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MLB Perspectives — Maury Wills

Maury Wills willed his way into the Majors, after a long, torturous tenure in the minors, and once there, stole nearly 600 bases, amassed almost 2200 hits, a very respectable .281 average and over 1,000 runs. He was an all-star for 1/2 of his 14 year career, and was an instrumental part of the Dodger machine that won 3 world series titles in 7 years. His significance is perhaps best indicated by his winning an MVP in 1962 (hitting only 6 homers) and finishing in the Top 25 of the award voting 8 times.

Wills is no longer up for induction into the Hall of Fame through regular voting (he maxed out at only 40%), but there’s hope the Veteran’s Committee takes a second, harder look. He was a magical force, who changed defenses and caused more anxiety and disruption on the base paths than anyone in his era (breaking the longstanding mark of Ty Cobb for stolen bases in a single season). Based on the resumes of other shortstops/infielders, Maury’s total package should be on display at Cooperstown.

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On the “Don’t Let Your National Guard Down” CDST Show (Part 2):

On the “Don’t Let Your National Guard Down” CDST Show (Part 2):

— “Keep remembering you just have to make it outta here … and the rest of your life is gravy” … if only life was as simple as explained by King in Platoon.
— “And she said, let’s do it… the room’s already paid for”
— Ned Beatty just keeps showing up in the weirdest places … first the evil sheriff in Gator, then Bobby, who squealed like a pig in Deliverance, then the playfully corrupt Dean Martin in Back to School.
— Remembering the rise of my Celtic green Pontiac Phoenix … “it looks like a Chevy Citation, with some sizzle”
— Brian had a 1975 Toyota Corolla to roll in (2k was all it took)
— Eric’s Cougar XR7 was apparently the start of it all … the exacting detail in which it was described made it sound a bit like a powerful handgun
— Now if you want to really go in style, try the Firebird
— Football fans don’t go both ways… you’re either AFC or NFC, but not both
— Pouring acid in Keller’s wounds with a replay of the huge hack by Hendu … yeah baby, celebrate your heart out going down that first base line … a sparkling commentary with the cracklin voice of Al Michaels
— We go over the dynamics of that very dramatic ALCS, in wonderfully excruciating detail
— What could be better than to be endowed with a new drug from Huey (one that won’t make me sick… one that won’t make me crash my car, or make me feel three feet thick)
— How about a new drug that does what it should? One that doesn’t make me feel to bad, or too good. Is that drug what we now call Viagra?
— Pitchers in that series included Doug Corbett, the Candyman, Bruce Hurst, Clemens … but no Well-read, there was no Buehler. We had to wait a few years before the Dodgers got one of those.
— Yes, the Candyman can.. in terms of winning World Series games.. just ask the Pirates… even if he did look like a cartoon character
— As for Ferris, he’s sick, “my best friend’s boyfriend’s sister’s cousin saw him pass out at 31 Flavors
— Will Danny White not go into the Hall of Fame as either a punter or a QB or both? We ponder the issue?
— As for Blanda, he went in as both?
— “Give the bag to bozo….” … you would think those were pretty easy instructions to follow… but not for the stupidest person on the face of the earth.
— Sam Stone’s special honey-do, ransom condition list caused him to drool with pleasure, because he understood the upside so perfectly
— Trying to understand why the Leafs, not the Habs, is the team most resented by the other Canadian franchises; let’s face it, Toronto’s had the most professional sports success of any city North of the Border
— Getting a performance car in the 1980s, was like getting a hall pass to leave your house in the 2020s
— Had to bring up my childhood memory of neighbor Teddy James’ black trans am … with the fire chicken on the hood
— Yes, the Harlem Shuffle even makes me want to dance … or talk to Frank about Tim Tuffle
— We finish with a trip to Venus … using the original mode of transportation

On the “Don’t Let Your National Guard Down” CDST Show (Part 1):

