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    by Published on 07-06-12 11:13 AM

    Iím not easily rustled from my not-so-comfy roost here at IIATMS HQ, but this morning, Reggie Jackson managed to rankle me quite a bit.

    Now, before we review, I must say that I am a big Reggie fan. I was at the prime impressionable ages when Reggie was doing his thing in pinstripes. Heck, I was wearing my #44 jersey when my first was born years ago on Opening Day, 4/4, so yeah, I am a Reggie fan.

    Except now, Reggie is repeatedly asked his opinion on such weighty things like the Hall of Fame. Sure, heís qualified to know and speak on the subject, but his ramblings crumble under the weight of a distinct lack of rationality.

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    by Published on 07-06-12 09:45 AM

    David Waldstein has a fantastic and unbelievable story on Hirkoi Kurodaís experience growing up in Japanís baseball culture. Long story short, it was a culture that demanded impossible perfection and dealt with failure through methods that would fit any reasonable definition of torture. Itís mind boggling stuff at first read, but the more I think about it the less surprised I am. I think just about everyone who has played youth sports has encountered at least one coach who seems to most enjoy having authority a group of people, so given a cultural context that isnít overly concerned about incidental things like child abuse (probably the most striking aspect of the story is the apparent indifference Kurodaís parents showed to the fact that he was being tortured) itís not exactly shocking that sadists would gravitate to the field and feel free to let their imaginations run wild on the powerless kids. And yes, I would say this was just pure sadism.

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