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Photo of the Day: Big Papi and Obama

Apr 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

If you do a Venn diagram of (a) people who freak out about PEDs in baseball and (b) people who think Obama is a socialist native Kenyan hellbent on destroying the world, the part that meets in the middle just spontaneously combusted:

  1. baseballici0us - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Oh man, that’s “photo of the year” candidate right there.

  2. manifunk - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Photographic proof that if you cheat and take PEDs, you too can celebrate a World Series victory with an awesome selfie with the President

    • strangebrew22 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Seriously, what team is not associated with a player that has used PEDs? Doesn’t make it right, but there are no innocent teams.

  3. sportsfanjay - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    It doesn’t matter your individual politics, be it republican or democrat…
    but that is pretty dang cool.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      “…be it republican or democrat”

      Riiiight. Have you been living under a rock for the last year?

      Every Republican in the country is thinking: deport the both of ‘em.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        ….and all of us that are smart enough to realize that neither party has our best interest in mind still don’t understand why people that aren’t politicians think they are “republicans” or “democrats”

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        True.

        I was simply saying that it’s IMPOSSIBLE for politics not to come into play when a photo like that is released.

        And I hate to use the “both sides” argument, but it wasn’t much better under Bush. Most liberals seethed whenever he was featured in a photo like that.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        I agree. I wish people would realize that we (as citizens and tax payers) should all be on the same side, and that side is to improve our quality of life….not that of the already rich people that made money off of our work and now make money off of the work of people in other countries. Maybe it has always been true that politicians have been the lap dogs of the fabulously wealthy, and that our society has just been thrown some crumbs along the way, but it is far more obvious and easy to know now that it was before.

      • Reflex - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Paperlions –

        1) In a democracy, politicians are just citizens like you or I.
        2) People think they are “republicans” or “democrats” because, you know, they actually are. Its an option on your voter registration, and you can officially join the parties as well (it costs me $15/year). Often the party platforms generally align with a person’s ideals, and as such they identify with them.

        Quite frankly we have more in common (and different) with political parties than we do with sports teams. It makes more sense to speak about ‘us’ and ‘we’ when speaking of your political affiliation than it does when speaking about the home nine. And it certainly has more impact on a person’s life, both directly and indirectly.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        @Reflex

        I think what paperlions is getting at (not to put words in your mouth, paper) is that even if politicians begin as citizens same as you or I, eventually they have to compromise their principles in exchange for a big cheque or the continuity of their career or both.

        Think about the issue created by money in politics: if you don’t have deep pockets and a couple of supporters with the same your political career will likely stall around city council. You may have a fantastic message and worldview, but as long as your opponent has more funds he has the ability to slander and shout you down via every form of media out there.

        Remind me where exactly those two scenarios fit in a democracy?

      • ezthinking - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Maybe helps to remember we are not a pure democracy, but a representative democracy. The electorate “hires” a person by vote – democracy- to represent their interests as an aggregate, not individually.

        Everyone votes against their own interest in some respect unless you’re voting for yourself and then only vote in representatives matters in conformance with your own interests.

      • Reflex - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        mrmojorisin –

        I know this is a common view, and it is one I used to hold until I started getting involved myself. In that time I have met representatives who were clearly bought off by special interests (state senator for the Dems who was being chauffeured around by payday lending interests after she championed legalization and deregulation of their scummy industry), but I’ve also met far more honest and hardworking people who forgo making real money in business for the far lesser amounts they make as legislators and members of congress. Certainly some are corrupt, and in some areas corruption is worse than others, but in general they simply are idealistic or have something important they think needs to be done.

        What sense does it make for someone with an Ivy league education, as many of our lawmakers have, to run for congress in the hopes that maybe they will get some illegal payday and not get caught, or spend a ton of time and effort to keep on the side of legality yet still personally benefit, all in a position that requires them to beg people to keep them there every 2-6 years (depending on office) while spending enormous amounts of time fundraising and campaigning, vs simply using that education to get a good job with a Fortune 500 and earning as much or more in base pay plus all the stock options and benefits that go along with it?

        It does not. And its especially acute at the state level where the pay for legislators approaches minimum wage. Yes there are crooked politicians and people in it for glory and fame, but the reality is that almost anyone who chooses politics as a career that has any chance of being successful at it would likely be far more successful in business working their way up the corporate ladder with far more rewards, stability and little chance of being accused of a criminal act.

