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(SanDiego UnionTribune)   One MLB team does something right, continues to pay crippled prospect for 10 years. Story gets no attention because baseball doesn't need good publicity -- they're doing fine, thanks   (signonsandiego.com) divider line
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2006-06-28 12:57:33 PM  
I was just going to vote for this link, thinking "ahh, they'll never greenlight this...". Nice.
 
2006-06-28 1:11:32 PM  
my heart grew three times its size after reading that story.
 
2006-06-28 1:11:47 PM  
I think I just became a baseball fan again.

/Not really, but great story.
 
2006-06-28 1:11:57 PM  
Wow.
 
2006-06-28 1:12:08 PM  
Classy.
 
2006-06-28 1:12:40 PM  
Try "disabled" rather than "crippled". Not as offensive.
 
2006-06-28 1:13:39 PM  
the padres need to at least make him clean toilets for his money! jeez,can he not be a janitor? that is a low stress job a cripple can handle!
 
2006-06-28 1:14:17 PM  
Awesome story! Priscilla Oppenheimer = class act
 
2006-06-28 1:14:47 PM  
Next weeks story....heart attack brought on by rampant steroid use
 
2006-06-28 1:14:54 PM  
florknoger,

There is always one in every crowd, and you are it!
 
2006-06-28 1:14:58 PM  
2 heart attacks before he was 30?

wow.

how does that happen?
 
2006-06-28 1:15:30 PM  
This story almost reaffirmed my faith in humanity, then I came in and jabba dashed that fleeting thought away. Thanks.
 
2006-06-28 1:15:35 PM  
great story.
 
2006-06-28 1:15:38 PM  
i know i'm going to get flamed for this, but how does a guy in his twenties have back-to-back heart attacks? i know it's not necessarily unheard of, but given baseball's reputation for rampant steroid abuse, i tend to think there was a little something extra in his breakfast cereal that maybe spurred this along...

/fire away
 
2006-06-28 1:15:54 PM  
Definitions of crippled on the Web:

* disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg"

Whats wrong with 'crippled'
 
2006-06-28 1:16:33 PM  
He'll probably hold out for more, I think Jeff Moorad is representing him.
 
2006-06-28 1:16:35 PM  
guess i'm not the only one who raised an eyebrow...
 
2006-06-28 1:16:48 PM  
bake420: Next weeks story....heart attack brought on by rampant steroid use

ha, beat me to it


/you'd think some one with the handle bake420 would be a little slower on the draw...
 
2006-06-28 1:17:26 PM  

Whats wrong with 'crippled'


Nothing at all. Ignore the douchebag.
 
2006-06-28 1:17:56 PM  
Holy cow, I used to shoot some of the Quakes' games back then. I'll have to look through my negs to see if I have any of him.
 
2006-06-28 1:18:05 PM  
Sir Charles:2 heart attacks before he was 30?

charles it is called cocaine!
 
2006-06-28 1:18:10 PM  
*applaudes*
 
2006-06-28 1:18:26 PM  
Them's my Padres.
 
2006-06-28 1:19:04 PM  
"When he was drafted and he came into the office to sign, I've never seen such a troop of tribal people," Oppenheimer said. "I think he was the first full-blooded American Indian ever drafted."

They pretty much had to keep paying him, $100K a year or whatever is small potatoes next to the PR fallout of being the team that dumped the crippled injun kid.

/Who knows though, it still might have been a moral decision on someone's part.
//one likes to dream
 
2006-06-28 1:20:57 PM  
SSPinkerton,

Ah, but my Mensa card gives me braincells to burn!!!! LOL
 
2006-06-28 1:20:59 PM  
One MLB team does something right, continues to pay crippled prospect for 10 years.

Kerry Wood?
 
2006-06-28 1:22:02 PM  
I'd say the story IS getting attention. But also, it only gets attention if the participants publicize it. How is the media supposed to know about it otherwise?
 
2006-06-28 1:23:03 PM  
Stay classy, San Diego.
 
2006-06-28 1:23:08 PM  
They pretty much had to keep paying him, $100K a year or whatever is small potatoes next to the PR fallout of being the team that dumped the crippled injun kid.

