I know this story is a few days old but I've been pretty busy/tired/pissed off and don't feel like writing because it seems like I'll never get where I want to be, meanwhile Barstool keeps adding hacks who could've sniff my typo-ridden jockstrap behind a keyboard.
I just really need to vent on this whole Cassius Marsh situation.
Former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh took some heat from New England fans when he said he’s glad to be with the 49ers because the Patriots don’t have any fun. But unlike some athletes whose words get them in trouble, Marsh isn’t claiming he was taken out of context or misunderstood.
Marsh released a video in which he doubled down on those comments about the Patriots, saying that if New England fans don’t like what he had to say, that’s their problem.
“I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don’t like this new article. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings. Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel and I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at.”
It’s to Marsh’s credit that he’s not trying to weasel out of his previous comments. Even if, given that Marsh lasted only a couple months in New England before the Patriots cut him, it appears that the Patriots didn’t think much of him, either.
Dude who the fuck do you think you are?
What planet am I on?
I know me writing this blog kind of disproves what I'm about to say but nobody gives a fuck about what you thought about New England. No fans case about whether or not you had "fun" during your brief stint in New England. You are more irrelevant the a floppy disk case.
The only reason Patriot fans knew who you were is because they all were shocked to find out they traded 2 (two) draft picks for a guy with 3 career sacks. You don't forget the names of the horrible decisions. That's why Patriot fans will never forget Ras'I Dawling or Tavon Wilson. You sir, and your horrible sleeve tattoos were a horrible decision.
Patriot fans care about one thing: winning the Super Bowl. That's it.
Okay maybe whatever Tom Brady is doing on instagram but that's it.
It's Super Bowl or bust.
They just went 13-3 and lost the Super Bowl and it was viewed as a failure. We're spoiled douche bags who expect nothing but Super Bowls and if you can't help us get one you are worthless. Maybe if you weren't some bum ass scrub and could've actually produced on the football field you could've stuck around and help win a ring? But believe me I couldn't care less about how much fun you do or don't have. I don't need to know how the sausage is made. Super Bowl rings are made with blood diamonds. Just don't show me South Africans getting their hands chopped off.
Idc how hard things were or how much fun you didn't have? Nobody feels bad for you. It's fucking professional football, not subbing at your old high school. Plus you're just adding fuel to you're a "I'm a loser fire". Idk about you guys, but to me winning is pretty fun, and the Patriots did that 9 times while you were on the roster. You just sound like a bitch complaining because they weren't playing. You're the guy who cares more about their personal stat line than winning. I guarantee you this guy would rather have a 10 sack season than a Super Bowl ring. The most fun season of my glorious high school career was my junior year when we won and made the playoffs. Newsflash Cassius, maybe if you were a better football player you would've had more fun! The NFL is a business. Business is all about competition. You probably weren't having fun because you were behind bums like Deatrich Wise, Jr. and Lawrence Guy on the depth chart? Here's another excerpt of Marsh's interview with the San Francisco Chronicle
In New England, Marsh, a classic speed rusher, said he was miscast as a “coverage” linebacker. And he became so disenchanted with his role and the Patriots’ culture that he “wanted to get waived” when he requested a meeting with head coach Bill Belichick that precipitated his exit.
“They asked me to do a bunch of stuff that I had never done: covering running backs and receivers and basically almost never rushing the passer, which is what I did in playing defensive line,” Marsh said. “They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”
I love how he tried to spin it like he "tried to get cut". In a way I guess maybe he kinda did? Because if what he said about "confronting" Belichick is true then what he did was basically the football version of suicide by cop. Bum ass D ends with a handful of sacks don't last long after confronting the greatest coach of all time.
Thanks for all the help Cassius!
You can tell just by looking at this dude that he's a piece of shit who definitely would scream at his girlfriend in a public setting.
Former Patriots who actually accomplished things here said it best. Winning is fun. They had fun. As a man who's spent a Malcolm Gladwell-ian amount of time watching Patriots games, highlights, interviews, documentaries etc I know they had fun. They might've hated Bill at times, and not had fun on certain days, but I bet if you ask any Patriot worth mentioning about their time in New England they'll say how much they loved it.
