Joe Girardi’s number has become something of a running gag. When he first took over for Joe Torre, he wore number 27, because of his stated goal of winning the 27th World Championship in New York Yankees history. While it would have been a little funny for the bizarre tactician’s number to stay 27 forever (er, until his inevitable firing), Girardi and the Yankees did win their 27th World Series in 2009. Girardi then changed his number to 28, much to the chagrin of Curtis Granderson, who joined during that subsequent off-season after a 3-way deal involving the Diamondbacks and his former club, the Tigers. Granderson has worn #14 in New York.

2) Yankee fans also love the number 27 for its connection to the 1927 Yankees, arguably the greatest team of all-time. That team went 110-44 and swept the World Series 4-0 for their first of two consecutive World Series championships. That team featured the top three home run hitters in the American League: Babe Ruth (60), Lou Gehrig (47) and Tony Lazzeri (18).  Ruth personally out-homered each of the other seven American League teams.

3) Juan Marichal is probably the greatest pitcher to ever don #27. The “Dominican Dandy,” as I literally just found out he was nicknamed, wore #27 for all of his fourteen years with the San Francisco Giants. Marichal won 20 or more games 6 times and 243 for his career. Although he was a 9-time all-star, playing at the same time as Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, and Fergie Jenkins made him arguable the best pitcher to never win a Cy Young.

After wearing 41 through his 30th birthday, right-hander Kevin Brown changed his number to #27 after joining the Marlins prior to the 1996 season. That year, he would lead the league with a 1.89 ERA (215 ERA+) and 0.944 WHIP and would maintain the number 27 for the rest of his career – which saw him land the most lucrative deal in history up to that point (7 years, 105 million dollars) and get jobbed out of two Cy Young awards that he probably should have won (1996, and 1998 in his lone season with the Padres).

4) Jeromy Burnitz never wore #27, but he did hit 27 home runs in 1997. This is only significant because it led  the Milwaukee Brewers, and 1997 was my first year following baseball. Being as he led my favorite team, I thought 27 home runs was a lot – until I watched the playoffs and saw how many Ken Griffey Jr. had hit that season. Incidentally, Griffey twice hit 27 home runs – once in 1992 (after which he would close out the decade averaging 53 per 162 games) and again in 2006, his last year as a full-time center fielder.

5) Eight different players have hit exactly 27 home runs and exactly 27 doubles in the same season; among those, Tommy Davis probably had the best year, winning the batting title at .346 and leading the league in both hits (230) and RBI (153) for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962. Reggie Jackson accomplished the feat twice, once in his lone season as a Baltimore Oriole, and again 9 years later as a member of the California Angels.

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115 Responses to “Frivolties: 27 Days”

  1. Raul Says:

    The Joe Girardi jersey thing is stupid.
    Juan Marichal is a god in the Dominican Republic.

  2. Cameron Says:

    Kevin Brown was good in ‘96 and ‘98, but as a fan of those 90’s Braves teams, I’ll let Smoltz and Glavine screw Kevin Brown as much as they want. …Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

  3. Raul Says:

    Kevin Brown was a dick and an idiot.
    But I can’t find it in my heart to root for Atlanta in anything, ever.

  4. Bob Says:

    Should we venture over to this thread?

  5. Raul Says:


    Man, when I first started using DC, you never saw articles with even 60 comments.
    We routinely pass 500.

  6. Chuck Says:

    That’s because we were getting two or three articles a day.

    Couldn’t keep everything straight.

  7. Chuck Says:

    Got an email from Braut last night..talking about the passing of Ed Bouchee.

  8. Bob Says:

    Tell him we said hello.

  9. Chuck Says:

    I did.

  10. Raul Says:

    So let’s recap the last few weeks:

    The majority of the baseball world doesn’t think much of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, Craig Biggio, Jack Morris and such.

    Lance Armstrong is a dirty liar who manipulated, bullied people and ruined their lives.

    Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Melky Cabrera were careless enough to be exposed as cheats.

    Ray Lewis is a PED user and overall irritating person (big shock?).

    Dan Marino cheated on his wife, had a child with another woman and paid her money to keep it secret.

