Every time we post one of these the father in me shakes his head and thinks that the guy in question is a moron for risking his kid’s safety for a baseball. Then someone else comes out and says “hey, the kid is fine, quite worrying.” I’d love to see the percentage of folks who say stuff like that are parents too, but I suppose that gets us into the sorts of arguments that go beyond baseball.
But really, you’re an idiot if you risk injuring your kid to get a baseball.
Anyway, the latest example came last night in the Angels-Sox game following Albert Pujols’ homer. And yes, my assessment of idiocy applies even if it’s a home run ball from a future Hall of Famer like Albert Pujols.
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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.