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Lincecum Blanks Padres Again, $9 Billion Lawsuit Coming & More!

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After a couple of the weeks out of this month featured some big names passing on, we get to open up this week’s article with some great news regarding a retired pitching legend.

Schilling Receives Good News

Let the 5-year clock for Curt Schilling begin, as he announced on Twitter this week that he is now in remission from the cancer that he was diagnosed with earlier this year.

He has not indicated what form of cancer that he was diagnosed with, but the fact that he has made this step is huge news for him, his family and the world of baseball. This has been another obstacle that has been thrown Schilling’s way since his retirement from baseball, but he’s been able to overcome each and every one of them.

First, it was a heart attack that he suffered in 2011 while his wife Shonda (also a cancer survivor) was running the New York City Marathon. Then, it was a failed investment in a video game studio that cost him a reported $50 million.

If there’s one thing that can be said about Curt Schilling that applies to both his on-field and off-field career, it’s that he’s a fighter. From the “Bloody Sock Game” to beating cancer, Schilling is one tough human being. What’s your favorite Schilling highlight from his career?

Lincecum Displays Dominant Ways

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Tim Lincecum, who was once referred to among the best arms in all of baseball. He’s fallen off the table quite a bit due to a drop in velocity, but every once in awhile he reminds us of the pitcher that he once was.

Such was the case for him against the San Diego Padres last week, as he no-hit them for the second time in less than a year. While this performance didn’t quite have the flash of his 13-strikeout performance in the first one, he accomplished it in much fewer pitches.

It took Lincecum just 113 to complete this one, as opposed to an astounding 148 in the first. Some may try to discredit this feat just because they both occurred against the weak-hitting Padres, but a no-hitter is impressive no matter which way you cut it.

It’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever see sustained dominance from Lincecum ever again, but it’s clear that he can be lights out every once in awhile. With his impending free agency, would you offer him a contract if you were running a team? If so, what type of contract would you offer him?

Cleveland Indians Face Large Lawsuit

With all of the legal action that has been surrounding the NFL’s Washington Redskins, it was only a matter of time before this drama trickled its way into Major League Baseball.

Unsurprisingly, the first target has been the Cleveland Indians and their mascot, Chief Wahoo. While you won’t find many that will say their mascot is inoffensive, the $9 billion lawsuit that is going to be heaved their way is a bit excessive, to say the least.

In recent years, the Indians have been proactive in phasing that part of their identity out and have moved almost primarily to the Block-C logo is present on their hats. They’ve done this somewhat quietly, however, so it’s almost gone unnoticed by the general public.

I can definitely understand being offended by the Chief Wahoo logo, but trying to sue the team for $9 billion is absolutely egregious in my mind. I know that that figure isn’t even realistic to them (it’s just there to draw attention to the issue), but I feel like there’s plenty of other ways to go about this. What are your thoughts on the mascot/name changing issue?

This Week’s MVP: Ian Kinsler (.519/567/.852, 2 HR, 8 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Tim Lincecum (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 K, No-Hitter)

  • Doug S.

    Personally the names or logos of the sports teams under scrutiny do not offend me. I find the Indians logo a bit silly, but know people who love it. But….A friend of mine (non-native Indian) finds the Redskins name and logo offensive. He seems to be one of many. I don’t have the answer but when that happens, something should be done.

    • Eddie Von White

      Personally, I don’t care for political correctness. But I have been wondering why they don’t go after the Atlanta Braves. Their fans do that annoying tomahawk chop and nobody cares? That seems like it should be more offensive than the Redskins or the Indians.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Redskin is actually a derogatory word for Native American. I think that’s the major difference.

      • Seymour Butts

        I walked in to an office on Friday and asked a long time acquaintance of my mine the Redskin question. She is Cherokee. Her response was that no one she knows cares.
        Do any of you other white folks take offence at the name of the restaurant Cracker Barrel? Me either.
        Get over the political correctness, it’s bad for all of us.
        (we now return to our regularly scheduled eccentricity)

      • Eddie Von White

        I have two sisters-in-law who are 100% Native American; and 11 nephews and nieces who are 50% Native American. They take no offense, in fact, it’s just the opposite.

      • Same here…wife is Indian (feather) making the girls a half. Complete non-issue.

      • Joe Aiello

        jswan, I’m curious. If the wife was Indian, but not “feather”, what would be in the parenthesis?

      • I’m not sure…This is my first marriage.

      • Well played, Sir

      • Bryan

        “Feather” is Native American and “Dot” is Indian (from India)

      • Seymour Butts

        I have also heard Woo-Woo vs tech support.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        TTRIBUTIVE] North American
        (Especially of a philosophy) plain, simple, and unsophisticated:his cracker-barrel fascism. Not a racial slur.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I would think that it’s only a matter of time before the Braves receive some kind of attention for this.

  • Doug S.

