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Presumably the Normandy landing would have failed in 1944 and we'd all be speaking German today :)
I agree that more restrictive rules would be appropriate in some areas. In a perfect game, should not be able to leave somebody who has been a key part of your team all year off your post-season roster unless he’s 80% dead. And I’m CERTAIN that I’m about to hear from somebody that we left so-and-so off our roster in 2007 or something.
Cr# Gm# Date Tm Opp Pitcher Score Result Inn RoB Out RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
18 1 1986-05-19 BOS MIN Ron Davis tied 7-7 HBP b9 123 2 1 0.34 1.00 6.39 *WALK-OFF*:*ENDED GAME*
For one thing, they were playing this Godawful catcher. I'm sorry if this is harsh, but there is nepotism here, and as petty as it is, it offends me. ... After he went back to the minors and hit .229 and .204, they decided he was ready to play for the major league team. In 1985 and 1986, as a part timer, Sullivan hit .174 and .193. In 1987 he opened the season as the Red Sox regular catcher. We should all find our opportunities so abundant.
What I would like to know is, where the hell does Haywood Sullivan get off trying to make his precious little boy an exception to the rules that the rest of the baseball world obeys? The most basic rule of sports is that in the effort to win, you put the team goals ahead of your personal agenda. ... They (the public) would be appalled if a player stated publicly that he was playing for himself first and didn't care much whether the Sox won or lost. But Haywood Sullivan wants to add, "Of course, that doesn't apply to me."
And where is the watchdog? What does the press say? They tell us that Marc Sullivan is such a nice kid. Well, who the hell cares if he is a nice kid? Do you have any idea how many nice kids there are in AAA ball? ... It's not fair to Red Sox fans and it's not fair to their other players.
I call on Peter Uebberoth to intervene and end to (sic) this disgraceful situation. If Uebberoth really cares about the integrity of the game, he should tell Haywood to get Marc Sullivan's sorry ass out of a Red Sox uniform by sundown. Al Campanis's son was a catcher, too; he was about as good as this kid, a lifetime .147 hitter. When Campanis took over the Dodgers his first official act was to trade his own son. He didn't love his son any less than Haywood Sullivan does. He just had the character to say, "Son, the rules are just the same for you as they as for anybody else." And if Haywood Sullivan was half a man, he would have done the same thing.
Hey Bill, I was thinking about Derek Jeter. If he wasn’t a Yankee I would look at him and see that he likes beautiful women and baseball. (Not sure of the order) I would like and root for him. What can I do about this? Steve
Yeah, well, I have a neighbor who’s a real nice guy, too, but I don’t feel compelled to stand beside the sidewalk and applaud every time he goes out to pick up his newspaper.
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