- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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Considering nothing much really happens, spring training is awesome.
Especially when we get days with fun stories like today. So it's time for our first ever "You Weigh In On Crazy Spring Training Stories Of The Day" topics!
1. Jonathan Papelbon says Phillies fans are smarter than Red Sox fans.
After talking about what it was like playing in Boston, Papelbon added, "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played." Now, I'm not exactly sure how he knows this. Or why being a National League fan would necessarily make you smarter. Digging into the mind of Jonathan Papelbon is not something even the craftiest of sabermetricians would attempt to do. Unfortunately, there isn't a good way to test out Papelbon's theory. (Actually there is: Create a quiz. Make some of the questions generic, like knowing the infield fly rule or the number of ways to reach first base. Make some of the questions team-specific. Make all quiz takers register as a fan of a specific team. And then tabulate the results.)
What do you think? Both groups of fans are passionate. Both love the game and respect their team's history. But which group knows baseball better? You weigh in.
So here's the story. Venable doubled high off the center-field wall in Darvish's debut on Wednesday. Darvish, via his translator, said something like the wind carried it, plus Arizona has dry air and that "It didn't seem like a ball that was hit that squarely."
Asked about the comment, Venable said he hit the ball about as well as he could hit a ball and that maybe nobody has ever squared up off Darvish. "I would have liked to hear a little more humility from the guy, Venable added. "To each his own. He's a confident guy. Of course I didn't square up a ball because he's Yu Darvish."
So what do you think? Is Darvish just another cocky pitcher with an attitude and a bad dye job? Does he need to show more humility? Weigh in below in the comments section.
3. Yankees bring in a motivational speaker to ... well, motivate.
Manager Joe Girardi brought in motivational speaker Donnie Moore to inspire his club. Moore tore apart a soda can and phone book with his bare hands! And then twisted a frying pan into a little ball of metal.
So, will this help the Yankees win more games in 2012? Is the power of motivational speaking going to push Robinson Cano to a new level and turn Michael Pineda into a Cy Young winner? Will A-Rod break his wrist trying to rip apart a phone book? Or is this simply a sign that spring training has way too many hours with nothing going on?
Weigh in below in the comments section.