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Deep Thoughts 9-17-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Whoopings and Adrian Peterson...Baltimore Orioles and Showalter Chris Davis Jonathan Papelbon Jose Altuve


Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. The Bible says spare the rod and spoil the child. While I think that most people would agree with this statement, my belief is that each of us would take something different from these words. I grew up in a household that strongly believed in using the rod or more accurately…a belt. Lord knows, I was a hard headed kid, but I was never spoiled. While I screwed up regularly, I knew that there would be consequences. I also knew that my parents loved me. As a kid, I had a basic understanding that my parents disciplined me because they loved me. My Dad used to say something that I thought was bs…something about the spanking hurting him as much as it did me. Well, at 9 or whatever…I knew that there was no way that his butt was hurting as bad as mine. It was not until I was a parent that I understood what he meant. Kids don’t come with a handbook. Really, the only thing reference guide parents have is what they learned growing up.



Adrian Peterson was indicted by the grand jury in Montgomery County last week for injury to a child...his 4 year old child. Many people see the pictures of his son and immediately assume that Peterson is a sadistic ass. I look at the pictures of his son and realize immediately what Peterson’s childhood was like. If you have never been to East Texas, you cannot possibly imagine how different the region is. Honestly, it is beautiful…the red dirt and pine trees are some of my favorite memories of summer visits to my grandparent’s home. East Texas is a very rural region that is generally poor. Agriculture, timber and oil are the primary business in the area. It is also deep in the heart of the Bible belt. Adrian Peterson grew up in Palestine Texas, a town of 18,000. In this small town, how many churches would you guess there are? Would you be surprised to know that the number is 71? Of this number, 25 are Baptist Churches. I don’t know Adrian Peterson, but I know where he comes from. These are good people…honest folks with traditional values. Life has changed over the years, but core beliefs have not. When kids get out of line, they are punished. This is what Adrian Peterson and I both learned growing up.



I have a difficult time condemning someone for how they discipline their children. Especially when I see the results of kids that grow up with no discipline at all. In reading an article about Adrian Peterson, I ran across this comment from a mother named Linda. Here is what Linda had to say:

I grew up in a home with "corporal" punishment, so when I had a child, this is the form of discipline I used. It wasn't until my child was 12 and got a spanking for trying to do a book report the night before it was due (they had 2 weeks to do it), that it became an issue. When my child told a friend they got a spanking, the friend told the teacher, who called child services. My child was taken from our home for 1 night and return the next day. The social worker assigned to us was awesome, and said to me,"As a mother, I don't disagree with what you did. However, as a social worker, I have to tell you that is it wrong." From that day forward, I never physically abused my child again. However, I lived with the threat of "touch me and I'll call the cops" for the next 4 years. My child began to skip school and do pretty much what they wanted to. I was given a citation for truancy for my child. By 16, my child had moved out of my home and was living with the family of a registered sex offender. By 17, she had quit school and was pregnant. At 18 she was on welfare, had no diploma and no job. My child has always refused to use any form of punishment on her child. At 11, my grandchild was expelled from school, after failing in a district "behavioral program". At 30, my child is afraid of her own child, who steals from her and has threatened her life. Her only regret? "Maybe spanking him every now and then wouldn't have been such a bad thing." Society has taken control away from the parents and given it to the children. We grew up with rules, consequences and punishment, yet somehow we became honest, respectable, productive adults. We work had and respect others, especially our elders. We don't think society owes us just because we exist. Can it sometimes go to far? Absolutely. You can have punishment with limits. But most of the excess comes from individuals who tend to have excessive personalities. Children need structure and boundaries. And sometimes, punishment. Just not excessive punishment that causes bodily injury. If given the choice, I would be raised exactly the same way, all over again.




I have gone back and forth in my mind regarding Adrian Peterson. I truly believe that he was trying to do the right thing. He was doing what he had learned growing up. But, I also believe he was excessive in spanking his son. My wife and I were forced to adjust how we punished our children when our middle daughter was about 4 years old. She was stubborn and independent beyond her years. I spanked her one time and she told me, “That did not hurt”. As Julie and I talked later, we realized that spanking this child would not work.  We had to change the manner that we punished our kids. Honestly, it is much harder to discipline kids when a spanking is not the punishment. As a parent, it takes effort and creativity to understand the proper motivation to teach children right from wrong. Our pediatrician told my wife one time that sometimes spanking a child is necessary. He used the incident of a kid walking out in the street. It is necessary in that case in order to get the child’s attention immediately. But leaving a four year old with bloody whelps is wrong. The one thing that I have come to believe is that although spanking children is effective in teaching them right from wrong…it also teaches them to hit. I cannot finish this topic without remembering an incident at the home of a close family friend. I was probably 5 and my brother was a couple of years younger. We were doing the wild Indian thing and my Mom finally had enough. She told me to go outside and bring back a switch. I did as instructed and remember dreading the walk back into that house. I handed my Mom that switch and prepared to take my punishment. A funny thing happened…my parent’s friends had this really cool German Shepard named Tina. I loved that dog, so smart…just the best dog. As my Mon drew back the switch, I heard a low growl. My Mom stopped and looked around…the growl was Tina saying, not in my house. My Mom decided to listen to Tina. The funny thing is that my Mom had never before used a switch to spank us…and Tina made sure that she would not that day either.







