Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Words can't explain this video of John Daly. Let's see Tiger try to crush a ball down the middle of a fairway with a lit cig in his mouth. Then I'll be impressed.
No shirt and no shoes? Absolutely no problem at John Daly's course... and I'm guessing pants are optional as well.
In other Bad Baseball news from Tuesday night...
A couple of young guns struggled on the mound tonight, led again by Yankees starter Phil Hughes. Hughes fell to 0-4 on the year after allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over just 3.2 innings of work to the Detroit Tigers, watching his ERA soar to 9.00 in the process. The Yanks offense can only provide so much run support. If he and Ian Kennedy continue this trend, the Yanks will have no other choice but to move Joba Chamberlain to the rotation. Maybe they should have pursued Johan Santana harder in the off-season.
In Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto fell to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was absolutely pounded for 6 runs on 8 hits in just 1.2 innings of work.
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Monday, April 28, 2008
Reports are surfacing in the San Jose Mercury News that the Giants may move their worst starter, Barry Zito, to the bullpen. Zito has 6 years and 112.5 MILLION DOLLARS left in his deal! He is set to become the most expensive mop up reliever of all time.
Pat Misch would take Zito's spot in the rotation. Click his name to see his stats... not impressive, but he can't be any worse than the trash pile he'd be replacing, right?
My advice to San Francisco to maximize their return on a horrible investment? Let Zito throw batting practice before games. They'd use him almost every day, and he's apparently very good at it. You're welcome, Giants.
In other Bad Baseball News from Monday night...
Fairly quiet, Monday night. Had some ugly pitching in Anaheim; Jon Garland allowed 7runs on 10 hits over 6 innings of work in his start against the Oakland A's, though his own teammate Chris Bootcheck outdid him by allowing 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in just two-thirds of an innings.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Before we preview the upcoming Bad Baseball game of the week, let me post Barry Zito's line from Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds: 3.0 Innings pitched, 7 hits allowed, 8 earned runs, and 3 walks. And if you didn't guess, he picked up his sixth loss of the year, making his 2008 record 0-6... wow! Relative to his contract, he's on pace for a historically bad year, reaching Mike Maroth territory (see first post!). Albert Belle was more productive all those years on the Orioles payroll long after his playing days were over. At least he wasn't losing games for 'em....
Zito sucks, and so, potentially, does this week's featured match up: Thursday night, Royals at Rangers. It's not the match up that's bad; in fact, Zack Greinke has been nearly unhittable this season for the Royals. His opponent, on the other hand, has a history of getting hit hard. It's none other than the knighted (in Aruba, for what it's worth) Sir Sidney Ponson! I forgot this guy was still in the game, let alone playing at the major league level. Along with a multitude of legal problems he brings a career ERA of 4.93 to the mound. If you like fireworks, I suggest finding a way to watch this one!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
It's a day when young, unproven college talent - some who have never faced real opponents (Joe Flacco, D-1AA Delaware; and yes, I'm aware of the official change to football championship subdivision), and some who played in gimmicky offenses (Darren McFadden, Arkansas) come together to sign massive contracts with huge bonuses based on combine numbers alone! For every franchise savior (Peyton Manning, Colts, 2000 draft) there's a guy who sets an organization back 5 years (Ryan Leaf, Chargers, 2000 draft). So who's it gonna be for your team?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Manny Corpas is out as Rockies closer. Three consecutive blown save opportunities (and 4 total on the year) did him in. Brian Fuentes , who had previously lost this role in June of 07 to Corpas, will take over ninth inning duties.
Corpas was fairly dominant in 2007, notching 18 saves and finishing with a 2.08 ERA. That wasn't the case with Fuentes, who blew 7 save chances and recorded 5 losses. Neither seem to be long term solutions, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the two change roles again should Fuentes falter.
In other Bad Baseball news from Thursday night...
