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Is it bad karma to mention a trade where I was happy to see two players leave?The Padres unloading Keith Moreland and Chris Brown on the Tigers for Walt Terrell was such a relief. Brown I now feel sorry for given his sad demise but, man, he was hard to root for. Meanwhile Moreland might have had the worst year in the history of baseball in 1988 (.256/.305/.331 for a LF/1B! And that doesn't even account for his atrocious defense.) Then after leaving he ripped the Padres fans for not being enthusiastic enough or something. This didn't endear him to anybody either.
Two comments from the perspective of somebody who grew up in San Diego.
Randy Hahn (currently the TV voice of the San Jose Sharks) was a GREAT soccer announcer for the San Diego Sockers. I still can't watch a Sharks game without thinking about soccer and San Diego. So good soccer announcers do exist and there is no requirement for having a thick british or irish accent.
You were talking about wanting to watch Tony Gwynn in his prime and wondering if it would be as fun as it sounds. I can answer that with a definitive yes. I had the privilege of seeing him hundreds of times in person and many many more times on TV or listening on the radio. He was the kind of player that if you only saw him infrequently you could easily mistake his hits for luck. He didn't typically hit laser beams or moon shots. But seen regularly you would start to see the pattern and realize that - hey he absolutely MEANT to softly slap the ball right through the 5.5 hole. And it would happen again and again and again and as the pattern dawned on you you could only shake you head in amazement. There was nobody else who could hit it where they ain't like number 19.
RIP Mr Gwynn. You will be missed.
+1 also too.
Seriously? Jameis Winston? In a just world we'd be talking about the length of his jail sentence not celebrating his two-sportiness. At a minimum his conduct should have him on the list of players we don't ever want to hear about again rather than on lists like this.
Saw an important record broken and the home team Pads won in the 16th.
Aren't the Astros in the AL West next year?
No love for Graig Nettles' superballs?
I have some friends with a mini season seat plan with the A's for midweek day games. Their seats are by the visitor's bullpen down the first base line. Everyone I've seen there has always been friendly. Never had any kind of problem.
Have to say I also don't get the attraction people have to the new mallparks. AT&T park is nice enough I guess but I find the commercialization to be overwhelming to the point of distraction. I go to games to watch baseball, enjoy a cold beer and hangout with my friends. Nothing about the fancy stadiums really adds to that at all. And watching (for instance) Tyler Florence do a Food Network promo at 110 decibels on the jumbotron seriously detracts from it.
"A perfect game is a series of nine consecutive perfect innings thrown by the same starter in the same game."
Years ago I had a great seat (about 10 rows up behind the 3rd base dugout) in San Diego for a game between the Padres and Expos. Pedro Martinez pitched 9 perfect innings only to find the game tied at zero. The Expos scored in the top of the 10th but Bip Roberts doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th and thus I was denied seeing a perfect game hurled by a future hall of famer. Ah well, still a great memory.
So a typical AL team would be expected to have a higher payroll than an NL team due to the designated hitter right? (ie because an AL team has 10 starters vs only 9 for an NL team.) IIRC this is a big issue in the labor negotiations.
I don\'t buy the analogy. PEDs are illegal and against the rules. Using them is clearly a violation. Driving with a broken speedometer and accidentally obeying the law is still obeying the law.
Say I was running in a marathon and decided I didn\'t want to run the whole course as laid out by the organizers. So I take a shortcut. Now, let\'s say the shortcut features lots of obstacles and I end up running the same time as I had while running the full course in a practice run the previous week. You could claim I didn\'t benefit by cheating. Should my time officially stand? Am I the winner if I finish ahead of everyone else even though I didn\'t run the correct course?
Will, here are some things that aren\'t going to make this controversy go away:
Relativism: Coffee is a performance enhancing drug right? Well, yeah. But it\'s legal and allowed within the rules. Testosterone, Primobolan, HGH, Greenies, etc. are not. You\'re free to quibble with where the line is drawn but the line is still the line and crossing it is cheating.
Misdirection: Look over there! Other players might be cheating! What about the NFL? Beelzebud didn\'t care back in the day! True enough. But ARod is still a liar and a cheater. He\'s mostly highly compensated player in baseball and by far the best currently active player involved in this mess. All that cash comes with responsibility and he blew it. Now he gets to pay the price. Tough.
Rationalization: We don\'t know if PEDs actually help that much. Maybe, and if you want to believe that a dramatic improvement in performance by 36 year old outfielder coming off a knee injury was a coincidence and had nothing to do with cream or clear, fine, whatever. PEDs are still illegal and against the rules. The intent was to cheat, hence the lying about it. The effectiveness of it is totally irrelevant.
Shooting the messenger: The press is overreacting! They\'re being unfair! Cry me a river. The gist of what\'s being written about ARod is quite true despite that. Are the media members who ignored the problem and wrote hagiographies about McGwire back in the day hypocrites? Maybe, but it doesn\'t change a damn thing about ARod. He\'s let us all down. Let\'s face it, as long as high profile players keep getting caught the rest and in fact the whole game will remain under suspicion.
No, there isn\'t anything A-Rod can say at this point that will help him. If he tells the truth he might go to jail. So he tried a non-apology apology. Nice try but that isn\'t going to work, nor should it. That isn\'t the media\'s fault.
Now I get the point about Selig being a hypocrite and yes, it\'s ridiculous that we aren\'t talking about the NFL, etc.
But the lesson isn\'t that the media hates the players and that nothing the players say will help them. The lesson is that lying and cheating will put you in a tough spot. Too bad, don\'t do that.
Good grief. Why continue to defend this clown? He\'s a liar and a cheater who kept digging his hole with a completely ludicrous story of an unnamed cousin and \"over the counter\" supplements. He\'s absolutely earned the ridicule. That there might be hypocrisy in the media or management, etc. doesn\'t change any of it. He knew what he was doing was illegal and against the rules, he lied about it, is still lying about it and there is no excuse for it. If players want better coverage they should stop cheating and lying.
Now it\'s probably true that ARoid is in a tough spot. Being honest might put him or friends and family into legal jeopardy but that\'s all the more reason not to have broken the law to begin with. He\'s made his bed and is now going to have to live with it.