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Sabathia: Slimmed down and ready for The Show

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When I was a teenager, my best friend’s house included a small room above the garage. The room had an old sofa, a pool table and a Sega Genesis. I never had my own video game system, but Ben and I once sat in that little room for an entire day only to have his older brother walk into the room, hit the power button and wipe out all we had “accomplished.” I can’t remember which one of us screamed, “You hit the power!” but that phrase became an inside joke for years.

Point is, I’m seven months older than CC Sabathia, so I get it. I never owned a Nintendo, and I’ve never been a very good gamer, but video games were a key part of my generation’s experience, and being on a video game cover would be awesome.

CC wants to be on a video game cover, he actually has a chance to make it happen, and he’s legitimately campaigning for the honor.

The folks behind MLB The Show are letting fans vote on who makes the cover of this year’s game. The Yankees ace is one of the candidates, and you can vote for him by tweeting with the hashtag #mlb13cc or through this page at MLB.com.

What’s CC doing to earn your vote?

Well, for starters he’s giving away stuff on Twitter, but if you’re more interested in voting for him based on his offseason workouts, he’s also making the rounds at ESPN and showing up in noticeably better shape.

“I’ve lost 20 pounds,” Sabathia told Colin Cowherd. “Coming off the elbow surgery, I just wanted to be healthy and stay healthy all year.”

My favorite show of support for Sabathia came from Phil Hughes who sent this tweet with curious hashtags: Tweet #mlb13cc to vote for @CC_Sabathia for the cover of MLB The Show 13 #ForcedTweet #ListenToTheAce

Look at that picture up top. Would you want to upset that man?

As an aside, when I was back home for the Christmas holiday, I went to my best friend’s parents house only to discover that our old game room now has hardwood floors, a nice leather sofa and a sewing machine. His mother has taken over! Depressing. Never should have let that room out of our sight.

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117 Responses to “Sabathia: Slimmed down and ready for The Show”

  1. jmv January 9th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Repost:

    Good evening.

    Just a quick stop to say that, IMHO, what happened today is a big fat joke. I’ll give you this tweet from Gordon Edes, retweeted by Ernesto Jerez. I think it summarizes what most of us think.

    @GordonEdes
    This is a fantastic column by Jayson Stark about what needs to be done about the Hall: http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=8826383

    (Hope the link works)

  2. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    according to scripture jesus was human, according to the quram, mohmammed was a human and the buddha was human, so the vast majority of humans worhip at least one human.
    __

    Let’s leave (putative) deities and prophets out of it.

  3. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Heyman obviously thinks Piazza juiced as many close to the game do.
    Now that they show the indignation many thought they should have in those early years, he gets called on it?
    Make up your minds..
    __

    Called on it should mean an offer of proof.

  4. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    For me – this whole vote today with the writers is summed up by Claude Rains in Casablanca:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1DEG6BWgp0

  5. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    how the hell does the nfl get such a freakin pass on ped usage?

    ****

    i have my theory – but it is just a theory – – – -

    ———————–

    What is your theory?

  6. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    i have my theory – but it is just a theory – – – -

    ———————–

    What is your theory?

    *******

    I am not entirely comfortable posting it on a blog – I have e-mail – - – -

  7. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    if heyman ‘believes’ piazza used, he’s a freakin reporter, get off your fat butt and prove it.

    otherwise you have no argument against him as a HOF’er.

  8. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    they were exposed for the cheats they were.”

    ——————————

    Exposed??? Everyone knew the guys up there did roids. The only clean player was Schilling who was outspoken about roid use in the game and then froze up

  9. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    i have my theory – but it is just a theory – – – -

    ———————–

    What is your theory?

    *******

    I am not entirely comfortable posting it on a blog – I have e-mail – – – -

    —————-

    You make it sound so secretive.

  10. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    and then froze up

    *****

    I forgot about that – Schilling did an interview with ESPN today – he was very melo about it – Barry Larkin was more vocal about supporting the the vote/non-vote today – - – -

  11. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    You make it sound so secretive.