The Twins should've thought a little harder about making an effort to resign Johan Santana or to keep some of the guys they sent to the Rays this past off season; Francisco Liriano, still apparently recovering from Tommy John surgery, lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his start against the Oakland A's. He was pulled after getting hammered for 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, making his 2008 ERA jump to 11.32. It was his third loss of the season.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Big, fat Bartolo Colon has never felt better about his decision to sign with Red Sox nation in 2008; Yanks manager Joe Girardi has banned sweets from the Yankees clubhouse! Girardi has contacted the clubhouse managers of every stadium where the Yanks will visit and asked that all candy and ice cream be removed before they come to town.
Not sure about the point of this ban; but judging by Colon's signature on his 2004 Bowman card, he's a 10 year old trapped in a 35 year old's body and would NOT have been happy with it.
In other Bad Baseball news from Wednesday night...
San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman blew a save opportunity against the San Francisco Giants when he allowed a solo homer to Benji Molina, tying the game.
Kerry Wood, though picking up the win against the Rockies, blew a save in the process for the Cubs. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits in an inning of work.
The Texas Rangers played a fun practical joke today by bringing a pitching staff comprised entirely of minor leaguers to their game against the Detroit Tigers... or at least that appeared to be the case. The Rangers allowed 19 runs to the Tigers en route to losing their 15th game of the year. Jamey Wright and Wet Littleton shone for Texas, allowing 5 runs and 6 runs, respectively. Lost in that mess of a game was Kenny Roger's poor start; he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in just 3.1 innings of work.
I've got a few ugly outings to report on from Tuesday night's action...
Eric Gagne ruined another game for his Brewers, blowing his 4th save of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing a single run on a hit and a walk in one inning of work.
Barry Zito recorded his 5th loss of the year for the San Francisco Giants against the Arizona Diamondbacks, working just 3.2 innings and allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. How badly do you think the Giants would like to back in time and not sign this guy?
Gil Meche did some good; by picking up the loss after lasting just 3.1 innings and allowing 8 runs on 9 hits (giving him an 8.00 ERA for the year) he helped C.C. Sabathia record his first win of the year!
And finally, Rockies closer Manny Corpas blew his third save of 2008 against the Phillies when he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in just an inning of work.
All in all a busy start on the week's first full day of games, including appearances by some of the games most overpaid "stars". If Gagne keeps up his current pace I'm going to have to start a separate site just for him.
Monday, April 21, 2008
To start or not to start? That is the question the New York Yankees are facing regarding prized prospect Joba Chamberlain. The Steinbrenner's (whichever one feels like chiming in on any given day) want him in the rotation. Understandable, as Mike Mussina has faltered and both Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy are experiencing growing pains. On the flip side, General Manager Brian Cashman wants to wait, which is also understandable considering how dominant Chamberlain has been in relief. But let me run a few numbers by you, and let's see where you stand on the issue...
His current career strike out per nine innings (K:9) ratio is approximately 12.46, meaning for every nine innings he pitches he strikes out just over 12 batters. Now I'll stretch out those numbers over a whole season. Chamberlain is so dominating he obviously would throw complete games every time out, making his season strike out totals (assuming 35 starts) 436 for each year. This assumes production will be consistent to what he's doing now. Since he'll likely grow even more dominant with age, this number is probably on the low side. Also, assuming a 15 year career (he's only 22, so there's no reason he can't pitch until he's 37), this will give him around 6,540 career strike outs - 826 more than current all-time leader Nolan Ryan (who has 5,714); pretty damn good.
One more stat: Joba is averaging only one earned run per year! So 15 more seasons, combined with 07 and 08 (no chance he gives up another run this year), and that's 17 earned runs total for his career.
So you tell me why Cashman wants to leave the greatest pitcher ever in the bullpen.
In other Bad Baseball news from Monday night...
San Diego Padres starter Justin Germano pulled off a rare box score triple-double; three stats in double digits that shouldn't be for a pitcher. In just 3.1 innings he allowed 10 hits and 10 runs, all 10 of which were earned. Nice!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Before we get to the upcoming game of the week, let's recognize Eric Gagne, he blew his third save of the year Sunday after allowing 3 runs on 2 hits (both homeruns) en route to recording his first loss of the year against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers' leash on this guy is probably fairly long, considering the money they're giving him, but this pace certainly ensures somebody else will be recording saves before long in Milwaukee.
