Friday, June 1, 2007

The NL All-Stars

I'm back with my selections for the NL All-Star team. Dating back to 1997, the National League is an impressive 0-9-1 in the annual midsummer classic. Since Bud Selig has decided to make sure that "this time it counts", the winner of the All-Star game gets homefield advantage in the World Series which means the NL has been at a disadvantage for nearly every World Series this decade. Needless to say, the NL would like to come away with a victory this year to save some face.

I don't know as much about the NL because my team is in the AL and I my opinion is that the NL is garbage and inferior (it is). Even though the NL won the World Series last year, my opinion is that the Cardinals were the worst World Series winner of all time (they were). Therefore, I tend to not watch it as much. Now, on to the picks.

(starters in bold)

C-Russell Martin, Benjie Molina, Paul Lo Duca
Russell Martin is the obvious choice here. Not only does he lead all NL catchers in RBI's he shockingly has eight stolen bases. I'm too lazy to look this up but that might be more than the rest of the NL catchers have combined. Impressive. Michael Barrett was considered for the team but when the batboy went to hand him his bat in a game a week before the rosters were set, he punched the batboy in the face because he felt "threatened". Cubs fans applauded his decision saying "the batboy had it coming."

1B-Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Pujols
Prince Fielder has been on an absolute tear of late and deserves to be starting. Missing from the list is last year's MVP Ryan Howard who has been in a season long slump to date. Todd Helton almost pushed Pujols off the roster but the power numbers just weren't there.

2B-Chase Utley, Kelly Johnson,
Whether Buzzsaw agrees or not, Utley has been the best second basemen in the NL again this year. No one knows who Kelly Johnson is anyway so there is no way I could make him the starter.

SS-Jose Reyes,
Hanley Ramirez, Edgar Renteria
Shortsop in the NL this year is loaded and any of these three guys could have started. Ramirez has more runs, HR's, and a better average but Reyes has a decided advantage in RBI's and SB's, therefore Reyes gets the nod.

3B-Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Chipper Jones
Cabrera has put up the best numbers on an obscure team. He gets the spot over Wright and Jones who had very similar numbers.

OF-Matt Holliday, Carlos Lee, Adam Dunn, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Eric Byrnes, Barry Bonds
El Caballo and Holliday headline this list. Dunn gets the start only because of the Home Run total. Lee gets the start also because the one and only Hawk Harrelson gave him the nickname El Caballo and we all love the Hawk. I'm not sure how Byrnes snuck on there. I just couldn't think of anyone else from the D'Backs. Bonds makes it simply because the game is in San Francisco and his numbers have been decent enough.

Starting Pitcher-Jake Peavy
Peavy has gotten off to an incredible start and is far and away the leader in ERA. No one deserves it more.

Backup Starting Pitchers-Oliver Perez, Rich Hill, Shawn Hill, Cole Hamels, Brad Penny, Tim Hudson
Perez has come out of nowhere to have a good year while the Hill brothers make it in because their team needs to have someone there. Hamels is having a breakout year and will most likely be starting a couple of these before his career is done.

Relievers-Francisco Cordero, Takashi Saito, Jason Isringhausen, Billy Wagner
Cordero has been incredible this year and if the NL has the lead headed into the ninth expect him to get the ball.


Prediction for the game:
American League 4
National League 3

Bobby Jenks pitches a perfect tenth and eleventh and due to the fact that every position player has been used he bats for himself in the top of the twelfth and promptly hits a 435 foot home run to the opposite field into McCovey Cove. He strikes out the side in the bottom of the twelfth and the AL gets homefield advantage again in the World Series.

I'd appreciate it if you left your bitching about this roster in the comments. Thank you.

