March 18, 2016

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

Good day for Bulldogs yesterday in the tournament. I was hoping Fresno St. would come through and make it a quadfecta, but 'twas not to be.

posted by beaverboard at 08:30 AM on March 18, 2016

I need this Adam LaRoche thing to go away. Does Chris Sale honestly think no players were bothered by LaRoche's kid being in the locker room every day? If you brought your teenage son to my workplace every day I can promise he'd know some new things by the end of the week.

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on March 18, 2016

Mike and Mike discussed (go up to the 38 minute mark) the Adam LaRoche issue for a few minutes today. They mentioned that the Boone brothers spent all of their time in the Phillies lockerroom when they were kids.

posted by NoMich at 01:17 PM on March 18, 2016

An exciting match between England and South Africa in the T20 World Cup today. The highlights.

posted by NoMich at 03:20 PM on March 18, 2016

[checks NCAA results]


[sets fire to bracket]

posted by grum@work at 05:19 PM on March 18, 2016

Oh, no one's going to get that one.

But us Virginia fans are peeing our pants right now.

posted by LionIndex at 05:33 PM on March 18, 2016

I think it would hurt team chemistry to have somebody's kid in the locker room all the time.

Bigger than that, though, is the fact that LaRoche is sacrificing his son's actual education:

"We're not big on school. I told my wife, He's going to learn a lot more useful information in the clubhouse than he will in the classroom, as far as life lessons.' "

If Drake LaRoche is good enough to play pro ball, great. He's totally prepared for that life.

But the odds are not good. So what does he do with his life then?

posted by rcade at 11:37 PM on March 18, 2016

The part I like is that the LaRoche family lives in a small town in Kansas and the boy says he either wants to be a ballplayer or a fur trapper.

These days, you don't get into the gopher or muskrat business so your wife can afford to get her hair done when you go into town. You hang in there through good seasons and bad, always bagging your limit, while waiting for the A&E production team to appear, so the reality show fame and fortune machine can get jump started.

Or, maybe the lad heard Hugh Hefner referred to as a gentleman squirrel farmer and thought that agriculture or the backwoods lifestyle had something to do with it.

posted by beaverboard at 09:28 AM on March 19, 2016

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