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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Diamondbacks release Scott Podsednik just two days after acquiring him

Pod People got no reason to live.

The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik along with right-hander Matt Albers from the Red Sox for left-hander Craig Breslow just two days ago. However, the team announced Podsednik’s release this afternoon. What gives?

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Podsednik was granted his release after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Reno... Podsednik, 36, batted .387/.409/.484 with one home run, seven RBI, six stolen bases and an .893 OPS in 19 games with the Red Sox earlier this season prior to being placed on the disabled list in mid-June with a strained groin. He was playing with Triple-A Pawtucket for a little over a month prior to the trade to Arizona.

The District Attorney Posted: August 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM | 60 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4199567)
Glad to see they had the appropriate usage plan for him.
   2. asinwreck Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4199569)
On the flip side, totally understand his reluctance to relocate to Reno.
   3. shoewizard Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:54 AM (#4199668)
Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks
   4. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4199678)
Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks


I knew there was something sinister about Ron Mael's mustache.
   5. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4199731)
When someone trades Scott Podsednik, it's kinda like they are saying, "Here, you throw this away."
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4199735)
On the flip side, totally understand his reluctance to relocate to Reno.

I heard he shot a man there one time.
   7. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4199737)
I saw a guy with a Podsednik 2005 World Series ChiSox jersey outside my liquor store a couple days ago, hustling for beer money. "Give me a dollar for and I'll split a beer with you!" quoth Pods. Grinding as usual.
   8. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4199766)
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
   9. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4199768)
<uncomfortably enthusiastic applause>
   10. just plain joe Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4199785)
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.


And end up in Folsom Prison; how strange is that? Does the state of Nevada not have its own correctional facilities? Inquiring minds want to know.
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM (#4199794)
Pods should take heart that they didn't release him two days before they acquired him.
   12. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4199798)
I shot a man in Reno, but it wasn't to watch him die. It was over other issues.
   13. villageidiom Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4199799)
When someone trades Scott Podsednik, it's kinda like they are saying, "Here, you throw this away."
I like to think of it like this:

RedSox: (smelling a quart of milk) Whoa! Yecch.

29 teams: What?

RedSox: Oh, you gotta smell this!

28 teams: No way!
DBacks: OK. Hand it over.
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4199800)
Just plain joe makes a good point. The song doesn't mention the protagonist committing any other crimes, but I guess he could have shot a man in Reno while already on the run from California law enforcement.
   15. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4199804)
And end up in Folsom Prison; how strange is that? Does the state of Nevada not have its own correctional facilities? Inquiring minds want to know.

I suspect we might be able to file that one under "artistic license." Because "I shot a man in Grass Valley" just wouldn't have the same flow.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4199807)
Pods should take heart that they didn't release him two days before they acquired him.

Under new owner Mitt Romney the Diamondbacks have also retroactively released Eric Byrnes, Chad Tracy, and Brandon Lyon, meaning that under generally accepted accounting standards they are the 2008 NL West champions.
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4199827)
Because "I shot a man in Grass Valley" just wouldn't have the same flow.


"I shot a man in Chico" works.
   18. Swedish Chef Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4199835)
"I shot a man in Reno
but I already had outstanding
warrants for multiple
homicides in Cali."

...doesn't fit the meter and rhyme.
   19. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4199839)
"I shot a man in Chico" works.

It does. And, true story, I actually saw a man shot in Chico.

I was about 20 or so, a buddy of mine and I were cruising around up there in his pickup truck one summer night, and we turn a corner and pass by a little convenience store, and there's a guy sprawled out flat in the doorway, a pool of blood welling around him, and (what we assume was) the store proprietor standing a few feet behind him. It had to have happened just seconds before we drove by.

Very freaky.
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4199843)
The original line was was "I shot a man, Mike Reno, just to watch him die", but since Loverboy and Johnny Cash were both on Columbia Records, the label made Cash change it.

