Stability , spelled , S T A B I #### , Oh hell no !

Stability , spelled , S T A B I #### , Oh hell no !

By Tophatal ….

It’s really been interesting to see the fallout politically, in the aftermath of the Presidential and Congressional elections . With over $2.5 billion spent on television ads , to serve up the usual diatribe , not a goddamn thing changed in terms of the makeup of the Congressional chambers or within with the White House . Yet , we now have the two main political parties haranguing one another, for their lack of inaction , in getting about , and conducting the nation’s business within both chambers . I will look at this way , Rep. John Boehner , as House Leader and his Democratic counterpart in the Senate , Harry Reid , are two self-indulgent and conceited bastards ! . With their bumbling and fudging on so many issues , one has to question why the fuck they’re now acting so concerned over the “fiscal cliff malaise” . The Democrats and Republicans , collectively , have never shown the slightest concern over this issue , until the stakes were raised concerning the expiration of the Bush tax cuts “ . Now that was a man , who knew how to fuck things up , and not be prepared to take responsibility for his actions ! His successor, Barack Obama, having inherited a mess , well, his idea was to surround himself with a bunch of plutocrats and intellectuals whose idea of the real world , has been, to wet their finger , stick it up in the air and use it as a kind of weather vane to test the political climate . Why, they simply didn’t insert their fingers into each others’ ass as a true measure , might well have proven to be more productive for all of the use that it would’ve done . Smells like it shit , but it can’t be shit, because taste is so appealing to these congressmen and women . Guess what ? Shit to a congressman might just be the ” elixir of life “, and their reason to exist and live !

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Adding insult to injury , was a recent interview granted jointly, by Boehner and Reid , to Scott Pelley , the CBS news’ anchor and also one the co-hosts and presenters on the broadcast outlet’s popular prime-time news’ magazine program “60 Minutes” . The two congressional law-makers , suggested that there was a great deal of bilateral unity and that the US Congress has been productive . WTF ! Perhaps , I might have missed the day that they passed the bill , that allowed a statute ,an allotted $2 billion in pork barrel spending for projects such as the beautification of privately owned land in states such as Pennsylvania , Michigan , Wisconsin , California and Montana on a wide variety of unproductive and meaningless studies and alleged workforce related projects . Getting ten guys to dig an even bigger hole than the one they have already dug , only then to fill it in at a later date , is actually counter-productive , unless that hole will be used to dump human waste matter , Well , if that’s the case , then why not corral all 535 Congressional members and simply dump their ass in that hole along , with rest of the human waste ? .

Speaking of things that have not changed , how asinine is the situation now surrounding the New York Mets ? Having signed David Wright , their All Star , third baseman to an exorbitant and extravagant six-year $147 million deal , the cash-strapped financial organization , which last season lost in excess of $40 million , and who were pleading with wealthy New Yorker’s to do their civic and well-meaning duty by purchasing a stake in the cash-starved ball-club, as a way of providing it with some liquidity . This bright idea was initiated by none other than Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon , who along with his father , Fred Wilpon and the team’s senior managing partner, Saul Katz , have presided over this financial morass . Funny, the damn clueless Mets’ fan, overlook the ball-club’s financial woes , but would rather point to the fact that by retaining Wright , and signing him to such a contract , provides the organization with stability. Yes , this is the sort bold-faced idiocy, one should now expect from the fans of the New York Mets . Citi-Field is > now an elephant’s graveyard and will remain that way , as long as the Wilpon family and Saul Katz are allowed to preside and reign of that franchise . Anyone who believes to the contrary , clearly knows nothing , concerning the ongoing mess that has encompassed the ball-club. Ignorance is bliss, and amongst the Mets’ fans, it has also become a way of life ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

And while Wright now has that “guaranteed contract” to live up to , the Mets’ Cy Young Award winner , R A Dickey, is left to haggle with the organization over a contract extension . Stability , I ask once again ? Sandy Alderson , Paul Di Podesta and J P Ricciardi do not understand the meaning of the word “ stability”, and of they happened to trip over a sign mentioning that very same word . I would dare say, that their intent would be to ignore it ! All three were brought in to revamp the organization, with regard to its personnel, gauge their prospects and the organization’s farm system . Well, let’s just say eighteen months into their soiree , and the results have added insult to injury

. Uncompetitive , lackluster and genuinely devoid of leadership on and off the field of play , and it is understandable to see why this team has struggled in the way that it has during 2012 .

