Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Hunter Pence wishes you a Happy Earth Day


Today is Earth Day. The day we mark the anniversary of the modern environmental movement, which people cite as April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day. I’d go with the publication date of “Silent Spring” but no one asked me and there’s something to be said for all of just agreeing on something.

Every day should be Earth Day, but we don’t really live like that. At least most of us in modern western cultures, emerging industrial economies and, well, almost everywhere else except, like, Portland. People are imperfect. We don’t have any kind of real discipline when it comes to environmentalism. We’re certainly not as committed to sustainable practices like composting.

Anyway, I’m not going to harangue you about living more sustainably today. I could do better with this stuff myself. But it’s worth thinking about. And if you need help thinking about it, here’s a picture of Hunter Pence holding asparagus to help remind you. Which he hashtags as “kale” for some reason, but maybe he got distracted.

Curt Schilling is making up for lost time


A day after getting fired it appears that Curt Schilling is making up for lost time on social media. I don’t follow the guy on any platform, but the Daily News has been playing close attention and describe his “social media bender.” 

He’s been posting right wing memes and railing against political correctness and, in the usual ironic twist guys like Schilling often exhibit, is being highly, highly sensitive to criticism in that “me, mad? hahaha, no, I think this is funny, I’m actually laughing at this right now” kind of way which, in reality, masks some pretty decent outrage.

Best bit: he’s been mixing it up with Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has been intellectual and respectful and is holding an actual debate. Schilling decided that he’d insult McCarthy by claiming that McCarthy’s “life goes on” stance was some sort of failure on par with his having “only” nine career complete games:

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So yeah, that’s all going well. Glad Schilling is keeping busy. And mature.

(Thanks to Josh for the heads up. Schilling blocks me so I didn’t see any of this)

Tyson Ross doesn’t need shoulder surgery

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Padres starter Tyson Ross will not require surgery on his right shoulder after an MRI revealed no structural damage.

There is not a public diagnosis yet, but Padres manager Andy Green said that Ross will be shut down for a couple weeks. Green referred to it as “non-surgical.”

Ross has made only one start this year and got shelled. Last year he was 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA in a league-leading 33 starts, striking out 212 but walking 84 in 196 innings.