BYB Podcast 102 has a running time of 43 minutes and features Al Beaton and HookSlide. Mysteriously, Kurt Mensching took the Valentine's Day recording session off. He'll be back next week.
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Pitchers and catchers report!
Spring training and Shakespeare:
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Comparing judged Olympic sports with baseball. Or more correctly, comparing judged Olympic athletic exhibitions like figure skating to an actual sport.
Bruce Rondon shows up to camp in the best shape of his life, having lost 20-30 pounds. Prince Fielder tells Texas media he's in the best shape of his life. Thus, it begs the question - why aren't highly paid athletes ALWAYS in the best shape of their life? Isn't being in great shape a prerequisite to being a pro athlete? (John Kruk and Bartolo Colon excepted)
The Tigers and Sportservice remodel the Pepsi Porch, adding a bar and replacing bleacher seats with stadium style seats. (Al immediately goes into Abe Simpson wearing an onion mode)
The Angels want to buy off several of Mike Trout's free agency years. It's going to take a $300 million contract to do so.
Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, ddcide to cut costs by nickel and diming employees. They quietly voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel.
When you know how the sausage is made when it comes to the ugly business of big time professional sports, it gets harder and harder to not let it detract from what happens on the playing field.
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