At the end of the day this guy is a fucking loser who does not matter. I'm done wasted my time blogging about him. I honestly didn't even know he was on a team until this story broke. I can just remember being happy when he got released. He shouldn't have had fun here because he was a terrible football player. I don't have fun when I try to put the fitted sheet on my bed because I'm terrible at that. It all makes sense. Have fun getting cut during training camp, Cassie!
Artist: San Cisco
heard this song at pac sun (yes in 2018) the other day for the first time since Obama's first term.
They say a series doesn't start until the home team loses so given the results of tonight's game this series either just started today or never happened. Cliche alert but it's the two greatest words in sports tn "game 7". First of two Conference Final Game 7's. First time that's happened since 1979.
The Boston Celtics host the three-time defending conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers for game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It's been mentioned ad nauseam but it really is unbelievable the Celtics are here. We all know what they've dealt with. Despite all of that if they win a home game tonight the Boston Celtics are going to the NBA Finals. Something the team has done every time it's played home this postseason.
Am I nervous?
Of course, but in a weird-way I feel like the Celtics are in a no lose situation.
Obviously it will fucking suck if they lose. I don't need to deal with all the Lebron dick sucking from every media outlet, but this team shouldn't be here. Appreciate what we're seeing. Jaylen Brown is 21. Jayson Tatum is only 19 (ik he's 20). They're becoming stars before our very eyes. When Kyrie was ruled out for the year everybody stuck a fork in the C's. Tbh I thought they'd lose to Milwaukee. I didn't think they'd be able to beat Philly. Now they're a win away from a trip to Finals, and possibly ending Lebron's time in Cleveland for a 2nd time. This run is one of the most unexpected in Boston sports history.
What's even more shocking is that the C's should win this game. They're slight favorites as of now. Undefeated at home in the playoffs (which honestly makes me more worried about tn) It's always scary when you're in a game 7 and the best player is on the other team, but man this Celtics team is just different at home. Even without Gordo and Kyrie this roster is way better than Cleveland's excluding Lebron. His supporting cast is arguably the worst it's ever been and at 33 Lebron is being asked to do more than ever. I expect the Garden to be crazy, but I also expect Lebron to put on a show. Just gotta hope his supporting cast can continue to suck. I think if the C's can hold the non-lebron Cavs to under 70 points they have a great chance. Luckily for the Celts Kevin Love. easily the Cavs 2nd best player is out for tonight's game.
I'm not just saying this to make potential loss easier to deal with but I do honestly C's are in a no lose situation. They're playing with found money. This is the closest thing to a Cinderella run in today's NBA. Nobody saw this coming. But with Brad Stevens at the helm that shouldn't be too surprising. As long as there's no injuries that fuck up next season I'll be fine win or lose tonight. I just really fucking hope this team wins man. It'd be just like 2010. Send Lebron home. To me that will be like winning it all.
As for the game itself. Deep down I have a bad feeling that it ends tonight, but even if it does the future is sooooooo fucking bright for this team that it needs to wear shades. The Hayward injury was in a way a blessing in disguise since it lead to massive growth and development for Jaylen and Jayson. I cannot wait for next season, but I sure as hell don't want this one to end yet.
I know we're gonna see a classic Lebron performance tonight, so the key to this game imo is can the Celtics keep up offensively? We've seen throughout this series and all playoffs long that the C's can hold teams to below 90 offensively. It's will they have the fire power offensively? Can't have Al Horford and Tatum combining for 21 (why you got a 12 garage when you only got 6 cars?) points and expect to win. I think Tatum is gonna make up for a disappointing game 6. Already within striking distance of the all-tine rookie playoff scoring record. If he can break it tonight I love our chances. Home teams have dominated up to this point, just gotta hope the trend continues. Let's go Celtics!
Song: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Artist: Florence + The Machine
First off I fucking despise this move. Hanley is so much more important to this team than his stats. Very rude move by the Sox imo.