On the The Don’t Let Your National Guard Down CDST Show (Pt. 1):
— Heavy artillery to the rescue of business owners and our great cities … send in the guard
— Looting is not a victimless crime, and CA laws only encourage it
— The various considerations to be taken account in presenting charges
— More details about the facts and circumstances surrounding the George Floyd killing
— Give me Liberty Chan or give me no weather reports
— No hair cuts on the virus-laden horizon for our favorite Jersey boy
— HEY EVERYBODY, LET’S GET METSMERIZED!!!! We get down in Met town with The Straw, Nails, Doctor K, Ray I’d rather fight Knight, and Rafael “Baseball been berry berry good to me” Santana….
— Frankie Midnight takes us through the four big fracases during their last championship year, including the game with the Pirates marked by Rick Rhoden’s scuffing, Mitchell choking the insolent Khalifa, and the ensuing mayhem.
— Poor Niedenfuer needed a heads up that bean balls don’t ward off long balls.
— We get the inside scoop on the wild ride of the victors after their conquest of Houston in the NLCS ($35k of damage sustained by the plane in 1986 dollars) (sorry Eric, no itemization)
— Why is Bill Robinson’s name continually coming up?
— I think “relief” specialist and ex-Met Calvin Schiraldi is still giving up round trippers blowing save opportunities
— The legend of Paul DiPodesta, not JP Retardi (how good does “Strategy Officer” for the Brownies sound)
— Oh no, we have to watch a game … and put on your clam diggers to use the flooding urinals … at the O.Co. On to Vegas? Probably not, and the A’s don’t know the way to San Jose.
— Dialing back time to relive Da Bears’ huge Super Bowl demolition of the Patriots, who just weeks earlier had mercilessly squished the Fish.
— The 46-year old Golden Bear comes roaring back to win his last major at the Masters
— Celtics use a very pass-happy attack to break down the Rockets for the NBA title. Were they employing the 3-men-must-touch rule?
— The NBA Hall of Fame … if you’re famous, then you’re probably in.

On the We Made It To Extra Time CDST Show (Part 2):

On the We Made It To Extra Time CDST Show (Part 2):
— Pele and Rambo on the same team…? The Germans didn’t stand a chance.
— After our intermission, we’re joined by Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
— Pro soccer is televised all over the cable networks,… but is it really readily accessible? Who’s really pushing it out to the mass audience, in an effective, targeted way?
— Why soccer’s minor leagues are more like basketball’s developmental leagues and less like MLB’s AAA, AA and A affiliates
— Individual teams may be in trouble, even though the leagues are fundamentally fiscally sound
— Well-read gives us a crash course on delegation and it’s evil happy cousin, promotion
— Salary caps to the rescue? Good look navigating through the labor law prohibitions, not to mention getting European consensus
— The huge impact that Title IX has had on the increasing relevance of US women’s college sports
— And perhaps a bigger sign of the times is the direct pipeline of women pro players coming right from high school
— Lest we not forget, the bigger revenue generator for the US Soccer Federation is the women, not the men
— Will we have soccer back in the US by Summer’s end? It may well turn on whether there’s enough tests.
— Check out Jonathan’s great work at inquirer.com/soccer
— Tank paid the price for OD’ing on Korean baseball the night before.. but manages to roll in for the last 1/4 of the show
— Frank becomes the most bad ass Caucasian rapper with a cause since Eminem, admonishing that Biden will be a short termer… to be succeeded by his VIP… and we had better prepare for reparations
— Harkening back to hand-held chariots of fire…
— Who said “There’s no spitting in baseball?” The Korean league… that’s who.
— We can definitely see some OSHA complaints coming out of the dugouts, … “Hey, I don’t feel safe here.. he spit right next to me.”
— One-use balls requirements?….”ooh noo…. I can’t touch that baseball… it’s got germs on it”
— Detailing how spitballs were once more prevalent on the diamond than in the classroom.
— How messy Mays raised our collective consciousness that wet ones were a safety hazard, when he beaned and killed Ray Chapman. And Black Mike also narrowed missed meeting a similar, tragic end.
— D-day for the virus? When Biden wins on that first Tuesday in November…
— We put the pure power play question to the warehouse of sports knowledge… and Fleming fleshes out the major needle in the haystack … Kong Kingman
— Mac McGwire checks in as the winner, with an astounding 87% ratio of rbi to hits
— Don’t impugn the pop in the bat of Buhner, who came in at No. 8, or the fury of stormin Gorman “Hell’s Kitchen” Thomas, who hangs out at No. 10.
— AND WE ARE TEMPTED TO GET READY FOR A PHASED RE-OPENING… EVERYWHERE!!!!