OK, bad outings aside, lets move on. This weeks Bad Baseball game of the week is...
Monday night, Marlins at Pittsburgh. The Fish send Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 6.46 ERA) to the mound against Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.28 ERA). Should be lots of offense in this beauty... gotcha! Neither of these teams have an offense!! This one will be straight up ugly. Enjoy.
The Toronto Blue Jays have released DH Frank Thomas after his slow start to the season and complaining about playing time. Thomas had a 10 million dollar option in 2009 if he made 376 plate appearances this season, which he felt was the reason for his decreased at-bats. I say it had more to do with his .167 AVG and a complete inability to field a position.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I collect many things sports, including magazine covers. The good ones, like Super Bowl tributes, are kept in protective display sleeves. Recently I started looking through my stacks to see which bad covers I had lying around - predictions gone wrong, cover athletes' careers going down the drain, etc. That's when I found today's gem, perfect timing in light of recent events (see write up below), which hit newsstands 2/16/04. It asked if Steph and Isaiah can save the east... the answer was no.
I'll post more of these spectacularly bad covers on occasion. Enjoy today's!
The New York Knicks fired troubled head coach Isaiah Thomas on Friday, bringing an end to one of the ugliest stretches of basketball (if you can call it that) in the franchise's history.
In addition to feuding with players, sexual harassment lawsuits and general mismanagement of a once proud organization, Thomas led the Knicks to a dreadful 56-109 record in his tenure as head coach. He will supposedly remain with the team in an unnamed role.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada admitted in an E:60 report to be aired on ESPN that he is 33 years old... two years older than baseball records list him as being. The true gem in the story was that after the reporter confronted him regarding this issue, Tejada lied again and said he was 32! He then proceeded to storm out of the studio. The interview will air on April 22nd - be sure to tune in!
Astros General Manager Ed Wade commented on the story, saying "Fact of the matter is that he plays like he's 25, so I don't think it really matters a whole lot." Riiiiight. This absurd comment is either a pathetic attempt to lie and cover up a horrendous screw up or more proof that Wade has absolutely no clue what he's doing and is completely and utterly delusional. I tend to think it's the latter.
Tejada is hardly the first player to lie about his age. Others include:
Danny Almonte (the Little League World Series hero), Orlando Hernandez, Rafael Furcal, Manny Aybar, Bartolo Colón, Deivi Cruz, Octavio Dotel, Juan Guzman, David Ortiz, Ramon Ortiz, Luis Polonia, Alfonso Soriano, Luis Vizcaino, Enrique Wilson, Odalis Perez (though is was just a 6 day difference), Adrian Beltre, Edgar Renteria, Esteban Yan, Wilson Betemit, and Kirby Puckett.
Some big names, some small. Some even lied about being older to make it within the rules to be signed. Although players lying about their age is hardly a rare occurrence these days, it's always amusing.
In other Bad Baseball news...
Florida Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco gave up back-to-back-to-back homers to Chipper Jones, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann, 3 of the 4 he allowed on the day. Yikes. Bobby Jenks blew a save for the White Sox, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th, but it was Boone Logan who recorded the loss for the Sox against the Orioles. Logan walked two and allowed one hit in the 10th.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Contract year pitcher C.C. Sabathia (0-3) lost again Wednesday night, this time to the Detroit Tigers. Sabathia allowed 9 runs on 8 hits in just 4 innings of work, watching is season ERA rise to 13.50. I hope this guy didn't buy anything big banking on a huge pay raise next season!
In other overpaid pitcher news, Barry Zito lost his 4th game of the year to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants will pay this clown 14.5 million dollars this year!!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Houston Astros closer Jose Valverde - obtained via trade in the off-season from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chad Qualls, Juan Gutierrez and Chris Burke - needed only a third of an inning to close out the game against the Phillies... because he was pounded for 3 runs on 3 hits (2 of which were homers) to blow his second save of the year.