I found out the news that the Red Sox were DFA-ing Hanley from a text. I couldn't believe it. I was hoping since I hadn't gotten any notifications from the many sports apps on my smart phone that I was just getting fucked with. Sadly, I was not. It's very real.
Hanley's career with the Red Sox has been a roller-coaster for sure. But I'd call his time here a success. He was a big part of two teams that went to the playoffs and through April when the Red Sox were rolling at 17-2 he was a major reason why.
He signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2000. Hanley was called up at the end of the 2005 season, I can still remember him down in Tampa wearing #60. He went 0-2 with two K's, then was traded to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. A deal that won the Red Sox the 2007 World Series. Mike Lowell was World Series MVP and Beckett went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA and was the ALCS MVP. After a decade away Hanley signed back with Boston after the 2014 season.
A hot first month in 2015 where he hit 10 home runs it seemed like the Sox struck gold. Then after further examination it was only pyrite. Things went all down hill from there. In 2015 Hanley played in only 105 games hit 19 home runs and batted .249. The Left Field experiment was a disaster (just like with Swihaet...funny how that works). Between him and Pablo Sandoval it looked like the Red Sox made two colossal free agent mistakes.
Then in 2016 he moved to first base and seemed to turn things around hitting .286 with 30 home runs and a career high 111 RBIs. My favorite Hanley moment happened that season when he hit an absolute cock-rocket missile to CF off Dellin Betances (who at the time was still good) to walk it off for the Sox. I was listening on the radio on the way to a tinder meet-up that surprisingly did not go well. Hanley has been low key clutch throughout his time in Boston.
As much as I hate the move, I understand financially why the Red Sox did it. They had to get rid of somebody to make room for Pedroia. I just figured it would be one of the bottom feeders on this roster. If you were to rank the players on the Red Sox roster 1-25 I'd put Hanley around 7th for best players on the team. Mookie, Sale, J,D, Martinez, Kimbrel, Price, Xander, then I'd go Hanley. Luckily they're getting Pedroia, his four gold gloves and career .300 batting average back, but there are so many more possibilities of what the Red Sox could've done. They could've kept both.
Hanley's 22 million dollar option vests after 497 plate appearances, a number he was on pace to surpass. Don't believe for one second about what Dombrowski said about Alex Cora's request to move on from Hanley. This was all about money. Why would the President of Baseball Ops would risk their job over a second month manager's request?
Instead of sending down JBJ, releasing Sandy Leon or making a fucking decision to do with Blake Swihart who has done nothing but waste a roster space all season the Red Sox went with the option that saved them the most money. Which is pretty ironic considering between Pablo, Rusney Castillo and now Hanley Ramirez the Red Sox are paying more money to these three to not play on their major league roster than the Oakland A's have spent on their entire payroll since 1998 (please don't fact check).
I think there's a v high chance this fucks up the rest of the season for the Sox. I'm worried about how the guys on the ream react. From what I've read and observed he seemed to be very well liked in the clubhouse and a big part of the team dynamic. And as I said he was beloved by most fans. Seeing this video as his last time leaving Fenway as a Red Sox legit breaks my heart.
After hearing the Red Sox told him at 3:45 am this morning I am even more mad at how they handled this. I already am on record (ask anybody at my job or twitter dot com) that the Sox are going to get swept by the Braves this weekend.
Hanley has been struggling lately going 0-20 to end his Red Sox career. But I don't think that's why they DFA's him. If that's the case, if I'm Jackie Bradley Jr I'm already starting to pack my bags. This was all about money. I don't care what Dombrowski says.
To me this is going to fuck up the clubhouse. Hanley is beloved by players and fans alike. He's grown on me sooo much since 2016. The dude has mountains of swag, can rake when healthy, and seems like just a fun guy to be around. I think the Red Sox cut off their nose to spite their face with this move. I don't hate Mitch Moreland but I also think having both of these options and the added flexibility it gives the just makes the Red Sox ever more dangerous. That is no longer going to be the case.
I'm going to miss you El Trece.
I've had a few hours to process the news but honestly I am still shook af. I was torn between him and Joe Kelly for my next shirsey. I legit love Hanley.