    Bill Belichick is a douchebag.

    The Lakers suck.

    Stan Musial died.

    Hockey is back.

    And Manti Te’o had a fake girlfriend and used her to catapult himself to the top of the college football world. And he might even be gay…which really doesn’t matter…but if he was in on this scam to hide his gayness, that is atrocious.

    So we’re about two weeks from Spring Training, at which point hopefully we can get over this ARod story. The media can do their quick “Ok, so Jeter lost the bodyfat he had in December” story. And we can all finally talk about whatever progress our favorite prospects are making — before delving into how shitty the World Baseball Classic is, and how nobody wants this to exist. Then I’ll go into some posts about which players to pick up for my fantasy baseball team. And then the season will start — around which time Shaun Payne will make a quick cameo, sharing an article about why the Braves are better with the shitty and overrated Upton brothers.

    Let’s just hang in there, my friends.

  11. Chuck Says:

    ” around which time Shaun Payne will make a quick cameo, sharing an article about why the Braves are better with the shitty and overrated Upton brothers.”

    Way to save the best for laughs Raul…take a couple of bucks out of petty cash and have a shooter on me.

    That was awesome.

  12. Raul Says:


  13. Chuck Says:

    The Brewers play the Canada WBC team..Jameson Taillon is on the Canada roster.

    If he pitches even just one inning, the whole thing will be worth it to me. I’ve seen him on video, but to see him in person, especially since his ML team trains in Florida, would be pretty cool.

    You guys can have Shelby Miller and Gerritt Cole..I’ll take Walker and Taillon all day long.

  14. Bob Says:

    Raul, that was outstanding.

  15. Bob Says:

    And the Yankess did indeed sign Hafner.

  16. Chuck Says:

    Dbacks signed Martin Prado to a 4/40 extension.

  17. Raul Says:

    I suppose I don’t have much of an issue with Prado’s contract.

    They’re buying prime years at 10M a pop.
    A guy you can plug in 3 positions who can OPS .800 is a nice pet to have.

    He’d be a great #2 or #6 guy in a lineup.

  18. Chuck Says:

    It’s a good signing..two thumbs up.

  19. Chuck Says:

    Kevin Towers’ only job this off-season was to upgrade the clubhouse..and he did that in spades.

    Let’s see Bill James quantify that.

  20. Bob Says:

    Why? You did it for him.

  21. Chuck Says:

    You know what somebody should do?

    Read through all of Law’s and Olney’s and the other “insider” articles and tweets and see who has been right the most.

    We can call it “Writer WAR”.

  22. Bob Says:

    Does Olney use sabermetrics? With the mlb network, I rarely watch ESPN these days.

  23. Chuck Says:

    I don’t think so, at least not as much as Law or Heyman..he’s not the brightest bulb in the box.

  24. Bob Says:

    I saw the “Bad News Bears” a couple nights ago. That was actually enjoyable.

  25. JohnBowen Says:

    “or Heyman”

    LOL. Heyman is the biggest Morris cheerleader there is.

  26. Chuck Says:

    Kurjian was in Maryvale with Aaron Boone for Baseball Tonite last spring. They have this big tour bus they drive around the guys stay on and it opens up to play PS on a big’s pretty cool.

    When they finished recording their spot, they went on the field where the Brewers were taking BP..guys were coming up to Boone and high fiving and stuff..Kurkjian was leaning against a cage all by one said a thing to him.

    Not only do players not talk to these guys unless they have to, they’ll go out of their way to avoid them.

    That Buster Olney commercial where he got the phone call from Ichiro and talked to him in Japanese used to piss me off..NO chance that ever happened.

  27. JohnBowen Says:

    “Kevin Towers’ only job this off-season was to upgrade the clubhouse..and he did that in spades.”


    Martin Prado is a very good player who outperformed Upton last year and in 2010. His 3-year WAR is 12.1 to Upton’s 9.2. Most agree that he has a lower ceiling, and of course he’s older – but the Diamondbacks got the better PLAYER, at least in recent history. They also got a solid prospect in Delgado.

    If Towers had kicked a great player to the curb for pennies on the dollar because of delusions that he was a clubhouse cancer, then he would be an idiot.

