Thursday, March 30, 2006
So the shenanigans are, why 10 days? With the exception of the steroid suspensions, since when did the commish hand out suspension in terms of days. last year Wells got six games for yelling at the ump. Nixon I think 5 games for his roll in the fight. A-Rod and Tek were suspended 4 games for the famous fight. so why now?
What is it with these former Marlins starters? Pavano, Penny, Burnett...hopefully Beckett will be the exception, but suddenly I'm not so optimistic.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
- Tavarez has only been on the Red Sox for a couple weeks. I suppose one could argue that he was "just trying to fit in with the new team", but come on - the guy's obviously a bit of a headcase, as this list shows. He actually has some history with the D-Rays, back in 2003...when he was with the Pirates. Can't imagine the imbalanced schedule caused that.
- Trot says going back to the balanced schedule might prevent the brawls. Of course, the bad blood between the Sox and the Rays goes back to August 2000 (the Pedro/Williams/Flaherty game). The imbalanced schedule hadn't begun yet. (And I'm pretty some Sox-Yankees fighting had happened by that point?)
- Then, just to prove he doesn't know when to stop talking, Trot then goes on to blame the fans for the problems. "Fans (are) all out of control. Look what happened last year. One of our fans hit Sheffield in the face."
Ugh. Say it ain't so, Trot.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Reggie Jackson, on Johnny Damon, as quoted in a New York Magazine article. Way to welcome the new guy!
Let's start with the AL East.
Boston 97-65 (with their pitching, solid lineup, and very good "d" up the middle, their consistency will win this division. They are also deep on the bench and in the minors (with pitching)...Let's not count them out of the Clemens race, too...)
New York 94-68 (not having upgraded their pitching will hurt them. Mussina is set to have a bad year, Wright is cooked, Where's Pavano? Small will not do what he did last year...Their bullpen is worse than last year. They have a great lineup, but they had one last year, too.)
Toronto 88-74 (Very strong rotation, but I don't know if Ryan will repeat his mastery as a closer. I also think their general lack of depth will keep them from making a serious run at the division this year. One injury (Wells, Halladay) could be trouble.
Tampa Bay 81-81 (That's right...a team that hasn't won 70 games, yet (that I am aware of) will go .500. Think of them as the George Mason of MLB. They have a boat load of young talent and will win many games with their aggressiveness and speed.)
Baltimore...who cares? This team has not gotten better. Millar might improve chemistry, but I don't see this team as a contender at all...
I don't know if it is possible with the unbalanced schedule to have that many .500+ teams in the division, but that is my order of finish.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Choice Pickup - Empyreal Environs
Hee Sop Joy - 12eight
Happy Happy Choi Choi - Surviving Grady
What the hell? That's all? No "Ode to Choi"? No "No Choi in Mudville"? No "Choi of Sox"?!? C'mon, people. I really hope the puns return before the season begins - I mean, for chrissakes, we have a dude named "Riske" in the bullpen.
Probably the most positive comments on the Choi pickup can be found on a Yankees site, Bronx Banter. Best line: "Choi is a twenty-seven-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman with a severe platoon split who has yet to live up to his potential. Three years ago, the Twins released another twenty-seven-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman with a severe platoon split who had never lived up to his potential..." Nice. It's also pointed out that the tiebreaker rules which gave the Yanks the division last year without a playoff - basically bragging rights, nothing more - ended up hurting the Yanks, who probably would've loved to pick up Choi themselves. As it stands now, their backup 1B is Andy Phillips.
Friday, March 24, 2006
There was a report today that DiNardo might only be with the major league club until Wells joins the starting rotation. Then he'll be sent down...AND Riske will stay with the team.
Can Riske be cut? Are there rules against it because of his time in the majors and the fact that he was just acquired in a trade?
Right now (of course this will change in the future), we traded Crisp for Mota. Not bad...and I know that you can trace the trades out further, but essentially those are the guys still in the deal in the bigs (besides Riske...and I predict he'll be on the DL very soon)...
Holy crap this is terrifying. I'm pretty sure I've never seen Timlin smile this much, even after the WS win. "If the kill zone on a pig is the size of a football, I aim for the laces...I enjoy being out among God's creations."
