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Democracy in action: petitioning the Royals to release Jeff Francoeur

Nov 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Jeff Francoeur Getty Images

People have been having all kinds of fun over the past few days making up petitions on the White House’s official website. Most of them involve either Texans wanting Texas to secede from the union because of the Obama win or non-Texans wanting Texas to secede from the union on general principles.

But politics is so last Tuesday. Let’s see how citizens are getting democracy to work in baseball:


I’m not sure why George R.R. Martin and Francoeur get lumped together, but I suppose they’re both worthy causes.

As of this post going live, eight people have signed it. Follow the link to add your voice to the growing chorus.

  1. number42is1 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Craig be honest… how many times did you sign?

    • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      14 down, 24,986 to go. Get busy, Craig.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I could imagine Ethiopia without Haile Selassie before I could imagine the Royals without Jeff Francoeur.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Good thing, considering Haile Selassie died more than 8 years before Jeff Francoeur was born. Imagining the opposite would cause a tear in the space-time continuum. Next thing you know, we’re in an alternate universe, where the Royals win the World Series every year.

      • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        okay, re-phrase: I could imagine a dollop of doro wat without a hardboiled egg before I could imagine the Royals without Jeff Francoeur.

        Incidentally, did you know that Merian C. Cooper and Ed Schoedsack, the makers of King Kong, filmed Haile Selassie’s coronation? Have fun at that cocktail party with this tidbit.

  3. cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Jeff Francoeur is a nice man. I cannot and will not support any document that wants him out of baseball. The Royals signed him, they must play him. I found KCR fans nice people so they are a natural fit for Frenchy. George R.R. Martin is another matter entirely. Force feed him a banana, a multivitamin and litre of water and he might speed the heck up.

    • geoknows - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Well, it doesn’t say he has to be out of baseball, only that the Royals have to release him. He can go to, oh, say, the Braves. They need an outfielder; surely they would take him back.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM


      • paperlions - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        You (frencyplatediscipline) obviously don’t exist, so such things really shouldn’t bother you.

  4. historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I’m pretty sure the group on here could come up with a really great petition (say a law requiring foreign baseball teams to use rabbi-managers) to post. We should put our heads together.

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Like a petition for the Secret Service to use their powers to get Gleeman a girlfriend? I hear they’re good at that sort of thing.

    • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      I see this, you know. I may be getting wordpressed-comment-blocked but don’t think I haven’t taken note of your treachery.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Cur, I think you are implying that I am attempting to discriminate against Beavers. I assure you, Sir, that this is not the case – this law would apply equally to all of our baseball partners. Can’t you set aside your Beaver nationalism for the greater good? This is about the future of our world and religious liberty. We just want to make sure that you do right by baseball and the Jewish community. Why do you hate kosher baseball? This is exactly why our country needs to take a stand and act decisively on this issue.

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        “Kosher baseball”???? It’s un-baseball, thats why. Know what I believe in? The small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag Stephenie Meyer are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald William Shatner acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf Joe West and the designated hitter pitcher hitting. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve, Molson Canadian, and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days and I believe in The Sacred Powers of Beavers, Faux-Bu, Rum, pipe smoke, & Dog. I do NOT believe in “Kosher Baseball”. There should be a clear and distinct separation of church and baseball. All else is madness.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        You are clearly delirious. Apology accepted.

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        “delirious” you say? Pshaw. I did delirious over the weekend. I’m now back to merely violent and unstable.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Oh good, then you can join me in raging every 7th inning stretch when they sing fucking God Bless America. There, that’s the petition I want: It should be illegal to sing anything but Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch.

  5. stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    And 30,000 people in Texas petitioned to secede after the election. We should allow them to. They just don’t get to take Texas with them.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      In amongst the petitions to allow [insert name of state here] to leave the Union, and the actual, serious petitions, are a couple I particularly like. They call for the deportation of anyone who signed a petition calling for a state to leave the Union.

      • stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        I’ll sign that! Give them their fondest wish.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Cano is already a better citizen than these fools. Best case for immigrants ever.

  6. malvord13 - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Yes please release him and call up Myers.

  7. Detroit Michael - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Francoeur shouldn’t be released. He could still be a decent platoon / back-up outfielder even if the bat doesn’t rebound from a poor 2012.

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