Craig Calcaterra

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Busch Stadium banned the Joe Maddon “Try Not to Suck” t-shirts


In spring training Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave out t-shirts to his players which said “Try Not to Suck” on them. The message and its intent, I would hope, was obvious. And, because it’s irreverent, Cubs fans started wearing “Try Not to Suck” t-shirts too. You can buy them here. A percentage of the proceeds go to Cubs charities.

But don’t try to wear them to Busch Stadium. Some Cubs fans tried to for the series against the Cardinals. Officials there banned the shirts following complaints from . . . someone. It’s not entirely clear. The Chicago Tribune has the full story on it, along with Maddon’s reaction. He’s a bit perplexed to say the least.

I’m gonna guess that “Try not to suck” is not the most offensive message to ever appear on a t-shirt in Busch Stadium, but I’m sure some of you have anecdotes about that.

Rockies acquire 1B Decker from Royals

Kansas City Royals first baseman Cody Decker stops a ground out by San Francisco Giants' Ryder Jones in the eighth inning during a spring training baseball game, Friday, March 25, 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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CINCINNATI (AP) The Colorado Rockies acquired first baseman Cody Decker from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash on Wednesday. He was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Decker, 29, was hitting .278 with three home runs and five runs batted in over seven games with Triple-A Omaha this season.

He signed with the Royals as a free agent after spending seven seasons in the San Diego system, including an eight-game stint with the Padres during which he went 0-for-11 last season.

Babe Ruth on the $1 bill!


It’s a slow news day in baseball and all anyone is talking about online is how Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Which, by the way, is a good call. Jackson is celebrated as a general and an all-around tough guy and Americans have always liked that kind of thing in our presidents, but objectively speaking he was bad. He led a ruthless effort to push American Indians off their land in the eastern United States in order to open southern land for white farmers and real estate speculators, himself included, and it led to the death and displacement of an untold number of Indians. He was also hostile to a central bank and paper currency in general, and his polices in that regard led to the Panic of 1837. Why THAT guy should be on paper money is a really dang good question, so, we’re going to get Harriet Tubman, a true hero, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Which makes me wonder, in the interests of both boredom and content creation, which baseball figures should be on which bills. Which will totally happen when I’m elected president. My stab:

  • $1 Babe Ruth;
  • $5 Willie Mays;
  • $10 Walter Johnson;
  • $20 Hank Aaron;
  • $50 Earl Weaver;
  • $100 Jackie Robinson

Not a TON of thought went into these and they’re not meant to be direct analogies to the figures currently on the bills. I personally think Willie Mays is the greatest ever and that Lincoln was the greatest president, so sure. Babe Ruth would just look good on a greenback. Walter Johnson is a little bit of affirmative action for pitchers and Weaver is for managers. I’m totally open to other suggestions there, I just like them both. Aaron has to be someplace. There’s an argument that Jackie should be on a lower denomination so more people could have Jackie Bucks, but the phrase “all about the Robinsons” just flows, right? Hi, I’m old.

Anyway: mindless stuff for a boring Wednesday. Yell at me about it in the comments.