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Baseball Bids Bye Bye Baby to Braun
July 29, 2013

I've been really busy with amateur baseball this week, and haven't had a lot of time to see what's happening in the big leagues. The 2013 Gold Sox season ends on Sunday, and it's hard to believe that the season has gone by so quickly. More on that next week, but here are some of the observations from these past seven days...


...Most of you are probably tired of the subject of steroids in baseball, but I'm so happy Ryan Braun finally got what he deserved. The Milwaukee outfielder was suspended for the rest of the season (65 games) for his involvement with the Biogenesis lab, and other performance-enhancing drug allegations. You may remember that Braun tested positive for PEDs in 2011, but his suspension was overturned because his urine sample was mishandled. Braun went from professing his innocence, to arguing a technicality, to being glib about the fact he got away with it. Baseball's next steroid target is Alex Rodriguez, and it will be more than interesting to see what happens with him...

...I got a chuckle from a story out of Milwaukee. The Brewers are giving fans ten-dollar food vouchers when they purchase game tickets as sort of an apology for the Ryan Braun mess (and the team's being in last place). I doubt ten bucks would buy you a brat and a small beer, but at least the team is making some sort of acknowledgment. Remember Barry Bonds? The Giants did nothing except not talk about it for a couple of years, and keep Barry out of the ball park. That strategy actually worked. Bonds goes to a few games now, and is spotlighted by the TV crew laughing and smiling...

...It was somewhat comical to watch Boston's David Ortiz smash a dugout phone to smithereens with his bat after he didn't like an umpire's call, but you have to think that kind of behavior warrants a suspension. MLB is apparently not going to make Big Papi miss any time for those antics, which is ridiculous. I'm sure a fine will be in the offing, though...

...Major League Baseball's trading deadline is almost here, and I've read reports that the Dodgers are willing to trade Andre Ethier. I'm hoping that most of those 'reports' are from guys like me who have a website, and can write anything they want. However, a reporter who covers the Texas Rangers has written about Ethier to Texas for closer Joe Nathan. First, I don't think it will happen. Second, it wouldn't make much sense if it did. Even assuming Matt Kemp can have a healthy August and September (and that's a pretty big assumption), the Dodgers outfield isn't really that deep. Remember all of those pitchers the Dodgers had when the season started? They traded a couple of guys they really needed in May and June...

...Speaking of the Dodgers, I learned about (and saw) Yasiel Puig's eleventh inning walkoff home run against Cincinnati from a ten year-old. I walked into the Gold Sox clubhouse, and the team batboy, who is a Dodger fan (good kid) told me about it, and even played the highlight for me on his phone. You gotta love technology today, especially when the ten-year olds have it and I don't...

...More about Puig. I didn't see (or notice) on the cellphone highlight, that Puig slid into home plate to complete his victory lap. A lot was made about it on the sports news, and I thought “oh boy, another reason for people to hate Puig and the Dodgers.” I saw the highlight on TV, and it was fine. Much better than Kendrys Morales of the Angels jumping on home plate and breaking his leg...

...I'm not surprised, but still a little disappointed the Royal Baby's name doesn't have a Geoffrey in there somewhere. Maybe Kate is saving that name for the next one.





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