Thursday, July 31, 2008
Listen, I understand that he had become a total headache to the Red Sox higher-ups of late, but the bottom line is that Manny Ramirez was a huge reason why Boston won two world championships in the last four years. This is just a bad deal. Granted the Sox should still be able to win their division, but there's no way they defend their title without Manny Ramirez. As for the Dodgers, with Manny playing for a new contract, I'd put them right behind the Cubs as prohibitive favorites to win the NL pennant.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It's amazing what happens to a boxer who was once on top of the world when he loses for the first time, suddenly he's just another fighter. But from what I've read Cotto fought a great fight, just got beat by a better and more determined fighter in Antonio Margarito, at least Cotto is making it clear that he'd like another shot at the first man to ever beat him.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Yankees are up 7-3 on the Red Sox in the 7th inning at Fenway. A win today would put the Yanks one game back of Boston for the wild card (the Rays lead the division by 1 over the Sox and 3 over the Yanks.) If the Yanks hold on, it will be their 8th straight win. I know there are arrogant Yankee fans (like Mike Francesca and the hypocritical Mike Lupica) who feel that the world's most famous franchise has a right to be in the playoffs every single year, but if the Yankees are going to make the playoffs every year in order to fall victim to yet another opening series knockout, then really, why bother? By the way, it's because of deals like this that Brian Cashman beats Omar Minaya every day of the week when it comes to whose a better GM.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Damn, Charlie Manuel doesn't play, sitting down reigning MVP Jimmy Rollins down in an important game like this? Gotta' respect that. Either way, we're in first place by ourselves for the first time since I don't know when, playing well and I'm starting the Carlos Delgado for MVP campaign. That said, this next series against the Cardinals is just as important to our run because of the wild-card implications (which hopefully we won't need at the end) so no need to get too high off of beating the Phillies two-outta-three, we still got major work to do.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I'm no fan of the Super Bowl champion Giants, but Jeremy Shockey had to be traded. You just know that his ego had to still be hurting after seeing his team win a championship without him, plus it's Eli Manning's team now and from the way Shockey's been acting in the off-season you just know that he wanted out. The Saints got a good deal too because Shockey is one the premier TE's in the game despite all the dropped balls. Now if we can just get rid of Stephon Marbury.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Damn, talk about lucky. The Reds certainly gave us all we could handle the entire series, they hold onto all that young pitching for awhile and they're gonna be contenders very soon for seasons to come. As for us, whatever Carlos Delgado is taking (.416 in the month of July!?!) I want some if it. I mean if Delgado goes say .260, 35, 100 this year we might have to seriously consider bringing him back next year (and wasn't it "Before Willie" that everyone and their momma thought Delgado was done?) Besides that Endy Chavez was just horrible in this series and needs to be delegated back to his normal 4th or 5th outfielder spot, in other words, we still need a corner outfielder....bad! And I expect Johan to make up for his terrible last outing with a great one against the co-leader Phillies in the next series
Friday, July 18, 2008
Great comeback last night and I have to admit that I'm really feeling the way Jerry Manuel is leading this team. My biggest concern? That Billy Wagner is going to blow a couple of huge games for us come September. Of course, frankly speaking, considering that he has 6 blown saves already this season, he has no rhyme or reason to blow any more.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Fair point brought up by Kim Jones today. In my book Johan has more than done his job keeping his team in just about every game this year while hardly getting any run support. However, he still needs to make an effort that stands out, preferably against one of the main contenders (Phillies & Marlins) in a big game. I'm still expecting Santana to have a huge 2nd half for us.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I think that's why he left last night's stellar All-Star game early last night. He's a mercenary who only cares about himself. True Yankees aren't phony, are winners and show grit in pressure situations. Jeter and Mariano have done it their entire careers. They will go down as great Yankees and deserve all the acclaim they get. Alex Rodriguez is a great player who just happens to be wearing a Yankee uniform.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Retired quarterback Brett Favre wants to play in the NFL but doesn't feel welcome at the Green Bay Packers, so he's asking to be released.The Green Bay Packers have treated Brett Favre like a king ever since he first suited up for them. Aaron Rodgers has served as Favre's back-up for 4 years. Favre retired on his own accord with 3 years left on his contract. The Packers used two draft picks on QB's to back-up Rodgers. If he's released there's a good chance that Favre could join Packer rivals Chicago or Minnesota. The Packers should not cater to Brett Favre wishes and release him.