    *******

    Sorry about that – it is just I do not have the energy to defend it tonight – though I do feel strongly about it – - – -

  12. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    lance armstrong spoke out against roids too.

    that means nothing.

  13. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I’ll send my e-mail to Chad

  14. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    There has not been this must talk about reporters I believe since Ms. Selena Roberts wrote a certain book about the hipster – - – -

  15. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    No need to apologize

  16. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I’ll send my e-mail to Chad

    ****

    Okay – I will send Chad mine as well – I should hopefully e-mail you in the next few days – I have business out of town the next two days and I am checking out early tonight b/c I have to be on the road reaaaally early tomorrow – I am always though curious to hear what people think about the MLB vs. NFL PED topic and theory – - – -

  17. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    and then froze up

    *****

    I forgot about that – Schilling did an interview with ESPN today – he was very melo about it – Barry Larkin was more vocal about supporting the the vote/non-vote today – – –

    ————————-

    Kay called out Larkin today for not speaking up sooner.

  18. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Exposed??? Everyone knew the guys up there did roids.
    ==================================
    They would have kept on using them if Congress didn’t step in, for whatever reason they did.
    When they acted like clowns on national TV they sealed their fate.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    “Forget about the tweets and columns or whatever. I didn’t read it either it was posted on here. The fact is prove Piazza was a roid user.”

    Sorry I just picked up tonight so haven’t read all the posts. And about people thinking that rickey or anyone else in the past did this, that, or the other. I’m sure none of us needs a roadmap to understand that this year’s vote was going to be a barn burner. And there were casualties along the way, likely not because of guilt by association (for those players not implicated whom others feel should have made it) but because the voters were probably OVERLY vigilant in their voting this year. After all, to keep out someone who would have likely been a first-ballot HOFr if not for the cheating and then to vote in someone whose record is nowhere near that person’s, well it probably just made it easier for voters to vote that way. Next year there will probably be a banner crop voted in.

    I hope the scumbags who DID cheat their way through the game, whomever they may be, feel at least a little remorse for F’ng things up for so many others. I don’t blame the writers a whit. I blame the players who cheated. And that king of the dirtbags, Bud Selig, the little nebbish who wouldn’t know truth, ethics, and morality, if he was hit square in that beady little face of his by them. He owns 99% of this. And Donald Fehr owns the other 99%. (My bow to the Yog.)

  20. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    No problem whenever you get a chance to send it I’ll be on the look out. It’s all good

  21. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Exposed??? Everyone knew the guys up there did roids.
    ==================================
    They would have kept on using them if Congress didn’t step in, for whatever reason they did.
    When they acted like clowns on national TV they sealed their fate.

    ————————————————————

    They’re still using them even though they went in front of Congress. There are steroid users in all sports believe it or not.

  22. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    They made a mockery of it and now are paying for it.

  23. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I hope the scumbags who DID cheat their way through the game, whomever they may be, feel at least a little remorse for F’ng things up for so many others.

    —————————–

    I don’t blame these players. I blame the ones from the past.

  24. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    i agree trisha. i would have liked to see piazza and biggio get in, i think they were held out b/c of guilt by association, but then again, yogi didnt get in on the first ballot so piazza can wait a year.

    but this is kicking the can down the road b/c they cant keep the ‘by association’ guys out, to be fair.

    as for the known roiders, bonds and rocket, too f’in bad.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    mick, Congress stepped in because they could. There was a confluence of events that led to it, those events being the publication of Canseco’s book at the same time that high school baseball players who used steroids were committing suicide and the stories about those players were getting a lot of press. Congress was actually being responsible by attempting to call out MLB for steroid use, since hero worship DOES exist between kids playing the game and their heroes in the majors.

    I will continue to say that as long as MLB has the antitrust exemption, MLB is answerable to Congress. And Selig continued to show who he really is when he was supposed to report back to Congress with a new set of rules and regulations and managed to miss the deadline. Arrogant little scmuck that he is.

