Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jeff Weaver pumps his fist after striking out Detroit Tigers Ivan Rodriguez to end the sixth inning in Game 5 of the World Series on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Two runs, and only one earned? Nine strikeouts? From this guy? Naw. Can't be true.
Jeff (stinking) Weaver and the barely over .500 Cardinals are three outs from winning the World Series. Jim Leyland deprived us of seeing Kenny (cheater) Rodgers pitch one last time and extend his scoreless streak by rubbing "dirt" on his palms. He went with one of his young guns, Verlander, and he imploded. Dumb move, Jim. That's why you're losing this game (and the series).
Thank God this is just about over. Ratings-wise, this is one of the worst World Series ever.
Let's get some New York teams in there next year, okay?
Thursday, October 26, 2006
(AP) - Kyle Sheldon of Norman Beach, Fla. wears the pumpkin carved with the Detroit Tigers' logo waits for the start of Game 4 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Here's a funny take on Kenny Rodgers, the cheater, from Metstradamus:
I can now safely disclose to you without fear of punishment that I myself blogged for the first two months of the '06 season with Bosco on my hand.LOL!
Well, it was cold out and I figured as long as the temperature was low enough, I could go to my mouth. What better way to go to your mouth than to enjoy some chocolatey goodness in the process. I certainly never thought that it gave me an unfair advantage in my blogging.
But when FOX sports aired a clip of me blogging with the yet unidentified substance (you may not remember it, it aired during a Rockies game), I had to clean it off.
Monday, October 23, 2006
The Nine takes elements of Prison Break, Lost and 24, three shows that have been my favorites at one time or another. Similar to 24, The Nine is focused on a brief window of time, but unlike 24, the story of what happened in the critical time period is unfolding in flashbacks, not “realtime.”
The Nine is the story of – you guessed it – nine people, mostly from different walks of life, who happen to be caught in a bank at closing time and it’s just their bad luck that two gun-toting chuckleheads decide to stick the place up. From what has been revealed in the three episodes that have aired so far, what was supposed to be a simple armed robbery turns into a hostage situation that lasts over 52 hours. The drama of the show is all about how these ex-hostages reintegrate into the real world. The tension for the audience is the big tease of “Come on already! What really happened in the bank?”
The titular nine are an insurance adjuster, a black bank branch manager and his daughter, a Hispanic teller, a detective with a gambling addiction, a female assistant DA, a surgeon and his hospital social worker girlfriend, and one of the would-be bank robbers. There is also a tenth person – the Hispanic teller’s sister who dies shortly after the SWAT team swoops in on the bank. And there is an eleventh person—the second bank robber who was also shot and whose life hangs in the balance in the hospital. So far I find the female DA to be a stereotypical icy career chick, so there’s zero appeal there. The black bank manager seems okay, but as the story unfolds it looks like his daughter has a touch of Stockholm Syndrome and amnesia about what she did in there. The most appealing character is the quirky number cruncher whom flashbacks reveal to be the hero of the siege. I guess he tackled one of the bank robbers or something.
The first two episodes were okay, but the third episode was boring. It’s too early in the show’s run for that, so they need to be careful. I don’t think this show will make it, but since it has Lost as a lead in, you never know. Invasion sucked but it lasted a full season on the strength of its placement in the schedule.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers releases a throw against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in Game 2 of the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
He's doing it again!
For the third time this post season Kenny Rodgers is throwing a shutout. He hasn't been scored on in 23 innings! ERA of 0.00!
This can't be Kenny Rogers! It's a Cylon, or he's on drugs. Maybe both.
He's screaming at everyone, he's all pumped up. And he had some brown stuff on his hand in the first inning that LaRussa made the umpires force him to wash off. What the hell was that all about?
Saturday, October 21, 2006
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, left, and catcher Yadier Molina celebrate after the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers, 7-2, to take Game 1 of baseball's World Series, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
This post season has been a total mystery to me. I’ve been wrong on practically ever pick. The Padres were supposed to beat the Cards. The Yankees were supposed to beat the Tigers. The Mets were supposed to beat the Cards. And tonight the Tigers were supposed to beat the Cards.