  28. Chuck Says:

    “If Towers had kicked a great player to the curb for pennies on the dollar because of delusions that he was a clubhouse cancer, then he would be an idiot.”

    Like Andrew Friedman trading Garza to the Cubs?

  29. Chuck Says:


    “Mets sign LaTroy Hawkins”


    “Mets continue to look for bullpen help”

    Maybe if they had signed someone better than a 40 year old middle man, they wouldn’t still be looking for bullpen help.

  30. Bob Says:

    The Indians signed Matt Capps.

  31. Raul Says:

    Jenrry Mejia has 6 years and 373 innings of Minor League experience. He’s 23 years old.

    But I guess a 40 year old pitcher is better than him.

  32. Chuck Says:

    Did you guys ever hear of the 3 year minor league veteran whose career was over at 16?

  33. Bob Says:

    I had not. Thanks for the link.

  34. Bob Says:

    Mark Grace will be in prison for 4 months.

  35. Raul Says:

    Mark Grace gets prison??

    And what? Barry Bonds got a walk in the park for obstruction of justice and lying to the government?

    This stupid country…

  36. Cameron Says:

    What the hell did Grace do?

  37. Raul Says:

    He got a DUI. And in light of the recent Nick Adenhart death, I don’t mean to belittle drunk driving.

    But generally speaking, when you’re charged with a federal crime, you don’t get a day at Starbucks.

  38. Cameron Says:

    What makes it worse is, far as we know, Clemens hasn’t been punished yet and may never be and Mark McGwire lied to congress and got away with it too.

  39. Raul Says:

    You have trainers who supplied players with steroids and they are banned from baseball.

    But McGwire can get a job in baseball?


    Scott Rolen might return to the Reds.

  40. Cameron Says:

    How old is he now, 72? Guy’s amazing.

  41. Raul Says:

    He’s 37 and will be 38 on April 4th.

    316 HR
    2,077 Hits
    1,287 RBI
    1,211 Runs Scored
    517 Doubles (45th All Time)
    1997 NL ROY
    8 Gold Gloves

    Rolen was never durable and maybe some will take him down a few pegs for his numbers given the context of the 2000s as a great offensive era. But those numbers seem very impressive for a 3B and I would imagine they rank up there with the best at the position.

    My gut says Rolen never sees the HOF. But had he put up those numbers in the 1980s, he’d be a lock.

  42. Raul Says:

    If you are curious as to WAR (fangraphs),

    Since 1900, Rolen ranks 11th among 3B.

    1. Alex Rodriguez
    2. Mike Schmidt
    3. Eddie Matthews
    4. Wade Boggs
    5. Brooks Robinson
    6. George Brett
    7. Chipper Jones
    8. Ron Santo
    9. Harmon Killebrew
    10. Paul Molitor
    11. Scott Rolen

    Rolen easily has the fewest games played.
    A number of guys ahead of him played other positions.

    Molitor was a DH.
    Chipper Jones has 364 games in the OF (and 49 at SS, if you believe that).
    Killebrew was all over the place, though categorized mostly as 1B/OF.
    and Alex Rodriguez is roughly 50/50 between SS and 3B.

    Taking all that into consideration — if you REALLY want to be a dick about it, Rolen could be argued as the 7th best 3B ever.

  43. Cameron Says:

    Molitor also had decent time at second and a stint in the OF if I recall. But yeah, Rolen in his prime was a hell of a player.

  44. Chuck Says:

    By Arizona law, second conviction for DUI and/or a single conviction on extreme DUI is mandatory jail time.

    He’s on a work release, he’s in jail 12 hours a day.

  45. Chuck Says:

    Theo’s at it again..

  46. Cameron Says:

    Work release? The D’Backs fired Grace from the broadcast booth after that arrest.

  47. Chuck Says:

    He’s a single parent, and he works for the Cubs in spring training as an instructor.

  48. Chuck Says:

    I talked to Braut again a bit yesterday..I think I convinced him to share his thoughts again..he’s been lurking but not commenting due to the frequent off topic directions the threads sometimes take.

