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Jason Motte takes a job with the University of Memphis

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Pitcher Jason Motte was in Cardinals spring training camp this year. It didn’t go well, as he allowed six runs on 13 hits and two walks in five and a third, earning his release in late March. He didn’t latch on with another team following that and has not pitched this year.

He has been interviewing, however, and now he has a job. From the University of Memphis:

Former Major League Baseball player and World Series Champion, Jason Motte, joins the University of Memphis baseball staff as the Director of Player Development starting in 2018.

As Director of Player Development, Motte will assist in a variety of roles in the development of the student-athletes.

I suppose the “former” there will serve as official notice that Motte is retiring.

Motte heads into the next phase of his life with a career record of 27-15, a 3.30 ERA, 60 saves, a K/BB ratio of 375/125 in 397.2 innings pitched in 444 major league appearances across nine seasons for the Cardinals, Rockies, Cubs and Braves. He won a World Series ring with St. Louis in 2011 and appeared in three different postseasons.

Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Motte.

There was a fight in the Wrigley Field bleachers last night

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The Pirates beat the Cubs pretty easily last night. There was far more fight in the folks from Chicago out in the bleachers.

A brawl erupted among a group of fans. It was fairly messy as far as fights go. Lots of shoving and yelling and some punches thrown but no one really distinguished themselves or covered themselves with honor or glory. Well, two people did, for wildly different reasons. The fight was recorded by Danny Rockett, who hosts a podcast for the BleedCubbieBlue website. There are two videos below showing most of the relevant action.

I will give some honor and glory points to the middle aged guy in the blue jacket in the first video who kept repeating, over and over again, “there’s no fighting in the bleachers!” He was dead wrong about that, obviously, as there was actually a considerable amount of fighting, but I respect his aspirational mantra:

There was also a guy who distinguished himself but for extremely dubious reasons. I’m talking about the guy here in this second video who hurled racist epithets at one of his adversaries. That was special, but nowhere near as special at his reaction when he realized that someone was filming him.

Listen for him saying “DON’T RECORD ME!” and, just after that, “if my unit sees that I’m dead!” Which I presume means a military unit, but I’m not sure:

It’s amazing what people will say when they don’t think anyone is documenting it. And how freaked out they get once they realize that, yeah, someone was. I’m sure if this guy hits the news once he’s identified he’ll talk about how “that’s not who he is” or something like that. Don’t listen to him if he says that. Because, as is quite clear here, that’s exactly who he is. That’s exactly who most people are who get caught saying stuff like this.