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November 12, 2012
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Chris Duncan is now being packed in bubble-wrap and being shipped to Boston, who then won’t even open the package, but instead ship him to their AAA club in Pawtucket. Duncan’s tenure in St. Louis has been one the most rollercoaster-esque rides we have seen a player be on in a long time. The fans cheered, the fans grumbled, then cheered, then grumbled again, then cheered again, then booed, then went freaking crazy and then he was gone.
Lets take a look back shall we?
Chris Duncan was drafted in the first round by the Cards, his father, Dave Duncan’s, then and current employer, in the 1999 amateur draft, making him the 46th pick overall. He started off slow, having batting averages never getting above .271 and getting as low as .214 in rookie ball. By 2004 he was in AA ball with the then affiliate Tennessee Smokies where he had his break out year having 16 home runs and a .289 average in 455 at bats, which got him to AAA Memphis next year. Although he still had no real position, bouncing between first base and the outfield (because St. Louis has a pretty good first baseman), he did have solid power numbers.
He got is first major league call up later in 2005, but he didn’t stick until 2006 where in 314 at bats he had a surprising 22 home runs with a nearly .300 average, the only real complaint being his defense. 2007 was another solid year, taking the Cardinals on his back when Pujols was out, and ended up with a .260 average, 70 RBIs and 21 HRs. Sadly, it was all down hill from there. In two injury shortened seasons, he amassed 11 HRs and 6o RBIs.
The Humping of the Trophy
When Duncan was a part of the 2006 World Champion Cardinal team he was really excited and…well…
The Riverfront Times even made a weekly photoshopping feature entitled “What’s Chris Duncan Dry-Humping This Week?“
Oh he also, stripped down and took a photo with his dad, the team’s pitching coach:
Chris Duncan’s relationship with the fans rose with every towering home run, and shriveled with every dropped pop fly and breeze-creating strike out.
Recently, with his sub-par play and, although through no fault of his own, a shocking amount of playing time, the fans got particularly harsh. Here is a sampling on Twitter:
The fan backlash rose to the point that Cardinals manager got involved, saying:
“I get so tired of the unfair treatment of Chris Duncan,” he said. “It makes me want to vomit. And you can quote me on that.”
Chris, in the end you were traded to Boston for a player they were going to release anyway. You came so close to fitting in here…if only the National League had the DH. …also it would have helped if you had played a little better.
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Update #3: Trade back on! In a tweet from Bernie Miklasz: “Cardinals trade C. Duncan for J Lugo …. Cardinals won’t be responsible for Lugo’s big salary;” Viva El Birdos was right all along! Nice scoop guys!
Update #1: Bernie Miklasz said on 101 ESPN at 11:49pm that Chris Duncan will be optioned to Memphis, saying all player moves are “internal” meaning Julio Lugo is not involved.
Original post follows:
Thats what we are hearing, with the initial report from Viva El Birdos, saying that Duncan was moved to the Red Sox for ousted shortstop Julio Lugo.
Lugo was set to be DFA’d (Designated for Assisgnment) which means they were just going to dump him, so they’ll take anything to make the deal somewhat more palatable like a bag of balls…or a hobbled DH that plays the outfield…
We are working to confirm.
hey douche (o’fallon)
did the lying slut tell you that she slept w/ Tyler, the student worker???
forgot all about that when we were “talking”
Did this make you feel better man? What did this do for you? At least give us some descriptors! Do we all know her? Is she on TV? Does she have a big rack? Ears? Wear shirts? Anything?
Well you showed her and that that dude er douche she’s banging!
Also, go Tyler!
I know what you are thinking, “We’ve all been there! Sure the guy probably got pretty angry, but damn I hate those telemarketers! Rabble!” …well I’d hold off before jumping on Milton’s side here: (emphasis mine)
According to court documents, Charles W. Papenfus, 43, allegedly told a sales representative during a May 18 telephone call that he would burn down the building and kill the employees and their families.
He was indicted for making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony; and he could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if convicted.
Oh and his wife is pissed about it. I bet she’s a real peach by the way…and super attractive.
“He shouldn’t have mouthed off on the phone, but this is overkill,” Tracie Papenfus said. “He just can’t handle it in there. He’s not a criminal. … They make it sound like he’s a terrorist, and he’s far from it.”
As crazy as this dude is, of course the sleazy telemarketers aren’t angels either. The Post Dispatch figured out that the firm is probably TXEN Partners and they have been sued by the then Attorney General Jay Nixon for misleading consumers.
You know what though? I will never, never understand the people that get even a little pissed off by telemarketers. Yes, they are annoying and some are sleazy and don’t obey the no-call list, but to get to the point of threats (baseless or not) over an extended warrenty that never existed, as in this case…just. hang. up.
Its just that simple.
…well for most of us, this dude looks like a serial killer-in-waiting, but for the rest of us, just hang up.
I’m filing this under “Morons”…it works for both sides in this story. I love when it hit cacategorizational palindrome!