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The Ending of An Era

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The Captain’s Done: Jason Varitek has decided to end his 15-year tenure with the Boston Red Sox, according to Fox Sports. Varitek holds the record for most games caught in a Red Sox uniform with 1,488. He caught no-hitters for Hideo Nomo, Derek Lowe, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester, and won two World Series rings. When the Sox made their World Series run in ’04, it was hard not to cheer for them. Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, and Varitek were the stars of the show that year. It’s nice that at least one of them stayed out of the negative spotlight; Damon joined the dark side and Manny, well, he just kept being Manny.

My favorite memory of Varitek will always be the time he punched A-Rod with both hands. Both hands. I bet the pretty boy never saw it coming.

How Can You Take A Urine Collector Seriously? And how do you find yourself a job collecting urine samples of MLB players? It seems like a less than desirable job. The collector of Ryan Braun’s now infamous urine samples, Dino Laurenzi, Jr. is on the defensive. Dino said, “This situation has caused great emotional distress for me and my family. I have worked hard my entire life, have performed my job duties with integrity and professionalism, and have done so with respect to this matter and all other collections in which I have participated.” Apparently, he did follow protocol for storing samples when the local FedEx office was closed. Regardless of the situation, I still think Braun’s should have some kind of punishment. Getting off scot-free is a bit ridiculous, but I digress.

Another Normal Day in the Life of an ex-NFLer: Ben Patrick, former Arizona Cardinal’s tight end, saved some lives on his way to Colorado on Saturday. He and some pals were heading up into the mountains for the weekend when they came across an overturned van with people trapped inside. So, naturally, Ben just hopped on top of the van and pulled the occupants to safety. That’s a pretty selfless thing to do. Better add that to the resume.

  • Buddy

    I’m not sure if it was specifically Varitek who annoyed me or if it just was how the media constantly treated him like some MLB immortal. Either way, I’m glad that I won’t have to listen to more gushing over “The Captain” and how he “just wins.”

    • Norm

      The thing about the collector is he was following his *employer’s* protocol.
      He/the employer, did NOT follow the protocol set forth in the  Joint Drug Agreement, agreed to by the commish and the MLBPA.

      • Joe Aiello

        You would think that with an account as big as MLB, it would have special care taken and only the best collectors assigned to the process.

      • Best as in “best at following protocol” or best as in “best at not spilling urine all over stuff?”  Perhaps Dino is the best at the later.  

      • Seymour Butts

        Seems he did follow protocol. But, that protocol was at odds with the collectively bargained protocol. It had no bearing on the test result, Braun cheated. Make him pay in the form of creative in ballpark signage.
        Something like…
        “Your defensive MVP…Herpes! The excuse of Champions”

      • Doc Raker

        Mark Grace was right, laying some wood to a herpes infested skank is a slump buster. Gracey was ahead of his time.

    • Doc Raker

      Varitek is as gritty as they come, a real grinder, gamer type if you will, lot’s of moxy.

      • Buddy

        He’s also a clutchy chemistry creator who is keen in the clubhouse. 

      • Lizzie

        Nice alliteration.

  • Buddy

    I’m not sure if it was specifically Varitek who annoyed me or if it just was how the media constantly treated him like some MLB immortal. Either way, I’m glad that I won’t have to listen to more gushing over “The Captain” and how he “just wins.”

    • Doc Raker

      Varitek is as gritty as they come, a real grinder, gamer type if you will, lot’s of moxy.

      • Buddy

        He’s also a clutchy chemistry creator who is keen in the clubhouse. 

      • Nice alliteration.

  • Doug S.

    2004 was the last time I cheered for anything Red Sox. Since then the team and their fans have become outright annoying.

    • AC0000000

      Same. Boston sports in general has just become really unbearable since then.

      • Eddie Von White

        Agreed.

  • Norm

    The thing about the collector is he was following his *employer’s* protocol.
    He/the employer, did NOT follow the protocol set forth in the  Joint Drug Agreement, agreed to by the commish and the MLBPA.

    • Joe Aiello

      You would think that with an account as big as MLB, it would have special care taken and only the best collectors assigned to the process.

