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Lack of Sportsmanship

Posted: May 14, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant
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I’ve mentioned a few times before that I have helped coach my boys little league team in the past. This spring season I took a break from it to just watch him and give my wife a break from having to deal with both of us being occupied for all of his practices and games. There have been times in the past were I have been upset with the complete lack of something called sportsmanship from the coaches of teams but today really really took the cake.

Now before I start complaining about what I witnessed I want to dwell a little bit on the whole concept of sportsmanship and little league. Something I was blown away to see when my boy first started playing ‘competitive’ sports was the attitude and stance of coaches and parents when it came to the concept of winning and losing. It seems like a lot of people seem to think that just because their son or daughter is on a field for some sport yelling at them, yelling at the officials, cursing, taunting the other teams players or coaches, or making the kids feel like they are worthless is okay.

WHY IN GAWDS NAME DOES ANYONE THINK THIS CRAP IS OKAY???????????????

These are kids out there, our kids, and our kids friends. Why would you yell at them? Why would you make them more anxious then they already are? Why would you want them to feel like if they fail they are failures? What the hell is wrong with you?

Most parents put their kids in sports to keep them busy and away from getting into trouble elsewhere. When the kid excels at it we keep enrolling them hopefully because they are liking it and not because we did it or didn’t get to do it when we were kids. If those reasons are the case then we are wanting them to be taught something to stay out of trouble and on the ‘wrong side’ of things.

Sports teaches teamwork, it teaches self confidence, it teaches how to over come adversary, how to handle success, it teaches that at the end of the game we are the same and we congratulate each other for doing our best. While we keep track of score during sports it is not on the list of things that we are taught playing sports nor is it the reason we enroll our kids into sports. We don’t look at our 5 year old and say ‘Well I want him/her to know how to keep score because that will make them a winner’. Score means nothing, especially when kids are involved. If you think it does then you really need to relook at yourself.

As a parent and a coach we are trying to teach kids how to play sports. Not just the action of kicking, throwing, hitting, tackling but what it means to be part of a team where we all rely on each other to do our best. That’s what we want as parents for our kids to understand, we want them to see that on a team what you do affects those around you and vise versa. That’s how life works, even if most millennials do not want to admit it. We want them to understand how good it feels to do it right and how to pick themselves up when it goes wrong. Teaching them that those around them can help them celebrate and pick them up when they fall. The actions of sports are taught but how far they develop can be limited by the players ability, build, social status, economic status, ect, ect. However the mental part every single player can learn, understand and excel at. Teaching them that is more important for the rest of their lives then throwing a pitch, kicking a cross, blocking a spin move, or handling a stick. Most of us as adults never get to do any of that in our daily lives but we do get to work as a team nearly every day.

For just a moment think about if you were sitting at your cubical, behind your counter, wearing your headset, swinging a hammer, or any number of things us adults get to do for ‘work’ and someone started yelling at you about how you were doing your work. Yelling about how worthless you were, or how you shouldn’t be doing your work the way you do it. How you aren’t typing fast enough, or being polite enough, that you needed to try harder.

Oh wait we call those ‘hostile work environments’ now don’t we… We quit them or go to HR and get transferred somewhere else. Guess what your kid, my kid and all those other kids can’t go some where to complain about it or get transferred to another nicer team. On top of that the kids are learning from us how to be adults so if we are yelling all the time about how they need to do everything better and right now that’s exactly what they are going to do to their teammates, little brothers and sisters, and eventually their own kids.

Next time you are watching you son or daughter play remember that, remember that not only are they learning about the sport but they are learning how you want them to act as adults.

Okay back to today… Since I am not coaching I decided I would sit down the line past the dug out and watch. Just me watching the game, while the other parents are trying to small chat each other and see who can pound their chests more because their kids did this and that. Just watching the boys play a game that I love, and hopefully they love too. My boys team is on the field and the other teams player gets walked on 4 pitches. No big deal it happens, these kids are 11 and 12 still learning how to pitch it is going to happen. I watch the kid jog up the line to first base while our pitcher gets the ball back and drops his head because he just walked a guy and the coach is already yelling at him to fix his mechanics. Suddenly I see the Coach of the other team who is the third base coach wave to the player that just got walked. Instantly the player studder steps and takes off for second base. Now the our pitcher is still looking dejected while multiple parents and coaches are telling him that he shouldn’t do that again and he needs to throw strikes. The other players on our team are kind of preparing for the next batter and not really looking at this kid who suddenly has done something that NOT EVEN MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS DO. The coaches start yelling to throw the ball the kids on the field look completely lost because this isn’t supposed to happen and the pitcher throws a bad throw to second base that ends up in center field and the other teams player ends up all the way to third before some assembly of calm is regained by our team.

