Baseball News for the Week of 12/9 – 12/15

Thursday, December 12
San Francisco Giants News
(up. 8:42 a.m.) Michael Morse is our new everyday LF! Bochy says that Morse will bat 7th, and can definitely knock the ball over the AT&T fences. Per Boogerly, Morse can also play the OF and 1b and will make $6m in 2014.

News
(up. 8:42 a.m.) The Texass Rangers have selected QBRussell Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft. Go for it, big man.

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—–Wednesday, December 11
San Francisco Giants News
NEW! (up. 2:39 p.m.) Jeff Baker is on the team radar for the OF.
(up. 1:41 p.m.) Per Andrew Boogerly, “Hearing the Giants have developed a couple pivot points to add a left fielder. Possibly today. Stay tuned.” Also, “Boras suggested Choo would fit but Giants could really benefit from K.Morales. Would cost 14th pick tho, and Giants resolved to keep it.”
(up. 11:38 a.m.) Buster Olney reports that the team has made inquiries into the David Price sweepstakes.

News
NEW! (up. 12:37 p.m.) Per Ken Rosenthal, Bartolo Colon has agreed to a 2 yr/$20m deal.
(up. 12:37 p.m.) Per multiple sources, Logan Morrison is headed to the busy Mariners.
(up. 11:38 a.m.) Per Adam Rubin, Corey Hart is headed to the Mariners.
(up. 9:30 a.m.) Per Jeff Passan, the Tigers have let it be known that Max Scherzer is up for grabs at the right price.

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Tuesday, December 10
News
(up. 12:38 p.m.) Per Jon Morosi, “Trumbo and 2 prospects to DBacks, Eaton and possibly 1 prospect to White Sox, Santiago and Skaggs to Angels.” Trade comment by Jerry Crasnick: “Trumbo acquisition would seem to kill #dbacks chances of trading for a pitcher. They’re a lot shorter on chips now.”

San Francisco Giants News
– All quiet on the Western front. Is that supposed to be a good thing????

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Monday, December 9
News
(up. 9:41 a.m.) Per Ken Rosenthal, Roy Halladay is expected to sign a contract and announce his retirement with the Toronto Blue Jays.
(up. 9:41 a.m.) Per Darren Wolfson, Bronson Arroyo is scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Twins today.
(up. 9:41 a.m.) Per multiple sources, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garbage, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Ted Simmons, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry have been added to the HOF ballot.

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187 Responses to Baseball News for the Week of 12/9 – 12/15

  1. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    If “Roy Halladay is expected to sign a contract and announce his retirement with the Toronto Blue Jays,” then why can’t Barry Bonds still sign a contract and finally announce his official retirement with the SF Giants?

    • unca_chuck says:

      If only to make Bud Selig’s head explode.

      Cox, LaRussa, and Torre are the only ones elected to the HOF. Let’s hear it for the steroid wing ,. , ,

      • xoot says:

        LaRussa was up to his elbows in the 88-89 launch of the roid era in his clubhouse. He knew damn good and well what Canseco was doing. As I’ve said before, Canseco and his buddy/assistant were detained at the Detroit airport carrying roids just before the start of the 89 season. And Canseco’s numbers in the minors leaped like a roo on roids just before he got called up by the A’s.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        The hypocrisy screams for further reform. This reminds me a bit of how a corporate CEO cheerfully assumes all a company’s profits and accolades when things go well, but in times of ‘adversity’, chicanery, and known shenanigans, they just as righteously unload their “too big to fail” mistakes upon ready scapegoats: serfs, hired hands, the working tax-payer. Baseball players assume all the tangible blame in the steroid era. The commissioner, MLB, and its managers are above reproach … a stacked deck. It’s so damned rigged that there has to be some kind of backlash, so far, no thanks to the ‘professional’ journalists, who again appear to be ‘too bought and sold to succeed’.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          I’m thinking this guy would have voted against the three-but then he is a FOX kind of guy:

          http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/kapler-hof-voting-needs-clear-cut-rules-for-suspected-ped-users-120313

          So, even though the electing committee raised the * issue during a presser announcing the inductees, all three were elected unanimously.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Sandy, an excellent read.

            “If a player has been officially in a report, failed a test, had a suspension upheld after an appeal, etc., he loses his HOF eligibility and can’t be on the ballot. Every other MLB athlete is innocent and should be evaluated strictly on his merit …. As it stands, those with positive tests should be kept out, and it shouldn’t be a subject up for a vote.

            I’m not precisely sure what the author means by “officially in a report”? Not sure if this precludes Clemens and Bonds from HOF consideration. As for all the players – whether suspected or not – who successfully managed their steroid use, I’m not so sure that vindicating all those who never got caught is a solution either.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Reads as too extreme to me. Just thought that, although it’s a radical way to deal with the question of HOF-worthy, he made some valid points and shared some insight from those that weren’t using and how he experienced the unlevel playing field and surrounding circus act of Palmeiro, Gonzales, etc. He can’t be alone in his thinking this way among those that didn’t use.

              I’d imagine that reference is to the Mitchell report. Kaplan’s was a semi-well written piece that seems to be less objective than personal. Calling it a hit piece may be unfair though. I’m sure all those big numbers guys will someday become HOFers. The real question is do they really deserve it and how does that determination get made? Palmeiro had over 3,000 hits and 569 HRs. Aren’t those HOF “numbers?” Maybe just agree to shun them for two or ten voting cycles then let them in? They’re still HOFers at that point. Bonds and Clemens supporters are quick to point at two reasons that they belong in the hall, that prior to any known use, they dominated and would have been HOFers anyway and that every other era has had it’s own form of chemical cheats. I’m still at a loss in understanding how sharpened spikes, bathtub booze or a three-fingered glove/sawdust filled baseball can be referred to in the same manner.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Because Barry isn’t a practicing Mormon ;-) ?

  2. Chico says:

    LaRussa get sin, eh? I;m fine with it, as long as the known roid users are also allowed. What’s the fucking difference?

  3. Chico says:

    btw, I said goodbye to the stick yesterday.. My buddies also won the tailgater of the year award.. Driving away, I felt kind of bummed.. Santa Clara. smh.

    • xoot says:

      The San Jose metropolitan area–only place with regular summer smog in the entire Bay Area. The ground water’s pretty much full of old acids dumped by the original chip fabricators, too.

  4. sandy32koufax says:

    I hear you Chico. Another touchstone is about to disappear. The memories are forever though and niners won at home. Tony Morabito is still turning in his grave. Oddly enough, he was a grad of University of Santa Clara.

    I saw an article on high asthma rates nationwide, SCC was a top ten area. That interested me as to other “area” spikes in health issues. Thyroidal and bladder cancers are up substantially over thirty years ago.

    • xoot says:

      I’ll bet the stuff they sprayed on the orchards, etc., was pretty mild in the old days. I sort of liked that valley back then. Great place to grow crops. In the 1970s, for employees who lasted five years with the company Fairchild Semiconductor automatically paid to have the employees’ cars repainted and refinished generally. (I know a guy his happened to.) They had something they called a “scrubber” on top of the facility. Whenever they wanted to release industrial gas into the air (say, if they had a leakage emergency), they sucked the waste gas up into the scrubber, which mixed the stuff being released with water vapor–to dilute it and, presumably, to draw some of it back down in a form that could be contained and disposed of mo better. (Some of the acid they used could dissolve stainless steel as if it were sugar.) Still, a lot of that vapor entered the local air. As a result, corrosive rain misted down upon the Fairchild parking lot pretty regularly. Thus, the new paint.

