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Thursday, December 07, 2006

MSNBC: The Brick: Drew won’t survive in Boston

Holy Herriman! DUCK!...This is the worst writing I’ve seen since a severly face-wasted MonoMan had me read back his set list!

Drew comes to Boston as one of the most hated players in the modern history of the game and with a reputation as a player who always gets hurt and rarely smiles. I had the pleasure of watching him play in Los Angeles the last few seasons, and he did nothing to endear himself to the great fans of the Dodgers or work with the media to change his negative image. Drew only cares about his personal statistics and how much money is deposited in his bank account every two weeks. He is the perfect client for super agent Scott Boras, who also only cares about making the most amount of money possible while moving players to new markets.

...I just hope that every die-hard Red Sox fan understands that Drew stayed in the lineup in L.A. during the 2006 season in the hopes of cashing even a bigger deal after he drove in 100 runs for the first time in his career. He showed no loyalty to the Dodgers and will continue to only care about the material things in life.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:02 AM | 63 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Matt Garza smells it deep (Mr. Tapeworm) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:29 AM (#2253714)
Scott Boras, who also only cares about making the most amount of money possible while moving players to new markets.

Imagine that! A sports agent who (shudder) likes to make money. The horror!
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:30 AM (#2253715)
Who the Fick is JT the Brick?
   3. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:32 AM (#2253717)
JT the Brick is a loudmouth radio personality. He might be right about this because even idiots can be right sometimes.
   4. Xander Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:36 AM (#2253726)
Why is his name JT the Brick?
   5. scareduck Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:36 AM (#2253727)
J.T. "Stopped Clock" Brick may have a point. It's all about the health.
   6. Xander Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:38 AM (#2253730)
Don't even answer my question; i'm thoroughly bored already. Next.
   7. Matt Garza smells it deep (Mr. Tapeworm) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:40 AM (#2253737)
Also, after reading the whole article, wow. Just wow. This melonfarmer writes like a fifth-grade miscreant forced who can't leave detention until he writes 500 words on why he shouldn't wipe boogers on his desk. Actually, I'd rather read that essay.

I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.
   8. Spute Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:41 AM (#2253738)
JT TEH BRIK NOS SPORTZ!
   9. Matt Garza smells it deep (Mr. Tapeworm) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:42 AM (#2253740)
Also, after reading the whole article, wow. Just wow. This melonfarmer writes like a fifth-grade miscreant who can't leave detention until he writes 500 words on why he shouldn't throw boogers. Actually, I'd rather read that essay.

I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.
   10. AJMcCringleberry Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:42 AM (#2253742)
Drew comes to Boston as one of the most hated players in the modern history of the game

What?
   11. Buster Olney the Lonely Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:44 AM (#2253743)
JT the Brick is radio for people not smart enough for Jim Rome.
   12. Cutter Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:45 AM (#2253745)
Drew comes to Boston as one of the most hated players in the modern history of the game
Isn't it just Philly fans who hate him? Most people don't have any feeling one way or the other.
   13. bads85 Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:45 AM (#2253746)
The Brick should have his children taken away.
   14. Flynn Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:46 AM (#2253749)
Why is his name JT the Brick?

Because he's dumb as one. Seriously.
   15. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:48 AM (#2253754)

I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.


and he'd look emotionless and unhappy doing it.
   16. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:51 AM (#2253762)
#12. Yeah but there's the whole gung holier than thou radio talk show demographic which has been informed that they're supposed to hate Drew. They've drooled and responded on cue.
   17. Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:55 AM (#2253767)
"Yeah but there's the whole gung holier than thou radio talk show demographic which has been informed that they're supposed to hate Drew."

Met by the equal but opposite force of statheads who have been informed that they are supposed to love Drew because he gets on base and was signed by McDreamy GM.
   18. theboyqueen Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:55 AM (#2253771)
from the wikipedia:

J.T., a former stock broker, got his start in sports radio after becoming a frequent caller to The Jim Rome Show. After winning Jim's inaugural 1995 "Smack-Off" championship title, J.T. was quickly offered a job hosting a late-night Sunday show at KMAX-Los Angeles. Ten weeks later, the station owner faced financial problems and canceled J.T.'s show. A devastated J.T. volunteered to sell his own advertising in return for regaining the time slot. KMAX agreed, and the show continued.
   19. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:56 AM (#2253775)
OK, this what I'm talking about when discussing the complete lack of accountability in sports media. Everybody is slicing and dicing this move. The one positive commentary on TV that I've heard about the Drew signing came from Joel Sheehan. That’s it. Everything else is straight from the assembly line… you know… questions about his character, concerns about his injury history, disdainful uproar about his distinct lack of dirt doggedness. But I digress. The main point I'm making here is this: If JD is hitting .350 in May, basically on his way to a monster season, one will be sure to bear witness to a buffoon analyst spouting this:

"Man, all those people knocking the JD Drew signing sure were wrong."