Before you say anything I want you to understand something. In a MLB game when a guy is walked and it wasn’t intentional, meaning the Coach told him to, the pitcher is not happy with themselves. When they catch the ball back from the catcher they are normally muttering to themselves or worst. The MLB player that gets walked jogs up to first base and stands there until the pitcher gets back to the mound to start preparing for the next pitch. This is called sportsmanship. The batter who was just walked knows that the pitcher did not want to walk him and just the fact that he is now at first is a big enough blow to the pitchers ego all by itself. It doesn’t need to be rubbed in, the pitcher doesn’t need to be kicked while he is down, they both understand that if the pitcher was being effective the batter wouldn’t be on first. The batter knows that if he wants to steal second base he can but he will wait until the next pitch because he does NOT need to show up the pitcher any further.

Saying that we now look back at the situation I mentioned above. These are not MLB players that are payed lots of money to play this game. These are not adults that are trying to play this game because of the money or fame they can make.

THESE ARE KIDS.

Should we be teaching them at 11 or 12 that they need to show up the other team? Or that winning at all costs is the only thing that matters? That having no dignity in how you win is okay? What were we trying to teach our kids again by enrolling them in sports? Oh yeah how to be a good team player and how to treat others.

I’m sure there are some of you that see absolutely no problem with what the coach told the player to do. I’m sure you are also the same people that couldn’t give a shit less about the person in the car next to you, or the people around you as you scream on your phone in public.

If you don’t want your kid to be taught how to be a good sport then don’t enroll them in sports. If you think its okay to not be a good sport to kids don’t coach sports. It’s pretty freaking simple. If you are out there to win or to pad your own ego, get the hell off the field.

These are our kids, and those of us that want to teach them how to be good sports and how to win with grace and never loose hope when they lose don’t need you or your kids on our field.

I can’t express how utterly disappointed I was at so many instances like this that happened just in this one game. It made me sad as a parent and deeply offended as a coach that stuff like this could not only go on but not be called out. Watching both sides do or say things that just made me sick feeling because of what it was teaching these kids about how society works. I can only teach my kids and those that I get to coach, I can only pass on so much, and then to watch others just tear apart what we try to do as a coach and parent…

Makes me feel sick…

Please take a moment next time your son or daughter is on a field, lift them up. Tell them how good they are doing and how if they do their best that is all we could ever ask for. Tell them if they make a mistake how to fix it and they will get it next time. Make them feel like they can do it. Thank those coaches that do the same. Make your kid end the game with a smile no matter what the score.

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Shouts from the Portalet May 9th

Posted: May 9, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant, MLB
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What am I shouting about today….

Matt Harvey… WTF did you do to piss off your team that they suspend you and demand you apologize to your team? How the mighty have fallen.

Red’s pitching has been oddly great however everyone seems to just be waiting for the wheels to fall off. When Scott Feldman and Bronson Arroyo are your top pitchers right now you have to just be playing 90’s music in the clubhouse and not letting anyone look at a calendar.

Reds make the list again with sending their best pitcher down to Triple A to ‘save him from innings’. Seriously are you guys dumb as a box of rocks or what? You turn Raisel Iglesias, your best pitcher last season, into a closer and then your best pitching starter this season you send down to save his arm. Brian Price was a pitching coach before he was the head coach right? (He was look it up) You’re telling me that Garrett isn’t going to be pitching as much in Triple A as he would be in the Majors? So you sent him down to just watch games? The other thought is for this contract control thing teams do now a days. So the Reds AGAIN are looking towards the future to be good…. they do know they are in first place in the division?

Why is my Joey Votto post the most read post by leaps and bounds? People are seriously googling ‘Is Joey Votto a jerk’

The Red Sox and the Blue Jays are heading south on a one way ticket via Southwest Airlines.

The LAA Angels are wasting Trout and they have absolutely no intentions of ever doing anything else.

I am so damn tired of strikeouts…. Want to speed up the game, teach the freaking batters to hit the ball.

