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Happy St Drunkie's Day!
Monday, March 17, 2008
In honor of Saint "THIS is What I'm Remembered for? Being a Drunkard? I Was Hoping for a More Respectable Legacy..." Patrick, I thought I'd write something with a alcohol-related splash today. And no, I'm not drunk. Yet.*
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PED's have been the talk of the baseball world the past few years, as writers and fans alike blame them for the increase in stats and records being broken. What many fail to realize is that players these days train year round and are very focused on their health, which accounts for the overall improvement in playing just as much as PED's. The caliber of players and the fact that so many of them are so successful can more often be directly attributed to natural factors; casting aspersions on the talent pool is ridiculous. Let's remember to give credit where credit is due. As I mentioned, guys these days work out year round to maintain their baseball bods (except Big Fatass Papi, obv), employing trainers to keep them in tip top shape, and not all trainers have a habit of injecting their clients in the ass. Some of them actually focus on, ya know, WORKING OUT.

Of course, even with the current health-conscious attitude that seems to dominate the game, we shouldn't forget the other little problem some folks in the game seem to have: drinking to their little hearts' content. There are the tales of drinking-related shenanigans by the likes of David "I Drank Beer and I Had a Career Year" [direct quote, didn't make that one up]" Wells and Mike "I went four for four [one of the times he was a drunken sailor] with 2 jacks and 8 ribbies" Cameron, DUI's, and don't forget the unfortunate deaths of Cardinal Josh Hancock and the women killed by Jim Leyritz. I'd venture to guess that there are just as many players drinking to excess and letting it affect their playing - whether it makes a positive or negative impact is up in the air; I would think it would jack everything up but apparently it causes perfect games and smacking homers - as there are PED-users.

That being said, even with the occasional drunk player, this era of constant workouts and B12 supplements is a far cry from the days of Whitey, Mick and Billy going out on the town, pounding drinks until 4AM, and showing up to the games hung over the next day.

So to all those players that steer clear of substances, whether its greenies, drinkies, or steroidies, I say "fine work, gents." Lift those mugs of protein shakes and egg whites and congratulate yourself on a job well done.


*Just kidding. YC isn't a big fan of drinking. Particularly green beers. Dr Pepper, on the other hand...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, March 17, 2008  
2 Comments:
  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Nick said…

    Lets not forget the biggest boozer in baseball...Wade Boggs! YC, I know you're all about giving credit where credit is due, so lets raise our glasses and salute Wade Boggs and his glorious mustache!

    (And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, details are here:
    http://tastybooze.com/2007/04/the-origin-of-boggs/

     
  • At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Ken said…

    In honor of St. Pat, as a Yankees fan stuck in Chicago, I'd say we could also raise one in honor of Mark Grace. The boozing legend of the bars around Wrigley... go to a Cubs game and ask anyone around 40 if they ever saw him drinking (and chain smoking) after a game... I bet it's 50/50 that they did.

    However, he was part of that damn D'backs win in '01... so the heck with you Gracie, I'm not raising a glass for ya. :)

    (Kyle Farnsworth was known to show up at the bars from time to time after Cubs games as well. I personally witnessed that... but he wasn't drinking, both times I saw him, to his credit.)

     
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