MLB Memories (Friday, May 15, 2020):

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/simmoal01.shtml

Maybe we’ll get lucky and come out of this Corona coma swinging better and harder than Al Simmons? Not likely. Nothing was hotter than the Bucketfooter smack dab in the middle of The Great Depression. 5 straight 200 + hit seasons and consistently over .350 in batting average from 1929 to 1933. Nearly 3000 hits and 550 doubles. And over 300 homers with relatively few strikeouts.

Simmons had a strut .. and well he should. He had it all, and terrorized even the Yankees, whom he resented for trying to rough him up. His A’s returned the favor, winning 2 in a row (1929-30) even as Ruth was in his heyday.  In Philadelphia, he played with true immortals, such as Chief Bender, Lefty Grove, Max Bishop, and Jimmie (The “Beast”) Foxx.

He may looked funny at the plate. But he made up for it with his extra long bat and his penchant for moving his dangling left foot closer to the plate and became a master at handling the outside pitches. He could pull with the best of them, and in the field he was a fierce defensive outfielder. Indeed, he was one of baseball’s greatest monsters, in an era of many monsters.

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On the “Ending our Weekend with Bernie” CDST Show (Part 1):

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On the “Ending our Weekend with Bernie” Show:
— Frank cranks out the Soviet National Anthem
— Some of us aren’t so excited about the New Deal II, and find watching Bernie point to be a real drag
— The new heavyweight champ Tyson looks like a cross between Wepner and Quarry.
— Handicapping what’s left in the Democrat field of dreams
— It’s only February, but when I watch Uncle Joe, all I can think of is Uncle June, knocking on the neighbors door, in pajamas and asking for ice cream
— ChabDog suspects he might be more than just a Boomer … he’s a Bloomer
— Because he’s such a threat (though according to LIzzie Boredom not a tall one), to lighten the mood, maybe Mike should use Mel Brooks as a body double in the next debate?
— Lawyers use redlining … why can’t arrogant billionaires do the same?
— “Pete, you lost to my friend Joe Donnelley [and you aren’t a proven winner”. For shame Amy, since when is winning in Minny grounds for asserting executive privilege over Buttigieg.
— Lots George Steinbrenner, along with a George Peterson interlude, which gets us in the mood for more Bernie. “She’s a heartbreaker, lovemaker, dreammaker ”
— Why Rob Man-fraud doesn’t have a problem with cheating Houston keeping its big piece of metal/MLB would be placating the out-for-blood public by vacating.
— LA banking on Price being money in the playoffs (but they know starting him is a non-starter), while Rendon hails a cab for the home of the hittable Halos
— Very sad about bulldog Swagger being taken away from the Dog Pound in an open casket; later in the show we go back to the glory years of Brian Sipe, as touted by Trump and Criqui
— The perfect Pelosi, as done by Kammy Burnett productions … yes this performance raised a few eyebrows
— Tyson gives his opponent a real Marchand moment when he a wet one to Wilder
— Slogging Leafs wilt and fold when their Zamboni driver fills in as the emergency goalie … for the other team
— The significance of “Patrick” as a major name in NHL history
— On the Miracles on Ice having slid to the right
— Wrecking the Aztecs bubble
— 8 should be enough for purposes of those presently unavoidable conference tournaments (currently, basket of deplorables IUPUI could go on a magical run and get an invite)
— Who’s in the MEAC, and where do they reside? We know one is named hopeless Howard. We read out the rest, including my personal favorite …
— “I’d like to make a Botox appointment tomorrow… wait a minute, I’m Nancy Pelosi … don’t mess with me … you don’t mess with Nancy Pelosi…no way Nancy has gray hair .. rip rip… I don’t hate nobody…. I’ll drink to that ,,,, not only did I rip my State of the Union Speech, I also ripped … my birth certificate”

