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Friday, February 28, 2020

Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction:

“Smell it.”

So, of course, you do—getting a sweet whiff of lavender, the sort you might get from a candle or bowl of potpourri. And now you know what Doolittle sniffed each time he jutted his right elbow toward home plate and tucked his glove under his chin to get his catcher’s signs during last season’s World Series.

At the suggestion of Washington’s director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole morphed from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend of improvement the club figures will continue in 2020.

Is this one of the foreign substances we aren’t supposed to have applied to the ball?

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: gloves, lavender oil, sean doolittle

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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:47 AM (#5926997)
Doolittle is sensitive guy. (Which is good.) This reminds me of the garter belt scene in Bull Durham.
   2. Do Not Touch Fancy Pants Socially Distanced Handle Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:18 AM (#5926998)
Would you say this was an essential part of his routine?

I'll see myself out.
   3. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 05:50 AM (#5926999)
   4. AndrewJ Posted: February 28, 2020 at 08:29 AM (#5927004)
Eh, I sometimes use lavender spray before going to sleep. It helps.
   5. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 28, 2020 at 09:31 AM (#5927019)
I do the same as Andrew. I suspect it’s one of those “it works because you think it works” things but hey, whatever works right?

I’ve also taken to a sleep mask to block out light and that has really done a lot.
   6. Itchy Row Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:27 AM (#5927033)
I prefer the smell of a baseball glove, but I've never played baseball under any particular pressure. Good for him.
   7. jmurph Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5927041)
I prefer the smell of a baseball glove

Seems like a good business opportunity: baseball glove leather spray!
   8. Itchy Row Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:37 AM (#5927048)
I already spray leather oil on every flower I see.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:07 PM (#5927092)
I used to use neatsfoot oil on my glove, but hey, whatever works.
   10. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:12 PM (#5927098)
I do the same as Andrew. I suspect it’s one of those “it works because you think it works” things but hey, whatever works right?


There have been some interesting studies recently showing that the placebo effect works, to some degree, even if the subject knows that they're taking a placebo. I don't know how far this caries over to lavender spray sleeping routines, but it's really interesting.
   11. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5927100)
Smell The Glove? Does this mean his ERA will go to 11?
   12. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:48 PM (#5927123)
I use lavender oil to prevent coronavirus.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:29 PM (#5927128)
Gabe Kapler prefers coconut oil.
   14. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:33 PM (#5927129)
There are a million MLMs going around right now all built on the same business principle: cashing in on the placebo effect.
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:35 PM (#5927130)
I think avocado oil is the new go-to for people like that. I say this because my wife buys it and used to buy coconut oil (still does maybe?). I love her dearly, but she's a total sucker for anything marketed with the "wellness/superfood" BS buzzwords. Drives me up a wall.
   16. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5927132)
You'll drink your apple cider and like it.

Avocado oil is great for popcorn. It has a very high smoke point.
   17. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5927133)
There have been some interesting studies recently showing that the placebo effect works, to some degree, even if the subject knows that they're taking a placebo. I don't know how far this caries over to lavender spray sleeping routines, but it's really interesting.

I haven't seen the studies you allude to but there is a dead cat bounce effect with any treatment.

People utilize them when feeling bad and your sense of well-being tends to regress toward the mean.
   18. The Run Fairy Posted: February 28, 2020 at 02:50 PM (#5927134)
Smell The Glove? Does this mean his ERA will go to 11?


You should have seen what Doolittle wanted to spray with lavender oil and smell. It wasn't a glove, believe me.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5927140)
You'll drink your apple cider and like it.
I do like apple cider! Is that a superfood these days? For non-alcoholic cider, I've never found any that's as good as the stuff from the you-pick place I grew up with - if you ever find yourself downstate, do yourself a favor and get some Curtis Orchard cider.
   20. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:03 PM (#5927143)
Argh, I meant apple vinegar which my father in law has turned to.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:07 PM (#5927145)
People are drinking vinegar now?? What the ever loving ####?? The whole point of vinegar is to tell our bodies it's gone bad and not to drink it.

I wonder how long I have until my wife finds out about this.
   22. Khrushin it bro Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5927146)
What I don't get is why the Shampoo my wife gets has certified gluten free on it, am I supposed to be eating this crap?
   23. Omineca Greg Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:17 PM (#5927147)
Last Spring when I was yachting around the Adriatic, we made a special trip to see the lavender fields. On Hvar

It was a highlight of the trip.

The photo I linked to isn't what the fields look like now, sadly. Between a fire and the relative indifference of Croatian youth towards doing back breaking, poor paying labour, the fields are more or less derelict. We were quite early in the season, so even the demonstration fields weren't in bloom. Also, the tour guide who normally gave the tours (in English) was busy the day we were on the island, so the tour would have to be with the regular guide's unilingual mother. Our skipper had worked really hard to set up this part of our trip, and you could tell he wanted us to still do it, despite the lack of a professional guide. The village is a living museum as to what the agriculture and industry of lavender were like, and Tomilsav was happy that we had wanted to share in a less glitzy part of Croatia (when you're yachting, you're sort of running with a different crowd. Either people who are so ####### rich they do whatever they want, when they want, how they want (you know the people I'm talking about) or middle class people who love boats, and they tend to be bon vivants). So we said "Sure", not really knowing what to expect, partially out of respect for the effort the skipper had already put in setting the whole thing up for us.