      • xoot says:

        sort of on the same topic, did you see the reports about the protestors who kept a Google bus from leaving the Mission Dist. this morning? Big old luxury bus full of google employees who want to work down there but live in the City. A funny rabble rouser pretended to be an outraged google employee, haranguing the protestors with stuff like, “If you can’t afford the rent here, you should move!”

        The old-time residents are just as smart as the google people. Unfortunately, it’s money that matters in the end. . . .

        • sandy32koufax says:

          The old Fairchild, IBM and Memorex facilities are, or were, EPA Superfund sites. The FC site in So SJ was, supposedly, remediated and then sold for mixed use. IDK what’s become of the old Memorex site in Santa Clara or if the IBM campus near Monterrey road/hwy has been completely remediated yet. We lived in SC during the Malathion Huey attacks. If you or your car were outside from 9:30 pm to 4:00 am, you got sprayed. Nasty stuff malathion.

          Ya, I saw it on the gate-even made a few comments there. It’s the shits that when I go to certain bus stops and it’s a rainy day, the googlers are hoarding the covered areas at the stop and the buses they use aren’t, as I read it, even legally allowed to access the stops. The guy, name eludes me, is smart in his mocking but like you say, money talks. Right or wrong. See Western Addition, Chavez, etc…

          • xoot says:

            ha! I was visiting my dad in Cupertino one night when the choppers full of malathion flew over, aiming for medflies. The rooftop of the nice little car I was driving then ended up with tiny translucent bumps I never could buff out, completely. Maybe my memory’s flat wrong, but I thought the flyover occurred in the dark.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Always at night. Usually when there was cause to be outside, like a night Pony league or football/soccer game. Better areas to live got “better” spray days-the ones they lobbied for-like Sunday or Tuesday early in the evening. Ya, that shit got on my cool 1961 Rambler American and it ruined my bitchin original two-tone paint. Seemed like anyone with any kind of fruit tree, which was nearly everyone, had Medfly traps too.

              • xoot says:

                When CalTrain got SP involved in operating new nighttime passenger trains back and forth between San Jose and Sacramento, Jerry Brown’s people set up a contest to name the run. They were pretty embarassed when the overwhelming majority of votes rolled in for “The Medfly.” I think they actually for a while tried to impose officially the second-place finisher, “The Nightcrawler,” but that never caught on. It was The Medfly.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Spam I just saw on that Google bus story:

          http://www.driveless.co/about.html

        • mailorderwife says:

          My cab driver spoke of the Google bus, the nerd mobile for people who spent time riding a bus while staring at their laptop. Move down to the south bay, people. You didn’t build the fantastic culture of San Francisco.

  5. datswhatsup says:

    SFDF
    Looks like De la Salle versus St. John Bosco to State Title?
    Bosco ran through the playoffs. Mater Dei killed Long Beach Poly 30-0 then played SJB who spanked MD–MD only score was on a blocked punt for a TD.

    Funny, SJB was undefeated last year but forfeited 4 games because a player enrolled in a high school in Europe as a freshman for a month before coming back to the states and repeating 8th grade or some bullshit, that month counted as a year by CIF rules so he was a 5th year senior.

    SJB played LB Poly in the title game last year but it was a fog bowl, announcers couldn’t call the kids numbers. Poly won on this play http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wj63yeneCA.

    Not sure how they will do, but two pretty awesome HS programs look to be duking it out.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I’ve been watching DLS since their rise to greatness in the 90′s and they are a more low-key team this year. IDK if it’s Ladoucuer being gone or what but I haven’t heard about them the way I have in the past. I’d like to see norcal win but DLS is rated fourth and SJB is rated 1st. That’s why they play em though.

      Two teams I played on had ineligible players on them, one was a league champion. Stinks when a league or coach can’t verify shit like that satisfactorily before the season starts. Terrible doing that to the other kids.

      May the best Catlix win!

      Poly’s score doesn’t look like a TD to me…

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Did not come down in possession of the ball – an incomplete pass. (at least that’s how some made the call, but nobody listened, and the neo-cons went into Iraq anyway, come hell and/or Bushdaddy’s incomplete ‘Kuwaiti cut and run, no fly zone” pass to nowhere kind of legacy.)

  6. datswhatsup says:

    Chico,

    Had trouble logging in but saw your post about “my material”.

    Ha, have at it!

    Truth be told, I can attest that the drunker I am when I post it and the drunker you are when you read it…the funnier they appear to be.

    Like liver and onions, I believe I’m an acquired taste and certainly not for everyone.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      datswhatsup, I’m sure I can’t be the only one who loathes liver but likes onions. But, it’s now part of your online legacy that borrowing barry4ever’s “kemposer / claytinman” shtick always made for the best daily reads on the Splash pages up until the mysterious disappearance of evanscampbell, Inc.. Now that he’s momentarily gone into hiding, a superhero’s life is probably spent more like the rest of us: having to answer to the wife, take out the trash, even walk Rover down the block and back with a recyclable baggie in hand. ;)

      • datswhatsup says:

        Shoeless,

        Had an old coach who had a way with few words like no one I have met since. There was a league rival that was always a brutal game, he said “stop trying to beat these guys, just make them quit. If you beat them you’ll just have to try beat them again next time, if you make them quit they will forever cross the street when they see you coming.”

        Jive7/Yav/Buddy5/callmommy, captgiddyup, molly, mossy, Wayno they have or will quit. They think changing their name gets them a fresh start, but not with me. It’s no secret why Wayno never responds to my posts–he’s busy crossing the street.

        I’m foolish and petty to care about these trolls, but when I read these steaming loads picking on our more “innocent” fanbase over the years and punking them like they are dorks for loving their teams…I don’t know, it seems worth the effort.

        By the way, my personal favorite with Molly711 was “711? Is that the combined weight of you and your 19 cats?”

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Hah! I’d forgotten that burn…molly is one of these recurring trolls with multiple screennames I think.

          Good coach, a teacher/thinking guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if that guy hadn’t done college football/military time to learn lessons like that. My HS coach was a great tactician but a horrible speaker. “Don’t get your daubers down” or “Sandy, if I had legs like yours, I’d have been All-American at Astoria.” No, Coach O was great at “X’s” n “O’s” though.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Great lesson. Which your coach may even learned back at the Virginia Military Institute by recalling the immortal words of Stonewall Jackson, himself, when referring to the yanks across the divide (in blue – which, by no coincidence was in a slightly darker hue to Dodger blue): “Kill ‘em. Kill ‘em all!” (Because, if allowed to retreat, they would simply regroup and come back to fight another day.) Your alias has just been upgraded to “DatstonewallWhatsUp.” :)

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Jive7/Yav/Buddy5/callmommy, captgiddyup, molly, mossy – were all identified as A’s trolls; but any possibility they were all one and the same?

          And then, this “Jim” character feigning to be a Colorado U student who is always in grave distress over things like the Giants never being able to win 161 games a season without seeing a need to recruit a bunch of Hank Aaron and, yeah, Sandy Koufax clones …. Has anyone really gotten to the bottom of who he/she is?