        I don’t believe that all politicians are altruist. And I hate the language and methods most of them seem to employ (Thank You For Smoking is a great movie on that topic). But I do not believe you have to ‘sell out’ or become corrupt in order to achieve success. Oftentimes the reality is that when exposed to a larger set of responsibilities a person realizes that their old idealism falls apart on the larger scale, or that there are competing interests that have as much right to a fair share as the interests they felt most personally attached to. That is maturity, not selling out, and it is honestly a sign of a good legislator.

        If Al Franken had legislated like he spoke prior to election to the senate, he’d simply be the left wing’s version of Rand Paul, loud and ineffective. Instead he grew up, realized that he represented all the people of his state and not just the ones who voted for him, and learned to compromise. If that is selling out, we need a whole hell of a lot more of it from both sides so we can end the gridlock.

        Sorry for the ramble, but I just can’t be as cynical as I once was. And to those who are, get involved and change the culture. Taking potshots from the sidelines is the least effective way to make change. If that is all you can do, than YOU are part of the problem.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Lol! Man…I truly have missed you Aces. The offseason was waay to long.
        Please know (personally) i didn’t think “deport the both of ‘em.”

        I thought…”that is sad.”
        And…”why does Barry look as if he is made of plastic?”

        But not deportation. That’s blashphemy!

      • thomas844 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        What? Don’t speak for all Republicans. I thought liberals were always the ones preaching about not generalizing entire groups of people.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        @Reflex

        Appreciate the well thought-out post.

        Perhaps I was a bit too unclear. I was referring not so much to big illegal cheques but rather to the legal money that flows from donors through super pacs to politicians who say the right things i.e. serve as a mouthpiece for the donors and their interests. My impression is that most politicians fall into a position where they either serve as that mouthpiece, or else lose their funding as it gets funnelled to someone who will champion the cause of the wealthy.

        This is a real problem, but as a Canadian I can’t do much to get involved in your problem at the moment. All I can do right now is work to prevent us taking the same path.

      • Reflex - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Honestly what is occurring in Alberta has made me lose a lot of hope in the idea that the Canadians were any better about resisting moneyed interests or short sighted politics. And the spillover here in the form of the Keystone Pipeline has been very damaging for so little gain for either nation.

        Money talks anywhere you go. But if those who care do not participate in the process then there is no hope at all.

  4. ashot - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    (Read in all Caps) Something something that’s what’s wrong with our country…Something something liberal.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Durk a dur terk urr jerbs.

  5. cinfante54 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I thought only members of last year’s team that are currently still on the team get to go. Did that change or am I just wrong? Because Mujica looks pretty happy to be with the team that beat his former team.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      It would be either funny or cruel to leave behind everyone who wasn’t on the World Series squad. Can’t decide which.

    • tigers182 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Was Stephen Drew there? It’s not like he has anything else going on.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    The strangest thing is that Obama tested positive for PED’s after this.

  7. shaggylocks - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    OH THANK GOD they’re not wearing the stars and stripes jackets that Gomes posted on Twitter…

  8. bmurph - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Hey, Mr. Fashion/Tie Police Craig Calcaterra—–why no mention that everyone in this picture seems to be wearing ties? Doesn’t that make you happy?

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    White Sox fans, take note. Begin subterfuge now!

  10. tigers182 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    How long until famous people taking selfies is no longer cute, and newsworthy?

  11. APBA Guy - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    On the other hand, that picture is a terrific advertisement for what makes America great on a lot of levels.

    • offseasonblues - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I was thinking exactly that while watching the ceremony.

  12. 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    So … every president has a huge pile somewhere of team jerseys with his name on it. Every last championship team.

    We are a very weird country. And the Red Sox’ home jersey doesn’t even HAVE players’ last names on it.

  13. jimmyt - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    A nice picture of Dumb and Dumbest.

    • sportsfanjay - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Can’t you just enjoy the moment? Get over yourself.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Soon to be framed and hung in the White House game room next to the pic of Stupid and Stupider (Bush and Rumsfeld).

  14. dremmel69 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    What are the chances that the author of this article was a Bush-hater now skewering Obama-haters. Yawn………

    • Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      What are the chances this was composed in the burn ward.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      The chances are 100% Dremmel. But it’s not all his fault. His Father was an employee of the Federal Government. Naturally, everyone tends to lean towards the side that best butters ones bread.

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