With all of the discussion over the NFL, we have overlooked some great baseball happening. September, is usually associated with football, which is really too bad. September baseball is tough to beat. It is the time of year when things get real interesting. The Orioles and Nationals clinched their divisions on Tuesday. The big news here for me was Baltimore winning the AL East. Yes, the Nats are a nice story, but they are a team built to win. The O’s sort of came out of nowhere to literally run away with the division. I suppose I should not be surprised that Showalter has his birds in the playoffs. The guy just knows how to win. I admire his baseball knowledge, but I admire his toughness most of all. Showalter took a look back to remind his team that the Orioles had a successful history. I continue to be amazed at how successful the pitching staff has performed. Seriously, there are no big names like Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar or Dave McNally. I dismissed this team early in the season as just not having a staff built for playoff baseball…I was wrong. This Baltimore team simply does not allow anything to distract them from their goal. They lost Machado and did not miss a beat. Chris Davis is lost for 25 days…and they just keep playing. This is a team that plays exactly in the image of their skipper…they are tough. I am not sure how they will fare against a team like Detroit or Los Angeles…but I would not count them out. I truly believe that baseball is better when Baltimore is playing good baseball.





Many fans may view Chris Davis as the villian in this Oriole story book season. In truth, there is more to this than another player failing a drug test. While it is true that Davis tested positive for Adderall, it is also true that Davis and 118 other players received permission to use Adderall in 2013. Did Davis not know that he did not have permission in 2014? Either way, he has to take responsibility for his actions. I have always been a fan of Davis, and was sorry to see the Rangers trade him. He is a Texas kid that grew up in Longview and played JUCO ball at Navarro in Corsicana Texas. It is nice to see kids make it that come from humble roots. There was another story this week, that I think says more about who Chris Davis is. A motorist reportedly arrived on an accident that had a man pinned under a truck. He pulled over and joined in to attempt to return the truck to an upright position. After achieving this, he turned to the man next to him and gave him a high five...he was surprised to see that it was Chris Davis. Given the past few months of negative stories regarding athletes, it is nice to read something that is positive. Nice job Chris Davis!




In other news...


MLB announced that Jonathan Papelbon received a 7 game suspension for his touching gesture to the Philly fans. Umpire Cowboy Joe West did the right thing in giving Papelbon the heave ho, then screwed up by grabbing Papelbon's jersey. MLB agreed and issued West a one game suspension.





                                                 Sorry Joe, you can't initiate contact...even if the douche bag deserves it...









Congratulations to Jose Altuve for setting a new single season Astro hit mark at 211 and counting. He eclipsed the pervious mark for season hits of 210 established by Craig Biggio. This has truly been a break -out season for Altuve. It seems like each night he has at least two hits to pace his team. Pound for pound, is there a better player in baseball? I just love the way that Jose plays the game. He gives hope to vertically challenged players everywhere. I am telling you…the Astros will make huge strides next year…and Altuve will be the guy setting the pace.


                                                               Craig Biggo was on hand to congratulate Jose Altuve.

Remember…don’t get so into watching football that you forget about September baseball!






Did you hear about the furor regarding the Columbian women’s cycling team? Apparently some really do not like their uniforms...





That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…


If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away.


I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…



Five Minute Frags - Fantasy Bait And Switch
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Baltimore Orioles Michael Morse Chris Davis




The first few days of the baseball season can be an extremely funny time. Some guys struggle initially and we sort of shrug it off, reminding ourselves that the season is a 162-game marathon. However, when a guy explodes out of the gate, he's all of a sudden the second coming of Babe Ruth.


Those are the times when we need to slap ourselves with a dead fish.


For those of us that have forgotten the past, let me remind you of a guy named Chris Shelton. Shelton, a first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, hit 8 home runs in the team's first 13 games of the 2006 season. That rush resulted in Shelton being a quick addition to fantasy teams everywhere. However, Shelton quickly trailed off from there, hitting just 7 more during the remainder of the season, and was sent down to the Minor Leagues for the month of August.


Shelton would play just 50 more games in the Major Leagues and hit just 2 more home runs after the 2006 season. At 32-years-old, he is no longer in professional baseball.


