Tuesday, July 02, 2013


     Robinson Cano hitting home runs. And he can hit them to all fields. It never even looks like he's swinging hard, but the ball just jumps off his bat.

     Robinson Cano when he doesn't hit home runs. Ground balls to the infield are easy outs since Robbie seldom puts any effort to beat anything out. If an outfielder should bobble a Cano single, no problem - Cano won't be in a position to try for an extra base.

LIKE -- 
     The Pittsburgh Pirates. They haven't had a winning season in years - 20 years, in fact - but that's about to end. They have the best record in baseball and are on a pace for 100+ wins. I like their stadium too. Go Bucs!

     The Pirate team is fueled by ex-Yankees. Mark Melancon, Russell Martin, AJ Burnettt, Jose Tabata and Jeff Karstens, all played for the Yanks or came up through the NY farm system. If they'd only played that well for the Yankees.

     Sabine Lisicki. She won another match and is in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. She played Serena Williams tough and got into her head. It didn't matter is she won a point or blew a shot, Lisicki ALWAYS had a smile on her face.

     Silly, silly, SILLY useless stats. "Stewart is in a bit of a slump. He's 2 for his last 12." That's not a trend; it's a bump in the road. If he goes 5 for his next 12, he's hitting .290. Does that mean he's on a tear? How do you like this gem: "The Yanks are last in the league in hitting with runners in scoring position with two out in the 7th inning or later in day games." By the time I figure out what that means, it's the next inning.

     The Syracuse Orange are in the ACC. I will certainly miss the old Big East rivalries, I look forward to some new ones. Duke? North Carolina? Maryland?
     Meaningless catch phrases. "Free baseball"  At $1500 a seat, there's nothing free about it. If I leave in the 7th inning, do I get a discount?
     Did I mention I like Sabine Lisicki?
     "Dynamic Pricing "  This is what teams call it when they artificially raise prices for games they consider "special." Almost every team raises prices when the Yankees are in town. The Yanks are a little kinder: they don't raise prices for seats that are already in 4-digit range. Colleges are doing it, too. Michigan charges $65 a ticket for games against teams like Akron or Central Mich. If you want to see them play Ohio State, however, it will cost you $175. Notre Dame? That seat at the stadium will run you $195. They should change their mascot from a wolverine to a raccoon. At least they wear masks.

"This whole Dwight Howard circus is a lot of ado about a guy with the free throw skills of Shaquille O’Neal and the decision-making ability of Brett Favre."  -- Janice Hough
 "The minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones invited 18 rabbis for a ceremonial pitch, and word is one of them was called for a balk. Silly rabbi, tricks are for kids."  -- RJ Currie
   [I don't write 'em, I just report 'em. - CP]
"What's the difference between Nik Wallenda and SI Swimsuit model Kate Upton? One risked dropping to his death in a gorge; the other is drop-dead gorgeous."  -- RJ Currie
"According to a J.D. Power survey, the lowest quality vehicle is a Ford C-Max crossover hybrid. During tests, the crash test dummies had to get out and push"  -- Brad Dickson
"It was supposed to get up to 128 degrees in Death Valley but only got up to 124. Do you suppose people sit around Death Valley complaining about the missed forecast? “If I’d known it was only going to be 124, I would’ve brought a sweater.”  -- Brad Dickson
" 29 NFL players have been arrested since the Super Bowl: “We’re getting pretty close to the NFL’s ‘good guy’ award going to whoever only had a misdemeanor in the last year.”  -- Brandon McCarthy
"Two defensive starters on Texas A&M’s football team were charged with misdemeanor assault over the weekend. And Roger Goodell is thinking “Thank God they weren’t already drafted."  -- Janice Hough
"Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez' first major league hit got stuck in the outfield wall. The 2013 crack MLB umpires immediately called it, “A ground rule something-or-other.”  -- Brad Dickson
"YES telecasts should include this message from the Surgeon General once the Yankees reach the second half of their batting order: “WARNING: We have now temporarily left the competitive portion of our program.”  -- Mike Vaccaro
"Canadian Anthony Bennett was the surprise 1st pick of the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Somehow Tony Bennett and Cleveland just doesn’t sound right."  -- TC Chong


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