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Pirates’ Josh Bell proving critics wrong with breakout season

It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, or traveling to the Grand Canyon, without, well, looking into the canyon.

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, a Texas native, spent his entire past winter in Newport Beach, California ... and never went to the beach.

Snubbed the nightclubs.

Skipped the fine dining.

Oh, but he can tell you all about the batting cages, workout facilities, practice fields and health-food spots in Southern California.

“I didn’t go there on vacation,’’ Bell told USA TODAY Sports. “I went there for work.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:06 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: May 20, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5843810)
I took an unreal amount of #### in my fantasy draft for picking up Bell for $10 against a Pirates fan who put him out there but passed at going any higher. Him, Bellinger and Brandon Woodruff are my rock stars.
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5843822)
I still think of the violinist when I see his name.
   3. Baldrick Posted: May 20, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5843858)
It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower

It's a tower. You can see it from everywhere. But actually going TO the tower is pretty low on my list of important things to do in Paris. I was just there for a week and we didn't go. I'll be back for three more weeks in June and have no plans to go. It's really not very exciting.
traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge

It's a bridge. It's usually foggy. It's fine, but if I met someone who had been living in SF for a couple years who had never been to the Golden Gate, I wouldn't even blink.
   4. bfan Posted: May 20, 2019 at 02:50 PM (#5843863)
It's a tower. You can see it from everywhere. But actually going TO the tower is pretty low on my list of important things to do in Paris. I was just there for a week and we didn't go. I'll be back for three more weeks in June and have no plans to go. It's really not very exciting.


Yes, the riots at Charles de gaulle airport terminal #2 would be much more fun to watch.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 03:23 PM (#5843873)
It's really not very exciting.


Eh, I remember the view from the top being nice.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 20, 2019 at 03:40 PM (#5843886)
Sorry folks, Eiffel Tower is closed today. Moose out front shoulda told 'ya.
   7. jmurph Posted: May 20, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5843901)
It's a tower. You can see it from everywhere. But actually going TO the tower is pretty low on my list of important things to do in Paris. I was just there for a week and we didn't go. I'll be back for three more weeks in June and have no plans to go. It's really not very exciting.

I sort of get your point but I imagine that most (non-European) visitors to Paris are only going to be able to get there once in their life, and visiting one of the world's great works of architecture- I mean maybe literally the most iconic man-made structure on earth?- is a pretty normal thing to do.

EDIT: The article's lede is still dumb- not visiting a specific beach among the world's many million beaches is not at all like not visiting two iconic structures.
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 20, 2019 at 05:38 PM (#5843967)
I mean maybe literally the most iconic man-made structure on earth?

I'd say there's another French structure that might argue with that, even if it currently resides in the New York Harbor.
   9. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 20, 2019 at 05:59 PM (#5843975)
It's fine, but if I met someone who had been living in SF for a couple years who had never been to the Golden Gate, I wouldn't even blink.

There aren't a lot of other ways out of town, and really no other good way if you want to go north toward Marin County. Even in the course of normal life, I think most people in SF cross the bridge a few times a year.

I work in Marin part time, and I was marveling a couple of months ago at the idea that I cross this iconic structure probably 10 times a month and never think twice about it. It's just that stupid bridge where traffic slows down and they keep raising the price.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2019 at 06:27 PM (#5843988)
Josh Bell proves critics wrong ... by doing the work that the critics said he needed to do? I will assume that some critics drew ignorant conclusions about his "character" from his baseball performance and opined he would never put in the work and those critics certainly look to be wrong. But the man's ISOs have gone 133, 211, 150, 364 ... he already has more HR this year (14) than all of last year in 583 PA.

That said, mainly because of his walk rate and reasonably low K rate by today's standards, his offensive produciton has always been adequate for a 1B in today's game. His Rfield drags down his WAR last year (and he's on that pace again) but otherwise it was an average 1B performance. Interestingly, this year the K-rate is up a bit, the walk rate down but he's totally smashing it on contact.
   11. Baldrick Posted: May 20, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5844011)
Even in the course of normal life, I think most people in SF cross the bridge a few times a year.

We lived there for about four years and crossed the bridge maybe once or twice a year? And we owned a car, which many of our friends didn't.

Once we moved to the East Bay, we actually went to Marin and further north a lot more. But I know plenty of folks who live there that basically never go north of Broadway.
   12. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 21, 2019 at 10:48 AM (#5844155)
I have been to Paris a bunch of times (I used to live in Europe). I only went up the tower once. It is a decent view but it is expensive and the lines are usually long. I was there in early spring and went early to beat the lines. You can see it from all over the city though.

Much more overrated is the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps. Not so great and incredibly crowded.
   13. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 21, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5844156)
Maybe he just doesn't like the beach, but Newport is pretty. He would have had the time to visit if he had wanted. He was there for 4 months. Even with an intense workout schedule, you can only workout 4-6 hours a day. And you need one day off a week to rest.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:16 AM (#5844168)
Like a lot of photogenic tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower is best enjoyed from a bit of a distance, not from waiting in line and actually going up to the top, although you do get nice views of Paris from up there. I think I did it the first time I visited Paris with my wife ~10 years ago, but haven't on the 5-10 other times I've been there (I lived in London for a few years and had some clients in Paris).

I mean, I've lived in NYC most of my adult life and have never been up to the top of the Freedom Tower, Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center, even though I pass by all of those buildings on a regular basis and have taken my share of photos of the exteriors. (My dad did take my brother and I to the top of the old World Trade Center once when we were growing up.) I've been to the Statue of Liberty but again, don't think I ever went up. The Ellis Island museum is definitely worth a visit though.
   15. Davo Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5844192)
I was one who thought he would be a bust, that the power just wasn’t there.

I was wrong!
   16. jmurph Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5844194)
Like a lot of photogenic tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower is best enjoyed from a bit of a distance, not from waiting in line and actually going up to the top, although you do get nice views of Paris from up there.

The thing about the view, of course, is that it's better from the Sacre Coeur because then you have the Eiffel Tower in view, too!

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