          • sandy32koufax says:

            IDHava clue who jim or molly are. I think all those dog avatars are the same person though

            • xoot says:

              a bunch of regulars accused slats/mcgillicuddy/et al of being molly, but I think that was mainly because slats/mac’s conduct as one of the worst A’s fan trolls tended to attract opprobrium. as to soph/jim, you have to admit there have been some funny moments. He located the family country home in the mythical Coronado Mountains and flew down for a relaxing vacation during the worst blizzard of the winter; after years claiming to be a wealthy student at Bryn Mawr he didn’t have the guts to pretend he attended 2010 PS games in Philly; and he described the joy he felt after taking a morning jog around the track at the Pacific Union Club, which of course has no track.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, that whole area from Mt View to SC is pretty hot. Moffett Field for years used acetone to wash down the planes in and out of there. It’s all over that area. As was the old Whisman Fairchild site. Not sure if they did fabrication there though. I think Fairchild, and then Nat’l Semiconductor got stuck footing the bill as all the other companies in that area went-belly-up. and they were the only one left standing to go after.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    And, yeah, those bastards would fly around at midnight at about 50′ over house level. Like a scene out of Apocalypse Now. Bright strobing lights, louder than fuck. You could almost hear Flight of the Valkyries . . . Fucked up the paint job (yup, little white bumps. Like my LC had the measles) on my 1971 Landcruiser.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I grew up in San Mateo, but spent some time in Los Gatos around the Medfly outbreak. Had friends whose elderly parents had 200 fig and orange trees in their back yard in Atherton that we graciously offered to clear the fruit out of. BIG mistake. Fucking nightmare of epic proportions. We must have filled 800 50-gallon garbage bags full of fruit. It was like swimming in a pool of molasses and then rolling in the dirt. Every bug within 10 miles attacked us. Then we had to load them and truck them out.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      You’ve told me that before, we even talked about The Van’s. Sounds like you guys got in pretty deep. Freaking hot and grimy is ok that sticky your get from figs isn’t. Some fruit is nasty when it hangs or falls, figs are one such. Bum deal but good on you guys

  10. sandy32koufax says:

    Time to make friends with Wayno and see if he has any travel deals to Uruguay!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/11/us-uruguay-marijuana-vote-idUSBRE9BA01520131211

    • xoot says:

      If I recall correctly, Wayno’s downfall came after he bragged on a LA-based dodger blog about his trolling of Giants blogs in the Bay Area. He never worried that someone like dats would see such a comment, and follow up like Dupin. He just wanted to brag to the LA bloggers. Wonder if he’s actually done with his habit now?

  11. Chico says:

    Seriously, we knew this already, but the SFGate is a fucking joke. Look at the headline about a ‘selfie’ and look at the Splash.. WTF?

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      MOW (A distressing but brilliant read – the Daily Kos has an extremely condensed version of this, but loses too much context in the condensation),

      The capitalist conundrum: Will it be “me” or “we” who wins out? If it’s just to be “me” then we all lose, me included.

      I chose the following to highlight, nearing the close of Simon’s ‘pre-brick’ argument:

      “The last job of capitalism – having won all the battles against labour, having acquired the ultimate authority, almost the ultimate moral authority over what’s a good idea or what’s not, or what’s valued and what’s not – the last journey for capital in my country has been to buy the electoral process, the one venue for reform that remained to Americans.

      “Right now capital has effectively purchased the government, and you witnessed it again with the healthcare debacle in terms of the $450m that was heaved into Congress, the most broken part of my government, in order that the popular will never actually emerged in any of that legislative process.
      ————

    • xoot says:

      “I don’t believe that a state-run economy can be as viable as market capitalism in producing mass wealth. I don’t.
      “I’m utterly committed to the idea that capitalism has to be the way we generate mass wealth in the coming century. That argument’s over.”

      Well, yeah, if “mass wealth” is the goal. Marx didn’t coin the phrase “withering away of the state,” Engels, the guy who tried to translate dialectical materialism into plain language, did. Lenin went wild with it in, I think, the State and Revolution. (I borrowed that chapbook from the N. Berkeley library in the very early 80s, and the 30 year old woman at the desk beamed at me. She’d just seen the movie Reds! But, she added, suddenly puzzled, it didn’t make her want to read Lenin . . . .) What the phrase really means (I think) is that as the success of a socialist society increases the coercion of the state apparatus will decrease, as it becomes unnecessary. Of course, the capitalist powers have seen to it that socialism never gets a chance to work. That’s the real point of everything from the cold war to the embargo of Cuba. And the list of freely elected socialists taken down by the CIA is long.

      Meanwhile, capitalism is simply brutal to those who don’t have Capital. You can’t defeat, or deter, brutality with kindly ameliorating measures. Marx predicted that the oppressed would arise, etc. Soulful Tracy Chapman songs are about as close as we’ve been to an uprising in quite a while, however. Around the world, things aren’t much better. Since the third-world wars of liberation simmered down into generally corrupted post-colonial states, Capital seems to have won. The vast majority of the people in the world are worth nothing and are either ignorant of that fact or, if aware, also believe that they have no power to change things. And that’s the way Capital likes it.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Good breakdown and a sobering truth. America has become The CUSA. The idjits that hate and work towards dissolving whatever strengths unions retain are going to find themselves ruing the day they accepted Corporatism at it’s face and bought into the lies from them.

      30 yrs ago my dad and several others met with Ronnie in DC at a nat’l labor conf. He walked outside and was gunned down. Too bad he didn’t die. Rough? Bad for my karma? Maybe. Reagan went on to decert PATCO and set the stage for where we are today…

  12. unca_chuck says:

    “The last job of capitalism – having won all the battles against labour, having acquired the ultimate authority, almost the ultimate moral authority over what’s a good idea or what’s not, or what’s valued and what’s not – the last journey for capital in my country has been to buy the electoral process, the one venue for reform that remained to Americans.”

    Telling quote here from that article, when you look at how districts across the country are now gerrymandered to the point of little change in ANY election. There’s what, 20 districts up for grabs in the entire goddamned country? We’re fucked. Until you get the lobbyists out of congress, change the election process so it isn’t a full-time job for you average congressman, and bring sense back to districting.

    Or there will be a revolt within the next 20 years.

    Speaking of Tracy Chapman, I loved it when she wanted to build a house in Berkeley and she threw out the squatters living omn the property. NIMBY indeed.

    • xoot says:

      A lot of the underclass in the U.S. can’t vote. Of those who can, most don’t. If voters benefiting from the triumph of capital are doing the voting the system’s institutionally gerrymandered to begin with.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yeah, there’s that, too. Even if enough people DID get involved, there’s still little recourse to affect change, though.

        Throw in the repeal of the anti-voter-suppression laws, and there you go. Back to the 1700′s where rich white property holders were ‘all men’ and everyone else was less equal.

