Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Or should that be east? Either way, it's looking more and more like he'll be on the Reds opening day roster.
He hasn't been getting much playing time lately, which made me wonder if the Reds brain trust had already made a decision on his fate and didn't need to see any more.
Today, Drew Sutton started at SS. He didn't help his case. He was 0 for 3 with 2 errors. If the Reds were wondering if Sutton could play SS, they got their answer. Then Janish came in in the 6th...and hit a ground rule double.
Janish is looking like a lock now, according to everyone from Marty Brennaman to C. Trent Rosecrans. Aaron Miles and Drew Sutton are battling for the last spot on the roster. Or might the Reds keep them both, at least temporarily? Dusty said today they might keep an extra position player until they need their fifth starting pitcher. Though that might be an outfielder, not an infielder.
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Absolutely nothing to do with baseball or sports. I just thought it was really cool.
Telephone pole-like fungus was tallest ever
The world's tallest fungus, according to a new paper, was the giant Prototaxites, which towered over the Silurian and Devonian landscapes from around 350 to 420 million years ago.
...The ancient fungus didn't closely resemble any modern species, but it looked surprisingly like a familiar man-made structure.
Each of the ancient enormous fungi "formed large trunks with little evidence of branching, so they would have looked like telephone poles of various sizes," co-author Kevin Boyce told Discovery News.
Someone on eBay is selling a Bubba Crosby game-used jersey:
Former NY Yankees fan favorite outfielder. NY Yankees home pinstripe jersey, size 48, number 18 on back, 2005 year tag, worn by Crosby during the 2005 season. The jersey has a Steiner Sports hologram and is accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Steiner - an affordable Yankees game used jersey from a former Bronx favorite.
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Paul Janish came into spring training this year knowing he was fighting for a bench spot. It was undoubtedly a disappointment after being the Reds' presumptive starting SS for six months, but he was prepared. He even got himself a first base glove and broke it in, knowing that he had to be able to play every infield position.
Dusty Baker said last year that a SS like Janish could play any position on the field, even outfield. Oddly, he rarely used him any place but SS. Fellow backup infielder Drew Sutton was put in LF for the first time in his life, but not Janish. He played only at SS - except for two games at 3B and two games as a relief pitcher.
Today, Dusty said something similar, after putting Janish in the lineup at 3B.
This morning Dusty was asked if Janish could play the other positions as well -- Baker said if you can play short at the level Janish plays, you can play anywhere else. Well, Janish showed that -- Jose Lopez grounds down the line and makes a diving stop, throws over to first -- Cairo with the scoop.
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The old Yankee Stadium, that is. The one that will always be the "real" Yankee Stadium in my heart.
CNN's iReport has some photos of the demolition.
'Most people are really saddened by this. It looks like the death & destruction of a close friend. It looks wrong. Yesterday a postal driver stopped me & said "it's sad isn't it"? I could only nod & say "yes, too sad". That's the way most New Yorkers feel.'
Paul Janish lived up to his reputation as a doubles machine today, going 2 for 3 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and a run scored. He's still the top slugger on the team, slugging a healthy .810.
Someone at the Red Letter Daze forum revealed that his wife refers to Janish as "the hot one." I have a feeling she's talking about him personally, not his bat, but the way he's played, she could be talking about his hitting. He's really had a great spring so far. Stellar defense, fine hitting...he just needs to work on his ERA. ;-)
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There was an article in the Chicago Tribune today, about it takes to excel at sports (or anything else). It mentioned Talented Is Overrated, which argues that it's practice, not natural gifts, that lead to greatness. But why are some people driven to practice for hours a day for years, while others are couch potatoes?
David Shenk, author of "The Genius In All of Us," said this aspect of greatness remains mysterious. The closest thing to a formula, he said, comes when parents give love to a child if she puts maximum effort into, say, dance practice, and withhold it when she does not.
He calls that "The Britney Spears Syndrome," and needless to say, he does not recommend it.
"That recipe doesn't work 100 percent of the time," Shenk said, "but it's destructive 100 percent of the time."
Aside from that, he said, intense drive appears to stem from many sources: from vengeance (Michael Jordan's famous resentment over once failing to make his high school varsity team) to spirituality (the yearning of Eric Liddell, the Scottish sprinter immortalized in "Chariots of Fire," to run for the glory of God).