What is going on? All of the wrong pitchers are winning and losing. Glavine, Mussina, Johnson, Wells, Maddux, Zito and Santanta all lost games this post season! Pitchers who were totally off my radar came up big – John Maine, Oliver Perez, Anthony Reyes. Oh, and best of all, two guys who stunk up the joint in New York have recently become gods and they’re pitching against each other Sunday night in the World Series – Kenny Rodgers and Jeff Weaver.
I was picking the Tigers to sweep the World Series because I doubted the layoff would affect them, so of course they lost game one and they’ll probably get swept themselves by the shitty Cardinals. The Cardinals only won 83 games! How is this possible!
I literally slept through game one. I saw the top of the first, maybe only the first out, then I woke up and Monroe was rounding the bases in the 9th inning and somehow the Cardinals had put seven runs on the board. I may watch the rest of the series, but who cares who wins? I’m waiting for the day after the World Series when everyone can declare free agency and you can start talking about trades and which minor leaguers can be brought up. That’s when the fun really begins.
Friday, October 20, 2006
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina (4) celebrates his two-run homer in the ninth inning with Albert Pujols in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series agianst the New York Mets, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Well, Endy couldn't leap high enough to catch the winning run, a two-run shot by Yadier Molina in the top of the 9th. The Mets managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but couldn't push across a run.
Mets lose, 3-1. Poor Beltran made the last out with his bat on his shoulder.
Ironically, the Mets contained Pujols, got a quality start from a statistically horrible pitcher in Perez, and still couldn't win. In the end, the Mets went down the same way the Yankees did, and for the same reason. Big bats don't mean a thing in the post season. Fans of the Flushing team and fans of the Bronx team know that now. Big bats feast on mediocre pitching in the regular season. But in the post season when competent pitchers throw first pitch strikes, your big bats can't work the count. When you're constantly behind in the count, you have a tendency to not get on base.
Pitching, pitching, pitching. Molina called some great games.
Boy, they're going to be killing Willie Randolph tonight on WFAN. I wonder how many callers it'll take before someone suggests they fire him? How many people are going to say that Willie should've had Lastings Milledge on the roster so he could've been the one pinch hitting with the season on the line instead of the (literally) lame Cliff Floyd? How many people are going to say that Wagner (who almost blew a 4-run lead on Wednesday) should've been pitching in the 9th instead of Heilman?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
New York Mets outfielder Endy Chavez makes a leaping catch at the wall to take away a home run away from St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen during the sixth inning of Game 7 of baseball's National League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Yeah, yeah, the score is tied. Technically the Cardinals still have a chance... but this game is over.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Two little bitty problems here:
- Their season hangs on the arm of Oliver Perez, who had a 3-13 record in 2006. People are praising him for the job he did in his last start, but did they see the same game I saw? I saw a guy give up five runs. On most nights you lose when your starter gives up five runs.
- The Mets closer, Billy Wagner, can’t be trusted, even with a 4 run lead in the 9th.
Let’s go Cardinals! LOL!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
- Jeff Weaver (8-14 record in the regular season this year) holds the Mets to 2 runs twice in the NLCS.
- Kenny Rogers (walked in the series-ending winning run as a Met vs. the Braves in the ’99 NLCS) shuts out the Yankees on 4 hits in the Division Series and shuts out the A’s on 2 hits in the ALCS.
Drug test ‘em!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Something interesting, but a little morbid, for an October Monday.
From The London Times Online:
If Man were to vanish from the face of the Earth today, his footprint on the planet would linger for the mere blink of an eye in geological terms.
Within hours, nature would begin to eradicate its impact. In 50,000 years all that would remain would be archaeological traces. Only radioactive materials and a few man-made chemical contaminants would last longer — an invisible legacy.
Man’s environmental footprint would, according to a report in New Scientist, begin to deteriorate almost immediately, with light pollution the first to go as power stations ceased to provide energy.
Glass and steel tower blocks that create city skylines would mostly fall down within 200 years. Brick, stone and concrete structures would last longer. With exceptions — the pyramids are already 3,000 years old — by the next millennium there would be little more left than ruins.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Well, a year later all have been canceled but Supernatural. This year the crop of new genre shows is far more modest. Sci-Fi channel debuted Eureka at the end of the summer. It’s light fare about a small town filled with geniuses. I find it boring. The only other genre show is NBC’s Heroes, which ostensibly is a superhero genre show, but they’re trying hard not to embrace that theme and possibly alienate the Joe Sixpack viewer who stumbles across the show by accident.
