Craig Calcaterra

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

Video: David Ortiz: The Piñata Slayer


We try to be judicious in posting videos of commercials because, hey, they ain’t paying us to run them. But ever since there have been commercials there have been commercials whose entertainment value outstrips their commercial value and those are worth our appreciation.

Which is to say that, though I’m not more likely to fly JetBlue today than I was yesterday after seeing this David Ortiz commercial, I am DEFINITELY happy to watch Ortiz ruin kids’ parties over and over again. Note: the most underrated part of this thing is when he steals the cupcake. Big Papi don’t care.

Nats’ prospect Trea Turner gets his cup of coffee, gets sent back down

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Top prospect Trea Turner was called up by the Nationals on Friday to fill the roster spot vacated by Ryan Zimmerman, who went out on paternity leave. Turner went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night but, apart from a pinch-running appearance, he sat on Saturday and Sunday. Now he’s been sent back down as Zimmerman returns to the team.

Sorry prospect junkies.

So far this season, with Triple-A Syracuse, Turner is batting .310/.376/.472 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. That suggests the 22 year-old has nothing left to prove in the minors. However, when the big club is in first place, a long-tenured veteran is in front of you and keeping you in the minors longer gives the club an advantage as far as service time goes, you’re gonna get sent down most of the time in that situation.

Even if that long-tenured veteran is hitting .196.

Cobb County Georgia can’t fund its public parks because of the Braves stadium


Neil deMause of Field of Schemes passes along the news that Cobb County, Georgia, which committed $400 million to build the Atlanta Braves new ballpark, cannot fulfill $40 million in obligations it undertook to build public parks.

As deMause notes, it’s not a matter of just foregoing some theoretical public park expenditures due to the new priority of an MLB ballpark. Rather, the county redirected money earmarked — and approved by voters — for public parks to the Braves project, which was never placed before voters. The county says it will now have to raise taxes to fulfill the public park obligation.

Most public ballpark projects are an exercise in the debasement of governmental purpose in the name of corporate greed. This one is on the more extreme end of the spectrum in just about every way.