    I said because there are so few articles now topics change when things happen and that’s the only way we can be expressive, so hopefully he’ll start popping up occassionally.

  49. Bob Says:

    In the past week, Nck Johnson and Brian Schneider both former Expos retired. In response, the Orioles worked out Fernando Tatis recently. Hope he makes ther squad.

  50. Bob Says:

    Ed Koch passed away. R.I.P.

  51. Raul Says:

    The 80s are officially over, I guess.

    RIP Ed

  52. Raul Says:

    Assuming Wil Myers makes the Rays’ roster outright, where should he bat in the lineup?

  53. Raul Says:

    The Yankees signed Travis Hafner, so not to be outdone in mediocrity, the Red Sox signed Lyle Overbay

  54. JohnBowen Says:

    @52, I think I’d have him 5th, with a good chance that he moves ahead of Joyce.

  55. JohnBowen Says:

    @41, it’s interesting that you bring up the 1980’s – because I think Rolen would have had an even harder time. That was the golden age for 3B with Schmidt, Boggs, Brett, and Molitor all playing at the same time.

    Any four of those guys (or Rolen) would have been the best 3B of the first half of the 20th century.

  56. Raul Says:

    Defensively Rolen was better than probably all of them, but I think you make a good point.

  57. Bob Says:

    The White Sox claimed Lars Anderson.

  58. Brautigan Says:

    In Joshua Foer’s book, “Moonwalking with Einstein”, he talks about a phenomenoa of many people that once they reach the pinnacle of success, they just mail it in from that point forward. That a few, say Michael Jordan, don’t settle for that and push themselves further and further, how they aren’t just satisfied with being “good enough”, they have to be the best, whether as an individual or as a team. The Upton brothers have no doubt some of the best talent I have seen, but both are satisfied with making millions of dollars and just be good enough.

    If someone could just light their fuse……..and perhaps that is what Atlanta is banking on, that maybe together, they can challenge each other. I’m concerned that the opposite will happen, that they both rest further on their laurels and their numbers will worsen.

    It doesn’t mean the Upton brothers are guilty of anything other than a personality trait.

  59. Raul Says:

    Well, Braut is certainly well-read. That’s for sure.

    Happy new year, chief.

  60. Chuck Says:

    Researching my next SABR bio subject..Jim Umbarger.

    From the June 11, 1977 Sporting News..

    “San Jose was ordered by it’s parent club, Oakland, to let Jim Umbarger toss exactly 120 pitches against Tucson”.

    120 pitches in a rehab start? On orders from the team?

    Today, a guy could throw three rehab starts and not throw 120 pitches.

  61. Raul Says:


    It was 1977.

  62. Cameron Says:

    Back when men were men and pitchers had arms of steel! Reminds me of Sandy Koufax’s rehabs. He went out and pitched complete games with an elbow that looked like a grapefruit so that the strength would come back.

    …Explains why his career was so short I think.

  63. John Says:

    “Today, a guy could throw three rehab starts and not throw 120 pitches.”

    Today, the flu wouldn’t be cured by releasing leaches into the body, as was common in the middle ages. People get smarter about this kind of thing.

    Incidentally, Umbarger was finished for his MLB career by…1978.

  64. Raul Says:

    Incidentally….not consequently.

    There’s no reason to think a player can’t throw 120 pitches in a game. None.

    Go ahead and run down the list of players with TJ surgery. Bunch of pansy ball washing bastards, hardly any of whom were overused. And a good number who weren’t even pitchers.

  65. John Says:

    Yes, that’s why people regularly run marathons 3 days after knee surgery. Totally normal.

  66. Chuck Says:

    You’re starting to be a real dick, John…take you’re frustrations with life elsewhere

  67. Raul Says:

    You’re acting like a pitcher in rehab is throwing 120 pitches at 100% effort.

    Nobody here is saying 120 pitches in a rehab should be the norm. Just that it was something that happened 35 years ago.

    Year round play, supplements, pitching coaches at age 12 and shit, little league, traveling teams, winter leagues…all the advances of medicine and technology these days…and pitchers aren’t any more durable today…..and certainly not much better.

