Hurray for the insane, in this case Rev. Halofan, the blogger from SB Nation’s Halos Heaven who decided that Josh Hamilton will end up on heroin and/or dead because he irritated Arte Moreno by wanting to be paid the money due him, to wit, referring to him as a “coddled hillbilly” with swipes at “the enabling national media and the coddling players’ union” who when he “finally dies of a drug related matter, it won’t be Moreno’s fault, (and) it won’t be the fault of the good fans of Anaheim who are finally on to your little game. They might have Donnie Moore’s karma on their hands, but not yours,” and finishing with a proud “Good bye Josh, today is the first day of the rest of your life and you used it to announce to the world that nothing will ever be your fault. Happy snorting.”
The item was taken down because SB Nation, which for the most part is an excellent and reputable corner of the Internet, determined it didn’t meet its standards, according to the site’s Kevin Lockland. But it still stood too proudly for too long, because above and beyond being vengeful, hateful and downright bat guano crazy, it misrepresented the story, which is about Moreno’s responsibility to pay the man, which is solely contractual and codified in labor law, not the idiotic rantings of someone who seems to wish that Salem was a documentary.
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As it turns out, the Rev was canned by SB Nation, though sadly site founder and all-around fine fellow Tyler Bleszinski said the blogger and site “had mutually agreed to part ways.” Ick.
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In the meantime, Baltimore is evacuating sports this week, save only the Wednesday game against the White Sox whose attendance will be announced at zero, though you’ll be able to find it on MASN. Their weekend series with the Rays has been moved to Tampa, and the Ravens canceled their draft party at the football stadium. Everything stays right where it smolders.
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The NFL, as in the league office, has now decided to be its own separate tax entity so that Roger Goodell doesn’t have to say when his annual salary tops $50 million. In other words, the league office will pay taxes now to keep the other secrets, well, secret.
Except that they will pay taxes if their accountants are morons. Because that’s how taxes work in the modern world – “of course we’ll pay, until you need us to send you the check.”
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This decision comes just in time, because who knows how many tens of dollars it spent on Ted Wells’ investigation of the deflated balls in the AFC Championship game, which is currently being vetted by baseball’s blue ribbon commission,
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And finally, just because, this from Madison Bumgarner (via the San Jose Mercury News) on new National League pitcher Max Scherzer’s desire for the designated hitter to be extended to the National League.
“He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for – what did he get, again? He didn't have a problem signing his name. He didn't have a problem with hitting then. I'm sure he had his pick of anywhere he wanted to go.
“What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can't pitch anymore? I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don't think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore? That's the way the game has to be played. I appreciate both sides of the argument and I get it. But (ending pitcher plate appearances) isn't the way to go about [addressing] it.”
In other words, if Scherzer wants to fight about it, Bumgarner is willing to drop the two steers he is carrying (one under each arm) and oblige.