Eric Thames is not juiced and he has the best quote in the world ‘I have plenty of urine and blood’

Why can’t the Dodgers hit left-handed pitching? It’s the WHOLE DAMN TEAM! Hire someone to just pitch to them from the southpaw side for gawds sake.

Launch angle and Exit Velocity is fun to look at but it is ruining the game. What ever happened to 2 strike hitting without trying for the fences.

TOO MANY GAWD DAMN GOLDEN SOMBREROES!!

Stop trying to make the games faster/shorter and make the players play every play.

I hate hate hate the Yankees and damnit I am on the edge of my seat every time Aaron Judge comes up to bat.

How are the Giants this bad…. I know it’s an odd numbered year but holy cow.

Ryan Zimmerman is drinking some serious superman juice. Wow

I really think this 10 day DL is making Fantasy baseball brutal to be a part of. I can’t remember this many DL trips for so many players in any other season.

Trumbo hit a homerun off a pitch that was nearly 5 feet off the plate… This is the pitch I swing at in my recreational league and ground it into the plate.

Never ever count out Buck Schowalter even when all of their pitchers loose their arms.

The Cubs are still hungover from last seasons World Series win.

Base running? We don’t need no stinking base running we have exit velocity! Freaking bajeebus…

18 innings is a long ass game, but I wouldn’t trade it for a guy on second after 12.

Miguel Montero pitching is one of the absolutely beautiful things about baseball.

Flush………..

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Was watching MLB Central this morning and they were talking about what baseball has become and how it’s different then even when the retired guys hosting it played.

This made me think, and normally that involves smoke pouring out my ears and intense pain. I did it anyway for the good of the human race… or some race that was probably wiped out by falling off curb into a sewer grate.

What would Babe Ruth think about our game if he could sit in the stands, with a beer and over sized hotdog of course? What about Mickey Mantle? What about Tony Gwynn(Since I am a Padres fan)?

I mean I look at it and I’m closing in on 40 and they play so completely different then they did a decade ago. Yes there is still a bat, a ball, and nine guys on the field but the ‘how’ is totally different. Since there are so many different aspects that have changed, in my opinion, I’m breaking this down in to a couple part series because my fingers can only type so many letters before the cramps set it.

Part 1

Evolution of the Pitcher.

Lets start with the Babe. Historically listed as an Outfielder and Pitcher. Seriously look it up, I did. When was the last time you saw this? Well honestly it was last year during the world series but before that was like never. More to the point is the fact that Ruth pitched 107 complete games out of 147 starts in his 10 year career. Let that sink in for a minute.

107 complete 9 inning games against another actual baseball team.

Even more impressive he pitched over 300 innings two years in a row where he had a 1.75 ERA and a 2.01 ERA respectively. When was the last time you heard of someone getting to 300 innings in a season? I looked it up so you don’t have to Steve Carlton of the Phillies back in 1980. Now a days if you hit 200 innings without having to have Tommy-John Surgery it’s nearly amazing. Heck so many of the pitchers are on a ‘pitch limit’ that they won’t even get close to that. Back to the 107 complete games, in 1917 Ruth had 35 complete games. The highest total for who we are currently calling the best pitcher in the league, Clayton Kershaw is 6 in one season. Not only do pitchers not throw complete games anymore but they don’t throw even close to 30 games. Again referencing Kershaw’s stats he has never had more then 26 games in a season. Saying all this lets look at Steve Carlton since he was the last one to reach 300+ innings. Carlton pitched for 24 years. Let me say that again TWENTY-FOUR YEARS. Even if we take out the years he didn’t pitch at least 100 innings (8 years) this guy pitched 4.963 innings in 16 years. Kershaw 1760 in 9 years. Max Scherzer another of the pitching greats of this age 1696 in 9 years. They both would need to throw over 3000 innings in the next 7 years to get close. By the way Ruth who really didn’t pitch more then 5 years, the other 5 years he only had 7 starts, had 1167 innings.

Do I need to go on with the innings or amount of pitches? The guys now don’t even come close to what used to take place. Even the great Kershaw and Scherzer don’t come close.

What does this tell us? That we just didn’t have the medical knowledge to know when guys were hurt so we pitched them anyways? This is possible, hell anything is possible but the probability is not there. I have no doubts that some guys ruined their arms and no one understood why back then, however that doesn’t account for all the guys that had long careers pitching huge amounts of innings. So there is no way the majority of guys pitched effectively with injuries.