Links

Mike Vick=Dogfighting Heavyweight This stupid, but sometimes stupid is funny. Especially when it features Dwight from "The Office". (from ProFootballTalk.com)

Good Work Hilary Daris, it looks like Hilary bought into your whole "editing is for losers" thing. (from FoxNews.com)

Some guy got a video of the Loch Ness Monster Supposedly this is the best video yet. For some reason I'm still skeptical.They also list "last remaining dinosaur" as one possible theory. This is news? (from CNN.com)

Premiership Team of the Year Nothing official, just one of the soccer guys at ESPN. He's actually one of the competent ones. And yes, Gerrard made the cut, otherwise I wouldn't have posted it. (from ESPN.com)

King James

Just wanted to say a few things about Bron Bron's performance last night and about the King in general. First off, congratulations to Eric, McCready, and all my other friends who are Cavs fans, which I guess includes House now (?). That was one of the most ridiculous things I've seen on a basketball court. Its weird because such an amazing feat not only goes to show how good Lebron can be when he wants to, but also how inept his supporting cast really is.

There's not much to say about Lebron that has been said already, but for what its worth, he's a pretty interesting guy. He's been in the public spotlight since high school and dominated at every level he's played at. I hear stories that make him sound self-absorbed, yet everytime I hear him talk he always says the right thing and always credits his teammates. He continues to try to get them involved in the game despite criticism from the media. The fact that this same media kills Kobe for taking 30 shots a game just shows that many of them are just vindictive assholes.

I really like Lebron because he generally seems like a good guy. For all those people who criticize him for not being more like MJ, I have news for you....HE'S NOT MJ. Jordan's combination insane talent and competitiveness that was borderline psycotic made him the best player in the history of the game. Lebron has insane talent, and just because he's not psycotic about basketball does not mean he doesn't care. It also doesn't mean he can't be one of the best ever. So get off the King's ass and tune in tomorrow because its probably gonna be a pretty good show.

Your 2007 MLB All-Stars


Your're probably asking yourself what a picture of the 2005 White Sox celebrating the World Series title has to do with the 2007 All-Star game. Well, it has nothing to do with it at all but there is going to be only one White Sox player in the All-Star game so I had to mention the team somehow. Plus we're all White Sox fans at heart so I figured I would appease everyone by showing a picture of the single greatest moment in the history of sports.

Anyways, Log asked me to make my picks for the 2007 MLB All-Star game and since I quite possibly have the most boring job in the world, he didn't exactly have to twist my arm. Even though, this is going to take awhile and only about six people are going to read this, anything beats trying to track down the publisher from some garbage newspaper in the middle of Arkansas (this is what I'm currently supposed to be doing).

For those of you who don't know, the All-Star teams are composed of 32 players from each league and the only stipulation is that each team must be represented by at least one player. Normally the starters are selected by a fan vote. However, this usually means that the starters all come from the Yankees and Red Sox whether they deserve it or not. Therefore, I'm going to select who I believe deserves it, not whose actually going to get it.

(The starters are in bold)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

C- Jorge Posada,
Victor Martinez, Kenji Johjima
Although Posada is old as hell for a catcher, it's really hard to argue for anyone else. Martinez is a joke defensively and the best catcher in the league, Joe Mauer, has been hurt all year.

1B-Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, David Ortiz
The firstbasemen in the American League have been surprisingly dissapointing. This leads to two first basemen being taken from the same team, the Red Sox. Which is really gay because the Red Sox are annoying. Morneau has much better power numbers but Youkillis is hitting almost 60 points higher. This one was a tough call.

2B-B.J. Upton, Brian Roberts, Ian Kinsler
I have absolutely nothing to say about these guys. Their teams are awful and I refuse to watch them play. Kinsler only makes it because his team sucks and I couldn't find anyone deserving.

SS-Derek Jeter, Carlos Guillen, Miguel Tejada
Even though Jeter is a gigantic douchebag, I had to make him the starter. Shortstops are expected to hit for average and score runs and that's exactly what he does.

3B-Alex Rodriguez, Mike Lowell
More Yankees and Red Sox but the rest of the third basemen in the league are brutal.

OF-Magglio Ordonez, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford
I'm continuing the theme of granting douchebags with starting spots. I have nothing against Guerrero but the other two are assholes. Power won out over speed in this case as the three backups are all threats to steal but lack the power numbers (or average in Rios' case).

