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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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Have The Yankees Found A New Ace?…

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

Ha ha, ha ha. New York, you provide me so much entertainment. Last night, as you were getting blown out by the defending American League Champions, the Tampa Bay Rays, you resorted to letting a position player, Nick Swisher (why not let Jeter pitch?!?!), throw your eighth inning. This was absolutely comedic. The only thing better? Jose Canseco’s pitching appearance years ago when he literally threw the ball all over the place from the mound. Swisher, who hasn’t stepped onto the mound to throw a pitch since his high school days, actually threw a scoreless inning however. He even struck out Gabe Kapler on his way to putting up his goose egg on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth! Shoot, after last night’s performance, the Yankees should renegotiate his contract and put him in the rotation. None of the rest of their starters can get anybody out, and this includes anyone, and I mean ANYONE, in their bullpen. Why not? What do you have to lose? Oh yea, the mystique and pride of the New York Yankees. Swisher’s debut was well worth a ticket to the field down in Tampa Bay…I know the Rays’ fans had fun…and I’m just jealous because I wasn’t there to witness it in person…

And for all you fellow Yankee haters out there, check out the hilarious video below…how embarrassing New York…

Courtesy of YouTube

Johan, Just Pitch and Be Quiet…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by sportsguru09

Mr. Johan Santana, take a chill pill, keep your mouth shut, and go out and do what you do best…pitch. Don’t resort back to 3rd grade and blame your teammates for your loss the other day out on the ball field. Own up to your pitching mistakes, be a leader and take responsibility for your team’s blunder. Don’t just happen to forget to mention your two-out walks and the RBI base hits you gave up late in the ball game.

Courtesy of nbcsportsmedia.msnbc.com

Courtesy of nbcsportsmedia.msnbc.com

Leaving your teammate, your young teammate out to dry…that’s what Johan Santana did yesterday. After a 2-1 loss to the young, aspiring Florida Marlins, Santana blamed Daniel Murphy for the team’s loss. Late in the game, with two outs, Santana committed a pitcher’s ultimate sin, a 2 out walk to Jeremy Hermida. Appropriately afterwards, a routine fly ball was hit to young Daniel Murphy in left field and subsequently dropped (and yes, it would’ve ended the inning). As Murphy stumbled in left field, Hermida came all the way around to score and the Marlin who hit the fly ball, Cody Ross, would score on a base it from second by the next Florida hitter, Ronny Paulino. Yes, Murphy made a mistake, but if Santana would’ve done his job in the first place, it would’ve never happened. Santana struggled late with his control and used Murphy as a scapegoat. This is such a sheepish move and not very loyal in my opinion. Murphy is a young and upcoming outfielder with a lot of promise and will likely be a bright spot in the Mets’ future. No, this does not excuse his error, but it does not (in the same manner) give Santana a target to attack after his team loses. If anything, Santana was more to blame. I can’t say this is a very stand up thing to do Mr. Santana. Next time, be a real man and own up to your late-inning struggles…

Come on Bobby, Where’s the Class?…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by sportsguru09

Only a few days after the tragic passing of Nick Adenhart, a young phenom hurler for the Anaheim Angles, what does Adenhart’s teammate Bobby Abreu do? He attacks Josh Beckett, a flamethrower for the Boston Red Sox, for no reason. Why? Well, he thought for some reason that Beckett was throwing at him after the umpire called “time” during one of Abreu’s at-bats when Beckett couldn’t stop his pitching motion.

Courtesy of photos.upi.com

Courtesy of photos.upi.com

Bobby, if you knew what snapping your elbow to stop a pitch mid-throw felt like or did to your throwing arm, you’d understand what Beckett did. Pitchers have caused major arm and/or elbow damage by jerking their arm to a stop in the middle of a pitch in order to accomodate the hitter and/or umpire. At a young age, as a pitcher, you’re taught to just continue your motion and throw the ball anyways in order to preserve the health of your arm. That’s all that happened here. Beckett simply held the ball a little long. To me, Abreu got way too bent out of shape for no reason at all. And yes, if Beckett wanted to hit him, he would have. He only throws like a 150 MPH fastball…

I know that the ball wizzed over Abreu’s head, but let’s be real here. It didn’t hit him, it didn’t even graze his jersey. Is a fight and verbal altercation really necessary? Beat him at the plate instead Bobby! Better yet, Tori Hunter hopped on the raged bandwagon, ran out to the pitcher’s mound, and threatened to pound on Beckett. Consequently, he was ejected from the ballgame. Get real Tori, nobody cares about what you do anymore. At this point, you and Bobby Abreu, for that matter, have fallen off the baseball map as prestine outfielders in the Major Leagues. If I had to guess, Beckett would’ve probably put up a good fight anyways (especially with Yuke and Big Papi having his back). He looks scrappy, right folks?!?

Worst of all, the timing of this ridiculous, babyish confrontation couldn’t have been worse. Shouldn’t we be paying respects and mourning the death of Nick Adenhart, a teammate, and realize that there’s more to life than inexplicably feeling threatened by an opposing player? Grow up fellas (Tori and Bobby). Do the right thing…be respectful, shut up, and please, just play ball…


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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?…