Or maybe something even more condescending:

“ To all those people who knocked the Red Sox signing of J.D. Drew, here’s a reality check… JD is hitting .350 so far this season…”

This is what I'm talking about.

IT WAS YOU, MORONS! YOU SAID IT WAS A BAD SIGNING!

Even when they're absolutely, positively proven wrong, they pretend like they were right all along. Instead of taking responsibility for what they say, for what they write, they pass the blame onto “all those people”, when it was them all along.

You wonder why certain athletes hate the media so much. Athletes are always being taken to task by the media concerning accountability. Maybe they wouldn’t take it so personally if the expectations ran on a two-way street.
   20. Me And Willie McGee (Urban Bovine Knievel) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:57 AM (#2253777)
Re: #12--Drew isn't very popular with the masses in St. Louis either.
   21. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:58 AM (#2253781)
a former stock broker

I am honestly shocked. I can understand the concept that some writers/personalities are inflammatory for ratings and that some pander to the lowest common denominator. But I've listened to JT the Brick more than I care to admit and I have never heard a single thing from him that was remotely thoughtful or insightful.
   22. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:03 AM (#2253787)
Well he IS a better radio host than Scott Ferrall
   23. Darren Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:03 AM (#2253788)
Met by the equal but opposite force of statheads who have been informed that they are supposed to love Drew because he gets on base and was signed by McDreamy GM.

Theo is McSteamy, actually. Beane is McDreamy. Get it right!

Even when they're absolutely, positively proven wrong, they pretend like they were right all along. Instead of taking responsibility for what they say, for what they write, they pass the blame onto “all those people”, when it was them all along.

And when Drew goes out for a month in July, they'll say "I guess I was right all along."

But what do you expect from the sports media when the real media cannot be bothered with facts or accountability?
   24. Repoz Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:05 AM (#2253789)
J.T., a former stock broker, got his start in sports radio after becoming a frequent caller to The Jim Rome Show.

Joe Benigno is sometimes refered to something worse than "The Brick".
   25. Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:06 AM (#2253791)
"And when Drew goes out for a month in July, they'll say 'I guess I was right all along.'"

And the Boston stathead brigade will say, "that's totally unlucky -- no one could have guessed that he would injure himself THAT way!"
   26. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:06 AM (#2253792)
Huh, I seriously thought the guy was dead. Its been a while since I had heard from/about him.


Drew will do just fine in Boston. If he were Black or Latino, he might have a problem. But the vast majority of Boston fans and mediots are willing to forgive greed and fragility so long its packaged in the right color.

And pissy Boston fans start complaining about this observation in 3, 2, 1...
   27. Gaelan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:06 AM (#2253793)
The irony is that if Drew truly only cares about his stats and the money then being unpopular or even hated in Boston won't bother him.
   28. Darren Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:11 AM (#2253800)
And pissy Boston fans start complaining about this observation in 3, 2, 1...

I can't imagine why those cranky fans would get bent out of shape by you calling them a bunch of racists. Go figure.

The irony is that if Drew truly only cares about his stats and the money then being unpopular or even hated in Boston won't bother him.

Now that is ironic, and I like it.
   29. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:15 AM (#2253805)
a former stock broker

I am honestly shocked.

Why? You have a much higher opinion of stock brokers than I do. Some of the dumbest people that I've ever known have been stock brokers. There are certainly good ones out there, but they are the rare exception. You don't need to understand the market to succeed, you just need persistence and a gift for bullsh-t. Like most sales positions.

I could easily picture JT the Brick (or Jim Rome, for that matter) trying to push stocks. Actually, both remind me a lot of Jim Cramer: a lot of noise, not a lot of substance.
   30. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:26 AM (#2253821)
Joe Benigno is sometimes refered to something worse than "The Brick".

Really? I always liked Benigno when he was on late nights. Nothing was more amusing than the opening rant after another stupid Jets loss. I didn't have a problem not taking him seriously. But I never listen to him since he switched to daytime.
   31. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:45 AM (#2253839)
Drew comes to Boston as one of the most hated players in the modern history of the game


As a Braves fan I have only fond memories of Drew, and wish only that the Braves stagnant budget hadn't forced his departure. I hope Boston fans give him a fair chance.
   32. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: December 07, 2006 at 05:05 AM (#2253862)
Theo is McSteamy, actually. Beane is McDreamy. Get it right!

What was DePo?
   33. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 05:10 AM (#2253869)
McMakePlaschkeScreamy
   34. Rear Admiral Piazza Posted: December 07, 2006 at 05:11 AM (#2253870)
JT unfortunately is the only late night sports option in my market. Which really sucks, since he'll just hang up on someone who doesn't "bring it" and basically makes the show about his persona.
   35. Rally Posted: December 07, 2006 at 05:31 AM (#2253897)
JD Drew was having a very unimpressive season until September, when he got real hot.

