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On the Possibility of Subjects, Including "Dirtgate," State of MLB, and Your Mom. [Oct. 24th, 2006|12:00 pm]
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"*smiles, chuckles* . . . I don't believe it was dirt, didn't look like dirt." - Tony LaRussa, on the question of his opinion on what was on the palm of Kenny Rogers, the Detroit Tigers pitcher in Game 2 of the 2006 World Series.

"I'm not going to chew yesterday's breakfast." - Jim Leyland, on his opinion to a question similar to what was asked of Tony LaRussa.

"This goes around a lot in baseball . . ." - Dusty Baker, on the subject of substances used on the throwing hands of pitchers in MLB.

"There are other pitchers in this series that are doing it too." - John Kruk, on his opinion of how many pitchers use substances on their throwing hands to alter control on their pitches.

"And now, we've created a whole new world for spies in the stands and on television . . . " - Karl Ravech, signing off the ESPN MLB segment on SportsCenter.

The above quotes were transcribed from Monday evening's MLB segment on SportsCenter on ESPN with Karl Ravech, Peter Gammons, John Kruk, and Dusty Baker, October 23rd, 2006.

On Sunday night, I sat in my La-Z-Boy and watched Game 2 of the 2006 World Series with my mother and girlfriend while using a laptop to chat with various folks, including shady_lane, on AIM. I was trying to make sense of the insanity that took place earlier in Week 7 of NFL action, and Game 2 was a minimal part of my attention. I periodically updated shady_lane on the score of Game 2 while he did other things. My memory centered on Sunday evening around these thoughts:

1. The NFL games rarely make sense this year in comparison to recent seasons.

2. I love Heidi and my mom, and they are awesome.

3. I'm a weirdo.

4. Man, that Kenny Rogers is pitching well.

I must have been one of the most distracted people on the planet. I barely remember the incident now known as "Dirtgate." during that evening. I briefly mentioned what had happened on "Dirtgate" to some people on AIM.

I remember no thoughts or beliefs on how "Dirtgate" would progress during the next day. I fell asleep.

When I checked the news outlets for the first time on Monday, I could not escape the news surrounding this incident.

Then it occurred to me . . . oh shit, that was this Kenny Rogers.

You see, I barely remember the 2005 season. MLB, to me, was a sport to ignore. It's been that way since 1994.

I had minimal attention for the 2006 season starting in the middle of July. Previous posts will detail the rest of the story.

I decided to wait and observe the parade of information stemming from the incident with Kenny Rogers in Game 2. Here are a few of my current thoughts and beliefs:

1. In proper courts of law, there is a presumption of innocence.

2. With humanity, the natural instinct is a presumption of guilt.

3. I believe Kenny Rogers cheated.

4. I find it hilarious to know that Kenny Rogers pitched better after the incident.

5. I'm concerned with the MLB until the conclusion of this series.

6. At the end of the 2006 World Series, I will have kept my promise to my grandfather.

7. "Dirtgate" will probably contribute to a comparative increase in attention and ratings for the remainder of the games.

8. The broadcasters and reporters of FOX and ESPN appear to be most pleased with their role in this incident.

9. The fact that "Dirtgate" is more interesting to people on an international level than the Series itself denotes the state of the MLB, and that is terminal illness.

There is a legitimate order of debate which should conduct and center on the fine line between which substances are allowed and not allowed on the hands of pitchers. I believe this should be conducted by the authorities of the MLB over this winter. In this article, there is a listing of Rule 8.02a of the Official Baseball rules. It concerns alteration of the pitched ball. "Foreign substance," in particular, appears far too vague. "Expectorate" is a separate reference. It essentially addresses spit.

Many appear to fail to realize that all pitchers, right down to Little League BAseball, use rosin bags to enhance grip on the baseball.

There is a legitimate concern by many over the alteration of the pitched ball. Until Sunday night, the fine line appeared to center around use of emery boards, petroleum jelly, suntan lotion, and other substances or tools designed to induce more unnatural movement of the pitch.

The sport of baseball remains a copious wealth of statistics, history, rules, and intricacies. Part of the terminal illness of Major League Baseball, however, surrounds the general appearance of disorganization.

For example, Gaylord Perry is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also an admitted user of illegal substances on his pitches. Juxtapose this with Pete Rose, a man who holds the MLB all-time record for hits. Stemming from a gambling illness while manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Pete currently resides in a special place in baseball hell. He remains banned from baseball and is ineligible for the Hall.

It also does not help, in my belief, that Pete's #25 on Baseball's 100 Greatest Players List by The Sporting News.

Cardinals fans, I believe you will be amused with the next set of paragraphs.

The "Dirtgate" incident began for the audience when the FOX announcers focused attention on the odd smudge on the palm of the pitching hand of Kenny Rogers. This information eventually travelled to the managers of the clubs, which prompted Tony LaRussa, the Cardinals manager, to address the situation with the umpires.

On the staff for the FOX World Series broadcasts, Tim McCarver and Joe Buck are two of the employees. McCarver was a former St. Louis Cardinal. Joe Buck also holds ties to St. Louis. He went to high school there, and he was an announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals.

I question the timing and motivation of the observations of Buck and McCarver. If the use of pine tar on the hands by pitchers is generally accepted and widely practiced by many pitching staffs, as John Kruk and Dusty Baker believe, and Kenny has been observed with this odd smudge for all of his starts in the post-season, then it seems like the sudden attention to the hand of Rogers could hold other motivations besides pure broadcasting.

Despite a potential of good intentions by McCarver, Buck, or any other employee who could possibly have served the information with motivation to benefit the St. Louis Cardinals, such a theoretical attempt not only failed to trigger an ejection of Kenny Rogers, but it inspired Rogers to pitch another fantastic post-season game and earn a win in Game 2.

