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This is great: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/grant-balfour-utilizes-socratic-method-with-victor-martinez/

 

Grant Balfour Utilizes Socratic Method with Victor Martinez

by Carson Cistulli - October 7, 2013

 

Though regarded in our time as the Father of Western Thought, it was by embracing his own ignorance and asking almost exclusively questions of his interlocutors that Socrates sought out wisdom.

 

Nor has the Socratic tradition lost its relevance as a rhetorical device in the modern age. One finds, for example, in the footage embedded here, Oakland right-hander Grant Balfour utilizing an urgent line of inquiry to better understand Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez‘s impressions of the world.

 

Asks Balfour of Martinez: “Why the fuck you looking at me, man?” And also: “What’s your fucking problem, man?” One notes immediately the deep similarities between this brief exchange and much of Plato’s Phaedrus.

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i am wearing the largest possible rally cap in hopes of a miracle braves win tonight so that i can read at least another day or two worth of articles questioning mattingly for starting kershaw on short rest instead of articles questioning gonzalez for starting garcia.

in a dream world mccann hits a game deciding grand slam and does the tomahawk chop while rounding the bases to troll everyone for saying the braves are overly concerned with baseball traditions

but who am i kidding the dodgers have outmatched the braves both defensively and offensively and i'm not sure why tonight should be different. ugh.
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DODGERS WIN!!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

(sorry 100... not directed at you)
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i should have known that would end in a very painful way. we have one of the best closers in the pen and we don't use him. and then 3 of our better players strike out 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th. very fitting for this season. and of course McCann 0-4 with 4 k's in probably his last game as a Brave.

congrats kid, good luck next round.
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Detroit Tigers: one last chance to stay alive.
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Thread Starter 
A Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay World Series is what I want to see now
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How can you not want to see the Red Sox in the WS? Red Sox v Dodgers is by far the most exciting potential match up.

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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

How can you not want to see the Red Sox in the WS? Red Sox v Dodgers is by far the most exciting potential match up.

I don't know... seeing pop ups and high fly balls hit speakers, catwalks, and fall into open fish tanks at the Trop is very entertaining!

It was kind of fun watching Madden and Ferrell manage last night. Madden was going a little crazy with his substitutions (at one point he moved the DH to the field, theoretically having to make his pitcher have to bat) then allowing Pedroria to bat (with 1st open) and actually preparing for the tie by totally allowing the sacrifice.

Then Ferrell finally doing what analytics have been clamoring to do forever: Bringing in your best closer during a tie game at the top of the 9th inning on the road.

of course the outcomes ended up being totally random and unexpected.
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I had a parlay on the Sox and Dodgers that would have paid close to 3:1. I am cursed when it comes to gambling so I will take personal responsibility for that Lobaton homer.

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

How can you not want to see the Red Sox in the WS? Red Sox v Dodgers is by far the most exciting potential match up.

1) just because last few years for TB excluded, its been a long and bleak recent history for the teams
2) two really small market teams to troll the rest of the country with
3) when i think of two cities that should be fighting for the title of "world's best" anything, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay leap to my mind.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

1) just because last few years for TB excluded, its been a long and bleak recent history for the teams
2) two really small market teams to troll the rest of the country with
3) when i think of two cities that should be fighting for the title of "world's best" anything, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay leap to my mind.

^oakland is having a sad at your analysis.
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

^oakland is having a sad at your analysis.

Hmm. well, Oakland is basically SF-lite.
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My friend (NJ expat) went to game 1 in Oakland and said it was terrifying and the shittiest ballpark imaginable. If A's fans are scary, I can't imagine what it's like at a Raiders game.

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Thread Starter 
Old Yankee Stadium was pretty bad (lack of quality). I wore a Red Sox jacket to a non-Red Sox game. It was awesome. Had an entire section booing me as I walked past. Shit thrown at me etc.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

1) just because last few years for TB excluded, its been a long and bleak recent history for the teams
2) two really small market teams to troll the rest of the country with
3) when i think of two cities that should be fighting for the title of "world's best" anything, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay leap to my mind.

I'm sort of with you on it being a novel match-up, but I don't want to see the Rays go anywhere. I'm pretty sure there is no market in America as full of bandwagoners as Tampa Bay. When I lived there, they couldn't give tickets away. I literally used to go for free. The only games I paid to see were interleague games when they caught the Braves, because those are "premium" games (read: games fans of their opponents would actually pay to see). Now everyone I know down there is a Rays fan. My Facebook feed is full of "GOOOOO RAYS!!!" posts from people I know didn't care about the Rays prior to their recent success.

Plus, an enormous proportion of their fans do that do that "they're my second-favorite team, but my #1 got eliminated/didn't make they playoffs, so now I'm rooting for the Rays" thing, and I hate that. Real fans don't have backup plans.

They can all suck it. I wish their ownership would pull a Marlins and burn the whole thing down.
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