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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Knoblauch surrenders to authorities

Former New York Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch surrendered to authorities this morning after being charged with assault.

The former major leaguer is accused of choking his common-law wife Friday night after drinking heavily and taking the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax, prosecutors said.

Assistant District Attorney Kari Allen told State District Judge Hazel Jones that the couple was arguing and Knoblauch’s wife was trying to take his car keys away from him when the alleged assault occurred. She said a family friend saw Knoblauch beat, punch and choke his wife.

The two are divorcing and have a 5-year-old child.

He should have his Xanax taken away from him.

Craig in MN Posted: September 29, 2009 at 06:49 PM | 99 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:13 PM (#3335736)
He never would have hit her if she were wearing a first baseman's mitt
   2. Paul M Hates Krispy Kreme Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:13 PM (#3335738)
Wouldn't we want to give him more Xanax then?
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:14 PM (#3335740)
   4. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:14 PM (#3335741)
He never was a True Yankee anyway.
   5. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:15 PM (#3335742)
He never would have hit her if she were wearing a first baseman's mitt

Maybe he's married to Keith Olbermann's mom. Huh? Huh?

edit: Nevermind. I forgot she passed away.
   6. aleskel Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:16 PM (#3335743)
He never would have hit her if she were wearing a first baseman's mitt

the joke was inevitable, but Knoblauch's throwing problems started around the time of his father's death, when, supposedly, he fell into deep depression. And, of course, depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand, hence, I presume, the Xanax.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:19 PM (#3335746)
Why would you need to divorce a common-law wife?
   8. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:19 PM (#3335747)
He never would have hit her if she were wearing a first baseman's mitt

the joke was inevitable, but Knoblauch's throwing problems started around the time of his father's death, when, supposedly, he fell into deep depression. And, of course, depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand, hence, I presume, the Xanax.


Well, at least we now know who you really are.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:20 PM (#3335748)
Why would you need to divorce a common-law wife?

The hint lies in the word "wife", which indicates a government-defined relationship that has to be ended by a prescribed process.
   10. BDC Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:24 PM (#3335752)
Why would you need to divorce a common-law wife?

As opposed to hiring an assassin?

The BTF legal team will arrive soon to clarify, but I always thought that a common-law marriage is just that, a marriage.
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:24 PM (#3335753)
Why would you need to divorce a common-law wife?
A common-law marriage (assuming the term is being used in its legal sense and not just colloquially) is just as much a marriage as any other, and can be ended only via divorce or beheading.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:24 PM (#3335755)
I thought a common-law wife was a woman you had just lived with for a long time without formally marrying. As opposed to your garden-variety wife, who requires a divorce.
   13. aleskel Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:25 PM (#3335756)
Well, at least we now know who you really are.

Sorry to ruin the fun. Please, resume making light of domestic violence.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:26 PM (#3335760)
Why would you need to divorce a common-law wife?

b/c after living together for a certain time a marriage takes effect by "common law" as opposed to by ceremony.

It's funny though, whenever "common law wife" appears in a news story, it's never a positive story.
   15. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:27 PM (#3335762)
Wow, I'm not seeing any Hot Topics.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:27 PM (#3335765)
It's funny though, whenever "common law wife" appears in a news story, it's never a positive story.

Ha, that's true. Unless the story is about...some sort of legal problem requiring legal terminology...the story would probably just say "girlfriend".
   17. JMPH Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:28 PM (#3335770)
Ha, that's true. Unless the story is about...some sort of legal problem requiring legal terminology...the story would probably just say "girlfriend".

Or if the two are happy together, I'd imagine it would just say "wife."
   18. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:30 PM (#3335774)
Choking someone should constitute a common-law divorce.
   19. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:30 PM (#3335775)
Ha, that's true. Unless the story is about...some sort of legal problem requiring legal terminology...the story would probably just say "girlfriend".

How long do you have to live with a woman in New York for it to be common-law? I'm just curious if I'm married or not. If I am, I should probably have a party or something.
   20. Chicago Joe Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:34 PM (#3335780)
How long do you have to live with a woman in New York for it to be common-law? I'm just curious if I'm married or not. If I am, I should probably have a party or something.

