Words, Words, Words

shakespeare.jpg“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
                              — Everyone’s Mother

How very un-American our mothers are!

Indeed, freedom of speech — speaking one’s mind — venereal verbosity — is just but one of the many great attributes of being an US American.  Believe me, after living in China for four years, it is both comforting and refreshing to know that I can publicly endorse the extreme social and mental benefits of playing the Harold Reynolds drinking game on a semi-regular basis.  (*In China, drinking games are not allowed unless they are a) a way to dupe silly Americans into sending jobs overseas b) a way to dupe silly Americans into eating Fido and liking it or c) a means to getting drunk.)

Yet sometimes, our mothers seem to actually know what they are talking about.  And such advice would really come in handy if your name was Alex Rodriguez or Ann Coulter or any one of these individuals: 

Curt Schilling
He says publicly that he would like to make a comeback and play for either the Chicago Cubs or the Tampa Bay Rays.  Okay.  Fair enough, Curt.  You are a gamer.  You probably still have it in you to pitch at the Major League level.  Yet, considering your less-than-admirable reputation among others in the league, would it not be more beneficial to just go about your business and get in the game rather than release a statement of who you would like to pitch for?  And why the ultimatum for those two teams?  Could you not pitch for the Pirates just as easily as you could the Cubs?  This ploy is eerily similar to me drunk texting women from my past at three in the morning when I would be much better off going to bed or more successful by getting in a cab and just showing up at someone’s doorstep.

jabba the hut.jpgRush Limbaugh
As an US American, it is one thing to say “I hope my party [the Republican Party] gains momentum and succeeds in the next presidential race.”  I do not think anyone would have a problem with that.  The problem is, the GOP’s own Jabba the Hutt did not say that.  He said: “I hope he [President Obama] fails.”

Go eat yourself to death, Rush.

steve phillips.jpgSteve Phillips
Personally, I like Steve Phillips and the general manager perspective he brings to ESPN’s broadcasts.  In general, I find Phillips to be a decent guy who always calculates what he is going to say before he says it.  But to publicly lambast Lou Piniella on his handling of Japanese imports (Kosuke Fukudome) is something even I find astonishing.  He said:

“My view is Lou doesn’t have a great deal of patience of assimilation
into culture, assimilation in the team. He is just not the most patient
guy around and he tends to verbalize his frustrations in an angry way.
I think that may have affected Fukudome a little bit.”

Hmm.  Well, Steve-O, I think you may have ticked Lou off just a tiny bit with that one.  Ordinarily, I would attempt to defend you in some way, but then I saw how crazy you really are when you said: Dontrelle Willis will be the comeback player of the year in 2009.


Rod Blagojevich
Yes, the democrat who just won’t go away is still… around… and this time he is writing a book!  Don’t feel bad, folks; I didn’t think he could read either, but apparently he can (or someone can for him) and when it is all said and done there will be a big, fat, juicy tell-all telling all about… er… eh… what we already know.  Blago’s foray into Jose Canseco-ism may be a success only if he can convince anyone to care about what he has to say.  From my vantage point, that ain’t happening.  We are talking about corrupt politicians here, not homerun happy ‘roiders.  Big difference.

Ryan Dempster
I know, I know.  Dempster has not said anything extraordinarily stupid… yet.  But he will.  That is what he does.

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.



**In lieu of THIS BREAKING NEWS, we at RSBS would like to congratulate Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras on successfully hijacking the Dodgers for the entire off-season.  That is classy.  No, that is Roberto Alomar I’ll-spit-AIDS-in-your-eye kind of classy.  Believe that.  



  1. Brian Legentil

    You know it’s sad when the perceived leader of the GOP isn’t a politician at all, but a blowhard with no real congressional power. It may be even more sad though that he reaches more people via radio and TV than any Republicans do. Regardless, his speech was worth it just to watch Steve Doocy one morning on Fox & Friends COMPLETELY GUSHING over Rush’s speech like a blushing baby

  2. redstatebluestate

    Brian — Gushing. I know. Not quite the Chris Matthews my knees are knockin’ giddiness… but it was close — er, I mean, disgusting.
    Julia — In short: NO. 🙂

  3. raysrenegade

    I thought the way Lou Pinella handled the Japanese pitchers on his staff with the Tampa Bay Rays like Hideo Nomo and reliever Shinji Mori was done exceptionally well.

    He ended up with a washed up pitcher who had fantastic past results, but mixed results in Tampa Bay. The had a reliever forced on him that was damaged good from the get-go. Sometimes Steve Phillips acts like a blogger. We are told to research and base out facts hard and correct……….did Phillips do any background on Lou? It seems he did not.

