On Saturday, we had the Yankees nabbing Brian McCann for five years and eighty-five million. The Angels raised some eyebrows giving former Cleveland reliever Joe Smith three years and $15.75MM. We heard rumors of Jhonny Peralta to the Cardinals, but that didn’t get confirmed and sealed until Sunday when the internet seemed to question a move by the NL Champions when they gave Peralta four and $52MM. Now, the Dodgers have let it be known that they will be signing Dan Haren to a one-year, ten million dollar contract with a vesting option for 2015 if he throws 180 innings in 2014. They will formally announce that deal tomorrow. Going through each of these move, here’s my opinion on the moves made by the respective teams:
Brian McCann signs with the New York Yankees for 5/$85MM with option to make it 6/$100MM
Let’s start with something we can probably all agree on. This will not happen:
McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) November 23, 2013
I know Turner Field and Yankee Stadium are different:
— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) November 24, 2013
McCann will get more games played with the DH rule that the American League, but I’m not sure we can guarantee he will be playing 150 games mercilessly blasting the AL East and everything in his way. I’m not saying McCann won’t be good or he isn’t an upgrade, because those are both opinions I don’t believe. He just won’t be doing 35-40 HR-insanity, and he should be a great improvement over Chris Stewart, as much as I love him and his name.
We are all wondering what the Yankees will do with their top prospect Gary Sanchez, whom MLB.com has an ETA of 2015. There’s nothing that says the Yanks have to get rid of Sanchez, but there is merit in selling him at his current point. I believe there is more merit in believing you can’t have too much depth and keeping the kid. I don’t mind the Yankees holding on to Sanchez and waiting to see what 2014 brings.
The money is high, but how many other catchers can provide what McCann does that are on the market? Good deal for the Bombers.
Angels sign RHP Joe Smith to 3/$15MM
General Manager Jerry DiPoto needs to stop watching Giants GM Brian Sabean throw out three year contracts to relievers, even if this may be chump change to an organization throwing out unreal contracts to the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Let someone else make the mistake of giving a reliever three years. It should not be that difficult to build a bullpen, although there certainly are organizations that make it look difficult. I’m not talking about establishing bullpen depth in the minors, I’m just talking about building your six-seven man bullpen. Smith’s ERA and FIP are noticeably different, so you wonder if/when it will catch up to him. We all like getting relievers that have performed in the past on the team we love to support, but the contract is too long. Also, I wish I became a MLB reliever. Easy millions.
Jhonny Peralta finds a home in St. Louis for 4 years, $52 million
If you want to get on your high horse on PEDs, that’s fine and everything. You have your beliefs that PEDs, and I have mine. I guess you could say this would be along the lines of mine:
The “it pays to cheat” position requires two beliefs: 1. PEDs clearly and directly improve performance 2. GMs are too dumb to consider that.
— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP) November 24, 2013
— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP) November 24, 2013
Back to the deal, the Cardinals got a player that plays the shortstop position, and maybe even the outfield, and perhaps a corner position, and did not have to trade anybody to get him. They also will be sending the Detroit Tigers a thank you note for not giving Peralta a qualifying offer, which really is beyond me. Even if Peralta is a shortstop whose range is not loved by fans, how many players out on the market are listed as a shortstop and can do a bit with the bat?
That’s three GMs today that claim when they checked in Peralta he had $13MX4 in hand
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 23, 2013
Ridiculous, Detroit. Ridiculous. St. Louis has the luxury of taking advantage of their young team (therefore lower payroll), so they can afford to do a little spending, but I thought this was a little much. Even with his 11.0 fWAR over the last three years, my gut is scared of this deal for it not working out. Probably going against my brain, this deal makes me uncomfortable.
Dan Haren lives in Southern California, signs with Dodgers for 1 year, $10MM
One year deal? Hard to not like that, no matter which arbitrary endpoints you want to use to describe Dan Haren’s 2013 season.
@CrashburnAlley For damn near everybody at that price.
— Mike Bates (@commnman) November 25, 2013
The internet loves this deal, and I find it hard not to. I guess the only way you hate this deal is either:
- You believe it’s too much money or
- Dan Haren has insulted you, your friends, or your family
He has an option vesting if he throws 180 innings, something he hasn’t done since 2011. Doesn’t mean he can’t do it, but for someone whose average velocity is done being in the 90′s, if Haren doesn’t adjust, the NL West will look forward to Dan Haren days when they and the Dodgers lock horns. Quick take from the Dodgers catcher:
Excited about Dan Haren. Always admired his professionalism. Also atop “guys I want to catch because I struggle hitting them” list.
