Alternatively, what the hell is going on in New York City???!!!!
So I was strolling by Primer a few moments ago, and I noticed a link to this column by Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Apparently, Dusty Baker, embattled manager of the Chicago Cubs, was supposed to appear on the ESPN television show Quite Frankly, with Steven A. Smith. I confess this was news to me; I had no idea that show made it past two months on the air. HOW-EV-AH, the bigger news item is that Baker ducked out when he learned of:
Here's where it gets tricky: As posted on the Web sites, the e-mail included the following sentence: "You guys can definitely feel free to BOO Dusty if you so please."
First, to my knowledge no Cubbie fan needs license to boo Baker; most just do so out of habit. Second, this email seems twenty degrees past classless. Third, well, you'll never guess what happened next:
A message board on desipio.com reflected that sentiment. The assistant producer wrote to desipio to say the original posting?with the sentence about booing Baker?was inaccurate. An updated memo appeared without that sentence.
Smith accused deadspin.com, a frequent critic of his, of altering the memo, but deadspin merely linked to the goatriders.org site.
One of these allegedly duped Cubbie blogs is the aforementioned Goat Riders (of the Apocalypse). Was GR(otA) going to take this lying down? In a word, no. In two words, hell no. (Or, if you prefer: Negative,
ghost goat rider; the pattern is full.) And, sure enough, along came this acknowledgement, from Mr. Smith himself:
Citizen justice at work? Perhaps, but I suppose it also means whoever sent this email---apparently a producer named Jackea Chan---is gonzo. In the end, I suppose one "little person" was vindicated and another was slammed. Right?
Well, I'm positioned rather afar to pass judgment, but I'll note that SBN sister site Bleed Cubbie Blue experienced this brouhaha to one degree or another, as well. And BCB's proprietor, Al Yellon, one of the most diligent people you'll find on teh internets (and, as I understand it, one of the more empathetic Cubbie bloggers when it comes to Dusty Baker), seems to question Ms. Chan's scruples. According to Al, Ms. Chan sent a second email which did not include the "boo Dusty" line. Al puts two-and-two together thusly, and I can't say I blame him:
And so they have.
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Yeah, but where's the Sbarro?
By happy coincidence, the Cubs stroll into RFK Stadium tonight for a weekend series. Check that---the new RFK. Same as the old one, yes, but now with a food court!
Last night, Nats.com published an interview with the man who puts the "[A]sten" in "Lernasten," Stan Kasten. The guy would seem to rate the new RFK Stadium food court two-thumbs-up:
Must be one hell of a brisket sandwich.
I'm going to go out on a limb and surmise that Kasten chose the food court as representative of the environmental alterations devoted to RFK in preparation for the Grand Re-Opening, d/b/a "Paint the Town Red" weekend. (Kasten does note that that food court is one of the few improvements not constrained by RFK's "physical limitations," so it's probably a wise thing to highlight.)
A couple of Nats blogs in particular have proven to be quite attune to the RFK experience, such that it is, so I'm quite sure that Curly W and Nats Triple Play will have reviews of "Paint the Town Red" and the improvements to the ballpark.
Kasten also said a couple of things that---now fully in cynical blogger mode---I could comment upon right now. But I'm not going to comment upon them right now. Why am I not going to comment upon them right now?
Because it's "Pain the Town Red" weekend! We're happy!
PS: When the hell are they going to transfer ownership?!
PPS: Ah, that's a different subject. Not going to comment on that one right now either.
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- How on earth is Mark Prior winless?
- How on earth is Pedro Astacio in the big leagues?