I don't think your mother counts. Even in New York.
   21. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:34 PM (#3335782)
How long do you have to live with a woman in New York for it to be common-law?


According to the first hit on Google, New York doesn't have common-law marriages. NY does recognize common-law marriages created in other states though.

I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Jones, retro-shiite, ?Donde esta Dagoberto Campaneris?, and Dock Ellis on Acid agree.
   22. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:35 PM (#3335784)
How long do you have to live with a woman in New York for it to be common-law? I'm just curious if I'm married or not. If I am, I should probably have a party or something.

You're probably in the clear:

Common-law marriages can no longer be contracted in the following states, as of the dates given: Alaska (1917), Arizona (1913), California (1895), Florida (1968), Georgia (1997), Hawaii (1920), Idaho (1996), Illinois (1905), Indiana (1958), Kentucky (1852), Maine (1652, when it became part of Massachusetts; then a state, 1820), Massachusetts (1646), Michigan (1957), Minnesota (1941), Mississippi (1956), Missouri (1921), Nebraska (1923), Nevada (1943), New Mexico (1860), New Jersey (1939), New York (1933, also 1902–1908), North Dakota (1890), Ohio (1991), Pennsylvania (2005), South Dakota (1959), and Wisconsin (1917).
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:35 PM (#3335785)
How long do you have to live with a woman in New York for it to be common-law?

Infinitely.
   24. Spahn Insane Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:36 PM (#3335786)
Crap--multiple Cokes on a research post? Bleh...
   25. ?Donde esta Dagoberto Campaneris? Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:36 PM (#3335788)
Common-law marriage exists in only about 10 states at this time. Some more background, including qualifications, here.

Looks like you're in the clear Shooty.

EDIT- This could get expensive.
   26. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:37 PM (#3335789)
New York is not one of the 11 states that recognize common-law marriages, Shooty.

You should have a party, anyway.

EDIT: Cokes to all of the above.
   27. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:38 PM (#3335791)
So, NY...common law marriage possible?
   28. aleskel Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:39 PM (#3335793)
is that even legal?
   29. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:40 PM (#3335794)
You should have a party, anyway.


He should. You can bring the cokes.
   30. bunyon Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:40 PM (#3335795)
New York is not one of the 11 states that recognize common-law marriages, Shooty.

You should have a party, anyway.


One could argue the party is even more deserved with this news.
   31. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:43 PM (#3335803)
I first heard about common-law marriages in connection with Dave Winfield. I remember asking my uncle what a common-law marriage was, and he said "It's a crock of ####, is what it is."
   32. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:45 PM (#3335805)
According to the first hit on Google, New York doesn't have common-law marriages. NY does recognize common-law marriages created in other states though.

Woo hoo!

Of course the downside is that if I do get married, I'll have to pay for it. I was sorta hoping their was a way out of that. The passive common-law thing is more my style.

edit: Also, that is an impressive amount of Coke swapping!
   33. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:47 PM (#3335809)
I thought a common-law wife was a woman you had just lived with for a long time without formally marrying. As opposed to your garden-variety wife, who requires a divorce.
To answer Tom's question, a common-law wife is a woman that you have lived with for any length of time (in the states that recognize same) as husband and wife, but without getting any sort of marriage license. (The italicized part is key; you have to hold yourself out as married. Mere cohabitation does not do it, no matter how long you do it for.) This creates a real marriage, not some special lesser class of marriage called a common law marriage. In other words, the phrase refers to the method of entering into the marriage, not a type of marriage per se. And once you're married, by whatever means, all rules of marriage apply to you, including divorce law.
   34. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:48 PM (#3335812)
Of course the downside is that if I do get married, I'll have to pay for it.


Even if it's a common law marriage, you'll pay for it.

I was sorta hoping their was a way out of that. The passive common-law thing is more my style.


Move up here. We've got common-law marriage, universal health care, stronger beer, and even a job or too. We even have something that approximates baseball. If you can learn to end every sentence with "eh" you'll fit right in.
   35. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:49 PM (#3335813)
I first heard about common-law marriages in connection with Dave Winfield.


I first heard of it when a woman claimed she was the common-law wife of William Hurt when he filmed the Big Chill in South Carolina.
   36. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:50 PM (#3335816)
Move up here. We've got common-law marriage, universal health care, stronger beer, and even a job or too. We even have something that approximates baseball. If you can learn to end every sentence with "eh" you'll fit right in.

