Wednesday, October 09, 2013


##  Boston Red Sox finally beat back the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 last night, and are in the AL Championship series. When the outcome became obvious, in a last ditch effort to get some recognition on ESPN, home plate umpire, Paul Emmel, chased Ben Zobrist back to the Rays' dugout after calling him out on a checked swing.  Okay, we got it, Paul. You're in charge. Now go home and watch the Series on TV.

##  There is a new trend in baseball. When your team doesn't have a good season, fire the 1st base coach. The Arizona Diamondbacks climbed aboard that wagon when they fired first base coach, Steve Sax. First base coaches all over the country are practicing those handshakes.

##  At the end of the season, Joe Girardi said he didn't want the negotiations for the Yankee managerial job to drag on. He's had an offer from the Yanks for almost a week and there has been nothing from Girardi. Meanwhile, the Robinson Cano negotiations are also at a standstill. The Yankee offer is not known, but Cano's original bid of $21,000 AN INNING, for 10 years. IS known.

##  Colorado Outfielder, Carlos Gonzales, has decided he won't have corrective surgery on the middle finger of his right hand, preferring to try rehab instead. Since it is the middle finger, I hope the workout is done in private.

##  Has AJ Burnett worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh? After giving up 7 runs in the 3rd inning of Game One, Manager Clint Hurdle has passed over him for the rubber game tonight in St. Louis. Burnett is a free agent after this season and turns 37 in January.

##  Larry Bowa, whose name surfaces every time there is a managerial opening, has announced he is returning as Bench Coach for the Phillies. No word yet on the first base coach.

"Nike unveiled new Pro Bowl uniforms today, changing their colors from blue and red to orange and yellow. Sure, that will do it. The reason the game has been so unwatchable has been the color scheme…."  -- Janice Hough
" An 80-year-old Colorado weightlifter has been banned for two years after testing positive for steroids. The 80-year-old was exposed after Jose Canseco showed up at the nursing home demanding he be tested."  -- Brad Dickson
"NASCAR's Danica Patrick will co-host the American Country Awards. And why not? Her marriage broke up, she's got a dog, drives a Chevy and all her chases end in heartache."  -- RJ Currie
"Oddsmakers have installed the Broncos as a record 27-point favorite over the Jaguars on Sunday. To put that in perspective, even Custer got 25½ at Little Big Horn."  -- Dwight Perry
" If our politicians can shut down the entire federal government, can’t they at least do us one favor and shut down the Jaguars, too? Now THAT would be public service!”  -- Mike Bianchi
"A woman streaker on the 18th fairway livened up the proceedings Sunday at the President’s Cup golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Apparently she’d heard it was a skins format this year."  -- Dwight Perry
"Not saying I don't like Mark Cuban's chances in his insider-trading trial. But his best character witness so far has been David Stern."  -- RJ Currie

"In Iowa City, a man whose last name is “Fudge” has been charged with stealing ice cream. I really have nothing to add here."  -- Brad Dickson


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