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Our continuing coverage of the Francoeur-Broxton hunting trip

Nov 30, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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Yesterday we learned that part of the sales pitch to get Jonathan Broxton to come to Kansas City was a hunting trip involving Broxton, Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. Today, because I’m obsessed with this kind of thing and I’m too old to be cured of such maladies by now, I read the in-depth report about this trip over at the New York Post.

If you’re not ill like me, just know that the hunting trip took place on a 40,000 acre ranch owned by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.  Of course it did.  Next time someone tells you to stop trafficking in lazy stereotypes ignore it, because that stuff pays, jack.

My biggest takeway: how many teams were going to pay Broxton $4 million with incentives to $5 million?  Maybe some. I can’t imagine a ton. But I guess if we want to credit the hunting trip for it all it will be more fun that way.

  1. Kyle - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    If you invite Jonathan Broxton, Ned Yost, and Jeff Francoeur on to your ranch for a hunting trip…. you might be a — nah, too easy.

    • CJ - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      oh come on, just say it. a celebrity comedian!

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        smarter than a 5th grader?

  2. cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t get why Brox has such low interest. He’s a big strong guy, can throw a ton and has been pretty successful when he’s healthy. The procedure he had on his elbow seems minor: cleaning up bone doesn’t usually involve messing with ligaments and the like (unless there’s something about that procedure we’re not being told: nothing new there).

    If the Beaver Men went out and got this guy I’d be pretty happy with that.

    • SmackSaw - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      His fastball straightened out two years ago. It has no movement. It doesn’t move in out, up or down, just out.

      • cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        Sure, Smack, I buy that. But for John Farrell, former BoSox pitching coach, that’s a grip correction and about a month of practice to fix. You can’t teach the kind of velocity Broxton has. You can’t teach mound presence nor the ability to block the light from center field when you’re on the mound. A good closer has to intimidate as well as dominate. If you’re Mo or Papelbon you do it with reputation, movement and velocity (of course Paps adds a comedy routine, but that’s just window dressing to some legitimate power). If you’re Broxton, all you need to do is add the movement to the +95mph stuff, ’cause a guy that size looks like a dump truck is coming at you.

    • cup0pizza - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      “I don’t get why Brox has such low interest.”

      -Because he sucks, maybe?

      • cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM

        Not as much as you, ‘0pizza, so he’s got that going for him.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I bet Frenchy takes aim 3 times, misses all of them, and everyone tells him how awesome he was…

    • CJ - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      …and Yost gives him another extension on the spot. Broxton follows up with a fastball to knock the thing out before it can get away, so all is not lost.

  4. Old Gator - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Let’s hope this one doesn’t turn out like the Cheyne-Whittington quail hunting trip.

    • cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Well that turned out pretty good from the quail’s perspective, now didn’t it?

      • Old Gator - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

        Yeah, but not from the perspective of what would have done the world the most good.

      • skids003 - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        I can think of a hell of alot worse than him.

    • Old Gator - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      Me too, but Stalin went bear hunting.

  5. deep64blue - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Still none of the Vick hating, pro-animal crowd chiming in – what a surprise!

    • Old Gator - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Especially considering how overwhelmingly revolted the entire American population (and beyond) was by Vick’s loathsome crimes. I dare say a pretty sizable proportion of sportsmen were among them. There’s a lot of open space for respect for your quarry between the demands of hunting well and beating a defenseless dog to death – and if you can’t see that, the bigger surprise is that you were even literate enough to post here.

  6. notthesicko - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Jeff Foxworthy is a comedian?

  7. captaincanoe - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Did Dick Cheney not get an invite?

    • Old Gator - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

      Nope, he insisted on coming armed. That’s even edgier than inviting Gerald Ford with a golf club.

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