I know the Red Sox had to make a roster move with Pedroia coming back but designating Hanley for assignment is the last thing I was expecting. To me this move is up there with the Nomar trade and 2012 Dodger dump for most surprising in-season moves for the Red Sox. I just don't understand why they'll let guys who suck like Nunez, and Leon waste a roster spot or let JBJ strike out 4 times a game but get rid of one of their more intimidating bats over money. Sure he's had a bad May but one month shouldn't be enough to move on so suddenly. Especially after his April.
I do understand the move from a finanical stand point but the thing is the Red Sox can fucking afford it. Maybe if they didn't give out so many bad contracts to guys who don't deserve it ( I actually think Hanley did) this wouldn't be an issue. I am extremely worried they're gonna let their own studs like Mookie and Chris Sale walk because of all the bad deals they've given.
Gun to your head are the Red Sox better today than they were yesterday?
Song: Livin' La Vida Loca
Artist: Ricky Martin
Album: Ricky Martin
I've been in a 1999 Latin-pop phase this week.....
Bill Belichick doesn’t like the NFL telling him what to do, right down to the jerseys his players wear in practice.
Two years ago, the NFL ordered Belichick to stop having players practice in numberless jerseys, as he had been doing in Organized Team Activities. So now Belichick has players wearing numbers in OTAs. But many Patriots are wearing numbers that they won’t wear when the season starts.
That’s why running back Sony Michel is wearing No. 51 at OTAs, even though when the season starts he has to wear a running back number, which in the NFL means numbers between 20 and 49.
Belichick scoffed about the significance of giving rookies their numbers at this point in the offseason.
“Really not too worried about all the important stuff like that — numbers and what color gloves you wear and all of that,” Belichick said, via ESPN. “That’s not really at the top of the list right now. Trying to learn football, trying to become a team, trying to get better each day — that’s really where our focus is.”
All of the Patriots’ draft picks are currently practicing with numbers in the 50s, even players like Michel and rookie quarterback Danny Etling, who obviously won’t be wearing 50s numbers when the season starts. Undrafted rookies are wearing numbers in the 60s and 70s.
Belichick liked practicing without numbers because he felt it forced players to communicate better and not rely on jersey numbers to identify each other. It’s a tactic Belichick learned from studying Hall of Fame Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who often had his players wear jerseys without numbers in practice. Now that the NFL has prevented the Patriots from going numberless, Belichick has found the next-best thing.
I'm still really fucking mad at Belichick. Like reaaaally mad. More upset and hurt, but definitely also mad. I feel like some girl who's boyfriend cheated on her, obvi she broke up with him. (off season since Super Bowl) Only thing is deep down she still loves him. She eventually goes back into his arm's. She's pretty but not the most confident girl, and he's just so funny and has a great job. Of course she goes back. We all knew she was going back. Even though he fucked up she knows deep down that she's likely never gonna do better.
That's the Patriots and especially Patriot fans with Bill Belichick. What Belichick did in the Super Bowl with Malcolm Butler will forever enrage me, I 100% believe it cost the Patriots a championship but at the end of the day he's the greatest coach in the history of the game and we're lucky to have had him at the helm every year of this millennium.
That being said this classic Belichick troll moves definitely help Bill get back in my good graces. He's off the couch now for sure, but still on thin ice. He's just too concerned with watching taping and teaching techniques during the day, then at night when he sleeps in his dream's he's watching a potential bowl game between Florida vs. Rutgers for him to scout the 3 defensive backs in the middle rounds he'll draft.
He's way too busy to worry about uniform numbers at OTAs. I first thought something was up when I saw a picture of the all the 1st round picks in their new team uniforms with their regular numbers but Sony Michel was still wearing #1. Bizarro!
After being told by the league rookies had to have numbers to practice in Bill puts out a fucking QB in the Dozah 58. cryface laughing emoji x3.
Instead of following the NFL positional number rules (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League_uniform_numbers#Post-1973_changes) Belichick just assigned numbers 50 to their first pick, 51 to their second pick, etc. No time for rules during OTA's unless it's drilling players on the actual on the field rules and situational football.