I doubt that it is even close to $100k a year. If it is more than $40k (with beni's), I would be shocked.
 
2006-06-28 1:23:31 PM  
i vote they make him ace of the janitorial staff!i bet the kid could still scrub a crapper real good!
 
2006-06-28 1:24:24 PM  
2006-06-28 01:19:04 PM BlindMan
They pretty much had to keep paying him, $100K a year or whatever is small potatoes next to the PR fallout of being the team that dumped the crippled injun kid.

You pay someone for 10 years just for the PR benefits? Do you really believe that? If so then we need to talk about these mind-controlling lizards that live under the surface of the Earth.
 
2006-06-28 1:24:32 PM  
God, I love being a Friar fan. Good people, great ownership, awesome ballpark.

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2006-06-28 1:24:50 PM  
LaChappa's troubles are the result of an enlarged heart. Perhaps he suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? It seems to explain the pattern described.
 
2006-06-28 1:25:37 PM  
Nice headline, smitty! Too true!

Better story.
 
2006-06-28 1:26:38 PM  
shut up exaltare!!!!
its much more fun to speculate and be cynical!!!
 
2006-06-28 1:29:16 PM  
florknoger: Try "disabled" rather than "crippled". Not as offensive.

This is Fark we're talking about. We have a black, two Jews and a cripple in every thread.
 
2006-06-28 1:30:16 PM  
West_Side_Charlie:

One MLB team does something right, continues to pay crippled prospect for 10
years.

Kerry Wood?


ZING!! Nicely played.

 
2006-06-28 1:30:52 PM  
droptone

2006-06-28 01:19:04 PM BlindMan
They pretty much had to keep paying him, $100K a year or whatever is small potatoes next to the PR fallout of being the team that dumped the crippled injun kid.

You pay someone for 10 years just for the PR benefits? Do you really believe that? If so then we need to talk about these mind-controlling lizards that live under the surface of the Earth.


The present value of $100K for ten years is $614K (assuming a conservative 10% cost of capital). Do you realize how much companies spend on marketing?

Imagine an inverse marketing campaign where you run national ads to convince people that your product sucks and that you should be boycotted, do you think that's worth more or less than 600 large for a baseball franchise?

Hell, they might have incurred that much legal expense defending themselves from lawsuits, especially given that the kid is an indian.
 
GCD
2006-06-28 1:31:09 PM  
Sir Charles

2 heart attacks before he was 30?

wow.

how does that happen?


My best guess would be a medical condition. It really doesn't say much about what caused the heart attacks though.

I once worked with a guy who was 23 and had at least one heart attack that I can recall. It happens, it's just not that common.
 
2006-06-28 1:31:51 PM  
Baseball makes soccer look exciting.
 
2006-06-28 1:33:03 PM  
Priscilla Oppenheimer should be appladed in particular.
 
2006-06-28 1:33:10 PM  
florknoger

Try "disabled" rather than "crippled". Not as offensive.

Try "fartknocker" rather than "douchenozzle". Not as offensive.

/end PC
 
2006-06-28 1:34:57 PM  
GCD

I believe the only permanent solution for LaChappa's problems would be a heart transplant, although implants and medicine may be able to prolong his life.
 
2006-06-28 1:35:28 PM  
Them's my Padres, too. My first place Padres.

This story ran in the local paper this morning. It made me feel good all over...
 
2006-06-28 1:35:41 PM  
I punched a crippled black Jew today, does that help?
 
2006-06-28 1:37:47 PM  
Sammy Davis Jr.?
 
2006-06-28 1:38:03 PM  
LaChappa's troubles are the result of an enlarged heart. Perhaps
he suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?


Gosh. And I thought the Oppenheimer chick was the one with the big heart.

 
2006-06-28 1:38:06 PM  
Oppenheimer said the Padres are considering naming a minor league award in LaChappa's honor.


Let me guess, "The Friarwater Award".
 
2006-06-28 1:38:19 PM  
first place Padres.

Only bcause their division sucks.
 
2006-06-28 1:38:22 PM  
I thought he was dead...
 
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