Though the show is obviously trying to capitalize off of the success of the X-Men movies, the show reminds me of Surface in many ways. I’m too lazy to see if the same people are involved in the writing. Like Surface, the story is split into the points of view of multiple characters, all of whom have clues about the umbrella story -- where did all these mutants come from and what are they here for? As in Surface, we know that the main characters will all hook up and take on some evil secret government agency.
The Professor X of Heroes is a young Indian professor, but the analogy is a little off, since he doesn’t have any super powers (as far as we know). There’s a nerdy Japanese office worker who can teleport and slow down time who’s the most likeable character so far. My second favorite character is the invulnerable cheerleader. Brutal things keep happening to her body to the point where she’s like a living Mr. Bill. It’s an interesting choice of powers for a female. Usually female supers have powers that are helpful to others or are defensive or are “elemental.”
The other characters are less interesting. There’s a Hispanic junkie artist guy that paints the future. Ho hum. His light-skinned black girlfriend is interested in a white male nurse who has the power to levitate and fly. The male nurse has a brother running for Congress who can also fly, but the politician brother is a shithead who held a press conference and told everyone his brother is suicidal to cover for the accident that happened when the nurse was trying to find out if he could really fly. The last character is a white woman who runs an online peep show and has a precocious biracial son and a so far unseen black husband who’s (big surprise) a criminal. The peep show chick has some violent power we don’t get to see since she has blackouts. We only get to see the aftermath – mutilated bodies of the loan sharks who come after her. Maybe she’s a shapeshifter.
Most of the characters don’t know each other, but presumably they’ll find each other in the coming episodes. Hopefully that won’t take too long. That was one of the problems with Surface.
Do I think this show will last? No, not on a mainstream network like NBC. Is it worth watching? Sure. It’s not so bad.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Details to follow.
UPDATE: Lidle's Wikipedia page is changing each minute. Go to the page and keep hitting the refresh button. Someone even found a picture of him with his plane. Wow.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Here are my new picks:
Tigers in 5.
Mets in 6.
What do I really want to happen? I want the Mets to get swept. Tigers too.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
...But the longer it goes without Joe getting canned, the greater the odds are of him returning. The question is whether the reactionary or restrained elements of Yankeeland get the old man's ear. Torre has a lot of enemies in Tampa, people who think he gets too much credit.He’s got a point there.
A lot of those people are getting paid for doing nothing and are worried about their freeloading ways coming to an end if Brian Cashman stays in power. Getting Torre out weakens Cashman.
At this exact moment, I think Joe is out and Piniella is in. There is too much smoke for there not to be a fire. Congratulations, Torre haters. But this could be one of those deals where you should be careful what you wish for.
A-Rod will stay because Piniella will convince the Yankees he knows how to get the best out of him. Now, instead of just being the guy who can't get it done in a big spot, A-Rod will become the guy who can't get it done in a big spot and helped drive kindly Joe Torre out of town. Let's see him survive that if the Yankees don't win the Series next season.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
We didn't score any!
With Jaret Wright on the mound, we'll be down 5-0 by the third inning. The Tigers will win this game going away and we'll look like shit.
Is it time to consider firing Joe Torre? I think it is. I can't believe that a team with this kind of talent could fail to score a run since Thursday, so I think it's valid to start looking at how these games are being managed. The talent is there, but the moves aren't making sense to me. Melky Cabrerra has done a fine job all year in left field, so you bench him and put in Matsui, who only played about 40 games this year. In the first two games Torre puts in Sheffield at first base, a position he's only played for ten days. Torre's going for the big homer instead of going with guys you can play small ball with. He benched Sheff last night, but Sheff will probably be back in today and Jim Leyland will take advantage of that by trying to entice pickoff moves like he did last night. If Sheff throws the ball into left field on one of those plays, things will get ugly.
I think Torre's time has passed. We had a really great run with him and I DO appreciate the six World Series appearances and four rings, but he has a different set of players now and either they're not responding to his managerial style, or he's gone away from what brought him success. Or he just doesn't care so much anymore.
I know that the primary problem we haven't won since 2000 is that we're not trotting out a starting pitching rotation of Clemens, Wells, Pettitte and El Duque. We don't have Jeff Nelson, Mike Stanton and Ramiro Mendoza for middle relief. All we have is Chien-Ming Wang and Mariano Rivera. But our inability to score ANY runs with a talented lineup like we have speaks to something else.
