Wake Up With Whitty 5/13/2017

Cincinnati Awakes from Her Sleep by Fred Haaser on 500px.com

Good morning and welcome to another edition of “Wake Up with Whitty”, where I cover a host of topics from the week that’s passed.  Today is 5-1-3 day, so all of my fellow Cincinnatians leave a comment and let me know how you plan to celebrate (I for one am going to get things started with some Skyline, move on to some Graeter’s and then cap it off with a Rhinegeist or MadTree…or both).  Wherever you’re from, thank you for choosing to start your day with me.  Nobody wants to process their own thoughts this early in the morning, so you’ve made the questionable wise decision to allow me to do the thinking for you.  I’m more than happy to fill your head with some random nonsense to kick off your weekend, so let’s get to it.

Adam Jones VS Teenage Drivers

Adam Jones has found himself once again under public scrutiny, although he’s not entirely to blame this time around.  The often maligned Cincinnati Bengals’ cornerback was involved in a car accident on Monday when his Rolls Royce was struck by another vehicle.  Jones responded with a profanity-laced tirade that has since gone viral.

I’ll be honest, when I read this headline my first thought was “c’mon people, the man is far from perfect but are we really going to jump down his throat because he got upset over a car crash?”  I was definitely empathizing with Pacman on this one.  If somebody hit my car, I would be pretty pissed off too.  Hell, I was yelling worse things at the guy who cut me off on the way to work on Thursday.

It wasn’t until after reading the full story that I realized that Jones was the one who originally recorded the video of his post-collision rant.  And in a complete lack of foresight, he took it a step further and actually posted the video himself.  If you’re Adam Jones, and you’re already in hot water with the public (and, I would assume, the Bengals’ organization) after your most recent run-in with the law, you have to have the wherewithal not post something like that.  The lack of self-awareness is definitely concerning.  I don’t think this incident warrants a dismissal from the team (although his arrest from earlier this year probably should have), but it’s definitely not a good look for him.  I did enjoy the part where he said he was going to fix up the car and sell it just to get it off his hands, though.  He’d better hope that the prospective buyer doesn’t see that salvage title on the Carfax report.

Baseball’s Extra Inning Crisis

Some days, there just isn’t a whole lot going on in the world of sports.  But, ever the resourceful bunch that they are, the folks on Twitter have never let that stop them from inventing issues so they have something to argue about.  The topic du jour earlier this week was extra innings in Major League Baseball.  The Cubs and Yankees had an 18-inning affair Sunday night, which prompted Buster Olney and friends to spend hours discussing how baseball can fix its extra innings “problem”.  (Note: As I’m writing this, the Reds and Giants are heading to the 12th).

Even though I don’t agree that baseball’s extra innings procedure needs to be fixed (what’s more entertaining than seeing the shortstop come in to pitch in the 19th inning?), I’ve decided to play along.  Here are a few of my ideas on how to fix extra-inning baseball:

  1. After the 12th inning, switch to kickball.  It’s going to help ease the burden on the bullpens’ arms, and you can’t tell me the players wouldn’t have more fun this way.
  2. Dizzy Bat relay races.  Enough said.
  3. Play 5-on-5 and switch to metal bats and tennis balls.  You have to use ghost men as base runners and pitcher’s mound is out.

As I said, I don’t feel that this is really a problem that needs to be addressed.  The 15+ inning games are so few and far between that “fixing” extra innings really won’t add much value to the game. (Giants and Reds now heading to the 13th).  That being said, it won’t surprise me at all to see the rule changed within the next few years.  I just hope they don’t go the way of the All Star game and end things in a tie.

Sergio’s Ace

TPC_Sawgrass_17

Sergio Garcia is having himself a hell of a year.  Not far removed from winning the Masters, he managed to add an even rarer feat to his resume this week.  This past Thursday he became just 8th player ever to record a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.  While the “Island Green” is one of the most iconic holes in all of golf, it would be an absolute nightmare hole for me.  The hole consists of nothing but a tiny green that is almost completely surrounded by water.  I have an uncanny ability to find water on any hole I’m playing, so the 17th at Sawgrass would likely ruin my day pretty quickly.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to look up the list of other PGA golfers who had recorded an ace on 17.  Number 6 on the list immediately stood out to me:  Miguel Angel Jimenez.  If you aren’t familiar with him, I encourage you to look him up.  He is easily one of the most interesting golfers that I’ve ever seen.  In a sport that is often perceived as stuffy and uptight, guys like Jimenez and John Daly provided a much needed splash of character and entertainment.  Golf needs more players like that if it ever hopes to stay relevant and expand its fan base, especially in the post-Tiger era.  (Reds and Giants now headed to the 14th.  The seagulls are growing restless.)

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to check out the post.  While you’re here, be sure to explore the rest of the site.  If you like what you see, let us know, and give us a follow. If not, let us know what you’d like to see, we welcome the feedback.

Lastly, don’t forget that tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  Make sure you do something special for all of the moms in your life.  They do a lot for you, so let them know that you appreciate it!  Thanks again for stopping by.  I’ll see you again next week.

(Reds and Giants heading to the 15th.  MLB really needs to do something to fix these extra inning games…)

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