    So save this bullshit where you act like anyone alive before you lived in some fucking stone age.

  68. John Says:

    You honestly think that sports medical somehow got *worse* at their jobs in the last 30 years.

    They didn’t.

  69. Chuck Says:

    Caribbean World Series on ESPN Desportes if anyone’s interested. Mute button is a wonderful me flashbacks to watching Dbacks games when Thom Brennaman was here.

  70. Cameron Says:

    “pitching coaches at age 12″

    Don’t knock AAA Little League pitching coaches, I used to be one. You should’ve seen the bites on their changeups when I was done with them.

  71. Chuck Says:

    “You should’ve seen the bites on their changeups when I was done with them.”

    There’s no 12 year old in the history of the human race that could throw a changeup.

    90% of major league pitchers can’t throw a changeup.

    Thanks, Cam, I needed that.

  72. Raul Says:

    RA Dickey won the NL Cy Young last year.
    Over his last 3 years, he is 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA.

    Will he win 11 games this year?
    Will his ERA be under 3.50?

  73. Mike Felber Says:

    OK, Why can very few MLB pitchers even throw a change up? Is it that difficult, & so many are that deluded that they can do it at all?

    I would guess yes on Dickey, Just because of the way K-ball pitchers age.

  74. Cameron Says:

    I don’t get it. It’s not THAT hard to throw a changeup. It’s a very simple grip and the only fine adjustment basically comes from wrist movement and finger pressure. I think the main reason a lot of guys can’t throw a change is because a lot of guys try to throw a circle change (thank you, Trevor Hoffman) and the circle change is a tricky pitch and unless you’re REALLY good at it, just use a straight grip.

  75. Bob Says:

    Dickey may win alot of games if Toronto is as good as people think. Hus ERA away from the Mets park into Fenway, Yankee Stadium and the behemoth line-ups of the AL East will translate into an ERA north of 3.5 if you ask me.

  76. Chuck Says:

  77. Chuck Says:

    Changeup is, BY FAR, the hardest pitch to throw, and that’s why there are so few good ones.

    Why do you think guys throw splits or cutters?

    They need something with a slower speed and movement, and since they can’t throw a CU, they have to resort to other options.

  78. Bob Says:

    The first QB sacked by Ray Lewis was Jim Harbaugh.

  79. Raul Says:

    I’m going to buy Jim Caple a beer.

  80. Raul Says:

    This has been the shittiest Super Bowl ever.

    The leading stories are Ray Lewis and homophobic 49ers players. Really, who gives a shit?

    I’m watching the game on Sunday, but the narrative for this game has been terrible.

  81. Bob Says:

    I agree. I truly hope there is a fishing show on TV tomorrow evening.

  82. Raul Says:

    What fish do you want to catch that you haven’t been able to, Bob?

  83. Bob Says:

    In freshwater, since that has been 95% of my fishing, I have never caught a muskie or a channel catfish. In saltwater, flonder which is awesome. Never eaten muske, yet I have heard it is good.

  84. Raul Says:

    Cool. I think I’ve eaten flounder once as a kid in Florida. Then again I was 10 so what do I know?

    I hear a lot of fishermen can be picky when it comes to how to cook fish. Some people say it should be seasoned minimally so you can taste the differences between fish.

    But again, not like I would really know. You fry any fish and I’m gonna like it.
    I ate a few parrot fish when I was in DR over the winter. Oh, and red snapper.

  85. Bob Says:

    Parrot fsh? How big do they get? Tough to mess up flounder or swordfish. For me, the hardest fish to get right are freshwater bass. trout, salmon perch and walleye are easy. The best fish I ever landed was a Northern Pike at 38 inches. My arms still have lactic acid build-up from that fight.

  86. Raul Says:

    According to Wikipedia, parrotfish get to around a foot to 2 feet in length. Not very big. But they cook it for you there on the beach and food always tastes better on the beach. Lol.

    Never had freshwater bass. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

    38 inches? Must have been a heavy one. That’s one thing that gets underrated about fishermen I guess. They have this stereotype as being lazy beer drinkers, which is probably partially true. But reeling in some of those fish would give most bodybuilders trouble.