What was significant about the 2006 season for Shelton is that it over-shadowed another player who was having an equally impressive April. While Shelton finished April with 10 home runs, 20 RBI, and a growing notoriety, this other player hit 14 home runs and drove in 38 runs during the month.


That player was Albert Pujols.


The point being, is that we put an awful lot of stock into what those players have accomplished in such a short sample size. And right now, as I am typing this, there are people clambering to find ways of adding Chris Davis and Michael Morse to their respective fantasy line-ups.


Chris Davis, a 27-year-old first baseman, spent three seasons in Texas, unable to crack Texas's everyday line-up and eventually being cast off in a trade with Baltimore. Davis became an intergral part of Baltimore's run to the playoffs in 2012, hitting .270 with a career-high 33 home runs and 85 RBI for the Orioles.


Davis has come out of the gate strongly, swatting 3 home runs and driving in 11 in Baltimore's first three games of the season. That mark includes a ridiculous 2.420 OPS in that one series on the season.


Another player jumping the shark early on is Michael Morse of the Seattle Mariners.


Morse was a big pick-up for the Mariners this winter, coming over in a trade with the Washington Nationals, who no longer had room for him after picking up Denard Span and resigning Adam LaRoche. The 31-year-old Morse is no stranger to Seattle, having started his career there, but it took leaving town in order for him to find his potential and blossoming into a 30+ home run hitter in Washington during the 2011 season.


Morse has streaked to begin the season as well, taking comfort while swinging toward the recently brought-in walls of Safeco Field. His four home runs lead Major League Baseball at this early point of the season, putting him on pace for 162 on the season.


Certainly, Morse is taking advantage of the move to a more hitter friendly park and his hot start is a good sign for Mariners fans looking for offense from a team that has been dreadful at it over the years. Orioles fans are equally happy with Davis continuing where he left off a season ago, lending credence to the hope that 2012 was not a fluke.


Still, expectations need to be tempered. Quick starts are just as bad at projecting value as a slow start, especially given the small sample size. Buying into or selling based on false value is a good way to kill one's hopes of having any sort of successful fantasy baseball season whatsoever.


A marathoner wins through patience and prudent action when the need arises. Championships are won by finding adequate bargains and taking low-cost risks. Monitor, but don't plunge into unrealistic paces by players who could not possibly keep them up.


Still, if you buy into paces, I'd be more than happy to flip either of these blossoming (insert snicker here) sluggers for your slow-starting Robinson CanoMike Trout, or any other somewhat useful piece of your line-up.


It will be well worth my time when Morse and Davis are hanging drywall with Chris Shelton a few years from now.

30 Players, 30 Teams - Baltimore Orioles
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy




In this series, we are going to spotlight one player on each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams. However, we won't be highlighting just any player. Rather, we are going to call attention to the one guy from each squad that is the heart and soul of the team.

If you missed the previous installments, be sure to check them out:

Arizona Diamondbacks - Miguel Montero

Atlanta Braves - Craig Kimbrel


We're going to start things off alphabetically, which gets us started with the Arizona Diamondbacks


Baltimore Orioles - Dylan Bundy - Starting Pitcher


Acquired: Draft - 1st Round (4th overalll) 2011 Amateur Draft

Signed Through: 2019 (Pre-Arbitration Eligible)

MLB Debut: September 23, 2012


When a team pushes through an 18-inning game and uses seven relievers to do the job, they are often forced into calling on their farm system to bail them out the next day. When the Baltimore Orioles pulled the trick on September 18th, they followed that routine and went digging for depth.


What they came back with was perhaps a surprise to many.


At 4:00am on September 19th, the Orioles placed a call for back-up, but instead of dialing up a veteran they may have had stashed at Triple-A, Baltimore instead phoned up 19-year-old Dylan Bundy, the team's top prospect and pitching prospect of all pitching prospects.


That strategy had worked out well for Baltimore earlier in the year, when they recalled shortstop Manny Machado, just a year older at 20, to take over at third base for the team in order to provide them with an offensive spark in the middle of the pennant chase. That move paid off, as Machado his .262 with 7 home runs and 26 RBI over the last 52 games of the season.


But Machado had 219 minor league games worth of experience under his belt. Bundy on the other hand, was in his first year of professional baseball and pitching with an innings limit nonetheless. At the time of his call-up, Bundy had thrown 103.2 innings in a season where he had pitched at three different levels, topping out at Double-A. Still, he had been dominant at that, registering a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA and a 10.3 K/9 ratio, easily demonstrating why he is one of the best pitching prospects in the game.


Bundy would throw in just 2 games after his call-up, registering 1.2 innings pitched without a strike-out, but it gave him a taste of where he'll be shortly.


