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Crying can work for some players in trouble, not for others

Aug 6, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Everth Cabrera AP

There’s no crying in baseball. Except for when there is. Take Everth Cabrera, who gave a teary mea culpa about his Biogenesis suspension. From Matt Calkins of the Union-Tribune, who believes that Cabrera’s contrition earned him a second chance.

Calkins says he was ready to submit a column reaming Cabrera to his editor, writing about how he was deader than vaudeville as far as Calkins was concerned. But then …

And then he talked.

The column was written, folks. It was a call to San Diego sports fans asking that they not let the Padres shortstop off the hook when he returns from suspension next year — that they hold the liar liable until true contrition appears.

And then he cried … after giving the most heart-felt sports apology I’ve ever seen, he also deserves a second chance.

Wow, good for Cabrera! And confidential to the other Biogenesis players: you may want to try this because I can only see this working to your advantage.

Oh, well. Maybe not all of you. I guess you only get one chance to play the crying card.

  1. charlutes - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Crying works for Craig every single day.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Drooling seems to work about as well for you.

  2. hammerhead5573 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Wow Craig you love to push everything strictly to get a response. Yesterday you defended this fraud today you mention tears. I guess you get paid more for the responses you get rather than anything with substance. Well here you go, hopefully you get another $1.00 for my response.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Well now this may come as something of a shock to you. Yes, you hammerhead – try to tear your gaze away from the surface of the pond for a second and pay attention. It is Craig’s job as manager of a discussion forum to engender responses and plant controversies. Can you assimilate that? So yes, he does get paid to do this – not to sit there trying to figure out what everyone else will agree with and then print it. Clear so far?

  3. yankee172 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    This article is absurd. Two different players, two different journalists, two very different situations.

    What point are you trying to make?

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      That there are differing approaches and opinions about complex, difficult circumstances.


  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I think pointing out a double standard is a valid point to make, especially with reactions to different players being so opposite.

    Really though, quoting PeteAbe ragging on the Yankees is pretty low-hanging fruit. The guy could barely contain his dislike for the team when he was their beat writer. I wonder how many posts he has made about Papi’s lack of sincerity and honesty since his PED bust. Perhaps it is just that Papi’s personal investigation into the matter prevents him from speaking. Did he hire the same committee that has been working on the ‘A’s to San Jose” project?

  5. irishdodger - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Until MLB starts issuing lifetime bans, kids from third world countries are going to ingest anything they can get their hands on if it affords them a ticket out of poverty and into multi-million $$ contracts. The head of the union has one goal: drive up salaries…to hell with the game.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      The problem with that logic is the same as people who think the death penalty would be a deterrent for drug lords, as if drug lords didn’t live with the threat of death every day anyways. Sure, you may be able to stop the top 10% with lifetime bans, but that won’t stop the thousands upon thousands of average kids who are just trying to make the team or stay in the league in the first place. When you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to risk.

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Didn’t you know, there is a special seat saved in hell for Alex Rodriguez. Right next to Hitler, Stalin, and the guy who decided shoelaces should be 15 feet long.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      And most of all, the guy who designed Twinkies with that invisible fill hole at the bottom so that all the cream squirts out when you try to fry them.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        (subliminal eroticism)

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        If your idea of eroticism involves boiling oil and squirting from puncture holes in the side, I am deeply concerned.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Twinkies don’t last long enough around me to be fried.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Don’t you know enough to get the pan scalding hot BEFORE you put the Twinkie down? Cauterize that wound, man.

        Rookies – got to show them everything.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Tried that. Pressure built up until the damned thing exploded.

    • nbjays - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Don’t forget Walter O’Malley.

  7. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Arod wasn’t pretending to be choked up during that press conference when he admitted to PED use, he looked like that because one in his entourage was below him and was injecting him in his rear with a new designer roid and it caused Arod to appear to be choked up for those 30 seconds or so… Guessing it must have burned when it was being injected…

  8. yahmule - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    You know why you don’t cry in baseball? Because dicks like me will post you doing it 24 years later and laugh about it all over again.

  9. hammerhead5573 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    @ old gator. Geez thanks for the update. Without people like you in this world we all would think the world was flat. Thank you. So clearly you missed the point, one day this guy is on this frauds jock sort of like are now and the next day he ripping tears about the same exact guy. He can write anything but at least show some consistency. And by the way I have seen comments similar to mine for awhile now so i am certain i am not alone on this. Now if u will excuse me i have to break the news to the rest of the world that it is not flat.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      You’re welcome. Clearly, you and those who also can’t spell or capitalize personal pronouns were in need of an update.

      “U” should also break the news to the world that twitterspeak is a hitherto undiagnosed form of illiteracy. You have my permission to use your post as an example of the kind of incoherent syntax and deformed semiosis to which this may lead above and beyond the mere inability to spell or think clearly.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        People need to use hitherto in a sentence more often. Bravo!

  10. duvisited - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    You guys are all missing the point, which is that Melky Cabrera cried. Is there footage of this somewhere that I can watch and enjoy?

  11. giantssb42champs - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    There’s no crying in baseball!

  12. icanspeel - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    For what it’s worth, he also cried when he found out he was named to the all-star team.

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