Saturday, June 20, 2015

3000 HITS .... I GUESS

A-Rod got his 3000th hit last night, at least that's what the record books say. As all the YES broadcasters like to say, "Each individual will have to make up their own minds as to whether or not it's legitimate."  I have no idea how you would go about determining how many hits were 'earned' and how many were drug-related. You may want to recognize Bond's homerun record, or McGwire's accomplishments, but remember, you still have to hit the ball regardless of how strong you may be. A-Rod is proving a couple of things this year: there is a lot of talent inside that body and he has a work ethic that is unmatched. That has to account for something.
** This part is vary sad, though. The clown that caught A-Rod's 3000th hit homer, wants to keep it, because, "...I'm a collector and this ball means a lot to me."  Basically, he's living his pathetic life on the coattails of the talents and accomplishments of others. I would have understood it more if he demanded some exorbitant sum from A-Rod or the Yankees. I still wouldn't have liked it, but greed is more understandable than meanness. 

## So Pablo Sandoval gets benched because he "liked" somebody on the internet; in the bathroom...during the game...when he wasn't playing. Now I couldn't care less about Boston's problems and I don't condone what Pablo did, but come on, did they really have to make such a big deal out of it and sit him for a game for this? Bone-headed plays, failure to hustle, these are things that deserves punishment.

## The Yankees scored more than six runs last night which means Papa John's offers 50% off any online order. If you happen to live in the Miami area, the Marlins only need five runs. Not showing a lot of respect for the Marlins. It could be worse: in Milwaukee, I hear Papa John's immediately brings a meat-lovers pizza out to third base for any Brewer that makes it that far.

## Ya' gotta love those New York papers. Their back page headlines can be very amusing. The last two I saw - GARDY GOES YARDY  and  C.C. = SO SO.

##  Okay, let's cut up the All-Star game again. No matter how bad things are, they can always get worse. They have taken an exhibition game and made it a critical part of the season. They play everybody and have had to increase the size of the roster because of that, and the rule that every team has to be  represented. If that isn't enough, the Kansas City fans have taken advantage of the loop hole in the voting by flooding the ballot box with votes for the Royals. Computers have made this even easier in spite of the limitations (twenty five votes per e-mail address). Computer geeks have figured out how to bypass that restriction which resulted in some 65 million votes being discarded because of "irregularities."  There is so much wrong with this whole thing that they should scrap it and start from scratch. Here are some suggestions I would like to see implemented:
1) Teams are picked by the managers from each league. The top two vote-getters for each position make the team. Managers each pick two pitchers and the top 10 pitchers make the team.
2) Each team does NOT have to be represented.
3) No rule that everybody must play.
4) No limitation on how long a player must stay in the game, except for pitchers.
5) The game is for exhibition purposes ONLY.
If you want to determine the home field advantage for the World Series other than alternating between leagues, use the overall record of inter-league play.

Now, isn't that better?

## No truth to the rumor that the Grand Marshall of the Golden State Warriors victory parade is Riley Curry. She will have her own float, however,

"It pains me to say anything nice about a Dodger. But I do love this tweet from Brandon McCarthy. “in keeping with baseball tradition, a Houston exec should walk into the STL offices and hit their best front office guy with a fastball."  -- Janice Hough
" This is amazing. Six members of the Kansas City Royals are now leading the U.S. presidential race."  -- Brad Dickson
"Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez hit career home run No. 666 Saturday night. Conspiracy theorists say the devil made him do it."  -- Dwight Perry
"Thursday’s Jays-Mets pitching duel had RA Dickey, age 40, against 42-year-old Bartolo Colon. Urine tests found no Clostebol or Danazol, but plenty of Geritol."  -- RJ Currie
"Andre Iguodala  of the Warriors captured seven of the 11 votes to become the first to take the NBA finals MVP award.  But what about Lebron who garnered the other four votes? He was unquestionably the best player with the best stats but the majority of the voters made it clear they were only willing to give the award to someone from the winning team."  -- Hartley Miller, "The Hart Attack"
"Really bad timing for the St. Louis Cardinals to get caught.. This year investigators will believe the Astros actually had information worth stealing."  -- Janice Hough
"Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel declared that the days of his cartoonish persona, boorish acts and signature money sign are over. Reaction was predictably mixed: Browns fans are ecstatic. Joke writers are inconsolable."  -- Dwight Perry
" The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala was voted MVP of the NBA Finals. Great news for everyone except whoever has to engrave that name on a trophy."  -- Jimmy Kimmel
"Fan balloting has resulted in 8 Kansas City Royals starters voted in for the All Star Game. First reactions were that there must have been some type of computer screw up. Otherwise it would have been 9."  -- TC Chong


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