  26. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    where does michael kay get off calling others out. he was supposed to be so tight with what was going on in the locker room that he got the radio gig with sterling despite never doing radio before.

    now he’s mr. media and he calls others out?

    stfu kay.

  27. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    feel at least a little remorse for F’ng things up for so many others.
    ======================================
    There isn’t a thought in their mind about the others, players or fans.
    When the time is right Clemens will start to beg to get in as it is costing him money.
    Bonds otoh could care less ….and that is a big part of this.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    “as for the known roiders, bonds and rocket, too f’in bad.”

    YOU BETCHA!

    “They’re still using them even though they went in front of Congress.

    Yes, a badge of honor, isn’t it?

  29. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    “Selig continued to show who he really is when he was supposed to report back to Congress with a new set of rules and regulations and managed to miss the deadline.”
    =======================================
    has congress itself failed to miss a deadline in the past 50 years?

    this is why congress is held in lower regard than head lice.

    selig is probably somewhere between congress/head lice and having a root canal.

  30. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    “They’re still using them even though they went in front of Congress.
    ============================================
    But no one is coming close to any sacred records like McGwire and Bonds.

  31. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    now he’s mr. media and he calls others out?

    stfu kay.

    ********

    not just Kay – but his buddy buddy earlier in the day on ESPN radio – and a vocal opponent of the steroid era – Lupica – who wrote one of the classic books on the era of roids (sarcasm added for emphasis):

    Summer of ’98: When Homers Flew, Records Fell, and Baseball Reclaimed America by Mike Lupica

    http://www.amazon.com/Summer-9.....+98+lupica

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    “has congress itself failed to miss a deadline in the past 50 years?

    this is why congress is held in lower regard than head lice.

    selig is probably somewhere between congress/head lice and having a root canal.”

    Not sure about whether Congress has missed a deadline but I’m thinking if it has, it’s probably not because they didn’t consider a matter put in front of the entire nation to be important enough. Selig, on the other hand, basically chucked them the finger. Again, if Selig wants to play dictator, he won’t do it on Congress’s dime because they own him. If he wants to give up MLB’s antitrust exemption, there isn’t much Congress can do to him. But little slimeball can’t have it both ways.

  33. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    “But no one is coming close to any sacred records like McGwire and Bonds.”
    —————————————————————————
    its become apparent that arod is not going to beat the hr record. and probably not hamerin’ hank’s (real) record.

    and maybe not even the babe’s.

  34. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    many were naive to what was going on in 98.

  35. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    its become apparent that arod is not going to beat the hr record. and probably not hamerin’ hank’s (real) record.

    and maybe not even the babe’s.
    =======================
    its tainted now anyway.

  36. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    when you are paid a salary to cover or write about the game of baseball – and for some – a whole season – and you drop the ball – you are either (1) incompetent, (2) ignorant, (3) scared to speak up or (4) deliberately indifferent – - – -none of these categories are good to be in for a professional, salaried, or paid sports reporter covering the game back in ’98 – - – -

  37. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    this is the reason behind the contempt.
    baseball records, esp HR records are holy.
    there is nothing like it in any other sport.
    if they weren’t holy, none of this would matter.
    try messin’ with someone’s religion, this is what you get.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I’m waiting for the day that there are no more viable masking agents and the players’ union agrees to random blood and urine testing and agrees to make the results public from day one. Actually I’d like to see one and out. You use once, you’re gone.

    I’m very patient.

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    “this is the reason behind the contempt.
    baseball records, esp HR records are holy.
    there is nothing like it in any other sport.
    if they weren’t holy, none of this would matter.
    try messin’ with someone’s religion, this is what you get.”

    Amen mick. Amen.