Let's put it this way -- since we started losing series in 2001, we've changed everything but the manager. We've brought in new relievers and starters. We've brought in hitters that were more powerful and we've brought in hitters that had higher on base percentages. We got new pitching coaches, new batting coaches and new bench coaches. And we've still lost.
So change the one thing that hasn't been changed -- the manager.
I hate Lou Pinella. I hated him as a player and I hated him as a manager, but Steinbrenner always liked him, so he has the inside edge for the Yankee job. I also have to grudgingly admit that Pinella may be the only thing left that can salvage A-Rod's Yankee career. He'd get in his ass and demand excellence, and that's not Torre's personality.
People will also suggest Joe Girardi as a replacement, but that's a mistake. He has no experience.
Larry Bowa, the current 3rd base coach, may be another candidate. I doubt they'll interview any black or Hispanic candidates for the job. That would be a shocker. Oh, I forgot -- Pinella's Cuban.
As for the other two series on the air today, unfortunately, both are over. Even if Maddux holds the Mets to three runs, the Dodgers are still going to lose.
The Padres... wow, what the hell happened? I picked them to sweep. The Cards are a bad team! But they will complete the sweep today.
UPDATE: The Padres survived today by winning 3-1, with Pujols going 0-4.
5:25. Meanwhile it's the bottom of the 3rd and the Tigers are ahead 4-0. A-Rod has made an error that led to a run. Jaret Wright is already out of the game. The Yankees have been held scoreless for 20 innings. So much for the best lineup in baseball.
5:45. Top of the 5th. Bonderman is pitching a perfect game. I'm so tired of this.
5:54. Bottom of the 5th, no outs. 6-0 Tigers. We're getting blown away like I predicted. Cory Lidle has been replaced by Bruney. It's gonna be a long horrible winter.
6:00. Torre has inexplicably lifted Bruney for Proctor after one batter, following a fly ball that scored another run. WTF? Why bother? It's 7-0 anyway.
6:10. Top of the 6th. Cano got a hit. Thank God. At least we won't have a perfect game hanging over our heads.
6:26. Bottom of the 6th. 8-0 Tigers, two outs. Stop the bleeding, please. The only thing that can console me now is if the Mets somehow blow 3 games in a row to the Dodgers and get bounced in the first round too.
6:37. Top of the 7th. Hits by Jeter and Abreu and an RBI by Matsui. We won't be shut out, but this is still a stank day for the Yankees. Another hit -- Posada. But there's two outs and it's late in the game, literally and figuratively.
7:04. Bottom of the 8th. Farnsworth is pitching. That ought to be good for another run or two. The Tigers are 3 outs away from facing Oakland in the ALCS. Fox flashed a stat -- in this series Giambi, Sheffield and A-Rod only had one hit a piece.
7:08. Sheffield dropped a sure double play ball. E3. But no runs scored.
7:24. Leyland finally lifted Bonderman after a hit by Abreu and a catch by Monroe on Sheff that killed any thought of a rally by the Yanks, otherwise he'd have had a complete game. Then Posada hit a 2 run home run!
7:25 It's over. Ground out by Cano. Leyland just kissed a drunken male fan holding a Bud. What was that all about? Champagne everywhere. They're sharing it with the fans.
Final score 8-3 Tigers.
Time to watch the Mets game. :(
Technorati tags: Joe Torre | Jaret Wright | Yankees | Tigers | Steinbrenner
Friday, October 06, 2006
Now, despite what I said, I’m not surprised that the Yankees series is 1-1. ESPN, YES, FOX, etc. all kept saying, “Oh, this Yankee lineup, blah, blah, blah, Murderer’s Row, blah, blah, blah, how can anyone pitch to them.” But last Wednesday the Yanks almost got no-hit by a scrub. Was I the only one who saw that game? In addition, how can anyone act like this team can’t lose? This team has worse pitching than the team that lost to the Angels last year. This team is worse than the teams that lost to the Red Sox in ’04 and the Marlins in ’03. And this is not the '98 team that won 125 games. Now that was the best Yankee team ever.
We’re gonna lose tonight, y’all. Randy Johnson is pitching with a messed up back. He may take himself out of the game like Wells did in ’03 vs. the Marlins, and we know how that series turned out. I can only hope that Kenny Rogers is the same fucked up Kenny Rogers from ’96 when he was on the Yanks and got lit up in every postseason game.
