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The MLB’s Replay System…Two Thumbs Up…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by sportsguru09

A steady hand clap goes out to Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Well done, sir. Your system has proved its effectiveness and worth. Though fans may have to wait a few extra minutes and the game may be extended between calls, the umpires WILL GET THE CALL RIGHT. To me, that’s all that matters. mlb-logoLast night, in two separate ball games, two home runs off the bat of Ross Gload and Adam Laroche that were originally ruled dingers, were correctly reversed as a result of an instant replay booth review. At last, something to help the “umps” get it right, we all know they need it. Ultimately, if a few extra minutes will save my team from getting beat on a horrible tag-out call or alleged homerun, it’s worth it. Too many times as a Braves and Orioles fan, I have watched my team go down at the hands of umpires who simply make absolutely horrific calls that couldn’t be more obvious at the worst possible moment of a ballgame. And yes, I have one prime example…get your popcorn ready…unless you’re an Orioles fan…then please turn away…

Circa 1996, when the Baltimore Orioles were actually competitive, they were all locked up in a playoff series with the all-powerful and heavily overpaid New York Yankees. With the Yankess trailing the O’s 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th in a crucial Game 1 of the series, Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field, in the land of then O’s right fielder, Mr. Tony Tarasco (and Tony, if you’re reading this, please stop. We don’t want any relapses…). baseballAs the ball fell out of the air, 12 year old and now famous New-Yorker Jeffrey Mayer reached out over the right field fence and stole the ball from Tarasco. And what then did those trustworthy Yankee umps do? Well, they called it a dinger for Jeter instead of fan interference. Watching the replay from home, it was clear that Mayer reached out onto the playing field to catch the alleged homer off Jeter’s bat. Later that night, Bernie Williams would shatter the O’s hopes with a walk-off homer in the 11th. Clearly, the ball was tampered with and the homer should’ve never happened. Thus, my strong support of the instant replay system.

I mean, for goodness sakes, that call was so bad, that Mayer is now famous for it and even has his own Wikipedia page…great job New York, great job…

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MASN, You Need A Replacement…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by sportsguru09

Ok Nats fans, you have to agree with me on this. Rob Dibble, one of your two MASN and Washington Nationals announcers, is absolutely 100% obnoxious broadcasting your baseball games. Depending on the night, Bob Carpenter or former Atlanta Brave Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher with his rightful spot in Cooperstown, should be doing the broadcasting by himself if it comes down to it.
robdibbleNow, I do know that hometown announcers are biased for their given team (and yes, they should be), but Rob Dibble is a meathead. And no, this isn’t just from watching the Nats play the Braves the past few days. The same was happening when the Nats were getting swept by the Marlins last week. To be honest, he sounds hammered on the air and routinely slurs his speech. MASN, at least get someone who doesn’t speak broken English on your broadcasting team. He gives Don Sutton and Bob Carpenter bad names for being in the same booth as “Nasty Boy.” Rob Dibble, also called “The Officer,” was a legit Major League pitcher until late in his career when angered tantrums and bar brawls highlighted the end of Dibble’s career in the pros. From there, he had pretty much fallen off the face of the Earth until ESPN and now MASN gave him a chance to talk about baseball. Poor choice guys…

Without a doubt, Dibble is a total moron. Tonight, for example, Lastings Milledge got called out strikes and proceeded to curse the umpire on his way back to the dugout. As he verbally lit up the umpire, Dibble made some stupid comment about how Milledge was right to say what he said and that the umpire should not have warned him. Are you kidding me Rob Dibble?!? Milledge, a bum in his own right, dropped multiple “F-bombs” on his way back to the pine. Be realistic big guy. When your guy screws up, don’t defend it just because you’re a meathead, you’re in a booth, and you think you’re proving something. Just tell us what’s going on. Nobody needs your two-cents on how you feel on the given situation. It’s like listening to a two year old read me the Comedy section of the newspaper. MASN, if anything, let Bob Carpenter do his job and phase Dibble out of the conversation. It’d be more quality television. Because in all seriousness, I think my IQ drops every time words come out of the guy’s mouth…

Deja Vu?!?…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2009 by sportsguru09

Well folks, yesterday I got my first real bittersweet taste of the Atlanta Braves bullpen. After Javier Vazquez went 6 innings and left with a 9-3 lead, the Braves’ bullpen proceeded to give up 8 runs in the next two innings in a mix of walks, singles, and hit batters causing Atlanta to drop their first game of the year 12-11 in Philadelphia against the defending champs. Unbelievable…I have nightmares about last year’s one run record and late inning collapses and it has already started…only 3 games into ’09! I mean, let’s be real, these guys are Major League pitchers, right (or so we think)? mlb_u_cox_275They should honestly be able to hit the strike zone more than 1 time out of 9. Good grief….Bobby Cox, why don’t you just give me a shot? At least if I’m getting shelled that means I’m throwing the ball over the plate. Shoot, by all means necessary, the Braves’ bullpen would have had a better shot lobbing the ball underhand to the plate in order to at least entice Philly’s hitters to swing and put the ball in play. At one point in the Phillies’ gift yesterday, Atlanta pitching ghastly walked FOUR STRAIGHT BATTERS WITH THE BASES LOADED (that means four free runs for those keeping score at home). That is a cardinal sin for pitchers because we all know, if you walk or hit a batter, the odds are better that he’s eventually going to come around and score. Unfortunately for the Braves’ sake, it was 8 times over. A good outing by Vazquez and an abundance of runs all went for not. For Bobby Cox and the rest of Atlanta’s coaching staff, it’s time to make some changes boys. You might as well let Jeff Franceour pitch, he’s a got a rifle for an arm. All he has to do is beat 1 outta 9…even a 5 year-old could do that.

