Thursday Theriots for 2/14/13 – Puppy love

I do want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. There’s only one link today, because it discusses an issue that’s close to my heart.

I’ve never in my life read an article that touched me quite like Jerry Crasnick’s piece on Mark Buehrle and his pit bull. It was extremely well-written and discussed the central issues in a clear, coherent way. Basically, pit bulls are banned in Ontario. Mark Buehrle owns a pit bull. It’s part of his family. So he has chosen to spend the season living away from his family so that he won’t run afoul of the ban.

Here’s my personal note. I am an owner of a pit bull, Alice. She was rescued from the back of a house in Akron, where she was chained up. The humane officers know she was used as a breeding dog and quite possibly as a fighting dog. She has the scars to prove it. She waited a year and a half to get adopted from Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron. When my wife and I decided we wanted a dog, we went to the shelter and fell in love with Alice. You can’t explain the feeling you get when you make eye contact and know that’s your dog. It just happens. And guess what? She’s the sweetest, most loving animal I’ve ever known.

Since adopting Alice two years ago, we have gone on to adopt another dog, Zeke, and have become involved with quite a few animal-related organizations. This ranges from fostering dogs to participating in dog transports to putting together fundraisers. My wife has really spearheaded it all, so I should give her credit and ask you to check out her site at thatanimallady.com.

Getting back to the original point of this post, Mark Buehrle has been a very positive force in the animal community. He is an outspoken supporter of numerous organizations and initiatives. Our hope is that he will help remove the law banning pit bulls in Ontario. You know, his family is both human and canine, just like ours. He is being forced to split his family apart due to a law that by all measures does not need to be in the books. In Ohio, we helped remove breed-specific legislation (BSL) from the laws, so it can be done elsewhere. And perhaps Mark Buehrle is the right person to energize that movement.

Are you an animal owner? Do you and your animals have a connection to baseball? I would love to hear your thoughts…

Initial thoughts on RA Dickey and other news

Seeing that the big R.A. Dickey trade has finally happened, let’s delve into a few thoughts about it.

  1. I first thought it would be a steal for the Mets to land d’Arnaud for Dickey but the more I think about it, I really love the deal for both teams. Why? Glad you asked.
  2. Dickey should be a well-above pitcher for at least the first two years of the deal. You’re talking about a #1 or #2 starter who’s making the equivalent of #4 starter money. Huge improvement in the rotation for the Jays. Not sure what we can expect from Romero next year. Johnson, Morrow, Buehrle*, Happ, Drabek(?). I’d take that.
  3. The Mets get a guy who has a good chance to be an above average catcher for the next six years. Snydergaard has great potential, though being so far away it’ll be years until we know what he’ll end up. And I like taking the chance on someone who’s even farther away in Becerra.

* Random side note on Buehrle. He’s known as a major pitbull advocate. As an owner of a rescued pitbull, I have nothing but admiration for him.

A few other notes…

  1. Not sure I would have given Stephen Drew $9.5 million, but if he provides the Sox with league-average play they’d be happy. Can’t help but seeing a .500 team there, not really a contender.
  2. Carlos Pena. Guess the Astros need someone with pop. Man, that team is going to be bad again, but they’re in much better shape now than a year ago. I like what Luhnow has done.
  3. The Anibal Sanchez signing makes sense to me. Again, I wouldn’t have gone 5/80 on him, but I understand the motivation. As a Keith Law follower, I tend to agree with his notion that longer deals don’t make a whole lot of sense. But there’s great value here for at least the first three years, and the Tigers could use an arm like his.
  4. Heard that the powers that be are introducing padded hats for pitchers. It makes a ton of sense. It’s not just Brandon McCarthy. I’ve been playing softball for years, and have seen guys hit so many times. If adding some padding can help stop someone from a terrible brain injury, I’m all for it.

Until the next time…

Dave