  87. Brautigan Says:


    In 1968, Mayo Smith went with Mickey Lolich in game 7 over 30 game winner Denny McClain, even though Lolich pitched a complete game two days earlier. Lolich went on to best Bob Gibson 4-1 to win the Series.

    That would never happen today.

  88. Brautigan Says:

    Re: eating fish. Better check the radioactive content before eating.

  89. Chuck Says:

    Reading an article in the February 3, 1979 Sporting News..talking about the White Sox’ 5′3″ SS Harry Chappell.

    “He needs to stay within himself and take advantage of his small strikezone, he’s not going hit for power, but he’d be a regular if he could draw 100 walks in a season”.

    See, Billy Beane didn’t invent OBP.

  90. Bob Says:

    The rivers and fish in Northern Michigan and the Farmington River have little mercury. Lake St. Claire on the other hand.

  91. Bob Says:

    And Raul, flounder should be baked not fried. Baked stuffed flounder is one of my 5 favorite foods.

  92. Mike Felber Says:

    In the 19th century there was dbate about whether there really was a such ting as a curve. A pitcher used a pole to prove that there was.

    Sometimes the seemingly simplistic things, about a pitch, swing arc, stance-what actually happens & what is possible-is amazingly unclear or in debate.

    The reverse of the 1st statement is that many folks feel they throw certain things & they really do not do so, or not effectively or with significant &/or the right kind of movement. I am not qualified to say how many guys throw what kind of change up, if at all.

  93. Cameron Says:

    @77 I’ve found the changeup to be a rather easy pitch to learn, actually. A straight change anyway. Then again, I can’t throw a four-seamer due to my small hands not being able to get the right grip, so I have a natural affinity towards off-speed and breaking balls. The changeup really does rely on fine adjustments, but there’s a few tricks I’ve learned to get it to do what you want. The trick for me is to get it to look like a fastball out of your hand. As a I throw two-seamers and sinkers naturally, it’s a bit easier for me, but you need to get it to have a gradual break and not bury it. The thing with a lot of bad changeups is they don’t break at all though. My tricks are simple. Snap your wrist down at the release to provide some extra kick and break, and put pressure on the bottom of the ball with your thumb and ease up on the top three so you get the gradual tumbling motion as well as to help balance out the initial break of the wrist snap. Between those, you’ve got good groundwork for a change.

    In baseball news, the Yankees signed Travis Hafner to be the lefty bench bat.

  94. Raul Says:

    I got $100 says you could throw Delmon Young three eephus pitches and he’d miss every one.

  95. Mike Felber Says:

    The Eephus! It is not that easy to hit for most, but of course at least if expected a MLB player should be able to cream it often. Teddy Ballgame asked for ran up on & smashed an All Star game HR on one. Being so slow, it has gotta be somewhat harder to hit for distance.

  96. Cameron Says:

    I’ve never tried a real eephus actually, but it’s something I might try once for shits and giggles. I used to throw 200 pitch sessions to build my arm up, I can try at least a few of them in there somewhere.

  97. Chuck Says:

    Cam…if you think you throw a good change, then you get a virtual high five from me.

    The biggest key I’ve found in throwing a good change is long fingers. You don’t necessarily have to have big hands per se, but long fingers is a must. Short, stubby fingers don’t cut it.

    Another mandatory component of throwing a good change is arm slot, the more overhand angle to your delivery, the higher the likelihood you can master the pitch.

    Koufax threw straight over the top but couldn’t throw a change because his hands were too small, Randy Johnson couldn’t throw a change because, despite having huge hands and fingers, his arm slot was too low.

    Common misconception on a changeup is taking ten miles an hour off your fastball.


  98. Cameron Says:

    Only thing you should have in common with your fastball is about the first second of it. I have short fingers, so I had to find ways to compensate. Keep in mind, I was teaching 12 year olds, so aside from Michael (who was six feet tall, had the best heater on the team, and could throw a curveball), it was a pretty universal tip. I tend to throw everything out of a 3/4 slot, which is alright for a change, gives it a bit of a lateral movement, but I can do overhand. I have a bit of trouble with straight overhand deliveries though. I tend to bury pitches that way. I can work a curve overhand, but that’s about it.