Uh, yeah. There's also something about some guy named Joe Dirt using a staple gun to heal a couple wounded dogs ("I used 85 staples on one, 65 on the other."). Make sure to check out both the Globe article and slideshow.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Nice to see that Tanyon Sturtze knows what spring training is all about. A terrible Sox pitcher (Riske), in a tied game in the 7th, hits the leadoff batter (Jeter) with a slider. A few pitches later gives up a bomb. Sturtze for some reason retaliates by drilling Lowell with the first pitch. Honestly, Sturtze is a dope...
Speaking of Riske...another bomb given up last night. I think that makes 9 in just over 9 innings of work. My prediction? He "develops" elbow problems, or a sore back, or a tight shoulder and has to DL it for a while. This guy cannot go with the big league club. He has issues.
Adam Stern hit his second homer of the spring (a shortened spring because of the WBC)...3 for 5 for the night. I hope he sticks with the team. Plus, he's a legit steal guy, too, for late in the game. Oh yeah, he proved that last night, too, with a stolen base.
Papelbon had a pretty good outing. I'd like to see this kid get a shot in the rotation, and I am sure he'll get there by the end of the season (because of a trade of someone or an injury). In the meantime, the bullpen greatly benefits from his move out there.
Mike Lowell's bat seems to be coming around. After starting the spring with a huge slump, he's stringing some good at-bats together and collecting some hits. The power is not there, but at least he's getting on...
The Yankees have 22 home runs and 17 steals in spring training. That frightens me a bit...but I guess everyone knew their offense would be huge. Who knew about the steals, though?
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
"It's something that happens year in and year out in baseball; players change teams," Damon said. "This was a part of it." - Johnny Damon
Um, you're over it? Then why all the quotes all over the place, Johnny. We've heard about your poor financial situation (how you somehow couldn't afford a house in Boston), and disrespect (when the Sox offered you the same contract as the more valuable team captain), and everything else you have to say...so...what? Fans aren't allowed to voice their opinions? Your word is more important and now that you say you're over it, everyone else is supposed to be, too?
If that is the case, shut your mouth. I don't want to hear your ramblings any more than I wanted to hear them last year. You are not an intelligent human being. You contradict yourself more than "Chef" Isaac Hayes from South Park. If this really is something that happens "every year" and is just "part of it" then what is all this crap about disrespect? You don't make sense.
You've made me sad, Johnny. I used to look forward to you coming out to play. Now you've pretty much destroyed that. You are just another guy looking for the largest check (hey, we all are...)...but we don't try to dictate public perception, too. We all would say, "Hell, I went to the highest bidder." We don't have access to the media to plead our case and then, in turn, to try to shut everyone else up.
You know what? I think that if you had just left and gone to the Yankees and kept your opinions to yourself that most of this would have blown over. Funny, all that you did here is starting to fade...I wonder why? Any ideas? Or is that all just "part of it"?
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Sure, we still have Manny, but he doesn't lament about everyone leaving and how bad the front office is...Besides, they tried to train him.
And when will Damon make his comment on this? Come on, it is all there. Bronson signs the hometown discount and they trade him? That is why no one wants to play in Boston...blah, blah, blah...
Meanwhile the Sox still have an extra starter. So how does it round out?
Does Papelbon crack that group? Does he go to the pen so we don't have to see Seanez?
Speaking of the rotation...I am excited about it. That is a talented group.
I still think that Pena might get flipped to another team in a deal...The papers were saying that the Nationals loved him, but didn't have the pitching to offer Cincy...Could a deal be in the works there?
Seems a bit strange to get a right-handed hitter to platoon with Trot when Dustin Mohr is putting up decent numbers this spring. Maybe with Soriano still making noise about having to play the outfield, he'll be heading this way...Although, dumping a 24-year old not eligible for free agency until '08 with tremendous upside might not be the way to go...
With that said, can't see Trot here next year...
I will add more randomness when things occur to me.
Two quick thoughts:
1) Team Japan's batting helmets - which are matte rather than shiny - kick ass. I hope that catches on in the MLB.
2) Spring 2007, with no WBC, is going to feel empty.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Of course the other issue is - wasn't he one of the named players in Canseco's book?
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Yankees hitters (Damon, Jeter, A-Rod, Bernie; 2006 salary $60M):
23-for-72 (.319), 7 BB, 11 R, 9 RBI, 2 HR
Red Sox hitters (Cora, Ortiz, Stern, Varitek; 2006 salary $18M):
13-for-51 (.254), 13 BB (8 by Ortiz!), 11 R, 15 RBI, 5 HR
Woohoo! Small sample sizes kick ass!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
"It's no-win situation. You are supposed to [win] and if you don't you are a failure."Weird - I'm sure I've heard Torre say that exact same thing before. But...doesn't he usually wait until October?
