Monday: Opening Day Edition

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Here we go! Here’s to another exciting 162 for the Tribe. Preview and predictions coming later today. Masterson vs. Sonny Gray first pitch at 10:05PM tonight. Hot-Baseball-Girls-17-315x400 Hot-Baseball-Girls-19-316x400 Hot-Baseball-Girls-15-266x400 Hot-Baseball-Girls-20-260x400 Kate-Upton-Baseball-Bikini-Babe-580x435 Hot-Baseball-Girls-16 Hot-Baseball-Girls-22-520x251 Lauren-Conrad-Baseball-Bikini-Babe-580x435 Hot-Baseball-Girls-13-213x400 Hot-Baseball-Girls-14 Hot-Baseball-Girls-23-299x400 2011-07-12T041622Z_01_PHX227_RTRIDSP_0_BASEBALL-ALLSTARS Hot-Baseball-Girls-21-277x400 Hot-Sexy-Cleveland-Indians-fan-girl-bikini-2014-MLB-Team-Preview Texas-Rangers-Jersey-Girl Kate-upton-detroit-tigers-sexy

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Tito Francona Tells Blake Wood He Made The Team From The Mound During A Game

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(Source — There are a variety of ways in which players have found out they have made an Opening Day roster for the first time. Not many though have found out like Indians pitcher Blake Wood. It was during a pitching change in the seventh inning of Monday’s spring training game against the Reds that the 28-year-old right-hander found out he earned a spot. “When I went to take him out, (catcher Luke) Carlin was coming and I told him to stay back there a little bit,” manager Terry Francona said. “I went out there and asked (Wood) if he ever made the team on the mound? He was like no. I go ‘well, you just did.’ After that we came and talked to him the dugout but you could tell he was pretty excited.”)

I know this happened the other day but had to share. Classic Tito. He truly is a man of the people. John Farrell’s a good manager and all, but I don’t understand how the Red Sox ever let this guy go. He gets the game and gets how to create awesome chemistry. ESPN of course has the Indians finishing in like 8th place in the Central (it’s an exaggeration/joke, assholes) but the MLB season is a marathon, not a sprint, and this team could have the intangibles to wind up back in the playoffs hopefully for a longer run than last year.

I Have A Real Problem With The Possibility Of NCAA Athletes Being Paid

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(SourceIn a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees and can unionize.

NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr cited the players’ time commitment to their sport and that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance as reasons for granting them union rights.

Ohr wrote in his ruling that Wildcats players “fall squarely within the [National Labor Relations] Act’s broad definition of ’employee’ when one considers the common law definition of ’employee.'”

Ohr ruled that Northwestern players can hold an election on whether they want to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association, which brought the case to the NLRB along with former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers Union.)

I have a real problem with this. I get that college football players give up their lives essentially to play Division 1 Athletics (any division, really). Practices, workouts, study tables, team meals, any of the autonomy that college offers goes out the window (for the most part) when you decide to play a sport in college. I played football for a couple years at a D3 school and understand it is a pretty big time commitment, even at that level. Of course, it’s a million times amplified at the D1 level. You have to stay in athletic dorms, you have a curfew, you have to abide by strict rules. It sucks, I get it.

I don’t understand the audacity of players (at NW in this case, I’m sure all over the country) wanting to receive union rights for playing a sport, like the NFLPA, NBAPA, etc. Unions exist in professional sports because that’s how professional athletes pay their bills, send their kids to school and invest in their futures, and so on and so forth. What the fuck bills does some schmuck kid whose tuition, room, board, and any college related cost is paid for? You want beer money? Be a bar back at that slop hole you get blacked out at after game days. Work-study programs exist, and are INCREDIBLY flexible. In the off-season I would walk around with a family of a prospective student on Saturday mornings, take them to breakfast, show them the field and weight room, bring them to the Head Coach, and go home and go to sleep. 4 hours of my time, 40 easy dollars. Schools, especially big ones, give their students every opportunity in the world to make some pocket change in their spare time. Not to mention, most college towns have small businesses ran by people who graduated from the local school who solely employs part time college students to run their shops. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Unfortunately, this is an entitlement era. Kids need to be directly rewarded for what they do, regardless of what it is. Having played D3 sports, I was given some help off my schooling in the form of grants and help with financial aid, but I still am up to my neck in student loan debt that I will likely carry into my early 30’s (I’m 23 now). I would give anything to not have that debt, I would drive a nicer car, have a higher credit card limit, hell I could have even bought a house. No, I can’t do these things, because mommy and daddy didn’t help with that (rightfully so) so I had to foot the bill for my schooling. These kids pay NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. Especially at a school like Northwestern, where the 2013-14 school year costs a cool $63,228. Are you fucking kidding me? You’re receiving a top-notch education at one of the best colleges in the country…for fucking FREE as long as you stay current with your grades and play the sport. I don’t know what planet we’re on where that isn’t a good deal, and I CERTAINLY don’t know what planet we’re on if kids need more than that.

