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Everything posted by IdahoBert

  1. All in all though, when Keeplyland2 emphasizes the importance of winning it all I agree. I just don’t think that the gap between winning IT all and not winning AT all is an unnecessarily wide chasm to place between these possibilities.
  2. I’m very happy the Tigers had those string of good years. I’m also pretty sad they weren’t able to carry it through to the end on any of those great seasons. Remorseful is probably a more accurate way of putting it. It seems unrealistic, though, to have to choose between nine terrible seasons to then win one World Series serendipitously or to experience what we actually experienced. It’s a false forced choice. I would rather experience the remorse mixed with joy that we knew for so long than to have something happen that is pretty much inconceivable. That’s like me losing sleep over what I’d do if Charlize Theron proposed to me. EDIT - In case anyone is losing sleep over it I would indeed accept her proposal.
  3. I like the way you think. Sometimes I think we’re twins.
  4. I never thought you did. I just saw your post as an opportunity to get on the grandstand and to pontificate. The Internet, for all its positive upside, has had a flattening affect on expertise. Anyone can get a forum to be heard whether they deserve to be heard or not. And since we’re used to accessing stuff easily on a screen everything on a screen should be free. I feel this way about all sorts of stuff. But somebody besides Jeff Bezos has to make enough money so baby has shoes.
  5. We are just used to getting something for free that we all used to expect to have to pay for. Real journalists deserve to be paid. Not just people with opinions. People who actually went to the trouble of getting a degree in journalism, who know about who what when where how, and their ethical responsibilities as journalists. I don’t have any problems with pay walls. How this works at the Ground Zero of practicality is of course a different matter.
  6. When Eric was moving and tired of dragging his library around he sent me a couple boxes of his philosophy texts. Really great stuff. Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger… I love the guy. I suspect he got tired of social media which is a good sign.
  7. I know, this is what I’ve been thinking too. apparently, great minds think alike.
  8. Because “the business of America is business.“ It’s OK when business people do it but when players do it it’s not because that’s what the owners say.
  9. Verlander‘s in an awkward position. Pitchers, from my understanding, are kind of a subculture that have more in common with each other than with any hitters or hitters on their own teams. So this whole deal where other pitchers are getting screwed by Astros hitters in an unprecedented manner reflects poorly upon Astros hurlers who knew about it. Mike Fiers apparently didn’t like it. There’s also a psychological group-think thing at play here that makes going against the prevailing current difficult for anyone. So there’s a good chance I suppose that other hurlers recognize they would’ve probably not functioned much differently than Verlander in these circumstances. this may be why Manfred says it’s just not practical to go around punishing individual players
  10. This is getting more and more fun all the time. In a fantasy world where wish fulfillment was queen the Red Sox and the Astros organizations would be closed down and their players sent to other 28 teams meaning that the Tigers would get first dibs.
  11. I’m worried that when baseball expands to Portland and Montreal all the Tigers good players will be taken.
  12. I know. The idea that everyone on the team gets drawn into it willy-nilly is disconcerting too. I’m not going to blame the players explicitly for doing everything possible to win. But there should’ve been “an adult in the room“ to say “this is going to far.“ That should’ve been the manager or the GM and that didn’t happen. All these people are fiercely competitive by nature, or they wouldn’t have gotten to where they are. This is why limits are crucial.
  13. I know. And my guess is the people who wrote the rules are the kind of people who get fined.
  14. That $5 million fine is nothing. I guess owners are never going to punish themselves too severely. I would be pretty PO’d if I were a Dodgers fan. But since I’m not I can only feel good about all this. Next up: Boston Red Sox!
  15. I always wondered why he mixed personal opinions with stuff unrelated to baseball. Anyway, the leader of my midget-tossing sex cult tells me what to believe and that’s all the tutelage I can handle.
  16. If the Tigers could successfully steal signs only for Cabrera I wonder if that would help.
  17. Don’t ever tell a nice girl from England you like her “fanny pack.”
  18. There must be 50 people in that entire ballpark.
  19. I’m just glad Steve Garvey didn’t get in. To me that means there’s a glimmer of hope and rationality in the world. But not for Lou.
  20. I’m pretty busy walking on water and working at a leper colony today but by sometime this evening I’ll have a chance to do it. 😇
  21. So, was that it? No more activity on the FA front? I wasn’t expecting even that but the tease made me hope for more.
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