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The sons of bitches of the world have lost their leader.

Never gets old when it fits.

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For Steve Cohen, Luis Severino is a tiny risk. But I am still not quite sure what the chances it pans out will be.

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One ballot yesterday, featuring an A-Rod vote: https://x.com/shutthedore/status/1730080178334728341?s=46&t=Ieu9DerBVxNuynJKHAphOg

Hopefully Severino can stay healthy and ball out for the Mets. He was pretty damn good for most of 2017 and the bulk of 2018. Injuries, man. I think him leaving does make Judge the longest-tenured Yankee now (by MLB debut. Higashioka has been in the organization since 2008!).

Nothing is forever. I always thought he’d be the bulldog gutting it out in a World Series game. Maybe he’ll get that chance with the Mets ... or whoever the Mets trade him fo in July. Hopefully when the Yankees get their heads out of their asses and emotionally invest in Old Timer’s Day, Sevy will be there.

Simon, I actually am strangely optimistic about the Joey Wendle signing. I have no idea why though. Lol.

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Nov 30, 2023·edited Nov 30, 2023

There are those of us of a certain age who had friends and family members sent to Vietnam after Nixon, with Kissinger's help, sabotaged the peace talks in 1968. Four more years of war, 20,000 American troops lost (not to mention the millions of Vietnamese) because Kissinger wanted to play a major role in the Nixon administration. I wish I believed in hell because I want Kissinger to spend eternity tortured by the faces of those whose deaths he was directly responsible for.

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Yesterday was discussion of Angels. Today, it’s Pagan. Tomorrow does Tim Teufel make an appearance?

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ATL had a couple of small signings. They brought back Jackson Stephens and added SEA’s Penn Murfee. Both right handed relievers are on non guaranteed split contracts so it’s likely that I get to watch both in Gwinnett.

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Craig Calcaterra

Thanks for answering my question!

You absolutely should not take my word that it’s only a baseball twitter thing -- it could very well happen elsewhere, I just live in small twitter bubbles, and I too am full of crap and blinded by old beefs!

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Craig Calcaterra

I absolutely love that you had sharp elbows and weren't afraid to wade into the sludge and get a bit muddied. I hated what you call legacy media and all the old cronism. Coming from another country that didn't quite have the baseball legacy that this country has I had an interest in baseball but didn't understand how gate-kept America's favorite pastime. One of those guys read me for filth when I asked too many questions, told me I was wasting his time and pretty much squelched my interest in baseball for 40 years. Even though I qualify as a boomer, I really hate them and their hypocritical lives. They went from protesting the man to becoming the man and turned their backs on progress to make another dollar.

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Pagan’s weakness is giving up home runs. What could possibly go wrong with him pitching half his games in the Great American Ballpark?

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Fine article about Kissinger, thanks.

Emilio Pagan is no bargain at $8,000, less $8 million. He blew at least 9 saves in 2022 - including crucial games -- so in 2023 the manager only brought him in for safe situations. Twins fans are delighted to see him go.

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FWIW, I've been accused of being in the latter camp of the MSM baseball writers vs the bloggers even though I have the former's credentials. But I get why they're defensive -- it's because they HAVE had their jobs taken from them, though it's not because the bloggers are necessarily better (like all things in MSM, it's because they're cheaper).

Still, there was a perverse pleasure in getting to tell BA's John Manuel that yes, I had worked in a newsroom, but unlike him, had gone to J school...twice (and graduated both times!)

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Craig Calcaterra

Speaking of New Order, they recorded their first album at Strawberry Studios in Stockport.

One of Stockport's most famous sons is Paul Morley: he grew up writing about the Manchester music scene, while longing to escape as a proper music journalist. He wrote an astonishing Joycean wide-ranging book called "The North", not fiction, but certainly not non-fiction in the conventional sense. I enjoyed it greatly but my brother thought it was all a bit much.

I may be the only person here who this year spent a night at the Stockport Travelodge...

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Someone’s gonna spend a couple hours today writing 2,000 words on Shane MacGowan, Irish politics in the 80’s, Irish whiskey, and a passive/aggressive takedown of Bono. Can’t wait!

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I’m looking forward to going to the substack page and finding out how long they think it should take me to read today’s post.

I thought for sure it would wrap up after Spotify.

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Re: Nelson Cruz & the Gigantes del Cibao. He did play for them, playing one game in each of the six DR stadiums, finishing with the home stadium for the Gigantes. He had retirement gifts and ceremonies after each game.

For the last one, at the Gigantes, he grounded out to end the bottom of the seventh. They then *stopped the game* and did his retirement ceremony, complete with gifts, giant portrait, family, politicians, and tears all around. Long live Dominican baseball, with all its quirks and passion.

Starting this year, the folks that run the DR feed through MLB have been running commercials for MLB rather than letting us see the Dominican commercials. But whoever's running that sometimes misses their cue, so I've seen a commercial for Mexana with Cruz with his dad and son.

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The Mets is not the place I’d advise an oft-injured pitcher to sign

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If the poop in a Pringles can throwing attorney does this all the time “to blow off steam” does he poop in the can at home and then take it with him and decide where to throw it? Or does he poop in the can in the car when stress gets the better of him and heaves it at the 1st place he comes across? If it’s the latter, have to be pretty coordinated to pull that off.

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