Posted on: February 9, 2009 10:51 pm

The Day that Baseball Stats Died

It's my wife's 30th birthday today.  February 9th 2009.  What better gift could she receive than what she got today?  And I didn't give it to her.  She's a Mets fan, and a very intelligent one at that.  She is not a fly by night, "David Wright is Cuter than Derek Jeter" fan.  My wife could actually tell you the infield fly rule. But more importantly, when I walk in the door and she's watching the Mets, she yells at the TV, and asks me to explain to her, "why the Mets consistently get runners on first & thrid with no outs and cannot score?"  As a fan of the GAME of Baseball, she got something today that no one could have ever expected.  All the records set within the past few years may get wped clean.   Think about this.  The All time Hit king is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, because he cheated and gambled...albeit, after his playing days.  Now, 104 players that tested positive in 2003 for steroids, not to mention, those already outed in the Mitchell report, means that the MAJORITY of BASEBALL PLAYERS within that era (about 1994 - 2003) were taking some form of HGH, Steroids or performance enhancing drug.  Should any of them get into the Hall of Fame?  Not Bonds.  Not Clemens.  Not Palmeiro.  McGwire or Sosa?  Now Alex?  Here's my opinion:  They should.  I love the idea that Bob Costas came up with.  Put a plaque at the entrance to Cooperstown explaining how there are eras in Baseball that has been defined by the actions of owners and players.  They have included expansion, race, the war, the growth of America,  None more prevalent than the steroids era.  If Selig had to look back at a guy like Judge Kenisaw Mountain Landis, he would wipe any record set in this era that was set by a player named in the Mitchell Report or as part of the 104 players in the 2003 drug test.  Meaning...we go back to Maris hit 61 and Aaron hit 755.  We need to applaud the players like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron & Jackie Robinson for being the eptiome of a ball player all while dealing with bouts of racism in their paths.  We need to take longer looks at guys Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio who paused their pro careers in order to fight tyranny in Germany for our country, many years before one Pat Tillman ever did.  We need to make sure those players who were awarded MVP's in this era relinquished them IF NAMED, to the runner up.  We need to start falling in love with SMALL BALL Players like Ichiro, Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins and yes, Derek Jeter to name a few.  We could love a guy like Rickey Henedrson this year just a little more with all that is going on in the major leagues as Rickey enters Cooperstown.  The last of the great base-stealers really is, like he said when he passed Lou Brock, "The greatest of all-time."  The fact of the matter is that after hearing Alex Rodriguez admit that he used performance enhancers for 3 years because of the "pressure of living up to his enormous contract"  why was everybody else doing it?  To get that big of a contract!  So he got that contract prior to using, then used to live up to the moniker of being 1 of the greatest players of all time, even though he was well on his way to being talked about like that for eternity.  What is scary is that I get it.  He was a young guy on a team that had Palmeiro, Pudge Rodriguez, & weren't they introduced to steroids by former Ranger Jose Canseco?  Right Now, Canseco is a sell out, but absolutely believable.  A-Rod being that Young & Influential to millions of baseball fans, including the kids could actually do everything in his grasp to be the best.  Immature guys do that, and we all know that he's very immature.  The beauty of today is that he is mature now.  He was smart enough to see what Pettite did and how Baseball, the league, New York and most importantly, his teammates reacted to Andy telling the truth.  They supported Andy, then they should support A-Rod.  The bad Opt-out scenario got wiped away by swallowing his pride and contacting the Yankee brass to apologize and do what it takes to stay a Yankee.  People, the guy is growing up.  But can we really believe that he's drug free every year other than 2001-2003?  Trust is a 2 way street, and Alex, you have done nothing to earn that trust from us.  Lastly, I bring up the opt-out scenario for a reason.  A-Rod has clauses in his contract that he can earn more money for every milestone he approaches which can equal up to $30 million dollars.  The first thing you need to do is donate whatever you make from those incentives of that $30 million dollars to educating the young children that looked up to you as to the dangers of steroids and lasting damage it could do to a human being.  It's not like we'd look at each milestone you reach as legitimate anyway.  But we would care about each milestone you hit because of the amount of good that would come from each milestone you hit.  Regardless, today is a sad day for baseball, and the Elias Sports Bureau.  Get rid of the stats that mattered to most these past say 20 years.  Even if the entire league were on an even playing field because they were ALL on steroids.  Its the stats that mattered to historians.  They shouldn't matter any more. 