Starting Pitcher-Dan Haren
Haren and Josh Beckett both have impressive records and great ERA's but the only statistic that Beckett beats Haren in is victories. This was an easy choice.

Backup Starting Pitchers-Beckett, Johan Santana, John Lackey, Chad Gaudin, C.C. Sabathia, Gil Meche, Jarrod Washburn
Every guy on here is deserving in my opinion. Gil Meche=the obligatory Royal.

Relievers
Bobby Jenks, J.J. Putz, Joe Nathan, Jonathon Papelbon
Last year the White Sox had seven all-stars. This year just one. These are some pretty nasty closers though. If the AL has the lead through six you can just about forget about it.


Well, that's it for the AL. I'm considering doing the NL either this afternoon or Monday but why bother, the NL is garbage. If anyone actually read that whole thing besides Log or Buzzsaw, I'll be shocked.






Thursday, May 31, 2007

Salt in the Wound

Apparently Greg Oden has signed a deal with the trading card company Topps and they plan on having the first Oden card feature the big man and none other than.....Celtic great Bill Russell. Some may find this to be a cruel slap in the face to C's fans who were suicidal after getting stuck with the fifth pick but I think its kind of funny. Maybe they could even have Oden wear Russell's green number six jersey so they can see what could have been. Enjoy Yi Jianlian.
Oden Paired With Russell on Topps Card

Darfur

I thought I'd do a little more serious post regarding the civil war in Sudan, specifically a region called Darfur. I'm guessing some of you have heard about it already, but if you haven't here's a pretty good link with some general information from the BBC.


Much like the Rwandan civil war in the 90's there are some pretty horrible things going on in Sudan. I think everyone agrees that something needs to be done. The "what" is where things start to get complicated. The first logical step after recognizing the problem is putting pressure on the U.N. to act, something President Bush spoke about last week. But what happens if the U.N. is reluctant to act. Activists advocate U.S. military presence only as a last resort and in only with the support of other nations. Sound a little familiar? Its ironic that these same people who are calling the government to action in Darfur are the same ones who are demanding that U.S. troops leave Iraq as soon as possible.

Now here's the real dilemma. Regardless on your feelings about Iraq it is understood that when the U.S. leaves the violence will escalate and it will basically be another civil war, and level of bloodshed will rival what is going on in Sudan. Further complicating the issue is that restoring the peace in Sudan will be very difficult and costly. Although there is public outcry right now because the government isn't doing anything, I'm forced to wonder how people will react if they are asked to finance another military campaign where American soldiers are dying.

At this point I think everything possible needs to be done to bring Darfur to the forefront of public consciousness, even if the attention comes from hypocritical activists. If enough people realize what is going and demand action, our government and other developed countries will be forced to do something. I'm not going to pretend that I have an answer to the problem....I don't even know if there is an actual "answer" right now. Putting pressure on the U.N. and funding the peacekeeping African Union would be a good start, but only a start.

Hopefully this will do a small part (ok very small) in bringing some attention to this issue and I look forward to hearing your guys' opinions.

A-Rod is a Douche

In case you didn't see A-Rod pulled another bush league move last night, apparently yelling "Mine" when the Blue Jays third baseman was trying to catch a pop fly. He defended his actions by saying that he was yelling "Hah". What?? Does he think that people actually believe this shit?



Gay-Rod exemplifies the type of people that I can't stand, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he plays for the Yankees. Here's a guy who has everything going for him. Basically the best player in the game, makes the most money...he's pretty much living the life. Yet somehow despite all of this he remains one of the most insecure public figures I have ever seen. Everything he says or does seems to be a contrived attempt to validate himself to someone. My advice to A-Fraud: stop being a tool and worrying about what other people think and just be yourself. You'd be surpised at what it can do for you.



What are your guys' thoughts on Slappy?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Why?

I decided to start this blog today mostly out of a combination of boredom from listening to hold music for 75% of my work day and a little encouragement from Daris. My idea is that I will use it to comment on sports, world events, movies, maybe some politics and eventually my trip to Europe. Please comment on any and all of my posts as well as those of the contributors. Also please tell all of your friends about the site since I only have three.