Our tour guide was a little old lady, and her passion for the dying, or already dead really, lifestyle of the lavender grower was irrepressible. She would talk this blue streak in Croatian, with dramatic facial expressions and hand movements, I can't imagine a professional tour guide being like that, it would come off as over the top. Tomislav's brow would furrow as he tried to keep up with the translations, and if he ever got too chilled out in his recitations, the little old lady would playfully slap him on the shoulder and tell him to get into it more. Every once in awhile she would shout out a single word in English, like an exclamation point. She led us around the village, where there were about 20 people, all elderly, the last few, the ones who had no interest in living anywhere else. It was half way to being a ghost town already, and despite the best efforts of Croatia to preserve that culture...I don't know...it was like a tourist town with no tourists. We were there before peak season of course...but the experience seemed more precious for how fragile the set up was. You could almost see it fading into sepia before your eyes.

I won't forget that, the excitement and the fervor this older person was showing us, demonstrating the old ways. She wasn't old enough to have experienced WWII, but she would have been around for the aftermath and the reconstruction, and Tito's rule, and the fall of Communism, and the break up of Yugoslavia, and then the war that followed that. And the passing of the livelihood of the village, her home, until there's almost nothing left, just a trace. It makes my life look like...like nothing has happened, at all. Incredible. It really was.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5927157)
What I don't get is why the Shampoo my wife gets has certified gluten free on it, am I supposed to be eating this crap?
Gluten is so, so terrible that it will #### you up if it even so much as touches your head.
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:14 PM (#5927158)
That's quite a story, Greg, and very well told as usual. Several years ago my then-girlfriend and I stayed at a B&B in the Russian River Valley in northern California. It had a lavender field in bloom right outside our window, with grape vines in the distance. Still one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:26 PM (#5927162)
Walnuts. Trust me, it's walnuts.
   27. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:59 PM (#5927167)
People are drinking vinegar now?? What the ever loving ####?? The whole point of vinegar is to tell our bodies it's gone bad and not to drink it.

I drank a bunch of apple vinegar to get rid of a cold last year. It worked!
   28. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: February 28, 2020 at 05:03 PM (#5927169)
A spoonful or two of vinegar works wonders on indigestion for me.

Actually drinking the stuff more than a very occasional spoonful, I can't imagine.
   29. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5927175)
You'll drink your apple cider and like it.


Damn right I will.

I've been drinking this recently and loving it.

I love a good dry cider.

Over at "the other place" someone recommended a grapefruit cider ... I think I'm going to have to try it.
   30. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 28, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5927179)
I won't forget that, the excitement and the fervor this older person was showing us, demonstrating the old ways. She wasn't old enough to have experienced WWII, but she would have been around for the aftermath and the reconstruction, and Tito's rule, and the fall of Communism, and the break up of Yugoslavia, and then the war that followed that.


Were there any spomeniks nearby? I always thought those were cool.
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 05:57 PM (#5927180)
I love a good dry cider.
Likewise. I don't think I've had Golden State - do they distribute nationally?

For some reason my palate is really sensitive to vinegar. I usually use about half of what is called for in recipes, and it still sometimes dominates all the other flavors. If I had to drink straight vinegar I'd probably barf a lot.
   32. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:03 PM (#5927181)
Over at "the other place" someone recommended a grapefruit cider ... I think I'm going to have to try it.


When I could drink, I liked apple fine but became particularly fond of (considerably harder to find) pear.
   33. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:04 PM (#5927183)
When I was growing up my mother used apple vinegar when she heated up (canned, of course) spinach, in addition to chopped up hard-boiled egg. It was pretty decent, if memory serves.

I don't know the portion she used; I've never tried making it myself.
   34. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:05 PM (#5927186)
Likewise. I don't think I've had Golden State - do they distribute nationally?


BevMo carries it here in CA, but I've got no idea about out of state. Are you west coast?

Do you have a Total Wine in your area?

About to try these for the first time.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:07 PM (#5927187)
Are you west coast?

Do you have a Total Wine in your area?
Chicago. Our local equivalent would probably be Binny's Beverage Depot. I may head there tomorrow to get a few bottles of wine for a dinner party, so I'll see if they carry it.
   36. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:07 PM (#5927188)
When I could drink, I liked apple fine but became particularly fond of (considerably harder to find) pear
Yeah, pear cider (if done well) is also quite good.

EDIT: Ha - I posted this just before clicking on the link in 34, and I was thinking exactly about Ace, which my usual Irish pub carried years ago (unfortunately no longer). CoB, I think you'll like it - it was perfect for sitting by the open window on a warm summer evening.
   37. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:08 PM (#5927189)
When I could drink, I liked apple fine but became particularly fond of (considerably harder to find) pear.