  40. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’m waiting for the day that there are no more viable masking agents

    ******

    sadly – there is sooooo much money to be made and spent – you may be waiting a while – - – -

  41. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    rrrrgggg – still no word on Morse – - – -

  42. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    i have to say that some players should have broken ‘the code’ and spoken out about roids.

    we can look at any player that we think didn’t use and make excuses for why they didn’t say anything.

    team unity

    not ‘ratting’

    clubhouse issues.

    but someone should have come out.

    not saying anything is explainable but not really excusable.

    and i include good players who i don’t suspect using, like larkin and, yes, jeter.

  43. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    didn’t canseco have something to say ?

  44. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    this is the reason behind the contempt.
    baseball records, esp HR records are holy.
    there is nothing like it in any other sport.
    if they weren’t holy, none of this would matter.
    try messin’ with someone’s religion, this is what you get.
    __

    This is merely your opinion. No one owes you anything. If you don’t like the current situation in MLB, don’t watch.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    “sadly – there is sooooo much money to be made and spent – you may be waiting a while – – – -”

    And I know you’re right. That’s the sad reality. And really, trying to track down every back-room lab and every amateur chemist out there who’d love nothing more than to come up with the next clear, well, it’s impossible to see any end to it. :(

  46. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    “They’re still using them even though they went in front of Congress.
    ============================================
    But no one is coming close to any sacred records like McGwire and Bonds.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Maybe this generation of players aren’t as good as Bongs or Mac even if they are on roids too.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Rich, I think mick is talking about the general feeling of contempt, not necessarily just his own.

  48. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:54 pm
    didn’t canseco have something to say ?

    ———————-

    Only after he couldn’t get a job in MLB.

  49. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    The Man Who Warned Baseball About Steroids

  50. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    If Rick Helling was sounding the alarm in ’98 – then these writers have no excuse – - – -

  51. blake January 9th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Both #WhiteSox and #RedSox also scouted Javier Vazquez tonight.

  52. mick January 9th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This is merely your opinion. No one owes you anything. If you don’t like the current situation in MLB, don’t watch.
    ================
    Trite Rich, I expect better from you. Off the point as well…
    Do you put others opinions on here or are they yours?
    Owes me anything? WTF are you talking about?

  53. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Both #WhiteSox and #RedSox also scouted Javier Vazquez tonight.

    ******

    As long as it does not say both sox looking into Morse and JUP – I am fine – - – -

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    “i have to say that some players should have broken ‘the code’ and spoken out about roids. ”

    I have to agree with you Ys’ Guy.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    “Only after he couldn’t get a job in MLB.”

    To which I say, thank you God that he couldn’t get a job in MLB and wrote his expose instead. Because if he hadn’t, we’d probably have a beaming batch of cheaters being interviewed as we speak about being voted into the HOF!

    To the purity of the game of baseball!

    Night all.

    :)

  56. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What Hank Aaron had to go through as black man in baseball in America in his time had to be horrific, insulting, demeaning and increabibly unfair.

    To be passed by by the likes of Barry Bonds had to be the ultimate degradation.

    But Mr. Aaron has an inner strength that made his greatness in the face of such hatred possible in the first place.

    Thank you Mr. Aaron!

  57. blake January 9th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue says:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    “i have to say that some players should have broken ‘the code’ and spoken out about roids. ”

    How’s that worked out for Canseco?

  58. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    And thank you Jackie Robinson.

    As Mr. Aaron said about Mr. Robinson:

    “If it had not been for Jackie Robinson, there would not have been a Hank Aaron. There would not have been a Willie Mays or some of the other black stars that has played in the major leagues.”

    http://www.hark.com/clips/bjnz.....is-success

  59. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Yes thank God that a man that helped ppl cheat ratted them out when he was past his prime and could no longer play

  60. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Trite Rich, I expect better from you. Off the point as well…
    Do you put others opinions on here or are they yours?
    Owes me anything? WTF are you talking about?
    __

    It was your decision to characterize records as “holy.”

    So I said: “This is merely your opinion.”

    By calling them holy, and invoking religion as an analogy, it’s reasonable to think that you are placing a special burden on the players to uphold some sacred truth.

