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Forget the media, it’s pitching that they really control

October 5, 2010

A woman called into a sports radio show down in Tampa and opined that the Rays chose to go with James Shields in Game 2 of the ALDS “because he is a Jewish person.” The caller — Linda, who claimed to be a Quaker “and has many Jewish friends” — thinks that “he’s not a very good pitcher” and that Joe Maddon felt pressure from the team’s “Jewish ownership” to start Shields over Matt Garza.

Not that this is the problem with the above, but I don’t think Shields is even Jewish, and he has not had a good year.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Fat Al permalink*
    October 5, 2010 1:04 pm

    You really have to listen to it to appreciate it:

    Linda the Quaker

    But don’t worry, Linda has many many Jewish friends!! Really.

    And no, there is no indication that James Shields is Jewish.

  2. jco permalink
    October 5, 2010 1:39 pm

    The DJ is great. “Go have a bowl of oatmeal.”

  3. Fat Al permalink*
    October 5, 2010 4:12 pm

    Jewish ballplayer update, courtesy “neilsen” at BTF:

    Ten Jewish players were on Major League Baseball rosters at the start of 2010 season. They were:

    C Brad Ausmus (Los Angeles Dodgers)
    LF Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)
    RP Craig Breslow (Oakland A’s)
    SP Scott Feldman (Texas Rangers)
    RP John Grabow (Chicago Cubs)
    RF Gabe Kapler (Tampa Bay Rays)
    2B Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers)
    SP Jason Marquis (Washington Nationals)
    RP Scott Schoeneweis (Boston Red Sox)
    1B Kevin Youkilis (Boston Red Sox)
    Since then, three more Jewish players have been called up from the minors during the 2010 season:

    1B Ike Davis (New York Mets)
    OF Adam Stern (Milwaukee Brewers
    3B Danny Valencia (Minnesota Twins)
    Additional developments during the 2010 MLB season:

    Brad Ausmus went on the disabled list after just four at-bats
    Ian Kinsler spent the first 22 games on the disabled list
    Jason Marquis went on the disabled list April 19
    Scott Schoeneweis was released
    Adam Stern returned to AAA

  4. October 5, 2010 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the call, Mrs. Rick Sanchez!

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