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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

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

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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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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…

R.I.P Nick Adenhart…

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

Today, the sports world received sad news that one of the Anaheim Angels’ budding pitching prospects, Nick Adenhart, had died in a traffic accident along with two others Thursday in Fullerton, CA. Police reports say that he was a passenger in a car struck in an intersection by a drunk driver running a red light who was then caught and investigated after attempting to flee the hit-and-run. nickadenhart_1_400This tragic news comes just a few hours after he pitched the best big-league game of his life, six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night. After being drafted four years ago, Adenhart had battled elbow surgery and journeyed his way through the Angels’ minor league organizations. Without lots of Major League experience, Adenhart was still considered a great young arm that would likely have success once he got a chance in the pros. Only 22 years old, Nick will be in our thoughts and our prayers go out to Nick’s family, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace…God Bless…

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…

To Joba: “Silence Is Golden Big Guy…”

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by sportsguru09

Not to continue my rant on the New York Yankee personnel, but….no wait, I WILL continue to rant on Yankee personnel. After a recent DUI arrest in Nebraska (of all states), Joba Chamberlain, a youngbuck and projected pitching prodigy in the Yankee organization, showed his true, sheepish colors and shared with the arresting officer his true thoughts on the city of New York. Hey Yankees fans, can’t you just wait to hear what he said? Huh, huh, huh? Well, it isn’t pretty if you’re a New Yorker or if you’re a life devotee of the Yanks. Yankees Devil Rays Baseball

During his arrest commentary, Mr. Chamberlain disgustingly blabbered about how much he hated New Yorkers and the city itself, especially its drivers who he proclaimed as “cutthroat” and “rude.” With a bottle of Crown Royal sitting in his lap, he continued to bash his own reputation by ripping on Hall of Famer Yogi Berra for his play and his height. What an idiot…that’s the last thing you want to do as a Yankee, or any other person for that manner. Who is Joba to criticize a Hall of Famer and make fun of him? Yankees Rangers BaseballThat’s a great way to get yourself booed at home games. So dumb…so drunk….so immature. In a drunken stuper, Joba continued to vow that if he walked out in front of traffic (which he should probably do now), that NY drivers would hit him. Well Joba, now they have a legitimate reason. Son, get your head on straight or the Big Apple will eat you alive. Many talented players have succumb to the pressure of Yankee stadium and its fans, just add Mr. Chamberlain to the list.

And in an even more classy detail, Joba was coming home from a local strip club when he was given the DUI and a ticket for speeding…..in NEBRASKA?!?!? Apparently he doesn’t have good taste either….grow up dude….Keep your big mouth shut, go out and pitch and prove to the baseball world why you’re considered the greatest thing on the mound since sliced bread. Otherwise, go sit on your fat butt at home, play video games, and drink yourself into submission so no one ever has to hear from you again, especially New York Hall of Famers. I would love to be there when he talks to Yogi face to face…I hope that ecstatic convo ends up on YouTube.