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Comment of the Day: free agent speculation in a nutshell

Nov 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Reader snowbirdgothic, commenting on the David Eckstein/Pujols story this morning, pretty much nails the nature of free agency speculation in the sporting press:

Somewhere, there’s a lonely, honest sportswriter who’s going to pen a piece called “Albert Pujols is going somewhere they’re going to back up a dump truck full of money to his house, and none of this other crap matters, but we can’t say that and we have column inches to fill.”

He will then, immediately, be fired, and his replacement will do 1200 words on how Rex Hudler believes that if Pujols goes to Chicago, he’s not a true Cardinal.

It really is that simple. ┬áThere are a handful of people who actually know stuff, and even they don’t know it until right before something is announced. The rest of us are mostly just farting around. Nothing wrong with that — farting around is a lot of fun and gets us through the winter — but let’s not pretend it’s anything more than farting around.

  1. frankvzappa - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I believe it was Vonnegut who basically said the exact same thing about life in general. I forget which book it was…

    Also reminds me of the Jay Farrar quote: “Maybe a waste of words and time, but never a waste of life.”

    • nolanwiffle - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Not a fan of Zappa, but Son Volt is a whole different story. Well-played.

    • Kyle - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      “We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.” Mostly attributed to Man Without A Country, although he had been saying the same general thing for years. He repeated himself a lot as he got older.

  2. Mark Armour - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    True, although in the interest of honesty perhaps all the farting around posts all over the internet should start with the sentence: “The following post is just farting around and involves zero actual knowledge of the situation.” That could save some time, though it would reduce the comments section considerably.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      It at least warns you not take a deep breath…

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Tell Jon Heyman that. He believes himself half the time.

  4. yankeesgameday - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    A dump truck is not big enough to hold all the money it will take to sign pujols

    • cur68 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      They’ll use one of those giant novelty cheques anyways; that way they can get all the zero’s on it.

      • cardswin - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Where’s Ed McMahon when you need him?

  5. unlost1 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Albert told me he’s leaving

  6. natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    The honest reporter was fired because he didn’t give the consumers what they wanted — endless, meaningless speculation. Preferably, biased to please the consumers (in this example, Cardinals fans). Fuel for endless arguments over nothing of significance.

    Yes Craig, you are just farting around. Keep up the good work.Without real baseball, we need it.

  7. Old Gator - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    So that’s what they’re speculating in a nutshell, but what are they saying in Kandor and Whoville?

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