Thursday, July 31, 2014


Hope you're sitting down. The Yanks have made a very surprising move. They made a trade with the Red Sox, but it's all down hill after that. The Sox unloaded shortstop Stephen Drew on the hit-less Yanks. I haven't been able to find out what NY gave up. If it's any more a pair of used cleats, the Yanks got hosed. I thought Brendan Ryan was the worst hitter on the team. He's hitting a sparkling .200 with no homers and 6 RBIs. Ah, but now we have Drew, who is hitting .176 with 4 homers. At least they added some power. I also read the Yankees plan to use him at second base. I want some of what Cashman's smoking.

Everybody though that David Price was going to end up with the Rays, but today he went to the Tigers. Again, I can't find out what Tampa got in return.

Jon Lester went to Oakland for Cespedes. Lester's a free agent after this season, so maybe the Yanks will have a shot at him over the winter. Cespedes has another year to go.

John Lackey is now with the St. Louis Cardinals. A real house-cleaning for the Red Sox, who are mired in last place.
A word or two about the Sox. After last year's championship, everyone was surprised that Boston has done so poorly this year. In 2012, everybody was shocked that Boston ended up so badly. Has anyone considered that Boston has just been a bad team for the last three years and the Championship year was the abnormality? Boston put together a bunch of past-their-prime names, who all out-performed their expectations. Sometimes, everything just seems to go right for you.

Is there any hitter in the majors that's hotter than Brett Gardner has been the last few games?  When a fly ball with two men on bounces off the head of the center fielder for a three-base error, you know luck is on your side.

Tonight, we should be hearing about all the details of these trades.

" Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. At one point, somebody yelled: "Hey! There's a player juicing!" and all three looked the other way.  -- Brad Dickson
"Andy Milovich, the general manager of the minor-league Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans, made good on a promise to a young cancer patient whose Facebook page received 10,000 "likes" by hanging out a press-box window and singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" live on the stadium big board - while undergoing a prostate exam.  Hitting the high notes, we assume, wasn't a problem."  -- Dwight Perry
"A horse belonging to Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for a banned substance: "Officials say it's either steroids or whatever's helped the queen live to be 188."  -- Jimmy Fallon
"The most striking thing about about LeBron James's decision to go home to Cleveland? It's not the Heat, it's the humility."  -- RJ Currie
" The Chicago Cubs (44-61) beat the Colorado Rockies (43-63) last night in 16 innings. And if you watched the entire game and aren’t related to one of the players, you just might have too much time on your hands."  -- Janice Hough


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