Baseball On My Brain

Well, isn’t this dramatical?
October 27, 2008, 8:18 pm
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Good on Bud Selig and the folks involved in the decision to suspend the game and let it play it out Tuesday in its regulation. Good for those with the power to make decisions to make the right one.


Game 5 is upon us…
October 27, 2008, 5:39 pm
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…which leads me to wonder two things:

-Could this be it? The last MLB game of 2008?

-Has this World Series been as boring or unwatchable as some made it out to be prior to Game 1?

Since I won’t be able to answer the first question for a few hours, I’ll have to get back to you. But know that I’m rooting for a no.

As for question two, I certainly don’t think so. With the exception of Game 4, every game was well within reach by either team the whole way through,

What is disappointing is how it seems the Rays have had a power outage at the plate in the World Series. They were so hot the first two rounds, but their bats have gone cold and their defense has committed at least one error in eight straight games. Certainly the latter isn’t a death sentence, but the former certainly makes it hard to win, and admittedly makes the game a bit less engaging to watch if you’re a fan of offense.

I’m in the camp of wanting to see a well-pitched and well-defended game before a slugfest; one of my former co-workers is in the exact opposite camp and isn’t afraid to remind me of our difference of preference.

Seeing Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria go 0-for-31 up until the 4th inning of Game 5 is frustrating, because the World Series should be the time the big players contribute and someone comes forth as the real star of the Series. But I would take their futility in exchange for watching Cole Hamels pitch as well as he has, and Jamie Moyer come back from two pretty bad starts in the NLDS and NLCS to have a great game in Game 3. Let’s not forget about Joe Blanton in Game 4…a mid-season trade that seemed somewhat questionable at the time, but I’m sure the Phillies are glad they made after Sunday night.

And here comes the rain, again. I do feel for those fans out in the drizzle…that’s part of what makes baseball great: we don’t play in bad weather.

This is one of those “Oh $%!*” videos
October 24, 2008, 2:32 pm
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If you’ve ever been to Shea Stadium you’ll really appreciate this.

If you haven’t, it’s still really interesting.

It’s World Series time! (Oh no…)
October 22, 2008, 4:50 pm
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We’re seconds away from the first pitch of the 2008 World Series, which is arguably the most exciting time of the baseball season.

Some have dismissed this World Series as boring, unwatchable, even dismissable. I beg to differ – at least I’m willing to give the Series a chance to prove itself. Even though each team is a few thousand miles away and I’m not a real fan of either one, I can’t just write this Series off without seeing it.

My goal is to keep some running notes on the game and post them as it goes on, in hopes of showing those who didn’t think this would be interesting why it indeed is.

Nice homerun by Utley – even though I’d be rooting for the Rays if you asked me.

I do wonder what the cownose rays out in rightfield think about this whole World Series thing…you’d think they have to notice an increase in noise. I didn’t see them pressing up against the glass to watch the game, but I do wonder if they have any awareness of what’s going on around them.

With the commerical break, I wanted to address the (Oh no…) part of the title…this is also the official recognition that the 2008 season is almost over in my book. It may be in 4 games, it may be in 7, but we do know it will be before the end of the month. Then it’s the off-season, officially my least favorite time of the year.

Mike Freeman says no one will watch

I know, you’re shaken that such a major opinon shaper such as Mike Freeman has already dismissed the 2008 World Series as unwatchable.

I feel bad giving such a bad opinion piece such as Mike Freeman’s on a link, but it is purely for illustrative purposes.

Clearly Mr. Freeman doesn’t really give a rip about baseball and the possibility that this could turn into one of the better World Series we’ve seen. He’s already written it off because the two participants don’t bring enough blood-seeking venom into the arena to warrant his interest.

I even bothered to read Mr. Freeman’s credentials, just to see if he had any, and I’m not sure he does, other than that he’s worked at lots of other papers before entering the online realm.

Now I don’t disagree with everything he says – Tampa Bay’s fans don’t really warrant hardcore status, short of those that actually own season tickets and go to games. It’s a shame they’re being lumped in with the rest of the bandwagoneers, because they should be getting some kind of special love for this. Especially those that have had tickets since day one. That’s some hardcore support, right there. I hope they get rings if the Rays win it all.

But look – it’s not like they have a real track record of success. They’d never had a winning record prior to 2008. Heck, their best record still had them 21 games under .500 back in 2004! So after 10 years of that, even I’d be a bit leery of expectations.

Now with Philly, though – that’s a bit of a different story. Philadelphia fans in general are known the sports world over, let alone just their baseball fans. They booed Santa Claus, threw batteries inside of snowballs at an Eagles game…come on, these guys and gals should be serious. How can you not say Philly provides some kind of interest in the game?

While my knowledge of these two teams isn’t as deep as if it had been some other clubs, I certainly welcome the opportunity to watch players who have just as much skill but don’t get as much recognition show their ability on the world’s stage for all to see.

Mr. Freeman, there’s a seat on my couch and beers in the fridge for you – come on over and we’ll watch the entire World Series and I’ll show you why it isn’t to be dismissed.

Here it is – my World Series prediction
October 21, 2008, 2:25 pm
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Rays in 6 games.

Good luck to both teams.

Canseco’s sorry?
October 21, 2008, 10:48 am
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Using everyone’s favorite sports and apology venue, Jose Canseco told A&E he’s sorry for naming names. Or so he says. I’m not really sure what to believe when it comes to this guy — I used to think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread when he an McGwire tore up the Bay Area. Now – I’m not sure. While I have no doubt that he was involved with steroids and has probably destroyed his body as much as you can short of using a blunt instrument, fire, a wild animal or something mechanical, I do wonder about his regret.

I’m inclined to think there’s some sort of profit motive at work here – although I’m not sure what it is. Maybe he’s just keeping his name out there in hopes that someone sees some redeeming quality in him that can be monetized.

Looking at Canseco now can become a test of our own view of other people – I want to think the best of him, believe he’s sincere and accept his apology. But on the other hand, given that I don’t know him, have never met him, and really don’t have any reason to think he’s any more sincere about this than anything else, I do question it.

I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.