   21. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4199854)
I thought it was, "I shot a man, N. Reno, just to watch him die."
   22. Darren Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4199858)
I thought the original was "I shot Rollie Massimino," but they were afraid that it would tip people off about Cash's ability to see the future.
   23. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4199861)
Perhaps it was "I shot at Janet Reno, but she didn't die."
   24. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM (#4199877)
The Eagles had a bad KR/RB named Reno Mahe a few years ago. If someone had shot Reno while he was an Eagle, he would not have gone to Folsom.
   25. Stevis Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4199881)
Ok, I must: http://xkcd.com/206/
   26. Dale Sams Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4199898)
I was so mean I shot man...just for snoring!
   27. rlc Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4199927)
Cash had probably never been west of the Rio Grande when he wrote Folsom Prison Blues - maybe he thought Reno was in California? He had been to San Antonio - so why would he think there was a train that ran past Folsom "down to San Antone"?
   28. villageidiom Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4199928)
A: I shot a man.
B: In re?
A: No, just to watch him die.
   29. Nasty Nate Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4199935)
Cash had probably never been west of the Rio Grande when he wrote Folsom Prison Blues - maybe he thought Reno was in California? He had been to San Antonio - so why would he think there was a train that ran past Folsom "down to San Antone"?


Technically there are places in California named San Antonio
   30. rlc Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4199949)
Technically there are places in California named San Antonio


Yes, I Googled San Antonio, CA and it pointed me to a crossroads south of Petaluma - I guess prison does strange things to a man's mind...
   31. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4199963)
From Wikipedia:

Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force. Cash recounted how he came up with the "Reno" line: "I sat with my pen in my hand, trying to think up the worst reason a person could have for killing another person, and that's what came to mind."


In all seriousness, I think it's pretty awesome to think about a 19-year-old hayseed from backwoods Arkansas, in Germany with the U.S. Air Force, writing a song which inhabits a universe in which Reno, Nevada, and San Antonio, Texas, are in California. (Or perhaps the other way around.)

The same guy would later record a single called "I've Been Everywhere," which when originally written referenced a long sequence of towns and places in Australia.

It's blowing my MIND, man.
   32. rlc Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4199966)
And right on cue, Pandora spins up I've Been Everywhere...
   33. DA Baracus Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4199967)
I saw a guy with a Podsednik 2005 World Series ChiSox jersey outside my liquor store a couple days ago, hustling for beer money. "Give me a dollar for and I'll split a beer with you!" quoth Pods. Grinding as usual.


That was actually Scott Podsednik.
   34. The Mighty Quintana Posted: August 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4199971)
Reno ends at the CA state line. If Cash was in CA when he fired the shot and it hit the aforementioned man while the man stood in NV, wouldn't Cash be under CA jurisdiction?
   35. Cabbage Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4199985)
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=cash--001joh
   36. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4199987)
Precisely, and which way did the body fall?
   37. just plain joe Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4199991)
Reno ends at the CA state line. If Cash was in CA when he fired the shot and it hit the aforementioned man while the man stood in NV, wouldn't Cash be under CA jurisdiction?


That's a question left for the lawyers. Wasn't the Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton duel deliberately fought this way so that neither protagonist could be prosecuted for murder in case one man died? I seem to remember reading that one of them fired from New Jersey and the other from New York in order to not violate that particular state's laws. Of course nowadays most juridictions are more likely to extradite you for this type of thing so, as attractive as bi-state dueling might be, this method of settling disputes is likely closed.
   38. Randy Jones Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4199993)
Wasn't the Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton duel deliberately fought this way so that neither protagonist could be prosecuted for murder in case one man died?


No, their duel was in Weehawken, which is across the Hudson from Manhattan.
   39. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4200001)
That's a question left for the lawyers. Wasn't the Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton duel deliberately fought this way so that neither protagonist could be prosecuted for murder in case one man died? I seem to remember reading that one of them fired from New Jersey and the other from New York in order to not violate that particular state's laws. Of course nowadays most juridictions are more likely to extradite you for this type of thing so, as attractive as bi-state dueling might be, this method of settling disputes is likely closed.

No, that's a Dukes of Hazzard episode you're remembering.
   40. Lassus Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4200003)
I'll say it: So tired of Johnny Cash.
   41. just plain joe Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4200012)
No, their duel was in Weehawken, which is across the Hudson from Manhattan.


