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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Angry Baby Paul Molitor Yells At Jose Ramirez To “Get The Fuck Off The Field”

Although some want to paint such incidents as racism, I’m not so inclined. Sure, there are differences in the mores of baseball in different countries and cultures. But, every workplace has an embedded culture. When newcomers enter that culture they either integrate or change it. Neither outcome is necessarily intrinsically better.

After hitting a three-run home run to put the Indians up 10-1 on the Twins in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Jose Ramirez had the sheer audacity to watch his blast and flip his bat. This did not sit well with the Twins dugout, who for some inexplicable reason were angry at Ramirez for admiring his homer instead of their pitcher for giving it up in the first place.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 87 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America

In the United States, the bat flip exists on the abstruse list of behaviors considered rude and worthy of confrontation. In Korea, the flip is, well, just a flip. No one cares. This cultural variance, combined with the world-shrinking influence of social media, has created a disjointed international sports milieu in which players like Hwang have been celebrated, derided and deabted in a language they do not understand for a move they regard as involuntary.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

Hustling and showing joy aren’t mutually exclusive.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I never even thought about doing those things. Whatever one’s personal opinions about these ever-changing “unwritten” rules, they were implanted by someone during childhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Giancarlo Stanton is a monster who eats his Kit Kats whole

It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop and there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. These are known scientific facts. But, there’s definitely a wrong way to eat a Kit Kat. As the old adage goes, one must “break me off a piece” of a Kit Kat bar.

That strategy has been passed on from generation to generation since the dawn of time, but Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to care.

PreservedFish Posted: June 02, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 21 comment(s)
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