If you think pitcher fielding practice would get boring for you if you were on a big league roster, imagine showing up to spring training and sitting through a physics lecture.
That’s what the Dbacks are doing. At least some of them. And, to be fair, they’re doing it voluntarily, so it’s probably interesting to them at least. The most interesting part, however, is who is teaching it: pitcher Josh Collmenter.
Collmenter has some decent intellectual credentials. He was the salutatorian of his high school class and went to Central Michigan University. I can’t find what he studied there, but according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Collmenter spent part of yesterday going over Newtonian physics, relativity and buoyancy, among other topics, so I’m assuming science was his bag:
“We were sitting around talking about some history stuff and (I was) like, ‘I’m just going to start teaching you guys things,’” said Collmenter.
So he did, at a dry erase board:
Go read Piecoro’s story to see the funny swipe he took at position players too. Based on that I assume he’d prefer that they don’t think as they can only hurt the ballclub. The pitchers can think, though.
Alfred: Will you be wanting the Batpod, sir?
Bruce Wayne: In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle.
Alfred: The Lamborghini, then. Much more subtle.
Yesterday Yoenis Cespedes arrived at camp in something that looked like it could’ve been the Batmobile. If the Batmobile was painted up in Ohio State colors and had a big “52” on it at least. Maybe such a thing did appear in the Val Kilmer or George Clooney Batman movies. I’m not sure. I’ve sort of blocked those out of my memory like Bill Simmons has blocked out Rocky V.
Anyway, today Cespedes is taking a much more subtle approach to transportation:
But if you think for a moment that Cespedes has a monopoly on pimped rides, you’re sadly mistaken:
Last week Yankees COO Lonn Trost created a controversy when he said that people “who [have] never sat in a premium location” tend to “frustrate” Yankees fans who do sit in the expensive seats. In response, the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., sent a letter to Yankees president Randy Levine, blasting the team for seemingly abandoning its working class fans.
The letter goes after the Yankees for their secondary market ticket policies which impose price floors and prohibit printing at home and further blasts them for being elitist. In relevant part:
“I have been a Yankee fan my entire life. Without the everyday, working class fans who make up the vast majority of their fan base, the New York Yankees would not be the successful franchise they are today. The Yankee organization should not be making it more difficult and more expensive for their fans, especially fans who might be visiting our great borough for the first time, to occasionally enjoy a ball game in The Bronx . . .
“. . .Yankee fans have always been the best in baseball. We root for our team harder than anyone, we live and die with every single loss. The idea that some of us would recoil in horror because the person sitting next to them paid less than face value for their seat is absurd, and represents the very definition of elitism.”
You can go read the full text of the letter here.
Borough President is more of a ceremonial title than anything, but my New York friends tell me that Diaz has designs on running for Mayor of New York one day. When a New York politician thinks that slagging on the Yankees is good politics it must mean that the Yankees have REALLY stepped in it.