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January 2012



Morning News: A Prince, A "Real Man", and Avoiding Arbitration

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Big News: The Prince has left the Central. He has reportedly agreed to a 9-year deal worth $214 million with Detroit. Because they need to make room for Prince, Miguel Cabrera is being moved somewhere else. Maybe Miguel should be moved to the opposite side of the field to balance the scales; together, Cabrera and Fielder weigh over 500 pounds. The clubhouse may have a larger buffet on game days to accommodate both appetites.

Prince will be playing in his father’s shadow at Comerica Park. Cecil Fielder played for 7 years in Detroit.

The Central has rid itself of the King and the Prince. This will be an interesting season.

Avoiding Arbitration: Tim Lincecum has managed to avoid arbitration with Giants. The two-time Cy Young winner and the club have verbally reached an agreement for a 2-year, 40.5 million dollar contract. That is a freakishly large sum of money for the little man. He’ll be a free agent again in 2013.

All-Star Game: Tony LaRussa (everybody’s favorite manager, right) is ending his baseball career where he began it – in Kansas City. He is the official manage the National League All Stars on July 10th. He’ll be only the second retired manager to manage an All Star Game, following the lead of John McGraw. Despite people’s general dislike for the man, he managed some pretty good ball teams in his 33 years as big league manager, winning 6 World Series titles. I wonder what he’ll do if the NL loses…

Brian Urlacher is a “Real Man”: Brian Urlacher is such a tough guy that he lies to the training staff about having concussion-like symptoms on the field. “… If I have a concussion these days, I’m going to say something happened to my toe or knee just to get my bearings for a few plays.” He just can’t bear to stay off the field and lose an opportunity to pummel a quarterback or smother a running back with his stellar defense. “We want to be on the field as much as we can be. If we can be out there, it may be stupid, it may be dumb, call me dumb and stupid then, because I want to be on the football field.” In order to stay on the field, he also gets pain relieving shots when he’s feeling old and rickety. At least he’s earning pay and playing like he means it. Maybe some other players should take notes from him (hint hint, Cutler).

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  • Doug S.

    Thank you Theo for not pursuing Prince’s long term deal.

    So Timmy’s getting what?……..roughy 2 mill more than Z a year?….decisions….

    Knew we somehow hadn’t seen the last of LaRussa.

    There’s a line somewhere in this about being a real man and crossing it being real stupid risking further injury that will hurt the team.


    Looks like the most overrated player in the NFL is also one of the dumbest players in the NFL.


    I too am glad we did not sign Tubby Veggy. In 5 years when both Fielder and Cabrera look like they play for the Detriot Lions and not the Tigers, they are going to have to share the DH spot.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Detroit will worry about that when the time comes….Cabrera’s deal is up after 2015.


    He’ll be 32. You don’t think they’ll keep him?

  • Dusty Baylor

    I think….if the Tiger win a WS….they won’t really care by then. Cabrera is 28, Fielder is 27..they should get at least 3-5 more prime seasons. I think 9 years for Fielder is ridiculous….but they are going for a title, not to hope to win 85 games and luck into the playoffs.

  • chuck

    One again, the AL gets stronger while the NL loses prime talent.
    I need to stay focused at work today, so RATM and A Perfect Circle are playing now.

  • Jesus…man…can you change the station…I’ve had a rough night…and I hate the f**king Eagles…man

  • chuck

    The Eagles are country music. 🙂

  • cap’n obvious

    Opening line over/under on the number of times it is mentioned that Larussa is a lawyer on the All-Star broadcast is at 82.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Obviously you’re not a golfer.

  • Buddy

    A great song from an under-rated album…

  • Eddie Von White

    I won’t miss either Prince or Albert or Tony. Urlacher is past his peak and I wish we had Tim on our team. “The Boys of Summer” remains a great classic.


    In regards to Chuck’s post about the talent disparity, I think the NL should adopt the DH. Perhaps we should have a Go post about this subject. I believe the NL should have the DH so a team doesn’t have to worry about losing their best pitcher for 2 months because of a batting injury

  • Eddie Von White

    No on the DH. I didn’t like it in 1974 and I still don’t like it in 2012.

  • CubbieDude

    Love the Eagles. I see they were on stage, but who were the guys doing the actual playing?