Thursday, December 2, 2010


Two weekends ago, our very own Dan Vassallo won the Philadelphia Marathon. He may think that Ross generally congratulating him on Philadelphia in the comments section passes as notification of this major achievement. Because of course, it isn't reasonable that Ross could have been congratulating him on finishing 3rd, 5th, in the Top 25, or even just doing well. No, a general congratulations could only mean that he won the whole thing. He was playing this modestly, no doubt, but he did not formally, officially, or in any way shape or form tell us about this win until he was pressed.

So I'm telling everyone now. This is too big to go barely mentioned in this space. From watching Dan in college and staying in touch with him now, I know how hard he trains. He works his freaking tail off. He's one of those guys you actually have to tell to NOT work so hard for fear that it's a disservice to his performance when it actually matters - which is of course when the lights are on, not in training. Of course, we'd all rather have this kind of guy on our team than the guy you have to push to work harder, or who doesn't maximize his talent. I'm quite positive that Dan gets every ounce of talent he has out of his body, and this is the kind of person we all like to root for. As a result, he's doing some pretty spectacular things in the marathon running world, and has a chance to go even higher. So congratulations, DV, you are one of those people that really deserves accomplishments like this.

That's all I got for today. I'd rather talk about DV's marathon win, work ethic generally, or have Gunn/Bandi tell relate anything we've talked about recently to a story in their past that will make us all laugh in the comments section than talk about baseball. This has been the absolute most boring baseball off-season thus far that I can ever remember. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it happens. The Winter Meetings should heat it up next week as they usually do.


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Patrick said...

of course right after i publish this post, within a few minutes i see that the yankees are reportedly on the verge of signing mo 2/30. which is huge. but attached i see that 3 teams offered him 3 years, and one of the teams offered three years and more money. two of the three teams are reportedly the red sox and angels. the thought of mariano rivera on the red sox gives me the chills. this has 10% to do with sentimentality, 70% that we wouldn't have him any more, and 124473442% to do with the mere thought of having to face him. hopefully this report is true, the yankees will sign him today or soon, and this thought will be completely moot.

Patrick said...

while i'm sure this will spark some discussion, let's not let it overshadow dv and give him his due congratulations.

the gm said...

Also last night, the Red Sox re-signed Varisuck. This is actually not a bad signing, because it's for one year and $2 million.

What's interesting is that two years ago, Varitek would rather retire than make less than $5 million. The friggin fraud.

But it's a good move because I don't trust Saltalamacchia much, and if Saltalamacchia hits .200, putting Varitek in once a week means that you'll at least get a .240 hitter with eight bombs as a bonus.


the gm at work said...

As far as this post goes, here are some facts:

-My time was the second-slowest winning time at this race over the last ten years.
-It's being heralded as some major accomplishment that I won. Let's see who I beat. I'm not saying this to bash my competition, because a lot of the guys I beat were good. But let's look at the names. Do we see the last name Cheriyuot there anywhere? Nope. How about someone with the prefix "Gebre" or "Kip" in their last name? No. Considering there are about nine hundred people with those criteria alone who could crush me in a race, I'm not going to be delusional. The only international runners in the top 25 were white boys from Canada. Let's just say that the elite field was whiter than the Red Sox' rotation...or the Red Sox' fan base.
-Even before mile 23, I was not on pace to qualify for the Olympic Trials.
-I averaged 5:46 pace for my last four miles. Pat could run that fast. Someone should have told me in advance that the race is more than 22 miles long.

And, when it comes to opinions, the training cycle before Philadelphia resulted in a significant decrease of quality on How Youz Doin Baseball, which is actually RELEVANT in this space. Crushing the second-best bullpen in baseball doing no research other than anecdotal evidence? On relief pitchers? Um, Rudy Seanez became a good pitcher once, that means even Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez could potentially get the job done. How about looking at some spreadsheets and not falling asleep in the seventh inning instead of getting up at five to run? My late playoff posts were worse than Tim McCarver's analysis.

the gm at work said...

Not that I'm trashing the race, either. It was a great race for me. I actually think the fact that a white boy who has a real job (and a blog and business school) on top of running won the race is a disservice to the event and the city.

But the bottom line is all that stuff about me beating whatever many thousands of people is misleading. Most of those many thousands of people were fat rugby girls who ran it embarrassingly slow after a dubious training program. It's okay, though, because they can obsequiously brag about how much of a life-changing experience it was in their alumni magazines.

Plus, to steal some words from Mike Leach, that was LAST f***in week.

the gm at work said...

Also, because last night was a pretty good sports night, it's notable to say that the fact that the player on the team from Florida actually showed up shouldn't be a surprise for anybody. We all know he's a good player and has the ability to take over a game.

This game, it was his own reputation at stake against a bad team. The game was all about him, as if it were "The Decision" all over again. If it were about actually winning, about beating a good team, or about something other than the player, his ego, and his reputation, he may not have shown up.

Let's say, for example, if the player were in Derek Jeter's shoes during 2001, right after 9/11. The entire city was kind of riding the Yankee team to come up big when it counted. And they showed up largely because of Jeter. I don't know if the player on the team from Florida would have shown up like Jeter did. But because it was about him last night, he showed up. The player is such a dbag.

Patrick said...

it should be noted, for anybody that thinks that the cavs had a pretty good supporting cast in place and that therefore should not have been a consideration in lebron's decision, that the cavs starters scored 28 points the entire game last night. 28. all five of them collectively. of course a supporting cast isn't going to be as good without it's start, but 28? that team won 60+ games two years in a row because of lebron and lebron alone. they never put much around him at all. you can not like a lot of lebron's reasoning for leaving, the way he did it, or even just that he did it. but you cannot fault him for wanting to go someplace that was more committed/able to put a supporting cast around him. he was in cleveland for 7 years and they weren't able to do it. he was under no obligation to stay in cleveland and just hope that after 7 years (this year probably would have been 8), that this would change. you only get once chance to be in your prime and play this game. that he ended up going to the extreme by joining up with two other all-stars and the way in which he did it are really entirely separate issues. you can't fault him for preferring something else besides cleveland.

John said...

Sox get Gonzales... Hopefully DV has read this news and is working on a post as I am typing this now.

the gm said...


Of course I am.