        • Chico says:

          Plutocracy by Stiglitz. Of all the costs imposed on our society by the top 1 percent, perhaps the greatest is this: the erosion of our sense of identity, in which fair play, equality of opportunity, and a sense of community are so important. America has long prided itself on being a fair society, where everyone has an equal chance of getting ahead, but the statistics suggest otherwise: the chances of a poor citizen, or even a middle-class citizen, making it to the top in America are smaller than in many countries of Europe. The cards are stacked against them. It is this sense of an unjust system without opportunity that has given rise to the conflagrations in the Middle East: rising food prices and growing and persistent youth unemployment simply served as kindling. With youth unemployment in America at around 20 percent (and in some locations, and among some socio-demographic groups, at twice that); with one out of six Americans desiring a full-time job not able to get one; with one out of seven Americans on food stamps (and about the same number suffering from “food insecurity”)—given all this, there is ample evidence that something has blocked the vaunted “trickling down” from the top 1 percent to everyone else. All of this is having the predictable effect of creating alienation—voter turnout among those in their 20s in the last election stood at 21 percent, comparable to the unemployment rate.”

          • xoot says:

            Have you ever seen a U.S. soldier in uniform using food stamps (or the foodstamp card) at the supermarket? First time for me was about 12 years back. The young black woman, in combat boots and cap, and camo, had a tiny kid in the cart seat and a slightly older one by her side. I was so ashamed for this country.

            • Chico says:

              Yep. I was camping at lake Don Pedro and went to the nearest supermarket to get some steaks, beer, etc. Saw a guy in his fatigues using a special EBT (sp?) card..

            • mailorderwife says:

              This is why I get so upset with those uber patriotic tea party nitwits and their no tax vows why they always speak of honoring the military. Do they think they’re paid lots of money to protect the country?

              Speaking of nitwits, saw an old man with several military stickers on his car. The “Support Our Troops” and another one declaring his status in the military. The biggest sticker on his car? “ELIMINATE TAXES AND THE IRS”. I wonder how he’d like serving in the volunteer military?

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Yes, and it’s my rough understanding that roughly 50% of all eligible voters actually register to vote. And, of these registered voters, only 50-55% actually cast a vote.

        IOW’s, in 2000 by example, roughly 12.5+% voted for Gore (yes, allowing for even the Florida political coup) and 12.5-% voted for W … and … umm … Bush still ‘won’. The sole point being: Roughly 1/4 (12.5+12.5=25%) Americans actively participated in the 2000 voting process … which of course is just the way the corporatists (represented in the main by the minority Right) would have it.

        Simon’s most cautionary point and lesson: unless *we* as Americans recover the ability to cast a fair and meaningful vote (which demands taking Big Money out of the rigged election process), the brick may eventually become the only political ally left to the masses.

  13. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Just to hedge my bets, I’m currently investing more in a 401k made out of bricks.

  14. Chico says:

    After years and years of SFGate hit pieces on Cal, especially the recent articles about student graduation rates, etc, you would think that they would write a story on this.. VK?

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24676594/berkeley-bears-football-team-improving-classroom

    What’s the under over of them writing an article like this? Not on their agenda.

    • xoot says:

      The snodfart gang runs the sports department at sfgate. Poor Cal alum Henry S. tweets from afar.

      • Chico says:

        Exactly.. This corrects their main stories that they have run front page for days recently. Fucking biased ass site.

        • xoot says:

          I did see a KTVU broadcast story about this info, however.

          • Chico says:

            Thank you, KTVU!

            • sandy32koufax says:

              hahahaha. comeon guys, Cal is as guilty as any school of changing “standards” to suit eligibility for jocks. Really.

              • xoot says:

                Cal and Stanford should be different.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Yes, they ‘should be different.’ I assume that Stanford is, Cal is a state U, not a private one. Equate S to a private institution and U to a UCLA or a Texas.

                • xoot says:

                  UCLA should be different, too. Hell, Jackie Robinson went to school there. But I’d be surprised if their football and basketball programs over the decades could survive close scrutiny. In LA they’re the good guys vs. USC. Otherwise, they look a lot like Washington or Arizona. That’s not bad. I mean their standards are clearly superior to those of USC or Oregon or Az State.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Hell yes UCLA should be different. So too should every college and university. That idea seems to have died decades ago, though. I know guys that played at Cal in the 70′s and 80′s that didn’t carry a 2.0 or score well on SATs. They were great football players though. Bartkowski and company (Mike White) made Cal relevant again and if Roth hadn’t fallen to cancer they just might have brought Cal it’s first Nat’l Championship since 1937.

  15. Chico says:

    According to Baggs, something might be in the works for another outfielder

    • mailorderwife says:

      Also per Baggerly, the person whom the Giants have in mind is another platoon fielder like Gregor Blanco. WTF

      • xoot says:

        Jeff Baker is a sort of super utility guy, I guess. He was DFA’d so he’ll be cheap. The Giants then would have Blanco, (the potentially electric) Perez, Pill and Baker competing for spots in ST. Not earth shaking; not a place to stop; but sounds smart enough while they keep looking for a real LF.

        • mailorderwife says:

          Makes sense the way you put it. They are overpaying for talent at the Winter Meetings. I am glad the Giants aren’t doing that, but they still need to step up their game some.

  16. Chico says:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Rules committee votes to eliminate home plate collisions via MLB Network.

    • Chico says:

      *rules to prohibit intentional collisions at the plate will be enforced in 2014.*

      • xoot says:

        I guess that’ll cover a runner’s intentional assault dive to the inside shoulder of a catcher who’s trying to field a throw even though the runner has plenty of room to run past him him on the outside without being tagged.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          With Cousins on Posey I can agree to your depiction of a runner driving into a catcher. With a catcher blocking the plate, no.

          • xoot says:

            It was the deliberate shoulder tackle dive toward the inside, IF side shoulder of Posey that killed me. Cousins wasn’t aiming for the plate, which was accessible. He was aiming for Posey’s inside shoulder, when Posey, without the ball and without blocking the entire baseline, was struggling to catch the ball. The whole point was to blow up Posey. Cousins came around third and headed home with missle on his mind, even though he could’ve scored without contact.

            Making that type of aggression wrong under the rules probably won’t end the damage, though. Look at the nfl’s frantic attempts to end concussions. . . .

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              I like – and think it’s long overdue – that the catcher forced the issue by being permitted to block the most direct path to the plate. No longer, according to the new rules – once fully approved, of course.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                Like a BART contract ;-) ?

              • xoot says:

                A member of BART’s in-house legal department told me in the elevator the other day that she’s leaving, going into private practice. “Like a rat fleeing a sinking ship,” she laughed.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Atty/client privilege be damned, I wanna know what people like that lady knows about the mystery of FMLA making it into the CBA. Good luck to her, IDK shit about her or hiring attys but if you’re coming from the BART legal team…

                • xoot says:

                  I have no idea what part of the legal department she works in. Hell, maybe she was in charge of defending copyright lawsuits. True story: BART got sued for photocopying the huge manuals a for-profit school used to instruct escalator repair-workers. Some of the materials were outdated. Corner-cutting like that leads to broken equipment and expensive lawsuits that tighten the budget and cause more corner-cutting. (Copyright lawsuits yield statutory damages and attorney-fee awards.) Fairly absurd looking mass transit operation, I’d say. btw, No one, except the woman who runs the place, moves quickly in or out of the elevator. All the time in the world, between 9 and 5.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Shit like you describe are things that I’m talking about too. I do know two guys that work for the system-an elevator mechanic and an electrician. They both have worked for Caltrans and say BART has no direction inre planning for repairs and servicing of stations or rail cars. They rated Caltrans a more tightly and efficiently run employer. Makes sense that those in the upper echelons don’t feel any need to be as productive as possible. Someone needs to drop an anonymous dime on the board and the unions to make them both play ball and to force some needed change, hopefully for the better, at BART in general.