How hard is it to immigrate to Canada? My girl would love to move up there.
   37. BDC Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:51 PM (#3335818)
A Travis County website tells me that

Three elements must be present to form a common law marriage in Texas.
First, you must have "agreed to be married."
Second, you must have "held yourselves out" as husband and wife. You must have represented to others that you were married to each other. As an example of this, you may have introduced you partner socially as "my husband," or you may have filed a joint income tax return.
Third, you must have lived together in this state as husband and wife


It occurs to me that when you move across a state line, nobody asks to see your marriage certificate. "Holding yourselves out" is what constitutes marriage for most practical purposes.

It does mean that Shooty and Shooty+1 must be careful about what they say at parties if they move to Texas.
   38. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:52 PM (#3335819)
if I do get married, I'll have to pay for it. I was sorta hoping their was a way out of that.


Even if you don't pay, you'll pay.

Edit: coke to Ryan.
   39. ?Donde esta Dagoberto Campaneris? Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:54 PM (#3335827)
Slightly related joke- Why does getting divorced cost so much money?

Because it's worth it.

Enjoy that- it's all the lawyer humor I've got.
   40. Stevis Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:55 PM (#3335829)
A common-law marriage (assuming the term is being used in its legal sense and not just colloquially) is just as much a marriage as any other, and can be ended only via divorce or beheading.


There can be only one?
   41. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:56 PM (#3335833)
How hard is it to immigrate to Canada? My girl would love to move up there.


Never having had to immigrate to Canada, I have no idea. From what little I do know, if you've got a degree, and you can find an employer, I don't think it would be hard at all.
   42. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:58 PM (#3335837)
Never having had to immigrate to Canada, I have no idea. From what little I do know, if you've got a degree, and you can find an employer, I don't think it would be hard at all.

Finally a use for all my worthless degrees!
   43. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 07:59 PM (#3335841)
Oh, you'll also need to learn the Celsius scale, and to remember that our speed limits are measured in kilometers per hour, rather than miles per hour. The second one has been responsible for some amusing tickets to international visitors.
   44. Greg Goosen at 30 Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:00 PM (#3335842)
The Chuck Knoblauch Yankeeography will be put on hold. Have a nice time in prison with Mel Hall and Jim Leyritz.
   45. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:02 PM (#3335845)
Oh and as for the article, when I saw the headline I hoped he had accidentally crossed the Mass. state line and was being Polanskied for the phantom tag.
   46. MM1f Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:05 PM (#3335852)
I hate seeing him introduced as "former Yankee". Yes, he formerly played for the Yankees but if you are going to identify him with one team only it is the Twins damnit. He won championships and played most of his year in Minnesota but, to the media, if you play one damn game as a yank you are a primarily a Yank from then on. Bullcrap
   47. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:05 PM (#3335854)
I was worried about unintentionally marrying my girlfriend. Do they tell you it's coming, or is it a BOOM! There it is!
   48. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:07 PM (#3335859)
He won more titles with the Yankees than with the Twins. He was a Yankee far more recently. If he were to go to the Hall, his cap would be a Yankee one. He didn't have a cup of coffee with the team; he was an integral part.

You'd have a point if they identified Jose Canseco as "former Yankee".
   49. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:08 PM (#3335864)
Do they tell you it's coming, or is it a BOOM! There it is!


Don't worry. Your girlfriend will tell you when you're getting married.

As to the common-law thing, there's no advance warning. It's your job to figure out whether or not you're in a place that allows common-law marriage, and whether you satisfy the criteria.
   50. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:08 PM (#3335865)
I semi-seriously looked into moving to Canada after the 2004 election. I remember that your headlights are supposed to be on during the day.
   51. Tuque Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:09 PM (#3335866)
stronger beer

I find this hard to believe. Stronger than the mass-produced American beers, maybe...
   52. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:09 PM (#3335867)
You'd have a point if they identified Jose Canseco as "former Yankee".


That wouldn't bother me. It'd be a nice change from the way they currently identify him as "pathetic joke."
   53. bunyon Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:09 PM (#3335869)
How hard is it to immigrate to Canada? My girl would love to move up there.



