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About IdahoBert

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  • Birthday 01/27/1952

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    Boise, Idaho

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    Tigers, German Idealism, Lacan, Vedanta

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  1. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    What kind of injury history has Harrison had? On B-R on the iPhone I can’t seem to find it. He’s never been a 150-game a season guy. Not that that’s a be all and end all, but he’s often played considerably less. Is this due to injuries, his talent, or to the nature of the way in which he was utilized in Pittsburgh?
  2. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    We have to honor the sheer endurance it takes to succeed in baseball’s dense and lengthy schedule, otherwise it’s meaningless. The post-season harvest should be weighted to favor those who endured. This sort of endurance, rain or shine, goes against the grain in the same way as a single game. Baseball has a fluid, pastoral gait punctuated with occasional slaughter, while other sports are expressions of the alienating instrumentalism of the assembly line and the time clock with constant, routinized slaughter. I don’t like that. It’s boring. Chopping the season up into little bits and pieces, each piece with its own price tag, is like dismembering a living thing and reassembling it in an unrecognizable form. It’s a concession to a pattern I want to escape, not one that I wish to embrace. Rewarding mediocrity is sinful
  3. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I hope Montreal builds a stadium as beautiful as the Metrodome was. That place was a ******* palace!
  4. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Don’t get me wrong, if it were not for baseball setting the bar so high, other sports would rate just as high as pornhub and dwarf tossing as acceptable forms of entertainment. This, however, does not happen to be the case. 
  5. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    The sheer elegance of baseball’s surgically contained violence — and the cognitive and tactical acumen required to play it and to understand it that require fans to participate mentally and not merely to observe — make it tower above all other sports, such that when these other sports are viewed from the heights that baseball has attained, they are seen for what they actually are: mere circus sideshow feats of strength.
  6. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Miggy is playing first base and not DHing according to both himself and Gardenhire.
  7. IdahoBert

    2018 Movies

    I am forgiving of these sorts of films when others are not. I’m neither a fanboy who’s always let down when a film interprets their beloved alternate universe, nor a critic that despises this genre. The 3-D IMAX is stupendous — actually amazing — and the story of its weaponized, big-eyed anime cyborg girl who is herself an assemblage in a self-referential narrative assemblage that is itself an infinite regress of simulations simulating simulations, is perfectly adequate to support this mammoth spectacle. It’s fun, and while its take on heaven and h3LL, identity, and class struggle isn’t deep, and the story purposely has no closure, it’s still great. Your sense of immersion in makes it one of those few 3-D films truly worthy of this platform. If you like this kind of stuff see it, if you don’t don’t.
  8. IdahoBert

    2019 Spring Training Thread

    Miggy is the first-baseman period. He’s happy too https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2019/02/18/detroit-tigers-first-baseman-miguel-cabrera-hits-ground-running-day-1/2905409002/
  9. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    He really doesn’t care. This year‘s yearbook demonstrates that.
  10. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    It’s not about him in particular but, rather, about the reductionist philosophy that has become the common currency of major league baseball.
  11. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    There’s a lot of truth in what you say, and in general I agree with it. Calculations of these sorts are a necessary part of the game. But it’s tiresome how the complexion of the game is reduced to them. As a fan I’m not interested in baseball because it reminds me of an excel spreadsheet. As a fan, a rotating cast of replacement level players is boring. I don’t care if keeping Iggy was an “illogical“ or “financially imprudent“ thing to do. I simply liked the guy and thought he was cool and good enough. I remember loving JD and his story and his notebook and thinking that was cool too. I like players that make me give a damn about the team and I think a lot of other people do too. Getting rid of them because an algorithm tells us to pisses me off. This may go against the grain of our world-wide death march towards a sterile financial determinism, but I like the illusion that baseball provides of being at least some sort of a diversion from that. As baseball becomes even more and more like everything else that sucks, I can’t see any reason to care.
  12. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from a bad dream and discover everything is right with the world again. Leyland has a statue, I have a hot Ukrainian girlfriend, and Mr. I has signed both Machado and Harper to 10 year $50 million a year contracts and I don’t care because we’ve won the World Series 8 out of the last 13 seasons and Max and JV and Miggy and are ready to laugh and have fun in Lakeland.
  13. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Because 80% of success is showing up.
  14. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I find it amusing that people think he hates the Tigers. Many of us “hate” the Tigers because the team has been unable to reach the ultimate goal and it grates on us. But he who must not be named takes our dissatisfaction and substantiates it, thus making it even more unbearable. He represents the bad conscience we’d like to avoid.
  15. IdahoBert

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

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