Monday, May 06, 2013


...if you're an umpire. "HE SHOWED ME UP."  How can you show up someone who is supposed to be almost invisible. Third base umpire John Hirschbeck threw Bryce Harper out of the game yesterday after calling a checked-swing strike on him. After calling the swing, Hirschbeck immediately threw up his hands and started barking at Harper while walking towards him. After Harper tossed his bat and helmet, Hirschbeck ejected him, saying, "I had no recourse. He showed me up."  See for yourself.

My complete and utter distaste for umpires who instigate fights is well known and somebody (Sleepy Joe Torre?) has to do something about it. Not one fan paid money to see Hirschbeck umpire the game. If he happened to miss the game and there were only three umpires on the field, it might be 5 or 6 innings before the fans noticed.

## The Yanks lost another player yesterday. Eduardo Nunez left the game in fourth inning with tightness in his rib cage. An MRI was negative and Nunez hopes to play on Tuesday. When is this carnage going to stop? There are three infielders already on the DL - A-Rod, Jeter and Youkilis. Chris Nelson doesn't appear to be an answer: 0-7 with 3 strikeouts, so far. 2nd straight bad outing for Andy Pettitte. That's not good either.

## Boston's bubble finally burst, getting swept by the Texas Rangers this weekend.
Roy Halladay got beaten up by the Miami Marlins, giving up 9 runs in 2+ innings. His ERA is now 8.65. There is something wrong there.

"According to a new study, Houston has the fattest population of major cities in America. If they celebrate, I'm thinking we can rule out a victory march."  -- RJ Currie
"Just plunk down $100,000 on eBay, and an autographed Barry Bonds 1987 Donruss rookie card — which sells for just $2.99 unsigned — is all yours. What sets this one apart are the four words Bonds scrawled next to his signature: "Say No To Drugs."  -- Dwight Perry
"The Canucks stumbled out of the gate in the NHL playoffs: Even the rioters have made alternate plans for the Stanley Cup Final this year."  -- TC Chong
" NHL legend Ken Dryden is on a cross-Canada talking tour about preventing brain damage. Precaution one: avoid talks by Ken Dryden."  -- RJ Currie
"Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to resume baseball activities Monday in Tampa, Fla., and he can't wait to do some soft-tossing. But enough about the baseballs sporting his phone number for the female fans."  -- Dwight Perry
"Some have mentioned Tim Tebow would fit well with the New Orleans Saints. The headline read: "Tebow May Be Saint." Well, we knew that of course."  -- Brad Dickson
"There's talk that Charles Barkley may take the job as the Phoenix Suns' general manager. That would amount to a huge NBA shake up. For starters, it'd mean Mark Cuban has only the second biggest mouth in the league"  -- Brad Dickson


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