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They’ll put anything in films these days

Filed under : Baseball,Life in general
On July 26, 2006
At 2:29 pm
Comments : 30

I’m going to have oral surgery tomorrow (that’s not as kinky as it sounds, believe me), so before I go loopy I thought I’d post a little something.

So, remember my post where I idly added a few seconds of video of the subway that I take every single day, rain or shine? Well, often not rain, because that seems to completely confound the subway system, but you get me. Anyway, somebody saw it on youtube and wants to use it in a documentary.

Now, I am not a pay it forward kind of person, but I do feel keenly when I’ve been wronged not to do the same to anyone else. You may also remember (or not, probably the latter) that I was denied licensing for a song I wanted to use in a film. That was quite the bummer. So, even though these folks won’t pay me, I said sure. But I’ll get a credit. That’s almost as good, isn’t it? Washington Mutual accepts film credits as mortgage payment, don’t they? Don’t they? Hello?

Well, I’m sure they accept good karma. Don’t disillusion me.

So, speaking of doing something for others, let’s entertain Becca when she gets back from oral surgery, shall we? Here’s our baseball-oriented topic. If you are making $25 million a year and you have gone 8 for 36 in your last 10 games (and had a similar number of errors), do I have the right to boo you miserably when you were MVP just last year? Does A-Rod come to your office and boo you when you’re having a bad day? Does $25 million a year make you immune to people booing you in every stadium in America (and Canada!) including your own?

Sadly lacking these days.

Please comment aplenty. I’m informed that my fingers will still work after the procedure.

Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth


30 Comments for this post

  1. KP says:

    Funny you should pose this question because my children and I just discussed it this week and their baseball camp coach also discussed it. Their coach said he blames ARod’s failures these days on the lack of support he receives. Studies have shown that being talked to in a derogatory manner can cause a plant to die, so why not cause a human to fail? While I don’t think that fans booing him started the problem, I do think that the current booing situation is not helping. If my son wasn’t doing well at a game, i would cheer him on to encourage him. Should we do the same to ARod? Why not? That being said, their are those who feed off the derogatory remarks of others and say that they motivate them to do better and prove those mockers wrong. Apparently, ARod is not one of those people. So will we boo him in the KP’s household? We will mock him (since we mock everyone no matter how well or bad they do from time to time) but we will not boo him. Go Yanks!

  2. Becca says:

    I agree. I really want to give him a hug and tell him it’s OK. But then he’d call the cops and I’d miss my surgery appointment.

    PS, now I know how my plants died.

  3. KP says:

    Two more things:

    1. There are so many other reasons to mock ARod (i.e. his hair, his lack of charisma, his Centerstage interview, his hair) let’s not waste our time booing his current poor performance. Support your Yanks!

    2. Woohoo on your video being chosen!

  4. Becca says:

    1. You forgot his hair.

    2. Thanks!

  5. KP says:

    Good song choice too. I’ve been listening to Closer a lot this week. Maybe you can use that one if you ever decide to blog about Andy Phillips.

  6. kay says:

    But will you be able to play piano? That’s what I want to know.

  7. Corntortilla says:

    I love it all until you start to talk about baseball. Then I just hear that “whannt whaa” sound that the adults make on the peanuts. But I’m probably the only person who reads your blog who feels that way, so carry on.

    I hope they give you some GOOD drugs with the oral surgery. I was so f-ed up when I had my wisdom teeth out that I was actually embarassed to see my dad in the waiting room. Perhaps I should no longer post such things on the web now that I’m a therapist and all. Could someone find me here easily?

    Perhaps I should start using a pseudonom. Ok, I will. I just did. so there…

  8. Corntortilla says:

    ps- I love that Neil F. song so much that I’m going to Itunes and downloading him right now…

  9. KP says:

    So I woke up this morning and found out he hit a homer last night. Did they boo that?

  10. Becca says:

    KP, I’ll leave that Closer/Andy Phillips connection to your future blog. And I don’t know, I missed the game. Maybe I’ll watch Yankees Encore this morning, just for you.

    Kay, yes! I’ll be playing Carnegie Hall in two weeks time.

    Corn, your secret is safe with me. And my worldwide readership. And see? My blog sells music. Maybe I’ll put some more songs up that way.

  11. Sarpon says:

    I don’t boo A-Rod. Of course, I hardly ever watch the Yankees, either, and I have a soft spot in my heart for the Red Sox, so there is that.

    I don’t think $25 million a year makes you immune to daily verbal abuse for your poor performance, but it allows you to indulge in all manner of creature comforts to help you endure it.

  12. KP says:

    I also don’t think the amount of money you earn makes you immune to boos, however, I believe a true fan should cheer on their team no matter what. I still mock if I am in the mood (again, what’s up with the hair?), but I will not boo my team. Bec, I hope everything turned out well at the dentist. Yeowch.

  13. Becca says:

    Well it seems my surgery has been postponed a week. Maybe I’ll start a new thought-provoking discussion next time, like why the teacher in Peanuts did speak with that waah waah voice.

    Sarp, this is true. Perhaps he sits in his state-of-the-art home entertainment room crying, though.