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) November 25, 2013
Like the internet, I like this deal from a baseball management perspective. From a Giants-Dodgers rivalry perspective, I do not like this deal.
This was a pretty fun weekend for baseball fans, considering it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and the Winter Meetings haven’t happened yet, Robinson Cano doesn’t have a team, Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t even started deciding between three bids — will he even get that freedom is actually still unknown, and David Price hasn’t been traded. Lots of off-season left to go.
Unless Brian Sabean finds a David Freese-Peter Bourjos-like trade out there where he can get an everyday outfielder for an aging player, or get some shiny Rule 5 pick, the Giants are left to scour free agency for a platoon partner for Gregor Blanco.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) November 19, 2013
Gregor is an acceptable option vs. RHP and I haven’t come across many people at all that are Negative Nellies about Blanco’s defense. Blanco should have another productive year in him for the Giants in 2014, even some regressing to a .320-.330 OBP vs. RHP will probably be acceptable as long as his defensive abilities hold. So that leaves the Giants searching all avenues for an outfielder. Since a “new everyday LF is doubtful,” that narrows the field to a lot of names we may not know very well or those that are lower cost players. Take a look at this MLBTR-created list of FA OF going into the off-season, and tell me what works for you. Keep in mind the Giants are looking for a RHH that can play defense.
Andres Torres? They done with him. Reed Johnson? Why not just sign Torres if you’re considering Johnson. Jerry Hairston can’t hurt anybody anymore. The Mariners released Jason Bay in August, so that’s how bad he was. Franklin Gutierrez (31 in February) has gained a fan club in Giants circles, and I can see some people are also thinking about a former Giant that was just playing in Canada in 33 year old Rajai Davis. Jeff Baker (32 years young), I’m going to hope you can play defense for many positions, so I will include you in this conversation. To the spreadsheets!
Players listed in alphabetical order:
Rajai Davis is the fastest, and will also add some swipes to your spreadsheet, so whatever you think of him after looking at these numbers, make sure you add the stolen bases. Gutierrez had 3 SB last year, Davis had 45. This stands to reason that Davis has the speed to cover the ground in LF, but he just needs to make quality routes and then can team up with Gregor Blanco to be an excellent tandem out in left. Jeff Baker and Franklin Gutierrez I’m less confident in to cover LF, much less Gutierrez to stay healthy for a full season, and I think that needs to be considered when you’re waving the flag of the Death to Flying Things camp.
I don’t know, either.
Two players with an OBP higher than 38, that’s pretty attractive, if you ask me. So only one of them has the power to hit dingers on a consistent basis, we don’t even know if Baker can handle a season playing LF. So in the Free Agent pool, I think you can see that my vote goes for Davis, with Baker second, and the unhealthy Gutierrez third. I mean, I love that Roger Kieschnick or Gary Brown would get a chance to play and everything, but I’m not so confident in those back-up options that I’m willing to take that big gamble on Gutierrez. That’s just one fan’s opinion though.
Agree or disagree with me in the comments section below or on the whatever social media I’m on dot com.
A little over forty-eight hours ago on Thursday, the Giants did their annual press-release of their first-half promotions, all of which to hype you up to get that credit card ready for when single-game tickets go on sale on Friday the 29th. Like a lot of other years, I did not participate in many of the giveaways in 2013 due to my residence down in Southern California. Now being in a newer place further away from an airport, the likelihood of enjoying a bobblehead or magnetic calendar in 2014 has taken a bigger hit for me, which means there’s a better chance that you get to have some delight in some of these “here, just take my money” giveaways. Brisbee did a good categorization of the giveaways, and I was going to do a ranking, but instead I’ll provide commentary for each item in chronological order. The absence of gnomes brings me much satisfaction. An asterisk denotes the promotion is a special event and a separate category of tickets will have to be purchased. I believe the Giants are entertaining the idea of better accommodating season-ticket holders for these special events.
Wednesday, April 9th — Hunter Pence bobblehead
- Just wondering which Pence pose is going to be captured forever… hoping for this one
Thursday, April 10th — Farewell to Candlestick Night featuring a replica of Candlestick Park
- Wondering if the replica is going to be ice cold and will it come with a wind generator
Sunday, April 13th — Sports Sleeves for Kids 14 & Under
- I want these even though I will never have a use for them
Friday, April 25th — Duane Kuiper bobblehead
- Will it be skinny Duane Kuiper HR bobblehead or Winter League Doowanee Kuweepee bobblehead?
