Rob Neyer is at his best when he’s in historian mode and today he’s in historian mode in the form of a column about the history of female scouts in professional baseball over at The New York Times.
It’s not a long history, sadly, but it’s an interesting one. And it’s currently being carried on by Amanda Hopkins of the Seattle Mariners, who we talked about back in December. Rob walks us back to Hopkins’ predecessors and it’s an enlightening walk.
Matt Harvey’s mystery ailment from yesterday has been revealed. It turns out he had (shudder) blood clots in his bladder, which he has now passed, the Mets told the press this morning.
Harvey is back at Mets camp, though Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says he still had his hospital bracelet on and looked “tired and pale.” He may have been sapped by the experience, but the Mets just announced that he will make his Opening Day start on Sunday as scheduled.
Worth noting: while Harvey appears to be OK, blood clots in one’s bladder/urine is an extraordinarily scary thing. While it can be minor, it is also a top symptom of some serious forms of cancer, so you can imagine that the last 24 hours were dicey as hell for both Harvey and the Mets.
Not that today isn’t bringing with it some moments of levity:
Here’s hoping he’s doing OK and will be back on the mound shortly. And Matt: when you gotta go, you gotta go. So go, OK?
Smack talk is not my favorite mode of conversation, but I do respect true artists of the genre. If you’re committed to it, if you can back it up and if the mix of humor and hate is appropriate, it can be entertaining on occasion.
In contrast, bad smack talk is horrible. Ill-thought-out disses and slams and smack infused with mere kneejerk reaction as opposed to true inspiration rarely plays well. And it’s a total failure if you don’t own it and truly commit.
A great example of the latter instance was on display on Twitter last night following a Carlos Gomez home run against the Braves. Gomez, as he tends to do, made a bit of a show out of his very long homer. There was a mild bat flip, but not much of one, to start things. When he got to home plate, however, he did a dab thing:
Not the most over-the-top thing you’ve ever seen, but enough to set former major leaguer Rob Dibble off:
Gomez saw this and responded:
And Dibble — busted — backed down:
The best part of this is that, several years ago, when Dibble was fired from his job as a Nationals commentator for mocking Stephen Strasburg for leaving a game WITH A TORN LIGAMENT, his big defense was, in essence, “hey, I say unpopular things sometimes and you all have to suck it up and deal with my truth bombs.” Now he can’t even offer up some smack talk on Twitter without quickly backing down the moment he’s confronted.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.