Rights? You want rights? Fuck your rights. So fucking what if the school makes a couple bucks off your jersey. They make money off the kids who are going pro anyway, so why does it matter if you’re a 4th stringer who’s going to school for free to essentially be a tackling dummy during the week and have the ability to say you’re on the team on the weekends. I bet you’re rolling in pussy while not having to worry about making rent because of impending student loan payments while I’m over here making about $100 more per month than I owe in bills. Fuck you, and fuck your rights. Shut up, go to school for free, do what you’re told, and be done with it! It’s 4 years out of your life you have to comply with some rules a school sets forth and  you get a college education FOR FREE. Mind boggling how this is even an issue to me.

Go to school. Play your sport. If you’re fortunate enough to go pro, good for you. If you aren’t, you received an invaluable piece of paper that will help you land a job almost instantaneously out of school. Enough with this shit. Move on.

IMPORTANT: Watch This Video Of Tom Hamilton Watching His Son’s First MLB-Level At-Bat

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There’s the day a son is born, first day of school, graduating high school/college, getting married…and then there’s watching your son take his first MLB at-bat. If you don’t get chills thinking about what’s going in Hammy’s head then you just aren’t a real person. Proudest father on planet earth right there. I think this is how my dad felt one time in college I went 4 consecutive months without hitting him up for money.

Here’s a link to the video because Yahoo! sucks and won’t let me embed

 

Was CBS In The Wrong For Showing That Kansas Kid Sobbing?

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(Source — If you watched even five minutes or so of the second half of the Stanford-Kansas game, you undoubtedly saw him: this little Kansas fan so distraught over his team’s imminent demise. CBS went to the crying kid multiple times, no doubt figuring that human interest crowd shots are where you find them, even if it involves a tiny, sobbing youngster.

But some figure this was out of bounds — even comparing the coverage to bullying. I think that one shot of the kid would have been fine — you attend to a televised event, you should maybe expect your kid maybe is going to be on TV. But more than one is overboard, and more than two is taking us to Brent Musburger-Katherine Webb levels.)

This has to be a joke, right? I have to paraphrase because the original author must’ve been having a stroke when he wrote this: “You attend a televised event, you should maybe expect your kid is going to be on TV.” Um, duh? Especially if your spoiled brat of a kid is crying his eyes out over a damn basketball game for the last 3 minutes of the game. Kid looks like he just watched Old Yeller, Titanic, and Marley and Me back-to-back-to-back. I don’t think there’s a sane parent on the planet who would let their kids get this out of control in public. Now all over Twitter, the wonderful voicing ground for self-righteous assholes that it is, has taken it upon themselves to say that CBS is in the wrong for going NBA Jam “BOOM SHAKALAKA” all over this kid. Are you fucking kidding me? CBS cameramen are GENIUSES for having this kid on screen the entire last minute of the game. It was great TV, showed the passion of the fans and how much it means to some people. I think that’s cool. But at the same time, the kid was completely over reacting, and CBS took the low-hanging fruit. This’ll be a nice learning experience for the kid. Show your passion but don’t be a little bitch about it. Love your teams but realize that they’re playing a game and sometimes you lose. Also realize that the team you root for has Bill “I’ve Won Like One Big Game In My Life” Self as the head coach. Get dunked on, kid, and get over it.