    As for Schilling………if you read the blog, you know my thoughts. lol

    Love Jaba as Rush. That is a classic that will have me smiling the rest of the night.

    Rays Renegade


  4. flairforthedramatic

    “Don’t feel bad, folks; I didn’t think he could read either, but apparently he can (or someone can for him) and when it is all said and done there will be a big, fat, juicy tell-all telling all about… er… eh… what we already know.” LOL.. ain’t that the truth.
    About Schilling.. ughhh, will that guy ever go away?
    About Manny.. that a-hole waited the entire offseason, but couldn’t wait one more week, when I would’ve made $$ off of it? urg..
    – V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

  5. redstatebluestate

    RR — I knew you’d enjoy that Jabba dig 😉
    V — What? You’re gambling? Tisk, tisk. And I’m surprised that you didn’t chastise me for using the Miss Teen USA link… for the millionth time 😉
    Jenn — Gold-studded dreads? If they can do that, I want it too.
    IBDB — Wouldn’t put it past him. We’ll know soon enough.

  6. redbirdchatter

    Mean people suck…and say stupid things.
    Hey, ever since you first mentioned the Harold Reynolds drinking game and his over use of the word “guy”. I have noticed he is not the only one. They all do it. On TV. On Radio. Everywhere.
    Now, I notice every time someone says “he’s the kind of guy” or “now, here’s a guy” or “this guy really…”. It’s driving me crazy…but at least it was a short drive.

  7. redstatebluestate

    Ha! You’re right, Kathy. But Harold started it, I promise. And Larkin? He may be even worse than Harold if you can imagine that.

  8. redstatebluestate

    Jane — Would he be the Blago-Avenger or just plain Blagoman? Either way, I ain’t readin’ it.
    Aaron — True story. I think my mother used to use that quote too.

  9. redstatebluestate

    Ahh snap! Homer, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Glad you picked up on it. That’s a classic indeed.

  10. Erin Kathleen

    I see Rush wants to have a debate with the prez. Not only would it be awfully one-sided, but I think Obama has waaay more important things to do, what with the war and the recession and everything.
    Besides, I thought it was unpatriotic to criticize the president during tough times. I guess that makes Rush a traitor now, doesn’t it?

  11. redstatebluestate

    I think it does, Erin. You hit the nail on the proverbial head there. Not to mention Rush’s new, sleek, “gangsta” image of all black, leather, etc. Letterman called him an “Eastern European Gangster”. Touche.

  12. ccrbirdbrained

    Rush is the keymaster.
    Ann Coulter is the gatekeeper.

    If these two get together, it would be extraordinarily bad.

    There is no Dana, only Zool.

    (Sorry…the best reference to two demon dogs I could come up with)



  13. redstatebluestate

    Chris, you definitely deserve props and fistbumps for the reference no matter what. Rick Moranis would be me I take it?

  14. Elizabeth D.

    Blago is writing a book? Maybe he should write a blag (bad, bad joke). I know Curt thinks that he has a “Schilling Effect” but he can apply that effect to other teams like you said. The Pirates need him more than the Rays!! And Lou Pinella firing back at Phillips just proves Phillips’ point about Pinella’s er… anger problems.

  15. PAUL

    Steve Phillips makes some good points as a broadcaster and I think he’s gotten a very bad rap as a GM, but I wouldn’t exactly refer to him as a “decent guy”. Check this old posting of mine out: http://paullebowitz.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/06/the_coverage_of_the_randolph_f.html
    An interesting addition to the Harold Reynolds drinking game would be when he leers, drools, stares, glares, clutches, paws or does anything else untoward with an intern. You’d have to follow him around though; or get an inside man or woman (pardon the pun).

  16. mlung@hotmail.com

    Boy how times have changed. It seems Jeff actually liked Rush in his college days, now he is the devil for some reason. In another twenty years Jeff will probably be a diehard Republican like everyone else. That’s what happens when you reach your fifties and have some money in the bank. He He

  17. flairforthedramatic

    What can I say? I’m a hustler, lol.
    And you know, I came mighty close to bringing up the Miss Teen USA reference again.. but I’ve decided to give up attempting to make you represent us US Americans as anything but slow, Caucasian teens that like to say “uh” and can’t help but bring up Iraq to respond to a question that had nothing to do with any other country but the U.S., but, in fact, ironically dealt with the stupidity of Americans.. but in all fairness to her, it was a stupid question, was it not? Who the hell can’t find the U.S. on a map?
    – V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

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