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While We’re Waiting… Ubaldo Back Story, Hideous Uniforms and Acta’s Stand

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It’s a great story. He still stinks. “Jimenez’s humble beginnings helped shape who he is today: A lanky pitcher who mostly keeps to himself and rarely shows emotion on the field, even though he has experienced the highest peaks and most cavernous valleys that a baseball career can offer.

Despite the abundant love for the game in the Dominican, kids without a future in baseball instead turned to gangs. Jimenez said those who didn’t make it on the diamond “went the easy way: to drugs, kidnapping people and stealing.”

It was imperative to his parents, Ubaldo Sr. and Ramona, that Jimenez not follow other troubled teens into that hole, and they weren’t shy about telling him so. He noted how they “worked hard every day so we could have food on the table and get an education,” even though they also showed him tough love, which he now laughs at.” [Meisel/MLB.com]

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Awful. Just awful. [Dr. Saturday]

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“The production level Shazier exhibited last season, and especially in November, caught everyone’s eye, Shazier included, but after watching film in the offseason, he tended to key in on the errors he made. “Even when I was watching the Florida and the Penn State games, I see a lot of gaps I should have filled and a lot of tackles I missed,” Shazier said.

Learning from those mistakes will be key for not only Shazier but also his running mates. Behind them is a who’s who of unproven players. Storm Klein’s dismissal in July left the Buckeyes with no experienced backups at the linebacker position.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

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“It led to Manager Manny Acta on Wednesday making perhaps his most extraordinary statement since becoming manager of the team 2½ years ago. He basically called out the front office, or made a pre-emptive PR strike against speculation, if not outright fact, that his job is hanging in the balance of what happens the rest of this inglorious Indians season. Maybe that wasn’t his intent, but it was such an out-of-character comment by Acta, that it almost begs some dot connecting.” [Ingraham/News Herald]

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“Cleveland’s Samardo Samuels has pulled off a most improbable double, ranking as the least efficient post-up player in the sample in back-to-back seasons. Samuels shot 29 percent from the post in 2010-11 and 31 percent last season, and his turnover rate was sky high in both campaigns. Samuels, a bulky sort during those two years, looks the part of a low-to-the-ground force with a soft touch, but the numbers don’t bear it out. The 23-year-old showed up at summer league in Las Vegas looking at least 25 pounds lighter, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him next season.” [Lowe/Point Forward]

  • MrCleaveland

    Ha haaaa, another genius “marketing” coup. Now I must go out and buy a new Notre Dame helmet. Hope they’re not all sold out.

    Why don’t the Irish quit messing around and just join Division III
    already? Then they can wear all the clown hats they want and no one will
    care.

  • Dee P

    Careful. Golic might be listening…

  • Grif_E

    I actually like the ND helmet with the exception of the size and placement of the leprechaun. Now those socks in the photo are worthy of a sneer, and not nearly ready to come back.

  • Garry_Owen

    Worst. Uniform. Ever.

  • mgbode

    did you miss the Maryland uniforms from last year?

  • Garry_Owen

    Honestly, these are worse.

  • mgbode

    to each their own (i don’t mind the ND above other than the hideous helmet – that helmet is really, really bad though).

    Maryland uni for those that want to judge for themselves:
    http://www.golfblogger.com/images/uploads/maryland_uniforms.JPG

  • Garry_Owen

    My main problem with the ND uniform is, much like with the Browns, it’s a classic that I don’t think should be tangled with that much. Maybe around the edges, but a wholesale vomiting of colors and logos – even if just for 1 game – is way too much.
    Conversely, nobody in the world really knew what Maryland’s uniform looked like to begin with, except that it was already kinda ugly, so screwing with it wasn’t really screwing with much.

  • MrCleaveland

    I don’t know, Gary. Oregon sets a high bar with its dozen or so emesis-inducing mix-and-clash costumes. And let’s not forget the audacious panapoly of bad coloring, childish fonts, and overdone symbolism that characterizes the wardrobe of the Baltimore Ratbirds.

  • mgbode

    that’s fair.

  • Garry_Owen

    On second look, it really is only the helmets that are super problematic – but the ND helmet is maybe THE icon of college football (I’m ignoring your hand waving in the back row, Michigan; because I hate you).

  • Garry_Owen

    I’m certainly no fan of Oregon’s uniforms, but there always seems to be some purposeful design. These ND helmets are just terrible.
    I would think the Ravens uniforms would look terrible if they were exact replicas of the Browns or Ohio State. They’re the Ravens, and [conjuring my best Anakin Skywalker from Episode II] I HATE THEM.
    While we’re on the subject, I also think that the Steelers helmets are terrible. They pioneered the corporate logo commandeering – and now look where we are! Thanks, Pittsburgh. I rejoiced when your field blew up in The Dark Knight Rises. (Hope I didn’t spoil anything for you.)

  • mgbode

    that is on the trailer, so i don’t think it counts as a spoiler.

  • mgbode

    Penn State and Alabama helmets deserve a mention here as well.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yes.

  • hanover_fist

    Picture this: Brown top with orange numbers in a goofy font, orange pants with a wide brown stripe with white edges, and a helmet that is half glitter-bling orange, half brown with the Brownie logo on it.

  • mgbode

    if this happens, then I will blame you 🙂