Jake Arrieta may be the best in the business right now and is waking up today to his second no-hitter. But he’s also a man of his word.
Arrieta struggled in Baltimore for four seasons, never fulfilling the great potential everyone thought he had. Even today some Orioles fans I know wonder why the heck he never put it all together there, but a few years back some of them were just annoyed as all get-out.
One night, in 2013, Arrieta had a bad outing. As so often happens, a fan on Twitter gave him a hard time about it, saying “you f***ing suck, go back to the minors.” Normally you should ignore people like that and most ballplayers do. Arrieta responded, however. And not angrily and defensively, but matter-of-factly:
The man put his money where his mouth was. That’s for dang sure.
(h/t about a million people retweeting that exchange this morning, though I assume someone specific found it last night)
I said this would be coming: a morning when I don’t do a full ATH recap. Today it’s not because I have some other commitment. It’s just that Jake Arrieta‘s no-hitter is clearly the story of last night and my movie quotes and bad jokes aren’t really gonna add too much. Bill covered the heck out it, by the way. Go check his Arrieta stuff:
The Cubs are gonna be scary this year. I mean, Rizzo and Bryant aren’t even really raking yet and they will. Just imagine what they’re gonna do if the pitching keeps rolling like it has been.
Anyway, here are the rest of the scores:
Mariners 10, Indians 7
Dodgers 2, Braves 1
Marlins 5, Nationals 1
Rays 12, Red Sox 8
Twins 8, Brewers 1
Angels 3, White Sox 2
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
Athletics 7, Yankees 3
Cubs 16, Reds 0
Royals 4, Tigers 0
Rangers 7, Astros 4
Pirates 11, Padres 1
Law school text books are basically just casebooks. Books filled with influential appellate court legal opinions about any given area of the law. Contracts, torts, criminal procedure and the like.
The cases themselves aren’t necessarily thematically similar, however. In contracts you might have a case about hairy palms in one part of the book, one about Hedy Lamar’s nose in another and one about what is or is not a chicken in yet another. The facts of the cases are all over the place. The idea is to teach basic concepts within each area of the law.
But there are some thematically coherent books for more specialized law classes. And one that may be of interest to some of you just came out. It’s a casebook in which all of the cases are baseball-related. Cases like Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc., Selig v. United States, and State of Illinois v. Cicotte. There are A-Rod and George W. Bush and Hank Aaron-related cases too.
The idea is for law school courses aimed solely at baseball law. One wonders what the purpose of such courses may be — take labor law or media law or something if you want get into sports law — but law schools have never been short of ideas about how to make a buck.
Nor are the authors of this casebook, it seems. $120 a pop for this bad boy. Which reminds me how much I hated going to the law school bookstore back in the day. Still, if my bosses are reading this and they’d like to get me a gift. Well: hint hint.