We should still win this series, but I hate the drama! I didn’t think we’d sweep, but that would’ve been nice.
UPDATE: 8:15. A-Rod is batting 4th, Giambi is playing 1st, and Bernie is the DH. Interesting.
8:57. The score is 3-0, Tigers, top of the 3rd. No surprise to me.
9:57. Still 3-0. Top of the 6th. Yanks are making Kenny look like a genius.
10:18. Bottom of the 6th, 2 outs. 5-0 Tigers and Randy is out of the game. Disgusting.
10:34. No outs, bottom of the 7th. 6-0 Tigers on Granderson's homer. I can't wait for this shit fest to be over.
11:14. Yep, we lost. A 5-hit shutout. 0-18 with runners in scoring position. We face elimination tomorrow with Wright on the mound. Just great.
Technorati tags: Kenny Rogers | Randy Johnson | Yankees | Tigers
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Already missing Pedro Martinez, the NL East champions suddenly might have to replace scheduled starter Orlando Hernandez in Game 1 of the playoffs because of a calf injury, too.Read more...
El Duque felt discomfort in his right leg while he was jogging in the outfield Tuesday as the Mets tuned up for their first-round series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 40-year-old right-hander was pulled off the field and went for an MRI exam.
Monday, October 02, 2006
The matchups are now as follows:
A’s at Twins
Tigers at Yankees
Cardinals at Padres
Dodgers at Mets
The Twins are 6-4 vs. the A’s this year, so the record indicates that they should win over the A’s. Five of the six wins were in the Metrodome and the Twins have the homefield advantage. The only thing the A’s have going for them is that they’re a better team now than they were when the Twins swept them in April.
The Yankees have a 5-2 record against the Tigers. The two losses were both games in which Mariano Rivera was not available, so their record should’ve been 7-0. The Tigers limped to the finish line, getting swept by the lowly Royals this weekend and ending up in second place in a division they led all season. The Yankees should win this series, but the Yankees’ pitching outside of Wang and Rivera gives every team a fighting chance. And the Yankees will make errors at 1st and 3rd. I expect A-Rod to be a butcher in the field and hit about .250 with 2 RBI.
The Cardinals did their best to hand the NL Central to the Astros this week, and if not for the Braves and John Smoltz, they’d be looking at a one-game playoff with the Giants on Monday. They suck. They’ve got Pujols and… Pujols. And Pujols can’t pitch. The Padres are 4-2 this year vs. the Cards and that’s before they acquired David Wells. The Padres should win this easily. They might sweep.
The Mets hold a 4-3 record over the Dodgers, but with Pedro gone, their pitching isn’t scary. They need Glavine to be the 1995 Glavine and El Duque needs to summon up that post-season mojo one more time. Maddox can beat the Mets, but he’s not pitching three times.
The League Championship series should shape up like this:
Twins vs. Yankees
Padres vs. Mets
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Well, it took a few months, but the names on Jason Grimsley’s list of purported performance-enhancing drug users has finally been revealed. A New York Times article lists two former Yankees – Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte – and three Orioles: Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons.
From the article:
Some of baseball's biggest stars responded with denials and denunciations Sunday following a Los Angeles Times report in which former pitcher Jason Grimsley accused five players of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a federal agent's affidavit. The other players cited were Baltimore teammates Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons.
Grimsley once played with Clemens and Pettitte on the New York Yankees and is now out of baseball. The reliever has admitted using a variety of banned substances and was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball.
Clemens and Pettitte, now teammates on the Houston Astros, denied the allegations Sunday.
''I just think it's incredibly dangerous to sit out there and just throw names out there,'' Clemens said Sunday before the Astros played in Atlanta on the final day of the regular season. ''I haven't seen (the report), nor do I need to see it.''
Back on June 20 I flagged Clemens, Pettitte and Tejada as possible names on Grimsley’s list, though admittedly I flagged a whole lot of people. :D
I think that both the Mets and Yanks will make it to the World Series, but honestly, they could be bounced in the first round just as easily. On Wednesday night the Yankees put up 16 runs against the Orioles, the next night they almost got no hit! Same with the Mets – lost 13-1 to the Braves Wednesday, won 13-0 Saturday vs. the Nats. The Mets starters can kill them, the Yanks pen can kill them.