Wednesday, June 4, 2008


First off, if this is it for John Smoltz, and I hope it's not, we have seen the last of baseball's fiercest competitors and one of the most unselfish guys ever to play the game. When his team needed him to switch to the bullpen, he did it no problem, even though it cost him a shot to get 300 wins. And he was awesome in the pen. If he retires right now, he has a career E.R.A. of 3.26, 210 Wins and 154 saves.s. That's a first-ballot guy in my book.
Speaking of injured guys, I hope like heck Rocco Baldelli can make it back. Watching him recently in a batting cage spraying line drives just reminded me how talented a kid he was. And if that's not enough, listen to what he said about coming back:

I plan on coming back [this season]," Baldelli said. "I don't know when it will be. Like I said, the discussion of the role that I'm going to have when I come back will probably be a pretty important discussion, because it's obviously not going to be what I've been used to while I've been here, and I'm fine with that. I just want to come back and help this team any way that I can. I'm perfectly OK with doing anything I have to do."
A good kid, a nice player. I hope he can make it.
The Nationals have a real chance to make the record books this season.; the worst hitting outfield of all time. As of last week, the six guys the have listed as outfielders are a combined .200 BA and have 6 HRs between them. Worst of them is Elijah Dukes, not quite batting his weight at .148. He has yet to go yard either. And to think, this outfield is accomplishing this dubious feat during the live ball, expansion era is astonishing.
I love these experts talking about Matt Ryan's career after a couple of mini-camps practices. "He's going to be a good QB, a game-manager, but not a great QB." Right, these are the guys who picked Tom Brady in the 6th round, didn't select Matt Hassleback at all and said take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning
---------------- had a poll up Tuesday: What's more exciting, the NBA Finals or the Super Bowl. Are you kidding guys. I thought this was a serious sports site.
Not that I'm defending him or anything, but how come Mike Hampton doesn't get the kind of crap that Carl Pavano gets? I mean, here's a guy who's got a 5-3 record in the last 4 seasons., has pitched about 60 innings (not one since 2005) and in that time has eaten about 60 million dollars of Brave moeny. But he hasn't nearly caught the crap that Pavano has gotten. "Pavano can't rehab his image" was a recent headline." Again, not to defend the guy, but how come eats all this stuff while Mike Hampton gets off clean?
And last, you gotta love Chad Johnson. Talking about the upcoming season, he says. "It's the reinvention of Ocho Cinco," he says. "I'm dead serious. People need to take me as I am because I just don't give a [expletive] anymore. That's how I'd sum up my attitude for the next season."

What a guy! I mean, it just makes you proud to be a Bengals fan, a sports fan and an American. Let's hear that one more time. Chad Johnson just doesn't give a F#%k anymore. And we should all take notice.



Pete S said...

Good sentiments on both Smoltz and Rocco B. Good guys both.

NBA Finals or Super Bowl? Not even Spike Lee would go with the NBA Finals. It's like asking what's more boring, an accounting conference or a bullfight. Or who's smarter, Albert Einstein or Ozzy Osborne?

Chad Johnson doesn't give a f$!k anymore? That implies that he gave a f*&k at some point in the past, which most people know isn't true. He's always been a jackass. Always will be.

Travis said...

God stuff on Smoltz, as much as I disliked the Braves I always admired their pitching staff. For the most part they seemed like a good group of professionals, and Smoltz has proven to be a pitcher's pitcher. Easily making the move from starter to reliever BACK to starter, and he stayed great the entire time. I too hope he doesn't go out, I would like to see him leave on his own terms.