Saturday, April 26th — 1954 Replica World Series Ring
- Because you need another one
Friday, May 16th — Orange Friday Tim Lincecum Jersey T-Shirt
- How about a jersey next time?
Saturday, May 12th* — Filipino Heritage Night directly benefiting Typhoon Haiyan relief
- Hope every team does something like this
Friday, May 16th* — Metallica Night with the band in attendance
- I don’t know their music
Sunday, May 18th — Buster Posey Kids T-Shirt for Kids 14 & Under
- I already have one so you spoiled kids can have your own
Monday, May 26th — Memorial Day Beach Towel
- I never got my BEAT LA beach towel, so this brings back sad memories
Saturday, June 7th — Sergio Romo Super Hero Socks for Kids 14 & Under
- Every adult is going to try and get this, let’s not kid ourselves
Saturday, June 7th* — Heroes and Comic Night with Stan Lee in attendance
- Hopefully Damon Bruce will show up to this one to talk men and super heroes
Sunday, June 8th* — Hello Kitty bobblehead
- Celebrating 40 years of making you buy stuff
Friday, June 13th — Fireworks Night
- Pew pew
Saturday, June 14th — Madison Bumgarner Camo Cap
- Where every Giants fan will speak in a Southern drawl so awful they’ll sound like they’re trying to nail an Australian accent
Sunday, June 15th — Giants Father’s Day Necktie
- Another item on eBay I never won, so this also brings back memories.
- Featuring shoulders that slump or real comb-a-ble hair
Sunday, June 29th — Giants Growth Chart Banner featuring Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford
- When I think of Crawford I don’t think to myself that he’s three inches shorter than Belt, yet he is
Sunday, June 29th* — Pixar Day at the Park
- One of the few games my mom will try to go to
Friday, August 15th* – Filipino Heritage Night II directly benefiting Typhoon Haiyan relief
Fans that want another Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, or Angel Pagan bobblehead, there’s always the second half or 2014 for the Giants to take your money. I wonder if we’ve seen the end of Pablo Sandoval giveaways and said giveaway blowing a bubble. It is the only thing he is known for, after all. Really though, thank goodness the gnomes are gone. I hope that trend’s done with.
After bringing the 40-man roster to a round number of forty, LHP Javier Lopez was brought back to the San Francisco Giants, given a raise in years and dollars to 3 years and $13MM. The past two years may have seen Lopez not surpass forty innings pitch in either season, but that hasn’t kept his games appeared numbers down even if we widen the spectrum to the last four years. If ERA is more your thing, I know you loved that Javy and the defense kept things under 2 for the first time in his career. However, what you should really care about is how he fared against lefties the most, since that’s what we know that’s the monster that Javier Lopez really is. You want to know about the stats Javy can control the most against LHH, and since he’s mostly facing lefties, as evidenced by only 26 of his 69 outings in 2013 consisting of Lopez going against more than two batters, you want to focus on that (but not his ERA against lefties). So, among pitchers that had more than 20 IP vs. LHH:
- .197 wOBA against, 8th-best in MLB (Francisco Liriano was 2nd at .151)
- .208 OBP against, 7th-best in MLB (Madison Bumgarner was 5th at .201)
- 1.53 FIP, 6th-best in MLB (Clayton Kershaw was T-3rd at 1.24)
That sort of Top-10 MLB talent on your roster is very welcome, and I don’t expect Bruce Bochy‘s usage of Lopez to be much different in 2014-2016 unless Javy transforms into some sort of two-headed monster that can also dominate RHH. This past season, I’m not sure you could qualify he really was any of that, even in a small sample size of 63 RHH faced. Within the 18 Giants pitchers that threw at least 10.0 IP, this is where he ranked within the same categories listed above:
- .321 wOBA against, 11th on team
- .361 OBP against, 12th on team
- 4.20 FIP, 10th on team
Those kinds of numbers bring out the words, “No thanks,” if asked about letting Night Train go against RHH for a long period of time in a close game. Bruce Bochy’s a smart in-game guy, though. We’d know by now if he didn’t know how to use Lopez, and we know he knows how to use the 36 year old Puerto Rican-American.
Here’s my collection of Javier Lopez GIFs. I know, I know, I really need to grow that collection. So many epic Javy moments.