That's evidence that he's selfish and was only doing it to cash in as a free agent. Without the out clause in his contract, he would have just gotten hurt and sat out last September.

If Drew wasn't so hated by the media we would have heard a lot more about him being a clutch performer, who got hot as the pennant race tightened up and the Dodgers held off Philly in the final week.
   36. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: December 07, 2006 at 05:33 AM (#2253899)
Why I Should Not Wipe Boogers on My Desk
by JT the Brick

The reasons I should not wipe boogers on my desk are plentiful and convincing. If one were to weigh the pros and cons of wiping boogers on a desk, he would be hard-pressed to come up with even a single pro. While there is no doubt that some boogers reek of awesomeness, owing to their size, shape, and/or gooeyness, these boogers can be appreciated to their fullest while still affixed to the offending index finger. There is no compelling reason to transfer the booger to a desk, rather than a waste basket or a piece of tissue paper once it has been thoroughly gazed upon and admired.

There are several very good reasons not to wipe boogers on a desk, however. Firstly, it is unsanitary. True, it isn't like wiping boogers on a desk is akin to dropping a deuce on one. Yet, a booger on a desk surely does not enhance the cleanliness of a desk. And anything which doesn't make desk cleaner, makes it nastier.

Boogers placed on the underside of a desk carry some of the same risks as chewed gum. Someone who sits at the desk could bring their leg up to meet the underside of the desk and come up with a booger on their pants. Worst of all, this person could be the wiper himself, which would be very unfortunate.

Wiping boogers on a desk is not going to impress anyone. Granted, someone who would wipe a booger on a desk, such as myself, is not likely to be impressing to many people (or girls) in any case. But it is even harder to gain the respect of one's peers when trying overcome the stigma attached to booger wiping. People (and girls) are very judgmental, and you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

I don't believe I can present a case for wiping boogers on a desk. It isn't the worst thing in the world, but there are seemingly no advantages to it. Sometimes it is very convenient to wipe a booger on a desk, but a dogged pursuit of sloth is not a desirable trait.

There is one instance when I believe it perfectly justifiable to make use of the most convenient approach for booger disposal. Sometimes, you wake up in the middle of the night and need to pick one out. If it is really cold, and the prospect of leaving bed is very unattractive, it is perfectly suitable to rub the booger off on a corner of your sheets that you won't touch while sleeping. Another option to be even more certain of avoiding the booger is to stick your finger under your mattress completely and wipe it there. The best option by far, however is to flick the booger onto the wall somewhere close to you. The booger will harden during the night and can be easily chipped off the wall in the morning and dropped in a waste basket.

In conclusion, one should never wipe a booger on a desk, even on the underside. This should not be meant to imply that it is never correct to make use of the easiest method for booger disposal. It all depends on your situation at the time of picking.

Rack me. I'm out.

Without the nicks and cuts of a blade.

Good night now.
   37. Dan Posted: December 07, 2006 at 06:13 AM (#2253920)
IF anything ever deserved a Primey, its #37.
   38. DCW3 Posted: December 07, 2006 at 07:12 AM (#2253935)
What was DePo?

George. Almost as soon as he got himself into the spot he'd always wanted (a GM job/Meredith's vagina), he got tossed out before he could really get anything done in there.
   39. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 07:24 AM (#2253941)
I hope Veronica does the right thing here by actually going to The Brick's House, and pay some people money to throw Bricks at the guy's house.

I don't want Veronica to get hurt while getting justice.
   40. Raoul Duke Posted: December 07, 2006 at 07:28 AM (#2253943)
Mr. Tapeworm Posted: December 06, 2006 at 10:40 PM (#2253737)
Also, after reading the whole article, wow. Just wow. This melonfarmer writes like a fifth-grade miscreant forced who can't leave detention until he writes 500 words on why he shouldn't wipe boogers on his desk. Actually, I'd rather read that essay.

I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.


Somebody's been watching Repo Man.
   41. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 07, 2006 at 10:48 AM (#2253985)
I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.


Why punish the dog? Now I could get behind the idea of using the cat. ;-)

Best Regards

John
   42. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 11:24 AM (#2253989)
The Brick is an idiot.

Seriously, if Veronica only cares about "his money and personal stats", wouldn't "Sports radio tearing down a player after a bad 3 game series" not phase him AT ALL, since he doesn't GIVE A FRAK?

Is the bar for sports writer THAT low?
   43. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 11:28 AM (#2253990)
This is when I labeled Drew "Mr. Personality" on my show because he never smiled and seemed to have no time for the local or national media.

This is a good one too.