Knowing that, however, doesn't do the rest of us much good. If there's something else beneath such profound motivation, something the average person can emulate, it remains elusive.
Maybe that's just as well. Crazed, single-minded purpose can be hard to endure (I was almost always disappointed and miserable during my swimming mania), and it can produce all sorts of damaging consequences (Exhibit A will be teeing off at Augusta National in a couple of weeks).
Even Shenk said he wouldn't wish the trait on his own children.
"Those kinds of extremes don't comport with the kind of kids I'm hoping to raise," he said. "I'm hoping to raise human beings who strive for greatness and do their best within some kind of reasonable spectrum. … They want to be complete human beings rather than shine as the greatest hitter or golfer or piano player that ever lived."
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CTR: I saw in your book, the Reds weren't very high in your "young talent meter" however, most of the Reds' top players are young and their hope lies mostly in young players.
BJ: Votto should score well in our system, but the guys Hanigan and Janish - even though I absolutely love Paul Janish - they don't score highly on the young talent meter because they haven't yet proven they can play every day on the Major League level.
CTR: What about Janish do you like?
BJ: Defense. He's going to be a guy that probably doesn't hit .260, but I don't think he's going to make a lot of outs, either. I think he'll be all right in the strike zone. I think he's going to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the next couple of years.
CTR: A lot of people, myself included, weren't completely sold on the Cabrera signing because of Janish's defense.
BJ: I'm certain the Reds have good reason for what they're doing, but yes, I do think Janish is a player who has a good future in front of him, given the opportunity to play.
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The Reds are playing split-squad today. The pride of Rice University, Paul Janish, is starting at shortstop in the Oakland game.
Janish is currently the top slugger on the team. Seriously.
Okay, it's small sample size, and only spring training. Still...pretty cool, huh?
UPDATE: Janish went 1 for 2 with a double and a sac bunt today. That means he's increased his average and SLG. Still the best slugger on the team. ;-)
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Team previews are starting to appear in the Japanese press, including this one from the Asahi Shimbun. It mentions Andy Phillips and Todd Linden:
Infielder-outfielder Andy Phillips, a former New York Yankee, came over with Brown and Livesey from the Carp and outfielder Todd Linden is back after his infamous locker-room dustup with Nomura late last season. Linden hit a dozen homers in 284 at-bats with the club last year after joining the Eagles in June.
SENDAI — Rakuten Eagles outfielder Todd Linden was removed from the active roster on Sunday, leaving him out of the first stage of the Climax Series playoffs after Eagles manager Katsuya Nomura accused him of criticizing his game decisions. Linden will be sidelined until Oct 21 for what appeared to be a sarcastic remark directed at Nomura after he was removed from the starting lineup and made a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning in a 7-1 defeat to the Nippon Ham Fighters on Saturday.
Nomura was infuriated that the former major leaguer said, ‘‘Thank you’’ to him in a way he interpreted as being sarcastic. ‘‘He was being cynical about being left off the starting lineup. I won’t stand for players criticizing the manager,’’ Nomura said.
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Michael Lewis was on Charlie Rose earlier this week. He was promoting his new book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which is about how fraud, negligence, greed and groupthink created a socialist casino, where the profits went into the hands of a wealthy few, but the losses were absorbed by Joe Public. He thinks Congress will be forced to break up the big banks and make them less profitable.
I dunno. I think he's probably a little too optimistic. He thinks the damage was so horrendous that Congress will be forced to act. But he also thought that Liar's Poker would mark the end of an era, when in reality, it was just the beginning. To his dismay, many people embraced it as a how-to manual rather than a cautionary tale. I hope he's right - I think the really big banks have become too large and too profitable, at the expense of the little guy - but I suspect he's underestimated the influence the banking industry has on Congress and the White House.
Of more interest to baseball fans, he says his next project is a sequel to Moneyball.
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Paul Janish homered again today, as the Reds clobbered the D-Backs. Janish has been playing well lately. He had a pinch-hit single yesterday, and was 1 for 2 with a walk today. I doubt he's really playing for anything, though. I think he's pretty much guaranteed to get a roster spot...while Orlando Cabrera is guaranteed to get the starting SS job. So no matter how Janish plays, he'll probably be a backup infielder for the Reds this season.
On a completely different topic...I found this article from the NY Times interesting.
