Monday, June 10, 2013

FOG DELAY? Not for the NL Central

The above picture is a snap shot I took of the current Reds @ Cubs game. They are currently playing ball in what may the worst fog conditions ever to roll onto the field. In the picture, Homer Bailey, the rights right-hander is throwing te ball - the ball is almost across the plate at this point.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Inside Info on PED break! MUST READ

<![if !supportLists]>·                     <![endif]>Latest update per baseball insider website "the warning track": In demonstration of its commitment to ridding the game of illegal steroids and human growth hormones, MLB and the commissioner has proposed banning the consumption of McDonald's brand chicken, more commonly known as the McNugget. Mr. Selig reports that the McNugget is packed with growth hormones used in bulk chicken production, when asked, the Commissioner told reporters that "They {McNuggets} are packed with some farm-grade growth hormone synthetically conditioned for cows, poultry, and other agricultural animals, the guys {baseball players} are always on the roads traveling, consuming a lot of fast food and some of these big fellas, like Big Papi and that fat (explicit) from Detroit, what’s his name? Cecil's boy? well anyhow, those players can eat 50 or more nuggets in one sitting, and its going to make 'em test hot". In resolve to latest events and PED usage, Selig is suggesting all MLB players adhere to a strict diet of natural and free range meats .#

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angels: Goliath awakens?

It's definitely not the beginning of the end for any of the other four AL West ball clubs, but it's not an easy feeling knowing the beast is growling a bit. Like most baseball fans, we all like underdogs, the feel good, come from behind teams. Well, prior to April the Angels were not classified as an underdog. With Pujols, Hamilton, and Trout? and don't forget the new hurlers they signed. Now a month and a half into baseball and the Angels, the great 2013 Goliath is starting to look more like the Houston Astros (who are nipping at their heals). Either way this team ends up, even with a 10 game lead on first place, when the fore mentioned super-sluggers start hitting home runs, its time to pick up the pace.

MLB reporter Alden Gonzalez wrote after yesterday's win: 
You can drive yourself crazy examining the Angels' slow start, poring through all sorts of reasons why a team this talented, this accomplished and this expensive could possibly head into Tuesday's game with the fourth-worst run differential in the Majors and a 10-game deficit in its division.
Or you can simplify it like this: Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols are getting paid a lot of money, and neither has produced much.
If nothing else, the ensuing 6-2 win over the Royals at Angel Stadium -- a night when Pujols and Hamilton homered in the same game for the first time, joining Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick in a mini home run derby -- was a reminder of how much better this team can be if its two most accomplished players revert back to their normal selves.
The Angels' hope is that it's a sign of things to come.
"If those guys get going, that's a lot of damage that can be done," Kendrick said. "Those two guys, they're known for going deep. They definitely hit the long ball."
Jason Vargas gave up only two runs in seven-plus innings, snapping opponent Jeremy Guthrie's 18-game unbeaten streak on a night that saw the Angels hit four homers to tie their season high.
Trout's homer was the icing on the cake, a seventh-inning laser to left field to give him seven on the year while putting his batting average at .351 over the last 14 games. In short, Trout has been there.
The other two stars haven't -- until now, perhaps.
Hamilton's homer came one day after he exited because of the sinus congestion he continues to battle. It came in the sixth inning, on Guthrie's first pitch of the at-bat, and it traveled about 430 feet into the grass in center field. It was his fifth homer on the year, and his first against a team other than the Astros.
No surprise, it was the best a ball has felt off his bat all season.
"That felt good," said Hamilton, who also lined out and drew a full-count walk, putting his batting average at .214. "That was barreled up. It was just nice and easy, don't over-swing, let the pitcher supply the power. It felt good."
Pujols' fourth-inning homer, a rocket that landed above the stacked bullpens, snapped a nine-game homerless drought -- a stretch that saw him bat .200 -- and gave him six on the year, 481 for his career. Pujols hates talking about injuries, but it can't be easy for a guy dealing with pain in his right knee and plantar fasciitis in his left foot to generate much power.
"No doubt it's affected him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "When we got into a little warmer weather, I think he's rebounded a bit. He hit a rocket last night to right-center and killed one tonight. Hopefully he's going to start to feel better in the box."
The Angels didn't play a clean game -- not when you consider Chris Iannetta and J.B. Shuck were both thrown out at third base in the third inning -- but they hit four homers at home for the first time since July 8 of last year, received a solid start from a key newcomer and scored in five straight innings for the first time since April 19, 2011. In the process, they beat a starting pitcher who hadn't lost since Aug. 3 of last year and still has a 2.82 ERA on the season.
"They've got some guys that have got some tremendous pop over there," Royals skipper Ned Yost said, his team now 19-17. "They weren't horrible pitches; they were pitches that probably caught a little bit too much of the plate that were down."
Heading into Tuesday's game, the two were batting a combined .223 with nine homers -- the same number Vernon Wells has hit for the Yankees -- and a combined Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of zero.
Yes, the Angels have been ravaged by injuries and haven't done anything well. But this is a club built around Pujols and Hamilton, two guys signed to combined contracts of $365 million. They're the ones who need to drive the engine.
"Those guys eventually will get going and we need them," Scoiscia said, "but it's going to take more than that."
Sure it is. But you'd be surprised how much two guys can help.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Remember, the IRS will be responsible for enforcing ObamaCare.

BAHAH HA HA HAHA HA HA -------- I don't always get political, but when I do, I make fun of Obama and people who voted for him!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

The FACEBOOK drinking game!

THE FACEBOOK DRINKING GAME: Get ready to get sloshed... My wife is a pretty active facebooker - from relatives in other states, friends from the academy, and friends from the past. If ever I want to have a good time, kick back a few, I just play the following game while she checks her facebook.

Take a drink whenever...

  1. Someone posts their accomplishment that otherwise would go unnoticed
  2. Post a picture of their new tattoo
  3. A “way-too-close” picture of their face
  4. Someone's pet doing something silly
  5. A recent meal they had that was super-duper delicious
  6. A post to instigating an argument
  7. Pictures of cats with stupid quotes under them
  8. A post written while obviously intoxicated.
  9. Posts about how much smarter your child is
  10. Posting close-ups of food – that doesn't really look that good.