    But since it is merely your opinion that they are holy, and not some affirmative oath they took, the players don’t owe you or anyone else anything. That is what I meant by using the word “owed.”

    If someone messed with my religion (if I actually had one other than the one my parents passed on), I wouldn’t want to be involved with them. So that’s why I said “don’t watch.”

  61. Jerkface January 9th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Its more likely that eventually PEDs will be legal (due to increased effectiveness, ease of use & reduced side effects) thanks to science than testing catches up with masking agents. Then eventually people will genetically engineer their kids to have elite athletic ability. And even more eventually, cyborgs will simply be unmatched.

    MLB = mutant league baseball, live it, love it.

  62. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Its more likely that eventually PEDs will be legal (due to increased effectiveness, ease of use & reduced side effects) thanks to science than testing catches up with masking agents. Then eventually people will genetically engineer their kids to have elite athletic ability. And even more eventually, cyborgs will simply be unmatched.

    MLB = mutant league baseball, live it, love it.

    ******

    It is already happened – - – -or will happen in 2020:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1GO96N1yxA

  63. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    “How’s that worked out for Canseco?”
    =======================
    canseco has made a ton of money from his books, etc.

    he’s kind of a f/u but he’s made a living off being the rodier who called out other roiders.

    his life isn’t a party (when he can’t afford one) but the steroid thing has actually worked out great for him, unlike anything else he’s tried to do post baseball.

  64. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Yup – Jose is living the high life:

    August 2012:

    According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the former MLB star … turned steroid finger pointer … turned reality star … turned celebrity boxer … turned alleged deadbeat … received a notice to “vacate” a Northridge home he had been renting since last year.

    A source connected to Canseco tells us the trouble began after Jose missed two months of rent.

    We’re told Jose left the home late Wednesday night … and won’t be allowed back.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/12/.....z2HXTZJmRU

    May 2012:

    All but broke, Canseco, 47, is still hoping to make the cut with the Quintana Roo Tigres, an unaffiliated Triple-A minor-league team in Cancun, in an attempt to climb back to the majors a decade after he was unceremoniously released by the Chicago White Sox following a remarkable — though steroid-tainted — 17-year career.

    But Canseco’s tryout was abruptly cut short earlier this week when he admitted to taking medically-prescribed testosterone — a consequence of his prolonged steroid use — which is banned by the league.

  65. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Jerkface January 9th, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    Its more likely that eventually PEDs will be legal (due to increased effectiveness, ease of use & reduced side effects) thanks to science than testing catches up with masking agents.

    ———————–

    True that’s where we are headed. I wonder how many ppl against roids will use them when that day comes.

  66. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Lost .. ?@LostNYY
    #Yankees are interested in Morse but feel the asking is too high.

    rrrrrggggg – - – -

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 9th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    “Yes thank God that a man that helped ppl cheat ratted them out when he was past his prime and could no longer play”

    Oooo, it would be so much better if he hadn’t and they were still cheating. Then you could watch this year’s HOF ceremonies!

    Who gives a rat that he helped them cheat? He obviously pointed a huge finger at himself. It’s not like he said he was innocent and they all cheated.

    Is your point that you don’t care about cheating, this is an infringement on your enjoyment of the game? If so, that’s your right. All of your comments seem to be going in that direction so it’s senseless to have this back and forth. I know what you think, you know what I think.

    And now I truly mean – night all! Time for me to enjoy a night where I can rejoice in what I consider to be an infusion of ethics into the game I love. Better late than never.

  68. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    what did jim bouton do wrong other than tell the truth? yet he was ostracized for decades for what he wrote. this despite being a true devote, yes even a lover of the game of baseball.

    yet he does not regret for one minute doing what he did.

    jim bouton is a man of integrity.

    someone else should have written ‘ball four’ about steroids.

  69. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    sa/lalakers coming down to the wire!

