August 10, 2009

Alright, so I was talking to my friend Sal this morning and he asked about “the bule”. I had to reply to him with a slight feeling of shame because I have not done anything to this site as of late, let alone even think about posting anything. Sal’s questioning may have caused a resurgence as I will again attempt to keep myself dedicated to writing. So for all my friends in Colts Neck as well as up in South Orange, Let’s Go!

The one and only Sal Miggs.

 The biggest news of the weekend obviously starts with the Yankees going into their closet and grabbing their brooms. So much can be made of this series, but I will keep it to this. Both teams pitched great, (Smotlz not so much), but the Yanks pitched better. New York swung the bats significantly better than the Sox, as the boys from Beantown went 30+ innings without scoring a run at one point during the series.

A-rod finally came up big against Boston, hitting 2 home runs in the series, the first one ending a seemingly endless 15 inning game, and the other one coming last night to put his team up 1-0. Sabathia and Burnett earned their pinstripes and their incredibly large paychecks by pitching almost flawless baseball, while veteran Andy Pettitte gave arguably his best performance of the entire season. It’ s a real shame that the Yanks can’t get him a win, but no doubt, Pettitte has pitched extremely well this second half. 

Granted Boston was a little banged up, no Wakefield, Dice-K, and Bay, the Bronx Bombers have certainly erased talks of how Boston defeated New York for the first 8 games against each other this season. The Yankees are now 6.5 gamed ahead of Boston with just about 50 games left in the season.

Okay, enough about those guys. In other baseball news, the acquisition of Cliff Lee by the Phillies led me to believe they were going to be the team to represent the NL in the World Series this year. Lee has done his job, compiling a 2-0 record and a 1.13 ERA in his first two starts in the National League. However, the rest of the Phillies are heading in a completely different direction after losing 7 out of their last 10. The most recent 3 losses come against division rival Florida who is now only 4 games back heading in to Monday.

The Rockies and Giants are certainly making the NL Wild Card an interesting story to keep an eye on. The two teams are in a dead tie for the Wild Card spot with both team’s records standing at 61-50. In my opinion, the Giants are my favorite to win the final playoff spot because of their pitching and recent acquisitions. 

Well all know that Tim Lincecum is a pitching feign (leads baseball with 198 k’s and a 2.20 ERA) and that he will continue to deal. Matt Cain has been great this year, Barry Zito has contributed a bit, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter to boost his confidence some, not to mention Randy Johnson, who is currently on the DL, has won 8 games for the club. Unsung relievers include Jeremy Affelt with 24 holds (2nd in NL) and closer Brian Wilson (tied for 1st in NL).

I’ve heard all year that the Giants have no hitting and I can attest to that statement. However, who needs amazing hitting when you have a one-two combination of Lincecum and Cain for the post-season? If the Giants can muster up enough bat strength with Pablo Sandoval, Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, Freddy Sanchez, and Ryan Garko, then they just might be the team you see winning that Wild Card spot.

Oh yeah, but don’t forget about the Cubs, Marlins, Braves, Astros, and Brewers though. They are all within 6 games of Colorado and San Fran.

More to come later in the night if I can concentrate and write some more news while watching the Yanks take on the Jays at 7.

Thanks to Sal for the unintentional encouragement and motivation to continue to write and also to Rob, Sal, Jerry, and Aimee for making last night’s Yanks/Sox game a great time. Be back soon!!


Are We All On Drugs?

June 19, 2009

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that Sammy Sosa was among the 103 players that tested positive for performance enhancing durgs  steroids during  the 2003 Major League baseball season. While this may seem like old news, no official evidence was ever found in the past accusing Sosa of steroids or PEDs, only the fact that he started hitting crazy amounts of home runs and got significantly larger.

He did testify in court a few years back stating he had never used steroids or any performance enhancing drugs. Nice going, Sammy. It’s funny how these athletes not only take steroids, but then lie to the court about it. This puts them in a completely separate bind because we all know that lying under oath is a crime, or maybe some people don’t know that, cough cough, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmiero, Miguel Tejada, ah the list goes on and on.

Less than a month ago, Sosa made it known he was planning on officially retiring and would “calmly wait” for his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, his first year of eligibility. How do you feel about that now Sammy, you pompous jackass?

Having Sammy finally be recognized as a cheater PED user, it prompted me to take a look at the all-time career home runs list. It looks something like this…

       1.  Barry Bonds- 762                        17. Manny Ramirez- 533
       2.  Hank Aaron- 755                            18. Frank Thomas- 521
      3.  Babe Ruth- 714                                 24. Garry Sheffield- 507
      4.  Willie Mays- 660                             32. Jose Canseco- 462
      5.  Ken Griffey- 617                              37. Juan Gonzalez- 434
      6.  Sammy Sosa- 609                     44. Jason Giambi- 405
      7. Frank Robinson- 586                     80. Albert Pujols- 342
     8.  Mark McGwire- 583
     9. Harmon Killebrew-573
    10. Rafael Palmeiro-569
    11.  Reggie Jackson-563
    12.  Alex Rodriguez-562
    13.  Jim Thome-553

Okay, so let’s evaluate this for a minute. I have the top 13 in there, plus other notable players that are high on the home run list.