Next season may not bring much joy or success for the New York Mets , as they will undoubtedly seek room for improvement , as too will their divisional rivals , the Atlanta Braves , Miami Marlins , Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals . The chasm between the Mets , and the divisional winners , Davey Johnson’s Nationals , should prove to be enough an indicator , of how high a mountain , Terry Collins and his managerial staff will have to climb.

I’ll say this, for Magic Johnson and the syndicated partners who purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers for a staggering $2.156 billion , leaving no one in any doubt that the purchase price paid , was merely a sign of things to come . The changeover from the old brigade of Frank McCourt , and CFO Peter Wilhelm , was long overdue . But there have been some holdovers , with Tommy LaSorda and GM Ned Colletti remaining with the organization. LaSorda’s position , is a roving goodwill ambassador special consultant . In other words Tommy still gets to keep that corner office overlooking the parking lot , in order for him to take his mid-afternoon naps and stay the hell out-of-the-way of Don Mattingly and his managerial staff. Colletti, for his part, will have to show his acumen, as it relates to the personnel decisions that will have to be made. Stan Kasten , specifically brought in by Johnson and senior managing partner, Mark L Walters , will be directly over Ned Colletti , in the hierarchy structure of the newly revamped Dodgers organization. As to things begin to take shape , will be predicated upon the inevitable changes that will undoubtedly be ,made and the overall decision-making of the senior executives .

We were able to see for ourselves how gregarious Magic Johnson was said to be , when he initiated the initial overtures to the Boston Red Sox to acquire Nick Punto , Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez , while adding $176 million in future salary commitments for the team. In all four former Red Sox players were acquired in what was a ten-player two team trade . The addition of the aforementioned players was not enough to secure the Dodgers a playoff berth , as the franchise saw the San Francisco Giants not only take the NL West divisional crown , but also the NL pennant , and to top it all , the World Series, itself. The triumph of the San Francisco Giants
will have left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Dodgers’ fans
, as well as the organization as a whole .

The Dodgers have been quick to pull the trigger this off-season quickly releasing players that they felt were superfluous to their needs . Once a mainstay on the Dodgers’ roster , James Loney . recently found himself a new home , signing one year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. That addition will undoubtedly help the Rays and their lackluster offense . As to the Dodgers’ own needs , well it has been one of pitching , and that was plain for all to see by way of the team’s statistics . With that mind , Don Mattingly made an outlandish offer to the 2009 NL Cy Young winner Zach Greinke as the starting pitcher was given a six-year $147 million deal , making Greinke the highest paid pitcher on the team’s staff . With money now being of no option to the Dodgers , with the backing of venture capital firm Guggenheim Partners LLC , the primary owners of the baseball franchise through their sports’ holding unit Guggenheim Sports & Investments LLC . Guggenheim with assets of $180 billion , the company is headed by Mark L Walters and Todd S Boehly , with the venture capital firm having offices around the globe , most notably in some the major international financial capital markets . .

I’ve no doubt that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be competitive for the foreseeable future but the biggest obstacle to that will be the San Francisco Giants . Their meetings over the past five years have proven to be thrilling . It will be interesting to see how Greinke fits in with the existing rotation of the Dodgers, headed by Clayton Kershaw , Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang , Chad Billingsley, Ronnie Belisario and the relief pitching staff .

While the Los Angeles Dodgers look to “become “ the New York Yankees of the NL , the actual AL franchise is now troubled by injuries to key players and with an aging roster , questions are being asked , as to what players are being developed through their farm system , that might be ready for promotion up the ranks . Alex Rodriguez will be sidelined through to the month of June , as he undergoes hip surgery and the recuperation process. The loss of the third-baseman might not be as pressing as some might perceive, given the player’s lack of productivity during the regular and postseason for the team . The Yankees’ foray in the playoffs was short-lived , due to the lack of productivity by the players under Joe Girardi’s command. Curtis Granderson , Mark Teixeira , Nick Swisher , Brett Gardner and Rodriguez failed miserably as the team fell to the Detroit Tigers .