Assuming the money is split evenly across three years, this brings the Giants to around $118.4MM on my spreadsheet. I do not mind this contract, even for a lefty specialist. The Giants do a pretty good job of printing money, but not to Dodger/Yankee levels, so I’m not worried that their pursuit of a high risk/high reward-type #5 SP or a LF platoon partner for Gregor Blanco has been derailed by all these signings.
Starting pitcher Tim Hudson is now a San Francisco Giant. Two years and $23 million was all it took to detract him away from the Oakland A’s and returning to the Atlanta Braves, among teams that were vying for his services in a demanding market. Hudson, much like the rest of us, isn’t getting any younger, but at 38 years old and 39 next July, I don’t think anyone will blame you if you’re a bit skeptical at giving a 38 year old pitcher a two-year deal. Then again, we are talking about an organization that gave a 37 year old infielder a three year deal, so the Giants aren’t scared to play a 40, especially if that’s what the market has dictated. From reading around the internet, Hudson was getting two year deals from the Giants, Braves, and presumably the A’s as well. Hudson also did not come strapped with a qualifying offer and could be committed to just the right amount of time so as to give prospects Kyle Crick, Martin Agosta, Clayton Blackburn, Chris Stratton, Edwin Escobar, and Ty Blach enough time to get ready in the Minors, assuming they are able to make the climb all the way to the top.
Considering that Tim Hudson’s ankle injury was more of an anomaly and not an elbow injury or a shoulder injury in 2013 certainly kept his value high, and unfortunately for him probably took a year off of his free agent value. Looking at some of Hudson’s peripherals, and conveniently ignoring arbitrary endpoints such as this one (although it is nice) I give you some stats you may find encouraging from Hudson’s shortened season:
- Walk rate of 6.7% was only higher than Yusmeiro Petit‘s of Giants SP that had more than 40 IP
- 3.46 FIP was better than Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain‘s
- As friend of the blog Bay Area Sports Guy pointed out, Hudson has always had above a 55% ground ball rate, which Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt will likely appreciate.
- Is not Barry Zito
On my Excel spreadsheet, I have the Giants dedicating approximately $114MM to eleven players on the twenty-five man roster and three players optioned off of it (Zito, Andres Torres, Ryan Vogelsong). Grant Brisbee projects the Giants to be around a $140MM payroll, and with fourteen players’ salaries left to figure out, that’s not hard to see. Therefore, I would not expect the Giants to pursue any marquee names of the off-season from here on out. Josh Johnson may be as big as it gets, but I won’t believe it until I see it. Should tell you what kind of pitcher the Giants are going for: cheaper due to poorer recent performance, with the potential to give you maybe one good year.
For outside reaction, SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish has put together a pretty good compilation of what the general opinion of the blogger-world is, and they approve of the deal.
Said this on twitter, but very happy for friend of the blog, Bay Area Sports Guy, for getting the scoop on this deal.
I will let you know what I think of today’s signing in two years. (But really, I like the deal. Good job on this one, Sabes.)
By now you’ve heard the story about Miles, a five-year old with leukemia, got help from the Make-A-Wish foundation and the City of San Francisco to make an epic dream of dreams go down by transforming San Francisco into Gotham City. Miles became the Bat Kid, or #BatKid/#SFBatKid, and helped defeat the Riddler, and a foul plot by the Penguin was foiled when the villain captured and tied up Lou Seal at AT&T Park. Want to know more about Miles’ story from the Make-A-Wish foundation’s site? Too bad!
For the plot that really only involves the Giants, we’ll start with the Penguin, whom I thought was being played by beat writer Henry Schulman at first, was caught on camera by the SFPD capturing Lou Seal:
The Penguin kidnapped Lou Seal! Bat-Kid help! pic.twitter.com/yoIiZFOfKY
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) November 15, 2013
Beat writers got into the action:
Of course the Giants had the coverage covered:
Miles saves the day!
Big day for anybody, much less a five-year old superhero!
The outpouring of support from organizations all over the place came in, and the Dodgers were early in line to show that the on-field rivalry is only that:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 15, 2013
Another division rival chimed in, giving their support to Miles:
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) November 15, 2013
The Padres tweeted out their cheers:
The new World Series Champs mascot, Wally gave his thanks to Miles for rescuing his friend while holding a Batman action figure. Pretty awesome.
All the way from Colorado:
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 15, 2013
Saw this picture and there was dust everywhere!