Never having had to immigrate to Canada, I have no idea. From what little I do know, if you've got a degree, and you can find an employer, I don't think it would be hard at all.



It's known as common-law immigration. Three elements must be present to form a common law immigration to Canada.
First, you must have "agreed to be Canadian."
Second, you must have "held yourselves out" as nation and citizen. You must have represented to others that you were Canadian and citizen. As an example of this, you may have introduced you country socially as "my home and native land," or you may have paid for a stranger's hip replacement.
Third, you must have lived in Canada as a citizen.
   54. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:11 PM (#3335873)
Seriously, is it possible not to be aware that your common-law wife is legally linked to you? I have to imagine that some dude who lived with a woman for years didn't really want her to get his money, but she did because she's his CLW.

I was thinking that I should dump her for a few days after a certain number of years to start the clock again before I realized that CT doesn't have it.
   55. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:12 PM (#3335879)
I semi-seriously looked into moving to Canada after the 2004 election. I remember that your headlights are supposed to be on during the day.


Only the basic headlights need to be on, and that's a built in feature on most new cars. The full headlights don't need to be on, except at night or in poor visibility conditions, although almost everyone turns them on all the time out of habit.
   56. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:13 PM (#3335880)
Seriously, is it possible not to be aware that your common-law wife is legally linked to you? I have to imagine that some dude who lived with a woman for years didn't really want her to get his money, but she did because she's his CLW.


It took ten years for Dave Winfield's non-common-law marriage to sort itself out.
   57. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:15 PM (#3335886)
stronger beer

I find this hard to believe. Stronger than the mass-produced American beers, maybe...


That's what I meant. Our base percentage for alcohol content in beer is 5%. In terms of microbrews and smaller labels, I don't know which country produces the more ridiculous concentrations. Unibroue, based out of Quebec, has at least a couple at the 10%+ range, and I've seen a decent selection of other breweries which produce at least one or two items with double-digit percentages, but I know that there are a couple US breweries which like to play in the 15%+ ranges.
   58. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:17 PM (#3335887)
"Former New York Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch surrendered to authorities this morning after being charged with assault."

Surrendered? So not only is he a wife-beater, he's a quitter, too.
   59. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:18 PM (#3335888)
He won more titles with the Yankees than with the Twins. He was a Yankee far more recently. If he were to go to the Hall, his cap would be a Yankee one.


No it wouldn't. He spent three extra years in Minnesota. Additionally, he was a lot better in Minny than New York.
   60. BDC Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:18 PM (#3335890)
dump her for a few days after a certain number of years to start the clock again

The Texas rules would imply that there is no clock here. To be man and wife here, all you have to do is drive into Texarkana and have an argument in a diner.
   61. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:19 PM (#3335893)
It's a Houston paper. Which is physically closer to Houston - the Bronx or the Metrodome?
   62. RJ in TO Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:20 PM (#3335894)
Additionally, he was a lot better in Minny than New York.


Number of fans killed by errant throws to first in Minnesota: 0
Number of fans killed by errant throws to first in New York: 43

Since 43 is a much more impressive number than 0, he should have been elected as a Yankee.
   63. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:21 PM (#3335899)
It's a Houston paper. Which is physically closer to Houston - the Bronx or the Metrodome?
Kansas City is closer than either.
   64. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:22 PM (#3335904)
This wasn't a common-law marriage issue but I just learned last week that CBS anchor Charles Kuralt had a scret "shadow" family. From wiki:

But two years after his death, Kuralt's personal reputation came under scrutiny when a decades-long companionship with a Montana woman named Pat Baker was made public. Kuralt apparently had a second, "shadow" family with Baker while his wife lived in New York City and his daughters from a previous marriage lived on the eastern seaboard. Baker asserted that the house in Montana had been willed to her, a position upheld by the Montana Supreme Court. According to court testimony, Kuralt had met Baker while doing a story on "Pat Baker Park" in Reno, Nevada that Baker had promoted and volunteered to build in 1968. The park was in a low-income area of Reno that had no parks until Baker (née Shannon) promoted her plan. Kuralt mentions Pat Baker and the building of the park — but not the affair — in his autobiography.
   65. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:22 PM (#3335906)
Clarice Knoblauch: Chuck and I met in high school. We've been together fourteen years. You know, I tell him, "You can be traded, but you can't trade your wife." [ laughs ] "Just because you've got four championship rings doesn't mean you can have sex with a waitress!"