    And I also can’t boo my team. Just.can’

  14. Soxy says:

    I wish I could answer as eloquently as KP, but I can’t, so I’ll say Yes. He sucks as deserves to be booed, along with the rest of the team 😛

    But, seriously, DF & I talk about booing players and how its not really good for kids to see. Because its unsportsmanlike and not okay too boo, mmmkay?

    Mocking is always okay.

    And I’m booing your oral surgeon too.

  15. Soxy says:

    Oh, and I believe in “if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” This is his job, he’s being paid millions to hit the ball, and fans are paying good money to see it. Maybe its not right, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    DF says he definately cries himself to sleep.

    We boo the Sox when they suck ass.

  16. Becca says:

    This was all a test, really, to see if Soxy softened her stance since becoming ROTM. You failed, Soxy, you failed. But I don’t blame you. I am missing our dinner to have my mouth cut open after all.

    I can’t believe you boo the Sox, though. That makes Baby Jesus cry, you know.

  17. Becca says:

    I should clarify that and say that it’s OK for me to boo your team, just not for you to boo your team.

  18. KP says:

    When I think of someone booing their team, whether it’s the Yanks, Sox or anyone else, it makes me sad even though I am not Baby Jesus.

    BTW, a coach heckled my kid once when he was pitching and not doing so great. My need to not be known as the mother who swears and punches people won out because I didn’t want my children to think it was okay to act like that. We discussed the issue and it all worked out. I saw him screaming at some other kids a week later. That made me sad too.

    We only boo poor sports who throw bats, hot heads who punch walls and people, and an occasional sucky umpire.

  19. Becca says:

    Oh, you’ll always be the mother who swears and punches people to me, KP.

    Hey, is this the right place to tell you that someone found my site today by googling “Jason Varitek Jew?” Is Jason Varitek Jewish? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Because I think that might be him in that photo playing the role of Background Catcher #1.

  20. Sarpon says:

    I don’t know why there aren’t more Jewish baseball players. Baseball is such a Jewish game. There are rules, and rituals, and rules within rules, and rules that vary depending upon where you are and what time of year it is (AL park or NL park; before the date you can expand your roster or after? and so on). And the game takes as long as it takes, and if that isn’t a Jewish concept, I don’t know what is; I can practically hear every single one of my female relatives saying that to me in answer to any query about the duration of any activity. Even though its exact origins are a little fuzzy, we all agree on the mythology of the founder. And it is a game that endures.

    Very Jewish.

  21. Alex says:

    Wow, Sarpon, thank you for that eye-opening chochma (Hebrew for wisdom) about baseball!

    RE: booing A-Rod. I think I don’t approve of booing him for playing badly (because I AM learning from Becca). Most streaks, I think, are statistically predictable parts of the game. Toss a coin enough times, and you’ll get tails 19 times in a row. Play baseball enough, and you’ll put together a hitless streak, or an error-free games streak, or whatever. With a few exceptions (DiMaggio, Ripken) streaks make mathematical sense.

    OTOH, if a guy making $25 million doesn’t run out every ground ball, it’s OK to boo him for that. I’d be willing to run out every ground ball for much less money.

  22. Becca says:

    And we do like numbers, Sarp, this is true.

    I agree, Alex, and after he gets his groove back everyone will have forgotten. And I think it’s all just psychological and not a lack of effort.

  23. KP says:

    I would run out all the ground balls for him for way less than 25 million.

    Remember the spring of 2005 when Jeter was on the cover of SI for his poor performance? I think a week later he was slamming them all over the place.

    I think it’s either psychological or the ‘do. Or maybe both. I hear highlights can mess with a person’s synapses.

  24. Becca says:

    That explains why Johnny Damon can’t form a sentence.

  25. KP says:

    We have gotten so much mileage in this house out of the “…hard” caption under Johnny’s picture from one of your previous blog entries. Thank you JBall!

  26. KP says:

    In case you missed it, ARod got a standing ovation last night for a single. Think those Yanks fans read my comments on the JBall? Perhaps………..

  27. Lutha says:

    I am sending up a little prayer for you that they will give you Fentanyl for your surgery. This wonderful little drug is reason enough to have surgery.

    A-Rod can handle the boo’s ~ we all have our yoke. Long after the boo’s, he will still be carrying around a Costanza size wallet while on his private cruise of the Mediterranien.

    And if he is crying himself to sleep, Soxy, he can dry his tears with Ben Franklins. But somehow, I imagine the circuit of women lying on top of him at night takes away some of the pain…. Or maybe you can send him some of your Fentanyl, Becca.

  28. Becca says:

    KP, alas, I understand they booed him today. Or yesterday, now that it’s Sunday.

    Lutha, could I join him there? You know, just to give him the encouraging hugs I know he so desperately needs. The Fentanyl’s just for me, though. (Although they’re actually giving me nitrous oxide).

  29. KP says:

    Oh I ‘m sure they did. I actually may have to go back on my booing stance if Randy Johnson continues to challenge me. As far as that Meditteranean cruise, I think it would be much more fun if it was you, me and Luth with the nitrous oxide. ARod can stay home and we can bag us some Italian footballers. Viva Italia!

  30. Becca says:

    So long as no one headbutts me, I’m down with that.

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