12/14 AM OT Thread - Yet Another Early One

I think I definitely bombed my German test...I've been studying non-stop since Sunday for it. Eh, you win some, you lose some, right?

So I was diagnosed with adult ADHD about two months ago. I swore on my grave that I ADHD all throughout high school, but my parents would never take me in to get it tested (it may have started in junior high now that I think about it). My younger brother was diagnosed with it when he was in 3rd grade, so I've had the opportunity to see him struggle through different types of medicines, which sucks.

I finally decided to consult with a psychiatrist about whether more symptoms were just normal behavior or if it could possibly be ADHD. He asked me TONS of questions, ranging from drug abuse in my family to how old my great-grandparents lived to: very strange things that I honestly didn't think were relevant. After about 30 minutes of questioning he concluded that I had moderate adult ADHD. Even though I had expected it, it was still kind of shocking to hear that come out. I asked if there was any kind of behavioral training I could go through , to which he respond, "No, only medication has been shown to be effective." I'm not much of a pill person, so this was pretty weird to me.

After two months of taking 20mg of AdderallXR, I've seen improvement in my grades, increased focus, and an overall sense of motivation, which are three things that I'm definitely not used to. So now I'm going to ask a question that I've found myself to be on both sides about: Does ADHD really exist, or is it a fictional disorder?

Anyways, here's this morning's "Today in Baseball History"!

1948 The Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon to the Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Hayness and Eddie Klieman. Wynn will be a four-time twenty game winner during his ten years with the Tribe.
1948 It's a busy day for the Phillies as the team purchases Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trade pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first baseman Eddie Waitkas and pitcher Hank Borowy. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a female fan totally obsessed with former Cub Waitkas, is very upset with the trade and will try to kill him upon his return to Chicago with Philadelphia.
1950 The owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees) and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as soon as possible. In a close vote, 9-7, Happy Chandler's contract was not renewed three days earlier to serve a second term as baseball's leader.
1960 The two new Ameican League franchises, the first expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in a player draft. The 'new' Washington Senators select Yankee southpaw Bobby Shantz and the Los Angeles Angels opt for Yankee righty Ed Grba.
1977 The Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins, a future Hall-Of-Famer, to the Rangers for 23-year-old pitcher named John Poloni, who will never play in another big league game. As a starter for both the Rangers and later with the Cubs, the Canadian right hander will post a 69-56 record with a 3.71 ERA during the remaining six years of his career.
1985 After a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer, Roger Maris dies in a Houston hospital at the age of 51. Former Yankees teammates Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, John Blanchard, Bill Skowron, Bob Allison along with Whitey Herzog will as serve pall bearers.
1994 In the face of the labor uncertainty, the Phillies irk other owners by signing free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a lucrative contract. The Cardinals had refused to give the first baseman/outfielder a no-trade clause in their negotiations to keep him with the Redbirds.
1995 Free-agent Lance Johnson signs a two-year pact with Mets for a reportedly worth more than five million dollars. 'Ol' One-Dog' led the American League in hits last season with 186.
2000 In the wake of the Alex Rodriquez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack.
2000 The Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames are traded to the Expos for right-hander Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline.
2001 The Giants sign right-hander Jason Schmidt to a $31-million four-year deal. The 28 year-old free agent, after being traded by the Pirates, was 7-1 for San Francisco last season.
2001 Needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi's departure to the Yankees, the A's trade lefthanded reliever Mark Guthrie and minor leaguer Tyler Yates to the Mets for David Justice. The Mets had acquired the designated hitter-outfielder only a week ago in a deal which sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.
2004 The District of Columbia Council's decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the construction costs of the Nationals’ new ballpark may jeopardize the team's tenure in Washington, D.C. The 7-6 vote in favor of this new proviso clearly breaks the agreement major league baseball negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation's capital.
2005 The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control informs Major League Baseball of its decision to withhold the required permit which is needed for Cuba to play on U.S. soil during in the 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament. The Bush administration, in response a congressional request, is concerned revenue from the WBC will wind up in the coffers of the Cuban government which is contrary to the current embargo in place against Castro’s country.
2007 It is a busy day on the trading block for the Diamondbacks as the team acquires All-Star hurler Dan Haren (15-9, 3.07) and right-hander Connor Robertson from the A's in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carte, Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez. In a separate transaction, Arizona deals Jose Valverde, the major league saves leader, to the Astros to get reliever Chad Qualls, second baseman/outfielder Chris Burke and righty Juan Gutierrez.
2007 To bolster their bullpen, the Rangers sign Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori to a $3 million, two-year contract which includes a team option for 2010. In his 13 seasons in Japan, Kaz compiled 34-42 won-lost record and 72 saves while posting 3.72 ERA in 377 games.
2007 The Cardinals agree in principle to a deal which sends 37-year old Jim Edmonds and approximately $1 million to the Padres in exchange for minor league prospect David Freese. San Diego's need for outfielder was accelerated when talks earlier in the day broke off with Mike Cameron, a free-agent who played centerfield for the team last season.
2007 David Eckstein (.309, 3, 31) and the Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year deal which brings the short-statured shortstop north of the border. The 32-year old All-Star infielder's leadership and attitude played an important role on his previous two teams, the Angels and Cardinals, in winning the World Series in 2002 and 2006 respectively.
2007 The Rangers invite Edgardo Alfonzo, a career .284 hitter, to spring training. The 34-year old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Mets, Giants, Angels and Blue Jays, spent last season in the independent Atlantic League playing with the Long Island Ducks.
2007 In an effort to fill the void created by Delmon Young's trade to the Twins, the Rays sign Cliff Floyd (.284 ,9, 45) to a $3 million, one-year deal to play right field in Tampa Bay. The veteran 35-year-old left-handed fly chaser has been a productive hitter during his 15-year major league career, but has had difficulty staying off the disabled list.
2007 The Twins sign another former Astros infielder acquiring Mike Lamb ( $6.6 million, two-years) after getting Adam Everett yesterday ($2.8 million, one-year ) in the free-agent market. Lamb will provide much needed offense at third base and Everett, although a light-hitter, is a slick-fielding shortstop who will add to the club defensively .
2007 The Royals trade hurler Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo. Kansas City's new player is an infielder who appeared 56 games for the NL West champs, mostly in a pinch-hitting role, and Arizona receives a pitcher who compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.29 ERA in 34 innings of work last season.
2009 Randy Wolf and the Brewers finalize their $29.75 million, three-year deal. The 33-year-old southpaw, who signed a $5 million, one-year free-agent contract with the Dodgers last season after the Astros pulled a $27 million, three-year offer off the table due to the nose dive in the economy, posted an 11-7 record with a 3.23 ERA with L.A.
2010 After being dealt by the Phillies, Cliff Lee returns to the club to join National League Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, the key person in the deal that sent him to Seattle in last season's four-team, nine-player trade. The 32-year old free-agent right-hander, who will be joining unquestionably the best starting rotation in baseball, agrees to a deal that guarantees him $120 million over the next five seasons, spurning the Yankees' offer of $30 million more.
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