10.30.15

If The Mets & MLB Won’t Do Anything To Stop This Shamless Electioneering…

Posted in Baseball, politics at 10:51 pm by

…then nobody’s gonna get in the way of my “BOBBY SOXX 2016” placard tomorrow night!

The End Of Not One Austin Institution, But Two

Posted in Austin, record collector disease at 5:10 pm by

The above Yelp review from 2012 referencing a Youthful Masturbation Techniques performance at Trailer Space reminds me that we’re saying g’bye to Trailer Space and Johnathan Cash on the same weekend. The performance in question, much like the host venue, was greatly misinterpreted (maybe they don’t stock fluffernutter in this part of the country, I don’t really know). Anyone with eyes and ears and half a brain could tell you that Trailer Space was not a haven for animal cruelty (quite the opposite, as several dogs would testify if allowed) just as Mr. Cash (as the New York Times will someday call him) will go down in history/flames as one of this city’s premier provocateurs.

Austin = not dead. not even on life support. But some folks are leaving big shoes to fill.

10.29.15

Mets Denied Opportunity Of Blaming Gov. Cuomo For Jinxing 2015 World Series

Posted in Baseball, New York, New York, politics at 10:05 pm by

(T.C., just relieved he’s not meeting Jim Breuer)

Full credit to Mets ownership ; they’ve somehow managed to take the heat off David Wright. The New York Times’ Jesse McKinley reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has scrapped plans to hold a pair of $5,500-a-head fund-raisers in the Citi Field parking lot this weekend :

The $5,500 price tag — the equivalent of about 850 hot dogs on an average night at Citi Field — included a pregame reception with the governor, who earlier this week used a private jet with the Mets owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, to attend the first game of the Series in Kansas City, Mo. (The Mets lost in 14 innings, and the governor’s Albany press office said Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, stayed until the end and would reimburse the cost of the flight at “fair market value.”)

As for the fund-raisers, Mr. Cuomo’s campaign said that the cancellation was a result of “overwhelming demand for tickets,” and that aides had decided to “reschedule this weekend’s events to a future date so that more tickets are available.” When such a fund-raiser would take place is uncertain, but the campaign said it would not be during the Series, in which the Mets — who are making their first appearance in the Fall Classic since 2000 — trail two games to none.

10.28.15

Former Vikes Punter To SXSW : You’re Cowards

Posted in Austin, Gridiron, South By Suck Off, Technical Difficulties, Video Games at 5:54 pm by

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, SXSW Interactive, in their infinite wisdom, opted to pull the plug on a pair of scheduled panels — one of ’em titled, “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment In Games” — citing safety concerns after receiving threats. If you think this sounds an awful lot like kowtowing to (mountain dew guzzling, fedora-wearing) terrorists, you’re not alone. The shy, retiring Chris Kluwe has joined the fray via The Cauldron :

First off, the panel was not on Gamergate, did not mention Gamergate, and the only tangential relation it had with Gamergate was that the odorous denizens of that particular hashtag have made it their mission to try and ruin the lives of the women involved in the panel (among others). The fact you felt the need to connect it to Gamergate shows quite clearly where the pressure to silence these voices came from.

Second, and perhaps more pertinently, you run a festival that features A-list celebrities and tech magnates worth collective billions, superstar athletes, and some of the biggest music acts in the world, and you’re telling me you can’t provide security for a panel of three women? That it’s beyond your resources to hire any sort of police presence when you shut down entire sections of Austin at a time? That the unceasing vitriol these brave individuals face on a daily basis is just too much for your tender feelings to deal with, when you’ve experienced the merest fraction of that torrent of filth they’re forced to endure?

You disgust me. Your selfish weakness sickens me. Your puling bleats of golden mean fallacies fills my stomach with such nauseous rage that an entire continent of antacid tablets would be insufficient to quell the depths of my contempt for you.

What you did, what you’re doing, is providing the blueprint for harassers and hatemongers as to how they win. From this point forward, any fringe group of spiteful lunatics can point to this moment and say, “We will silence the voices of anyone we dislike at SXSW, any view we disagree with, because we know the mewling slugs in charge have not the backbone to stop us. All we need to do is confront them with our vileness, and they will fold.”

Stewart Klein : A Possible Cure For The Ineptitude Of Michael Cuddyer

Posted in Baseball at 5:14 pm by

Video clip courtesy Jon Solomon.

10.27.15

Shame On You, Lenny Dykstra….

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 4:30 pm by

 

…because of the ridiculous claims below, I can no longer pretend I do not know that your fellow bro-troll Colin Cowherd has a new radio program.

From the New York Post’s Brian Sage :

The former Met (Dykstra) told Fox’s Colin Cowherd that – in his effort to get a huge contract – he spent $500,000 to hire private investigators to turn up dirt on Major League Baseball umpires, and then used that intel to coerce them into giving him a favorable strike zone.

“I said I need the umpires, [so] what do I do? I just pulled out half a million bucks and hired a private investigate team to follow them,’’ said Dykstra, who won the 1986 World Series with the Mets.

“Their blood is just a red as ours. Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble, some of them do whatever.’’

Yes, because Nails is the single most credible person on earth.

10.26.15

Royals Owner David Glass : One Reporter Barred For Every AL Crown

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism at 10:01 pm by

“In 14 seasons between 1999 and 2012,” writes MLB.com’s Richard Justice, “the Royals lost 90 or more games 11 times.”  Despite this record of futility, Justice has ample praise for Royals owner/former Wal-Mart chief executive David Glass and GM Dayton Moore, crediting the former with allowing the latter’s homegrown talent to fully mature (while spending relatively little in the process).  It’s a pretty glowing assessment of the Royals organization (“every franchise hoping to turn this kind of corner could learn from how Glass and his staff have done things”) and if you pretty much ignore how K.C.’s rebuild took more than twice as long as that of the Mets, it’s hard to argue with. Especially because arguing can cost you press credentials at Kaufman Stadium.  From ESPN.com, June 10, 2006 :

Two reporters who asked contentious questions at a news conference introducing Dayton Moore as Royals general manager had their credentials revoked Friday.

Bob Fescoe of WHB and Rhonda Moss of KCSP, competing sports-talk radio stations in Kansas City, said they were informed by public relations director Aaron Babcock that their credentials were taken away.

“David Witty, the Royals vice president for communications and marketing, said the credentials were withdrawn for the remainder of the season. He declined further comment when reached by The Associated Press.

“All I can say is their credentials were revoked. That’s all I will say,” Witty told the AP.

At the news conference Thursday, the two grilled owner David Glass on the way he handled the dismissal of former general manager Allard Baird.

Glass appeared to become irritated and told Moss at one point that her assessment of the situation was “completely wrong.”

Moss has covered the Royals for KCSP for almost three years. Also during the news conference, she appeared to rankle Dan Glass, the team president and owner’s son, when she asked him what his role was in running the baseball operations.