… like this comic on the evolution of the fan from @mattomic, which I think is pretty awesome– even if I also happen to believe that there’s a lot more to MMA than the average meat-head would lead you to believe.
On Lawrie, Parkes is Probably Right
Over at Getting Blanked our old friend Parkes explains why he doesn’t want to see Brett Lawrie called up. And frankly, he’s probably right.
The crux of his argument is that, at this point, the value of having Lawrie come up to face full-on Major League pitching for just a month before the rosters expand in September is outstripped by the value of pushing his free agency back a year, as the Jays would if they waited until a week into next season to bring him up– plus the fact that Edwin Encarnacion needs to keep getting at-bats if he’s to finish the season a Type-B free agent and net the Jays a pick in the 2012 draft when he signs elsewhere.
It’s easy to say that Lawrie doesn’t need more at-bats at the minor league level and needs to be here for his development, but that argument is a red herring: if it was just about the bat, Lawrie probably would have been here already.
It’s also easy to say that Rogers is so rich the Jays don’t need to look to save money, or that worrying about when players become free agents doesn’t matter, because if they’re any good the club will have locked them up long-term anyway– but it’s way easier to say that both of those arguments are fucking moronic. You need to only look at the contract extensions given to Yunel Escobar and JJ Hardy this season to see how what important leverage it is to have extra years of team control.
The only thing that really makes me wonder on this is that it’s going to be awfully hard to justify not having him break camp with the club next spring– not that clubs haven’t gotten away with it before. (Oh… and also because I’m pretty sure it’s a moot point and they’re totally going to bring him up.)
OK, so there really isn’t a great cocaine-related riff on A-Rod’s name, but that shouldn’t make this story tickle you any less. According to RadarOnline, “New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used, and even organized his own high-stakes game, which ended with thugs threatening players.”
“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity.
“In 2005, Rodriguez had been warned about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, both of whom were concerned that possible involvement with gamblers who might be betting on baseball games could result in a Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from baseball,” the report adds.
Now, I couldn’t possibly give less of a shit what any adult puts into his body, but the gambling stuff? That’s pretty deliciously rich and creamy. And it makes me unable to stop thinking of the quote our friend Craig Robinson from Flip Flop Flying laid down when he visited the Yankees clubhouse with a beat writer during their most recent visit at Rogers Centre:
“I can’t tell you what he said about who were the good guys and who were the dicks, but one thing he did say that it was okay to tell you: what you think about most players is probably true. There were only a couple of players that I was wrong about. But mostly, it was fun to hear someone confirm that players I think of as people who might be dicks are dicks.” Gold!
Has Rogers Actually Done Something Right?
I’m extremely skeptical that somewhere in the bowels of the Rogers “campus” at Bloor and Jarvis enough drones got together to steer that mammoth fuck-ship in the direction of something that might actually be beneficial to fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, but that’s what it almost sounds like, based on this Toronto Star
article advertorial on the addition of Jays games to Rogers On Demand– allowing Rogers customers to stream games to their phones and computers.
“Available to Rogers customers through their Rogers on Demand service and its mobile counterpart — which has a $5 surcharge — customers have to sign up to access the service. Unlike Rogersondemand.com services, which allow existing Rogers cable customers access to TV shows depending on their level of cable package, Blue Jays games will be available to all customers across Rogers’ various products,” the marketing literature explains.
Part of this, it says, is to combat the fact that Jays games are not available anywhere in Canada through MLB.tv, because of blackout restrictions.
I’m sure there’s some kind of a catch that will make this completely suck… after all, it’s Rogers. But for those of you without the intestinal fortitude or internet knowhow for illegal streaming, here’s hoping it’s not.