Friday, March 17, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Update: Mexico managed to score the run, thankfully. Still, how the HELL do you call that ball a double? To change direction, it'd have to hit something. It's like the Magic Bullet Theory.
Keith Foulke, spring 2004: 0-1, 9IP, 15ER, 15.00 ERA, 2.22 WHIP
Keith Foulke, 2004 season: 5-3, 83 IP, 20ER, 2.17 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
(Of course, then there's Keith Foulke in 2005, which was worse than his spring training, but whatever...)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Update: It's begun. According to New York Daily News, "Cashman said definitively that the injury happened while Damon was with Team USA."
Update 2: From the NYT: "Told of Damon's setback in Puerto Rico, the Yankees' Bernie Williams said, 'I better get my arm ready.'"
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Also, in 2004, Dick Pound wrote a book, "Inside the Olympics". It is apparently a book about porn.
I'm afraid our friend Ben Grieve has fallen one rung further. From Rookie of the Year...to Tampa Bay Devil Ray...to marginal MLB player...and now to "epitome of the crappy hitter". In a discussion of the mythical "gyroball" (make sure to check out the gyroball's history and the super-cool video of a possible gyroball), Deadspin describes the pitch as
"a phantom pitch out there that turns everybody into Ben Grieve."See what's missing here? Until now, people felt obligated to refer to him as "former Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve". As in, "the guy who used to be really good and now sucks." Now he's just "the guy who sucks". Sorry Ben.
A couple random notes:
- It's pretty obvious by now, but even before they thrashed the US, it was clear: Team Korea is for real. They look really good, and have all but ensured a trip to the semis (meaning there won't be a USA-Japan rematch).
- Korea has five "Lee"s in their lineup. I was hoping for a Lee-to-Lee-to-Lee double play, but it didn't happen.
- One of them, Seung-Yeop Lee, is a beast. After 5 games, he's 8-for-17 (.471), with five home runs, for an OBP of .523 and a SLG of 1.353. (He plays professionally in Japan.)
- And they've made Chan Ho Park, who's apparently not a joke in Korea, their closer. He's pitched 5 innings in 3 games, for 3 saves. Given up 3 hits, no walks, and no runs. Interesting.
- On the other hand, their uniforms (baby blue with block lettering, and a big capital K on the hat) look even worse on the field than they do on TV. And there's a little Nike Swoosh on their neck. (Which is bad, but not as bad as what Randy Winn did.)
- Finally, judging from the size of the crowd showing up for a game on 8pm Sunday in the "cold", baseball made a big mistake picking Phoenix and Orlando for Round 1. Those two cities get Spring Training games. Give Round 1 to other big cities, with large immigrant populations (I'm thinking New York and San Francisco), and you get 50,000+ people at every game. I suppose weather was a concern.
Monday, March 13, 2006
David Ortiz just hit a massive home run out of Hiram Bithorn stadium. His bat flip was one of the funniest I have ever seen. It's his third hit of the WBC, all home runs. So he's batting .214, but slugging .857. The Dominican Republic is beating Cuba, 6-0 in the 5th.
Update, 6th inning: Cuba brings in a lefty to face Ortiz with 2 outs, bases loaded. Shows bunt on 3-0, doesn't swing. Walks in a run. 7-0.
Update: Video of the HR and batflip can be found here.
Hey that sounds familiar. Also, on T-Graf, the first deadline to release him is this Friday or Saturday. I imagine they will keep trying to deal him, but as the season gets closer the likelihood of his release will increase daily.
The game itself was all right. I wasn't really rooting for either team, and mostly cheered for two things: (1) good baseball on both sides, and (2) Yankees hitters failing miserably. A decent amount of the first: shaky pitchers making the pitches they needed to, some nice defense. And a lot of the 2nd (Jeter's DP, A-Rod's K with a guy on 3rd, Damon's pinch-hit strikeout)...until the end. Which sucked. It was a pretty amazing last half-inning, with the tension of a real MLB game. At A-Rod's at-bat everyone was making snarky comments about him being unable to get the big hit. "No pressure A-Rod, your whole country's depending on you!" After his hit a lot of people stood in wonder: "wow, he actually a hit when it mattered." (But of course, it didn't really.)
