Craig Calcaterra

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David Ortiz tweets his happiness about the Deflategate decision

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Look, Deflategate posts are gold, man. And I’m sitting in baseball land over here, like a sucker, with virtually no way to get in on that haul. It’s hard!

I thought that maybe I could, once again, note just how horribly and consistently wrong ESPN’s legal “expert” Lester Munson is about all things upon which he is called to opine, but that’s beating a dead horse at this point, yes?

Thank God, then, for David Ortiz, who has given me an excuse to use the word “Deflategate” in a headline on a blog post on the world wide web:

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That word’s very presence will likely make this the most trafficked post I do all day. We can talk about whether that, or the world for that matter, is fair, but in the end, isn’t web traffic what it’s really all about?

If you’re interested in this topic beyond its status as gold-plated clickbait and raw nihilism, go read Mike Florio’s copious content on the topic at ProFootballTalk.

The crazy, violent, hardcore dudes behind the “Yankees Suck!” T-shirts

Yankees Suck
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This is a story to savor over your lunch hour. It’s in Grantland, written by Amos Barshad, and it’s about a group of friends from Boston’s hardcore scene who came together in the late 90s and made crazy money . . . selling “Yankees Suck!” t-shirts. And I do mean crazy money:

For the big four, the money was enough to see the world. They’d hit Australia, Hong Kong, Jordan, the Philippines, Guatemala, Thailand, Haiti, Argentina, Japan — always in the baseball offseason. They went to Spain, had multicourse lunches in Bilbao, got high on Xanax on the lawn outside the Guggenheim. They’d splurge on food but sleep in cars. “More money for absinthe,” Manza shrugs.

All from shirts told out of cardboard boxes outside of Fenway Park, always staying one step ahead of the code enforcers and beating the hell out of anyone who tried to muscle in on their turf.

Eventually the shirt business turned into the drug business and eventually people got hurt bad and friendships ended. It’s like a VH-1 “Behind the Music” for Boston punks. It’s as entertaining as all get-out.

David Ortiz is more likely to be boned in Hall of Fame voting for being a DH than for PED stuff

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I’ll preface this by saying — though I presume most of you know that I think this anyway — that whatever stock you put in David Ortiz’s PED associations, I do not think they should enter into his Hall of Fame candidacy one iota. To the extent there is stuff on him it’s generally weak stuff about being on a positive test list that was never to have seen the light of day and which, due to the procedures in place and the passage of time, Ortiz has no ability to refute in the manner any other person accused of using PEDs has the right to refute. He’s kinda boned in that regard.

And, of course, because I’m a PED apologist, for purposes of his Hall of Fame case, I really don’t even care if he was suspended for PEDs last week. I hope I don’t need to rehash my arguments about why I feel that way. If you’re a new student here, ask the person in the desk next to you. He or she can provide you with background. I’ll start you out with this little thing which makes me wonder if Ortiz hasn’t actually had more brushes with PEDs than most people say and offer that, really, I don’t care about it insofar as it affects his Hall of Fame case or his legacy.

With all of that out of the way, let’s read Ken Rosenthal’s article about Ortiz’s Hall of Fame case which, he correctly notes, will likely be complicated by that PED association:

Ortiz likely will not appear on the ballot until at least ’21, and likely not drop off it – if he falls short of the 75 percent minimum necessary for election – until at least ’31.

That’s a long time, folks.

Time, perhaps, for the voters to reconsider their views on players alleged to have used performance-enhancing drugs, as Ortiz was in 2009 when the New York Times reported that he was on a list of 104 players who had tested positive in ’03.

Rosenthal’s argument is that, perhaps, the minds of Hall of Fame voters will change some time between 2021 and 2031.

I think they may change, but I think that if Ortiz were to appear on the ballot tomorrow, the PED stuff wouldn’t matter for him a bit. Mostly because he, like Andy Pettitte, has never been considered a “cheater” by the anti-PED crew the way others with similar evidence against them have. For example, Sammy Sosa, who hit over 600 home runs and who, people’s speculation and some amount of reasonable conjecture notwithstanding, actually has no more hard PED evidence against him than Ortiz has. He’s not sniffing Cooperstown, ever, and he doesn’t even get the benefit of a baseball-based breakdown like Ortiz will get.

Rosenthal also mentions Ortiz’s status as a DH impacting his case. I actually think a lot more people will hold that against him than the PED stuff. Which shows you that, if Hall of Fame voters are irrational about one thing, they can be even more irrational about another, less reasonable thing if given the chance.