Quote of the Day: Tim Flannery on vices

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“This game beats on you so bad that by August you’re doing tequila
shots, not sleeping and eating late-night cheeseburgers. With the schedule, you say, ‘How in the world did I get through one
year, let alone 31?”‘

— Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, explaining why it’s hard for the coaching staff to stay healthy during the season.

The quote comes in the course of a really interesting article about Bruce Bochy trying to quit smokeless tobacco.  He’s dipped for close to 40 years, and he even mentions that his grandmother, a tobacco farmer, chewed the stuff.

Bochy is once again trying to kick the habit, which he says is triggered by baseball-related stress.  I think Brian Sabean should help him out by trading for Prince Fielder or someone so that his life is less-stressful.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.