-The questionable call in the 5th made the 1-run win extra painful; the tag looked fine to me, and the lack of a live replay pretty much sealed it. And umpires changing their mind: shades of Doug Eddings. Sadly the runner could've waited an extra second before tagging because Winn's throw sucked so much.
- I was in the parking lot for Ichiro's leadoff HR. But it was pretty clear exactly what had happened. I was half-expecting he'd turn on his fabled power and get 3 more that day.
- Not sure how it looked on TV, but from where I was, after Lee's dive to catch a foul ball, we were sure he was hurt. Wonder how many Cubs fans had heart attacks?
- The force at 3rd on Young's bunt attempt: was he really out? As the guy next to me said, "That never works!"
- My new favorite player is Kosuke Fukudome. His stats are pretty amazing, but obviously it's his name I like. As in, "Mad Max 3: Beyond Fukudome".
- Nathan and Lidge: ugh. If I were a Twins or Astros fan, I would be pretty nervous.
Later today I'll post on the Mexico-Korea game.
First off...Manny being Manny...Wasn't it Ricky Being Ricky?
Today...CHB wrote Foulkie Being Foulkie...
You know what I think all this means? It is people trying to write or talk about something and they don't have an explanation so they throw in this terrible and overused cliche.
That's my rant (for the 9am hour anyway)...
This month’s entry, “Scout’s Honor, The Bravest Way to Build a Winning Team.” Funny that Earl, just this morning was throwing out a potential book review for me and that book was focused on the Atlanta Braves. Well, this book is also about the Braves and their commitment to scouting and player development. For some reason it was brought to my attention that this was supposed to be “the answer” to Moneyball.
Continued in comments
Sunday, March 12, 2006
- Are there any critics of Moneyball out there who have actually, you know, read the book?
- How the hell did his publisher allow the book to be called "Built to Win"? Isn't that just setting it up for all sorts of jokes? Like: Built to Win (in the regular season). Or Built to Win (the NL East).
Saturday, March 11, 2006
"If Torre opts for 11 pitchers, they will be Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, Jaret Wright, Shawn Chacon, Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth, Tanyon Sturtze, Ron Villone, Aaron Small and Myers.
Of course, there are teams tracking Wright this spring in case the Yankees make him available."
IF the Yankees make him available? Are you kidding me? He's more available than this girl.
And then this gem:
"Other than deciding between 11 or 12 pitchers and having the WBC hijack four very important players, Torre's 11th camp has no stones in the pool."
Yes, the players were hijacked. Steinbrenner would be proud. Maybe if anything happens to Howard Rubenstein, you could get a job with the NYY.
The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players and personnel is strictly prohibited....This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual in possession of the drug does not have a prescription.(the full text of Vincent's memo can be found here.)
So that puts that to rest. Anyone using steroids after June 7, 1991 was violating MLB rules. (Same thing goes for anyone using amphetamines without a prescription.)
One thing, though: everyone's hailing the World Baseball Classic as "Baseball's World Cup". (Googling "baseball world cup" gets you a whole bunch of WBC stories.) So what about, you know, the real World Cup of Baseball? It's been going on since 1938, and is run by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), the same group that oversees the WBC and Olympic baseball. The list of winners can be found here - I like that the first one had only two teams. The most recent World Cup of Baseball was in September 2005, won by Cuba and hosted by the Netherlands. (There it's called "Wereld Kop Honkbal", a name which, I'm sorry, is about 1000 times cooler than"World Baseball Classic").
So what happens to the real World Cup of Baseball? Does it continue, or does it get folded into the WBC? Do the Cubans and Dutch keep getting to send the same squads to both, while the US has two squads (professional and amateur) to represent them? It's weird just how little attention this 70-year old tournament has gotten through all this.
Friday, March 10, 2006
- Dirk van Clooster with a bases-loaded double, to put the Netherlands up 3-0.
- An error by Panama allows Dirk van Clooster to score, 4-0.
- Hainley Statia drives in another, 5-0. 2 outs (should be one out, 6-0, but Percy Izenia was thrown out at home a couple plays ago), guys on 1st and 3rd. Panama brings up their third pitcher of the inning.
- Bienvenido Cedeno (that's Spanish for "Welcome, Cedeno") strikes out Mark Duursma to end the threat. Middle of the 1st, Dutch up by 5.
- Bottom of the 1st: 18-year-old Shairon Martis takes 11 pitches to get three outs, walking one.
- Top of the 2nd: Sidney de Jong singles, but is erased by a Randall Simon double play.