  17. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Assuming Tampa Bay didn’t blow David Price’s arm off in their heated battle just to make the post season, he would make a great addition to the rotation. But, if this – what feels more like a fan’s pipe dream – actually came to pass, then how will Sabean explain Vogelsong’s $5M contract?

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Could the Giants be entertaining a 6 man rotation?

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Why not six? I grew up with three and four man rotations, today it’s 5. Money is no biggie to MLB owners. Six SPs are, logically, the next step.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          OTOH, maybe if they pick up Price (ha! in our dreams) Sabean is paying Vogelsong to be a part of some new highly advanced surgical techniques where a portion of his”chip” can be removed, further enhanced in a petri dish, and then implanted into any pitcher in most need of wearing an artificial chip on his own shoulder. If the hold onto Surkamp, maybe he could become the first to have Vogelsong’s surgically implanted chip. Lots of possibilities for fielders too. An extra chip might help Kieschnick excel in 2014, or possibly even Arias would find that a Vogey implant might lift his game to the next level.

  18. Chico says:

    I posted this on the drumbeat. Maybe I’ll get a decent reply?

    Beane is doing what he does best, field a team that’s competitive without the big bucks, and we all know he’s really good at what he does. The A’s should contend again this year.

    The reason why I’m posting here on the drumbeat is because lately, they have ran articles front page about the abysmal Cal football graduation rates. Front page, multiple articles, and nothing about what the CC Times have recently reported. From the article; “Confronted with mounting evidence that its football players were failing academically, Cal has raised the academic bar significantly, a new analysis of data requested by this newspaper shows”
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24676594/berkeley-bears-football-team-improving-classroom

    I’m just wondering if anyone at SFGate requested this information that would run counter to their most recent stories about the Cal football’s academic problems. Considering what has been ran lately, here, one would think that SFGate would be objective and also publish this bit of news that runs counter to what seems to be a bias point of view. No doubt that there seems to be problems at Cal, but this story doesn’t jive with the latest from SFGate.

    Just wondering if this article and information will get some time on the front page as well. You know, fair and balanced and all.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      World English Dictionary
      affluenza (ˌæflʊˈɛnzə) — n
      Also called: Sudden-Wealth Syndrome.
      The guilt or lack of motivation experienced
      by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money.

      Merriam-Webster Dictionary
      PLUTOCRACY — n 1: government by the wealthy

      The judge’s ruling is but the ‘logical’ extension of a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      More of the same. The wealthy have gotten away with killing have-nots in this country since it’s inception. Two Kennedy family members that I can think of have done it. Skakel is out on bail and the Kennedy machine is rewriting the past. IDK how much worse things have to get before people do join together and force change.

      “Affluenza” is a slap in the face of everything we’ve been lied to since we were old enough to understand the meaning of what we were told. Especially “with liberty and justice for all.”

      • xoot says:

        My older kid didn’t know the pledge of allegiance until he spent a week with his mother visiting the Univ. of Tulsa and the day care center there forced him to recite it every a.m. with the other kids When he got back to Calif. he happily showed me what he’d learned, finishing it off “with liberty and THAT’S IT for all.” I sometimes find myself at City Council or Board meetings that begin with everyone in the hall doing the the pledge. I use my kid’s version.

  19. mailorderwife says:

    In line with our kill the rich commentary, I found this in the London Times. Have to cut and paste as you have to pay to read.

    Queen ‘irritated by police eating Palace nibbles’, hacking trial told

    ” The Queen became furious when Royal police officers “scoffed” nuts that were left out for her at Buckingham Palace and she began to monitor the level of the snack bowls, a court heard today.

    A News of the World reporter claimed in 2005 that the Queen had a “very savoury tooth” and that a memo had gone around to all Palace officers telling them to “keep their sticky fingers out”.

    Clive Goodman, the tabloid’s former Royal editor, wrote to then-editor Andy Coulson: “The Queen is furious about police stealing bowls of nuts and nibbles left out for her in the apartments in the BP Queen’s corridor.

    “She has a very savoury tooth and staff leave out cashews, Bombay mix, almonds, etc.

    “Prob is that police on patrol eat the lot. Queen is so narked she started marking the bowls to see when the levels dipped.”

    Mr Goodman, 56, and Mr Coulson, 45, are being tried over allegations that the News of the World was sold confidential Royal directories by Palace protection officers. Both have pleaded not guilty.

    Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting , read out an email from March 2005 in which Mr Goodman outlined stories to Mr Coulson, including the fact that the Queen was upset with police because “apparently they were helping themselves to nuts.”

    Mr Edis said: “They were all being scoffed by police. That irritated Her Majesty apparently.”

    When laughter broke out among jurors and in the public gallery, Mr Justice Saunders quipped that the allegations were unproven. “

  20. mailorderwife says:

    Also:

    What the rich really spend their money on

    Once upon a time there was a newspaper journalist who wrote about a court case in which it was revealed that a very rich celebrity spent an extraordinary amount of money on flowers. The journalist was stout in her defence of this extravagance: if you are rich, she argued, at least delight in spending and be generous, “Meanness is the only true besetting sin. A good person cannot be mean.”

    That journalist was Nigella Lawson, and the very rich celebrity was then Elton John. This was exactly 13 years ago, when Elton’s spending habits were exposed in court in much the same way as Nigella’s have been this week. Nigella’s archived commentary on Elton serves as an eerily prescient chorus to her own experience in the witness box now: the British public torn, as she writes, between pursing their lips and licking them, when they hear how the rich live. At the time, Elton had spent nearly £300,000on floral arrangements over 20 months, making Nigella and Charles Saatchi’s £25,000 in a comparative period look like the last bunch of carnations from the garage forecourt, but still. Nigella’s point was that it makes us feel good to sneer at the spending practices of those more minted than ourselves.

    In the years since she wrote that piece she catapulted herself into the high-altitude price bracket where Elton and his fellow super-spenders reside. Here, she could allow herself extravagances she had once only observed. Ironically, her trial also gave us the lip-smacking insights into the spending habits of the rich. The latest batch of claims about the Saatchi-Lawson household include Charles Saatchi paying more than £2,250 for a range of cashmere jumpers for Nigella, “he wanted her to have all the colours in two different styles”, said her assistant. There was a bill for £4,744 for an exercise bike from Harrods, £3,733 on wine from Annabel’s Wine Cellar, £2,240 on “blankets, bedding or towels” from Ralph Lauren. In total Miss Wasserman’s credit card was used to buy £28,833.70 of theatre and concert tickets, amounting to 32 transactions. Zoe Wales, Nigella’s researcher, spent £55,000 on clothing for Nigella from Donna Karan, over four years.

    Pre-rich Nigella urged us not to judge: “The pure of heart are deaf to the ring of the cash register — or so we believe. We all want to burn with the elegant fire of condescension, because it seems more worthy than burning up with mere envy,” she wrote then.

