It’s Out of the Question: Believe us, we’ve stopped believing most of this stuff by now

Don’t stop believin’. Just stop buying everything you hear, see, smell or prick, OK?

“Girl Says NO To Marriage Proposal at Rock Cats Baseball Game” was the video posted Aug. 3 by the New Britain Double-A minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, garnishing more than a million YouTube hits for those looking for some sizzling, embarrassing blooper material to circulate.

Except – for those of you who couldn’t detect the deplorable minor-league acting involved in all this – it was all staged.

Duh.

Wont-Get-Fooled-Again-sheet-music-page_16718-4-1The Associated Press, USA Today, “Good Morning America,” and even the BBC ran with it. It was the No. 1 story on AOL.com and No. 2 on Yahoo.com for a time.

After the team came clean and apologized, the team’s VP of marketing said he “could not be more pleased with the outcome” based on their “digital strategy to set the video on a viral path.”

You going to sit there and get punk’d like that? Only if you’re the type to  cross the street without looking both ways when the green light flashes “Walk.”

What else are we not supposed to just accept as the honest-to-Puig truth any more?

Consider:

130109115436-29-mlb-0109-horizontal-gallery== Jack Clark, the former Cardinals super-sized slugger who once crushed the Dodgers with a post-season homer only to end up as their batting coach (pre-Mark McGwire), spouts off that not only is he convinced Albert Pujols juiced when he played for the St. Louis before going to the Angels, but he also contends Shawn Green did the same when he was setting single-season home-run records for the Dodgers.

albert-pujolsThere are plenty of dots Clark is connecting here that could pass a smell test, but then also wreaks of speculation from a warped memory many years ago.

Does Clark realize that by pointing a finger at each of them, there are going to be four more fingers pointing back at him?

Should Arte Moreno have some incentive to see if he could void a contract with eight years and a bazillion dollars left on it?

johnny-manziel-1== Johnny Manziel is being investigated for zealously accepting $7,500 in exchange for signing a bunch of autographs, the spoils of the Texas A&M quarterback winning the Heisman Trophy last year as a freshman.

Has spoiled-sport Manziel hired Reggie Bush as his adviser, by some chance?

If one sleaze-ball sports collector broker is brave enough to claim this happened, how many other instances has it likely occurred?

If there was some contract between parties that Manziel signed, isn’t that autograph worth more than any other one we can buy online?

The spineless NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1 prohibits players from accepting money for promotion or sale of a product or service. But it didn’t prevent the NCAA from selling Manziel jerseys on its website until it was taken down Thursday.

Can someone in the NCAA file paperwork to sanction the NCAA for being that stupid?

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT CHICAGO CUBS== “I’m not sure you can believe anything about Yasiel Puig,” writes Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg. “Just wait until we find out Puig is not a Cuban refugee but a 45-year-old who is actually the secret product of a Florida anti-aging clinic.”

Would that storyline really be so difficult to swallow right about now?

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