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Notes from Busch, home of Ray "Our Savior" Lankford.
Spent the weekend in St. Louis and got the chance to watch two great games between the Cubs and Cardinals. On Friday, Latroy Hawkins walked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to ruin a great Kerry Wood start. On Saturday Matt Clement and Jeff Suppan both pitched very well, the only difference being the one mistake Suppan made to Aramis Ramirez that was kindly deposited in the Cubs bullpen. Some more random things I took away from the two games.
Some more reading over at ESPN. Gammons explains one of the reasons why Manny Ramirez is one of my favorite players. Please don't listen to the popular media who paint the picture of a selfish, lazy, and non-caring Manny Ramirez. The real fans know this guy is a quiet, hard working, aloof yet great teammate who, oh yeah, can also hit the crap out of the baseball.
Don't listen to Bud & his cronies
Also Neyer gives us reason #45,000 why Bud Selig and his cronies are the only thing that truly is 'bad for baseball'. Take this excerpt from Doug Pappas' article in Baseball Prospectus 2004,
…a snapshot of one season's "winners" and "losers" ignores the ebb and flow of team fortunes. If Major League Baseball had proposed contraction 10 years earlier, the Indians and Mariners would have been among the leading candidates for extermination. The Oakland Athletics, heroes of Moneyball for doing more with less, had the majors' highest Opening Day payroll in 1991, the same year the Pirates won their third division title in a row. Over the past 20 years, the Padres and Twins have played in more World Series than the Dodgers or Red Sox. Most tellingly of all, the original list of eight clubs considered for contraction, prepared in December 2000, included all three of the clubs which have won the World Series since then.Competitive imbalance isn't a problem in MLB despite what Bud 'conflict of interests' Selig would have us believe. Any solutions for new stadiums or contraction that Bud comes up with are simply owners whining about the state of the game solely based on where they find themselves. You want a successful franchise? Stop telling the players and fans that 'baseball is a business' unless you are actually going to run it that way. Spend money on your product to improve it, (see Yankees, Angels, Mariners) or fire the dolts that run it and replace them with people who actually know what the hell they are doing (see Twins, A's, Braves). Better yet, do both!
One last thing. I'm watching Baseball Tonight right now, and I think this might be the last time I ever subject myself to such crap. What happened to the greatest show on television? Now I have to sit through the nitwit hall of fame all try to outdo each other by progressively saying stupider and stupider things. I never though I would miss Bobby Valentine, and I didn’t think it was actually POSSIBLE to replace him with someone dumber, but John Kruk has done it. I am amazed.