It's not the funniest thing I've ever seen Belichick do but it made me chuckle. Although it is really weird seeing a QB rocking #58. Looks good though, don't hate it. I know I could've been a GREAT option-QB but that's not what this post is about. What it's about is Belichick twisting his "fuck you" knife into the league just a little with this act of defiance and rebellion.
So yeah Bill, I guess you don't need to sleep on the couch anymore but you are for sure still in the dog house, don't even think about asking for sex tonight because it is out. of. the. question.
*pulls down sleep mask*
**puts in mouth guard**
**fumbles to turn off the bedside light with the sleep-mask already on**
**give him a sleep-mask, mouth guard kiss because deep down you're still madly in love with this man**
This is kind of a random topic that could be addressed at any point, but I was talking about one of these ideas with one of my buddies the other night which inspired me to go all out and think of four more ways to improve baseball.
Baseball is depending on the time of the year, anywhere from my 1st to 3rd most favorite sport. I don't think most favorite is proper English, but neither is 56% of what is written on this site so let's just move on.
I love baseball and think it is for the most part fine, but like everything in life there is always room for improvement. I could do without the old-timey crusty losers who get mad at bat flips and players having an ounce of personality. But I like how there's 162 games. I don't want that to change. For 6 months straight if you want to watch the Sox (or your shitty team that doesn't really matter) they are there. It's like the line in Fever Pitch, they're always there for you when other parts of your life may not be.
Sure games could be a little quicker, but I think that's more just the ADHD generation with no attention span not being able to appreciate all the little nuances that make baseball great. Baseball is the thinking man's (or lady's) game. Baseball is also almost the exact same as football in the sense of stop time between plays and actual time of action during the game. You don't see people complaining about pace of play in the NFL. To me that's what makes it the perfect in-person sport. You can fuck around with your buddies in the stands, and still be able to not miss the action.
People have talked about radical ideas to change the game like 7 inning games, starting runners on 2nd base in extra innings, and shortening the season. I personally am not a fan of any of those ideas. Baseball is the one sport where statistics still truly matter and with all the history and whathaveyou chopping two innings off a game or 30 games off the schedule will fugggg everything up so it's a no thank you for me in that department.
That being said I have a few (five) ideas to improve the game of baseball. You may like some, I hope for my sake you do. Without further ado here they are.
1. Eliminate Divisions
Of all my ideas this is by far the most radical, and one that I understand will likely never happen because of the money generated with division champs gear and shit like that, but I truly believe deep down it's a good idea in the long run for beisbol.
Before 1969 there were no divisions in baseball. So it's not like this idea is unprecedented. For like 400 years it was just the AL and NL. Whoever finished the regular season in first won the Pennant and went to the World Series. There were plenty of seasons when teams won 100+ games and didn't make the World Series which at the time was the only playoff round. Then from 1969-1993 (except for strike shortened 1981) there were two divisions: East and West with a league championship series between the division winners to determine who represented each league to go to the World Series. In 1994 the league broke into three divisions adding the Central, this also added the Wild Card into the mix to give the playoffs a round 4 teams. This change allowed the best 2nd place team to make the playoffs.
Currently in baseball each league is divided into three divisions. East, Central, and West. The division winners automatically make the playoffs and the top two non-division winners (wild cards) play in a one game playoff to determine who goes on to the division series. I am a fan of the expansion of the playoffs over the years. Cinderella runs are what make sports great. If we knew what was going to happen the sport would suck and not be entertaining. Case and point your 2017-18 Boston Celtics. We have plenty of examples of teams who have won the World Series as wild cards: 97 & 03 Marlins, 02 Angels, 04 Red Sox, 11 Cardinals, and 14 Giants. I think that's everybody. Who knows how history would look if there was a wild card in 1970's?