Although the Astros didn't give up much to acquire him, this is further argument against paying for career years, especially when it comes to closers, and especially when it pertains to bloated save totals (Valverde recorded 47 saves in '07). I could argue until the end of time about how overrated the save is, but that's an entry I'll save for a slower day.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Cleveland Indians "closer" Joe Borowski recorded his second loss (and second blown save, for that matter) against the Boston Red Sox Monday night, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in just 2/3 of an inning, all while watching his ERA jump to 18.00 on the year. With a capable arm in Rafael Betancourt lurking in the bullpen, Borowski's days as a closer could be numbered.
The blow up erased a somewhat shaky outing from Sox starter Jon Lester, who walked 5 in addition to allowing 4 runs on 5 hits through 4.1 innings.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Ouch. Sunday night, ESPN HD, Red Sox-Yanks... and Phil Hughes throws up all over the mound. He lasted just 2 innings, walking 3 in addition to giving up 6 hits and 6 runs (7 total, one was unearned).
At least he didn't have to face David Ortiz (.070 AVG), who needed a "mental health day." Poor timing; he surely could have hit Hughes... everyone else did.
Dice-K wasn't exactly lights out for the Sox, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings. And although he struggled with his control (6 walks), he pitched well enough to record his third win of 2008.
We're a couple weeks in, now, and things are still a bit out of whack. In the American league the O's, White Sox and A's all lead their divisions, while Detroit sits at the bottom of the AL Central with a 2-10 record. In the National League, the Florida Marlins find themselves at the top of the East division as the only team with a winning record. It's early, all of this obviously will change.
This week's can't miss game (for fans of Bad Baseball, at least) takes us to Florida for the same match up as last week, with only the switch in location.
On Friday night the Nationals will send John Lannan (0-2, 6.75 ERA) to the mound against the Marlin's Andrew Miller (0-2, 11.37 ERA), who they acquired from the Tigers this offseason as part of the Dontrelle Willis/Miguel Cabrera deal. He's a solid prospect who doesn't figure to spend much of his career as a featured pitcher on Bad Baseball - but as long as he's young, inexperienced and prone to blow ups, we'll be watching.
Friday, April 11, 2008
C.C. Sabathia was lit up by the Oakland A's Friday night, lasting just 3.1 innings and allowing 9 runs on 12 hits while bumping his ERA to 11.57. It was his second loss of his contract year.
And in a non-CC related, true feat of strength, Rays pitcher Al Reyes recorded a win Friday night over the Baltimore Orioles. Incredible, considering the appearance came less than 24 hours after getting hammered - and tased - in downtown Tampa. You, sir, are an animal.
Tampa Rays reliever Al Reyes, while out celebrating his 38th birthday, was tased twice by Tampa police early Friday morning after trying to pick a fight with a man who he believed pushed him into a ceramic pot. Reyes was reportedly spitting blood on other patrons while swinging his arms, leading police officers to use their Tasers to bring him under control.
Maybe he should worry about hitting the strike zone, first, and controlling his 13.50 ERA.
A member of the construction crew for the new Yankees stadium has buried a Red Sox shirt under what will be the visiting locker room, claiming it will jinx the Yanks.
These curses are ridiculous. The Sox were not cursed by giving away Babe Ruth. Bad trades happen all the time! You could just as easily claim they were cursed when they dealt Jeff Bagwell, or when they let Mo Vaughn get away (if you want to call it that). Same deal with the Cubs. There's no goat curse, it's a result of decades of bad management.
Let me refute some of the quotes from the New York Post article:
"In August, a Red Sox T-shirt was poured in a slab in the visitor's clubhouse. It's the curse of the Yankees," one worker said. "Nobody knows about it. It's in the floors, it's buried."
Except everyone knows about it now.
Red Sox fans, he said, will see the buried garment as a good-luck charm, especially after years of seeing the retired numbers of four legendary players displayed in Fenway Park.