    Personally the names or logos of the sports teams under scrutiny do not offend me. I find the Indians logo a bit silly, but know people who love it. But….A friend of mine (non-native Indian) finds the Redskins name and logo offensive. He seems to be one of many. I don’t have the answer but when that happens, something should be done.

    • Eddie Von White

      Personally, I don’t care for political correctness. But I have been wondering why they don’t go after the Atlanta Braves. Their fans do that annoying tomahawk chop and nobody cares? That seems like it should be more offensive than the Redskins or the Indians.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Redskin is actually a derogatory word for Native American. I think that’s the major difference.

      • Seymour Butts

        I walked in to an office on Friday and asked a long time acquaintance of my mine the Redskin question. She is Cherokee. Her response was that no one she knows cares.
        Do any of you other white folks take offence at the name of the restaurant Cracker Barrel? Me either.
        Get over the political correctness, it’s bad for all of us.
        (we now return to our regularly scheduled eccentricity)

      • Eddie Von White

        I have two sisters-in-law who are 100% Native American; and 11 nephews and nieces who are 50% Native American. They take no offense, in fact, it’s just the opposite.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        TTRIBUTIVE] North American
        (Especially of a philosophy) plain, simple, and unsophisticated:his cracker-barrel fascism. Not a racial slur.

  • Doc Raker

    Offensive……………..it’s offensive……….i can see how it can be offensive………..it’s offensive to some………so what. We don’t have a right not to be offended. It would be nice if everyone in the world was kind and courteous but the people preaching about others being offensive don’t make an effort to be kind and courteous and can be offensive to others on their own, they make an effort to write laws that stunt our freedoms and that is offensive to me.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      The world would be a much better place if everyone treated each other how they wanted to be treated, haha.

  • Doc Raker

    Offensive……………..it’s offensive……….i can see how it can be offensive………..it’s offensive to some………so what. We don’t have a right not to be offended. It would be nice if everyone in the world was kind and courteous but the people preaching about others being offensive don’t make an effort to be kind and courteous and can be offensive to others on their own, they make an effort to write laws that stunt our freedoms and that is offensive to me.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      The world would be a much better place if everyone treated each other how they wanted to be treated, haha.

  • Doug S.

    Guys, I hear you and sometimes wonder how far stuff like this can go.

  • Doug S.

    Guys, I hear you and sometimes wonder how far stuff like this can go.

  • Chuck

    In order to demonstrate psychological damage of the magnitude that justifies a $9B settlement, every native american has to react to the Indians logo in the same manner that a vampire reacts to a crucifix. I don’t think that is the case, but I could be wrong.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      If they get anything, I don’t think it’ll be anything close to $9 billion. I think that number is just to draw headlines.

  • Chuck

    In order to demonstrate psychological damage of the magnitude that justifies a $9B settlement, every native american has to react to the Indians logo in the same manner that a vampire reacts to a crucifix. I don’t think that is the case, but I could be wrong.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      If they get anything, I don’t think it’ll be anything close to $9 billion. I think that number is just to draw headlines.

  • PLCB3

    The White Sox are offensive to me. People accuse me of being a White Sox fan because I wear white gym socks. Maybe I should sue the trash for $9 billion because of the distress this brings me.

  • AC0000000

    The White Sox are offensive to me. People accuse me of being a White Sox fan because I wear white gym socks. Maybe I should sue the trash for $9 billion because of the distress this brings me.

  • Seymour Butts

    My favorite Schilling moment? … his retirement.
    A larger container of feminine hygiene fluid you will never meet (outside of Huntington Beach).

  • Seymour Butts

    My favorite Schilling moment? … his retirement.
    A larger container of feminine hygiene fluid you will never meet (outside of Huntington Beach).

  • Chuck

    I am offended by what Old Chicago passes off as “Chicago-style” pizza. Deep dish my hairy white butt. They do make a pretty good pie, but it is NOT deep dish.

    • Eddie Von White

      I find that hairy white butt comment offensive to Seymour.

      • Seymour Butts

        Nah, it’s OK… after all, he’s talking about Pizza, one of the four essential food groups. Being passionate is perfectly understandable.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Bwahaaha…that’s awesome.

      • Seymour Butts

        Nah, it’s OK… after all, he’s talking about Pizza, one of the four essential food groups. Being passionate is perfectly understandable.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Bwahaaha…that’s awesome.

    • PLCB3

      Sue ’em!

    • Maybe they couldn’t find any casserole pans.

      • (because it isn’t pizza)

        Where did everyone go? I feel like Raker all of a sudden.

  • Chuck

    I am offended by what Old Chicago passes off as “Chicago-style” pizza. Deep dish my hairy white butt. They do make a pretty good pie, but it is NOT deep dish.

  • Eddie Von White

    I liked Curt Schilling when he was with the D-backs, but the media over-exposed him and nauseated too many people.

  • Eddie Von White

    I liked Curt Schilling when he was with the D-backs, but the media over-exposed him and nauseated too many people.