I knew this as soon as I saw it.
When Ryan Dempster took 4 pitches to hit Alex Rodriguez, it was sooooo prolonged and sooooooo obvious that I knew some people would think, "Oh poor Alex Rodriguez. He's being picked on!"
That whole thing was exactly like a Cohen brother's movie - a sick comedy.
Like, if the Cohen brothers were shooting a scene where a guy gets run over by a car, it would get grimly hilarious as the first 3 attempts by the driver go awry and he/she misses the target and has to back up again and again until finally hitting the guy.
And while I love the Cohen brothers, I don't love what Dempster did.
I mean, of course it's awesome that players are coming out against PEDS.
I was in the basement doing art when I got a text telling me to turn on the tv so I didn't see the plunking live, but saw the replay.
I was so happy with the plunking right then.
It's primal, man.
I couldn't help loving that a baseball player was telling the world that he couldn't stomach a lying cheating bazillionaire other baseball player.
But right away I thought... 4 pitches?
I mean, nobody would be talking about it had Dempster just let it go after the first one that somehow missed A Rod's legs.
But in retrospect that's what I wish would have happened.
Here's Doug Glanville talking about A Rod sympathy.
(The video at the top of this article is a radio interview with A Rod's lawyer Joseph Tacopina, who's style of talking is exactly why nobody trusts a lawyer.)
I've also heard Keith Law and Buster Olney wonder at the penalty Dempster recieved, which is just 5 games and some cash. Law thinks that MLB just opened the floodgates and pitchers everywhere will be throwing at A Rod.
I don't think that'll happen, but we'll see.
The point's been made and it would take a really selfish, unaware individual to do that again, but nobody ever said baseball players were smart.
Okay done talking about that forever I hope.
Now since I spoke to you last, the Cubs have dropped 2 in a row to the Nats.
Don't really want to talk about that either.
Did you know Javier Baez has hit 16 homers since being brought up to AA Tennessee?
That's in 194 plate appearances.
For the year including A ball in Daytona, he's got 33 homers.
I'm still a Castro fan, but I can't imagine him not looking over his shoulder.
Hey maybe you didn't know this but I'm pretty famous at my agency as an artist.
Yeah, it's true.
I'm the guy who painted the really cool compasses on the 39th and 40th floors.
They don't just go to anybody and ask them to paint on the floor.
Of course I'm just being a sarcastic ass.
I'm flattered they asked.
And now they're going to hang a bunch of scanned art from this blog.
I'll show you a photo once it's up.