We all know that Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Palmeiro, A-Rod, Manny, Sheffield, Canseco, Gonzalez, and Giambi all did steroids. That means numbers 1,6,8,10,12,17,24,32,37, and 44 are all tainted.

That is just ridiculous. The only players in there that have not been seriously linked to steroids (most recent players) are Griffey, Thome, and Thomas, and Pujols. I threw Pujols in there for comparison sake because he is essentially the only player who is young enough and steroid free (or so we hope), to challenge any kind of home run record.

I could go through each and every person’s story about their steroid use, allegations, trials, and much more, but I will refrain.

The point I’m trying to make here is that we have heard of people using steroids here and there, but now it is getting to the point where it seems like almost every player was using them, or at least using some performance enhancing drug. With the most recent stories surrounding A-rod, Manny Ramirez, and now Sosa, it is really starting to shed even more light on just how prevalent steroids were in the Majors.

With this being said, I want to make people realize that steroids were all over baseball. Look at the names in the Mitchell Report (all 89 of them). They range from Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens (would you just give up already?, dude, you did drugs and cheated), and Brian Roberts to Adam Riggs. Who the hell is Adam Riggs?  It seems like any day now another name, big or small,  will surface and the baseball world will become less than less surprised. That’s how I feel.

For now, I will offer big congratulations to Griffey, Thome, Thomas, and all the old timers who made their way up the home run ranks. I will sing their praises until news reports discover that Griffey used a cork bat most of his career, Thome and Thomas actually did use steroids, and Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron were the inventors of steroids. I can only hope that is not the case.

Work Is Not Fun

June 9, 2009

To my readers,

I apologize for the lack of new things on the website over the past week. I just started a new job which has me working many hours. I get home from work around 9 each night and just have no energy to write much, but i will be doing my best to get some stuff done and up very soon.

Food for thought…

Game 3 tonight of the NBA Finals. Magic try to avoid going down 0-3 in the series. (How ridic was Kobe in Game 1?)

*Note: No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win the Finals. (0-59)

Yanks and Red Sawx (come on, you know you wanna say it with a Boston accent) square off in Boston for a 3 game series. Yanks lead the Sox by 1 full game in the AL East.

*Note: Yanks have won 8 of their last 9 series. (2 of 3 vs. Tampa, Texas (x2), Toronto, and Baltimore) (3 of 4 vs. Cleveland) (3 of 3 and 4 of 4 vs. Baltimore and Minnesota, respectively) This  brings the Yanks to 21-8 in their last 29 games.

With the Yanks recent success comes an 0-5 record vs. the Red Sox this season. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Would Brett Favre make a damn decision about what he wants to do with his life. Seriously, he has done everything humanly possible in the game of football, but he is still attempting to make another comeback.

Brett, your wife= hot. Your game after your surgery= not hot.

I hope he comes back and falls flat on his face so all of this stuff will go away. I just hate it when I sit down at the top of the hour to watch SportsCenter to watch last nights highlights of the NBA Finals game or some baseball and I have to deal with whether or not Brett Favre feels like playing football this season. Give it a rest, Brett.

Anyone watch golf this weekend? I didn’t because I believe it is the most boring sport to watch, maybe other than Nascar. One thought about golf though, Tiger Woods is godly.

Roger Federer won his 14th tennis grand slam, his latest one coming this weekend at the French Open. It is the first time Federer has won the Open due to Rafael Nadal’s dominance on the clay surface. Federer’s French Open win ties Pete Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam titles, a very astonishing feat.

Well alright, I guess there isn’t much material for anyone to comment on, but if you feel like leaving any suggestions or claiming  if you missed me writing over the past week ( I highly doubt that), then go right ahead, anything is appreciated.

Patience Is A Virtue

May 30, 2009
Andy Pettitte gave up only 1 run in 5 innings of work before being pulled from the game with a strained lower back.

Andy Pettitte gave up only 1 run in 5 innings of work before being pulled from the game with a strained lower back.

October 1st, 2006 to May 29th, 2009. It sure seems like a long time to me. Over two and a half years, 972 days to be exact. With a win last night against the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees were able to sit atop AL East for the first time since October 1st, 2006, which was the final day of the 2006 regular season.

Andy Pettitte threw 5 strong innings until he was pulled from the game for what appeared to be a strained lower back. The decision to pull Pettitte was a precautionary move by manager Joe Girardi. The Yanks will not afford to lose any starting pitcher mainly because of the struggles on Chien-Ming Wang. He is currently in the bullpen after throwing several games in the minors trying to regain his pitching touch. Phil Hughes has already made a solid contribution to the rotation and will most likely stay in it if he continues to build off his most recent success.