  70. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    “someone else should have written ‘ball four’ about steroids.”

    Isn’t that what Canseco did?

  71. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, you’re saying someone other than Canseco. My bad.

  72. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Then you could watch this year’s HOF ceremonies!

    He obviously pointed a huge finger at himself. It’s not like he said he was innocent and they all cheated.

    Is your point that you don’t care about cheating, this is an infringement on your enjoyment of the game?
    ———————-

    We’ve been watching steroid guys get into the hall for yrs it’s just that they haven’t been outed yet.

    What finger did he point at himself? There were stories about him using since the 80s. Hell when he was traded to the Yankees and he was doing an interview on Fox 5 I couldn’t stop thinking Canseco steroids.

    I used to care but the writers going on their endless crusade has made me not care as much. I used get shock when a new name was leaked but it was beaten to death by the media. What I say now is a lot of players used and it more than likely started way before they claim it did.

    Not senseless because having this discussion is a good thing. We’re all exchanging ideas.

  73. blake January 9th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Canseco’s life seems kinda sad to me…. He’s been black balled from baseball…. Resorting to cage fighting D list celebrities …..pretty rough

  74. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    sa/lalakers coming down to the wire!

    ——————–

    Tough loss for LA and they competed but

    “moral victories are for mL coaches” – Jay-z

  75. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Jim Callis
    ?@jimcallisB
    They were No. 11 on mine. All four of us who voted for Handbook ranks had them 11th. @jyp2121: no surprise #yankees arent on this list

  76. austinmac January 9th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    YSGuy,

    The last I heard of Canseco is he was playing for less than peanuts on a south Texas independent league team. Fitting end of his career.

  77. Tar January 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Unless the Writers don’t ever plan on ever electing anybody from this era ( including Jeter and Mo), they got it wrong.

    This was the Steroid ERA. Everybody either used themselves, or played with or against someone that used. All stats have an asterisk. Either nobody gets in or everybody is eligible.

    There are no innocent parties involved here. Certainly not Selig and MLB, Not the Union nor the Players themselves. Not even the Writers are without blame in all this.

    Too damn many immoral people trying to pass judgment on others.

    And one last… thing I don’t ever want to read again from some reporter how the fans screw up the All Star voting.

  78. pkyankfan69 January 9th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Mike Piazza is the best offensive catcher in MLB history and has no solid connection to PED’s, only speculation. Piazza not making the HOF is a complete joke. Writers are now going to base their vote on rumors and suspicion instead of stats? Asinine… As for the obvious PED users, the best of the best like Bonds and Clemens should also get in. I’m fine with the writers not voting for them in their first year of eligibility as a punishment for their PED use, as it’s certainly an extra honor to be a first ballot HOFer, but they should be voted in next year. The Baseball HOF is a museum that that not only honors the greatest players of all time, but tells the story of the sport. Whether sports writers and baseball fans like it or not, PED’s are now part of that story. It’s time to accept the fact that PED’s were rampant in baseball for a long period of time and turn the page. Just like in any other era, vote the best of the best players in and stop making a mockery of the HOF. Rant over.

  79. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    i give credit to canseco for being out-front about steroids. he’s just a jackass and f/u who can’t do anything right.

    he’s not a man of integrity, he’s a man who will sell himself to anyone who is holding out some cash.

    thats why he is where he is despite making $45 million dollars as a baseball player.

    (jim bouton made $129 thousand playing baseball)

  80. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    rick helling stood up – it is just his union smacked him back down and no one in the press really cared at the time – - – -

  81. The Return of Stoneburner January 9th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal
    I completely respect and appreciate the opinions of @jaysonst and @JeffPassan. They are my friends. I just disagree. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ity-010913

    *****

    ken – i will forgive you – IF you tweet and break a story saying JUP or Morse is coming to the Yanks – - – - -

  82. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Unless the Writers don’t ever plan on ever electing anybody from this era ( including Jeter and Mo), they got it wrong.
    __

    A player like one of them will give writers an excuse to vote them in and then wax poetic about the exception(s) that prove the rule.