Just how shortly is dependent on the rest of the Orioles pitching staff. Baltimore has a rotation anchored by a starting five that should include Jason HammelWei-Yin ChenChris TillmanMiguel Gonzalez, and Brian Matusz. Additionally, the team has to figure out what to do with Steve JohnsonJake Arrieta, and Zach Britton.


Baltimore would prefer to give Bundy time to develop and have already optioned the right-hander to return to Double-A Bowie to start 2013. Bundy has a plus fastball that registers in the upper 90's, a plus change-up, and a developing curveball. However, he's also struggling with velocity issues this spring and the time in the minors will benefit him immensely.


Regardless, Dylan Bundy is a prodigy and if handled correctly, will see plenty of time at the top of Baltimore's rotation, where he'll be joined by fellow prospect Kevin Gausman (#37 overall - MLB.com). And hey, we've already seen the Orioles desire to go to the mattresses for top prospects in the past.


We may see plenty of Dylan Bundy again for the year is out.


Remembering Earl Weaver Through Quotes
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Earl Weaver Earl Weaver Quotes



On Friday, Major League Baseball lost a one-of-a-kind baseball man. Earl Weaver, 82,  was a genuine, dyed in the wool throwback to the days when baseball managers were gruff and took no lip from anybody.


Weaver served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons (1968-1982, 1985-1986), managing some of the greatest players to ever take the field for the birds. From Brooks Robinson to Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer to Cal Ripken, Weaver lead them all to a 1480-1060 record, four American League Pennants  and one World Series Championship. His dedication to "pitching, fundamentals, and the three-run homer" was so successful that Weaver only had to endure one losing season during his career.


Those accomplishments lead to an induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.


But Earl Weaver was more than just a great manager. He was also a great soundbite, filling reporters' notebooks with one-liners the way that few in baseball did before or after him. With that in mind, it is only appropriate that we remember him through some of his best quotes.


"Nobody likes to hear it, because it's dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same - pitching."


"On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived."


"You got a hundred more young kids than you have a place for on your club. Every one of them has had a going away party. They have been given the shaving kit and the fifty dollars. They kissed everybody and said, 'See you in the majors in two years.' You see these poor kids who shouldn't be there in the first place. You write on the report card '4-4-4 and out.' That's the lowest rating in everything. Then you call 'em in and say, 'It's the consensus amoung us that we're going to let you go back home.' Some of them cry, some get mad, but none of them will leave until you answer them one question, 'Skipper, what do you think?' And you gotta look every one of those kids in the eye and kick their dreams in the ass and say no. If you say it mean enough, maybe they do themselves a favor and don't waste years learning what you can see in a day. They don't have what it takes to make the majors, just like I never had it."


"In baseball, you can't kill the clock. You've got to give the other man his chance. That's why this is the greatest game. "


"A manager's job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December."
"The only thing that matters is what happens on the little hump out in the middle of the field. "

"I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn't going to win any more games by being anything else."

"A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me."

"I think there should be bad blood between all clubs."

"Optimism is the cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing, though in hot water up to its nose."

Rest in Peace Earl Weaver. Baseball fans the world around are appreciative of everything you gave the game  and we'll see you on the other side of the corn field!

Earl Weaver, Wikipedia.org

Earl Weaver Quotes, searchquotes.com

Earl Weaver Quotes, BrainyQuote.com

Earl Weaver Quotes, BaseballAlmanac.com


As much as it hurts, it feels good...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Philadelphia Athletics Oakland A's Angels St. Louis Browns Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates









This week...




As far as I am concerned...




The Angels’ playoff hopes have gone up in flames...




At the hands of the former Philadelphia Athletics...




And deservedly so...




The Los Angeles-California-Anaheim Angels of Anaheim don’t deserve the playoffs...




The playoffs are too good for the Halos...




As soon as this season is done...




And believe me...




It’s all but over...







The Angels deserve a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain...




Where they can ride the coasters to their hearts’ content...




Just the way they gave Angels’ fans their roller coaster of a season...




Philadephia doesn’t have one-tenth the Angels’ ability...




But their ticker is alive and well, thank you....




What a heart...




And as much as it hurts...







It feels good...




I love the Athletics as much as I love...




The Oakland-Los Angeles-Oakland Raiders...








But it’s really nice to see this in baseball...




A have-not getting a have...




And you just look across the country...







You’ll find another have-not, the former St. Louis Browns...







Giving the Evil Empire a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride...







The White Stockings weren’t expected to do well...




But they are...




Poor Ozzie...




I’m sure his buddy Fidel is unhappy, too...




Look at the Pirates this year...







They were almost fam-uh-lee...







So even if I have to take one on the chin for the Grand Old Game...




I am more than happy to do so...




Because there’s always next year...




























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