Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Braden’

Bochy-ing That One…

March 9, 2012

Jamblinman’s the name, being punny’s my game! As much as I just want to sit here and absolutely tear the San Francisco Giants’ manager a new one…I can’t. I respect Bruce Bochy. And I’m tired of being so angry all the time.

Okay, that second part isn’t true. But still, I’ll quash the little devil in a Dodgers jersey whispering in my ear and try to be fair and sensible in today’s blog. That being said, what Bochy did at Spring Training this week was absolutely ludicrous and wrong.

Oh, you haven’t heard yet? Here, let me help you out. Don’t scoff at this – it IS news (for once…way to go, Yahoo!). Pete Rose is banned from baseball for violating what amounts to an unwritten rule; a silent code if you will. A-Rod almost got his face ripped off by Dallas Braden for breaking an unwritten rule. And now Bochy has joined a club he doesn’t belong in.

Luckily, the Giants quickly rectified the situation and did solid damage control. But it worries me that Bochy even went there in the first place. I could understand someone like Ozzie Guillen pulling shit like removing another team’s scout from the stands during practice, but not Bochy.

Why is this a big deal, you ask? First of all, because you just don’t do it. This isn’t Rajon Rondo listening in on another team’s huddle. This isn’t a Patriots employee video taping the Jets’ walk-through. This is not immoral or illegal in any way. It’s a scout, well…scouting.

Unless Bochy and the Giants were working on a super secret new hit-and-run play that is going to revolutionize the game as we know it, there is no violation here. And no, they weren’t doing that. Mostly because the Giants couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn so they won’t worry about hit-and-runs. ZING had to do it.

As the Yahoo! article states, anything that has to be secret in baseball is done in the clubhouse. Nobody stands on an open diamond and yells, “HEY GUYS! LISTEN UP! THIS YEAR, WHEN I TOUCH MY BELT, THEN MY NOSE, THEN MY BELT AGAIN, IT’S A DELAYED STEAL! DON’T TELL ANYONE!”

Plus, did Bochy not realize that his shenanigans might get his own team’s scouts some rough treatment when they try to scout other teams? Oops.

The disgraced scout told Yahoo! that he was there to scout the Giants’ outfield arms. Chances are, that’s exactly what he was doing. And even if he wasn’t, so what? Baseball is the most simply complicated game in the history of the world. There are strategic intricacies to every pitch and every play and that’s why I love it.

But, everyone knows the same strategies and how to execute them – it just comes down to who does it better.

Between the A’s-to-San-Jose fiasco and now Bochy being a bum, the Giants are really starting to rub me the wrong way. And if I’m getting that feeling one week into Spring Training, you can imagine how fiercely I’ll take this rivalry in 2012.

Let’s just all make sure that if we watch the Giants warming up this season, to warn Bochy ahead of time that you come in peace.

Save Me, San Francisco

January 29, 2012

People, it’s gonna be a short one today. It’s my mother freakin’ 23rd birthday, I’m feeling old and most importantly, I’m watching Warrior with the pops. By the way, if you haven’t seen this movie, close your laptop and get to your nearest Redbox to make it happen. It’s fantastic. Only Nick Nolte can make Moby Dick books on tape look awesome.

So, before I miss anymore bad ass acting, here goes.

Towson ended a long, long losing streak yesterday in college hoops, finally winning for the first time since the end of 2010. Word up to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for a crazy Aussie Open final, eventually won by Djokovic. Tiger let me down at Abu Dhabi, losing on the final day. Bummer dude.

West Virginia got screwed by the refs against Syracuse when a last-second goal tending call was ignored that would have tied the game. It was actually pretty fun seeing Bob Huggins’ forehead explode, I’ve gotta say.

And this might be the greatest thing ever, even if it’s just temporary. Tattoos, Dallas Braden and Rollie Fingers can only turn out well.

I wasn’t kidding when I said it would be short today. I’m hung over, back off. Sorry for partying. Time to watch this movie. I leave you with the Sunday Clip of the Week, always the one single best thing from this previous week. This one definitely rules. Later, gators.

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