    An increasing tribe of the super-rich is drawn to London’s financial one-way bet: booming property prices and favourable tax laws — last year £83 billion worth of London properties were bought with no mortgage. Their money streams from the east, whether it’s the City, or Russia, or the Gulf, and they live West: Notting Hill, Chelsea or Holland Park. However these are not just people, as Nigella argued, like you and me who simply have more to spend and love to spend it. No, money has entered the DNA of their lives, transforming the family household into a business of such complexity and manpower it could not run without personal assistants to the wife-turned-domestic-executive. It transforms the home into a hotel complete with flower service, concierge service, chef and housekeeping; holidays into a status-laden quest for exclusivity; and children into the employers of a multidisciplinary team whose job is to either make them the best, or source them the best. Home life is outsourced. The intimate becomes corporate.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” to which someone quipped back, “Yes, they have more money” — Nigella’s point. However, Fitzgerald was serious, money does enter your soul: his quote runs on, “They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful.”

    So let me tell you about the very rich, in London in 2013.

    Children

    Children are not the most expensive of the super-rich’s possessions but the area where spending is most anxious, or as one mother in the West London elite put it, “These people bleed cash on their kids”. On the one hand spending is indulgent: “You have on your mobile phone a ticket tout that will get you the best VIP tickets, but at a premium of £100 or more. So if they want to go to the Jingle Bell Ball, for instance, that’s £300 for ten kids, £3,000 at the click of a button.” Clothes are Lanvin Kids, Bonpoint, Dior Kids, roughly £3,000 a season per child “at least”, says one mother.

    However, the marker of the super-rich is not the live-in nanny and the private schools, it is a commitment to tutors that is positively Victorian. Anzelle Wasserman, Nigella’s personal assistant, is also former tutor to her children. It is common for the retinue to also include a live-in governess figure, sourced perhaps from the Bright Young Things agency, set up by Malachy Guinness, scion of the brewing dynasty. He spotted a growth industry. Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly offered £62,000 a year for a tutor expert in Japanese and chess, rates can rise up to £1,500 an hour, especially when international travel is involved. “Five tutors is normal per child,” one mother says, “you have Mandarin, Ancient Greek, piano, the tennis coach, and so on, the point is to get them to a high level of competence in every single field in which they will compete.”

    Household

    A live-in housekeeper costs £500 a week, to cook and shop. A cleaner will arrive on a daily basis. If a dog is bought, it will be tiny for a female mistress, enormous for a male. The lead must be Louis Vuitton (£245), because you can show wealth in the smallest of ways. A dog walker comes for £25 an hour, because no rich person can be seen with a plastic bag of animal excrement. They get groomed at PurpleBone in Notting Hill Gate, or the Pet Spa at Harrods.

    Artwork is sourced for most walls with the help of an art consultant, who facilitates annual purchasing trips to Frieze Art Fair in London, and Art Basel in both Switzerland and Miami. Young British artists (YBAs) prove you are more interesting than a banker: “No respectable millionaire home is without a Damien Hirst; Mat Collishaw and Gilbert & George at a push,” says a source.

    Physical Appearance

    No one wants to get papped sweaty and red-faced: Princess Diana learnt that lesson. Exercise takes place either with a trainer or yoga guru in the home gym and pool or at the private enterprise of a personal trainer. The Bodyism outlet at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge is the current favourite, run by James Duigan, trainer to West London mother Elle Macpherson.

    “At 9am you see an outpouring of weak, thin, groomed women in Lululemon arrive at the Bulgari, straight from dropping off the kids, chauffeured there by their driver. They’ve got gyms in their house but they like a bit of an outing,” one wealthy stay-at-home mother tells me. They go to Neville in Belgravia or Nyumba in Mayfair for facials, but the masseuse comes to them. A personal shopper arrives to accompany the client on private visits, “They will squeeze them into McQueen and Tom Ford of the smallest size, as the last time they ate was 1986. The designer stuff they don’t need they’ll put into a charity auction, since Victoria Beckham did it it’s now OK.”

    Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin for heels, Roger Vivier for flats. Cartier is the jeweller of choice — girls can start wearing the “Love Bracelet” (£4,000) as young as 8, but Tiffany is what rich teens want.

    Holidays

    It’s harder and harder to escape real life if your real life is already fairly unreal. Julia Perowne of the PCC travel PR company says that most of the exclusive travel companies, such as Scott Dunn, will have a top tier of around 200 clients who will each spend more than £100,000 a year on holidays. For that price they get a travel advisor on call on their mobile, 24 hours a day, able to arrange helicopters over the migration in the Serengeti, and entry to the most sold-out restaurants and shows.

    “This is not about showing off, staying at bling hotels like Sandy Lane, that is for a level of wealth down. What these people want is extreme exclusivity. No risk of being papped,” Perowne says.

    For this reason they book out entire islands, and travel with extended family and friends. The newly fashionable holiday is with Edmiston yachts, sailing the undiscovered Mergui Archipelago coastline of Burma. Burma seems a strange choice, but Perowne says “that’s because it’s private, and they want to go to places no one has accessed before, it’s partly an ego thing.”

    Holiday homes are in Oxfordshire, Tuscany, the South of France, and Ibiza, which is visited annually if you have teenagers. Christmas may be in the Alps, the New Year in the Maldives, the nanny and tutor sit with the children in Business class while the parent fly First. Bookings are done by the wife’s PA, “the older the money, the less likely you are to want to travel,” says a local informant, “but the new money thinks nothing of getting on a flight to Los Angeles for fun.”

    Entertainment

    Have a lavish dinner, and your cook will cook. The table and house are dressed by a company such as Last Supper, or your weekly florists will rise to the occasion, the whole thing with status wine will cost £5,000 for eight people. Cheap compared with going out, when you book a private room for your guests at 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair for double that cost. Drinks at Little House, in Mayfair, afterwards. As for groceries, it’s Ocado, as for some non-super-rich. Ocado, the great leveller.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I loved the way things were written in your posts. Ok, the subject matter is nothing more than sosh/scandal/tabloid material but…note the difference in the WAY everything is written. Prose from a tabloid as opposed to the reporting we receive from even the LATimes. There just aren’t that many well written, quality reads that I find in most American journalism.

      IDK that it’s “kill the rich” by any means. It IS that in this country, our parents and grandparents had effected change which would not only allow for upward mobility but, if one were not so inclined, also for a lifelong position with a given company as long as one were competently discharging ones duties AND all that while earning a wage that one could buy a home, send kids to college and get a new car every four or so yrs. That does not exist any longer for the vast majority of Americans. It is about wealth inequity and as Chuck’s link points out, just how expendable anyone outside of the elite’s grouping truly is. The rich DO get away with murder…

      • mailorderwife says:

        Both articles are from the London Times. I hate Murdoch with a passion, but it really is a great paper with journalists who still have writing talent. US papers like to outsource their stories to interns and college students for a low price, and one ends up reading inconsistent, shoddy journalism that has not been proofread.

        I used to have to do put up the obits at my old job. I remember the editors there letting a reference to a cannon factory go by as Canon factory. Clearly, the factory in question was from the 20s and in the US, and Canon is a Japanese company that really didn’t come to the US until sometime in the 60s. People who get paid 3x my salary shouldn’t be so lazy, but that’s the state of American journalism.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          There was a story on the gate the other day about Malian atrocities written by Rukmini Callimachi that is great writing-exactly what Chronicle subscribers, from years now gone, miss so greatly from “The Voice of The West.” No more “investigative journalism” or “expose’s” or even well written news items. Beyond a few columnists, most newspapers have become a wasteland, intellectually.

