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Final Furlong: March 2, 2013

I know, I know, it’s been a couple weeks.  Fine.  It’s back.  A couple weeks off from the print version of the Furlong because, well, I’m lazy sometimes.  That apparently didn’t stop people from doing, trying, and saying a lot of stupid or ridiculous things.  Shall we?

-Props to Zack Greinke for admitting what everyone should.  He told Jon Heyman of that it was about the money for him.  He’s a total schill who would play for the worst team in baseball (didn’t he alraedy play for the Royals…ok, I kid) if they paid the most.  Good for him.  More players should be honest about their intentions.  And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get paid the most money available.

-I’ve lived in a couple crappy appartments.  I’ve caused damage (two cats and a preschooler will cause damage to any, and every, carpet) but apparently, I wasn’t trying hard enough.  Tim Lincecum is being sued by a former landlord of his for causing $200k worth of damage at an old townhouse he lived in.  Good Lord!  $200k?  At that point, you’re just trying to cause problems.  Lincecum is trying to settle out of court, which is understandable, but he’s wrong here.  Time to pay up.

-And now, we break for the greatest recruiting highlight ever.

Props to Rich Tran for knowing how to effectively use parody.  Oh, and how to troll every other football highlight video ever made.

-MLB Network had a show this offseason called The Next Knuckler.  It was won by former LSU Tiger QB Josh Booty.  What you may not remember is Booty is a retired MLB player who played for the then-Florida Marlins from 1996-1998.  He was on their 1997 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.  He retired in 1999 and is on their retired list.  The prize for winning the show?  a crack at spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Here’s the problem.  Because he’s on the Marlins’ retired list, they get first crack at any comeback he makes.  This could turn out to be awesome and I hope it gets even more ridiculous than it already is.

-JP Arencibia is a good catcher.  He’s just never caught a knuckleball pitcher before.  And with the Blue Jays aquiring R.A. Dickey in the offseason, he really doesn’t want to miss every 5th day while Dickey pitches.  So he’s been learning how to catch Dickey.  Without wearing a cup.  I give him props for wanting to catch Dickey but this seems like an unnecessary move.  Either way, congrats to Arencibia for having the *ahem* balls to try it.

-And finally, it turns out Alex Rodriguez is a terrible person.  Ok, it’s possible he isn’t, but good people don’t, essentially, start fake charities.  According to the Boston Globe, Alex Rodriguez’s charity, which he founded after being connected to illegal underground poker, only gave 1% of its proceeds to charity.  Much of that was donated to Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (think about that circular reasoning.  One athlete’s charity donating to another celebrity’s charity.  Logic!) and supposedly gave $90 to a little league baseball team.  And no, that’s not a typo.  It’s clear that we’ve reached the point where disliking A-Rod has nothing to do with him playing for the Yankees.

Until Next Week…

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