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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Len Berman: Kansas City Royals Offer Bizarre Game Day Promotion

Nothing beats a good ballpark promotion. The Kansas City Royals have come up with something new, ‘Pine Tar Day.’ Fans will receive a mini-George Brett pine tar bat to commemorate his 1983 controversial home run at Yankee Stadium.

Why won’t someone think of the children?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM | 122 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 11, 2012 at 08:58 AM (#4103721)
New York Yankees "Cartoon Money Bag Giveaway Night"!

Boston Red Sox "The Real Blood of Curt Schilling Bloody Sock Givewaway Night"! (one time only)

Cincinnati Reds "Sports Betting Night"!

   102. Bug Selig Posted: April 11, 2012 at 09:05 AM (#4103727)
Even more fun was when they reversed and replayed.

Billy Martin trying the douchiest move ever, and not getting away with it.

Good times.


To me, the beauty of the whole thing was the original umpires, anticipating Martin's appeal that Brett missed every base, providing the replay umps with a signed statement that he had, in fact, touched all the bases.
   103. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 11, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4103728)
Boston Red Sox "The Real Blood of Curt Schilling Bloody Sock Givewaway Night"! (one time only)


Sponsored by Heinz 57.
   104. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 11, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4103752)
New York Yankees "Cartoon Money Bag Giveaway Night"!


*Must be dressed like Bud Selig to receive promotional item.
   105. The Original SJ Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4103809)

Yeah, I think Brett's reputation as a good guy makes it easier to give a pass for his one epic meltdown, especially when that meltdown is so very entertaining.


Yeah, he smiles a lot, lets give him a pass.
   106. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4103813)
Yeah, he smiles a lot, lets give him a pass.

Do you have something in particular against George Brett? If not, holding a grudge about a temper tantrum he had 30 years ago after a particularly unjust decision nearly cost his team a game seems...just a little extreme. I don't know the man, so my image of his as a good guy could be completely wrong. The next bad thing I hear about him will be the first, though. How about it KC folks, is George Brett a closet jerk? After Kirby Puckett I'm surprised by nothing.
   107. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4103817)
At batting practice for the celebrity home run derby at the 1999 All Star Game George Brett stepped into the cage...and like a good ballplayer during BP bunted the first two pitches down the 1st and 3rd base lines. I don't care if he eats puppies, he's OK in my book.
   108. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4103822)
The next bad thing I hear about him will be the first, though.


He likes to go around telling people about how he crapped his pants, which I wouldn't consider a good thing.
   109. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4103830)
Yeah, he smiles a lot, lets give him a pass.


Pass for what? He flipped out. He didn't assault the umpire or anything. And it was an isolated incident. I don't see the big deal. Its pretty much in-line with a lot of tantrums ballplayers or managers throw on the field.
   110. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4103833)
Pass for what? He flipped out. He didn't assault the umpire or anything. And it was an isolated incident. I don't see the big deal. Its pretty much in-line with a lot of tantrums ballplayers or managers throw on the field.

If Brett's tantrum was unforgivable, what will we do with Earl Weaver?
   111. SoSH U at work Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM (#4103863)
How about it KC folks, is George Brett a closet jerk?


He's friends with Rush Limbaugh. That's all I've got.

I don't know why SJ and willcarroll get so bent about Brett's reaction. I'm not sure anyone has ever had such a call made against him (other than perhaps Merkle). I'm pretty sure most ballplayers would flip out if you had just hit the go-ahead homer and the umpire inexplicably called you out.
   112. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4103870)
I'm pretty sure most ballplayers would flip out if you had just hit the go-ahead homer and the umpire inexplicably called you out.


Not just that but it was against a huge rival. The Yankees and Royals met in the playoffs four times in five years just before this. The Royals HATED the Yankees. Especially Billy Martin. I don't think Brett flips out like this if its say Billy Gardner in the Metrodome. I mean half the reason Martin pulled the stunt he did was to get under Brett's skin.
   113. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4103872)
He's friends with Rush Limbaugh. That's all I've got.

Ooh. That might be enough...Naw, Rush is just an actor. I actually don't blame him for people taking him seriously.
   114. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4103943)
Did the Yankees ever have that Snow Tire Day?
   115. The Original SJ Posted: April 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4104091)

Pass for what? He flipped out. He didn't assault the umpire or anything. And it was an isolated incident. I don't see the big deal. Its pretty much in-line with a lot of tantrums ballplayers or managers throw on the field.


I just don't think this reaction, or tantrum, is celebrated if Milton Bradley does it.
   116. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 11, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4104093)
I think Brett's reputation as a good guy makes it easier to give a pass for his one epic meltdown, especially when that meltdown is so very entertaining.
   117. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: April 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4104099)
He's friends with Rush Limbaugh.


I wonder if they've ever shared Viagra & young Dominican boys?
   118. SoSH U at work Posted: April 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4104104)
especially when that meltdown is so very entertaining.


And, to an extent, justified.

When Milton lost his head (and blowed out his knee) following that incident when the first-base ump said something completely out of line, the reaction around here to his anger was much different than the dozen other times when Milton went off half-cocked simply because he's Milton.

   119. Zonk is a cagey fellow Posted: April 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4104143)
I just don't think this reaction, or tantrum, is celebrated if Milton Bradley does it.


In fairness, popping out to SS wouldn't generally be cause for such a tantrum... except perhaps by the fans of the team.
   120. BWV 1129 Posted: April 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4104257)
SJ, you keep forgetting about context. Dick Allen, AJ Pierzynski, Milton Bradley ... these guys had/have a history of being difficult, getting into incidents with teammates and fans and umpires, etc. Brett has no such history. This is literally the one incident. Obviously if it were part of a pattern of incidents, people would look upon it differently.
   121. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4104878)
Right, Brett's shenanigans are cheeky and fun. Bradley's shenanigans are cruel and tragic. Which wouldn't make them shenanigans, at all, really.
   122. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4104894)

Right, Brett's shenanigans are cheeky and fun. Bradley's shenanigans are cruel and tragic. Which wouldn't make them shenanigans, at all, really.


What's the name of that restaurant you like, with the mozzarella sticks and all the goofy #### on the wall?


I just don't think this reaction, or tantrum, is celebrated if Milton Bradley does it.


Of course. Brett was, by most accounts, not a jerk, was a HOFer, spent his entire career with the Royals, and is the most beloved player in Kansas City. Bradley was a jerk, not a HOFer, bounced around the league, and is probably not even the most beloved player in his own household. There is no doubt the reaction is different. Context, patterns of behavior, reputation - they matter.
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