With Alex Rodriguez sidelined , the Yankees’ opened up their pocket-book and offered a one-year $12 million contract , to former Boston Red Sox , first baseman , Kevin Youkilis , acquiring the player as a free agent . Youkilis , if you remember , ran afoul of former Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine , who engineered the player’s trade to the Chicago White Sox , during the season . If anything, that was a sign of things to come for franchise, as their season fell apart , with it, ultimately leading to Valentine’s dismissal , but not before , other major upheavals amongst the playing staff led to discord amongst the fans and the local media personalities , with their heated criticism of the then , beleaguered, Bobby Valentine, as well as the front office , with much of their heated venom directed at team President , Larry Lucchino and team owner, John Henry . With the firing of Bobby Valentine , GM Ben Cherington has hired , the candidate he originally sought for the managerial position , John Farrell . The newly installed manager , a former pitching coach with the ball-club , is certainly well-liked by a number of players on the roster , especially amongst the current pitching staff. Cherington, hopes that Farrell can engineer an immediate turnaround, that will see the team become a major challenger to the ever-present Yankees , Tampa Bay Rays , as well the reinvigorated Baltimore Orioles, and the middle of the road contender , the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball’s need for the AL East to be competitive and exciting , year in , and year out , is paramount , if it is to attract the attention of the fans throughout the season.

I’m sorry, but being sent to “ baseball purgatory “ , is nothing to be proud of ! When the Tampa Bay Rays , made the announcement that they would be sending pitchers , Wade Davis and James Shields to the Kansas City Royals . Not only was I surprised , but I kept asking myself , did either of the two players do something to piss off management , much less the ownership group ? That might well be one explanation , but the fact that both now , Davis and Shields , are now said to be excited about playing for the Royals . Well, it leads me to believe , that they may well have been duped ! In return for the trade , Joe Maddon , gets budding prospect , Wil Myers and four other prospects from the Kansas City Royals. Long-term, this trade may well benefit the Rays , but with regard to the team’s needs and its immediacy , this was nothing more than a penny-pinching exercise by GM Andrew Friedman .

Joe Maddon and Friedman , will have a hard time trying to convince the most vocal of Rays’ supporters , of which they are not that many, that the loss of Shields in particular will not be felt . Beyond Shields and David Price , they were few pitchers in the Rays’ starting lineup , that could give the manager some “quality innings ” and starts during 2012 . And with the credible presence of Jeremy Hellickson , I firmly believe that the Rays will regress in terms of their overall pitching this upcoming season ! And predicated upon what we already know to be true, Friedman will not overpay for talent , because of the ball-club’s wish to be financially prudent .

Bearing in mind, that this month the Rays’ sought to make Evan Longoria the highest-paid player in the franchise’s history , by offering him a contract , worth $100 million over six years , effective, in 2016. Granted, Longoria is seen as the “ face of the franchise “, and perhaps , one the most popular players in Rays’ history.One man . on his own , cannot carry the load, that is being asked of Longoria by the organization, and it is incumbent upon Andrew Friedman to place the best roster around a player of Evan Longoria’s skill-set , in order for the Rays to succeed. As of now , I don’t believe the evidence is there to suggest the success sought will come about in a short matter of time. This ball-club has toiled for its success over the past fourteen seasons , but it has only been in the last six years , where the Rays’ peers and their fans have really stood , and taken note of the franchise’s success . True in part , one appearance in the World Series and a series’ defeat , has to be seen as minimal , but for the Rays’ fans who have had to endure those losing seasons , they would rather take that lone appearance , and the recent successes, over the years in the wilderness when this ball-club was being ridiculed every step of the way.

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What opinions if any, do you have that might be on appearance deemed capricious spending by the teams as they sign contracted players to long-term deals or in the case of Zack Greinke , a rather ludicrous and exorbitant contract , that simply makes no sense, given his lack of tangible success since 2009 ? And do you believe that either the New York Mets or Tampa Bay Rays can be truly competitive this upcoming season ? Chime in with your thoughts and anything else you believe warrants interest as it relates to the subject matter .

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(1) President Barack Obama and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands in the Oval Office after their lunch Thursday at the White House. The two met in hope of forming a bilateral approach , in tackling many of the nation’s underlying issues . The former Massachusetts’ governor has promised to aid the President in any way that he can. AP Photo / Mark Hanson …

(2) U.S. President Barack Obama (2R) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Ann Romney look on after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. Getty Images North America/ Joe Raedle …

(3) Speaker of the House , John Boehner , left , is seen here alongside President Barack Obama , center, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . The three have routinely met in recent months , trying avert a “fiscal crisis ” , but in recent months in the lead-up to the automatic “kick in” of tax increases on January 1st , 2013, there have been more frequent meetings and telephone conversations tasking between the President and the Speaker, Boehner as they seek to avert this looming financial crisis . With Congress due to vacate Capitol Hill for their winter break by 20th December , there seems little doubt as to the urgency and delicateness of the matter , but because of the incessant bickering between the “two sides” no common ground has been found . AFP/REUTERS/ Anatoly Litvikov ….

