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Meanwhile, at Los Angeles Angels photo day …

Feb 26, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

What the heck is going on in Tempe today? The Angels are getting their pictures taken and this is what we’re seeing:


A player is told to hit the showers when his usefulness to that day’s game is complete. When he’s yanked. Now all of the Angels are having their photos taken in the showers.

Metaphors, man. They’re powerful things.

  1. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I’ve never understood the communal shower. I mean, unless your colleagues are Victoria’s Secret models, what’s the point?

    • vivabear - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Building cost concerns

      • dan1111 - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        It is also much easier to clean than individual stalls. A big deal if you have dozens of athletes showering every day.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      So a revenue stream in the billions, athletes paid in the millions, and they shower like prison inmates over a few thousand buck? Gotcha

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      It is stupid.

      All this concern about gays in locker rooms, there is no reason there couldn’t be partitions.

      And oh yeah, building costs and maintenance….”The Yankees had to scrap their new billion dollar stadium plans because the partitions for the showers pushed them over budget.”

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        I don’t really care about gays. They can shower wherever they like but the fact that with all the locker room sensitivity over the issue, it is odd that all of these men shower together. But, beyond who is looking at who’s business, there is a hygiene aspect to consider. As you shower in hot water, especially with soap, you slough off skin, body oils and dirt. It aerosolizes and settles on surfaces. That’s why your shower walls have soap and body oil scum on them going right up the insides. Showering in that cell block means that all those guys are swapping their grunge. They don’t share toothbrushes with each other (one presumes), so I am not understanding why they share their dirt, sweat and grease

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        I just like the fact that, if someone said “Hey, we can avoid all this gay-fear-mongering by making divided showers” homophobes are going to have to stand up and say “NO! WE DON’T WANT TO CHANGE! WE WANT TO CONTINUE BEING BUTT NAKED AROUND EACH OTHER AND GETTING ALL SOAPED UP AND…..Goddammit….”

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Meanwhile, the football people are celebrating their shower ignorance

      • Kevin S. - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Honestly, I was impressed by how many of the commenters there were on the side of basic decency. A departure from PFT’s norms, for sure.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Kevin, I think it tends to be that way during the days and the trend shifts heavily overnight.

        Because, you know, all them lazy liberals are on their Obamainternet posting positive comments about liberal issues and rolling around in their piles of welfare and wiping their ass with the Constitution.

        I forgot what we were talking about.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        Heh, speaking of that subject and football players, reminds me of the 2012 elections when Tebow predicted Florida would turn for Romney once all the Republicans got off work. Oops.

        Remember kids, we don’t hate him because of his religion, we hate him because he’s a no-talent asshole.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        I actually don’t think Tebow is an asshole. I think he very well may be a genuine, well meaning individual.

        And since it is his religion that ties him to assholes like Focus on the Family, transitively I guess it is his religion that makes me dislike him.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        If Tebow were a well meaning individual he’d look around at who’s keeping company with him, who shares his opinions, and what they stand for. Then he’d conclude these people are assholes and distance himself from them. Since he doesn’t do that I am forced to conclude that Tim Tebow is a no-talent asshole.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        I agree.

        However, evangelicals shield their children from an accurate and actual world view, withhold and demonize scientific education, and instill fear in them about the outside world and open-mindedness about differing ideas.

        So it’s difficult for me to look at someone brought up in that environment and just say “CHANGE! DUMMY! LOOK AT ALL THIS INFORMATION!” when it is ingrained in them to deny that information.

        So, like I said, I think he is well-meaning and probably a genuinely good guy (as many many religious individuals are) and I have a hard time deeming them “assholes” when they are just sheltered and nurtured to be stubbornly ignorant.

        Once they start promoting the restriction of ideas and “lifestyles” then I don’t care if they catch on fire. So yeah, Tebow is kind of an asshole, but still…I don’t blame him entirely for that.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        That’s a nuanced and balanced reply. You are a kindly soul, then. Perhaps a more fitting example as human being than Mr. Tebow and his ilk.

        I have noticed that commenter behaviour here can be predicted to some degree by their screen name. Those with aggrandizing names tend to be jerks. Those with lewdness or cursing woven into their names tend to be crass. Those with self depreciating names tend to be relatively reasonable, amusing, and often decent people.

        You, Mr. tfbuckfutter fly in the face of those observations by being only occasionally crass, often reasonable, and usually amusing. Way to buck the trend, sir

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I try to at least be amusing even if I’m being unreasonable.

