Archive for July 14th, 2008


Monday, July 14th, 2008
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A few New York baseball thoughts while cursing the mythical “sick passenger” on the F train…
It was great of Billy Wagner to let us know (via an article by ESPN.com writer Jason Stark) what the root of the New York Mets’ problems were earlier this season:

“I don’t want to bash Willie, because I liked him, Billy Wagner said. “But before, it was more of The Yankee Way. It wasn’t The Mets Way. There was no facial hair. You could never have music in the clubhouse. You couldn’t have kids around. Believe it or not, some of us in here actually like kids.”

So it was the lack of facial hair and children in the clubhouse. Of course!! And I thought the problem was lack of production from the middle of the line-up. Silly me. …

Knicks Rumors & News

With two-time All-Star, Elton Brand moving East to join the Philadelphia 76ers, his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to fill the void left by Brand at the power forward spot. In 2006-2007, Zach Randolph averaged a career best 23.6 points for the Portland Trailblazers before he was traded to New York on draft day for Channing Frye and Steve Francis. The double-double machine, in his first season with New York, averaged 17.6 points and 10.3 rebounds. The ex-Spartan  shot 46% from the field and 77% from the stripe. The 6’9” forward had some of his best games against the western competition averaging 27 points vs. Memphis, 25 vs. Portland, 24 vs. Utah, 22.5 vs. Dallas and 21.7 vs. New Orleans. In the 23 games the Knicks won he put up close to 19 points per game and shot 50% from the field. Randolph has been in the league for six years and averages close …

Yankees Rumors & News

After looking through this year’s Home Run Derby contestants, I was disappointed to see that bigger names in baseball were unwilling to participate. Players such as Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and Ryan Howard aren’t on the card for this year’s event, which is a historical one at that. It is both the first and last Home Run Derby to take place at “The House that Ruth Built.” Understandably, players don’t want to mess with their swings or get injured by being a part of this event. In addition, players receive minimal compensation for winning the contest, let alone simply being a participant. 

Don’t these players make enough money that for one night of the year they don’t need to see that big paycheck at the end of the day? This event is strictly for the fans and they should be rewarded by the players they root for just for one night. While purists of the game like to see pitchers’ duels and …

Mets Rumors & News

Going to Philly to watch a baseball game was an eye opener to say the least (actually it was a mouth opener). The stadium is absolutely amazing and I’ve been waiting ever since to hear what the story is regarding the food offerings at Citi Field next year. Thanks to the New York Times I can start salivating right… now.

It looks the folks in charge are swinging for the fences. The Shake Shack and Blue Smoke are leading off and that’s music to my taste buds.

While I’ve found the Shake Shack extremely overrated, it will be great to have this as an option.You might actually be able to go to Queens for a burger and a ballgame in less time than it takes to wait in the ridiculous lines of Madison Square Park. While I think there are better burgers in the City, this will be the best burger you’ve ever had …

Fantasy

Waking up late this Sunday morning, I had officially realized how fantasy baseball was slowly taking over almost every aspect of my personal life. I looked at the clock to see one of the scariest sites a fantasy baseball owner can see on a Sunday, 12:56 p.m. I rushed to my computer to make sure my lineup was set and that everything was in order for the 1 o’clock games. But then i realized something that scared me even more. My lineup for Sunday was already set 2 days ago, yet I was still freaking out about checking my lineup in time.

Not to brag or anything, but right now my team is in first place in my league and that is why I pay so much attention to it this season. In the past, however, I have been out of contention by the all-star break and yet I still find myself hanging on to every pitch by my starter or every deep fly-ball hit by one …

Streaking: Mets-Rockies Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets hosted the Rockies in the last series before the All-Star break. The Amazin’s were riding a six-game winning streak, and were only one-and-a-half games behind the Phillies. And when it was over, they found themselves with a nine-game winning streak, threw two shutouts and picked up another game in the standings. And they’d probably love to play a doubleheader today instead of taking a break. Here’s how they ended the first half of the season.
Friday, Mets 2-1: Seven in a Row
Damion Easley stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth with the score knotted at one. He has a history of late-inning heroics, and right on cue (Gary Cohen called it) he belted what turned out to be the game-winning home run. Take your time coming back, Luis Castillo. Oliver Perez was just mowing down …

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