Patrice Williams: Clarice, no one wants to have sex with Chuck Knoblauch!
   66. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:22 PM (#3335907)
It's a Houston paper. Which is physically closer to Houston - the Bronx or the Metrodome?


The Metrodome, by a lot. Of course, under that standard, he should have been identified as Former Royal.
   67. Long-Time Fan Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3335911)
I hate seeing him introduced as "former Yankee". Yes, he formerly played for the Yankees but if you are going to identify him with one team only it is the Twins damnit. He won championships and played most of his year in Minnesota but, to the media, if you play one damn game as a yank you are a primarily a Yank from then on. Bullcrap


If you want to claim him, you can have him. Although he contributed to several championship teams, and was an above-average 2B, Knoblauch was never the player with the Yankees that he had previously been with the Twins.

Also, he seemed borderline wacko, and has since crossed over that border.
   68. MM1f Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3335916)
He won more titles with the Yankees than with the Twins. He was a Yankee far more recently. If he were to go to the Hall, his cap would be a Yankee one. He didn't have a cup of coffee with the team; he was an integral part.

Why the crap would he go into the Hall as a Yank?
4 Yank seasons, 7 Twins.
0 Yank awards. 4 all-stars, 3 Silver Sluggers, 1 Gold Glove, 1 Rook of Year and 3 top-20 MVP finishes as Twin.
Lead league in HBP as Yank. Lead league in double and triples as a Twin.
Yank OPS+.. 102, 118, 82, 92.
Twins OPS+.. 91, 108, 90, 117, 136, 143, 109.
Top steals mark as a Yank was 38. He bested that 3 times as a Twin, including a 62 steal season.\
Best single season (by FAR.. 341/448/517 and 45 steals in 701 PA) was as a Twin

Really?

The man was a Twin.
   69. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:32 PM (#3335922)
It's a Houston paper. Which is physically closer to Houston - the Bronx or the Metrodome?


there are places in Texas that are closer to Canada than they are to other places in Texas... you can look it up.
   70. Randy Jones Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3335924)
It's known as common-law immigration. Three elements must be present to form a common law immigration to Canada.
First, you must have "agreed to be Canadian."
Second, you must have "held yourselves out" as nation and citizen. You must have represented to others that you were Canadian and citizen. As an example of this, you may have introduced you country socially as "my home and native land," or you may have paid for a stranger's hip replacement.
Third, you must have lived in Canada as a citizen.


So does the Canadian national healthcare pay for the surgery to add the vestigial tail or do you have to pay yourself? Also, I am surprised there is no hockey aptitude test or maple syrup chugging test, or are those only parts of the formal immigration process?
   71. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:36 PM (#3335927)
So does the Canadian national healthcare pay for the surgery to add the vestigial tail or do you have to pay yourself?


Shhh. They don't know the tails make them freaks.
   72. tfbg9 Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:40 PM (#3335934)
Q: How do you get a common law wife to have stop having sex with you?

A: Marry her.
   73. Gaelan Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:45 PM (#3335941)
Only the basic headlights need to be on, and that's a built in feature on most new cars.


####### Nanny State.
   74. zonk Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:47 PM (#3335946)

Really?

The man was a Twin.


Maybe that will be his defense: It wasn't me, it was my Twin!
   75. MM1f Posted: September 29, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3335959)
Well done 74.

As for headlights, I often drive around with mine on during the day if it is even a little gray. Why not?
I think, more than anything, I hate people who think turning their headlights on in the rain only needs to be done to help THEM see. No a-hole, I need to see you too
   76. God Posted: September 29, 2009 at 09:27 PM (#3335985)
He won more titles with the Yankees than with the Twins. He was a Yankee far more recently. If he were to go to the Hall, his cap would be a Yankee one. He didn't have a cup of coffee with the team; he was an integral part.

I love ya, Erik, but if you were serious here then it's one of the dumbest things I've ever read on this site. You simply have no remotely legitimate case here.
If you were being sarcastic, well, then, I guess you got me.

