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Friday, July 01, 2016

MLB must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone

It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.

But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 01, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: god bless america, offensive logos, retirement

Friday, June 10, 2016

NJ.com: Ex-Met Josh Satin retires at 31, cites toll of head injuries

Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.

Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.

“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”

Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the majors in 2011 and spent four years in New York. Satin batted .243 with three homers and 22 RBI over 116 games with the Mets during that span.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 05:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: head trauma, injuries, mets, retirement

Friday, May 06, 2016

Going, going, gone! A brief history of baseball farewell tours

Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jones checked all the requisite boxes. But nothing could prepare them for the reception in previously hostile environs.

“When I walked onto Citi Field for the last time, there were still boos,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t want to stand up and acknowledge it was my last time. That’s why they’re called fanatics. They’re fanatical for their team, and anything else just won’t do. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

“You’ve been trying to stick a dagger in the hearts of those fans your whole career, so it means something when they recognize what a respected foe you were. That’s all we want as professional athletes—the respect from peers and people throughout the game who know the game. To receive that gratification from your fan base and other fan bases as well, it allows you to walk away from the game with your head held high.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, retirement

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

White Sox DH Adam LaRoche planning to step away from baseball

White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche said Tuesday that he plans to step away from baseball following a personal issue.

The 12-year major-league veteran said he is confident in his decision, but his teammates asked him to reconsider during a nearly two-hour-long team meeting at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning….

LaRoche joined the Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract before the 2015 season, but his first season with the Sox was one of the more frustrating of his career. He hit .207 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 133 strikeouts.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:01 PM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, retirement, white sox

 

 

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