(4) FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York. Dickey and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can agree on one thing _ they would prefer to have closure before opening day. The Cy Young Award winner can become a free agent after the 2013 season and says he won’t negotiate once it starts, so the Mets probably have to sign him to an extension or trade him to get the best return. AP Photo/Kathy Willens ….

(5) New Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke adjusts his cap during a baseball news conference announcing his $147 million, six-year contract, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers also closed a deal when signing South Korean pitcher, Ryu Hun-Jin , to a six-year $36 million contract . AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes …

(6) Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti , left, and co-owner, Magic Johnson, right, present pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin , center, of South Korea, during a baseball news conference announcing his $36 million, six-year contract, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. Ryu becomes the first player to go directly from the Korea Baseball Organization to the United States big leagues. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes …

(7)Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields, center, held up his new jersey, flanked by Royals general manager Dayton Moore, left, and Royals head coach Ned Yost , during a press conference at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Shields and Wade Davis arrived in Kansas City to undergo physicals and check out the stadium from the home clubhouse for the first time. Shields and Davis became members of the Royals on Sunday in a blockbuster trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers and three other minor leaguers to Tampa Bay. AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt …

(8) Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria , smiles as he answers questions during a news conference after signing a six-year, $100 million, contract extension Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Longoria is signed with the Rays through the 2022 season. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …..)

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16 thoughts on “Stability , spelled , S T A B I #### , Oh hell no !”

  1. “Well guys I think it’s time for Nancy to get on her hands and knees under this table , and to , do her civic duty , and raise something else by giving us each some oral gratification ! What’d you say ? Start with me first Nancy , as you know what they say about us brutha’s , don’t you ?” Barack Obama

    The only thing that Obama and Romney have in common , other than a JD , is a will to clutch at straws , make claims with bravado , without really having said anything !

    “Less taxes , more illegals to do the jobs Americans won’t do , and let’s have another Bush in the White House ” !

    Grover Norquist “alleged ” Libertarian , ardent tax reformist (extremely low taxes) , with a Conservative leaning , but one dumb a$$ mutha-fu##er !

    Grover Norquist and his tax pledge amongst Republican congressmen .Well he can take that pledge and shove it up his @$$ !

    Boehner and Harry Reid clearly have no goddamn idea with the regard to being fiscally prudent actually means . Those two a#sholes couldn’t tell the difference between a balance sheet a f#$king baking sheet !

    Let ’em eat cake as well ! Fat chic’s that is . LOL,LOL !!

    Mets’ fans may well know class when they see it . So I’m wondering, if they find these two fat chics classy ?

    Mets’ fans are suggesting that re-signing David Wright , is merely creating stability in their organization . That’s like, asking a fact chic to wear a two piece swimsuit on the beach , while eating ice cream . It’s not pretty , but it is pretty ugly ! In the meantime they’re haggling with their best performing player of 2012 , R A Dickey . over a contract extension , that’s nowhere near as lucrative as David Wright’s . Sandy Alderson , is not as smart , as some believe him to be .

    James Shields is all smiles, because he’s joined the Royals . Guess what , I’d be smiling if I were in bed with two hot females . By comparison , Shields being with the Royals is definitely like being sent to baseball purgatory !

    Magic Johnson partied like a rock star , had sex like a porn star , and contracted HIV . Now he’s spending money as part owner of the Dodgers as if there’s no tomorrow . Will the Dodgers’ franchise become winners ? Who can say ? As only time will tell .

    Tophatal …………

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  2. Josh Hamilton
    has agreed in principle to join the Los Angeles Angels . That will be a formidable lineup from the offensive side of things with Hamilton’s stats added into the mix .

    “Mike , this Josh Hamilton kid, can hit , no “? Arte Moreno ” Boss , if we get him I’ll let you sleep with my wife ” !
    Mike Scoscia

    Angels’ owner Arte Moreno will be asking the family to scale back on the Christmas gifts, in spite of his wealth

    Hamilton’s contract with the Angels , which will make one of the highest paid players on the roster .