Favre, who retired in March after a record-setting, 17-year pro career, made his first substantial comments on his latest retirement decision reversal in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
"I am guilty of retiring early and there is a reason for that," Favre said, according to an excerpt provided to The Associated Press before the broadcast. "And the major issue is 'Why did he retire?' and 'He asked for a release because he doesn't want to play in Green Bay.' That's not true. And I hope people are hearing this and saying 'OK, that clears it up.'"
According to Fox News, Favre said he was "never fully committed" to retiring and felt pressured by the Packers to make a decision, a notion Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy tried to dispel in an interview with the AP on Saturday.
"Ted always wanted Brett back," McCarthy said. "We always wanted Brett back."
P.S. I'd still take Favre on my team, he's better than Pennington and Kellen Clemens combined. But according to the NY Daily News there's no chance of that happening. Typical Jets.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Listen, a win is a win and a sweep is a sweep, but the Giants are one God-awful baseball team. And so is Colorado (whose coming in next), but at least they're the defending NL champs. San Francisco doesn't even belong in the majors, they're that bad.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs saved a man from choking to death at a restaurant in Huntington Beach, California last Thursday night.
Apparently the man's girlfriend was screaming that he was choking and the patrons in the restaurant were gawking and did nothing as the man began to turn blue. Tony Gonzales got up and did the Heimlich on him and the piece of meat that was stuck in the man's throat came out.
Thought it'd be nice to share something good about a professional athlete for a change.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
.....and at $30mil a year he makes more than the entire 1st place Tampa Bay Rays team that comes into Yankee Stadium today. But getting back to A-Rod, Mr. Phony....I'm really hoping that Cynthia Rodriguez gets half. If the accusations of infidelity are true (and apparently they are if you believe the stripper he was spotted cavorting around Toronto with last year) and considering that he just had his second kid, this whole mess proves just proves once again what a loser A-Rod really is.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Billy Wagner has blown 5 saves this year, almost all in dramatic fashion and now it's a possibility that he'll be the lone Met represented at this year's All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. That's a disgrace. Thankfully there is a chance that you can still vote David Wright to the team.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
What you had to be most impressed with today is Rafael Nadel's mental toughness after being up two sets to none, losing those many championship points and holding up for like 5 hours against the world's No. 1. Always had the feeling that Nadel was closer to beating Federer on grass than Federer is to beating him on clay.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Personally, I'm a much bigger fan of Serena than Venus, so I was hoping that lil' sis would pull through today, but at the end of the day anytime a Williams sister wins a Grand Slam, as a Black American you have to be proud.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Isn't it just amazing that A-Rod always ends up in these silly, off-the-field scandals? How come this doesn't happen to Derek Jeter, whose single and been in NYC much longer than A-Rod has? Could it be that Jeter is just smarter than A-Rod? Yeah, that's probably it. Again, I don't care how many home-runs Alex Rodriguez ends up with, until he wins a world championship in a Yankee uniform, the deal that brought here is a bust in my opinion.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The national media and baseball fans in general, know that Manny Ramirez has a reputation for being a goofball. But "Manny being Manny" is no excuse for pushing a grown man in his 60's to the ground, much less over some baseball tickets:
Manny Ramirez said he patched things up with a Boston Red Sox employee he reportedly shoved to the floor during an argument, and the club said the matter is over.The Red Sox should've sent a message to Ramirez and suspended him for at least a game.
The Providence Journal reported Monday that Ramirez pushed traveling secretary Jack McCormick in the visitors' clubhouse Saturday in Houston after McCormick told Ramirez that he might not be able to come up with the 16 tickets the player requested for that night's game.
"Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse," Ramirez said Monday. "I talked to him and everything is fine. He's going to continue being my friend. It's over with."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This is why you can't take MLB's players union seriously. Shawn Chacon is an insubordinate loose cannon who grabbed his former GM around the neck, twice pushed him to the ground and probably would've done worse if teammates hadn't stepped him. He even admitted it to the media so there's just no defending this guy. I'm not saying that he should never play again, but he should be suspended with no pay for the rest of the year, at least.