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Pablo Sandoval Showed Up To Spring Training In Whatever The Opposite Of Tip Top Shape Is #RedSox

There were reports that Pablo Sandoval had dropped some pounds this offseason, but unless he gained 100 pounds before he dropped the 20, that can’t be true. Look, I’m not saying the guy has to be carved out of marble. If you’re going to be out of shape, baseball is the one sport you can still play. But when you’re making almost $20 million a year and you come off a horrible year like Sandoval did last year, you can’t come into camp looking like that. It’s just not going to work. With Sandoval at third and now Hanley at first, I couldn’t have less confidence in our corner infielders if they were blind with no limbs. Maybe Pablo will hit .300 and play a decent third base, or maybe he’ll sweat his way to becoming a $20 million a year bench player.

-Ryan

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Herbalife is Building a 1.34 Million Dollar Lobby in Washington D.C.

Source – Herbalife is spreading around the cash to beat back Bill Ackman’s claim it is a pyramid scheme.

The controversial protein shake seller this year for the first time spent more than $1 million lobbying in Washington, DC.

The multilevel marketing (MLM) company has long been known for its strong presence in the nation’s capital — but the $1.34 million it spent in 2013, as of Oct. 28, dwarfs its typical spending, records show.

The previous record was in the election year of 2008, when it spent $880,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. It spent $810,000 in 2012.

Herbalife’s largesse exceeds that of other companies in its industry, including the biggest MLM, Amway, which spent $330,000 last year.

It even surpasses pharmaceuticals, whose need for regulatory drug approval keeps them forking over the cash.

For example, Herbalife outspent McKesson Corp., whose $37 billion market cap is more than quadruple Herbalife’s $7.9 billion. McKesson spent only $1.13 million, records show.

Herbalife also outspent its foe, Ackman’s Pershing Square, almost tenfold. Pershing Square, which has a $1 billion short bet on Herbalife, spent $138,000 lobbying this year.

Herbalife denies Ackman’s charges. It began increasing its lobbying efforts as three Democratic Hispanic lawmakers in Washington joined Ackman in calling for an investigation of the company by the Federal Trade Commission.

In a recent letter to investors, Ackman criticized Herbalife’s lobbying efforts, saying its “response to Pershing Square is unprecedented in the history of short selling,” including “in the halls of Congress.”

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I guess it was only a matter of time before Herbalife stepped up to the big boys league. Any company who wants to make a big splash on the market builds a million dollar lobby. Caesar’s Palace. Trump Towers. Enterprise. All beautiful lobby’s. Now we can add Herbalife to that exclusive list. The difference between Herbalife and those other companies is that Herbalife actually helps people. For a small fortune they put you on a weight loss program that will have you feeling blessed and grateful in no time. Add in their new lobby, and you have a recipe for success.

– Ryan

Scott Belkner is My Newest Arch Nemesis

Way to make me feel like a complete ass Scott. Yesterday I read that Jamarcus Russel has dropped 50 lbs and is expecting a call from an NFL team because of it, today I find you on the internet pumping iron and dominating the gym all the while being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young child, officially completing my self-confidence meltdown. Now my excuses “it’s raining outside so I can’t go for a jog”, or “I didn’t get enough sleep last night so an early morning gym session is out of the question” just flew out the window, all because of you. Really appreciate it buddy. Single handedly destroying my self confidence and raising everyone’s expectations of me!

In all seriousness though, Mr. Belkner, you inspire the shit outta me. You make me want to bench until I get to sore to wipe my own ass. Keep doing you.

-Sean Lite-

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