Incidentally, Houston is quite the place for MLB domestic violence incidents, isn't it? I remember Julio Lugo slamming his wife's head against the hood of a car in the Astrodome parking lot. And then there was the whole thing about Jimmy Wynn getting stabbed by his wife on their 10th wedding anniversary. I never did hear the details on that one but I recall Bill James writing about it.
   77. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 29, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3336014)
Reggie Jackson spent more time with the A's, won more championships with the A's and had his best individual seasons as an Athletic. So yeah.
   78. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:18 PM (#3336026)
"This wasn't a common-law marriage issue but I just learned last week that CBS anchor Charles Kuralt had a scret "shadow" family."

That's life on the road.
   79. God Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:25 PM (#3336029)
Sam Rice also had a secret family. It's a fascinating story and worth looking up.
   80. Charlie O Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM (#3336031)
"I hate people who think turning their headlights on in the rain only needs to be done to help THEM see. No a-hole, I need to see you too"

In California, if you turn on your windshield wipers but not your lights, you risk a traffic ticket.
   81. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM (#3336035)
Reggie Jackson spent more time with the A's, won more championships with the A's and had his best individual seasons as an Athletic. So yeah.


Funny -- Jackson will always be a California Angel to me. My first memory of him dates back to the 1986 ALCS.

I suppose his appearance in that Leslie Nielsen movie also had something to do with it.
   82. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM (#3336036)
Sam Rice also had a secret family. It's a fascinating story and worth looking up.


Not exactly the same kind of secret family as Kuralt's. But Rice really did lead one of the more interestings lives of any HoFer.
   83. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: September 29, 2009 at 10:42 PM (#3336038)
Funny -- Jackson will always be a California Angel to me. My first memory of him dates back to the 1986 ALCS.


He spent more time as an A, even after you started making Reggie memories.
   84. phredbird Posted: September 29, 2009 at 11:46 PM (#3336070)
Not exactly the same kind of secret family as Kuralt's. But Rice really did lead one of the more interestings lives of any HoFer.


i'd forgotten about kuralt, but this i've never heard. details?
   85. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:04 AM (#3336077)
Funny -- Jackson will always be a California Angel to me. My first memory of him dates back to the 1986 ALCS.

You're that young Ray? 30-32? Wow! Wouldn't have thunk it.
   86. Tuque Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:23 AM (#3336100)
That's what I meant. Our base percentage for alcohol content in beer is 5%.

Are the major Canadian beers any good? I've never had them, but I remember when I was in Europe over the summer I was impressed because a lot of the more popular beers were actually pretty decent - Kronenbourg 1664, Pelforth, Nastro Azzuro, etc. I was disappointed because there's no North American equivalent of a cheap but good beer, except maybe at Trader Joe's, which in New York City is too much of a pain in the ass to shop at because it's so crowded. But maybe I'm wrong, since I haven't tested out Canada's offerings.
   87. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:32 AM (#3336103)
i'd forgotten about kuralt, but this i've never heard. details?


Rice's entire family, including parents, sisters, wife and children, were killed in a tornado that hit Illinois and Indiana in 1912 when he was a young man. All through his subsequent major league career, no one had any idea he had had a family that had been wiped out, including his second wife and family. It was only revealed through happenstance.

Much like he was with the famed 1925 World Series catch that sent him into the stands, Sam could keep a secret like no one else. For years folks debated whether he truly caught it, and Sam didn't reveal the answer to until after his death (he wrote in a letter to be opened at his death that he maintained possession the entire time).
   88. RJ in TO Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:52 AM (#3336112)
Are the major Canadian beers any good?


They sell well, but I'm not partial to the big two (Molson Canadian, Labatts Blue). Technically, neither of them is actually even Canadian any more - Molson merged/was bought out by Coors, and Labatts was bought years ago by Interbrew (which merged with Anheuser Busch). That's not to say that either beer is terrible, but that they're a lot like the major US brands, in that they're designed for blandness and inoffensiveness - they're forgettable, rather than bad.

In terms of major, but not dominant beers, the ones I like include Ricards Red (owned by Molson), Creemore Springs, Alexander Keats IPA, Sleemans (now owned by Sapporo), and Moosehead (currently the largest Canadian owned brewery). These are all beers that you're likely to be able to find down in the US at most decently stocked stores.