Unless MLB is going to change it's current 5 team playoff format with a one game playoff I think the league should eliminate divisions and just go back to an American and National League. Goodbye divisions. Instead of having three division champs and two wild cards you now just do five best records make the playoffs. The only thing it really changes is division titles as accomplishments for teams to hang their hats on. In a perfect world teams would have a balanced schedule against their league. This way fans get more opportunities to see players from cities who don't come to town that often. I think this is way more fair and rewards the best teams which IMO is what we should be doing. It doesn't hold arbitrary divisional alignments loosely based on geography to determine who wins the World Series.
As a Red Sox fan you could think I'm just saying this because of the chance the Red Sox could end up winning 100+ games this year. That is partly true but I've also thought this for at least five year. Lol at me 4 tweeting at Salk.
This way the best teams don't have to play in that (while exciting) gimmicky play-in game. I personally am not a fan of the one-game playoff. I just think in a sport where you play 162 games to get to the playoffs to have one game determine who goes on is not fair where anything can happen. Especially should a wild card team finish above a division winner in the overall standings. Not only is it unfair for the wild-card teams but the #1 seed as well. The #1 seed is required to play the wild-card game winner. This really can end of hurting the #1 seed as they could be facing a team who is actually the 2nd or 3rd best in the league instead of 5th.
The perfect and most glaring example supporting my claim is the 2015 National League Standings. That year the Mets ended up winning the the pennant. Mainly due to great pitching, the bat of Daniel Murphy and the fact that they got to avoid 2 of the 3 NL Central juggernauts despite finishing with the worst record of National League playoff teams.
In 2015 the Dodgers won the West with 92 wins. The Mets won the East with 90. The NL Central featured three playoff teams. The central champion Cardinals who went 100-62 (possibly the most forgettable 100 win team of the last 20 years, close runner up 08 Angels), the Pirates won 98 games and Cubs won 97. The 98-64 Pirates season was done after just one playoff game when they ran into Jake Arrieta in the Wild-Card game when he was on one of the most impressive starting pitching runs I've ever seen in my entire life. 98 wins and poof. Just like that they're one and done.
That season under my rules would've had the final NL standings look like this:
1. Cardinals 100-62
2. Pirates 98-64
3. Cubs 96-66
4. Dodgers 92-70
5. Mets 90-72.
In the 18 seasons completed this millennium the World Series winner has averaged just 89 wins. I thought that seemed low so I took out the 83 win Cardinals and 103 win Cubs to balance things out and it ended up with an average of 94 wins which is still surprisingly low imo. The 2004 Red Sox also won 98 games and were a wild-card. Back then they didn't have to worry about a play in game, but they very easily could've lost a wild-card game had it been in existence back then, which would've been against the 91-71 Oakland A's. Imagine how different baseball history would be if the 2004 Red Sox lost in the fucking wild card game? That year despite being the "wild-card" they had the league's 2nd best record. Just like the Pirates.
This way every win and every game matters. You won't hear that "games in April don't matter" bull shit because now those few games could be the difference between avoiding the play-in game or not. I think this season where you could see the Red Sox and Yankees both win 100 + games and one would have to play in the Wild-Card game. Then say they win they get to face the other team in the ALDS. Meanwhile the Cleveland Indians who will end up winning the Central this year may end up with like 86 wins and automatically appear in the ALDS. Under my format they could miss the playoffs entirely.
2. Add a Pitch Clock
Pace of play has been the big buzzword talking point in baseball the last few seasons. I never played the game competitively so I understand there are a lot of little things players understand that I never will, but as a fan who's been watching for nearly 20 years (see my last blog) I do think there are tons of guys who add unnecessary time to the game with stupid routines and antics. Most notably my man Nomar and his batting gloves. Pitchers like Alex Cobb and Yu Darvish are some of the worst offenders for taking their time on the bump.
I think we eventually will see a 20 second pitch clock in the game. Even though it'd annoy me because it's not a 0 or 5 number but I'd be fine if it was even 22 seconds. The minor leagues already do it. I believe over time as more and more guys will get used to it it won't be a big deal. But for now with the strongest union in America you know guys aren't gonna wanna change. Maybe 20 years from now the pitch clock will as much a part of the game as the count.
