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  • August 8th, 2006

    Rainy Days and Off Days always get me down…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:59 pm in General No Comments

    All righty then…a 10,000 ft view of the KC Royals: 38-73, Bottom of the AL Central, 37 games behind Detroit and the worst team in the American League. Any questions? No? Are we clear on expectations? Or do we need to review? How bout we review once more for those of us playing at home? NOTHING LESS THAN A SWEEP WILL BE ACCEPTED…There, now that we are all on the same page…

    Random and Rambling Thoughts:

    Adam Stern was placed on waivers as the “player to be named later” in the JV trade (crap, he HITS better than JV…) But the pissant Lucifer Fish, (as they are known in some circles) who are still miffed because they feel the Sox spoke to Julio Lugo’s agent out of turn, decided to be pissy and because they are lower on the food chain that Baltimore, put in a claim, thereby blocking the trade. Apparently the Sox and the Oreos will wait until the off-season to consummate this deal… So, is Adam Stern’s mole part of this deal as well?? Or does that get to stay in Baltimore?

    From the “Another reason Minnesota is gnashing their teeth” Department: Yesterday, David Ortiz was named AL Co-Player of the Week for last week, along with Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians. During that time, Ortiz hit .370 (10-27) with a 1.000 slugging percentage, two doubles, five homers, eight RBI and 27 total bases. On July 31 vs. Cleveland, he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI, including the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was Ortiz’s fifth walk-off hit of the season. He also went 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBIs vs Tampa Bay on August 4. This is Big Papi’s first Player of the Week Award during the 2006 campaign and his third overall. He receives this honor coming after being the July’s AL Player of the Month (.339, 14 HR, 35 RBI). He is the first Red Sox player to receive the weekly honor this season. In addition, he reached the milestone of 40 HR in 3 consecutive seasons during the Red Sox loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, and enters tonight’s game in Kansas City with 999 career hits.

    Voting is under way through Sept. 30, exclusively at MLB.com, for the fans to vote for the “Comeback Player of the Year”. Sponsored by Viagra, (insert your favorite joke here…) this award is given to one player in each league who overcame insurmountable odds to return to previous greatness…and why do we care? WELL…. two words for you: Bloody Sock… From MLB.com: Curt Schilling: Who knows about the subject of “comebacks” better than the guy who pitched with a bloody ankle to lead Boston to the 2004 ALCS comeback win against the Yankees? He’s doing it on a macro scale this season, coming back from an 8-8 record in 2005 to be in the mix for a Cy Young Award with a 14-4 record this year. “I know where I belong here,” he said. So point your browser here and vote for Curt… and BTW, there is a player over in the NL who also deserves your vote…guy by the name of Nomar Garciaparra…

    Since there wasn’t a game on last night, we watched “Little Big League”. Here is the synopsis from Netflix: “When the owner of the flailing Minnesota Twins dies (Jason Robards), the team is handed to his grandson Billy (Luke Edwards), a 12-year-old with a love of baseball and an uncanny sense of the team’s needs. But the jaded players want to bolt when Billy becomes manager, and things get worse when his friends grow mad because he’s turned baseball into business. Can Billy fix it all — and still be a kid? Andrew Scheinman and Bill Pohlad direct this family comedy.”

    Apparently it was filmed with the full sanction of MLB–all of the teams/uniforms, stadiums and the like were represented. There were even some familiar baseball faces– Ken Griffey Jr, Randy Johnson, Pudge Rodriguez. Some laugh out loud moments: Billy and some of his players throwing water balloons out of hotel room windows. The players helping Billy with his math homework. A player stealing 2nd base–on a walk… Mix in the fact that the star 1st baseman (Timothy Busfield) wants to marry Billy’s mom, and you have a definite feel good movie, and very funny! I would recommend it to any baseball fan…

    Tonight: Jon Lester vs. Luke Hudson 8:05pm

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