Sunday, June 08, 2014


The Yankee announcers, including the two Fox Network 'experts' from last night, keep talking about how the Yankee hitters are better than the way they're hitting now. The current phrase is, "They're not hitting like the back of their bubble gum cards." Maybe it's time for a new card. Ken Singleton says they are due to bust out. It that's true, then there's a 50-run inning coming our way.
Jeter's range at short is getting smaller and smaller. His defense now consists of two steps and a dive, then get up and take the throw from the outfield. As good a shortstop as he's supposed to be, I'd still rather have a stationary Jeter at short than Brendan Ryan.  How bad is it? The lead headline on ESPN this morning was that the Yanks drafted Mariano Rivera's son and, oh yeah, the Yanks lost.

All five AL East teams lost yesterday. Toronto's got a 5.5 game lead, but it might mean they're the first team to get on an extended hot hot streak. NY isn't scaring anybody, nor is Baltimore. Tampa can't get out of their own way and Boston? Well, they're in the middle of another streak. First they lost 10 games in a row, then they won seven in a row, now they've lost five in a row. That's a real roller-coaster ride. Yesterday, they pounded out 15 hits en-route to an 8-6 loss.

The San Diego Padres drafted Johnny Manziel. Why?

Pete Rose will manage one game for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. Rose says he's doing it because he loves baseball...and he hasn't been in the news lately. No word yet on what he'll be charging for his autograph.

In the NHL (that's hockey, folks), the NY Rangers lost again and are trailing the LA Kings 2-0. Which means I have cousins in my hometown who are besides themselves with grief.

Are we between games or is the NBA finals over with? Okay, I'm told there is a game today between the Heat and the Spurs, followed by a network special on the condition of LeBron James' legs.

"The air conditioning went out during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It was so hot in the arena, fans saw a miragean NBA ref appearing to call traveling."  -- Brad Dickson
"Lebron James saysI know Im the easiest target that we have in sports, Im aware of it.” And A-Rod respondedWho am I, chopped liver?"  -- Janice Hough
"Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis was put on the disabled list. He’s out with swelling in his ankle and shrinking in his batting average."  -- RJ Currie

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