What else could it be? Secret ninja tricks? Fountain of youth drinking fountains in the locker rooms? Magic Jobu dolls?  Corn Fields of everlasting baseball? Susan Sarandon in negligee posters? Like I said anythings possible but I think it comes down to one word.

Effort.

Effort? Seriously? What are you talking about these guys give every ounce of effort they have and then some every day!

Now hold on cowboy. Lets look at something to emphasize my point. Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers in my lifetime and possibly of all baseball. Maddux pitched for 23 years and only 3 of those years did he pitch under 100 innings. 4864 innings in those 20 years (5008 in all 23 years). Now tell me why Maddux could pitch that many innings for that long and be as incredibly effective as he was (.610 win percentage and lifetime 3.16 ERA). Effort and much more specifically MAX Effort. Maddux was not a fireballer he was a locator, by this I mean he didn’t over power you with the speed of his fastball. He over powered you with the location of his fastball and every other one of his pitches. He pitched where you weren’t swinging, to say it nicely he pitched smarter then you could hit. This goes for a lot of pitchers of his era, the pre-steroid and then the first part of the steroid era. They actually pitched, while the radar gun was around it wasn’t the only thing that mattered. Pitchers used smarts and mastery of pitches to get hitters out.

Pitchers now don’t think that way, hell they aren’t trained that way so how could they even try to think that way. Proof of that is how Noah Syndergaard came into this season saying he put on muscle weight to ‘throw harder’ then he did last season. In which he had the fastest slider mph speed in the entire league not to mention many of the top fastball mph speeds(for a starter). What is wrong with that? Well to start with Noah barely ever makes it past 5 innings per start. Yeah they are an exciting radar gun busting 5 innings but still only 5 innings out of a 9 inning game. So throwing harder doesn’t help if you’re only pitching half a game to start with. We don’t hear about pitchers anymore unless they are throwing ‘heat’. Heck the graphics for the televised games emphasize how fast they are pitching with little flames around the radar readings. Thank goodness for pitchers like Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs, so we can see what real pitching is. Remember there is a HUGE difference between throwing and pitching. Throwing means you are throwing it past the hitter, pitching means you are using your brain and PITCHES to get the hitter out.

What’s next? More of the same unfortunately. More ‘fireballers’ with short careers because of injuries because there is a dozen guys waiting to take their place. I liked what John Smoltz said when talking about this ‘The system is broken and no one cares.’ He is completely right in my mind. We are telling kids in little league to throw hard, we are teaching them in high school how to throw harder, and in college when they destroy their arms we are perfecting the surgeries to get them back on the field. I can attest to watching/coaching little league pitchers. I have been an assistant coach for many teams and watching how most head coaches use their pitchers is awful. Jimmy pitches hard and our defense is terrible so lets have him pitch 4 innings or 75 pitches before we bring in someone else. What are we teaching them? Don’t rely on your defense to help you, you have to pitch harder and strikeout every batter you see. That only intensifies as they progress in to more competitive age brackets. We don’t show them how to pitch, or when to throw a certain pitch. We just tell them to throw hard and reward them when they strikeout a batter. You don’t have to believe me, go out and watch a little league game.

Want more proof?

https://www.rush.edu/news/tommy-john-surgeries-highest-among-teens

http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2016/03/07/tommy-john-reconstructive-surgeries-rise-among-young-athletes/

You do the research and figure it out for yourself, but the system is broken and it isn’t going to change anytime soon unfortunately.

Stay tuned for the next Part where I discuss hitting.

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Life… and writing

Posted: May 9, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant

For the most part I write this blog because I have a ton of things in my head and need to get them out so I don’t go nuts. Not a lot of people read it and I’ve become more okay with that then I used to be. I write it more just for me to get the thoughts out of my head.

Sometimes however life gets in the way of writing. Not because I run out of things to say, just ask my wife and friends. It is more of having the time, motivation, and coherency to put those thoughts in a readable format. I try very hard to not put stuff out there that I haven’t had time to research so that it is credible enough for my own personal liking. I know that other places/writers will throw stuff out there with less then complete knowledge of what the hell they are talking about. It drives me personally insane to read stuff like that so I try to not be that person.