On the “Don’t need another cup of Joe” CDST Show (Part 1):

 

On the CDST “Scrambled, Sunny Side Up Show” (Part 1):
— A great, great show, as Eric gives us a rare glimpse into the storehouse of sports knowledge that holds Frank’s brain
— Don’t look that-a-way … you could be in Piscataway if you’re watching football at RU
— We’re joined by Tank of Barstool Sports, who’s rumored to be in the running for the Mets as part of the A-rod consortium
— How to fix an NBA slam dunk contest (how can you jump over Taco Fall and not be able to keep up with the Joneses … no wonder there was a swearin Aaron). But seriously, why go to all that trouble.
— Who’s mind is responsible for the terribly idiotic and hopelessly meaningless new format for the NBA All-star game … you can dress this up however you want and it still looks like a pig (lip stick notwithstanding)
— Would someone please teach Giannis a post move?
— Wow, there’s a sighting of Chance the Rapper; is he related to Chauncey Gardner
— DW’s not very superhuman Superman slam gets a 49 (what a joke)
— How about that sexy acquisition by Brody’s Bunch of Jedd “Deadwood” Lowrie … ha ha ha
— An excellent, Flemingish XFL update
— A not so tender clip of McGloin
— Explaining why Raftery is known for his onions
— Why has Seton Hall left the building?
— We’re happy to announce that Rutgers has finally emerged from it’s no-hope-for the NCAA rut. What were you doing in 1991?
— Some low lights are shined on the tarnished Tar Heels; boy has that worm thrown a tizzy at the expense of despondent Roy.
— The ultimate NCAA misfit (Columbia). Yes, the college version of the Lions is even less competitive than the pro variety.
— Sorry state of affairs for Chicago State. And the University of Bob Denver isn’t any better. Holy Cross is getting the holy @#$#$ beaten out of them. Time to call them the “Lusaders”.
— As for Evansville, everyone is getting even (and then some with them). Someone needs to show Howard how to get it done.
— Eric confuses Idaho State and Boise.
— The Kennesaw State Owls are so bad they’re making Judge Mountain Landis throw up on himself in the grave.
— Hey a lot has happened over longtime commish Kennesaw’s dead body (including integretion of the majors).. The judge was a real nice guy (“son, just do the best you can – to do those years”) (“Gentlemen, I’m due back in court in 5 minutes … let’s talk salary”)
— Bowie Kuhn, whose era was known for strikes. And he also had a great name.
— A recommendation for baseball’s survival…use free internet to get your product in front of people
— An interview you won’t want to miss with the Shah of Iran (giving important insights into the genesis of pervasive anti-West feelings of resentment in Iran and the dynamics of oil markets in the late 70s)
— ChabDog espouses new respect for the State College of New Jersey
— Under 20 degrees is not dog walking weather (sorry Bingo)
— A word about Leo .. the latest family dachshund … the foot long hot dog … and then some
— Who would you rather watch … PK “puke” Subban or “Bad Bunny”
— Team Giannis vs. Team Lebronis (we can hardly contain ourselves)
— The conversation rotates toward rotars
— Getting happily sidetracked with Bonnie and Clyde

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 1-15-20:

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MLB Update:

  • Alex Cora’s official punishment from MLB is coming soon. One hopes it is substantive enough to send a message to other coaches and managers that using technology to subvert and skew baseball’s supposedly level playing field is a definite hanging offense. In the meantime, his apology to Red Sox management is not enough … he owes contrition to the general public. We’ve all been sullied and wronged by this, as fans of the national pastime.
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 10-30-19:

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MLB Update:

  • It’s certainly a mad, mad, mad, mad world in MLB, what with the big red W’s finding treasure in the 7th game of the World Series … on the road and against all odds. lt took a team with a pretty sturdy constitution to find those late inning runs, amid thousands of screaming Texans and against an All-Star pitcher who was, by the start of the 7th, simply cruising with a 1-hitter. Rendon got them going with a homer, and then Howie hunkered down and found a pitch he could handle. When the dust had cleared, Houston’s questionable bullpen was just not up to standards, and Cole (who for whatever reason was not ready) sat harmlessly watching from the bench. We’ve never seen a road warrior series like this one, and don’t expect a repeat in your lifetime. Let’s hope there are a few Washingtonians who’ve been around for the 90+ year wait and now have another title. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Tuesday, 10-29-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Martinez loses his cool and gets thrown out, but it’s the Astros who fail their 2nd Stras test. Throw in a modern-day Rasputin living “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, as Rendon erupts for 5 big ribbies, along with Soto’s impression of Breggy drawing attention to himself down the first base line … oh so perfect. Get ready for memorable Game 7. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 10-27-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Instead of Silent Cal, today’s White House attendee was Obtrusive Donald, who definitely created more of a ruckus than did the empty swings of the Nationals’ hitters. The only good news for Washington after their thorough thrashing in Game 5 is that they probably won’t have to face Gerrit Cole again; the Houston ace’s heavy fastball was dancing, his off speed stuff was dropping in for strikes, and he was getting help he didn’t need from the home plate ump. The end result is another decisive win for Houston, and a commanding 3-2 in the series. Martinez is now relegated to praying for Strasburg to pitch the game of his life, and to find a masseuse who can work out the serious kinks in Max’s neck. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, 10-26-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Isn’t the National League team supposed to have the big advantage when they game is played in their park, with their rules? No so this year, as the situation wasn’t very pretty for the suddenly silent Nat bats against just-up-from-the-minors Urquidy. Washington needs to get its act together asap or this thing is over. Memo to Martinez: in Game 5 DO NOT USE RODNEY. Astros showed him absolutely no respect today … ala the Miller Light Bowling tournament and balls clanking harmlessly off the pin. He didn’t get it done in clutch time in Seattle, and the situation isn’t much different in DC. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Friday, 10-25-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Playing with everything to lose, but away from the hometown microscope, the Astros thrive with solid pitching and just enough opportunistic hitting.
    Nats now take a deep breath and hope to refocus, knowing that in a number of not-so-distant situations (1985, 1986, 1996) road teams coming home with a 2-0 lead have wilted, not profited.
    Game 4 looms very large. For now, Houston’s Big No. 3 got the job done in Game 3. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 10-23-19:

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MLB Update:
  • Suzuki gives a weak Verlander fastball a firm ride, hometown darling Breggy suffers an embarrassing case of fumbleitis and the Astros fall apart faster than you can say blueberry pancakes. Houston may not be dead yet, but they’re in critical condition, verging on life support. The Brantley acquisition has not given them much left-handed punch, and the bullpen is being exposed for what it is … fairly mediocre. As for the latter observation, perhaps Hinch sensed this, and made the fatal mistake of trotting Justin out there in the fateful 7th. Meanwhile, the Nats are doing everything right, and go home with an historic opportunity to bring baseball glory back to the Nation’s Capital for the first time in nearly 100 years. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Tuesday, 10-22-19:

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MLB Update:

  • The killing machine that is the Washington Nationals rolls into H-town and puts down the heavily favored Astros. Soto was “so” money, and Max Scherzer showed maximum cojones by getting through 5 and giving up only 2 on a night when he definitely did not have his best stuff. Stros must be a bit miffed, with their little big man coming up so small with men in scoring position, and stopper Cole looking quite mortal. The fact is that the Nats have more lefty hitting than people give them credit for and this could be quite problematic for a Houston staff that is noticeably right wing. #Nationals #Astros
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