The Sunday afternoon in which M. Barrett landed a right uppercut in A.J. Pierzynksi’s mug, I thought to myself, “how in the hell can A.J. be alright?”

I mean, it was direct hit to his head; it looked as if it were strong enough to give him a concussion. But there he was, saluting the crowd, smacking his cheek to indicate his aptitude in taking cheap shots.

It turns out, though, that Cubs players aren’t as tough. Sure, they can throw a punch. But they can’t take one. Or, more accurately, they can’t take getting hit in the elbow with a fungo bat.

I no like yo' momma

From the Chicago Tribune, Dave van Dyk writes:

Just when Chicago Cubs fans thought it couldn’t get any worse, it has. The team’s only All-Star, pitcher Carlos Zambrano, was hit above the right elbow with a fungo bat during pregame practice Tuesday by White Sox coach Joey Cora.

Neither Zambrano nor Cora was available for comment afterward. Cora said through a Sox spokesman that Zambrano was doing an interview with a Venezuelan journalist behind the batting cage and Cora hit him with a backswing while he was hitting ground balls to infielders.

X-rays taken at PNC Park were negative.

Pittsburgh’s medical staff examined Zambrano in the training room and pronounced the injury an “elbow tendon contusion,” although they declined to say how serious the injury was.

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  1. I think that managerial styles have changed enough to make the ratio of Bonds’ numerous int. walks/semi-intentional walks incomparable to contemporaries of yesteryear.

    Then again, I’m bad at math also- and I just enjoyed several Brubakers now that I’m officially on a mini-vacation.

    I think the whole WSJ article is a waste of space. It ignores that the thrust of the whole Bonds story has to do with cheating, not ratios. Why compare Barry to Harmon Killebrew, when the competition was completely different, and one was fed by kielbasa and the other the “cream and the clear”?

    Also, did that article just refer to “Mr. Palmeiro and Mr. Canseco!?” I need another Mr. Brubaker I think.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    I’m sorry, I forgot to add the following mandatory disclaimer: “WARNING: Economists trying to talk about sports. REPEAT. Economists trying to talk about sports. Considered nerdy and very dangerous. Do not approach.”

    Seriously though, I think this is the Journal’s idea of an HGH test…….math.

  3. If Bonds dressed up as Coach Janky Spanky or Rev. Gonna Change, there is no way a jury can convict him of anything except being hilarious.

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