Striking Conversation (or the Labor Day Hangova)

Allen in hat close up.jpgLeave it to my pessimistic and oft paralyzing misanthrope of a colleague, Mr. Krause, to dampen everyone’s Labor Day spirit by mentioning those two words most feared by fans of our national pastime: Baseball Strike.

Chris Carpenter pitched a one-hit, complete game shut out against the Brewers to further solidify the Cardinals’ grips on the NL Central crown and Al wants to talk about a potential baseball strike!?!  This malicious posturing is akin to sleeping with your crazy ex-girlfriend on the eve of your wedding. 

Why screw with pain?

Yet Mr. Krause has made a lofty name for himself by dropping unfounded speculation.  So we’ll just go with it.

And by go with it I mean briefly say that given the collusion and vindictive-laden history of Major League Baseball and its owners, the Player’s Union has got to have the right to strike as a last (albeit catastrophic) resort.  While the horrors of the impetuous strike of 1994 continue to wreak havoc on the game (disillusion among fans, PED scandals, destruction of small market teams, etc), the Union would be absolutely insane to go so far again.

But still, the choice must be there for them to have any leverage.

As great as baseball is, it is not responsible for governing a people.  It is not responsible for policing our streets, putting out fires, getting people to work.  If they wanna strike, they should be able to do so… then watch as our interest in the English Premier League collectively jumps to dramatic new heights.

If it ever came to that — baseball taking itself for granted… again — then I think we all know how serious the alcoholism epidemic will become among Major Leaguers.  I know this because my Labor Day (just one day without work) looked a lot like this:

Tosh.0 Returns Oct. 8th
Alcohol Mash-Up
Daniel Tosh Miss Teen South Carolina Demi Moore Picture

Now imagine 750 out-of-work Sidney Ponsons running through the streets of our nation and tell me the Players Union doesn’t know better.

Hate me ‘cuz I walk the walk, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.



*Cap tip to Tosh.0 on the video.



  1. rockymountainway

    I believe soccer would slip in to take the place of our national game. It has been nipping on the heals for a long time. Maybe I should look for MLSblogs to start taking off? Somebody should get a hold of Olbermann to make sure he knows a namedropper over there too? I’m just saying..

  2. redstatebluestate

    Tom — I’m sure someone there knows Beckham. Maybe he’ll even write a blog there and update it once every four or five months or so like all the good players do!
    Julia — I’m with ya. I’ve done dumb things, but never that.

  3. devilabrit

    English Premier League, yeah okay…you’d have to learn to call it football… a drunk Ponson would be like a normal Vinnie Jones during his professional english footbal (soccer) days… Lets see you would probably be a Manchester United fan, thats probably about the same as a Cards fan in baseball… and Allen would probably be a Birmingham City fan…and yeah I’ve definately done some stupid things but, the guy drinking after pukin…never…I really like the girl head first into the can…hahahahaha thats funny…
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  4. mary1966

    Based on my observations of his Facebook page, Sidney seems to only post about getting drunk when he’s employed. After getting DFA’d by KC in August, he’s friended people, posted comments on their walls and pictures–but no more rambling status updates about getting hammered.

  5. redstatebluestate

    IBDB — Netherlands, Dutch, Orange… it’s all the same.
    Ted — That guy in the vid drinking his own vomit WAS allen. Haha.
    Peter — I always thought I’d be more of a Chelsea type of guy. I though Man United was more of a Red Sox/Yankees type of team. But I what do I know? Nothing… about soccer– I mean, “football” that is.
    Mary — That is funny. And maybe one of the funniest comments I’ve ever read here. I imagine his FB status updates and immediately laugh myself off my chair. I’m not kidding.

  6. mary1966

    Jeff — Some of the things Sidney has posted as his Facebook status have made me wonder if he’s on something other than Milwaukee’s Finest. Either that or he’s just really philosophical when he’s blitzed.

  7. redstatebluestate

    Mary — Hehe. I’m willing to believe it’s something “other”… 🙂

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