Posted on: December 4, 2008 7:14 am

Plaxico Dumba $$

So Teammate Steve Smith gets mugged at gunpoint outside his own home.  This incident sends shivers down the Superstar Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress's spine.   So much so that, instead of staying in with your family, you feel the need to go to the club wearing close to $100,000 grand in BLING, yet only wore sweatpants in.  Can you say Fashion Fopah?  I was listening to Mike & Mike where Greenberg & Mark Schlereth were talking about the same thing I was thinking when I heard what this guy was wearing.  The pocket design is so bad, doesn't hold anything on a pair of cannot hold your wallet, your cell phone, your chapstick without falling out.....WHAT MAKES YOU THINK A GLOCK IS STAYING IN THERE??  Glock's don't have safety's so that answers the question "WHY WASN'T THE SAFETY ON"?  But the other thing is that apparently the gun was licensed in Florida.....WAS, IT EXPIRED!!!!   C'mon!!!  THat couldn't hold up as your excuse now if you tried!! 
Apparently the other detail that came out about this case is that the club that Plaxico, Antonio Pierce & Ahmad Bradshaw went to has a metal detector and it actually detected the gun...but since they are the New York Football Giants...the club let them in!  Wow!  Imagine if someone innocent got shot?  Lastly, is the process of how the incident tried to get covered up....Still, no police officer knows HOW THE INCIDENT FELL INTO THEIR LAP.  Still the Hospital didn't report it?  I'm sure it came out of there someway, somehow.  But as the NY Giants involved in trying to think of a way to cover his up....don't they have team doctor's & trainers???  Call the coaches!!???  IF this incident somehow costs us Antonio Pierce then our season is all for naught. AP missed one game...ironically, it was the Giants ONE loss.  He feels that, "He is his brother's Keeper" and that's why he did it.  AP you forgot about your other 51 brothers and oh yeah....the MILLIONS of Big Blue fans!  But still, Burress is a dumbass.  He's not a bloodthirsty animal killer like Michael Vick.  He should not do more jail time than Vick.  Vick should have gotten 10 years if Plaxico gets the minimum of 3 & a half.  But in all that, take a look at the 2 teams who had the 2 most notorious bad boys in the NFL: the Tennessee Titans had gotten rid of Pacman Jones, and they are 11-1.  The Falcons had to rebuild, but in the afte Vick era...they are primed for a playoff spot in a very good NFC South.  Both teams got much better after getting rid of their controversial star players.

Posted on: November 27, 2008 11:18 am
Edited on: November 27, 2008 11:19 am

Can the J E T S JETS JETS JETS get to Tampa?

Are the Jets getting to the big game? I think it's more of a possibility every day.They have the right mentality, talent & coach...not to mention the right leader FINALLY.  The whole world is gonna root for Brett Favre including those in Green Bay, because they'll get a first round Draft pick!!  He keeps that team loose, fun and makes every one Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Dustin Keller, Chansi StuckeyI'm not sold on Tennessee because I think other teams figured out how they can beat them, especially after watching the Jets & Bears stop the run.  Is Kerry Collins going to lead this team to the promise land?  Giants fans know all too well that he may come up short in the big game.  That leaves 2 teams, Ben & the Steelers or Peyton & the Colts.  Tough road ahead for both teams with some big injuries.  Mike Tomlin is no Bill Cowher, Peyton's group is getting better.  I could see only 2 teams coming out of the AFC right now, which means it should  be:  a NY Bowl or A Manning Bowl.  Think of the Headlines now!!!!<o:p></o:p>

Posted on: November 27, 2008 11:04 am
Edited on: November 27, 2008 11:05 am

GIANTS back to Defend?

Everybody loves the Giants right now....<o:p></o:p>

Everyone was loving Dallas at this point last year....<o:p></o:p>

Everyone was loving the Colts in 2005 with Homefield Advantage with the exception of the 53 playing for Bill Cowher wearing Black & Gold<o:p></o:p>

The Giants are easliy the team to beat right now, & with HomeField Advantage in a NY Winter, that's a big thing for got them the the Big Game in 1986 & again in 2000.  <o:p></o:p>

That said, ONE GAME turned around that team's entire thought process & Attitude......the loss to New England in Week 17.  <o:p></o:p>

Who doesn't think that could happen again for the Cowboys or even the Vikings???  They both still play the Mighty Giants, and that worries the hell out of me as a Giants Fan.  <o:p></o:p>


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