    Angels’ MLB site bearing the news

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  3. Now that Hamilton has signed on ….. with the Angels . I wonder where that now leaves the Texas Rangers as they seek to fill the void of Josh Hamilton’s departure in terms of their offense and to a lesser extent defense ?

    I believe it was well within the means of the Rangers to match the offer of the Angels , but they were not willing to commit to a six-year deal with a player , who in recent years , has missed more games due to injury and his own insobriety
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    Tophatal …..

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  4. The Dodgers are gambling big time that Greinke can handle the pressure of playing for a big market team. If you remember he has dealt with mental issues during his career. I hope that is all behind him and that he remains healthy in spirit.
    The Rays still have holes to fill in their line-up. They need to find a servicable designated hitter and another outfielder with some pop in his bat. Their rotation is still good and the bullpen is solid.
    Have a great weekend brother, cheers!

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    1. aero

      I don’t know that this was a prudent move by the Dodgers, but it’s clear that they needed to do something . Greinke , I believe that he can offer the Dodgers something , but it’s unclear what .

      The Dodgers had to do something in order to keep up with the Angels and Rangers .

      The Red Sox have gone out and acquired Ryan Dempster giving him I believe a two-year $25 million deal ?

      Stacey Dash , wouldn’t mind buttering her biscuits

      Tophatal ……….

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  5. In your usual and flamboyant style, Alan, you have hit the ball out of the park again! From the politicians, to the Dodgers and Angels, few can argue your points.

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    1. Steven Jeffries

      Either patrons seek diatribe , or they want to be informed . I prefer the ,latter . rather than the diatribe because in large part the fans are apathetic when it comes to sports .

      The Angels can no longer afford to play “second fiddle ” to the Dodgers and Rangers , hence the reason now for the spending and recent acquisitions . Look at the Red Sox, as they have now acquired Ryan Dempster and given him a two-year $25 million plus contract .

      Tophatal …….

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      1. Yep, I did a post on a couple of the MLB trades, etc. But the Angels tried to “buy” a pennant last year with Pujols and Wilson. Although Albert began to hit around mid-season, C.J. was a bust, as were many of their “best buys.”

        In the end, it was their “home grown” boys who carried them…Trumbo and Trout, etc.

        The Dodgers didn’t do well either with all the $$$ they spent. And the Rangers lost the division on the last day of the season in Oakland!

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  6. Steven Jeffries

    This country has no backbone in terms of its political leaders ! It’s asinine to think that you have these dunderheads , Obama and Boehner bickering like bitches , and in reality they couldn’t give a shit whether or not they come to a decision., They”ve had four fucking years to deal with this issue . And the apathetic voters out there whose knowledge is minimal at best are now sniping when they should have been more involved in this whole fucking debate to begin with .

    Even that ass wipe > Grover Norquist , who’s so out of touch has no fucking idea what he’s talking about . His only interest is to garner money for his lame ass organization (Americans for Tax Reform ).

    His idea is to revert back to Reagan’s idea of “trickle down economics ” . And how did that work out for the country as a whole ?

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  7. The Dodgers spending spree may work, but then again it might blow up in their faces like it did for the Miami Marlins. Spending money doesn’t guarantee winning, but I guess the Dodgers don’t mind since they have plenty of cash to burn. The fact is even with the Yankees, most players productivity declines after they sign the huge contract.

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    1. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale

      The Dodgers apart from having Magic Johnson as a part-owner , but the ballclub also the financial backing of the venture capital firm Guggenheim Partners LLC , a company with almost $200 billion in assets . The organization now also has a $3 billion television contract that brings it $150 million each year , for the next two decades .

      Given that sort of financial backing, without the revenues derived from the league itself , the Dodgers can afford to go after the big-time free agents and pay them way beyond market value .

      The Dodgers’ biggest hurdle remains the San Francisco Giants , and until they can overcome the Giants , then they will not have a chance of winning a World Series title .

      The Marlins have been ongoing disaster for the past five years plus , with a front office couldn’t tell the difference between a bucket full of shit from a bucket full of piss .

      Even with Mike Redmond as the team’s new manager , the organization’s biggest issue will be trying to keep Giancarlo Stanton happy , because it’s clear that the player is unhappy happy with the recent moves made by the ball-club .

      Sasha Grey

      With an IQ in the high 160’s , I’d rather watch adult entertainer , Sasha Grey do her thing than watch the Mets , Marlins , Royals or Pirates or the Astros !

      Tophatal ………

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