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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pedroia on Hunting Bigfoot

But while Pedroia does believe in Bigfoot, he doesn’t expect to personally catch him. Asked if he could, Pedroia said no.

“I was in Phoenix and last Tuesday the guy that supposedly shot or killed one was in town,” Pedroia said, “but he might have stopped at a gas station or something, I didn’t see him.”

And while he doesn’t think he’ll catch one, he doesn’t exactly think the sasquatch hunters on “Finding Bigfoot” will have any luck either.

Pedroia makes a pretty good point. . .

“They’re not going to find him on the show,” Pedroia said. “That’s the problem I have with the show: why are they always going to look at night? It’s OK to go during the day. You might run into something. Stop going at night, guys. Clean it up.”

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   1. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4658432)
I'm impressed that Pedroia has the self-awareness to think he isn't capable of catching Sasquatch. I would have expected him to say "yeah, if I put my mind to it I'd get him." Self-confidence is not one of his weak points.
   2. attaboy Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4658437)
SHAVE!!! I mean, really. Trim that crap below the chin a little if you want to keep a beard but that just looked so sloppy! Good thing he is good at sports is all I am saying. Given what is going on in Miami (football), maybe keep your rookie antics on the QT or better yet, DON'T DO THEM at all!
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4658451)
My wife and I were pretty vigorous campers when we first met and went to all sorts of back-country sites around Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. You spend enough time in remote areas surrounded by pitch blackness with only your sputtering fire for illumination, and your imagination runs wild. And thus our Bigfoot Contingency Plan was born.

Fact is, I ain't ruling out the possibility of some primal hominid skulking about the remote wilderness. Plenty of people have seen..something. But if it's out there, it's rare, and if we happened to come across one, I didn't want to be just another yokel in the sticks brandishing a crappy photo of a blob taken from 100 yards away. So here's the plan:

If we see something and agree that it is sasquatch-ish, I'm gonna charge it. I'm gonna run straight for that dang thing and if it doesn't magically morph into a bear or bison as I close distance, I'm gonna keep charging. With any luck, I'll be able to chase it down and tackle it.

Now at that point if I've actually found the mythical beast I fully expect it to tear my limbs off and bludgeon me with them. That's totally expected and part of the overall plan. You see, as soon as I start off chasing after bigfoot, my wife has only one job - keep filming. Sasquatch grabs me by one ankle and starts wacking me against the trees? Keep filming. Between the forensic evidence on my carcass and the film footage, not only will we finally have conclusive proof of Sasquatch's existence, but the footage will be worth millions and ensure my wife a comfortable living in my cadaverous absence.

Who knows what opportunities have been missed for lack of a Bigfoot Contingency Plan? I won't take that risk.
   4. villageidiom Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4658452)
I'm impressed that Pedroia has the self-awareness to think he isn't capable of catching Sasquatch.
"First of all, I'm not a catcher. Second, he prefers to be called 'Mr. Lackey'."
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4658457)
Pedroia should stick to hunting Demetrious Johnson or Ian McCall.
   6. Rusty Priske Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4658463)
SHAVE!!!



BOOO!!!!!

I am constantly amazed at people who want ballplayers to have no personality.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM (#4658468)
I am constantly amazed at people who want ballplayers to have no personality.


I'm amazed at people who equate unchecked facial hair growth or body deformation with personality. (-:
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4658469)
Who knows what opportunities have been missed for lack of a Bigfoot Contingency Plan? I won't take that risk.


This could all backfire when the Sasquatch employees the tactics used by the protectors of the Ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Your wife's face could melt along with the film.
   9. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4658471)
He's actually Regularfoot, but to Dustin he's Bigfoot.
   10. Blastin Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4658485)
I'm amazed at people who equate unchecked facial hair growth or body deformation with personality. (-:


Seriously. If I decided not to shave for a week, it wouldn't suddenly make me more interesting. Just kind of gross. (There are plenty of nice beards out there, btw. It's this hobo scraggly nonsense that is ridiculous.)
   11. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4658500)
I'm amazed at people who equate unchecked facial hair growth or body deformation with personality. (-:

That's the winning entry right there.
   12. attaboy Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4658505)
BOOO!!!!!

I am constantly amazed at people who want ballplayers to have no personality.


Did you stop reading at the first word, 'SHAVE!!! I mean, really. Trim that crap below the chin a little if you want to keep a beard but that just looked so sloppy!'

really, I don't care he could start pasting hair on to his chin a la Beavis and Butt Head for all I care, just thought it looked poor given his status in the game. He ought to be way paste his college freshman beard phase.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4658514)
If he's going to start pasting on hair, it's probably not gonna be on his chin.
   14. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4658516)
Your first baseman's a Bigfoot, isn't he Dus?
   15. JE (Jason) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4658519)
Sasquatch really looks great in those commercials. Who knew beef jerky was so effective as bait?
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4658520)
“They’re not going to find him on the show,” Pedroia said. “That’s the problem I have with the show: why are they always going to look at night?"