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 15, 2013
And then why not finish it off with a shoutout from the President:
— Make-A-Wish Bay Area (@SFWish) November 15, 2013
I wasn’t tracking this as it was going on, but I can only imagine what an experience it was for everyone involved, whether volunteering, cheering in the streets, or cheering from home. What a fantastic event put on for one human being.
CBS Sports writer Jon Heyman is churning out articles this morning, looking to leave no team behind as these GM and owner meetings get started.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 11, 2013
The article specifically names Jacoby Ellsbury and Denard Span as possibilities, the first being a qualifying offer free agent, and the latter being a trade candidate from the Nationals. There are more than a few people that played center field in 2013 that would be a better option than Angel Pagan, and both Ellsbury and Span would fit the bill. A trade for Span would be much less shocking than the Giants ponying up the money for Ellsbury, in my opinion, since they’re not too far away from meeting their self-induced cap. Jon does say that a move of Pagan to a corner spot (left field) would be more likely than a Buster Posey move to 1B, which will sadden all Brandon Belt haters that are still out there.
Heyman also talks about the Giants need for starting pitching, which was evident since about June of this past season. Besides Rotoworld spitting out rumors that the Giants and Bronson Arroyo weren’t too far away, there are no new updates on that front.
Who says nothing happens at the GM and owners meetings? The East Coast — because let’s face it, the West Coast is sleeping in on their day off — woke up to news that the Atlanta Braves will be leaving Turner Field after the 2016 season. The Braves have dedicated a new website to their new ballpark, where they own the land and can control the immediate environment surrounding their new park. No sketches of the facility or what will be place in its surrounding areas have been made available as of yet. We do know that it will be a 41,000-42,000 seat facility, 10,000 less than Turner Field.
Where is Cobb County?
This map drawn up by Mike Petriello on Google Maps should give us a good idea:
So instead of being where it seems like all the freeways meet, they’ll be heading northwest, outside of what I’ve heard called “The Circle.” Outside of The Circle, I’ve heard it’s mostly an area that is kind of stuck in the past, but that’s a lot of heresy, so my two Atlanta sources could be wrong.
Why the move?
Braves officials and some fans on social media have said that the immediate areas surrounding Turner Field are kind of a mess and that’s one reason for the Braves getting the heck out of there. There’s also this map that shows where people that bought a ticket to an Atlanta Braves game lived in 2012:
Not exactly in the center of the heart of those Braves-ticket-buyers, but it is certainly within that area.
The Braves have also given time to talk about the costs of maintaining Turner Field, a stadium they do not own, to the tune of $150-$200MM, saying those improvements would not necessarily improve the fan experience. With their own stadium, and more importantly, control over their surrounding area, their improvements that they will need to make should be more meaningful to the fan experience than it would be at their current address.
Will the Braves be paying for all of it?
It appears not, with this quote from an Atlanta Journal Constitution writer:
“The Braves said the stadium is projected to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure, and will be built in partnership with Cobb County.”
While the portion of the Braves payment is said to be “substantial,” that doesn’t really answer any questions for us. Sorry for your loss in taxpayer dollars, Cobb County.
Update from a tweet:
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 11, 2013
More than two-thirds of your new home paid for? I remember when that worked out for Miami.
This is the area the Braves have laid out for their new stadium:
That’s about all we have for the moment. My only opinions on this move are that: 1) The Braves getting taxpayers to help fund their stadium is dumb for the taxpayers and 2) It looks like traffic’s going to be just awful going in and out of that stadium.
What would you rather have for a shortstop:
Player A — 1 HR, .217/.275/.273 in 448 PA, .241 wOBA, 50 wRC+, a Fangraphs 11.4 Defensive rating, and team control through 2018
Player B — Four of the last five seasons having at least 25 HR, .297/.372/.540, .389 wOBA, 134 wRC+, and going down to a 8.4 FG defensive rating in 2013 with $134MM and seven years left on his contract
This should be an easy question, because you want Player B every single time. That’s what the Cardinals are trying to do in regards to maybe putting their beloved Pete Kozma on the bench in favor of former Long Beach State Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzki, Bay Area native. According to Jeff Passan, names that have come up that might go from the Cardinals to the Rockies might include Matt Adams (to try and shore up the hole left by Todd Helton) and Shelby Miller, or his ghost, whichever exists. It’s perceived by Passan that a bullpen arm like Trevor Rosenthal or Kevin Siegrist would also need to be included while Michael Wacha is off-limits. Makes sense after watching Wacha in 2013 that you want that kid in your rotation for years to come. The name that sticks out from not being included is of course, Oscar Taveras, which makes me believe the Cardinals said something to the effect of, “absolutely not” when the Rockies presumably asked. Tulo is a superstar, and a superstar prospect being requested with seven years of a contract left for Tulo should not make it unreasonable by the Rockies’ standards.
