I’m not even going to touch the disparity of the suspensions. It’s time we take a much closer look at the umpires who were working the game between the Yankees and Rays that lead to “Spring Gate.” The pitch that “hit” Evan Longoria barely touched him. If the kid had moved at all, it would have missed him completely. Let’s be honest, the Yankees pitcher wasn’t exactly a picture of control up to that point but supposedly he magically had pinpoint accuracy? Come on. That’s just silly.
Now, let’s talk about Duncan’s slide. Yes, his leg is up. But he didn’t even touch the guy. His leg is up and not extended. HE DIDN’T EVEN MAKE CONTACT WITH HIS FOOT. For someone to say that he was trying to send a message with that slide must mean that they saw a different game than I did or that they think Duncan has the physical co-ordination of a second grader. Maybe they just don’t like the Yankees.
This whole thing is greatly overblown because of Girardi’s dumb comments. If he doesn’t act like the silly spoiled rich kid who’s upset his AA player got hurt and keeps his diarrhetic mouth shut Duncan makes his slide and nothing happens. A few jaws might would have been exercised.
This ‘story” best illustrates the responsibility of leadership. For this game, both Girardi and the umpires blew it.
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There is an ancient Jewish proverb that states you will reap
whatever you sow. Baseball and perhaps America is now reaping what it has has
sown for a generation now. With Barry Bonds official breaking of Hank Aarons
record last night we are now reaping from our “whatever it takes” mentality of
the last 20 years. When I was a kid, life was simple in my idyllic life. There
were good guys and there were bad guys. You knew who they were and you didn’t
root for the bad guy. Bonds, to be fair perhaps steroids changed all of
that. Sure some of our heroes were
flawed, but they were at the end of day good guys. They didn’t cheat, steal or
cut to get where they got.
Then I grew up. I watched a President lie to the people he
chose to represent and who in turn chose him to represent them. I’ve watched large corporations take losses
at stores so they can run the mom and pop competition out of the market then
jack prices through the roof. Last night I watched a man achieve a record that
a preponderance of evidence says he didn’t earn. I’ve endured countless hours
of people saying, “Well, if he did cheat, so did a lot of other people.” A lot of people steal, but I don’t see anyone
advocating we all head on down to our local store and start our own version of
The media isn’t exempt here either. When Bonds tied the
record, the game went 12 innings. It was a good game that should have been
celebrated at least in part by that fact. The next day 4 out of the 5
highlights were Barry Bonds, finally Khalil Green’s walk off hit was the only
Padre shown. ESPN, apparently wants both sides of this pie. They will follow
Barry Bonds around and catch “this historic moment” and at the same time make
money decrying his cheating. Isn’t that born of the same mentality that got Bonds
were he is today? “Whatever it takes” is the most selfish of motto’s. I have no
idea how Mr. Bonds conducts himself on a personal level but his selfishness
cannot be denied in this chase. ESPN’s and perhaps all media outlets’
selfishness cannot be denied in the debacle that has been the coverage of this
He plays when he wants to play; he sits where he wants to
sit. He does whatever he wants. If he wants to talk, he talks, if not that’s OK
What about his teammates? What about the organization he
plays for? What about baseball as a whole. What about what he’s teaching those
who watch him? In the end, any who endorse this record are saying that outcomes
are more important than morals. If we condone these actions as legitimate we
tell our children that if you have to cheat to get to the top, do it. Just don’t
get caught. If you do get caught, just use the three d’s: deny, deny, deny!
There is much that is wrong about the spectacle that has
become Bonds but perhaps the biggest issue is what we are teaching the next
generation. As a father I’m glad that this record will be broken by the time
any of my children are old enough to understand what was going on. Perhaps, by
then there will be something concrete, perhaps he’s be stripped of the record,
and I’ll be able to teach my Children that in the end right is right and wrong
is wrong. I hope I will be able to teach them that there are good guys and
there are bad guys.
Perhaps, all the heroes have gone away, but we certainly still have some villains.
To call them victims when they created there own mess is ridiculous. Dale
Murphy said it best:
"Barry’s a great player, there’s no question about it,
but he put an asterisk by his name on his own," Murphy said Monday on AM
radio 1280 The Show. "He’s deserved all the negative publicity that he’s
getting. I mean, people are calling up and complaining, I’ve heard the last few
weeks, that that he’s being treated unfairly. You know, life just usually isn’t
like that. You don’t usually get treated unfairly. You usually get what you
deserve. This is what Barry deserves. He’s a hard guy to like. He’s a hard
teammate to have and, you know, he’s set a terrible example for our kids." Online Source
Today was a good day for the Yankees. They won a game, picked a little fight, and got Roger Clemens back all in one day. Not a bad day indeed. It was good to see Proctor sticking up for one of his own and taking it to the Mariners. The Yankees need to get a little more cantankerous with other teams. I’d like to see Joe get tossed a little more often. Roger will bring that toughness to a whole new level with this team.
He’ll get the run support in NY that he did not get in Houston and should win 13-15 games at least. More importantly, he gives them time to shore up the rotation and maybe use the bullpen a little less. I’m all for baseball being a gentlemens’ sport but sometimes you just have to be a little mean. As he proved today, Proctor can be mean and get guys a little antsy. Roger will do that too. Happy feet can mess with a swing. Roger coming back is the start to turning this around. Here’s to tomorrow.
Ok, So I’m going to try and live blog tonight. Yankees game come on in about 10 minutes. Wife’s going to get some milk. So we should be good to go. As an added bonus I’ll get to watch it on YES and ESPN.
Well, if you haven’t seen this video, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Two things crack me up about this video.
- What is his coach arguing? I mean, I’ve been on both sides of that argument, having been both a coach and an ump. I’m just not sure what he hopes to say here. I guess he could be defending his guy saying that the previous pitch hit him but…well watch the video.
- I love the back up catcher at the end of the vid. He’s just getting ready. I can hear his thoughts going off in his head, "OK, here’s my chance. I’m ready for this. Maybe he’ll get suspended for the rest of the year and I’ll get discovered…"
So, uh lost in my lack of posting (have a little faith…I’m coming back with some great ones and in a few weeks we’ll decide whether or not this is staying put) is the fact that I am going to Yankee Stadium to see the Yanks play the Red Sox next Monday night. I’ll miss Tuesday night b/c I’m auditioning for millionaire (which I hope to win and buy use the money to buy myself a job with said Yankees). Ok, well don’t lose faith, come back this later this week as we’ll explore different topics like:1. Is Andy Pettite done?
2. Why should the authors of Game of Shadows go to jail?
3. Is Randy Johnson really back?
4. Why Bud Selig could ultimately prove to be worse for baseball than steroids or any other controversy the “experts” at ESPN tell you about
5. Why Joe Miller is actually a good host for Baseball tonight.
That and so much more coming your way soon.
Well, we still have 2 outs to get and three outs to give up before it’s over but this game is a micro-chasm(yeah, I know it’s misspelled) of what I’m worried about for the year. We simply don’t have enough good middle relief. Sturtz has not looked good and I thought Small looked good when he started but then it just all fell apart. Right now, the Sox fans are all cheering Johhny Jooohhhhnnny! Kind of bush, but kind of understandable I guess. Heck they have 86 years of frustration to get out. Can one World Series really do that? I doubt it. Certainly looks like it’s Bad Guys 1 Good Guys 0. 18 more to go.