There's a ton of other stuff from smaller breweries (Lists here and here), but I'm reluctant to provide a breakdown, since I doubt you'll be able to find most of them unless you're in Canada. Going quickly through them, the ones I'm more partial to include the Unibroue lineup, Big Rock, Brick, and the Mill Street stuff.
   89. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:54 AM (#3336113)
I'm 4.
   90. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 30, 2009 at 12:56 AM (#3336116)
I've been to a lot of beer stores in the US that sell all kinds of European beers and American microbrews, and I've never seen Rickard's, Alexander Keith's, Sleemans, or Creemore Springs. It's amazing how common they are in Toronto.

Unibroue products are everywhere, in the mid-Atlantic states at least. Moosehead is common too.
   91. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 30, 2009 at 01:08 AM (#3336123)
You're that young Ray? 30-32? Wow! Wouldn't have thunk it.


Well, a little older; I just turned 36.
   92. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 30, 2009 at 01:08 AM (#3336124)
He should. You can bring the cokes.


I was going to correct your grammar but then I realized you were talking about soda.
   93. zonk Posted: September 30, 2009 at 01:12 AM (#3336127)

Funny -- Jackson will always be a California Angel to me. My first memory of him dates back to the 1986 ALCS.

I suppose his appearance in that Leslie Nielsen movie also had something to do with it.


ditto.
   94. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2009 at 01:52 AM (#3336148)
Well, a little older; I just turned 36.

OK. 2 years younger than me. I'm surprised you don't remember at least the late days of Reggie as a Yankee. I have very clear memories of 1977 and 1978. I HATED Reggie when he joined the Yankees, b/c of the insult of Munson, who was one of my guys. I used to cover my ears and do the "la-la-la-la I'm not listening" thing when the fans would cheer him at games.
   95. base ball chick Posted: September 30, 2009 at 01:54 AM (#3336152)
happy birthday ray

and here in texas, a man is not common law married if he never calls the woman "my wife" or "my spouse" to anyone else and if he denies (to everyone) that they are married

so you CAN live together

there aren't real too many people common law any more. most people figure they aren't gonna stay together for more than a few months-years anyhow so why give the lawyers all that money in divorce court. or course if they have kids the man is gonna spend all his money on a lawyer anyhow if he ever want to see his kid again

men in texas don't realize that if they are not married to they babymama they got ZERO right to see their kids even if they pay support. you have to go to court to get rights

if you guys so worried about ending up "accidentally" married to some woman then go get a lawyer and check it out. or don't live together
   96. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: September 30, 2009 at 02:11 AM (#3336175)
#3 An experience with combining Xanax and alcohol
Another one
Not a good idea.


Is it just me, or was that first article the lamest "i took ... and blacked out in thailand" story ever?

I'm guessing the dude's mom took the missing xanax in the second one.
   97. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: September 30, 2009 at 02:56 PM (#3336488)
It's funny though, whenever "common law wife" appears in a news story, it's never a positive story.

From the headlines today:

Pasadena (TX) police say woman fried, ate pet goldfish after fight with common-law husband

Stay classy, Pasadena.
   98. jwb Posted: September 30, 2009 at 04:59 PM (#3336722)
Ken Davidoff wrote an piece on Knoblauch in Jan 2008. I found it interesting.

The passive common-law thing is more my style.
We went the courthouse route, we had invited a few friends to a nice restaurant for lunch after the "ceremony," and told them the news. The judge was plastered at 10:30. Besides the usual vows, he made me promise to beat her only on Saturdays and only then if we weren't expecting company. The scene was right out of a B movie. It's quite likely that the official record was destroyed in a flood a few years later. Absolutely perfect.

Upper Canada Brewing folded? What a shame. Upper Canada Dark Ale was both tasty and strong.

Stay classy, Pasadena.
How could the home of Mickey Gilley's not be classy?
   99. RJ in TO Posted: September 30, 2009 at 05:08 PM (#3336736)
Upper Canada Brewing folded? What a shame. Upper Canada Dark Ale was both tasty and strong.


It didn't fold. It got bought by Sleemans. It's still available almost anywhere in Ontario.

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