What if he's nocturnal?
   17. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4658521)
really, I don't care he could start pasting hair on to his chin a la Beavis and Butt Head for all I care


Then he'd just be biting Scott Spiezio's style.
   18. Astroenteritis Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4658533)
And thus our Bigfoot Contingency Plan was born.


My wife and I have come upon a bear a few times, and even a mountain lion once, on our hikes in the wilderness, but I never thought to have a Bigfoot Contingency Plan. I see now that our preparation has been woefully inadequate.

We did discuss an alien abduction plan once, but it didn't seem that anything would do much good, though I considered whether carrying around the results of my latest colonoscopy might render the whole anal probe thing unnecessary.
   19. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4658537)
We did discuss an alien abduction plan once, but it didn't seem that anything would do much good, though I considered whether carrying around the results of my latest colonoscopy might render the whole anal probe thing unnecessary.


Oh your colonoscopy images won't help a bit. The aliens aren't probing your rectum to see your colon. They're probing your rectum to see the roof of your mouth. Bring lube.
   20. Morty Causa Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4658540)
We have it on very good authority that "we've [aliens] reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us."
   21. AROM Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4658541)
The whole alien anal probing thing was the work of one single alien from Zeta Reticuli. He was an enthusiastic but somewhat overzealous proctology student suspended from his school, so he took his studies to earth.
   22. bigglou115 Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4658542)
@18 The Aliens can't invade everywhere at once, they'll start in denser cities and work their way out. You should have plenty of time to hide. If they can't see you, because your hiding, and you've ditched everything that casts any signal interference, you should be able to hide for quite some time. Truth is, there are scenarios were humanity could survive.

For instance, we are fighting a species that is only so much more advanced than us as to be able to meet the minimum requirement to launch a fighting force at us. That means no "hyperspace" or FTL spaceships, their completely bound by relativity. If we could bloody their noses in the initial conflict we'd have generations to engage in gorilla warfare before reinforcements could come crush us.

If they've got some faster than light capability and a population base equivalent to or greater than ours we'd be done. Everything in the middle exists in a continuum. Our only real hope is a war of attrition against a slow opponent.

I wish I could take credit for this, but this is actually a very well researched topic.
   23. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4658543)
We have it on very good authority that "we've [aliens] reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us."


That's just a ruse to lull you into complacency so they can harvest your Human Horn.
   24. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4658570)
Jeter may be a man-whore, but at least he's not a loon.
   25. Blastin Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4658587)
Word. This is a grown (unkempt) adult. I'll take gift baskets, please, thanks.
   26. bigglou115 Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:54 PM (#4658592)
You guys take life too seriously. You don't believe in Bigfoot for the same reasons you believe in germs, or even the same reason people believe in religion. You believe in Bigfoot because it's fun. A world with things like Bigfoot and Nessie is a more enjoyable place.
   27. Blastin Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4658600)
World is really enjoyable without mythical creatures, man. Actual wild animals, say. There are a lot of those. But not as many cool ones here and in Scotland as in warmer climates, true.
   28. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4658605)
I was in 7th grade, IIRC, when the Bigfoot sightings that formed the basis for The Legend of Boggy Creek made the Texarkana paper; we lived 20 miles east of Fouke, where all that was allegedly going on & where the movie was filmed. It was sort of off-putting when the movie came out in 8th grade & the narrator turned out to be the local NBC affiliate's weatherman. The director had been that station's after-school cartoon host when I was a kid.
   29. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4658606)
World is really enjoyable without mythical creatures, man.


A-Rod says "neigh!"
   30. bigglou115 Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4658611)
@29. I love that movie, and the story. I've studied the Boggy Creek monster, the skunk ape, and the river monster a lot, the local cryptid culture in Arkansas is fascinating.

@27. I didn't say the world isn't plenty cool. I may be a lawyer now, but my undergraduate training was in biology and I specialized in the evolutionary aspects. But I don't see why there should be a limit on how fun/cool the world has to be. There's also something a little fun about being termed a "nut."
   31. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4658616)
Definitely, bigglou. I'm not so much an "I Want to Believe" guy as I am a "My God, Wouldn't It Be Cool If ..." guy.
   32. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4658654)
Loren Coleman is, or used to be, a SABR member. He's a cryptozoologist who has shown up on some of those "History" shows like Ancient Aliens and America Unearthed.
   33. Nasty Nate Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4658660)
What about the Mothman, the Jersey Devil, Toe Nash etc.?
   34. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4658675)
Loren Coleman is, or used to be, a SABR member. He's a cryptozoologist who has shown up on some of those "History" shows like Ancient Aliens and America Unearthed.