It has long displayed "9" for Ted Williams, "4" for Joe Cronin, "1" for Bobby Doerr and "8" for Carl Yastrzemski — which comes out to 9-4-18, the day before the World Series that resulted in the last Red Sox championship until 2004.
Not sure how you can consider the day before winning a World Series a curse.
"Even the 'Curse of the Bambino' didn't really take off until the 1980s. Before then it was just hard luck," he said.
If it didn't happen for 50 years, it never happened at all.
Look at the curse of A-Rod. The Yankees haven't won since (Alex Rodriguez) came to their game. There's probably more to that than a T-shirt," said Peter Nash, author of "Boston's Royal Rooters," a history of Red Sox fans.
This could be said for hundreds of free agents. Are the Giants really just the curse of Barry Zito? Hardly. Its the absurd contract they gave him that'll keep them down.
I've given my two sense. Check back in 40 years to see if I'm right.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tom Gordon moved to 0-2 on the year for the Phillies after allowing a run in the bottom of the 12th on a single by Mets outfielder Angel Pagan. Gordon's ERA is currently at 10.20, not exactly what you want out of a late reliever.
The run spared Aaron Heilman from notching the loss for the Mets, though he still picked up a blown save, his first of the year, when he gave up 2 runs in the 8th, including a solo shot by Ryan Howard.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Here's something you don't see every day: two blown saves in one game by the same team!
Kerry Wood blew his save chance in the ninth for the Cubs when he allowed a home run to Pirates outfielder Jason Bay. The Cubs offense came to the rescue in extra innings, only to have Kevin Hart blow another save opportunity in the 14th inning! Hart would end up the recording the win, but that's besides the point. The third time was the charm for the Cub's pen, as Sean Marshall slammed the door shut against the Pirates in the bottom of the 15th inning.
Not exactly a model of efficiency, but a win's a win.
Maybe I'm thinking of a different Jeremy Accardo...
He filled in nicely in 2007 for an injured B.J. Ryan, racking up 30 saves and a 2.14 ERA as the Toronto Blue Jays closer. Though on Wednesday night, while still in his role of "fill in" closer for the aforementioned Ryan, he picked up his second loss (and first blown save) after allowing 4 runs and 1 hit in only a third of an inning.
Suspended NASCAR Craftsman truck series driver Aaron Fike admitted Tuesday to shooting up heroin on race days, bringing new meaning to feeling the need for speed.
Fike - and his ability to race while high as a kite - is proof that NASCAR's "reasonable suspicion" drug policy doesn't work.
Since 2000, seven NASCAR drivers have been suspended indefinitely for substance abuse problems, four after either failing or missing tests administered under reasonable suspicion. The other three, including Fike, were caught by police.
I guess racing bumper-to-bumper around a track at 200 mph isn't enough of a rush for some people.
Correction: It has been brought to my attention since posting this entry that heroin is not speed. In fact, it has quite an opposite effect - it's what would be considered a "downer". My mistake. I could have taken the easy way out and simply edited this glaring error, leaving no trace of my wrongdoing. However, I feel I owe Mr. Fike an apology as I did not intend to disrespect his addiction. I also would like to apologize to heroin; I didn't intend to give the perception that you are any less of a drug than cocaine (or any other drug that could be classified as speed, for that matter). This oversight is simply a testament to my unfamiliarity with the illegal drug world - for that, and for any hurt this misunderstanding may have caused, I am sorry.
$10,000,000 man Eric Gagne blew his second save of the year Tuesday night for the Brew Crew. Now, blown saves and reliever implosions happen all the time, so much that it'd be redundant for me to post them every night one occured. But what happened to this guy?
From 2002-2004 he converted 84 straight save chances! He started to unravel after being traded to the Red Sox in 07, when he allowed 14 earned runs in 14 innings (a 9.00 ERA) with three blown saves and an opponent batting average of over .350. This past off-season he was linked to use of human growth hormone in the Mitchell Report shortly after signing his lucrative deal with the Brewers, which also includes $1,000,000 in incentives.
Moral of the story: take HGH, make a ton of cash.
