Petty grievances

I once heard/read that only petty people have petty grievances. Petty be me

I find it amusing the things that somewhat intelligent people get their knickers in a twist about until I remember how twisted my knickers are.

I almost never forgave Sandy Koufax when I was seven when my brother told me Koufax loved basketball more than baseball. In my defense, I was seven.

I thought Robin Yount was a chump for 20 years because he wanted to be a pro golfer instead of a baseball player.

I could never root for Gary Sheffield for two reasons. Purposely making errors at 19 because they wouldn’t let him be the worst SS in the history of baseball. And for extorting the Dodgers in the Piazza deal.

Broxton for Matt Stairs

Moe Drabowsky for making the Dodgers look silly in the first World Series I ever listened to on the radio

George Sherrill for Ryan Howard. You had one job. One job only.

Davey Lopes for mocking Jim Bouton when he hit a home run off of him

Charley Steiner and Rick Monday because they don’t allow me to enjoy the one thing I used to enjoy the most, listening to a Dodger game on the radio.

Comments in blogs that accuse everyone of something when in fact it might have been one, it might have been two, it might have been the majority, but it was never ever “everyone”.

Bill Russell for hitting Reggie Jackson in the hip instead of the head

Pitchers who get upset at bat flips.

Hitters who bat flip on a home run and are still losing

AL pitchers who intentionally throw at hitters knowing how safe they are from retribution and that only their teammates will pay the price.

Fans in the first row who don’t defend the home turf against the visitors

Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs, Jimmy Rollins, Matt Adams, and Matt Carpenter. LHH who have sent the Dodgers home in October in the 21st century. It is getting beyond annoying.

To be honest, those are just a few, and if I dug deep they stop being petty and you’d wonder why Phil isn’t on some type of medication.



  1. 68elcamino427

    My biggest petty peeve was your boon.

    FRANK HOWARD Traded Away!

    Current petty peeve is Kershaw being overworked in the playoffs
    Maybe this year two or three others will be able to step up and lend a hand!

    Yesterday I shared your Uppercut with Robert.
    As he was reading along, he was nodding affirmatively and smiling.
    Then he would pause every so often and mention how this all tied into Mike’s teachings.
    Then I showed him my response
    and he smiled some more.
    That kid knows way more about hitting techniques than I ever will.
    Every time he sees a vacant Supermarket he says,
    “That would be a great location for my batting cages.”


  2. 68elcamino427

    One other petty peeve

    Enrique Hernandez imitating Spider Conway in the playoffs while taking leads off 1B in the playoffs againt the Cubs.

    You know, the scene in Pale Rider
    where Marvin J McIntyre and his deputies make Spider dance in the street by shooting at his feet while Spider does his best to hang onto his giant gold nugget?


  3. Yeah, that was an annoying moment. I think he did that based on the scouting reports where they thought they could disrupt Lister if he stayed at 1st and just annoyed him. Didn’t work


  4. I hope Robert gets his batting cages. Growing in Glendale I went to the school with the son of the Glendale Batting cages. Sadly we weren’t good friends and never got a job there as some of my other friends did.
    Hope Robert fulfills his dream and gets his batting cages. I always thought that would be a fun business operation.


  5. I do not know which of these are my favorite when each succeeding gets better.

    Guess I’ll go with Lopes/Bouton, because I am reading Ball Four for the first time and I absolutely love the guy.


  6. Most don’t remember the incident but it is burned into my brain. Bouton was making a comeback and was still greatly disliked by many baseball players for allowing the fan a glimpse into the life of a baseball player. It was 1978 and he hadn’t pitched since 1970. Ted Turner had signed him much to the chagrin of baseball. He was pitching in Atlanta in his first game back against the Dodgers. It was this game:
    He had shut out the Dodgers for three innings when Monday took him deep. Lopes hit a home run off of him in the 5th and as he ran around the bases he raised his arm high. The score at that point was 6 – 2. As I recall he had some unflattering things to say about Bouton before and after the game. Lopes certainly wasn’t around when Bouton was writing ball four but Jimmy Wynn was in the book and Lopes played with Wynn in 74/75 so maybe the Toy Cannon told him about Bouton. It was well known that Wynn was very unhappy being talked about in the book.
    Bouton got clubbed that day but would bounce back and give up only four runs in twenty-one innings in his next three starts.


    • 68elcamino427

      Yes, Ball Four caused a sensation when it first came out.
      It was characterized as a “snitch book” and still makes ripples on the pond today for those who read it now for the first time.
      Bowie Kuhn went so far as to label Ball Four as detrimental to baseball.
      The Vietnam War was getting into high gear in 1969-1970 when the book was published.
      In May of 1969, I enjoyed my seventeenth birthday. The evening news showed battlefield footage at dinnertime every night. The top story in the LA Times on the front page carried a story about the war nearly every morning too, usually accompanied by a 3″×5″ battlefield photo in the upper right hand corner of the page.
      At school on the ag farm, the little Mexican kid who had his livestock pen just across the asile from mine had already lost five of his cousins to the conflict.
      The image of my puppy love girl friend’s cousin was on TV, used as a recruiting tool. He looked like the Marlboro Man in Marine combat fatigues, wearing his helmet. A lieutenant, he had gained notoriety for saving his troops by jumping into a machine gun nest without a firearm and doing away with four VC with his bare hands and a knife. She said he wasn’t really like that at home.
      It was a time of questioning. It was a time of Robert Kennedy. It was a time for a song perfomed by Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock that became an anthem of sorts for my generation.
      You might recall the lyrics …
      “Well it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for?
      Don’t ask me
      I don’t give a damn
      Next stop is Vee-et-nam

      And it’s five, six, seven,
      Opening up the Pearly Gates
      Well there ain’t no need to wonder why
      We’re all gonna die”

      Bouton’s book pulled back the curtain on baseball life. The book exposed lots the day to day behavior of ballplayers that had always gone unreported by the beat writers, who were acting more like an extention of a a team’s PR department than journalists.
      This baseball lifestyle was nothing new, but Babe Ruth’s type off field behavior was portrayed as an outlier. Although Mickey Mantel struggled with a severe drinking problem that finally killed him, it was never discussed during his playing days. The real story was told later, when he was near the end of his life. Even then, many did not want to believe it. That old saying, “de nile is not just a river in Egypt!”
      People wanted to be entertained, baseball wanted to sell tickets. There were no huge TV contracts to generate income for the teams.
      This was also the time the Reserve Clause was being challenged by Curt Flood.
      And the emergence of a guy named Marvin Miller.
      So Ball Four fit the times. It was a wave making expose in the counter culture spirit of the day.

      When the steroid scandal hit the congressional hearings, Jim Bouton and this book was the first thing that came to mind when I saw players like Palmero and McGuire raising their right hands to take the oath before being interrogated by the Congressmen.

      Jim Bouton turned on the lights in the room, showing that the MLB baseball life
      was not the life of a Boy Scout.

      Bob Welch likely would not have been so public about his battles with the bottle without this book.
      And Bob Newcomb probably would not have come out so publicly in support of Welch by confessing
      his own struggles during his playing days.

      What does it all mean?


      • 68elcamino427



      • I’m so glad you decided to pop over and comment on this little blog. I enjoy the deep reaching rambling prose.


  7. We had a lot on our plate growing up in that era, eating dinner while favorite Uncle Walt passed on body counts until he was no longer willing to do so.

    I’ve known you for a long time, EC, but that flat out took my breath away. Well done.

    (Don’t let it go to your head)


  8. WBBsAs

    I loved Frank Howard, but the dividend from the underrated Claude Osteen was worth it.



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