Psychologists have long studied the grunts and winks of nonverbal communication, the vocal tones and facial expressions that carry emotion. A warm tone of voice, a hostile stare — both have the same meaning in Terre Haute or Timbuktu, and are among dozens of signals that form a universal human vocabulary.
But in recent years some researchers have begun to focus on a different, often more subtle kind of wordless communication: physical contact. Momentary touches, they say — whether an exuberant high five, a warm hand on the shoulder, or a creepy touch to the arm — can communicate an even wider range of emotion than gestures or expressions, and sometimes do so more quickly and accurately than words.
To see whether a rich vocabulary of supportive touch is in fact related to performance, scientists at Berkeley recently analyzed interactions in one of the most physically expressive arenas on earth: professional basketball. Michael W. Kraus led a research team that coded every bump, hug and high five in a single game played by each team in the National Basketball Association early last season.
In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, Mr. Kraus and his co-authors, Cassy Huang and Dr. Keltner, report that with a few exceptions, good teams tended to be touchier than bad ones. The most touch-bonded teams were the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, currently two of the league’s top teams; at the bottom were the mediocre Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.
The pride of Rice University, Paul Janish, hit his first home run of the season yesterday. Not sure how he did today. The Reds played a couple of split-squad games today. Janish played in the first game, starting at SS and batting second, but the game didn't count toward "real" spring training stats, so there's no box score or anything available.
Chad Jennings, formerly the SWB Yankees blogger, now Pete Abe's replacement, has an interesting article about Kevin Long, the Yankees' hitting coach today. Long never made it to the big leagues himself, but now he's coaching superstars. He says he wishes he had a chance to do it all over - start at 22 when he was drafted, but with the knowledge he has today. Probably something that's crossed everyone's mind at least once. Youth is wasted on the young...
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Dan McCourt's "March 7 in Yankee History" includes this tidbit:
The March 7 night game with the Yanks hosting the Reds in 2007 was highlighted (to this fan) by the sight of Derek Jeter warmly chatting up ex-Yank Bubba Crosby in short center field before the game.
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Sports journalism is hurting. The bad economy is often blamed, but in reality, it's only exacerbated a deeper problem. The Internet is permanently changing the relationship between readers and publishers. It's not going to go back to the way it was, even if the economy recovers.
So what will the future of sports coverage look like? Some have suggested that bloggers will take the place of journalists. The problem with that is that bloggers, for the most part, are still reliant on conventional sports journalists. They can't do their own legwork, and there's no clear way for them to get the money to do it, even if they wanted to.
Could this be the answer? Mark Zuckerman, formerly the Nationals beat writer for the Washington Times, lost his job when the Times eliminated their sports department. Taking a page from C. Trent's book, he asked for reader donations to cover spring training...and got a much more generous response than he expected. Everyone from devoted fans to family and friends to bloggers who recognize how dependent they are on beat writers contributed. Donations even came in from people not particularly interested in the Nats or baseball; they just like the idea of reader-supported journalism.
"Radiohead journalism" has also worked on non-sports subjects. Not sure if it's a long-term solution. Perhaps once the novelty wears off, people will tire of donating alms for the journalist. But it's an interesting trend to watch.
Miguel Cairo had another good day at the park. He hit a home run. It's only two games, but so far, he's responsible for all the points the Reds have scored in spring training so far. If he keeps it up, Paul Janish might have something to worry about.
In other news...I've had to change the settings of my blog. I was being hammered by spam, posted as comments to old posts. It's stupid, because few real live people will read the comments of old posts, and Blogger uses "no follow" to discourage "link spam." I'm really not sure what they were hoping to accomplish. A lot of it was designed to seem like real comments, but so clumsy it wouldn't fool anyone. Usually link spammers don't bother with niceties; they just post a huge block of links, with no other text. These guys were very incompetent spammers.
But I got tired of constantly deleting the messages, so now comments on posts older than two weeks are moderated. They will not appear until I approve them. I doubt this will affect many legitimate posters.
One suggestion to slow down the economic impact the Yankees and Red Sox have on small-market teams is to break them up and move one of them into another division. The suggestion is to put the Yankees and Mets in the same division and the Red Sox and Rays in another.
"That way, the Yankees and Red Sox won't be competing with one another," says one official, "and reacting to every move the other makes."
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