Baseball, cupping, and quackademic medicine

I hate to do this to you guys twice in one week, but sometimes the situation mandates it. Basically, there’s no new Insolence today. I do, however, have an excuse. Because of a gift the Ilitch family gave to our department, a couple of times a year our department is invited to attend a Tigers game in the owner’s suite at Comerica Park. This was the third time I’ve gotten to experience a major league baseball game this way. I only have one thing to say. It is good to be in the owner's suite. There was everything from really tasty stadium hot dogs to even more tasty salmon and filet mignon there. There was a fully stocked bar. There was a freezer full of ice cream. I got to meet Al Kaline. Life was good last night except for one thing: The Tigers didn’t win.

So think of it this way: I had a choice to lay down 2,000 words worth of Insolence or hang out in the owner’s suite at a major league ballpark. Sorry, but the choice was easy. Fortunately, there’s still one more podcast that I haven’t plugged featuring a certain friend of the blog that we all know and love. It’s on Point of Inquiry with Josh Zepps. This time around, he discusses cupping at the Olympics (of course) and the infiltration of pseudoscience and quackery into medicine. Enjoy.

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Nice. Too bad Anibal had to give up that gopher ball.

I've always wondered - does Al Kaline eat an acid diet?

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 18 Aug 2016 #permalink

I am SO jealous that you got to meet Al Kaline. He's one of my heros.

Ah reminds me of going to games with my Dad. School district gave out free tickets to a couple of games a year if you made good enough grades. Up in the nose bleed seats.

One of my Dad's friends at work was one of the ones who took any visiting suits to the company's sky box. About 1/2 the time the nights we had free tickets they would be in the sky box and about 4 innings in the suits had had enough free drinks so business was no longer being discussed and we'd mosey on over and finish out the game with the free goodies and optional air conditioning depending on if you sat in front of or behind the glass.

So, now we know Orac's price!

It sounds like you had a nice time.

I can't say I'm disappointed in the outcome of the game, though. I'll be watching the game to tonight, for sure.

Nice time, but it would've been better in Milwaukee.

By Comrade Carter (not verified) on 18 Aug 2016 #permalink

As someone who grew up in the Detroit area during the 90s, I'm used to professional sports teams from that area named after large cats embarrassing themselves.

Nice time, but it would’ve been better in Milwaukee.

Although a bit dull, given that the Brewers were in Chicago.

@Dangerous Bacon... No, in fact his diet is very basic.

Al Kaline is so great that he's the only ballplayer, the only human being of any kind, who has a battery named after him.

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 18 Aug 2016 #permalink

Careful there, Orac!

I imagine that your critics ( including those in Austin) will make a brouhaha of your activities in the rarified environs of the owner's suite ( You elitist!)
eating MEAT ( You non-vegan!) and
additive saturated hotdogs ( Impure person!)

Hope you enjoyed yourself.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 18 Aug 2016 #permalink

As a semi-trophy husband, I periodically get to tag along when my wife is invited to various events.

The suites are indeed a nice way to go.