      • xoot says:

        Don’t discount the “British accent” factor.
        Brits: “The Clash were a local band who deeply unsettled existing expectations when they burst upon the scene in the late 1970s.”
        Americuns: “The Clash was a good punk band. They really kicked ass, in the early days.”

  21. unca_chuck says:

    I need an English to American dictionary for this.

    Scoffed is stole in English but commented in American

    Narcked is pissed in English but ratted out in Amiercan

    And who the hell is Nigella?

  22. unca_chuck says:

    “No risk of being papped.”

    ?

  23. unca_chuck says:

    However you put it, the Clash DID kick ass. Saw ‘em a couple times. Somewhere around Sandinista and then when they toured with the Who.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I saw the Clash at Kezar back in the late 70′s, when Mick Jones still had to tune up Paul Simonon’s bass between songs. They were a great punk band until that stupid Combat Rock album. While I’m glad Pearl married Paul Simonon, if only for awhile, she should have never given up the whole Pearl Harbour and the Explosions gig. Her solo stuff produced by Mick Jones was pure crap.

      BTW…anybody who remembers Pearl…seen her lately? Like our #55, she is also half Filipino/half white. And she looks exactly like him.

      Early Pearl

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Vaguely remembered seeing them at the Great American Smoke-Out, some pro-pot rally on the steps of City Hall in 78? IIRC, the DKs were there as well.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    I always blamed Combat Rock on Dallas.

    • xoot says:

      La lucha sigue, but still I started worrying with Sandinista. Same feeling I had as a kid when Blonde on Blonde came out. Some great stuff, but also some stuff that actually was hard to listen to.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    I always likened Sandinista with Physical Grafitti by Zeppelin. Some really good stuff, and in Zeppelin’s case, some of their best by far, and a lot of filler and noise. Like they were just throwing shit against the wall to see what stuck. For the Clash, London Calling will always be my favorite.

  27. mailorderwife says:

    I remember going to see the Clash at the height of their commercial popularity, during a tour when the band had broken up. I was with several other friends — other KUSF DJs — who had stuck by the band since the first album. The show we saw was without Mick Jones and Topper Headon, and their selection of songs — the solid punk ones that had long since disappeared from their song list such as my favorite “Jail Guitar Doors” and “I’m So Bored With the USA” — caused the faux new wave/punk crowd to disperse from the front, allowing the “old timers” go to the front of the stage so that we were in Strummer sweat/spit distance. It was as a trip back to the old punk days.

    “London Calling” is still a classic album, withstanding the test of time. My favorite is their first album, which I played to death until my record needle gave up on me.

    • xoot says:

      I used to listen to KUSF constantly in the early 80s; had my clock radio tuned to it. I’ll bet I heard you on the air. Early one morning I woke up to the sound of a KUSF dj saying, “I’m not supposed to read this until 9:30 am, but to hell with that. Stones tickets for the October concert at Candlestick go on sale at the usual outlets at 9:30.” The guys behind the counter at my usual outlet were surprised when I walked into the empty store at 9:29 and asked for tickets. Later in the day the lines got so long nightly news shows had stories about them. KUSF was just the best in those days.

      • unca_chuck says:

        How was that show, Xoot? I saw the Stones at the Day on the Green show in 78 that was horrible. They took 3 hours between Santana and their start, and everyone was prettty pissed. Their only redemption was playing the entire 1st Jimi Hendrix album as part of the in-between music.

        That being said, no one sucked harder than Aerosmith that year. Of all the bands I saw that summer, Aerosmith and the Stones were the lowlights. Nugent, BOC, UFO, AC/DC and Van Halen (as the 2nd act after AC/DC) were standouts.

        Yeah, Police and Thieves is one of my all time fovorite songs. . .that 1st album was great as well.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          I was at those concerts too and ya, Stones & Aerosmith were shitty…remember seeing UFO and AC/DC as warmup bands in 75?

        • xoot says:

          I’ve written about that Stones show before. Warm sunny day. Geo. Thorogood opened and tore the place apart. He was great. J. Geils band followed and they stunk. Stones came out with cordless guitars and mics–first concert to use them–and they were even better than I’d hoped. I’d say it’s probably the best stadium show I ever went to. Because of the cordless equipment Jagger and Richards got to move around a lot and there were catwalks added to the stage so they could walk or dance to the side, where our seats were. Richards decided to head our way to show us his Sympathy solo picking.

          One of my current colleagues was at the concert, too, down on the grass. He was really young at the time. Like me, he remembers Thorogood stripping off his leather/snakeskin jacket at the end of his set and tossing it into the crowd.

        • mailorderwife says:

          Aerosmith was always terrible live, yah?

          • xoot says:

            I’m not even sure who Aerosmith is. Or was. Honestly.

          • xoot says:

            Ok. I googled it. Tyler’s band, the one that did the really lame cover of Train Kept a Rollin. I was vaguely aware of that at the time. The original is one of the best train songs ever. (I have a playlist of about 100 great train songs. Johnny Burnette & the RR Trio have two on the list.)

      • mailorderwife says:

        Xoot – I was on Harmful Emissions, the show that was on from 12-3 am. I was Anna Pirhana back then, and I did the show with George Epileptic. They were careful not to invite me to their daytime show unless necessary, because I had no qualms breaking FCC rules. I was Howard Stern before he was, ya know? There was a song by the Avengers that was nothing but cuss words, and I played that during the daytime, along with “Bodies” by the Sex Pistols. You get my drift.

        • Chico says:

          Ha! MOW was baba booey before baba booey was even thought of. Awesome!

        • xoot says:

          I listened around the clock, haphazardly, sometimes in my car. I often got off work betwen midnight and 3 am. And I often had to go to work after midnight. KUSF was much more dependably interesting than KALX. That sounds like you. :)

  28. xoot says:

    RIP, Joe Strummer. I’m So Bored with the USA is a masterpiece. And I agree with the experts that London Calling is one of the greatest albums of all time. I wore out sides 1, 2 and 4.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Agree, one of my fav all-time albums too. I went through two different 8-track copies of London Calling. The Muntz tape deck in my old Cutlass ate it both times…still have it on vinyl though.

  29. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Baseball in the offseason: a Clash at Pearl Harbour even as Dylan’s blonde takes a Zeppelin and goes quintuple platinum.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Mick Jones and BIg Audio Dynamite was at best interesting at times, and at worst unlistenable. Totally weird stuff.

  31. Chico says:

    I’m telling you, us younger folks missed out on the best music. We’ll never have another Clash or any of the stuff mentioned above. We are responsible for Nirvana and Green Day, but that’s about it.

    • Chico says:

      Another school shooting!?! :(

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Chico, take solace in your more youthful dynamism. :) Besides, music’s door is always open to innovation and change. You’ll know it when you hear it. The music of the future, in other words, is still guaranteed to be something cool again to entertain. (Unless, of course, we are still content and happily stuck in the Big Band era like my dear ole Dad was.)

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      “I acquired some Human Growth Hormone from Mexico and started injecting myself immediately. I knew all about HGH thanks to the media ….

      “I spent the next five months in San Diego, shooting up and working out. I expected a transformation. I expected a miracle. All I got was an achy body and some well-developed muscles that more effectively concealed a hamstring that was torn off the bone.”