    IOW, never underestimate the desire for self-justification.

  83. blake January 9th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Oh players from the PED era will get in…at least 3 will next year ….

  84. Against All Odds January 9th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    blake January 9th, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    Oh players from the PED era will get in…at least 3 will next year ….

    ———————

    :D

  85. blake January 9th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    “ken – i will forgive you – IF you tweet and break a story saying JUP or Morse is coming to the Yanks – – – – ”

    Ken breaks most everything ….either he or the yahoo boys

  86. Ys Guy January 9th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    if cc wants to be on a pinball machine, im in, otherwise i couldn’t care less.

    ‘retweet “turn off the game console and do your homework” if you dont give a ‘crap’ about cc being on a video game’

  87. Cashmoney January 9th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    chad, did he smoke you up while you were in that little room chilling? you can plea the fifth on that one.+

  88. UnKnown January 10th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    “I don’t follow anyone’s Twitter seeing I don’t hero-worship anyone with Twitter.”

    The only person equating reading what someone posts on Twitter to “hero-worship” is you.

    The real question is who are you going to tell us to worship and praise now that Soriano is gone. It was quite comical how you placed him up into the heavens with the rest of the Saints and Angels every night. :lol:

  89. PacoDooley January 10th, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Headline should read:

    “Sabathia: Temporarily slimmed down and ready for The Show”

    Don’t we hear a report every year of how CC has lost weight because he wants to remain healthy, and then a hundred boxes of Cap’n Crunch later he is back to his usual huge self.

    I think that players like him and Prince Fielder, who have all the talent in the world, would be even better if they could get their weight under control. I know that this is not a real insight, but I have heard people defend CC and say that his weight helps him remain durable and effective.

  90. Mike Ri January 10th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I agree with Paco .. its the same crap every year

    1- CC likes like a Andrea Lima
    2- Arod has found the fountain of youth and will have a MONSTER year.

  91. Mike Ri January 10th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    looks*

  92. blake January 10th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    3. AJ is working on a CU….oh wait

  93. blake January 10th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    @YahooNews: Exclusive: Junior Seau suffered brain disease from NFL hits: http://t.co/ImmxEm4O

    Very sad

  94. Against All Odds January 10th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Extremely sad

  95. Ys Guy January 10th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    football is in deep deep trouble. people just don’t realize how bad its going to get. and soon.

    the mounting evidence about head injuries in football will soon make it impossible for midget football leagues and then high schools to field football teams. they won’t be able to get insurance for one thing. and even nfl stars are beginning to say they will not let their children play.

    then you will likely see division II and III schools drop it because there won’t be this pool of HS players coming up to fill those spots.

  96. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    BA describes Soler’s upside to the Cubs #1 prospect ( Baez) in there write up and call him the prototypical RFer…..and that he could move fast. Woukd have been nice…..

  97. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    It’s definately a problem….they have tried to address it at the NFL level but the violence and nature of the game is what makes it appealing to fans…..football has a really fine line to walk between making their sport safe where guys will feel comfortable playing…..and turning it into 2 hand tag which nobody would watch

  98. 86w183 January 10th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Morning gang!

    Ys Guy —-

    I don’t think football will disappear that quickly or that high up, but its pretty clear to me that full contact football should be banned prior to high school.

    I took a shot @ 13 that left me numb for a few minutes and woozy for a couple of days. I don’t doubt that I was an eyelash from serious injury, though I got no medical attention.

    Coaches at that level haven’t a clue what to do medically.

  99. Ys Guy January 10th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    the nfl is so dependent on colleges which are in turn completely dependent on high schools to produce players. if high schools get out of the game, and i think the majority will have to within the next decade, the whole thing begins to crumble.

