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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parking-lot altercation steals the show at winter meetings

While it remains unclear who the men were, context clues from two witnesses to the altercation indicated that the fracas, which featured at least one kick, a handful of wild haymakers and intervention from both a local sheriff and hotel security, happened after one player agent accused another of trying to poach a client.

Stay the [expletive] away from my guy!” one man yelled, according to witnesses who described the chaotic – and amusing – scene to Yahoo Sports in exchange for anonymity.

One of the witnesses had pulled into a parking spot at the Dolphin and exited his car to the sound of words being exchanged. A family member suggested he take out his phone and record the incident, and what came of it is a 22-second snippet of a fight that the other witness believes lasted twice as long.

There was lots of yelling and pushing, including the angrier man upping the ante significantly when he said, according to the witnesses, “I’m gonna burn your [expletive] house down!” One of the men, said the witness recording the video, seemed to be apologizing – and then threw a punch to restart the fracas. The video, with the two men fighting in the distance, shows some scrapping, one man throwing a kick and the other winding up for a punch a la Super Macho Man in Mike Tyson’s Punchout.

From Mattheim Sussroller:

AGENT 1: Go to hell forever
AGENT 2: Go to hell for five years!
AGENT 1: Seven Years
AGENT 2: Six years, club option!
AGENT 1: Deal!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, police blotter, winter meetings

Monday, December 09, 2013

2013 Winter Meetings OMNICHATTER

Discuss all general rumors, gossip, scuttlebutt, lies, mysteries and such from Orlando here, I guess.

Gamingboy Posted: December 09, 2013 at 01:00 AM | 327 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, winter meetings

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SB Nation Winter Meetings Simulation

Sorry to self-link, but a few people had expressed interest in seeing how this turned out. I took 30 fans, made them the GM of their respective team, and had them negotiate trades with each other, and free agent contracts with me. After one week, this is the end result.

I know the first instinct is to say, “that trade/signing is ridiculous!” Which is of course, our response to most real transactions. But the whole point of this exercise was that I was tired of fans saying “player X won’t get more than Y” or “the team should trade for Z” in a vacuum. It is a lot harder to actually achieve this when you’re negotiating with an actual person on the other end.

I am interested in running a Primate version of this. I may not have time this year, but if there is enough interest, I would like to set one up for next year. Let me know if there is any interest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

 

 

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