I find myself apologizing reasonably often on here because of the gaps of time where I don’t post anything. I think I am mostly apologizing to myself for not being able or taking the time to put something on here. I continue to create drafts of things that I fully intend to finish but with all of life’s curveballs I sometimes don’t get to. Okay more then sometimes. I don’t get paid to do this or pay anyone to let me do this so it gets put on the back burner when life gets bumpy and loud.

So again sorry for the lapse in posts, I will get back to posting whenever I can as life and internal stuff allows me too.

More then just a gimmick

Posted: April 11, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant, MLB
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As I have mentioned in the past I play in an 30+ Adult recreational baseball league in my area. Just before this season started I broke my current wood bat and was in the sudden and urgent need of a new one. Like any internet savvy person I started looking online about best bats for the best price, wood vs bbcor, length and weight, ect ect. The league I played in last year was wood bat only but this other league also allowed BBCor so I got to really compare everything to anything. Something I found that sparked my interest was a new bat type on the market called the AXE Bat. I read several articles about it being used by such hitters as Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts and how it increased their line drive hit percentage and ‘good’ contact numbers. I’m just a guy who likes to play baseball but if something as simple as a handle design can help MLB players it might help this old man hit a few more through the infield.

Now I broke my wood bat 3 days before my first game and had to have whatever bat right then, so even though I was doing my review homework I knew I was probably going to have to head to the local sports stores to pick it up. I headed over to the Big Green Sports Store to see what they had compared to what I had seen online and to my surprise they had a 32″ -3 BBCor AXE bat mixed in with all their regular stock. Let me reiterate they had ONE AXE bat and only ONE, so of course my first indication is well if these guys don’t see it as popular will I even like it. Skeptical but intrigued I took it off the shelf and held it.

First thing you notice is the handle, which is the main difference of an AXE bat. If you haven’t seen one think of cutting a wood chopping axe’s handle off and attaching it to a baseball bat barrel. Sounds weird I know but it felt really natural in my hand. Where the normal bat handle style has the large round end at the bottom that pushes against your wrist the AXE bat has none of that. You can easily grab the bottom of the bat handle and not feel like it’s going to slip out of your hand. Of course like any kid in a sports store I had to pretend swing it, without hitting anyone or other merchandise of course. I was amazed at how easily it flowed through the ‘hitting zone’. I wasn’t swinging full speed of course but I could already tell that you didn’t seem to need as much wrist action to get it going. Another huge bonus was this AXE bat was only 120 bucks, not anymore then the standard bats it was hanging with. After some mental debating my wife told me to just get it, and as we all know you can’t say no to that.

Took the bat home and then didn’t really get to touch it much before my first game, you know kids and all. Game day comes around and I do my pre-game swings, a couple of the other guys look at it and swing it. I’m all psyched thinking well lets see what this can do. First at bat I looked like I was swinging at a Kershaw curve ball.Way out front and off balance.

Definitely NOT what I had hoped for!

However it was the first time I had swung it at full speed and I noticed something I hadn’t felt previously. The bat flung itself through the hitting zone way faster then I had expected. What I mean by this is during your normal swing you have the: Load, where you coil up with the weight primarily on your back foot. Uncoil, where you start to shift your weight towards your front foot bringing the bat down into the hitting zone. At this point is where the AXE bat launches itself through the hitting zone like a badger with its butt on fire. Seriously I was really not expecting the increase in ‘umph’. Needless to say I struck out my first at bat and looked like I should go back to Teeball. Fast forward to a few days later when I got to take the AXE bat to the cages and really put some time into feeling what this bat does different. Their website said 30 swings, honestly it took me more like 60 swings to really get the hang of the new swing. You don’t really realize at first how much different the swing feels but the more you swing with it the more comfortable you get with it. Just like anything really, but you don’t automatically think of a bat swing being different for what you’re used to.

By the end of the time I spent in the cages I was in love with the way the AXE bat felt. The swing was easy, comfortable and repeatable. The way the modified handle pushes itself through the hitting zone really increased the force I was able to get onto the ball. By my next game it felt like I had always swung that way. I’m not saying suddenly I’m hitting .750 and belting homeruns but I can tell when I do make contact it feels much more solid. I really do love this bat and have absolutely no plans on going back to a traditional style handle. Each game, each at bat I get more and more confident in how I am swinging it and the ease of feel it has.