  99. Chuck Says:

    Again, there’s no 12 year old in the history of the planet who can throw a change.

    Whether you think you do is one thing, telling me you’ve taught a 12 year old to throw one is a bigger hoax than Te’o.

    Sorry, brah, but it is what it is.

  100. Chuck Says:

    Brian Kenny interviewing Justin Upton:

    “You had two .500 SLG seasons before age 25, did you ever think you’d be on the trading block?”

    Translating the look on Upton’s face:

    “Oh, my God, that’s the dumbest question I’ve ever been asked, how the fuck do I even formulate an answer to that?”

    Kenny must have pictures of Bud Selig and the CEO of MLBNetwork together in the backseat of a car with RuPaul and a gazelle.

  101. Mike Felber Says:

    lol! I do love the surreal.

    Though a hoax can only imply an intentional deception.

  102. Raul Says:

    Why couldn’t Kenny have phrased the question differently?

    Justin, you struck out a lot for a guy being only 25? Wasn’t being traded inevitable?

    But anyway, I was having a discussion with a buddy of mine about Arod last night. And I kinda go back and forth on this steroid issue, as you all know.

    So last night I basically said: people are very critical of steroid users. Fairly, I think.
    But at the same time, you have to ask yourself certain questions.

    Would you have taken them? Many of us like to think we wouldn’t. I think I wouldn’t. But then, suppose I’m a minor leaguer and everyone is taking that shit. I’ve been playing baseball my whole life and I’m not really prepared for anything in life. I could play clean and possibly get cut. Or I could juice, and maybe get better…parlay that into a few years of contracts in the high hundred thousands or low millions before eventually being cut…but I’d be in my late 20s or early 30s with at least a few hundred grand in my bank account.

    It’s tempting, to be honest. No matter what your morals are.

    So you look at Arod…
    Idiot for being caught multiple times. Why would he risk it?

    Well phrase the question this way: Would you take steroids for half a billion dollars?

  103. Chuck Says:

    “Would you take steroids for half a billion dollars?”

    No way.

    If I’m good enough to get paid a quarter of a billion dollars, or go into the HOF, then the risk of what I could potentially lose far outweighs the gain.

    If I’m a borderline guy who’s looking for a way to get extra service time so I can qualify for a pension, or get a three year, $20 million contract from the Marlins to guarantee my family’s future… bet your ass I’m taking them.

    But that’s the ONLY way.

  104. Raul Says:

    I understand, Chuck.

    I’m just saying for an athlete who may be clawing for his baseball life, it could be a tempting situation.

  105. Chuck Says:

    Big TV day today…

    Phil Mickelson and the PGA scoring record…

    Caribbean World Series….

    Puppy Bowl…

    Super Bowl…

  106. Bob Says:

    Kevin Millwood is retiring.

  107. John Says:

    In 1999, Kevin Milwood pitched on the same team as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz – and had a better season than all of them.

  108. Mike Felber Says:

    All of these temptations are real & can be huge. It is too bad that cheating, lying, & taking honest people’s dreams, money & glory has often been effectively rewarded. Yet all must answer for their choices & their conscience, even though we can be sympathetic about their dilemma.

    Reports seem to be it is another Stupor Bowl.

  109. Mike Felber Says:

    Well it really turned around, all they needed was a ‘lil poweroutage to “recharge”.

  110. Chuck Says:

    That’s what I did…took a nap…missed 17 points, too.

  111. Bob Says:

    You know what I did? I wrote an article for you guys. I just sent it to you and John.

  112. Chuck Says:

    Thanks, Bob.

    I may not be able to check email until tomorrow afternoon, but I’ll make a note to check for yours first if John doesn’t beat me to it.

  113. Bob Says:

    No problem. I had been mulling the topic over for a while, and last night was the best time to do it, as I truly did not care about the result of the game.

  114. JohnBowen Says:

    Thanks Bob! It’s up under “Features.”

    I’ll be starting my NL Central preview either later tonight or tomorrow.

  115. Bob Says:

    John, thank you.

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