Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why Is David Ortiz Playing Baseball?; Bum Phillips, 1923-2013

The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals tonight (perhaps last night, by the time you read this), 3-1, in Game 5 of the World Series, and went up 3 games to 2.

They will only need to win 1 of the last 2 games at Fenway Park, and they will have won their 3rd World Series in the last 10 seasons.

All of them fraudulent. The Sox could win every World Series from now until David Ortiz retires, and they still will not have won the World Series honestly since 1918.

Ortiz has driven in runs in 4 of the 5 games, including tonight.

Why is he even still allowed to play professional baseball?

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Meanwhile, Major League Baseball continues its attempt to suspend, and even blackball, Alex Rodriguez, for the Biogenesis "scandal."

What evidence is there that A-Rod used steroids/performance-enhancing drugs?

Exactly the same evidence that there is against Ortiz: They both failed a test in 2003.

A-Rod got caught. He confessed. There is no evidence that he's used since -- no publicly-revealed evidence, anyway.

So the Yankee title of 2009 is more legit than the Red Sox titles of 2004 and 2007.

Big Papi got caught. He still lies about it. He still says he didn't take PEDs. When the whole world knows that he did.

He has never been punished for it. There hasn't even been an attempt to punish him for it.

Why? Because, at the time, it wasn't against the rules.

Same for A-Rod.

But now, MLB is trying to punish A-Rod for what he did in the Biogenesis "scandal." And what was that, exactly?

They won't say.

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Look, Red Sox fans are hypocrites. They will chant, "Ster-oids!" at A-Rod, when the last proof against him was 10 years ago; at Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, when there is no publicly-revealed proof at all; and at any other player suspected of using PEDs.

Then, in the bottom half of the inning, they will squeal over Big Papi. They practically have orgasms over him.

When they know he cheated. And that he lied about it.

I expect this from Red Sox fans. The Chowdaheads.

But from Major League Baseball, I expect justice.

They've got nothing on A-Rod, just as they had nothing on Roger Clemens.

Yeah, I know: We all "know" that Clemens juiced.

Well, guess what: We don't know. The evidence was pathetic, proved nothing, and was inadmissible. So, no, we don't know about Clemens.

Any more than we know about the chief reason the Mets won their one and only Pennant of the last 27 years, Mike Piazza.

We do know about the 2 main reasons the Red Sox won in 2004 and 2007: David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Manny was so stupid, he got caught twice more, and is now gone.

Big Papi is permitted to continue.

Shoeless Joe Jackson and 7 other 1919 Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball for life, when they were found not guilty in a court of law.

And yet, because the Boston Red Sox are such a moneymaker, Commissioner Bud Selig won't suspend Ortiz for what he's done. And he won't vacate the Sox' 2 (going on 3) titles.

By now, Bowie Kuhn would have suspended Ortiz "to preserve the integrity of the game." Kenesaw Mountain Landis would have banned him outright -- although that could be less about what he's injecting into his skin, and more for the color of it.  You'll notice baseball wasn't integrated until after Landis died.

But the baseball establishment, and its willing accomplices in the media -- around here, the most slavish example is Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News -- demand that the book be thrown at A-Rod.

Not a peep about Papi, from any of them.

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Bud Selig has cancelled a postseason, wrecked an All-Star Game, and pretty much destroyed one existing franchise (the Montreal Expos), while permitting gross frauds on fans of another (the Miami Marlins -- and the two are linked).

If he allows the Boston Red Sox to be crowned 2013 World Champions, when he knows that David Ortiz is a big fat lying cheating bastard, and still pursues the suspension of Alex Rodriguez...

He will be the biggest hypocrite baseball has ever seen. Even more than Ortiz himself.

And not a single damn does either one of them give about that.

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Bum Phillips died on his ranch outside Goliad, Texas on October 18, at age 90. He was quite a character.

Oail Andrew Phillips was born on September 29, 1923 in Orange, Texas, near the Sabine River, which forms a State Line with Louisiana. He left Lamar University to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor, and served with the Marine Raiders, an amphibious assault team. After the war, he got degrees at Lamar and at Stephen F. Austin State University.

He coached high school football in the 1950s and '60s, and as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso), the University of Houston and Oklahoma State. In 1967, he got his 1st pro job, as defensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers.

In 1974, he got the same job with the Houston Oilers, and was promoted to head coachin 1975. He coached them into the 1978 and '79 AFC Championship Games, bringing pro football to its most popular point in South Texas. (The Oilers had won the AFL title in 1960 and '61, but weren't as popular as they'd become in the late Seventies. The Texans haven't gotten that popular yet, either.) As Bum himself said, "The Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas' team."

While coaching the Oilers, he became something of a country philosopher. He said, "The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline." And, "There's 2 kinds of coaches: Them that's fired, and them that's gonna be fired."

On his greatest player, running back Earl Campbell: "I don't know if he's in a class by himself, but I do know that, when that class gets together, it sure don't take long to call the roll." Told that Campbell gets up slow, he said, "Yes, but he goes down slow, too." Told that Campbell had a slow time in a mile run during practice, Bum said, "When it's 1st and a mile, I won't give it to him."
He left the Oilers after the 1980 season, and then coached the New Orleans Saints through 1985, for his last coaching job, retiring to his ranch. His record was 82-77, plus 4-3 in the Playoffs. His son Wade Phillips has been head coach of the Denver Broncos, the Buffalo Bills and the Cowboys, and is now the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans.

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