Catcher Jorge Posada returned to the lineup and batted 6th. He had two hits, raising his average to .325 on the season. Posada had missed the previous 22 games with a hamstring injury.

Reliever Alfredo Aceves threw three scoreless innings giving up 1 hit and striking out three. The game was then turned over to Mariano Rivera who closed it out for the victory.

With Pettitte picking up the win and Rivera getting the save, the Yanks made some history. It was the 58th time Pettitte won a ballgame that was saved by Rivera, breaking Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley’s record of 57 games.

The Red Sox have already played today and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, giving New York a 1 game lead over their rival. The Yankees can look to increase their lead to 1.5 games when they take on the tribe once again at 7:05pm in Cleveland.

CC Sabathia will be making his first start in Cleveland as a Yankee since he was traded from the Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of last season. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets from the crowd. He won the Cy Young for the Indians back in 2007 and was well liked by the fans.

Now that the Yankees are back in first place, are they there to stay? Let me know what you think!

This Is What Happens When You Look For Videos

May 29, 2009

Okay, so I was looking for baseball videos on youtube for a possible upcoming story, but I ran into this video and felt it was worthy of sharing with those who visit the site, so basically like 50 people haha.

With that being said, I just want to thank you to whoever comes to the site and checks out what I have to say. I appreciate your comments and the time you take to read whatever is up. Your support is important to me and I hope that it will continue now and in the future. Be sure to check out my other article below that I wrote today. Thanks guys!

Now check out this hilarious video of this umpire. Around the 40 second mark is where it gets me everytime. Enjoy!

Lebron Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends

May 29, 2009

Lebron James showed exactly why he was voted this year’s MVP. Cleveland’s 112-102 triumph over the Magic last night meant that Lebron and Cavs would live to see another day in the NBA playoffs.

James had his fourth career playoff triple double with 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists, as he pushed the series to 3-2 with the Magic having another chance to close it out when they return to Orlando to play Saturday.

Lebron and Mo Williams paced the Cavs to a game 5 win against Orlando.

Lebron and Mo Williams paced the Cavs to a game 5 win against Orlando.

I said a few days ago that Lebron’s kingdom was crumbling and it most certainly was. However, look what happens when he gets help from his teammates. The Cavs came out strong and scored a 2009 playoff high 35 points in the first quarter, setting the pace for the game, letting the Magic know they were not going to roll over and die. As most people could have guessed, the Magic came storming back to cut the lead to one and head into halftime with a score of 56-55 favoring Cleveland.

Lebron put his stamp on the second half as he either assisted or scored in 31 consecutive points stretching from the end of the 3rd quarter and deep into the 4th. It was great to see Lebron get his teammates involved as they rose to the occasion to contribute half of Cleveland’s 34 points in the 4th quarter.

Statistic of the night: In the entire game, Lebron alone had as many assits as the entire Magic team, 12.

4 of the 5 Cleveland starters scored in double figures, which is the first time that’s happend in the series. Mo Williams finally broke out of his slump as he scored a series high 24 points and went 6-9 from the land of 3. Finally, the supporting cast for Cleveland showed up to play.

If you were watching game, what really propelled James and the Cavs was his teammates ability to knock down open looks, which forced Orlando to spead its defense. This allowed Lebron to go one on one with Orlando’s Michael Pietrus, making him look helpless as Lebron torched him several times with an array of jump shots and strong drives and dishes.

Game 6 is on Saturday in Orlando. With their backs still up against the wall, will Lebron’s gang show up to bring the series back to Cleveland for a game 7 showdown?

A 7 Foot Tall Man Can Do That??

May 28, 2009

I have seen many basketball videos in my day. Mostly ones with incredible shots, buzzer beaters, and ridiculous blocked shots. One video that was brought to my attention yesterday by my good friend Dom Abramo (Viva!) that I had never seen was this one. Pau Gasol, all 7 feet and 250 pounds of him, running the fast break like he should be on the AND 1 team. Maybe he should start his own Spanish AND 1 team and travel the globe. Now that would be something to watch.

Note that the defender does a complete 360 as he is trying to defend the play. Pau makes him look ridiculous. Also, Pau not only adds his behind the back and no-look flair to the play, he also makes the pass and just starts heading down the other end of the court to play D, knowing that Ariza is going to throw it down.

When I saw this video, I laughed so hard and was incredibly amazed. I know Pau is a very skilled player and a great pass, mostly in the post. However, his ability to run the break from time to time is such a great rarity that never fails to catch my attention.

If you happened to catch last night’s pivotal game 5 between the Lakers and Nuggets, Pau left his mark on one of, if not the biggest play of the game when he came up with a steal and lead the break for a ridiculous dunk by Shannon Brown over Chris “Birdman” Anderson, who had been swatting shots away all game prior to Brown’s dunk. Watch Pau in action once more…

The great play by Gasol and Brown changed the momentum of the entire game and led to a Lakers victory.

If you could have any 7 footer running the break on your team, who would it be and why? Pau is included.