Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Curt Schilling Weighs in on David Price and Dennis Eckersley

I love Curt Schilling. I know many of you do not. I also love Keith Olbermann. I know many of you do not. I love them both because I am a baseball nerd and these guys are great when talking about baseball.

Politically speaking? I think both of them are way too extreme and say a lot of things that don't make much sense to me.

Schilling also did this thing where he helped end the curse of my boyhood baseball team. That was kinda important to me. He is also an Out of the Park Baseball simulation addict like I am, that is also real cool.

Schilling's twitter timeline consists mostly of political rants. I still follow him but try to look for the good stuff and when I say good stuff I mean his baseball thoughts. He is a great when he is talking baseball. His periscope live sessions he used to do when he would answer baseball questions from fans were incredible. His baseball podcast he used to do was even better. He was one of the best baseball color analysts until ESPN let him go.

 When new details came out about the David Price and Dennis Eckersley situation I immediately thought of Schilling. Who better to weigh in on pitching in Boston, dealing with the Boston media and the complexities of the clubhouse? Nobody!

 This was Schilling's initial response to Dan Shaughnessy's story. Remember, Schilling and Shaughnessy had a tough relationship when Schilling was pitching for the Red Sox

 I can assure you that 94.6% of this article is speculated bullshit. No one ANYWHERE on this team would 'confide' in this clown, ever. 

 This is Schilling putting his hatred for Shaughnessy aside for a second and realizing there was more truth to this story than fiction.

 It's not something I'd have been ok with that's for sure. FAR better ways to handle every aspect of this story. 

 Here is Schilling sharing a common opinion that most people have about this situation.

Eck is a HOFer, no one else in this matter is. How is him doing his job, exceptionally well IMO, an issue for ANYONE? Grow the F up and win. 

 Here is Schilling coming to terms with the idea that most of the team seems to support what Price did to Eckersley

 Really?? I didn't know it was that bad? 

 His response on what this situation tells him about this Red Sox team

One devoid of a clubhouse presence to fix this bullshit. Do your job between 7-10pm every night and you have no complaints. Liking and/or agreeing with Eck has NOTHING to do with anything. You're paid to win games, period. Nothing else. Win games and there is no BS

 Schilling responded to the idea that all this won't matter if the Red Sox and Price start winning again.

Problem is champions don't play this sort of bullshit games. Only 'problems' they have is losing a game, nothing else matters. 

 This was his response when someone asked how much of the blame falls on John Farrell and guys like Dustin Pedroia

 Stop. They're grown men, they are accountable for their own actions and inactions. 

 This was Schilling's response when a fan said it's Eckersley's job to call players out when not performing well

Why is criticism "calling a player out"? No one knows better THAN players when to call someone out and FEW actually do it right, like Eck 

This is classic Schilling and showing there is a definite distinction when it comes to a reporter who never played baseball and someone like Eckersley. Here is his response when he was asked if he felt the same way when Price got into a shouting match with Evan Drellich who is a Red Sox beat reporter,

Boo f'ing hoo. A member of the media got yelled at. Call in the National Guard. Happens EVERY SINGLE DAY, grow up and move on. 

 There started to be some who wanted to blame the Boston media for this and went on to quote multiple ex Red Sox players who hated their time in Boston because of the media. I quoted one of these tweets and asked Schilling how he felt about this sentiment given his own issues with guys like Dan Shaughnessy. Here was his response.

Here's the thing. Love them, hate them, don't care about them, none of that matters at 7:05. You weren't brought here to comply, rebuff or acquiesce to the media. You were brought here, and paid, to win games. If you do that the media can only say so much. If you don't? well that's part of the job. You're supposed to be critiqued and criticized when you aren't doing well, that's how this thing works. It was Price trying to act like a leader by "standing up" for Eduardo Rodriguez. It failed, miserably. Trust me when I tell you that ANYONE refusing to come here due to the media is a player you don't wan't to come here anyway. 

 I then asked Schilling what would have happened if Price did this on the 2004 Red Sox

 It would not have happened, period. No chance

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Report: More Childish Clubhouse Behavior from David Price

How old is David Price? His Baseball-Reference page says he is 31 years old but he continues to act like he is around 5. If his stunt he pulled with Dennis Eckersley wasn't bad enough for you, more reports are surfacing about he acts like a spineless punk  in the clubhouse.

Lou Merloni ripped Price for the majority of his radio show yesterday and shared a story about Price from the last Red Sox homestand.

Before games there is a window of time where the clubhouse is open to the press. Beat writers use this time to get quotes from players. They are often recording their answers on their smartphones or recording devices. Basically, they are trying to do their job. Music is always being played on the clubhouse sound system.