Bill Birnes is my favorite one of these "experts." On the black helicopter UFO hunting show, he's "Bill Birnes" dressed in a bomber jacket, aviator sunglasses (I don't think they ever show his full face), and an ever-present cap shilling for "UFO Magazine." On Ancient Aliens, he's in a coat and tie as "Dr. William J. Birnes, J.D." or something like that.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4658678)
You know who could capture Bigfoot if he wanted to?
   36. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4658701)
Did you stop reading at the first word, 'SHAVE!!! I mean, really. Trim that crap below the chin a little if you want to keep a beard but that just looked so sloppy!'

really, I don't care he could start pasting hair on to his chin a la Beavis and Butt Head for all I care, just thought it looked poor given his status in the game. He ought to be way paste his college freshman beard phase.


Maybe you should be way "paste" your retrograde attitudes about men's fashion. This ain't the 70s no more, sonny.
   37. Walt Davis Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4658708)
cuidado con el chupacabra!

The Aliens can't invade everywhere at once, they'll start in denser cities and work their way out.

Nah, even interstellar wars are won with infantry. Wipe out as much military infrastructure as you can from outer space, invade some remote areas and set up some bases.

And as we all know from Risk, Australia/New Zealand is the perfect spot to begin the drive for world domination. Hmmm ... I'm thinking the geniuses behind The Castle should get working on that film right now.

I'll take gift baskets, please, thanks.

You get Pedroia's beard for free, you've got to give to get a gift basket.

   38. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4658712)
Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance!
Very funny book now, soon to be a hipster band name.
   39. Manny Coon Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4658717)
World is really enjoyable without mythical creatures, man. Actual wild animals, say. There are a lot of those. But not as many cool ones here and in Scotland as in warmer climates, true.


You know what is good way too see real wild animals? Going squatching! Those bigfoot shows on TV seem to do a great of getting pictures or finding evidence of bears, big cats and all manner of other real beasts, some of which are pretty elusive. Part of being a good mythical creature hunter is knowing how to identify all of the real ones.
   40. Willie Mayspedester Posted: February 18, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4658762)
Ancient Aliens is one of the best TV shows of all time. Every show is the following

1) Some solid science of interesting places built long ago that were hard to build
2) Some expert telling you how it could have been done
3) An object is shown that looks like it might fly
4) An "expert" says that since people 10,000 years ago were flying it must have been aliens who taught them.
5) Shows pictures of half man half horse / elongated head.
6) Creepy sounding music (hopefully you've had near a 6 pack in you by this time)
   41. Morty Causa Posted: February 18, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4658784)
Always latching on to the flimsiest pretext to avoid doing homework, eh guys?
   42. Accent Shallow Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM (#4658806)
Anyone else see the headline and was hoping it was about how Pedroia had spent part of his offseason?
   43. TFTIO is familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM (#4658817)
I used to be powerfully afeared of Bigfoots, growing up in the ancient hardwood suburbs of Fairfax County, VA. I've gotten over it. I do find the idea of a relict hominid stomping around the Pacific Northwest an idea as entertaining as it is goofy stupid. I know I don't live in a world with Bigfeet, or lake monsters, or ALIEN PROBES, but I like living in a world where people create silly myths.
   44. PreservedFish Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4658821)
There was an indie movie that came out a few years ago that involved Bigfoot. But it wasn't about Bigfoot, it was a love story or something. I'm trying to find it but I cannot. It's not listed among wikipedia's 29 Bigfoot films.
   45. PreservedFish Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM (#4658822)
Oh, I found it like a minute later.

Letters from the Big Man

Anyone seen it? I remember being intrigued by the reviews.
   46. Greg K Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4658825)
There used to be a Peach Monster in the lake my cottage is on. Which is actually Lake Kabakwa, but was colloquially known as Peach Lake, due to the monster. It resided in a indentation at the bottom of the lake which was known as The Peach Pit.

As a kid I was very confused as to what a Peach Monster was exactly, and I didn't fully grasp the "pit" pun. I had, in many ways, a confusing childhood.

EDIT: To add to the confusion...I always assumed the whole peach thing was something my dad made up, but apparently it is known as Peach Lake on fishing message boards online too.
   47. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:50 AM (#4658827)
Greg it was all a scam to convince you that a warm climate is bad for you.
   48. Greg K Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:53 AM (#4658830)
Those probably ARE bad for me. My body was very much built for the bracing cold, and have been confused for a Sasquatch in my day. So maybe it was someone looking out for me.
   49. Booey Posted: February 19, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4659346)
There used to be a Peach Monster in the lake my cottage is on.


I'm still hoping to be the one that finally catches the elusive Bear Lake Monster that resides in the Utah/Idaho lake it's named after.

Also, my number one regret about never reaching 7 feet in height is the massive blow it dealt to my NBA hopes and dreams. But my second biggest regret is not being able to run around the woods in a custom made gorrilla suit faking Bigfoot sightings. Seems almost stupid NOT to do that if you're that tall. Total waste of your natural gifts.

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