I believe I would have been fine with the ejection and suspension of Kenny Rogers with regard to "Dirtgate."

I believe this ejection and suspension did not happen because it would have fostered a collateral indictment of members of some pitchers on the pitching staffs of every MLB team.

I believe benefit for the Cardinals would have remained an ejection and suspension of Kenny Rogers, and only the Detroit Tigers would have been punished. As to the progression from such an alternate scenario, I believe for you to ponder how the MLB authorities would have addressed "Dirtgate" from that point.

Do not mistake these words as sympathy or defense of illegal pitches.

Meanwhile, on Monday, ESPN, on its website, held an overwhelming collective of negative opinion about Kenny Rogers and the "Dirtgate". A very negative opinion of Kenny Rogers does not appear to be a surprise because Rogers managed to get into an incident with the press last summer with the Rangers.

I believe what I enjoyed most about "Dirtgate" were moments of LOL that appeared in this community.

In particular, I found red_mustang's quote, "Oh Kenny...such a liar. Just admit to it," to be most amusing. I agree.

The result of the community's Monday Hunting Party was splendid, and tomveil provided amusing comments.

Such posts and comments are fantastic for the world of blogs.

Unfortunately, one of the multiple sources of ESPN.com's articles on the subject of "Dirtgate" often resembles a blog. Clearly, he's not the only one with an amalgam of reporting and blogging.

On this article, I disagree, Mr. Stark. I believe "Dirtgate" hurts baseball more than it helps.

Mr. Stark, I believe the MLB storylines seemed interesting enough prior to "Dirtgate." I believe both teams played well and then some to get to this point in the season. I believe that truth is glorious when it appears. I believe that audience trust generally makes the "Dirtgates" more of a minor position of attention to the main event instead of a distraction. I believe a lot of things, Mr. Stark, and I believe they don't match your beliefs.

Mr. Stark, I guarantee you that every game to the conclusion of the series will be exactly as Karl Ravech stated. I believe audience paranoia is a fantastic mood to create for the setting of a thriller feature in a movie theatre. I believe it would be divine to cultivate such a tense aura so thick and greasy that you could rub it on popcorn and assist to slide down the throat.

Every few minutes, before almost every commercial break, I hear prominent emphasized phrasings of "Kenny Rogers" and "cheating" on the never-ending reruns of ESPN's SportsCenter.

I believe that controversy, in general, helps to sell very very well.

Unlike other controversies, I believe this one appears heavy on promotion by the sporting press.

In fact, it almost appears to be carpetbagging.

I find these appearances to be most distasteful, of course, if they were true.

I believe this is the appropriate summary of "Dirtgate."

Thanks for a great World Series.

Also, I believe every person who ever lived has thought disorder.


[User Picture]From: hammerscythe
2006-10-24 07:11 pm (UTC)
The media frenzy is HUGE over "Dirtgate". ESPN is just foaming at the mouth.
As for me, I think he cheated as well. That was unlike any dirt stain I had ever seen, in fact, it could have been the "Mother Of All Dirt Stains", in that case, the Bush Administration is now calling it a "terroristic menace on America's pastime."

But I digress.

The ruling will be looked at really hard during the winter meetings, and there might or might not be a change. That's not important now. What is important is the mindset/viewpoint of the Series as it stands right now.
If the Tigers win, the win, and possibly the whole postseason, will be tainted by the possibility of Kenny Rogers, Cheater.
If the Cardinals win, it will be in the face of the plausible cheating that Rogers "had to do to thwart the mighty Pujols and the Redbirds lineup."

What's the saying, it's not how it really is, it's how the spin makes it look?

Here's an interesting piece of info: Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals closer, went to my high school, and graduated two years ahead of me. Kwame Brown, first overall pick in the NBA in 2001, graduated in 2001, three years ahead of me. Where's my pro contract, huh?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-24 10:33 pm (UTC)
The Kwame Brown contract . . . . I'd be hurtin' on that one, hahahaha.

I'd like to have them re-write it to include acceptable substance for grip. The whole hairspray thing is pretty borderline. I've never accepted the boards or lubricants, which was more Perry's bag.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-25 05:40 am (UTC)

Also! (wish i had a Boy George 80s icon for this comment)

I wonder if we'll see Two more Don Denkingers with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

karma-karma-karma-karma-karma-chameleon . . .
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[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2006-10-24 07:19 pm (UTC)

Reminds me of the same furor thats happened time and time again in cricket. Not least the mild piss take the English bowlers did during the last Ashes series, that one Aussie took too seriously, when he noticed they got better spin after eating mints.

In cricket you are allowed to shine one side of the ball, and use sweat or spit to help this. The claim was that the sugar in mints helped shine the ball better, giving better swing.

There's been Atherton's 'dirt in the pocket' which he got a lot of hassle over, at least one Pakistani bowler ball tampering by sticking a nail into the seam to cause more turn on the bounce and others.

Dirtgate? Meh. Once you Americans learn that baseball is just bastardized cricket and learn to love the pads and willow game, you'll be a lot better off :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-24 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yes. As I wrote this, you're right - I thought about the USA in comparison to World Cup with Zidane and more of the international sports. I kept trying to think of ideas that would compare with Georgae Brett Pine Tar, et cetera, and I think the funny thing about "Dirtgate" was the fact that all those players were suspended for steroids and other infractions in the NFL the other week . . . and it remained a minor distraction.

This was pure media promotion, and I had no feelings about either team that were remotely negative before this . . . makes me clear on the urge for me to think I was crazy for considering following the sport in 2007.
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