@gef

An ice cold one of these on a hot day?

Heaven.

Though, as I said "over there", either they changed the recipe, or my palate changed ... I swear it used to be a knife fighter, now it kind of seems like a guy banging about with a broadsword.
   38. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5927192)
#36
Chilling in the freezer now.
I'll let you know what I think.
Wyder's is my "go to" for pear, but, I'm happy to experiment ...
Somebody talked about going here recently.*
I might just have to.
*I couldn't remember the name, so I intertubed "cider bar san diego" and got like five hits. Where have you been all my life???
   39. Omineca Greg Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:30 PM (#5927193)
Were there any spomeniks nearby? I always thought those were cool.

Yes, there is one on Hvar, at Svirče.

If you've never heard of these, they are sculptures in ex-Yugo that are monuments to the victims, both soldiers and civilians, of fascism.

They are often distinctly modernist, and indeed cool.
   40. Omineca Greg Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:45 PM (#5927194)
Until recently, cider was not available in Croatia. That's interesting, because God knows they make hard liquor out of every fruit they can find, so it's a little surprising they don't do a softer version.

As the world got smaller, ciders began to find their way to Croatia's shores. The real garbage ones (yeah, you know the one I'm talking about). So just recently they've started to make their own.

It's quite good, excellent when you consider there is no traditional cider making in the country. Tastes like a generic dry apple cider. Which is a lot better than what they were getting (yeah, you know the one).
   41. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5927199)
yeah, you know the one I'm talking about


Actually, I don't.

There are enough bad ciders out there (and you are idiosyncratic enough) I'm not sure which particular one inspired your ire ...

;)
   42. Omineca Greg Posted: February 28, 2020 at 08:27 PM (#5927206)
Honestly, it tastes like they took some cheap vodka, dissolved apple Jolly Ranchers in it over night, topped it up with club soda until the whole mix was 4.6% alcohol...and then bottled it.

I know there's a lot of people out there that just love that country, but if hygge means "feeling snug and comfortable despite my piss smelling like the head on collision of a corn syrup tanker truck and a 18 wheeler hauling Green Apple Jelly Bellies to idiosyncratic millionaires in København" then you can count me out.

OK, I'll quit ####### about. It's Somersby.

It's a Carlsberg product and thus it has incredible distribution and market penetration throughout Europe. I even like Carlsberg beer, yeah it's a little embarrassing, but there you go. But that cider...it's poison. That they can sell that to countries with real cider-making traditions, it's terrible, I don't know what's wrong with people.

Do you know how you're having a good time in Budapest, just catching the scene, and then you hear that there's an impromptu concert down by Hősök tere, and you decide to go check it out. And when you get out of the subway station, and you look around and think "Man, everything in Europe is so classy, it makes home look like garbage", and then out of the corner of your ear you hear (DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD!) four on the floor bullshit, and you begin to get fearful, and as you get closer it gets louder, but now you can hear some 5 note synth riff playing some mindlessly repetitive lick, and the you get closer yet and you see it isn't a concert, but it's a rave, and there's nothing but Hungarians with glow sticks clapping their hands, and then you notice[TRIGGER WARNING: BAWDINESS!] "Hungarian chicks are hot! Oh, so hot, sweet Mother of God! It's so distracting! [END OF BAWDINESS] but for ####'s sake, why are they all clapping on the wrong beat! #### me! It's just going 'DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD! DUD!' over and over the same thing every ####### time", and you realise you have to get out of there and get back home as soon as you can. Where people have taste and don't just accept the first piece of #### thing that comes their way.

Has that ever happened to you?

No?

Never been to Budapest?

Oh, OK, the metaphor will probably lose some of it's power then, but...

Somersby Cider is just like that. You open the can, and all that terribleness (except the [TRIGGER WARNING: MORE DEAD SEXY HUNGARIAN WOMEN] beautiful, if musically unaware women, that part isn't in there at all. [NO MORE WOMEN]) that's what each and every can of Somersby is. It's as if they took all the shittiness of Europe and put it in a bottle.

It's a ############# winning argument for Brexit, let me tell you that right now.

And I hate Brexit.

Sorry, is that too political? I think I'm getting maybe a little too political here.
   43. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 11:20 PM (#5927218)

I think she was a middle-distance runner...
(The translation wasn't clear).
Could be a budding stately hero.
International competition in a year.
She was a good enough reason for a party...
(Well, you couldn't keep up on a hard track mile)
While she ran a perfect circle.
And she wore a perfect smile
In Budapest... hot night in Budapest.
   44. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: February 28, 2020 at 11:28 PM (#5927219)
OK, I'll quit ####### about. It's Somersby.


I've never actually tried it.

I think ... I'll avoid it now.
   45. jingoist Posted: February 29, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5927241)
Mmmmmuummm; nothing like a good dickens cider!
Me wife likes a hot dickens cider too,
   46. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 29, 2020 at 11:54 AM (#5927246)
So nobody has a problem with Doolittle using a foreign substance?

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