Baseball Wiseguys

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Thursday's Action

So my fears of the Yankees awful lineup today were realized, but El Duque and Lilly throw zeroes at each other for 7 innings, and the Yanks are saved by a 2-out walkoff homer by big Rube. The old Cuban has now pitched 3 great games in a row, and is gaining strength with each start.

I like it.

The $80 Million Bench

Check the Yanks' lineup/batting order for today's game vs Toronto...

Bernie CF
Cairo 2B
Sheff RF
A-Rod 3B
Sierra DH
Matsui LF
Clark 1B
Flaherty C
Wilson SS


Bernie can't hit his weight.
Giambi's got worms.
Moose is injured and cranky.
There's no fifth starter.
Kevin Brown is old.
El Duque may be even older.
Jeter's got a broken hand.
Sheffield's shoulder is barking.
Enrique Wilson my be the worst player in the majors.
I don't trust Jon Lieber.
Ruben has been a nice surprise.
Flash, Q, and Mo have combined for 3,000 appearances already.
There are zero prospects in the minors.
The Yankees are 8 games up on the Sox and are playing .634 ball.
They have 18 games left (out of 70) vs the hapless Blue Jays.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Turn, Turn, Turn


So it looks like the Nets are about to trade K-Mart to Denver for a package of picks. I understand the fact they they didn't think Martin's worth a max contract, but you've got a team going deep into the playoffs each year, and you don't get anything of present value for trading your 2nd or 3rd best player? I got a bad feeling ownership is buckling down and not spending any money until the Brooklyn move is finalized. Maybe they'll trade Kidd, and build around RJ and future picks once the big Kittles/Mutombo contracts are off the books?

Shaq is now headed to South Beach, and there's a distinct possibility that Kobe will be heading across town to the Clips this afternoon. If this happens, it will be the biggest mass exodus of talent from a contender since Farley, Myers, and Sandler all left Saturday Night Live in 1995.


Big Unit possibly on the move, with possible destinations being NYY, BOS, CHI-A, CHI-N, ANA. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If either the Yanks or Bosux pick him up, anything other than a World Series title will be a giant, giant disappointment. No one knows who has the upper hand, but the Big Unit's dislike of Mouth Schilling could be a factor:

When asked about the unsuccessful phone calls Schilling made to Johnson's cell phone this week, the left-hander dryly said, "there's a reason why I changed my number."

Seems Mr. Johnson has better taste in clubhouse buddies than he does in haircuts...

In Minor League news, the International League beat the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-Star Game last night on a 10th-inning walkoff home run by Columbus Clippers (Yankees) 3rd baseman Andy Phillips. Phillips is batting .327, 14, 46 and his middle name is Tradebait.

Bobby Digital

Picked up NCAA Football 2005 for the old Xbox this week, and the game is better than ever. You now have to manage your players' discpline, and can bench starters or suspend them for infractions like skipping class or being too rowdy. I have yet to find the option that allows the coach to party the night before a road game and hit on the opposing school's co-eds. Maybe that's in the hoops version.

Also eagerly awaited is ESPN's football product, coming out in a few weeks. Aside from the fact that TO is on the cover, the game looks pretty sweet, and a bargain at only $20. Being a Giants fan, this game may be my only chance to see my favorite team on the right side of the win column more than a few times this year.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

HR Derby & All Star Game Thoughts

- David Ortiz working the count, playing Moneyball, taking about 28 straight pitches before swinging.

- The 5'9" jackass in a Cubs uniform snagging all the fly balls in the OF, surrounded by about 75 kids under 4'8".

- Pedro braiding Manny's hair on the third base line, while Mrs. Schilling painted his toenails.

- Miguel Tejada attempting to speak english after he won.

- Barry Bonds snatching the Century 21 winner's $250k check, claiming he's owed it for participating.

- The white shoes were money, but the sad thing is that that is the extent of Jeter and A-Rod really being rebellious.

- Man-Ram might be the dumbest nickname ever.

- I like how Piazza spends all of his time telling the press the feud with Roger doesn't matter; he still pissed at himself for wussing out 3 years ago.

- I hear the only reason Jimy Williams was on the field last night is because Bud put the kibosh on 'baseball business' during the All-Star break to prevent his firing.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Get Your Grady Dolls!

In a twist on the bobble-head craze, you can now buy your very own Grady Little bobble-arm doll, signaling for the pitching change he should have made 9 months ago...

Friday, July 09, 2004

Loco Fridays

Lots of crazy people coming out of the woodwork today.

John Kruk has another brilliantly written column on ESPN, expounding on the reasons why ex-ballplayers deserve more jobs in the game after retiring.

Gee John, you couldn't possibly be angling for a coaching job yourself, as your ESPN contract won't be renewed if there's anyone with half a brain in Bristol?

Derek bLowe spouts in Boston last night about how people think his pitching problems are mental...for 20 minutes. Sure did a lot to help your cause there buddy.

MLB has resorted to compensating Barry Bonds for missing a day of rest to compete in the Home Run Derby this year. He's also against the idea of batting leadoff, both in the All-Star Game and for the Giants, saying, "I didn't like to lead off when I was doing it in Pittsburgh. I don't get ready that fast. It's too early in the game." Those ten minutes really make that big of a difference I guess...

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Spit the Bit

So how do the Yanks respond to a big sweep of the Bosux?

By dropping 3 to the Mutts and 2 of 3 to Detroit Suck City.

Four games with the surging D-Rays separate them from the All-Star Break.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

How Many E's in Yee-Yah?

The Yankees have taken the first two of a three game set from the Red Sox so far, setting up a gargantuan mismatch of Brad Halsey v Pedro Martinez tonight.

The first game was an 11-3 laugher, aided by a dozen Sox errors, and a couple opportunistic bops by the Bombers.

Last night's contest was more of the same but probably more disheartening for the Beantowners, as Wakefield baffled the Yanks through 6 innings before a couple key errors tipped the game to the home team.

All the Moneyball in the world hasn't helped Boston this season, and it seems like amost every good bat in the lineup is playing out of position on defense. Unless OBP and OPS grab a glove and give the Sox a couple extra fielders, it could be a long summer in Red Sox Nation.