Talking head says Jeter is “a fraud” and “you are all suckers”


The hottest of hot takes from Chris Carlin on SNY about the Jeter farewell business, in which he says about Jeter: “This guy’s a fraud, and you are all suckers.”

Obviously we’re not all Jeter fans, and there is certainly an element of fatigue to all of the Jeter stuff for those of us who are not. But you have to be one particularly sour jackwagon to have opinions about all of this that are this strong. He’s a “fraud?” If anything Jeter and other athletes have given this guy and guys like him more reason and basis to make money and otherwise benefit in their pathetic lives than anything else. They don’t owe you crap, and to suggest they’ve somehow fooled anyone into anything is the height of ridiculousness

But what would be worse is if this guy actually doesn’t feel hurt or defrauded by Derek Jeter. If he’s voicing opinions this strong that he doesn’t, in reality, hold, because he feels like he needs to yell louder and be more provocative than the next talking head.

And I know what many of you will say: then why give him any ink here? That’s exactly what he wants! We’ve been over this stuff in the past, but the short version is that I still maintain some shred of hope and optimism for humanity and I continue to believe, however naively it may be, that exposing awful people and awful opinions will, in the aggregate, make things better. That while there will always be some who eat this kind of crap up, there is at least 50% + 1 of humanity that agrees this is crap and will consider it so. And that, over time, as this sort of crap is met with scorn, it will seem less and less appealing, thus elevating the discourse.

Maybe I’m nuts. But I’d rather be hopelessly nuts like that than to live in a world where sour-ass idiocy like this simply happens without anyone caring.

Alvarez’s bases-clearing double sends Astros past White Sox

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HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night for their first win of the season.

Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer in the sixth and made a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh to rob Andrew Benintendi of extra bases and keep the World Series champion Astros within one run.

Eloy Jimenez hit two RBI doubles for the White Sox, both off Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Jimenez’s first double scored Tim Anderson in the first inning. In the sixth, Javier gave up three straight doubles to Benintendi, Jimenez and Joan Moncada to make it 3-0 and end his night.

White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman (0-1) loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on two walks and a single. Jake Diekman came on and gave up Alvarez’s double to deep left-center, a drive that just eluded Luis Robert Jr. and bounced off the wall, clearing the bases.

Four Astros relievers each worked one scoreless inning. Seth Martinez (1-0) got the win and Rafael Montero handled the ninth for his first save.

Chicago starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.


White Sox INF Andrew Vaughn, who hit a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday’s season-opening win, did not play. Vaughn experienced lower back issues during spring training. Gavin Sheets started at first base.


Astros outfielder Corey Yulks, a Houston-area native, singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-4 in his major league debut.


Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, presented the team and staff with their 2022 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.


Astros: LHP Blake Taylor, who is on the 15-day injured list with a left elbow strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land.


The four-game season-opening series continues Saturday when Houston’s Jose Urquidy faces Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.