What should happen is you have 20 seconds to pitch and if you don't release a pitch in time the batter gets awarded a ball. While I don't want NBA like shot-clock reviews to see if guys get pitches off in time I think a loose 20 seconds at the umps discretion is a good compromise, although I'd prefer to see a stricter interpretation. I just think the idea of challenging over whether or not a ball was still on a guy's fingertip at .01 is idiotic.
3. Bring Back Blocking The Plate and Breaking Up Double- Plays.
The play at the plate used to be one of the most exciting plays in baseball until it got ruined because Buster Posey was out of position.
Much like today's outrage snowflake culture instead of finding a middle ground, the league decided to ban collisions at home plate all together. One major injury to a star and it's sayonara. Now runners can be ruled safe if it determined a catcher was breaking the rules by protecting the plate aka doing a thing that was a major part of the game for 100+ years. Baseball needs more excitement and action as "being boring" is one of the biggest complaints against the game today. Ruining one of the most exciting plays in the game because of a freak injury imo is a little extreme and has definitely hurt the game. Casual fans love shit like home plate collisions. Btw If this injury happened to Brayan Peña the rule is never changed.
Same thing goes with breaking up double plays. While I think plays like Chase Utley in the 2015 NLDS are dirty there are clean ways to play hard and break up a potential twin-killing while still being safe. If a former middle infielder in Michael Young is for breaking up double plays, who in theory would be getting "protected" by the rule if he was still playing today speaks volumes. Bring back hard-nosed smash mouth baseball.
4. Allow Teams To Use a Pinch-Runner Once a Game Without Losing Whoever He Replaced in The Line Up.
This is the idea that sparked the list. I don't like how in sports like baseball or soccer once a player is removed he cannot return to the game. I guess I get it in a match-up stand point, managers could bring in players depending on who's pitching. With today's advanced metrics that could be a nightmare.
However I do believe there is a happy-medium here. I'm pretty sure this is a rule in the Women's College World Series and Little League World Series where a pinch-runner can enter the base-paths for a player but not take them out of the line up.
Managers would be more likely to be aggressive in late innings. There have been probably hundreds of times in my life where I wanted to Red Sox to pinch run for David Ortiz late in games, but the Sox wouldn't so they could still have his bat in the line up should the game continue. Then in the reverse times where in extras they'd pinch run for him but not score then an inning and a half later you have Darnell McDonald hitting 4th. Not ideal.
The rule I have works like this: Once a game a team can use a designated pinch runner. This runner may take over for any base-runner without taking over for him defensively and in the batting order. The runner would only be allowed to stay in the game for that base-running attempt. Should the game continue he would be removed from the game and not allowed to reappear. Should the team somehow bat around in an inning where the designated pinch-runner is used the original hitter must hit.
What I like most about this idea other than the potential strategic component and excitement to the game is that it's a big change, but still not that drastic. Definitely different a little outside the box in baseball standards, but you aren't completely altering the game and it's history by adding this. Plus most importantly you are finding a way to add excitement to the game which is something it drastically needs.
5. Market Stars and Allow People To Post MLB footage Online
What's this man's name?
If you don't know you're proving my point exactly.
That is Mike Trout. Hands down the best player in baseball. Two-time MVP. 5 Silver Sluggers. On base machine. He could get hit by a truck and die tomorrow and still make the Hall of Fame with what he's already accomplished.
The major problem with baseball is this man is marketed worse than planned parenthood in Syria. I love baseball and watch hundreds of games a year and have probably seen 40 live Mike Trout at bats in my life. The dude is never on tv and isn't really broadcast in commercials or endorsements unlike other superstars in the other sports. Trout is the most glaring example of the league's star issue but he's not the only one. How many casual baseball fans know who Trey Turner is? Or Nolan Arenado? Francisco Lindor? Exactly.
Baseball's biggest problem is baseball. They need to broadcast the amazing things these dudes do on the diamond every night of the week. But guess what if you tweet out a recorded clip from your tv MLB will suspend your account. Every league needs to copy the NBA's policy with social media. They realized that having highlights shared on social media actually helps expose the game and it's brand. Major League Baseball and the NFL both need to take a page out of Adam Silver's book and let fans share homemade highlights.