      • Best as in “best at following protocol” or best as in “best at not spilling urine all over stuff?”  Perhaps Dino is the best at the later.  

      • Seymour Butts

        Seems he did follow protocol. But, that protocol was at odds with the collectively bargained protocol. It had no bearing on the test result, Braun cheated. Make him pay in the form of creative in ballpark signage.
        Something like…
        “Your defensive MVP…Herpes! The excuse of Champions”

      • Doc Raker

        Mark Grace was right, laying some wood to a herpes infested skank is a slump buster. Gracey was ahead of his time.

  • BLPCB

    As for the Varitek and A-Rod fight:
    http://m.youtube.com/?rdm=4phc78fw9&reload=3#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DY6BoQDCTQsQ&v=Y6BoQDCTQsQ&gl=US
    Regarding the urine collector, if what Bruan is saying is true, I can see why he gets off. I still think he doped.

    • Doc Raker

      Braun is going to try and restore his legacy by throwing anyone under the bus to do it. My understanding of Braun’s doping wasn’t that it wasn’t in his system but it was in his system due to a legit medical treatment which had side effects of him powering up to the tune of an extra 50 feet on his fly balls. I am curious to see if this medical treatment will become common place among ball players from here on out. The specimen collector will now defend his legacy and they will continue to piss on each other as the media pisses all over us with it. Get out your umbrella’s or change the channel, it’s all media fodder from here on out.

      • Jedi

        Baseball – the sport where it’s good to have herpes.

  • AC0000000

    As for the Varitek and A-Rod fight:
    http://m.youtube.com/?rdm=4phc78fw9&reload=3#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DY6BoQDCTQsQ&v=Y6BoQDCTQsQ&gl=US
    Regarding the urine collector, if what Bruan is saying is true, I can see why he gets off. I still think he doped.

  • Chuck

    I can’t fault the collector for following the procedures he was presented with.  It seems to me that the bigger issue is that the company procedures don’t match up with what was agreed upon.

    • BLPCB

      But he says he held the samples for 44 hours because he thought the FedEx was closed, but if Braun is right that there are several FedEx locations that are open late, and a 24-hour location, things don’t add up here.

      • Norm

        I think the collectors claim was that Fed Ex wasn’t *shipping* anything at that time. They may have been open, but it would have sat at Fed Ex until Monday morning.

      • BLPCB

        Well what good is it if a FedEx is open but not shipping?

  • Chuck

    I can’t fault the collector for following the procedures he was presented with.  It seems to me that the bigger issue is that the company procedures don’t match up with what was agreed upon.

    • AC0000000

      But he says he held the samples for 44 hours because he thought the FedEx was closed, but if Braun is right that there are several FedEx locations that are open late, and a 24-hour location, things don’t add up here.

      • Norm

        I think the collectors claim was that Fed Ex wasn’t *shipping* anything at that time. They may have been open, but it would have sat at Fed Ex until Monday morning.

      • AC0000000

        Well what good is it if a FedEx is open but not shipping?

  • Doc Raker

    Braun is going to try and restore his legacy by throwing anyone under the bus to do it. My understanding of Braun’s doping wasn’t that it wasn’t in his system but it was in his system due to a legit medical treatment which had side effects of him powering up to the tune of an extra 50 feet on his fly balls. I am curious to see if this medical treatment will become common place among ball players from here on out. The specimen collector will now defend his legacy and they will continue to piss on each other as the media pisses all over us with it. Get out your umbrella’s or change the channel, it’s all media fodder from here on out.

    • Jedi

      Baseball – the sport where it’s good to have herpes.

  • A-Rod sure is lucky that Varitek only has two hands…a simultaneous third may have resulted in a fat lip.  

  • A-Rod sure is lucky that Varitek only has two hands…a simultaneous third may have resulted in a fat lip.  

  • flyslinger2

    I agree with Doc.  I think we fans are the collectors as we have to pay both the owners and the players in the form of ticket sales, vending, and apparel purchases to have them flex their “fire hoses”  at us in return in the form of bad behavior.