** Is there a better outfield in baseball than the one the Yankees trot out every night? Brett Gardner, Jacob Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks And Aaron Judge.Their combined stats are almost frightening:
126 runs (45% of the team's total)
40 home runs (51% of the Team's total)
.300 batting average
.393 on-base pct.
They have also combined for 24 steals.
Yes, I know there are four of them, but you can only put three of them out there at a time and their appearances as DH are very rare. Hicks and Judge are having seasons that make them favorites for the all-star team and Gardner may be the player of the month for May. All four are above average outfielders and only Ellsbury has what is considered to be an average arm. The other two are above average.
Divide each of those numbers by four and most teams have one outfielder that reaches that level, some are lucky enough to have two. No team has three with those numbers; the Yanks have four. I told you it was frightening.
** Albert Pujols is one home run away from 600 career homers and yet no one seems to be making a big deal over this. Are we becoming jaded because there are so many others with 600? There are exactly EIGHT of them. Not exactly a crowded field. Is it because he plays on the west coast and has to fight the so-called east coast bias? Hasn't hurt Mike Trout's exposure any. Speaking of which, is he playing in Trout's shadow? It would certainly be easy to do. Are the Angels not making use of the advertising avenue the way they should? Oh yeah, the Angels put a sign in center field listing his current total. Of course, the steroid issue always comes in to play where home runs are concerned but Albert has never even been hinted at any PED use in his career. He is a very low-key guy and just keeps putting up the numbers, hence his nickname, "The Machine."
Whatever the reason, it is quite an accomplishment and he deserves the recognition. Good going, Albert. Keep those taters coming.
By the way, has anyone seen the real Masahiro Tanaka walking around out there somewhere? Just asking.
The NY Mets mascot, Mr Met, has been let go because he gave the fans "the finger" the other night. That gesture is defined by flashing the middle finger. I have one question: Since the mascot only has four fingers, which one is considered the middle finger?
***THEY SAID IT***
"This eternal break before the NBA Finals is making many sports fans long for the excitement of Super Bowl week." -- Janice Hough
"Topps Company says their Tim Tebow baseball card will have a limited release. Just like the ex-QB’s throwing motion." -- RJ Currie
"“Awkward: Yankees invite all of Jeter’s exes to Derek Jeter Day.” -- TheKicker.com
"A Toyota Land Cruiser was clocked at 230 mph to break the record for fastest SUV. Apparently somebody was really late to their kid’s soccer game." -- Conan O'Brien
"A deceased Mets fan's ashes are being flushed down toilets in baseball stadiums across the country. Meanwhile, the Mets are honoring his wish by flushing their season, too." -- Seth Meyers
"Think I’ve solved this SF Giants-Nationals thing. Let Washington find Jamie Moyer and sign him to a one-day contract. Have Baker tell him to throw at Posey. Honor regained, and Buster won’t even have a bruise." -- Janice Hough
"A greyhound racing trainer in Florida was suspended after -- Brad Dickson . So far the Dallas Cowboys are planning to draft two of the dogs."
"Colin Kaepernick has still not had an offer from any NFL teams. One more week with no suitors and he will be most likely to start kneeling on both knees." -- TC Chong
"An errant throw by outfielder Tim Tebow nailed a Columbia Fireflies fan in the groin. After the game, Tebow autographed a baseball for the fan that he will one day show his children — assuming he can still have them." -- Brad Dickson
"The Warriors and Cavaliers won their conference titles before Memorial Day weekend. If their championship series doesn't go seven, it just might end before next Memorial Day." -- RJ Currie
"According to Tiger's DUI video, he was totally confused as to where he was and where he was going. If you really analyze the mug shot, it appears he is trying to escape being struck by a blond woman wielding a 9 iron." -- TC Chong
"A 12-year-old ventriloquist stunned the audience on "America's Got Talent." If you put this 12-year-old in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and let the dummy spell words, I'd actually watch. "And now I'll spell the word 'capriciousness' while drinking a glass of water." -- Brad Dickson