On an interesting side note, Gagne wore the second highest jersey number in Red Sox history, 83. JT Snow (number 84 in 2006) wore the highest.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Embattled NFL superstar Michael Vick seems to be getting a lot out of his current stay in Leavenworth United States Federal Penitentiary. He has written Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank (who has admitted to corresponding with Vick regularly via mail), explaining that the time he has had to reflect on his actions has made him remorseful, and that he will be a changed man when he is released. What is responsible for this grand epiphany in only three months you may ask? Could it be religion? Could it be the pots and pans he reportedly scrubs for $0.12 an hour? Could it be the roughly $16 million Vick will still have in his bank account when he gets out? I think not… I believe the thing that we (as a society) have to thank for Vick’s lightning-fast rehabilitation is football. That’s right… Prison football. And here, on this blog, we have the exclusive inside story of how the penal pigskin changed Mike’s life…
Sources have reported that Vick was chosen #1 overall by the Leavenworth Lawbreakers, but, in a stunning move, refused to sign as the Lawbreakers GM would not include an extra helping of creamed corn at lunch. Then, when the A-Block Outlaws came up with four packs of Menthol Kools as a signing bonus, Vick took the unprecedented step of committing to both teams.
As the season began, Vick found himself the starting quarterback and face of not only one, but two of the marquee franchises in the Nation’s premiere Federal institution (who needs the Pro Bowl?). And what Mike was able to accomplish was nothing short of remarkable… In the Lawbreakers’ home opener, Vick ran for an unbelievable 10 touchdowns (five for each team) before the game was called on account of an ill-timed shanking of an Outlaws’ cheerleader. In the games that followed, Vick continued to run amok, like a men among boys, playing the game he loves. At this pace, Vick is poised to end his prison career as the most prolific scorer in Penal League history, relegating Lefty “Maddog” Jenkins to nothing more than a footnote in the history books.
Those of you that know me know that I can’t resist the fantasy angle here… My advice? Get Vick now!! This is the biggest no brainer in the history of fantasy sports! I have already added him in three of my four Prison Pick’em leagues, including my keeper league (at most he’ll only get out 90 days early for good behavior, so he’ll start next season too). Now, if I can only figure out a way to get Chris Henry transferred to Leavenworth… CHAMPIONSHIP… Lock it up!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Week 1 of the 2008 season is in the books, and the results were the same as they are every year: perennially bad teams start out hot (Baltimore Orioles; 4-1) and division favorites stumble out of the gate (Detroit Tigers 0-6). But it’s early, the statistics are out of whack, and roster spots are yet to be won and lost.
The excitement of the new season will inevitably fade like a small market team’s playoff hopes, but each Sunday I’ll do my best to keep you focused on the week ahead by highlighting an especially bad matchup. This week’s special finds the Florida Marlins (3-3) heading north to take on the Washington Nationals (3-4). Pay special attention to Thursday night when both teams send their “aces” to the mound, and remember that both pitchers were actually opening day starters. For the Fish it’ll be Mark Hendrickson (1-1, 6.10 ERA), taking on Odalis Perez (0-1, 6.00 ERA) for the Nats. Hey – somebody has to win!
Friday, April 4, 2008
The Yankees are currently looking in to a way to have Phil Hughes start every other game. Why? Ian Kennedy's season debut was brutal... 2.1 innings, allowing 6 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. At this rate, between Kennedy's implosion and Mike Mussina throwing nothing but 85 mph fastballs, Joba Chaberlain will be in the rotation by the end of April.
A red-tailed hawk attacked 13 year old Bristol, Connecticut middle schooler Alexa Rodriguez on a school field trip to Fenway Park. Vince Jennetta, a teacher supervising the trip, reports that A-Rod is "a little shaken, but OK."
Apparently the hawk's nest and a single egg were located in close proximity to where the kids were standing when A-Rod was attacked. The nest has since been removed by state wildlife officials.
My research has not uncovered a connection between Alex and Alexa Rodriguez other than the obvious hatred of both in Boston, though retribution is likely the next time Amanda Ramirez shows up in the Bronx.