        I also try to be a dick in all cases. But that’s just because I also enjoy amusing myself. But thanks man, I appreciate the words. And I don’t take note of too many posters, so I don’t generally hold too many specific opinions, because I might think you’re a complete idiot in one thread, and then think we’re soul mates because of something you say on another issue. And I don’t want to sit there acting like I don’t agree with a brilliant statement because I already determined that I hate you. But I will definitely keep your posts on my radar more in the future.

        And as for PFT….I actually liked posting there until the time it took for them to review every post started killing any conversation, and then they started deleted most of my posts, and now I think they delete all of them.

        (Part of the reason I drew attention to myself is because I was very vocal about Deb, who is very prominent there, being an absolutely atrocious human being for blaming rape victims while at the same time claiming she had been raped multiple times and accepted it was her fault for drinking and separating from her friends….ugh….that attitude still pisses me off).

    • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Ironically, women’s showers are often divided. I don’t think I’ve ever had to shower with others at the gym.*

      *not a professional athlete

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        More dudes want to look at dongs than are willing to admit it.

        And then they just put it under the guise of “bonding” or “camaraderie” or whatever.

        And as for your anecdotal evidence, I call B.S. How are you supposed to soap up each other if there are divided showers? Next you’ll be saying you don’t have bra and panty pillow fights pretty much all the time we’re not around.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        No, the pillow fights are a real thing. We like the mystery of wearing lingerie and the serendipity of wardrobe malfunctions that said events bring. Showers bypass all that. Plus, if you try to wear nice underwear in the shower it shrinks up and fades and whatnot. You have to use Woolite to preserve them and that’s a little harsh for cleaning girl parts. Now, if KY came out with a dual purpose lube/laundry detergent…

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        This is why women are the keepers of civilization. Left up to us men, homes would be a giant barbecue pit for a kitchen, massive TV room with armchairs you can sleep in, and a prison style shower room/bathroom*

        *bowling alley and shooting range for the really rich guys

      • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Dave Barry credited his wife with teaching him the difference between a paper towel and a napkin and the situational benefit of each.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Early on, my wife taught me that throwing spaghetti noodles on the wall was not the best way to test if they were done. I’d pointed to the dog, waiting patiently to field each noodle, and she’d pointed to the couch, waiting patiently to field my carcass for a few nights. How come she aways wins these little differences in opinion?

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        I’m not sure I believe you but I am sure I’m going to pretend I believe you.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        There is a difference between a paper towel and a napkin?

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        stlouis, of course there is. A BIG difference.

        You NEVER use a paper towel when you run out of toilet paper.

  2. tvguy22 - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Maybe they are trying to do a “Karen Silkwood-style” showering off of the stink from last season?

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    “When he’s yanked.”

    It’s true that getting yanked in the shower can relieve the stress of having had a bad game.

  4. historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    This just proves that 1) California (I was going to say LA but that just brings out the geography fiends) is not like the rest of the country, and 2) everyone out there is a struggling artist with a day job that pays the bills. I’d love to see DD’s reaction to a pitch like this though: I know what avant-garde is. Just take a picture in front of the usual backgrounds. We just need something to go in the programs. Thanks.

    • kalinedrive - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      They should do photo shoots in front of a green screen, and then they could photoshop in whatever backgrounds they choose.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Like walk up music? I might be afraid for some guy’s choices.

    • 4d3fect - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Aren’t they in AZ? But of course, AZ is NOT like the rest of the country, need I say more.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Them pictures didn’t seem gritty.

      • 4d3fect - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM


  5. daveitsgood - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Joe Blanton, BSOHL?

  6. chadjones27 - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Who’s pitching and who’s catching in the showers?

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      There’s a thread on PFT right now that is missing their comedian.

  7. lyon810 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Scrub all you want Joe, nothing will cleanse your dermis of your failure.

  8. tcb2nyc - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Please tell me there is a pic of Josh Hamilton standing in a toilet, right where that turd belongs.

  9. badsequel - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    At least it this background doesn’t burn your retinas like last year’s

  10. moogro - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Maybe the power was out in the rest of the building on photo day.

  11. louhudson23 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    There are people who are genuinely disturbed and confused by the concept of a locker room shower? A fast and efficient means of a large group of people simply bathing is beyond your comprehension? Did you really find the shower scene in Porky’s to be stimulating? You people must be a real hoot at a nude beach…..What do you use to shine the buckles on your shoes?

    • badsequel - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      You had me until nude beach and shoe buckles…

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