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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Random Thoughts Again

In an "interesting twist" Shaughnessy does one of his random thoughts column but focuses specifically on the sights and sounds of the Padres and Red Sox at Petco Field (now known as the house that Larry Lucchino built).

He provides a few Shankisms:

- Yet another shot at Schilling and his blogging

- He tells us that Julio Lugo is slumping (but when he is going to acknowledge that he may have been wrong about the "over-matched" Dustin Pedroia?)

- 1980's cultural reference alert: Khalil Greene looks like Spicoli from Ridgemont high.

He does provide a few interesting points...talks about how much Mirabelli is hated in San Diego and talks about the bullpen design inequities (home vs. visitor) at Petco.

If you want some good press notes, mlb.com has a great new feature where they provide the latest press notes for each major league team. Great stuff, click here.

18 comments:

ObjectiveBruce said...

Tsk tsk tsk.

What an undeserved cheap shot at the Great Schill. Doesn't this Shaughnessy fellow know that the Great Schill will let us know about his shoulder's status when he's good and ready and in a forum where he won't have to answer questions from people who are just trying to drag down the Great Schill?

An incredibly low blow. It's shots like this that make us all appreciate the Great Schill and his blog and his radio show, so we can get the Gospel According to Curt unfiltered by people who seem to think they have a right to ask pesky questions.

Next thing you know, they'll start asking about whether an aging pitcher with an arm/shoulder problem is worth re-signing. That's the kind of cynical attitude that we simply cannot tolerate from the mainstream media. Their duty is to give us happy and cherry news and not to upset the fellows.

dbvader said...

Boo Hoo. Curt won't talk to me, instead he can talk directly to the fans making me irrelevant. There oughta be law or something.

OB, I hope you realize a lot of players choose not to talk to the press. Singling out Schill just exposes your, er, I mean Shank's bias.

mike_b1 said...

Bruce, why should Schilling discuss his injury? What good does that do him or the team? And in particular, why should he discuss it with Shaughnessy?

paul said...

"There's a beach behind the 400-foot sign in right-center. Kids can watch the game while sitting in sand and looking through a chain-link fence. Brian Wilson would be proud."

Shank just doesn't get it. East Coast baseball and West Coast baseball. I used to live in San Diego and it's arguably the most laid back of the three big CA cities (which means it's in the top 5 of all-time laid back cities on Earth). I don't know if Shank knows it but the Padres are a small market team.

Having a beach area where people can watch a game for free is a smart business decision. It attracts new fans and can start a buzz in a sleepy city.

I bet Shank doesn't like the beach because he doesn't tan. He seems like the type that burns and ends up as red as a lobster. Leave the San Diegoans alone. It's a beautiful city with beautiful beaches (and women!). You really have to stretch to gripe about San Diego. (Okay, the cost of living is high but that's about it.)

Anonymous said...

Shaughnessy again (Monday) has a field day by linking the name 'Schilling' with the word 'blog.' It's laughably evident that Shaughnessy's hatred of Schilling stems from '38Pitches' and the short-circuiting of Shaughnessy's reason for being. In a land far away and a time long ago, it was a columnist named Shaughnessy that brought you to the inner world of the Boston professional athlete. Gave you the window into their world; the secret key.

No more. Now, Shaughnessy is irrelevant at a similarly irrelevant newspaper. And the anger, which is on 'High' to begin with in the Shaughnessy cerebral cortex, gets ratcheted up several notches thanks to Schilling and his blog.

This is wonderful to see. An angry, unhinged, unappealing and unattractive Shaughnessy for all to see.

Thank you, Curt Schilling!

Objective Bruce said...

By god, mikeB1, you're right. A player shouldn't talk about how long he's going to be missing games due to an injury, when he'll be able to pitch again or what actually happened to cause the injury and whether he continued to pitch after doing it or brought it to the attention of the club. And if he does talk about it, he should be able to talk about it in a format where he doesn't have to answer any questions from people who would question his almighty pronouncements.

This is as absurd as Shilling's contrived attack on "the media" because reporters did their jobs and followed up on a comment made by a play-by-play announcer.

Honest answers about injuries is essential to the integrity of the game, and it's not an honest answer if it's not subject to scrutiny

Now would somebody tell me what on earth Paul is talking about, something about how a positive reference to a beach area near a ball park insults San Diegoans.

The Globe and Shaughnessy are anything but irrelevant. If so, why does this blog exist?

paul said...

"Now would somebody tell me what on earth Paul is talking about, something about how a positive reference to a beach area near a ball park insults San Diegoans."

C'mon Bruce. Read the line "Brian Wilson would be proud" and tell me you can imagine Shank rolling his eyes as he's typing it.

Shank is almost always sarcastic or tongue in cheek. He already "slammed" the park by calling it "The House that Larry Lucchino Built". So why would he stop there?

mike_b1 said...

Bruce, all you do is say the opposite without ever offering up any rationale. What's the incentive for a player or team to go public with injuries? To give the local hacks something to write about?

Anonymous said...

OB/Globe Employee:

Shaughnessy's March article/parody of Schilling's blog could be the single most petty, pathetic, mean-spirited, desperate column I've ever read in used-to-be-major daily newspaper.

And the word "integrity" should not be used in any
way even remotely relating to Shaughnessy.

Shank is a millimeter away from being completely irrelevant. You saying otherwise doesn't make the facts go away.

Okay, take care.

Tim

objectivebruce said...

The club or player who claim that a player cannot perform owe enough respect to the game and integrity to its fan base that they disclose the nature, extent and expected duration of injuries

I love it how people who get so riled up with illogical nonsense is exposed that they assume I'm anything more than J.Q. Public. They're wrong, of course. But being wrong appears to be their hobby.

Anonymous said...

OB wrote: "The Globe and Shaughnessy are anything but irrelevant. If so, why does this blog exist?"

It exists to REMIND him that he's become irrelevant and that his newspaper is hemorrhaging red ink. Neither Shaughnessy nor The Globe seem willing or able to admit either fact, so we do it for them. It's a community service provided to all 'self-important' entities.

mike_b1 said...

"The club or player who claim that a player cannot perform owe enough respect to the game and integrity to its fan base that they disclose the nature, extent and expected duration of injuries."


Whaaa? That may be the biggest moon shot you've fired on this blig, and that's saying something.

Anonymous said...

OB:

You're lying. Your defense of all things Globe,
and your intimate knowledge of the arcane, ivory tower machinations regarding the soon-to-be-extinct broadsheet tells us a lot. Come clean,
you'll feel better.

Tim

ian said...

MLB has been doing the game notes for a few years now.

ObjectiveBruce said...

More mush.

Mike fires off another statement devoid of logic. Lying about injuries is dangerous to the integrity of the game. How can it not be?

And Tim, exactly what "arcane, ivory tower machinations" do I have intimate knowledge about? That soon-to-be-extinct newspaper sold more than 350,000 copies yesterday, Timmy.

mike_b1 said...

"Lying about injuries is dangerous to the integrity of the game. How can it not be?"

Sure, it's right up there with drug use, gambling, spitballs, etc.

Players have lied about injuries since the game began. Ever read Ball Four? Funny, attendance and viewership keeps going up.

Anonymous said...

OB:

How many copies did the Globe sell
on June 27th five years ago? Way less
than 350,000 copies.

Timmy?

Desperation sets in.

Okay, take care.

Tim

Anonymous said...

Oops. Typo.

The Globe sold way more than
350,000 copies on a weekday
five years ago.

Jump on that one, Brucie.