If the Local media consisted of TJ Simers, Bill Plaschke, and your cracker ass, I wouldn't have time for you ########## either.
   44. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 07, 2006 at 11:53 AM (#2253994)
I was laughing so hard at #37 in the office (it's an open office with about 30 cubicles) that I had to cover my mouth, pretend to cough violently and run to the bathroom.
   45. bob gee Posted: December 07, 2006 at 12:42 PM (#2254002)
stock broker = person who is supposed to be a good salesman. "hi, i've got this great stock, it's going to the moon!". as the internet has grown more and more - along with some of the good books that came out late in the 90s - the stock broker has grown less dependent on individuals, and more dependent on pitching to hedge funds and state managed funds. if he left the biz to go into radio and didn't tout his former successful career, it's likely he did poorly in it.

i vaguely remember scott ferrall years ago as being an ass, but being successful. fortunately, i've never had to hear him again. what was he on?
   46. 185/456(GGC) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:28 PM (#2254049)
Everything that I know about The Brick Ilearned from Deadspin (Never heard his show myself).

Repoz, why do you listen to FAN? You don't seem to enjoy it.
   47. 185/456(GGC) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:30 PM (#2254053)
Scott Ferrell! I couldn't get past that sandpapered larynx of his to listen to what he had to say.
   48. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:39 PM (#2254060)
Seriously, I was surprised that this asshat didn't use the race card.

"Drew rhymes with Jew, therefore the Racist Red Sox fans will run his greedy bignosed ass outta town faster than the gas turned on at Auschwitz!"
   49. Dr Love Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:41 PM (#2254064)
Philly fans went wild in anticipation of the next "Mickey Mantle" coming to town. He was thought to be the player that would get the Phillies to their next world championship. That all ended in a train wreck as Drew, under the advice of Boras, decided not to sign with Philadelphia because they did not respect the offer that was on the table. Drew never blinked during these ugly negotiations and took the advice of Boras and sat out the 1997 season only to reenter the draft the following year and get selected fifth overall by St. Louis.

WTF? This is not what happened. Boras made it very clear how much money it was going to take to sign Drew. The Phillies weren't willing to pay it, and yet THEY STILL DRAFTED HIM. Phillies fans were not wild in anticipation, they were left wondering why their team drafted a player it couldn't sign.
   50. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:45 PM (#2254071)
Seriously, how does this guy have a radio show? Does he have the voice of Barry White and Sean Connery?
   51. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 02:47 PM (#2254073)
Seriously, I need to stop tying "seriously" before every bad one liner I've got.
   52. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:02 PM (#2254085)
OK, this what I'm talking about when discussing the complete lack of accountability in sports media.

"Sports media"? There ain't much accountability in the regular media either. Or have I missed the scores of pundits and reporters issuing mea culpas for their coverage of the lead up to the war in Iraq?

Why? You have a much higher opinion of stock brokers than I do. Some of the dumbest people that I've ever known have been stock brokers.

Ditto.

McMakePlaschkeScreamy

genius
   53. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:05 PM (#2254088)
Theo is McSteamy, actually

I thought he was McJewey
   54. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:07 PM (#2254092)
Come up with one for Kim Ng that's funny and not blatanlty racist, and I'll give you a gold star!
   55. Xander Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:09 PM (#2254093)
Scott Ferrell used to be syndicated on WFAN way back when. He then transitioned to the color man on some type of American Gladiators-clone. He's back doing radio?
   56. Boots Day Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:25 PM (#2254110)
Come up with one for Kim Ng that's funny and not blatanlty racist, and I'll give you a gold star!

McStachey
   57. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:28 PM (#2254118)
I'd say Boots has earned the Wok Gold Star.
   58. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 03:28 PM (#2254119)
I wouldn't blame J.D. Drew for going to this man's house and shoving his dog's head down the toilet.

and he'd look emotionless and unhappy doing it.


and he'd strain a hamstring doing it
   59. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:12 PM (#2254179)
Come up with one for Kim Ng that's funny and not blatanlty racist, and I'll give you a gold star!

McManly
   60. tfbg9 Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:19 PM (#2254190)
Like the intro and the MonoMan reference. The Lyres are the 8th greatest band ever.
   61. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 07, 2006 at 04:49 PM (#2254262)
Wow. that is a TERRIBLe picture of her.

I'm sure the stache is just bad photography though.
   62. kermit Posted: December 08, 2006 at 12:36 AM (#2254896)
Scott Ferrell used to be syndicated on WFAN way back when. He then transitioned to the color man on some type of American Gladiators-clone. He's back doing radio?


Gah! That's him? I remember that show, it was called Battle Dome. His voice was the jokiest, most obnoxious thing ever (not unlike the show itself). Like an unfunny uncle doing a bad impression of a pro wrestling announcer, or Zorak from Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Wow, I can't believe he would continue to use that voice in any other capacity.

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