You are correct sir. Apparently, in those days there was still some dispute over the border between New Jersey & New York and this lead to several duels being fought there because it was to a certain extent, "no mans land", and the parties involved could be reasonably sure not to be interrupted. In retrospect Hamilton may have wished for some interruption but there we are.
   42. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4200021)
I'll say it: So tired of Johnny Cash.

I'll see you, and raise you one So tired of Roy Orbison.

At any rate, one of the greatest things I ever heard was on a Fresh Air interview of Nick Lowe, who was Cash's son-in-law for a time: Nick Lowe impersonating Johnny Cash. "Wellll, Nick ..." God it was hysterical.
   43. Randy Jones Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4200024)
Wikipedia says Weehawken was a popular location because while dueling was illegal in both states, NJ was less likely to prosecute. No mention of a dispute as to which state controlled it. The only border dispute between the two states that I know of was the New York-New Jersey Line War, but that was a dispute over the northern border of NJ. Pretty sure Weehawken was part of NJ as soon as it was taken from the Dutch.
   44. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4200031)
"I've Been Everywhere," which when originally written referenced a long sequence of towns and places in Australia.


Well, I just learned something. I thought Hank Snow's version was the original.
   45. Steve Treder Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4200042)
Well, I just learned something. I thought Hank Snow's version was the original.

Me too, but that was Before Wikipedia.

How did any of us know anything back then?
   46. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4200077)
Wikidedia also tells us that the Australian singer who first had a hit with the song, Leslie "Lucky Starr" Morrison, was "involved in a 1960 sex scandal with touring Mouseketeer Cheryl Holdridge, who was under 16."

(Apparently, she was just short of 16 & he was 19, so it wasn't quite as unsavory as it might've otherwise seemed.)

   47. villageidiom Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4200097)
Precisely, and which way did the body fall?
Down.

But where did they bury the survivors?
   48. RobertMachemer Posted: August 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM (#4200158)
I'll say it: So tired of Johnny Cash.

I'll see you, and raise you one So tired of Roy Orbison.


Lili Von Shtupp is tired of playing the game.
   49. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM (#4200161)
But where did they bury the survivors?


In the holes the Japanese had them dug. And bayoneting Earhart and Noonan forward into the graves was a good way to do it. Bullets are a waste and the bodies may have to be pushed in. And even though the bayonet takes time to kill them, it's not like they were going to be in any condition to dig their way out.
   50. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4200193)
I'll say it: So tired of Johnny Cash.

I take it every so often your baby gets the urge to roam, and is not coming home.
   51. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 03, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4200223)
I'm not tired of Johnny Cash at all. His music is still incredible. But the cult of Johnny Cash gets pretty tiresome.
   52. Ryan Lind Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4200231)
Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks


How well does a knuckleball move in hell?
   53. Loren F. Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM (#4200235)
I'm not tired of Johnny Cash at all. His music is still incredible. But the cult of Johnny Cash gets pretty tiresome.

To be fair, what cult doesn't get tiresome after awhile?
   54. McCoy Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4200240)
The Cult of Bacon?
   55. Loren F. Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4200245)
That's not a cult, that's a lifestyle.
   56. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4200247)
To be fair, what cult doesn't get tiresome after awhile?


All you really need is "She Sells Sanctuary". After that, almost every song sounded great for the first ten seconds, and then faded into mediocrity.
   57. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4200286)
To be fair, what cult doesn't get tiresome after awhile?

The cult of Bruce Campbell.
   58. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM (#4200294)
Me too, but that was Before Wikipedia.

How did any of us know anything back then?


Since someone else has already linked xkcd in this thread: http://xkcd.com/333/

(don't forget the hover text)
   59. Belfry Bob Posted: August 04, 2012 at 12:03 AM (#4200368)
Pod People!

"Trumpy, why'd you kill the nice lady?"
   60. KT's Pot Arb Posted: August 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM (#4200388)
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Podsednik was granted his release after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Reno


No player hitting .389 should ever accept a demotion to AAA!

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