Posts Tagged ‘baseball

28
May
09

Bobby Jenks and Phil Jackson

The Major League Baseball Association needs to take a page out of the NBA’s book.  Just this past week after a game four loss to the Denver Nuggets, Phil Jackson commented on the performance of the refs.  The complaint was due to the lack consistency in regards to the way the game was called.  He said that his players did not know what a foul was or was not.

Ensuing the following day Phil Jackson was slapped with a $25,000 fine.  To say this fine is a bit hefty would be an understatement, yet by issuing such stiff penalties it cleans up the post game banter in the press room, and keeps the conversation for the most part on hoops.

Lets jump over to the MLB now.  About a month ago Bobby Jenks, and his Chi Town White Sox, got hit six time from the Texas Rangers.  When Jenks came in to close, the very first pitch he threw behind Ian Kinsler.  Jenks got his point across along with a warning.  After the game Jenks admitted he did it on purpose.  The very next day Jenks was slapped with a seven hundred and fifty dollar fine.

What is the MLB doing in regards to protecting its players?  If Phil Jackson can get a $25,000 dollar fine for verbal banter in a post game conference then a pitcher should get that for throwing at a player purposefully.  Even the flagrant foul penalty or the technical foul penalty in the NBA is much stiffer than the throwing at a player penalty.  The MLB needs to get some sort of policy in order for fining a player, that amount is just ridiculous and quite laughable.

For a more comical approach on this category check out Zach from Lost Angeles blog HERE

18
Apr
09

Our girls throw better than your boys….

Nicolette Sheridan threw out the first pitch for the Dodgers and this is the result.

nicolette-sheridan-dodgersStephen King threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox and this is the result.

71-cardinals_red_sox_spring_baseballstandaloneprod_affiliate138You be the judge……Plus she is smoking hot.

18
Mar
09

THE WORLD CUP OF BASEBALL

I ignored it, I did not care, I failed.  For the major baseball fan which I consider myself to be, last night I was not.   I instead watched the seventh inning and after failing to rally in some runs I switched over to my beloved Lakers who blew yet another lead in the fourth resulting in another loss.  For the select few of you who did watch the game, I give you praise.  The United States of America was facing off against a very talented Puerto Rico squad in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) which was an elimination game.

The United States lost on Sunday to the same Puerto Rico team that had to bring on the mercy rule.  If a team gets down by ten runs and can not close the gap then the game is called after the sixth inning I believe.  That is what happened to the all powerful team USA.  Pretty much an embarrassing and very low point for our sports nation.

Round two was going to be different.  We could not get embarrassed like again nor were we going to let that happen again.  Each team went back and forth exchanging leads steadily until about the seventh.  The US had two runners in scoring position with two outs down by one run.  All we could produce was an infield ground out to kill our chances at any rally.  The same happened in the eight.  No runs were scored by the good guys.  The bad guys did score another run putting us down three to five.

In the ninth inning we made our move which would eventually throw us into the semifinals to be played at one of the great ball parks in America, Dodger Stadium.  What I saw on Sports Center last night was magical.  It gave me goosebumps and put the feet of all those sports writers back into their mouth.  They said we did not have heart and did not care.  Did you see all the guys rushing the plate and second base off of the golf swing that even Tiger would struggle to make contact with?  Yeah it was sick.

My boy Tiger taught me this swing

My boy Tiger taught me this swing

Discipline is the only thing that I can say won the game for the USofA.  With the heads up base running of Shane Victorino and Roberts in the bottom of the ninth, it put lots of pressure onto the pitching of PR.  So much pressure that the bases then got loaded and they walked in a run.  The next at bat was brilliant.  David Wright worked the count and took a low breaking ball off of his shoe laces and hit an inside out golf swing that was place perfectly.  Barely landed fair and right in between first and right.  This shot scored runners from second and third giving team USA the W.

Hopefully this magic will get the baseball nation more interested in watching our team win it all, and wittiness that there is great baseball world wide.

Damn, you are one beautiful human.  Did you get tickets to see the gun show?

Damn, you are one beautiful human. Did you get tickets to see the gun show?

Lets hope it gets more ratings and attention then A-Roids most recent Details photo shoot.  The mojo is back for team USA. It is time to get on the bandwagon once again and call yourself a fan.  Do not worry we will accept you back…….

08
Mar
09

Pedro Martinez should come home to the Dodgers…..

Pedro Martinez signed with the Dodgers in 1988.  To say he has had a great career in the MLB would be an under statement.  Over the past couple of years Pedro has not performed up to par and he would be the last one to disagree.  As a Kaliphornyan knowing that Pedro is unsingned and has the desire to still play in the MLB for another year I want to urge the Dodgers to sign him.  He would go great with the club.  I think he would be a great middle reliver or even an awesome setup guy.  

Bring him to LA

Bring him to LA

 

 

He has said he still wants to play and would like to win a World Series in the NL.  If we got Pedro it would not only add leadership but some depth to our pitching staff which is something you could never have to much of.  Look at his numbers and it is only right to try and go after him and get him a contract in LA.  It would be a great thing for the city as well as the ability to start and end your career in the same town.  

I know past history has said to not sign big name old pitchers but hey lets pull a move out of the Giants play book.  On that note lets try and get Jesus and Ramon as well so we could have all three brothers like we did back in the 80’s.  Not really but LA should go after Pedro.   Pedro and Manny could offer that Dominican Republic connection.

04
Mar
09

Manny being Manny

Thank you Manny, Thank you Boras, Thank you McCourt, Thank you Los Angeles…….Now lets go win a World Series

02
Mar
09

What were you doing in 1997?

