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Thursday, July 26, 2012

MLB.com: Video - Nationals’ bullpen reads excerpts from “Fifty Shades of Grey”

TYLER CLIPPARD: Recently a blogger said our teammate Michael Morse was reading the book “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

CRAIG STAMMEN: This statement is completely erroneous.

SEAN BURNETT: His girlfriend was reading the book; Michael was not.

RYAN MATTHEUS: But the rest of us?

ALL: We love it.

Esoteric Posted: July 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: lolwut, nationals, washington

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   1. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4192891)
I will not read these books until they are retitled 50 Shades of Grey, 100 Shades of Grey and 150 Shades of Grey. This is inflexible.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4192907)
Someone who likes the Nats posted this??
   3. Chris Needham Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4192919)
I liked the joke someone made on twitter yesterday. The North Korean President's wife was seen reading 50 Shades of Grey. Only over there, it's a clothing catalog.

Has anyone had the veal yet?
   4. The Artist Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4192922)
Wow
   5. Esoteric Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4192932)
Someone who likes the Nats posted this??
How could I not, given its 'odd factor'?
   6. Guapo Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4192950)
This is a Nats-positive video. Always more fun to root for guys who show a sense of humor.
   7. BDC Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4192972)
I dunno, I think this is the best work by any bullpen since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds won the World Series.
   8. TerpNats Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM (#4193158)
Bob, does that mean come 2031, one of them is going to be a particularly obnoxious analyst on Nats telecasts?
   9. Srul Itza Posted: July 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4193265)
That was AWE-SOME. I am sure that some PC idiot somewhere will attack it for some reason, but screw 'em, that was HI-LARIOUS.
   10. Esoteric Posted: July 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4193316)
I thought it was a lot of goofy fun myself. And a bit more daring than the safe corporate types at MLB are usually willing to get. I'm guessing it was an idea suggested by one of the players.
   11. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM (#4193360)
I enjoyed that. Excellent blocking in the final scene with the page turn and then: "You know this contract is legally unenforceable" "I am fully aware of that, Ms. Steele."

Still, not as good as Gilbert Gottfried reading 50 Shades of Grey. The stinger of that clip makes me laugh every time. (NSFW)

As a work of fiction, 50 Shades of Grey is at least less historically inaccurate as The DaVinci Code.
   12. Swedish Chef Posted: July 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM (#4193400)
The problem with parodying or satirizing works like "50 shades of Grey" is that you have to read the damn thing first. What's worse, what if you start to like it?
   13. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: July 27, 2012 at 07:21 AM (#4193432)
   14. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 27, 2012 at 07:43 AM (#4193435)
That's really well done. Funny stuff, nationals bullpen.

And, shockingly, safe for work. That I did not expect.
   15. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 27, 2012 at 07:47 AM (#4193436)
The problem with parodying or satirizing works like "50 shades of Grey" is that you have to read the damn thing first. What's worse, what if you start to like it?
50 Shades of Grey fact: It was originally conceived as, I #### you not, erotic Twilight fanfic. James was urged by her publisher to change the relationship, so she left Bella basically the same and replaced Edward with an older SM enthusiast, and replaced "becoming a vampire" with being initiated into SM.

Starting to like it really shouldn't be a concern.
   16. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 27, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4193437)
Still, not as good as Gilbert Gottfried reading 50 Shades of Grey. The stinger of that clip makes me laugh every time. (NSFW)
That's probably my favorite, but I think that Ellen Degeneres reading 50 Shades of Grey is also quite wonderful.

"Mmmm. Naaah. I like it."
   17. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 27, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4193442)
I think I'm glad I have no idea what 50 Shades of Grey is. At first I thought maybe this was going to be a book about the Homestead Grays and the Nats were being awesome by hyping their history in D.C. a bit. Seems I was very, very far off...
   18. Lassus Posted: July 27, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4193444)
50 Shades reminds me on both sides of the opinions of DaVinci Code. Common LCD pablum of a genre that could be done very, very well and intelligently, hitting at the right time and place for widespread appeal that - for that reason - is then mocked by a counter-group. Us, basically. And deservedly.

So along with that, I DO think ignoring and discarding the "event" and reactions is a mistake. There may be nothing of value or to learn from the specific work itself, but from the reaction on either side there's plenty to keep one occupied.
   19. Blubaldo Jimenez (OMJ) Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4193453)
The problem with parodying or satirizing works like "50 shades of Grey" is that you have to read the damn thing first. What's worse, what if you start to like it?
50 Shades of Grey fact: It was originally conceived as, I #### you not, erotic Twilight fanfic. James was urged by her publisher to change the relationship, so she left Bella basically the same and replaced Edward with an older SM enthusiast, and replaced "becoming a vampire" with being initiated into SM.

Starting to like it really shouldn't be a concern


I read it. Its really not a concern.
   20. TerpNats Posted: July 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4194111)
"50 Shades of Grey" fact: It was originally conceived as, I #### you not, erotic Twilight fanfic. James was urged by her publisher to change the relationship, so she left Bella basically the same and replaced Edward with an older SM enthusiast, and replaced "becoming a vampire" with being initiated into SM.
In other words, Elinor Glyn for the 21st century.

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