We’ll see what comes out of the GM and owners meetings this week, I’m not expecting much, as fun as it is to be optimistic that something can get done. Obvious point: it’s November, and there’s plenty of off-season left to figure out what makes sense. However, for St. Louis, getting a big name, big production shortstop like Troy Tulowitzki — now that’s something everybody can agree would be a big upgrade for them going into 2014. Does it make sense for them to push hard for Tulo, though? That’s another discussion for another article, where I would say “it does.”
You have your choice of whom you want to refer to for your coverage of the Damon Bruce “feminization of sports” saga: friend of the blog Bay Area Sports Guy has had the business covered, and he notes multiple sites have caught notice of the rant, including now ESPN sports journalist Keith Olbermann:
I know you’ve seen the title of the article, but let us not kid that we know the population that is being targeted with all this: women. Women will be in a fight for who knows how long just to prove the sports sandbox is not a “Men Only” sandbox, but that if you enjoy sports, or if you have an informed opinion about sports, you should be able to play in that sandbox, too. Women have had, have, and will have a hell of an uphill battle, and if the male gender can get over their insecurities of whether or not They Are A Man, that, I believe will decide how quickly women can be equals on the sports.
This idea of what it takes to be a man, thus, makes “sensitive males” or guidance counselors, therapists, psychologists, natural targets for the so-called “wussification” of sports. Let me begin with the sensitive males piece — I’m not one anybody would consider emotionally strong. With the spotlight on me at community events or family events I have been seen crying multiple times, a sign of weakness to A Man or those that have an idea of what A Man should be, no doubt. I take what people say personally, and I hold grudges against people that have made what I perceived as stupid, insensitive moves towards me, my wife, my friends, or my family. I believe that the sense of right and wrong should carry more weight than “the way it’s always been” mentality, and that irks a lot of people, mainly people that have problems with change. My sensitivity towards what’s right and what’s wrong will clash with sports world quite often, and if it were up to me a lot of times, people would probably hate me for coddling sports players from the dangers of the game. I issue no apologies for thinking about player safety.
As a guidance counselor, even in my first three months of work, I’ve received a couple complaints on bullying. There is a “snitches get stitches” mentality out there, and so students don’t want to turn into a kid that will be publicly shamed, and I can see where that comes from. I am not saying the rhyme isn’t true, but I will say that it is not helping, and it is something I am busy combating. The number one priority for a school should be that their students feel safe on their campus. If a student does not feel safe due to another person, I want to know that information, and I want to help intervene, since that process will normally get handed off to a vice/assistant principal. If students do not feel safe on campus, how can they concentrate on their work? How can they concentrate on their day-to-day life? Are they considering self-harm due to their feeling of not being able to tell anybody? If a student offs him/herself but never snitched, is there any reasonable human being out there that’s going to say, “At least s/he was not a snitch.” Absolutely not. It is rather, “What could we have done to help this student?” If a football player came to me and said, “Mr. Jones, student XYZ has been saying things comparable to Incognito,” I, and any other counselor that cares about their student, will stop what they’re doing to take record of the student’s complaint, and speak about ways of dealing with these actions if the school is unable to lay it down on student XYZ. I will not worry that football is a big money maker or that if you can’t handle a little hazing, get out of the locker room. So what if a student “can’t handle” what another kid is dishing out, does that take away what the student that issued the complaint can contribute to society? Sports may be life to some, but life should be above sports for all.
I am proud to waive a red flag more often than radio hosts like Damon Bruce when I believe something may not be right. I believe the profession I am in contributes to the advancement of society through the students on the campus I work at. If that costs the Man Card to take a hit every other day, so be it. I have no interests in your insecurities and douchebaggery. Everybody should be able to define being themselves in their own way — there is not a checklist for being A Man in character. I am sorry I’m ruining sports with my feelings, Damon Bruce, but I’m not going anywhere.
Oh, and, women aren’t going away, either. Let it be known that I will make it a point to smile when you, Damon Bruce, are replaced by a woman. A more than capable, more than competent, respectable sports fan with feelings woman.