The other thing I have noticed which should already be clear is the increase in bat speed. This was something I was worried about with my old bat and had actually taped up the bottom a couple inches to get more speed out of it. With the AXE bat I didn’t even have to worry about ‘choking up’ it just naturally added bat speed because of its design.

The only two things that I have noticed that I am still working on are the handle is thin for what I like and lining up the bat so that it always comes through the zone on the hitting side. The thinness of the handle was easy to remedy just a bit of string and some athletic tape got it to the thickness that feels right in my hand. As for the lining up the hitting face that I am still working on. The AXE bat has a dedicated hitting zone just like how a real axe has a certain side you use to chop wood, the pointy end as we call it. You can’t just hold the bat like you used to with any part facing forward so figuring out where the best spot to hold it takes a little adjustment. I’ve found that holding the handle between the start of your palm and your first finger joint seems to line it up the best as it comes through the zone. Getting it comfortably there every time is taking a little more adjustment but I know I’ll get it.

Again I love this bat and definitely see using ONLY AXE handles from here out. I’ve actually started looking at getting my boy, who is in 12U little league, one as well to help with his bat speed and length of swing.

Here is a link to the bat I purchased except on Amazon – AXE bat Origin 32″ -3 BBCor

Here is a link to the AXE bat website

Just so it is clear, I bought the bat and this review is because I used the bat. Since I do this blog however I thought I would share my experience.

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There is no question on my feelings towards Tim “The Kardashian of Baseball” Tebow. If he fell into a giant sinkhole while running in the outfield and landed somewhere in Siberia I’d totally be okay with it.

I’m really starting to think he might be the Anti-Christ… Okay we got it he hit a homerun during his first MINOR league at bat. So did a lot of other guys and remember he is IN LOW A MINORS so he is playing against guys probably 10 years younger then him. Also the dude is huge, I totally give him that. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know strong big guy hits ball it has a chance to go a long way.

Saw this and had to share:

Of course I had to look this up if I was going to share it.

Domenic is 22 (Tebodashian is 29) and was drafted in the 22cd round by the Giants he plays for the CLASS A South Atlantic League Augusta GreenJackets. Not only does he exist but the MEME is true. Here is the other thing the media isn’t telling you do you know what his stat line was from that game?

4/6/17 @COL W – 0 L – 1 ERA – 23.65 SV – 0 Innings Pitched – 2.2 Hits – 7 ER – 7 W – 1 SO – 2

Sooooooo it’s not like this guy was burning down the house out there.

Please stop hyping this freaking guy, Tebow is not the great white hype. He’s a damn media circus that can’t get over the fact that he isn’t famous for being a ‘great player’.

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Stick’em up

Posted: April 7, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant, MLB
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Okay you can put your hands down, this isn’t a train robbery. It is however one of the weirdest things I have ever seen in my life.

People that is not photoshopped. That is actually a major league baseball stuck to Yadier Molinas chest protector.

Is Molina made of velcro? Did that phrase “I’m rubber and your glue” statement actually come true? Did physics finally break with the weight of Trump winning the presidency? Did Bizarro Molina replace our Cardinals catcher?

Honestly there is not a great explanation for this unprecedented situation. There are some thoughts on it but no one is rushing to ‘examine’ them.

1. Pine Tar

First it could be pine tar that is on his chest protector that the ball stuck itself too. Everyone knows the majority of players in the MLB use pine tar to get a better grip on their bat so it doesn’t go flying out of their hands when they swing for the fences. It could be that Molina grabbed his chest protector with pine tar on his hands and it just happened to get on there. Problem, Yadier wears batting gloves. Most of the pine tar would be on the gloves not his hands. What if someone else handed him his chest protector that had just lubed up on pine tar? Possible but eh… kind of a stretch.

2. Velcro

No.

3. Impact force upon said chest protector

Lance Lynn doesn’t throw that hard and the ball bounced in the dirt before it attached itself to Molina so No.

4. The Force is strong with Molina

This is quite the possibility and I won’t discount it.

5. Stick’em

There is this closely guarded secret goop stuff that magically exists for pitchers to get a better grip on the ball just like batters do with pine tar. The thing about stick’em is it is like “don’t tell don’t ask”. Some retired guys will admit to using some such thing but it is the quickest way to end a conversation. We all kind of know they use it but NO ONE talks about it.