  100. Ys Guy January 10th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    86, i clearly had a concussion during practice with the valley stream green hornets when i was 12. i saw an explosion of ‘stars’ when i took a hit in a tackling drill and was left staggering andcompletely woozy. the coaches all said, wow, you really got your bell rung didn’t you?, then sat me down for about 15 minutes the put me back into the same drill.

  101. 86w183 January 10th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    One change I do see coming is that fewer high schools will have football teams and every 4-6 schools will have a “regional” team. That way they might be able to afford better equipment, trainers and other medical personnel.

    Football isn’t going away, but when I see six year olds crashing into each other helmet to helmet it makes me cringe…… and want to punch their parents in the nose.

  102. austinmac January 10th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I scoped out other newspapers for Morse news or rumors and came up empty other than to read the O’s would really like to get him. He will be moved, but he will likely be somewhat expensive even for one year.

    I still pine for Upton and his multi year contract. Of course, that may kill the Yankees desire for him.

  103. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I think the Nats would prefer to trade Morse to someone other than Baltimore

  104. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    “I still pine for Upton and his multi year contract. Of course, that may kill the Yankees desire for him.”

    It shouldn’t at his AAV but who knows with them…..I have to believe Cashman is talking to Towers about him but not sure if they can get him or not…,,,

    If I were Cash Id be talking to both Rizzo and Towers….,

  105. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    My son learned one of the most beautiful words in the English language this morning ……bacon

  106. AAA January 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I think the Nats would prefer to trade Morse to someone other than Baltimore

    =======================================

    Meh. No reason for them not too. Any sort of rivalry that exist between the Nats and O’s is vastly overrated and diminishing by the day. It was a little bit of a thing when the Nats initially came to be, but it’s really not anymore.

  107. Shame Spencer January 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    My son learned one of the most beautiful words in the English language this morning ……bacon

    ——————

    blake – There’s such a thing as a bacon of the month club if you want to start dropping Mrs. blake some hints for what you might like for a birthday gift.

    Also – Just read Stark’s article on the HoF. Fantastic stuff.

  108. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    They don’t really like each other much to my knowledge…..not saying they wouldn’t trade him there….just that they’d probably prefer not to if somebody else’s offer is equal

  109. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Stark is the best

  110. blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I think it’s interesting that nobody seems to care that NFL players have practically become reliant on Toradol to play and manage their pain week to week

  111. Ys Guy January 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    i feel bad for the buisnesspeople of cooperstown who are going to take a big hit on induction weekend.

    they depend pretty heavily on that income to get through the rest of the year.

  112. austinmac January 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The Baltimore article did note the O’s sure don’t want to have a traded player have a long career with the competitor Nats while Morse is one and done.

  113. blake January 10th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Yea my point was that if another team has a similar offer to the orioles that my guess is that they’d trade him to the other team most likely

  114. Shame Spencer January 10th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    blake January 10th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I think it’s interesting that nobody seems to care that NFL players have practically become reliant on Toradol to play and manage their pain week to week

    ———————

    The real dirty little secret of most sports/athletes is that guys are juicing up on stuff starting in high school, IMO. It’s rarely mentioned or covered… not sure I’ve ever seen an article on it.

  115. Chip January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    On Sabathia: Shocking, another player who says he’s “in the best shape of his life” :yawn:

    Couldn’t sleep last night so I watched Yankees vs. Boston from October 2, 2012 (day my son was born) on Yankee Classics on YES. Two things stood out to me: First the Yankees won, which never happens on Yankee Classics. Second, for those who said that the Yankees need to sign this guy and that guy to make sure they have a good team or else no one would show up. This was Yankees vs. Boston, in October, in a pennant race, and no one was in the stadium by the time it ended. I don’t know what the answer is, maybe the Yankees have succeeded in pricing out fans, maybe fans just don’t like the new stadium, maybe people would rather drop $700 on a really nice television and watch all the games than spend $100 to take the family to the game.

  116. Shame Spencer January 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    My point being there’s a solid culture behind it.. hard to break those kinds of cycles.

  117. Shame Spencer January 10th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    :arrow:


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