- Bottom of the 2nd: 1-2-3 inning by Shairon Martis, 2IP, 25 pitches, no hits. In 2005, Baseball America rated him the #10 prospect in the Arizona League (he's in the Giants system). Dutch still lead, 5-0.
- Top of the 3rd: Dirk van Klooster is up to bat again. But the ESPN feed say his name is Dirk van't Klooster. Googling both suggests WBC has his name wrong. Weird.
- Dirk van't get on base. But three consecutive 2-out hits by Danny Rombley, Harvey Monte, and Hainley Statia (what boring names) bring the score to 6-0.
- Mark Duursma gets HBP, loading the bases, but Ivanon Coffie flies out to end the inning. In 3 innings the Netherlands have as many hits (10) and more runs (6) than they got total in their first two games, against Cuba and Puerto Rico. Tough division.
- Man, the stadium is empty.
- Damn, another 1-2-3 inning by Martis. 3 IP, 39 pitches, 0H, 1 baserunner. End of 3rd, Netherlands up by 6.
- Top of the 4th: Dirk van/van't Klooster singles in Sidney de Jong. 7-0 Dutch.
- Bottom of the 4th: Martis continues his dominance, retiring 3 more batters; that's 10 in a row. He's up to 47 pitches, so probably has only 1 inning left.
- Top of the 5th: Dammit, more name confusion. Which sucks because the cool names are the main reason I'm watching this. The WBC site says the guy at bat is Mark Duursma, ESPN says his first name is Michael. Why is this so difficult?
- Mark/Mike Duursma gets a hit; guys on 1st and 3rd with one out. Ivanon Coffie at the plate...And he gets a single, 8-0.
- Panama bringing in their 5th pitcher.
- Hey, where the hell is David Aardsma? That guy's gotta be Dutch.
- Sharnol Adriana pinch-hits for Randall Simon and gets a double. 9-0 Dutch, two in scoring position, with 2 out (de Jong struck out).
- Wild pitch! Ivanon Coffie scores, 10-0. Mercy rule is 15 until the 7th, so there's still much more baseball to be played.
- Here comes pitcher #6 for Panama. In the 5th inning. Why not, I suppose. And he gets the final out.
- Holy Crap. Shairon Martis gets through the bottom of the 5th in 5 pitches. Given 65 is his maximum, shouldn't the Panamanian team be a little more patient? I mean, if they just stood around without swinging he'd have to throw at least 9 pitches per inning, and would be gone after 6 at the latest. I don't see how this is the same team that nearly beat Cuba and Puerto Rico.
- Netherlands fails to score in the top of the 6th. Martis comes back out...
- ...and gets 3 more outs in 5 pitches. This is ridiculous. I can only assume the Panamanians have given up and just want to go home.
- And the game is over, mercy rule. Martis pitched a 7-inning no-hitter - not something you'd expect given he wasn't allowed to throw more than 65 pitches. Dutch score 10, and Andruw Jones wasn't even in the lineup. I sure can pick 'em.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
"With the publication of a book detailing steroid use by San Francisco Giants superstar Barry Bonds, two San Francisco Chronicle reporters have corroborated the claims of Bonds' steroid abuse made by every single person who has watched or even loosely followed the game of baseball over the past five years."
Click here for the full story.
Its not just the Yahoos either. The amazing part is the same people that are very quick to hide behind their constitutional rights "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" apparently want to take away those of someone else "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."
- Huge underdogs (South Africa, Netherlands) have been providing real competition;
- Underdogs have beaten favorites (Canada over USA, Korea over Japan);
- The MLB.tv feed doesn't cut to commercials, so you get to hear the ESPN announcers talking, not knowing they're on the air;
- David Ortiz is 2-for-3 with 2 HR, 3R, and 3 RBI; Adam Stern is 5-for-7 with 3R, 5 RBI, a double, a triple, and an inside-the-park HR; Jason Varitek is 2-for-3 with 1R, 4 RBI, and a GS;
- And George Steinbrenner hates it.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Also, Marlins beat the Red Sox 12-1.
Update: Adam Stern with an inside-the-park HR! 8-0, Canadia!
Update 2: Jason Varitek with a grand slam! Great day for Sox hitters. Canadia's still up 8-6.
Update 3: Steve Nash is in the audience! Which makes sense because he's a Canadian who lives in Arizona! (But he was actually born in South Africa.)
