So it's officially caught on, this Good for Ball-Bad for Ball thing — on Twitter, at least. I turned to my followers for help this week, and they came through in a big way.
Big, as in Benedict Sandoval's waistline in Year 2 of his deal with the Boston Red Sox.
It's a simple concept. Everything in life can be labeled one of two ways: Good for Ball or Bad for Ball. It doesn't even have to be about sports.
“Modern Family,” for example, is Good for Ball. Smart, progressive, funny as hell. One issue, though: It'll be clean family fun for three or four weeks, lulling you into a false sense of security about letting your tween daughters check it out, and BAM! Haley's lying to Claire about banging her study buddy!
(Dad fumbles for remote while snapping, “Ooooookay, it's bedtime, ladies!”) Bad for Ball.
Got it? Sweet. Let's get right to it, then, with noted assists from my aforementioned Tweeps. Not surprisingly, most of the submissions were of the Bad for Ball variety. That's just the way sports media — in any form — tends to roll.
– Speaking of Twitter, @MartyQuinn3 wasn't thrilled with Jed York taking to his microblog before the Thanksgiving thumping at Levi's came to a close. Something about a “man-child owner embarrassing his coach and team.” Well said, Marty, but don't forget that York embarrassed himself and 49ers fans, too. Bad for Ball.
– @robmferrier asked, in the wake of the Josh Donaldson trade, if the A's should sign Adam Rosales tonight or immediately. Not sure if he was kidding, but the sarcasm needle did start moving as soon as I saw it. So, sure, go ahead and sign Rosy again. At least nobody will be adding to their closet of obsolete A's-who-aren't-A's-anymore jerseys, and that's Good for Ball.
– I'll see your “man-child owner” and raise you an OC-hatin' daughter of the general manager. Good lord, Trent Baalke. Might want to spend a little less time at the office blowing high draft picks on terrible receivers, and more time at home teaching the young ones about class and decorum. Bad for Ball.
– @miaow9 and @saulty22 wanted to make sure the departure of Giants third base coach Tim Flannery didn't pass without a mention here. It didn't. It was addressed last week. But, hey, it was the holidays. And Flannery, who entertained, taught and touched every one of us in some way with his work on and off the field, can never get too much pub for the beautiful man he is. Good for Ball.
– @j_wite2001 notes that the way the A's are doing business these days is Bad for Ball. Says, “It kills us as fans.” Slightly unclear as to what “the way the A's are doing business” means, but if it means making a succession of high-profile moves that baffle and frustrate the paying customers, agreed. Then again, how many GMs have gotten their team to the postseason eight times in 15 years on a shoestring budget while working in a dump? Billy Beane, love or loathe, is good at what he does. The occasional burst of borderline irrational anger? Kind of funny, actually. Dare I say, Good for Ball.
– And finally, @DatRatKid wants to know what I think of the Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton deals, both of which expire in something like 2054. I think it's ridiculous, but isn't virtually everything about professional sports ridiculous these days? Here in the Bay Area alone, right now, we've got controversies involving Twitter, All-Stars said to be traded for popping off and some Giants fans thinking Sandoval shouldn't be allowed to use the “Panda” nickname in Boston.
If you're going to teach your daughter about maturity, too, Mr. Baalke, open up that lesson to the whole region. We're getting out of hand. Bad for Ball.
Mychael Urban, a longtime Bay Area-based sportswriter and broadcaster, is the host of “Inside the Bigs,” which airs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on KGMZ “The Game” (95.7 FM).