Saturday, July 31, 2004
Which is the better film:
Dude, Where's My Car?
The Last Starfighter
Please leave comments below.
The above title paraphrases, in a family-friendly way, my reaction to ESPN.com's main-page headline story on the four-team trade.
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Speaking of which, this is a team that was just waiting to be ground into dog food. Old, without passion and with about as much offense as a Tim Allen sitcom, the Mariners were a nursing home accident waiting to happen. Seattle is about to vanish of the baseball map for a few years, particularly if it succeeds in finding foolhardly sorts to trade for decrepit bit parts like Bret Boone, John Olerud and Jamie Moyer. My family dog is named Daisy, and she is a proud dog, a Golden Retriever who is more beloved by the Leitches than I am. She is also 15 and can't make it up the stairs without vibrating violently and peeing on herself. Your Seattle Mariners. Grade: D.
Wow, how the mighty have fallen. Seattle, once a team that I loathed with every ounce of my being and the AL West team rival over the past four seasons, is now the cellar-dwelling team from the North. I still don't like the Mariners and their announcers. But time finally caught up to them and now it's a team that just ran out of gas.Excellent points, and all true, mostly. However, one line in particular bears repeating:
I still don't like the Mariners and their announcers.I really hope he's talking about Dave Henderson, Jay Buhner, and Ron Fairly here, because we'd both be in agreement (about their abilities as announcers; my respect for Jay Buhner as a player knows no bounds). And he'd be entitled to his perfectly reasonable opinion by disliking Dave Valle and Rick Rizzs. As for me, I like Valle for reasons I can't explain, since he certainly says some questionable things during a broadcast. Rizzs, meanwhile, hangs out at the Joker Pub in Issaquah, and anyone that spends time at a Coug bar is OK in my book.
But if the author of Athletics Nation has the audacity to criticize Dave Niehaus, the Voice of the Seattle Mariners since their 1977 inception, well... let's just say that I wouldn't respond too kindly to a statement like that.
He was standing on top of the plate. I barely missed the spot. I was surprised.A very Pedro-like explanation, Bobby. I like it. Madritch may just fill the void left by the departure of beanballer reliever Frankie Rodriguez after the 2000 season.
Just called up Madritch
He's our only pitcher with
Thursday, July 22, 2004
We all know the bad news, so let's think a little bit about the good things we've learned about the Cubs this year:
- Carlos Zambrano is, unquestionably, the scariest and most impressive starting pitcher this side of Randy Johnson. Watching a Zambrano game is like watching a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. It's over the top, it's absurd, and it's even stupid--but it's undeniably dazzling.
- Aramis Ramirez really is an All Star caliber third baseman, and it really was stupid not to sign him to an extension before the season. He'll get $8-10 Mil a year if he keeps this up.
- Corey Patterson really deserves one more year to prove he might be a poor-man's Clemente. If you scoffed at that, you should check out their stats. Surprisingly similar at this young age. Corey strikes out a lot more, but he's got more power...
- Farnsworth really did just need to become a born again christian! He's been wonderful.
- We got lucky with Michael Barrett. Even if he regresses toward his career averages the rest of the season, he's a bargain at the position.
In fact, I think the team's biggest problem is that they are overly adequate at every position. Aside from Shortstop, they don't have a glaring weakness. This makes improving the team very difficult.
The overall problem is that the offense, as a whole, doesn't get on base quite enough (.326 as a team, compared to St. Louis's .341), but how are we supposed to change that? Is there anyone out there we can trade for who will make a significant difference?
The answer is no, not really. We could do a Moises (career .365) for Larry Walker (career .401*) deal, straight up. But that's stupid. Maybe we could convince Kenny Williams to send up Magglio a little early, for Moises and some prospects. That's the sort of thing Kenny Williams would do. But no, he won't. I don't think Boston will trade Nomar, and even if they did, he's a freer swinger than anybody the Cubs have now. All of a sudden, guys would be throwing 85-pitch complete games against us--and occasionally losing.
My point is that there are no good answers for the Cubs right now. If they could actually get Nomar, that'd be great. Otherwise, they're basically paralyzed by their pretty-goodness, and we just have to hope they start winning like they should.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
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Pullman odds for the first Beer Helmet of the 2004 season:Thome was the favorite to have the first Helmet of the year, and he came through. I should handicap these kinds of things for a living.
Jim Thome, 2:1
Pat Burrell, 3.5:1
Richie Sexson, 6:1
Jason Giambi, 6.5:1
Jose Hernandez, 7.5:1
Carlos Pena, 10:1
Jeromy Burnitz, 10:1
Sammy Sosa, 15:1
Rest of Field, 3.5:1
10 (tie). Julio Franco, Atlanta; Shea Hillenbrand, Arizona; .784 OPS
9. Carlos Pena, Detroit; .773
8. Rafael Palmeiro, Baltimore; .771
7. Carlos Delgado, Toronto; .753
6. Shawn Green, Los Angeles; .751
5. John Olerud, Seattle; .743
4. Ben Broussard, Cleveland; .734
3. Darin Erstad, Anaheim; .684
2. J.T. Snow, San Francisco; .677
...and the "winner" is:
1. Doug Mientkiewicz, Minnesota, .669
So, much to my surprise as I started this project, Olerud is only the fifth-worst first baseman in baseball. To be fair, it should be said that Oledud, Erstad, Snow, and Mientkiewicz are all excellent defensive players, so their value has been under-rated for this list.
Friday, July 02, 2004
Apparently, he's okay, but for the love of God, Bako! Could you possibly do the team any more harm?
Thursday, July 01, 2004