Why would Molina have stick’em or pine tar on his chest if this benefits the pitchers grip? One clear answer is so that the pitcher doesn’t have any foreign substances on him and Molina easily adds a bit of ‘grip’ to the ball before he throws it back to the pitcher on the mound.

Is this legal? Not really Does everyone do it? Yes they do. Should we be upset about it? No not at all. Look if the pitcher needs to get a better grip on the ball so he can throw a 100 mph fastball and actually locate it rather then throw it and hit the batter with it then let him use something. Seriously just like pine tar for the batters the pitchers need something as well. I just wish it wasn’t so hush hush don’t talk about it.

Here is the whole at bat. Like I said, I got no problem with this and I’m actually surprised that it doesn’t happen more often.

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It’s official baseball season is under way and thank gawd. While spring training gives you a taste it is not the full steak and potatoes that a normal day in the baseball season give you.

So what did we learn this opening day… days. Yeah it’s a little odd to have opening day part one and then part two but the more baseball the better.

First when you start Scott Feldman, Jhoulys Chacin, and Ricky Nolacso as your opening day starter your fan base knows this season is going to suck.

Second Madison Bumgarner is a beast. 2 homeruns and had a perfect game through 4 innings on opening day. Yes I know the Diamondbacks ended up winning but damn is Madbum awesome.

Dodgers offense looks primed for this season and Kershaw is just Kershaw. However they did open against my Padres…

Eric Thames looked good for his questionable hype coming into this season after killing it in the Korean leagues.

Trout homers, Trumbo homers, Harper homers. All is right in the world.

Benintendi is Rookie of the year, just go ahead and give it to him now.

Melancon blew his first save but don’t expect that to happen often.

Yankees Baby Bombers looked good but still lost. Pretty much what I expect from them all year.

CUBS LOST OMG THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMETH. Chill they will be fine.

Andrew Miller at some point is going to remember he was the Yankees closer and not be happy with being the setup guy. It will happen faster if the Indians start loosing, thank goodness I don’t think they will.

Padres, Reds, Brewers, Royals, Braves, and Angels lost. Get used to it you’ll be seeing a lot more L’s

I think the Hitters are slightly above the Pitchers this year.

Sutcliff and ‘Boog’ are terrible to listen to on ESPN baseball…. sorry but it’s the truth

Blacking out games is fucking ridiculous in this day and age

Man am I glad baseball is back

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Hey You GUys!!!!

Posted: March 30, 2017 by souldysfunction in Futbol, General Sports Rant
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I don’t normally follow a lot of international futbol (soccer) but when something like this comes across my screen I cant help it.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most recognized faces in the rest of the world. He plays on Real Madrid and then for Portugal for the World Cup.

He is known for his good looks and his goal scoring ability (Stats) and besides Messi he is the greatest fubol player currently in the world.

So it comes as no surprise that his hometown Funchal decided to honor him by renaming the international airport after him and installing a bust of him.

He is sooooo wishing they had stopped at the airport… Take a look

First… Um…. Well…

I don’t even know where to start here…

If you were making a bust of Sloth from the Goonies

then damn you got close.

But when you are sculpting one of the prettiest guys in Futbol well…

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Shouts from the portalet

Posted: March 27, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant

It’s been busy around here. My boys baseball league starting up, my 30+ baseball league starting up, my crazy ass 16 team fantasy baseball league draft coming up this weekend, MLB REGULAR SEASON STARTING, Wrestlemania coming up, and just having a family happening every day.

What have I missed that I need to squawk about….

Israel losing in the WBC was unavoidable but damn did they play great.

Puerto Rico was on fire and the passion was absolutely incredible in the WBC and a good lesson for the American fans of baseball.

Totally stunned and excited that USA won the WBC. I wish that the final game would have been a little closer, Puerto Rico just seemed out of gas.

So freaking glad spring training is almost over. I love watching the guys get ready for the season but trying to explain why teams are getting beat 24 to 3 to my 11 year old boy is difficult.

Goldberg vs Lesnar is awesome for WWE. Roman reigns vs Undertaker is lame.

I seriously have a excel workbook that has 12 sheets and a vba module containing over 300 lines of code just to prepare for my fantasy baseball league.

Being on a baseball field makes you forget how old you are until you have to run out a double in the gap.

Okay that’s all for now

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