Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday Morning Bench Coach

Continuing the "Charlie in the Movies" theme with his starring role in Forrest Gump...



Pirates in the News
Consistent with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the last 20 year, their president is facing four charges related to a DUI arrest. Frank Coonelly describes his "actions," specifically getting liquored up and driving around in car, as "irresponsible and wrong."

We here at WSBGMs in no way condone driving while intoxicated. However, I can't help but point out that the managers of the 2011 World Series participants both had run-ins with the law related to substance. LaRussa had a rather famous DUI and Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine. So, in other words, get to work Clint Hurdle....

Pujols- Classy?
The California Angels recently promised Albert Pujols $250 million to play baseball. You'd think they could market him however they want. Not so fast, muchacho.

Pujols is not thrilled that the Angels have put up billboards of him and the words "El Hombre." (That means "The Man" for those of you who took French.)

Apparently, while in St. Louis he did not want the the Cardinals to use the nickname out of respect for Stan "The Man" Musial. This makes sense to me. I appreciate players giving respect to those that came before them, especially a WWII veteran and Medal of Freedom winner. But news flash Albert, you aren't in Missouri anymore. How many people in LA will relate Albert "El Hombre" Pujols, the Angels first baseman, to Stan Musial? I'll take it one step further. How many people in LA even know Stan Musial?

By refuting the nickname and asking the Cardinals to not use this most obvious marketing campaign, he came across as humble and classy. Now, he looks like at chump pandering to a fanbase that he walked away from for a few extra dollars. Own your greed, Albert. And take your $250 million and let the Angels market you the way they want.

In the video associated with the ESPN story linked above, Mike Greenberg (gag...) asks, "Is Pujols a class act or what?" I'm going with "what."

Speaking of Drugs...
Ronald Belisario of the Dodgers will serve a 25 game suspension because he tested positive for cocaine. Okay, I understand that people do drugs. This isn't surprising. What is surprising is what Belisario said after he got caught.

"I don't have a problem with any drugs."

Classic case of denial. Maybe a support group with Josh Hamilton could be helpful. But then he said some even more ridiculous things.The article says that Belisario "only used the drug once, but doesn't remember when he tried it, when he tested positive or who administered the test."

Could any of you middle aged readers out there imagine trying cocaine for the first time, then randomly taking a drug test, failing said drug test, then completely forgetting all of the aforementioned events? Then could you imagine trying to sell this story to your employer?

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Belasario only "did in once". Sure, it's your lie, tell it how you want.

Other drug related news- Ryan Braun beats the system. The only reason his 50 game suspension was dismissed is over a technicality of the specimen he gave. Really, a techni-fuckin-cality?! Dude too PEDs and now he walks free. Bullshit! Ryan Braun is a cheater and he digusts me.

GM-Carson said...

•Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels ruled out the possibility of signing in his hometown of San Diego, asking Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com "why would I want to go where fans only support you from the third inning through the sixth?'' (Twitter link). Hamels will hit free agency after the season if the Phillies don’t sign him to an extension.

*Cole Hamels grew balls!

Preserve Jon said...

There's been hope for ole Girl Parts since 2010.

Shackamaxon said...

Especially because cocaine only stays in your system briefly. Like, a couple of days.

Oops.

Corey said...

right, but they don't test for cocaine. they test for a metabolic byproduct which stays there for a month or so. so, oops might be right.

Bob D said...

Remember what after we did what? I can't remember what!

GM-Carson said...

Drugs are bad.

SirAlden said...

Did not know that Corey was a "jailhouse lawyer"

Go Corey!

SirAlden said...

Ryan Howard looks very thin. I wonder if after his ankle is healed how long it will take to bulk up, and if it will affect his power.

GM-Carson said...

I'm predicting sub-20 homers from Howard this year.