Maybe if more people saw the crazy catches Jackie Bradley Jr. makes on a nightly basis they'd wanna see more? Perhaps if the average sports bum on the street knew who Carlos Martinez was baseball would be doing a little better? If baseball wants to not end up like the NHL as some weird niche league they need to broadcast how great their product is and how many young stars their are in this league.
So those are my five ways to make baseball better. What do you think? What should MLB to do improve it's product?
Over a career that has spanned nearly 20 years (any time period over 15 years is considered nearly 20 to me) John Mayer has done it all, and not just talking in the ladies department.
He's had massive commercial success, a house full of Grammys, performed with the likes of the Grateful Dead, B.B. King (RIPIP), and Eric Clapton just to name a few. Shockingly he's never had a top 10 hit on the Top 40 which shows how meaningless at times that list can be. His cameo in Get Hard made the movie. Get Hard kinda stunk, but the "You ever see 100 women get wet at the same time? Watch this" line is perfect and 100% true if we're being real, should change his name to LL because ladies love John Mayer.
He's accomplished all that while staying true to himself and his own sound while creating whatever kind of music he wants. Case and point with his latest music video "New Light" that he teased on instagram yesterday.
Staying truthful to calendars and time John released the full music video today. Top premium content! On instagram John said this regarding the new video:
"I needed to make a video for New Light but nobody could agree on a budget, so I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos. Link. In. Bio."
John Mayer is ready to be a star!
I absolutely love this concept because it shows how you can still make a great product without spending a ton of money. It's hokie AF, bad on purpose which in today's deep dark meme, anti-joke internet age ends up being extra hilarious. Not being funny is funny! I may be in luck! I love that type of comedy. Infact it's why sometimes my blogs aren't good. I'm going for the so bad it's good crowd. Like when people will say dogs are so ugly that they're cute. (Side note there's gotta be girls with that same kinda mindset right?) Cringe stuff like Nathan For You, Curb, Arrested Development etc. are right up my alley. I love so bad it's good stuff and I'd say this video falls right into that category, although imo it's just plain old fashioned good-good.
This video has everything: green-screens, dad-like dance moves, the pants James Franco wore in Pineapple Express
A max $250 production value, spins, the Whitehouse, fireworks, friendly waves, zebras, clearly fake guitar solos, baseball with no bat, and more dancing!
If you like great music and laughing you have to see this video. It's just a fun video, plain and simple. Don't miss out on the actual song either! I've already listened to it 3 times during the creation of this blog. That "pushing 40 in the friendzone" line holy crap. This should be a pretty big hit.
The reviews from fellow celebs are in layman's terms "good".
I know Youtube has allowed the art of the music video to live on, and there have obviously been some legendary music videos post-2005 but with the complete death of music videos and music content in general on MTV and VH1 I still feel like music videos aren't what they were when I was growing up and long (a decade-ish) before I was born.
I would get up for school and have MTV on when I got dressed to see the latest videos. Now I don't even have MTV because there's no point I literally never watch it. It wasn't always like that! I can vividly remember seeing 50 do upside down sit ups in "In Da Club" waiting to leave for school. After school in early middle school I'd be watching TRL everyday. I had to see who was #1. It was the golden age of MTV. Before the internet was truly the internet it was how you got your music news. They used to retire videos after I wanna say 55 days, then they got rid of retiring videos. Idk it's been like 15 years and I just miss TRL, okay?! Today's generation just hasn't really gotten to experience anything like that and probably never. It was a sad day when TRL went off the air. I can still remember when people were going so crazy for a guest down on the street, I wanna say Eminem or Mariah Carey that they had to cover the windows to try to get people to calm down. You aren't going to see those reactions for a music video program anytime soon/ever again. That may change with what John Mayer did in "New Light". Final review this video is actually good! Yay John.
Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Album: Fever To Tell
P sure this has been a song of the day b4 but idc it's my blog and still a beautiful song + it has been stuck in my head for 3 days so here you go.