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Last night recently-retired ballplayer David Ross made his debut on “Dancing with the Stars.” I’m not a dancer and I’m in no position to judge him, but my amateur view of it all was that he did a pretty good job for a guy who was in a catcher’s squat seven or eight months a year for the past 15 years.
The judges apparently thought so too, as they gave him a 28 out of 40 which seems pretty good. Is it pretty good? DWtS people, please enlighten us in the comments.
You can watch his whole routine here. Yes, it’s baseball-themed. And yes, he was wearing a Cubs uniform. With sequins. From Ross’ Instagram page:
And here he is in action:
I’m assuming his routine will be on heavy rotation in the Cubs’ clubhouse out in Arizona this morning.
A friend alerted me to a Reddit post from a Croatian guy who doesn’t know much about baseball but who was trying to figure out a rooting interest. His solution: he wrote to all 30 teams, asking them why he should root for them.
Only seven responded: the Orioles, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Phillies, Nationals and Dodgers.
The responses were . . . mostly poor. The Marlins’ response was the most detailed and was clearly tailored as a response to the man’s question. The Phillies’ was kind of zen and, I have to say, my favorite of them all:
While we appreciate the support of all of our fans, the reason for choosing one team versus another is a strictly personal reason. We do not try to ‘sell’ fans, rather we allow them the opportunity to choose to follow the Phillies for their own myriad of reasons.
Good luck with your choice.
The Dodgers sent the guy swag. Have to say, buying fandom is a bit too on-brand for the Dodgers, but all teams should go with their strengths.
Mostly, though, it seemed like off-the-shelf promotional speak. I feel like teams could do better and have more fun with this kind of thing. Good effort to those who bothered, but the 23 teams that didn’t ought to be ashamed of themselves. I mean, sending a response that says “Root for [Team] because we rule” would probably be the best answer. How hard could that be?
(Thanks to Vince G for the heads up)
Major League Baseball Trade Rumors is reporting that the Braves are going to release John Danks.
I forgot they even signed the guy, and I root for the dang team.
Danks was on a minor league deal and was not projected to factor into the Braves rotation plans, especially given the signings of R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon, who are more likely to more ably fill the “veteran innings eater” role than Danks could’ve. With Julio Teheran, Jaime Garcia and hard-throwing prospect Mike Foltynewicz, there wasn’t any room for the guy.
Danks struggled in his first four starts with the White Sox this past season before being released in mid-May. He owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts since the start of the 2012 season and has been bothered by shoulder issues for years. He says he doesn’t want to pitch in the minors, so it may be a tall order for him to find employment, at least until some pitchers start falling victim to injuries as the season begins.