Comment of the Day: Silicon Valley and the Oakland A's

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Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and  car dealers and insurance executives. My general thinking: you’d think our leading edge technology CEOs would be above that kind of provincial stuff.

A regular reader from the Bay Area — not APBA guy, BTW — wrote in to tell me, no, they most certainly aren’t above that provincial stuff:

It drives them nuts that San Jose “which is larger than San Francisco”
remains the second sister (or even the third) of the Bay Area.  And it
really drives them nuts that most of the world renown of the region goes
to this vague term “Silicon Valley” instead of the much more bankable
“San Jose”.  And I can assure you that they have plans to call them the
“San Jose A’s”  and every single telecast say, “in the capital
of Silicon Valley” or something like that.

And even further, I am
guessing that the SVLG is made up of a bunch of former orchard owner’s
grandchildren who now own every low-rise office park that carpets this
fine valley, and that they are every single bit the Midwestern insurance
company/car dealer mentality, writ slightly more Cabernet-loving and
Ferrari-affording due to their lucky geographic location. 

Oh, snap.

Jered Weaver dealing with “dead arm”

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Padres starter Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday afternoon’s Cactus League appearance against the Royals. He yielded four runs on three hits, throwing 31 pitches before getting pulled. His spring ERA now sits at an ugly 10.13.

Weaver said he’s been dealing with a “dead arm” since his last bullpen session, but added he’s dealt with the issue in previous springs, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Padres signed Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract last month. The right-hander is coming off of the worst season of his 11-year career. His fastball averaged a career-low 83 MPH and he put up a 5.06 ERA with a 103/51 K/BB ratio in 178 innings.

Ian Kinsler doesn’t think Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic players play the game the right way

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Update: Whoops…

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Earlier, Craig wrote about Dan Duquette’s dogwhistle language in his criticism of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. We have some more dogwhistling, this time coming from Tigers (and Team U.S.) second baseman Ian Kinsler. Via Billy Witz of The New York Times:

I hope kids watching the W.B.C. can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays. That’s not taking anything away from them. That just wasn’t the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way.

The goal of the World Baseball Classic, created by Major League Baseball, is to promote baseball across the globe. It’s players like Puerto Rico’s Javier Baez who are doing the best job in that regard, not boring white guys from the U.S. Potential baseball fans are not swayed into liking the sport when a player hits a home run and solemnly puts his head down to stroll the bases. They get excited and energized when players show emotion, flip their bats, celebrate. Baez did more to make baseball appeal to new and lapsed audiences with his premature celebration tag than the entire U.S. team has done this tournament.

Furthermore, it is hypocritical to want to diversify the sport’s audience while squelching incoming cultures.

Jim Leyland also got in on the action:

Go Puerto Rico.