The Curse of Jerry Hairston, Jr./Eric Hinske:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

ESPN: CC Sabathia: 29 pitches off mound

“I immediately felt good and felt comfortable after the first couple of pitches,’’ he said. “I was excited to be back up there on the mound.’‘

Sabathia limited his repertoire to fastballs and changeups—he normally does not throw any breaking balls in his first bullpen of any spring training—and gave catcher Francisco Arcia a workout on several deliveries that skipped in the dirt in front of home plate.

But it wasn’t command or pinpoint control Sabathia was looking for, merely the absence of pain.

“Just playing catch I could feel the difference,’’ he said. “It felt even better out on the mound.’‘

Although he denied it during last season, Sabathia was plagued by pain in his pitching elbow for much of last season, a condition that might have contributed to his diminished effectiveness in the second half, when he lost three of his last five regular-season starts and got bombed in the decisive Game 4 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.

The flat ground team’s hopes are dashed.

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Insert Wang into the flat ground rotation?

I totally forgot CC had had surgery.  My brain is cheese.

Curse you, youthful bravado, that led me to eat steak tartare in England in the 1990s.

You sure it’s not Mad Horse?

Mad cow?

“Fortunately for Girardi, he was not in the clubhouse when the goofball reliever Joba Chamberlain jumped into a laundry basket and lobbied for someone to push him around — a questionable idea for someone who dislocated his right ankle on a trampoline last March and did not pitch for the Yankees until Aug. 1. The clubhouse attendants wisely ignored him.”

[6] Another black mark against YoukShrek.

Thank goodness pitchers and catchers started.  I was getting antsy.

Supposedly David Adams feeling better…

“diminished effectiveness in the second half, when he lost three of his last five regular-season starts and got bombed in the decisive Game 4 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.”

That’s some lazy journalism there. In between the bad patches he referenced, CC made five straight starts (three regular season and two ALDS) with a ~1.5 ERA in 41.2 IP. I’m glad he got his elbow cleaned up so that it won’t cost any more time, but it certainly didn’t’ seem to have much of an impact. There are many things to be concerned about on this team. CC is not one of them.

Complaining about journalism—I like this angle.

Unless Joba truly “jumped” into the laundry cart, I have a hard time believing he exposed himself to much injury risk. I also have a hard time believing that a man of his impressive carriage could “jump into” a laundry cart.

Next we’ll be hearing that Joba didn’t properly signal before leaving his parking spot in Tampa, “a questionable idea for someone who dislocated his right ankle on a trampoline.”

[11] It’s our spring training too.

[13] I’m in the best shape of my life.

[14] I’m in the Joba-ist shape of my life.

I’m in a half-mound shape.

I lack shape

Round is a shape.

Is Cano a “shape shifter?”

I am ready for RoboJeter

[21] I don’t remember Robocop getting fat around the midsection before taking out the corruption in Detroit.

[22] That’s life in the big city.

Anyone see Jeter’s new gf?  It’s the chick from the directv commercials. Possibly old news but I am not the page 6 type.

Just saw the obit for some country star in the NYT - multiple suicide attempts including one while pregnant, the father of her second child killed himself, and there’s some rumor that she’d been in a relationship with Clemens since she was 15 (she says 16, and only sexual later).  Words fail.

Anyone see Clemens old gf? She’s done too.

I think that there’s a decent chance that she killed her most recent boyfriend, which I think could easily have had an impact on her actually going through with this last suicide attempt.

But yeah, it is weird how much baseball plays in our lives that the Clemens connection was the first thing I thought about when I saw she had died. “Oh, Clemens’ old teenaged girlfriend?”

I hope this will be reported as ex-Red Sox star’s girlfriend…

[25] Grease fire. Her life story reads like a crazy parade, with her as majorette.

It all has to do with the movie Fallen, where an evil spirit leaves one body and enters another.  I’ve forgotten the medical term for it.  Anyway, this evil spirit caught up with Denzel Washington at the end after occupying John Goodman’s considerable space.  From Denzel it slid its way, quicklike, into Mindy McCready, thence reaping a whirlwind of destruction before causing the beyotch to off herself.  That’s what happened, amirite?

[29] “It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said of her life. “I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It’s just always been like that. My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that’s really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.”

See also

1. frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

  2. a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.

  3. identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

  4. impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

  5. recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

  6. affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).

  7. chronic feelings of emptiness

  8. inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)

  9. transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

The DSM IV goes on to say:

The essential feature of Borderline Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts.

In light of the foregoing, I submit to you that the medical term for the evil spirit that left the precincts of John Goodman’s corpus in the movie “Fallan” and insinuated itself into Mindy McCready is “borderline personality disorder.”


AKA Italian Mother Syndrome.

Vaunted shrink Drew Pinsky seems to be just the ticket for celebrities occupied by the evil spirit:

[McCready] tried to get help in an unusual way, joining the cast of “Celebrity Rehab 3” with Dr. Drew Pinsky. McCready came off as a sympathetic figure during the show’s run. Pinsky called her an “angel” and in an interview in 2010 said it appeared McCready was doing “rather well.”

McCready is the fifth celebrity to pass away since appearing on Pinsky’s show and the third from Season 3. Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr and “Real World” participant Joey Kovar both died of overdoses.

You go, Drew!!!

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