Update 4: Awesome diving catch by Adam Stern!!!
Update 5: Lots of exclamation points!!!!!!
Update 6: I really should get back to work!!!!!!!!!
Update 7: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Update 8: Chase Utley hits a 400+ foot blast to dead center in the 8th; would have put Team USA up by 1 going into the 9th. But the newest Sox slugger, Adam Stern, makes a nice catch to end the threat. Oh yeah, and exclamation points!!!!!
Update 9: Bottom of the 9th: Adam Stern with another dive to catch a bloop by A-Rod, to end the game - but it pops out of his glove as he hits the ground. Tying run at the plate for USA - nope -
Update 10: CANADIA WINS, 8-6. WOW.
Hopefully that will shut up all the WBC critics. That was an amazing game.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
On the brighter side, David Ortiz went 2-3 with 2 HR, 3R, 3RBI, and 1BB. The U.S. Yankess (Jeter, A-Rod, Damon) went a combined 3-for-9, with 0 R and 0 RBI. Timlin and Tavarez each pitched a scoreless inning. Go DR!
I am not sure what the plan is, but with Tek in the WBC, it doesn't bode too well for the pitching staff...
Will Tek return early?
Johnny Damon never has been shy about telling it like he sees it, and yesterday he continued to respond to questions about the failed negotiations with the Red Sox...
On the other hand, the article does seem to have a genuinely new piece of information: Damon says "Jason [Varitek] and I talked while [the contract negotiation process] was happening." What exactly do you think Varitek told him? "Well, uh, 4 years, $40M was good enough for me." I can't imagine he was too sympathetic.
Mike Lupica: If Boss is against it, that is a good sign
George Vecsey: Steinbrenner sails under a flag of convenience ("The next time George Steinbrenner rolls out American flags, anthems, eagles, or military jets over Yankee Stadium, remember this: They're just props.")
Murray Chass: A Sure Sign of Hypocrisy ("Having set the precedent, will Steinbrenner post signs of apology when Manager Joe Torre decides not to play a regular in an exhibition game, as he does in spring training?")
Monday, March 06, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
The bad. Slightly ironic that in week filled with stories about one man's exclusion from the HOF, one of the most questinable electees ever makes the news. Regardless (of course Kirby is not to be blamed for the idiocy of the BBWAA), get well Kirby. Yet again strubk by health issues are far to early an age.
The Ugly. In particular David Riske's and rudy Seanez's lines. This continues Riske's late 2005 decline - hell he was practically sent to Siberia by Eric Wedge. And Seanez was an utter disaster the first time around. If Foulke is still hurting as reported and Riske and Seanez are this year's Embree/Mantei/Jeremei Gonzalez/John Halama/Blaine Neal, the revamped bullpen is not nearly as deep as originally planned. On the bright side, DelCarmen and Meredith pitched well, so even if a few guys (but hopefully not three or four) are ineffective, there is some depth to hopefully step in.
Friday, March 03, 2006
But much more important - and much more likely to get us more traffic via Google - is that Anna Benson has a new interview out. No, it's not the scary Fox News one where you can't tell if the interviewer is turned on more by her looks or by her ultra-right-wing politics. Instead,in this one, she's the interviewer, interviewing her husband Kris for the new FHM. They talk a little about the trade to Baltimore, her attention-whore-iness, their attempts to have careers in different cities...and a lot about sex. Basically, a whole boatload o' issues they're trying to work out. I'm no relationship counselor, but I'm pretty sure conducting an interview in a men's magazine is not the best way to deal with bumps in one's relationship.
That said, it's pretty fascinating stuff. Not fascinating as in "enlightening", but fascinating as in "can't turn your head away from the horror". (Or "the whore". Whatever.) I'm pretty sure no description I provide could possibly do it justice, so here's a typical question:
ANNA: The Doberman would eat his face. When are you going to win a Cy Young?
...and if that question doesn't make you want to read the whole thing, I don't know what will. Well, maybe this will: her followup question includes the words "50 free times up the ass". Plus there are some accompanying photos. Photos of anna benson. Anna benson photos; anna benson pictures; anna benson topless; anna benson nude; anna benson naked. (Welcome Googlers!!!)
As written in another post. Coco was awesome in his debut.
Schilling killed today. Yes, it was against BC, but I am taking this as a good thing. 4 innings/39 pitches...
That's two good things, anyway...
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Scandal!!! He's not a team player!!! Trade the bum!!!!!!