(Amanda... Manny... get it? Is this thing on?)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Thrown off by the picture? Don't be! From time to time, something so incredibly bad happens in another sport that it simply must be mentioned here. Think of it as "Bad Baseball...and other sports on occasion!"
I was born and raised a baseball fan, and grew in to college football. As much as I enjoy the National Football League, I simply cannot consider myself even close to an expert. That honor goes to Ryan Pittman, whose work you'll see on occasion as an honored guest contributor, including the following piece. Enjoy!
It was announced today that Chris Henry was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in response to an incident at an apartment complex for which he pled not guilty. Among the latest charges are assault and criminal damaging, and that is only what he was in court for!
There are additional allegations that he (among others) was forcibly removed from the BANG Nightclub early Sunday morning. No charges were filed, but the official release from BANG used phrases like “will not tolerate unruly and illegal behavior” and “pending the settlement of punitive damages.”
Are you kidding me? This guy should know better… He had a meeting with the Commissioner one year ago today about the conditions of his return after his last suspension. A guy who averaged almost 16-yards per catch and scored 17 touchdowns in three injury and suspension shortened seasons, and who, by all accounts, could be one of the top receivers in the league if allowed to start and stay on the field, has now effectively ended his NFL career. He may get another shot somewhere (eventually) as long as the Commissioner leaves the door open a crack (speed is always in demand), but that is another topic entirely…
In my opinion, the worst part of all this is that the Bengals should have known better!! This is a classic case for paying attention to a player’s character dossier coming into the Draft. He had plenty of problems in college (Marcus Vick, anyone?), and was even booted from his program for his off-field antics. I could recount all the legal troubles he’s had since then, but I don’t think I have enough space here.
It is not enough that Chad Johnson, your (arguably) #1 receiver is being very vocal about seeking a trade and throwing the organization under the bus, but now your talented #3 receiver has effectively committed career suicide. Put that together with a sometimes schizophrenic and oft injured backfield and an O-Line that needs a lift from the Draft, and it begins to look like Carson Palmer is the only truly loaded weapon on the entire Offense. The Bengals should cut their losses, hang their hat on Golden Boy Palmer and Blue-Collar T.J. Houshmandzadeh (who seems to have a good bit of Hines Ward in him), and stop letting cancers like Chad Johnson and Henry drag down what used to be a proud Franchise. The Bengals are certainly not alone in this stupidity (see also Falcons and Titans), but they are the latest black eye for a league struggling not to become like the NBA.
The self-proclaimed "Godfather" of steroids - and former member of the bash brothers - Jose Canseco was cornered in a New York city bookstore by Major Leage Baseball investigators regarding his knowledge of steroid use in the sport. Said Canseco's attorney, Robert Saunooke: "It does raise a lot of questions. Is it the A-Rod allegations? Do they want to know who Max [the alleged steroid dealer who Canseco allegedly introduced to A-Rod] is? What if they want to know who Max is -- so they can get to Max and go after A-Rod, because they believe Jose over A-Rod? I don't know what this will translate into. No clue."
And I have no clue what Saunooke was trying say.
Worry no more, Carlos Zabrano fans, every thing is OK with the right hander's arm. It turns out that the arm cramps - the reason for Monday's early exit - were simply due to low potassium levels in his body. To avoid recurrence, manager Lou Piniella will monitor Zambrano's eating, ensuring that he finishes his vegetables before moving on to dessert.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Damaso Marte sighting! The reliever made his second appearance of the season Wednesday, this time lasting just a third of an inning, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, raising his season ERA to 81.00! It's still early, but I've got a feeling he won't be around much longer. The rest of the Pirates' horrendous bullpen combined for 7 runs allowed on 7 hits (6 of each in the 8th inning). I'm feeling extremely confident with my NL Central prediction...
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I swear I didn't start this site to repeatedly bash the Baltimore Orioles, but is this really the way the starting lineup should be announced on opening day? What's wrong with having the team come out, one player at a time, and stand on the first/third baseline? There are so many things wrong with this organization...