      Anecdotal, but may tell us a lot more about myth vs reality of HGH.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Oh shit! You were Ana Piranah? No way! Shit, those were the golden days of rock radio. The Lobster, KOME, KSJO, KSAN. Steven Seagull . . .

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I didn’t listen to KUSF, I lived in the southbay and then moved to Fresno/LA before you became an on-air celeb ;-) .

      Of all the stations you name, Chuck, I loved KSAN best. When I moved back from LA, late 80′s, it was whatever station Richard Blade (?) was on. Still cutting-edge and not mainstream. KPIG was a fun station too.

    • Chico says:

      I listened to KOME and KSJO. I remember Steven Seagull but not sure what station he was on.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    The good news at least is the shooter is the only one who died. Not that it’s an especially happy occasion, just that he didn’t take anyone else with him, which was the intent.

  34. Chico says:

    Pretty cool graph re: Morse’s HRs in 2012. Scattergram with overlaid HR boundaries (these are where Morse’s HRs would have landed at AT&T)

  35. Chico says:

    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/detail.php?id=2011_555&type=hitter

    You can play around and see where balls would have landed at any stadium. Cool link.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Not very good news. I thought we were getting a RH pull hitter. He hit 2 to LF.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      He’s spreads it pretty evenly Chuck and his shots are deep ones. He’ll be a good fit at AT&T if his wrist is fully healed.

    • xoot says:

      Chuck’s got the memory of Aaron Rowand in mind, I think. By contrast, Kent and Aurilia pulled a lot of HRs into the LF bleachers. Morse has more pop than Rowand, however. He’s about twice as large, too.

  37. sandy32koufax says:

    Hey xoot-splain the ruling in SJ today and how it may impact the MLB exemption, please?

    • xoot says:

      Nothing’s final, but everything indicates that Judge Whyte will follow the tentative ruling he offered before today’s case management conference. Two significant things: First, he’ll sever the antitrust decision he made from the rest of the case and enter judgment on that part of the case. San Jose then will be able to appeal the judgment to the 9th Circuit. Second, he’ll dismiss the very small remaining state-law claims without prejudice. San Jose will be able to re-file them in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

      I actually predicted this outcome last year, before San Jose sued, but I was flat wrong about the way a federal judge would handle the case in the first instance. I expected a quick dismissal of any A/T claims for lack of standing and lack of antitrust injury, with any related state-law claim being dismissed to be re-filed in state court. The big surprise to me was mlb’s aggressive assertion of the A/T exemption as a basis for dismissal, with the standing and A/T injury arguments playing backup. Then Judge Whyte seized the opportunity and, grandstanding a bit, decided the A/T issue; and, because that took care of all the A/T issues, he declined to address standing and A/T injury.

      Now San Jose can appeal to the 9th Circuit. In about two years, the 9th Cir. is likely to find itself bound by the same precedent that forced Judge Whyte to rule in mlb’s favor on the A/T exemption. After that, on to US SCt, which takes more time; also, the US SCt could just not take the case, if it so chose. In any event, the lack of standing and lack of A/T injury defenses are still alive. And, by way of very good example, it was on lack of standing that the US SCt refused to disturb the Prop. 8 case last year, even though they originally decided to hear it.

      Meanwhile, the little state law claims that survive in the San Jose case only allege that mlb’s failure to act on the A’s request to move has caused San Jose harm because the delay forced San Jose to pay money ($25,000 I think) to renew an option on a piece of the property where a ballpark could be built. San Jose boosters are chomping at the bit to see discovery (document exchange, depositions, etc.) begin in the state-law case. If it does begin, it could be limited, however, because the issues are pretty limited. (I’d be fighting it tooth and nail.) Also, the state-law case could be delayed for other reasons, as well.

      So San Jose boosters can justifiably be glad Judge Whyte didn’t refuse to enter judgment or decide to enter a stay of the remaining claims. Those results would’ve been disasters for San Jose. mlb has no reason to worry, however–at least not yet. Meanwhile, Judge Whyte gets his name on an important baseball A/T exemption decision, and gets the messy parts of the case out of his courtroom. Happy Holidays for his law clerks and staff.

      • xoot says:

        fn: San Jose lacks standing because it hasn’t suffered any specific harm. Also, there has been no “antitrust injury” because San Jose’s vaguely alleged harm is not harm to competition in any market where San Jose competes. San Jose has neither a mlb-ready park to host a team nor a contract with the A’s to play in such a park.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Thanks-I actually understand what you’ve dumbed down for me. So, we’re looking at what will likely become a long, drawn out NO!?

          • xoot says:

            There’s nothing dumbed down in there, although my standing and A/T injury fn is pretty simplified. Things are going to move slowly now. State courts are overwhelmed and understaffed (clerical people have been laid off, every County has empty benches). But the next fireworks show will occur after San Jose refiles in SCCo Superior Court and tries to take Bud Selig’s deposition. Or something along those lines.

  38. Chico says:

    I’m guessing that the league figured out that he murdered anything on the inside part of the plate. Folks started pitching him away and he murdered those balls, too.

  39. Chico says:

    2011 – Same as above. Morse bombs if they were at AT&T.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    That makes me feel better. the wrist injury kept him from pulling the ball like he used to. Hope he’s fully healed up.

  41. sandy32koufax says:

    Dats…Looks like it will be DLS and SJB in the finals. Both won big tonight-especially Bosco. I followed the games online and read that both teams are better than DLS and Cenntenial were in ’08 and that those two teams are considered “the best” in the late history of the CIF playoff system.

    The big boys are playing, I hope it’s televised live.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      “After the disastrous pairing of Andres Torres and Gregor Blanco in left field in 2013 ….”

      Dyer curiously makes no mention of the major catalyst and contributor: Pagan going on the DL. As soon as this happened the “disastrous pairing” he alluded to became hopelessly moot. Sheesh the guy writes (and thinks) like some of the same kind of hyperbolic crap we read all the time (probably to my own detriment) back at SFGate.

      Yeah, from Dyer’s lead-in headline (“… the obsessive world of SF Giants GM Brian Sabean”), I think it safe to say Dyer is brilliant while Sabean is always about 4 years past his prime. (Didn’t enjoy the article – can get the same kind of crap on the Splash pages).

  42. mailorderwife says:

    Okay peeps…really need your help on December 23rd for the Atlanta Falcons v. San Francisco 49ers game which will be the last game to be played at Candlestick Park. We’re going to test out the Groupology software again, only this time we need lots of bodies in the chat room as we are going to make a video out of it to show to the investors. Can really use your help, as I want to make this sort of a GOODBYE CANDLESTICK PARK online party. Let me know if you can come, and if you want to come but don’t know how to get the thing working yet. Would really appreciate it.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Count me In. A “tutorial” would be a good / safe idea, just to be sure we’re all on board the Titanic before it sinks along with Leonardo DiCaprio, I agree. (I’m not a fan of Google Chrome or Bing for that matter, because, now I’m seeing all my purchase selections via Amazon.com keep showing up on the sidebars to a Giants comment board and the like … very creepy … the retinal eye-scan thing from “Minority Report” is probably just weeks away from perfecting, I’m guessing.)

  43. unca_chuck says:

    I had to post there! What a doof.

  44. mailorderwife says:

    New post!

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