As an American today is a sad day.  chartThe DJI (Dow Jones Industrial Average) dropped below 7000 points for the first time since 1997.  Lets look back at the times.   In 1997 Bill Clinton was the president, OJ Simpson a exiled Brentwoodian was found liable in a civil court case for the death of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.  

President Clinton

President Clinton

On February 13 1997 the DJI closed above 7,000 points for the first time ever.  Tara Lipinski becomes the worlds youngest figure skating champion at the age of 14.  The Hale-Bopp comet made its closeset approach to earth thus triggering the mass suicide of the Heavens Gate cultists. The university of Arizona went on to win the NCAA championship led by star point guard Mike Bibby.  Washington Sate played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA played in the Cotton Bowl, ASU played in the Sun Bowl, Washington played in the Aloha Bowl, Arizona played in the Insight.com Bowl, Oregon played in the Las Vegas Bowl, and USC well they were not good back then.  The Heisman was Charles Woodson.  Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf, Randy Moss, and Ricky Williams were up for the running.   The Green Bay Packers lost to the Denver Broncos.  Tony Blair was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Timothy McVeigh was convicted in Colorado for the Oklahoma City bombing.  For you hockey fans the Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.  NASA’s pathfinder probe landed on Mars.  Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer Inc.  Microsoft bought $150 million shares of the troubled Apple Computer.  Maybe Microsoft can return the favor? Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a high speed chase.  Several weeks later 2 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the ceremony.  Mother Teresa died of heart failure and is truly missed.  The Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians. Way to trade away your whole team the following year.  In Des Moines Iowan Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets (7) and the first in which all 7 survived infancy.  I wonder if she was single, tried to make herself look like Angelina Jolie, and had 6 previous kids?  James Cameron’s Titanic was premiered in December and broke records world wide.  The Bulls beat the Jazz in 6 games.  Game five MJ had his infamous flu game where he dropped 38 points in 44 minutes and had to be helped off the court by Scottie Pippen.  

The best little man medium size man combo in the game.  Kobe and Shaq have the best big man little man combo in the game. 

 

Notorious BIG was killed in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles.

Notorious

Notorious

 

 

The top 10 songs in 1997 were

  1.  Candle in the Wind (Sir Elton John)
  2. Foolish Games (Jewl)
  3. Ill be missing you (Puff Daddy)
  4. Un Break my Heart (Toni Braxton
  5. Can’t nobody hold me down (Puff Daddy)
  6. I believe I can fly (R Kelly)
  7. Dont let go (En Vogue)
  8. Return of the Mack (Mark MOrrison
  9. How Do I live  (LeAnn Rimes)
  10. Wannabe (Spice Girls)

And the Oscars go to

Best Picture

  • As Good as It Gets
  • The Full Monty
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Titanic

 

Actor Leading Role

  • Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
  • Robert Duvall, The Apostle
  • Peter Finda, Ulee’s Gold
  • Dustin Hoffman, Wag the Dog
  • Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets

Actress Leading Role

  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove
  • Julie Christie, Afterglow
  • Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown
  • Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets

It’s crazy to think back to 1997.  I was in 7th grade at the ripe age of 12 years old.  I did not know what the Dow Jones was nor did I care.  I was stoked that the bulls won because who cannot like Michael Jordan.  

Rookie

Rookie

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were  Rookies for the Lakers and Shaq had just come over from the Magic.  Kobe would go on to air ball three crucial shots in a row for his first playoff game.  Luckily he got that out of his system and has become the most clutch player in the NBA.  Iverson, Camby, Ray Allen, Stephon Marburry, Jermain Oneal, and Stojakovic were among the top rookies in the league.  The Dodgers still had Tommy Lasorda as their Manager and Bret Buttler was starting in Center field.  We had Mike Piazza ($7,000,000.00), Eric Karros ($4,500,000.00)  Raul Mondesi (2,700,000.00) , Hideo Nomo (900,000.00), and Todd Holandsworth ($550,000.00).  Back to back to back to back to back ROY’s.  Nice scouting Dodgers.  Manny check out those numbers…….

 

So back to the present.  Yes it sucks that the economy is in the shitter.  It will get better with time just like a nice wine.  Enjoy the moment because it will pass all to quick.  1997 was a great year and so will this one.  

On that note I will leave you with one last piece of history.  Number 13 on the music chart was Hanson with Ummm Bop.  I think that it is fair to say that they came back with dark brown hair and a new title.  I present to you the Jonas Brothers…..Anybody with me on that????

06
Feb
09

Barry Bonds signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Barry Bonds signs with Los Angeles Dodgers, Next up Manny! 😉
All my life I have despised Barry Bonds like every other baseball fan that did not root for the orange and black. Not only did he have some of his biggest hits against my beloved Dodgers (#500, #71, #73) but the dude was just an all around prick. One thing you can’t knock on this guy is the fact that he can hit, and hit the shit out of the ball. So this is what the Dodgers need to do.
Presuming that his most recent trial goes similar to the past trials nothing will happen again for another year. The Dodgers should sign Manny with a four year 30 million dollar per year deal. We then take another roll of the dice cause we are feeling risky after that Manny deal and sign Barry Bonds. Now I know what you are thinking, if Manny is in left field where will Barry play. We would go and move him over to first base. From here I think he can be effective but who cares about the right side of the diamond when you could possibly have Manny and Barry batting at three and four. Can you say instant offense? Plus Jeff Kent is no longer with us. So its all good.
Is it wrong that with a bat like Barry Bonds and the hate I have had for him my whole life would welcome him into the Dodger Blue? I know this is one of my more far fetched ideas but man wouldn’t that be a sick line up? FURCAL, LONEY(3rd base), MANNY, BONDS, MARTIN, DEWITT, EITHER, KEMP…

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