According to Merloni, Price walked over to the sound system and turned it up to an unbearable noise level in a clear attempt to make it tough for the media to do their job. Price then grabbed his headphones and put them on and sat by his locker the rest of the time. Revenge of the Jellyfish!

 How tired is Price's act? Look at this tweet from Keith Olbermann:

 When Olbermann calls you "soft as church music" isn't it time to look yourself in the mirror?

Simulating The Pine Tar Game

34 years ago yesterday George Brett took Goose Gossage deep in Yankee Stadium only to be called out a couple minutes later for having too much pine tar on his bat. The Royals protested the game and won and came back to Yankee Stadium in August and finished off the Yanks for the victory. I decided to use Out of the Park Baseball to simulate the 1983 season right up to July 24th and manage the Royals against those Yankees.

 Below is a video of the simulated game. Below the video is the write up and box score of the game.

 Yankees Bridle Royals, 4-2 

The New York Yankees picked up a win at Yankee Stadium, knocking off the Kansas City Royals, 4-2. On the mound for New York was left-hander Shane Rawley, who played a pivotal role in the win. Rawley picked up the win for New York, going 8 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits. He now sports a record of 5-11. Rich Gossage got the save, his 22nd in 26 chances.

 The outcome was still in doubt with two out in the top of the eighth inning, but Rawley was able to pitch out of a jam. With a runner on 1st and Kansas City trailing 3-2, Rawley retired Amos Otis, who flied out. Today's win puts New York at 46-47, while Kansas City falls to 29-61.

Kansas City Royals (29-61)000001010271
New York Yankees (46-47)30000001X490

W. Wilson CF4220000.248015
U. Washington SS4000002.195432
G. Brett 3B4010002.3201558
H. McRae DH4022011.305855
A. Otis RF4010002.269431
J. Wathan 1B4000011.252432
L. Roberts LF3010120.376112
F. White 2B4000003.242330
D. Slaught C3000013.29509
Doubles: L. Roberts (4, 7th Inning off S. Rawley, 0 on, 1 out)
Total Bases: G. Brett , H. McRae 2 , W. Wilson 2 , L. Roberts 2 , A. Otis
2-out RBI: H. McRae 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: D. Slaught 2
Team LOB: 5

Errors: D. Slaught (3)
Double Plays: 1 (Black-White-Wathan)
B. Campaneris 2B1100300.17413
   c-W. Randolph 2B0000000.289114
G. Nettles 3B3111001.3131250
   a-B. Wynegar PH1000002.294117
   b-B. Meacham 3B0000000.50000
L. Piniella RF4000002.192413
D. Baylor DH4221000.3001439
D. Winfield CF, LF3000101.2832475
S. Kemp LF3021000.235632
   d-J. Mumphrey PH, CF1000002.288425
S. Balboni 1B4021002.16315
   e-K. Griffey Sr 1B0000000.293224
R. Smalley III SS4010003.263944
R. Cerone C3010002.24019
a - B. Wynegar pinch hit for G. Nettles in the 7th
b - B. Meacham substituted for B. Wynegar in the 8th
c - W. Randolph substituted for B. Campaneris in the 8th
d - J. Mumphrey pinch hit for S. Kemp in the 8th
e - K. Griffey Sr substituted for S. Balboni in the 9th

Doubles: D. Baylor 2 (16, 1st Inning off B. Black, 1 on, 1 out; 8th Inning off B. Black, 0 on, 1 out) G. Nettles (10, 1st Inning off B. Black, 1 on, 0 outs) S. Kemp(11, 4th Inning off B. Black, 0 on, 1 out)
Total Bases: R. Cerone , D. Baylor 4 , S. Balboni 2 , R. Smalley III , G. Nettles 2 ,S. Kemp 3
2-out RBI: S. Balboni , S. Kemp
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: R. Smalley III 2 , B. Wynegar
GIDP: R. Cerone
Team LOB: 7

CS: B. Campaneris (5)
B. Black L (5-5)8.0944400117784.08
Game Score: B. Black 44
Batters Faced: B. Black 35
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: B. Black 7-15
Pitches - Strikes: B. Black 117-78 
S. Rawley W (5-11)8.0722130107724.90
R. Gossage SV (22)1.00000201481.83
Game Score: S. Rawley 62
Batters Faced: S. Rawley 32, R. Gossage 3
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: S. Rawley 14-7, R. Gossage 1-0
Pitches - Strikes: S. Rawley 107-72, R. Gossage 14-8
WP: S. Rawley 
Player of the Game: Shane Rawley
Ballpark: Yankee Stadium
Weather: Clear skies (79 degrees), wind blowing out to left at 14 mph
Start Time: 2:05 pm EST
Time: 2:28
Attendance: 32160