If this is a sign as to what is to come for the Braves this season, Bobby may not survive that many heartattacks and my hair will be completely grey by the time September rolls around. So frustrating…

Let’s Buy Victories? Don’t Be Ridiculous New York…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by sportsguru09

Two contracts, $340M, and two previous all-stars. Where does that get you? A 10 to 5 loss on Opening Day 2009 to the up and coming Baltimore Orioles. Yesterday, the New York Yankees got to debut and hopefully show off (which they didn’t to the delight of O’s fans) two new mega-stars that they paid an arm, a leg, a retirement, a savings account, all your property, their soul, and more for…if you get my drift. oriolesAnd of course, to all the baseball world’s liking outside of New York, they fell flat on their face. Chubby Checker Sabathia and Mark “Don’t Throw Me A Curveball PLEASE!” Teixiera provided nothing to help New York in Baltimore. Teixiera went 0-for-4, leaving 5 men on base and CC got hammered by a young, energetic Orioles squad led by Brian Roberts and Adam “I’m Not Pacman” Jones. Who saw this coming? Well, most of us did. The O’s have recently had the Yanks’ number during the regular season. This is just more proof to the idea that money CAN’T win championships, even though the New York Yankees and the Steinbrenner family try to every year. All the pompous NYY management simply wants to do is flex their financial muscle and literally buy everyone and everything out. But as we saw last year with the Tampa Bay Rays, sometimes it just doesn’t matter how much you have. When you have talent and a team who WANTS to win and actually plays hard, things happen the way you want. However, this Yankee ball-club is full of overpaid, overpraised mediocrity (outside of Jeter and A-Rod – but he takes steroids so who knows) who is promoted by ridiculous New York devotees in a city that would boo the Easter Bunny this weekend if he showed up at the ballpark. All I have to say is, “Hey New York Yankee fans, hope the new stadium’s nice to ya”……

Yes, this is just one game. But for all of us Yankee haters, we hope this is more of a hilarious preview of the Yanks’ season to come. And this, of course, is yet another appropriate opportunity for a funny YouTube video ripping on the ‘Da Yanks’…..enjoy….


Video Courtesy of YouTube

Opening Night Under the Lights…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by sportsguru09

Sunday evening gave America its first glimpse into its national past-time in 2009. And for me, boy was it fun. Pomp and circumstance led the festivities as the Phillies raised their 2008 World Series banner…then they proceeded to get beat up on by my Atlanta Braves. The night was lit up by leather flying into the stands on cue as the Bravos torched Brett Myers (he should stick to bullpen work) for a trio of home runs in the first two innings, highlighted by “Young Thug” himself Jordan Schafer who hit a tater in his first Major League at-bat. Why is he Young Thug? Well, give the Mississippi police a call. bravesSchafer was booked for a 50 game suspension last season playing for the Braves’ AA organization. But you know what? This Atlanta team needs some guys who are rough around the edges. Shoot, they should’ve tried to get Sheff back. Anyways, after spoiling the night’s opening, the Braves, behind Derek Lowe, went 8 innings without any offensive activity from the Phils. With some false hope in the bottom of the 9th, the Braves took care of business and officially played spoiler. For me, the season couldn’t of started any better, knocking the defending champs off their pedestal in their own house. Man did I love to see the Philly fans sit in silence and watch the dominance take place…what a thrill…

For the Braves (and myself), hopefully this is a great sign towards the potential return to elite status among Major League Baseball. Stepping out of the spotlight for the past 3 years, the current roster is hungry and ready to take back what has been rightfully theirs for so long, an NL East title. As for the Phils, coming off a world championship, doom and gloom is (like recent history) on the way. Good luck Philadelphia fighting the post-title hex. We’ll be lucky to see you hanging around come October…but that’s ok, football season’s just around the corner…go Eagles?…

Is Manny worth it?

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by sportsguru09

March 3, 2009

Manny Ramirez…man or myth? At this point, is he even worth it? I say “undoubtedly yes.” Mr. Redsock, now Mr. Dodger, has yet again given the snub to his current employer, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, any contract negotiations are supposedly going to have to start again from scratch. Yes it’s a hassle, but you know what Joe Torre? Do whatever you have to do to keep Manny Ramirez, it’s as simple as that. The guy is an absolute stud (and yes, a headcase). But you know what? Your Dodgers just AREN’T THAT GOOD. Whether he’s trouble in the clubhouse or not, it’s worth 30 homers and 120 RBIs every single year isn’t it? Comparing Manny to all the other previously available free agent outfielders, it’s a cakewalk. Manny stands far beyond the rest. Though I can’t stand the Dodgers (as they fight for the National League title against my Atlanta Braves) or Joe Torre for that matter, it’s the right move for them. As a person that never got on the “Red Sox Nation” bandwagon, let’s see the Dodgers, and especially Manny, stick it to them. How entertaining is that for Manny? Take the Dodgers to the playoffs, watch the Red Sox outfielders struggle to knock in runs, and enjoy the weather in LA with a big fat paycheck. Take control of that team and be Manny, since that’s what you’re praised for already. Just Manny being Manny. Better yet, for the Dodgers, it should be Just Manny being paid to Just Be Manny…