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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2012

Coalville [Utah] Times, April 5, 1912:

When it comes to the art of displaying one’s oratorical powers in choice language, [Wild Bill Donovan] hits .400.
...

Tommy Atkins...was sent to the coaching lines to roast Bill.  Tommy did.  When the Athletics started to go to the field at the close of the inning and the Tigers went to bat, Atkins started for the bench with Donovan following him.  Bill didn’t stop until he reached the bench.  Leaning over and sticking one finger dangerously close to Atkins’ face, Bill gurgled:

“Say, you little shriveled up shrimp, if I ever hear you chirp again I’ll sprinkle your beak all over your phiz.”

I think it’s safe to say that entertaining threats and insults peaked right around 1910 and have been on the decline ever since.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:50 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:54 AM (#4097594)
   2. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: April 05, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4097620)
Today is also the 40th anniversary of a three-for-one player trade in which all four men involved were still playing baseball until the mid-1980s. It was Montreal sending Rusty Staub to the Mets. Can you name any of the three then-young players sent to the Expos in exchange for him before clicking on the link?
   3. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: April 05, 2012 at 08:38 AM (#4097623)
Dammit.

Di
dn't see the bold closing tag wasn't working in time to edit post #2. Sorry

Did any of that fix it?

EDITED: good, it did.
   4. Cabbage Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4097724)
I'll try to re-post this in the appropriate chatter, but I heard an interesting remark from one of the Cubs suits (not sure who, Ricketts I presume based on the questions) on the radio this morning. He was asked about Dale Sveum as a manager compared to Lou and Dusty and answered by talking about Sveum as a hard worker and teacher. What was interesting was that he let the words "big improvement" slip in after mentioning what Sveum's brought compared to previous years, and then immediately backtracked.

We all found out that Quade was in way over his head, and that Lou mailed it in. But that comment really betrayed to me how poorly the team was run at the ground level the past few years.
   5. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4097739)
The Kindle version of Ball Four is on sale for 99 cents today. AFAIK, you can read Kindle books on Android phones (not sure about iPhone) with the Kindle app, without actually owning a Kindle.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4097763)
Are game chatters going up somewhere?
   7. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4097765)
Are game chatters going up somewhere?


I submitted a "just-in-case" one, but I certainly hope the Primer Chimp comes back to life soon. You know how he sometimes gets so gorged on bananas over the winter he can get a little slow in starting up.
   8. Guapo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4097770)
Any Primates going to Opening Day?

I have tix to the Nats home opener on the 12th.
   9. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4097772)
Can you name any of the three then-young players sent to the Expos in exchange for him before clicking on the link?


Ken Singleton?
   10. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4097778)
   11. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4097780)
Still no?
   12. puck Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4097783)
Good tip, Dan Lee.

Edit, I guess it's not that simple. (The bolding, not the kindle.)
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4097786)
Any Primates going to Opening Day?


Next Friday for the Royals home opener. Second row!
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4097798)
That's not the Donn Clendenon trade is it?
   15. Don Malcolm Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4097955)
Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, Mike Jorgensen.
   16. vern_fuller_brushback Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4098013)
Can you name any of the three then-young players sent to the Expos in exchange for him before clicking on the link?


Should be Singleton, Foli, Jorgensen (in any case, not looking - but I am Canadian and was 15 years old at the time). Am getting to Toronto a little late for Opening Day, but going to Games 2 and 3, at night and then a day game, on Apr. 10 and 11: Apr. 10 with wife, and Apr. 11 (Bosox) with baseball-obsessed friend I've known since childhood. Can't wait!
   17. vern_fuller_brushback Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4098019)
#15, Ah ... a little late I guess there, but we agree. I wrote that a while ago - got distracted at work.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4098617)
Two 1-0 wins on Opening Day. Can we get some more steroids back in the game please?
   19. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4098743)
Two 1-0 wins on Opening Day.


Trivia: When was the last time that happened?

-- MWE
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4098771)
Last year?
   21. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4098903)
Almost nine games in, the MLB ERA is still under two.
   22. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM (#4099092)
The last time there were two 1-0 shutouts on Opening Day was 1980, when the Cardinals beat the Pirates and Bert Blyleven (who was pulled after 5 innings, and three weeks later would jump the club after one too many "early" exits at the hands of Chuck Tanner) and the Rangers beat the Yankees in 12 innings. The last time there were two in the same league was back in 1943, when Cleveland won their opener over Detroit (the Reds also won their opener the same day against the Cardinals by a 1-0 score) and Boston won theirs the next day over the A's (and the Reds won again by a 1-0 score).

-- MWE

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