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SKIP CARAY DIES

August 4, 2008

SKIP CARAY

Longtime Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray died Sunday. He was 68.

Anyone who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s was familiar with Caray and probably watched him more than any other baseball announcer. Caray broadcast Braves games for 33 years. Believe it or not, when WTBS was “The Superstation” (before ESPN got its baseball contract) more people got their baseball fix by watching Braves games than any other station. In fact, the Atlanta Braves were marketed as “America’s Team” because all of their games were on national cable tv. Skip Caray was the Braves lead announcer.

Caray, of course, was the son of legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray.

 

HARRY CARAY

JUST THEO BEING THEO

July 31, 2008

RED SOX GM THEO EPSTEIN

Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez appears to have burned his last bridge out of Boston.

It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein will unload the team’s disgruntled star before today’s trade deadline. The last straw appears to be an interview Ramirez gave to ESPNdeportes.com. In that interview, Manny made the EXACT point that I did on Sunday-that the Boston Red Sox regularly villify star players once they make too much money and routinely run them out of town.

Ramirez mentioned Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra specifically. The same things has happened from the ’70s with legends like Carlton Fisk, through the ’80s with guys like Fred Lynn, and into the ’90s when Boston fans were convinced to give up on a “washed up” Roger Clemens. Clemens went on to win mulitple Cy Young Awards in Toronto and a World Series ring with the hated New York Yankees. It even happened in the 2000’s to World Series heroes like Johnny Damon and, as Ramirez points out, Pedro Martinez. Apparently it’s still going on today.

At least Boston fans are consistent. they fall for this crap from ownership EVERY time.

However, Ramirez probably crossed the line when he said star players were “mistreated” by the Red Sox and things have gotten so bad “they don’t deserve me.”

 

MANNY RAMIREZ

MARK CUBAN RECEIVES UNEXPECTED ENDORSEMENT FOR CHICAGO CUBS OWNERSHIP

July 31, 2008

DAVID STERN

The Dallas Morning News has an interesting tidbit on their NBA blog. Bloomberg News asked NBA commissioner David Stern what he would tell Major League Baseball owners about the prospect of controversial Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchasing the Chicago Cubs. (Cuban is one of three announced finalists for acquiring the baseball team.)

Stern and Cuban have a long-running feud. In fact, Stern has fined Cuban more than $1 million over the years. Surprisingly, Stern gave Cuban a glowing recommendation. According to Bloomberg News, Stern said about Cuban,

 

“They should welcome him.”

 

 

MARK CUBAN

DESPITE HIS PORN MUSTACHE JEFF KENT DOESN’T LIKE PORN

July 30, 2008

JEFF KENT’S MUSTACHE

There’s no doubt that newspapers are dying. Despite this fact, many sportswriters are making more money than they ever have before. A lot of those writers aren’t necessarily doing the best work of their careers. In fact, the Skip Bayless, Jay Mariotti and Woody Paiges of the world are now unproductive parodies of themselves. Tony Kornheiser was so useless that the Washington Post paid him millions of dollars NOT to work.

However, there is one old sportswriter who is having a career year. T.J. Simers of the LA Times has been masterful. His running feud with “Tubbo” Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones has been sheer genius. Now, Simers may have topped that. He actually managed to get a good quote out of surly Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent.

JEFF KENT

Getting Jeff Kent to say something remotely interesting or funny (intentional or not) is no easy task. In fact, it hasn’t been done until now and this is Kent’s 20th season in professional baseball. In his latest column Simers lauds Kent who has been unpopular with his teammates his entire career (Barry Bonds, for instance, HATED Kent.)

Simers got Kent to open up about exactly why he has been so unliked by his peers despite a borderline Hall of Fame career:

 

 

 

“I don’t hang out with the guys — never have. I don’t go out drinking, look at porn, have a girlfriend or get divorced — so I’m selfish.”

 

 

How awesome is that! Jeff Kent maintains the reason he is unpopular is he is faithful to his wife and doesn’t like porn. Congrats to T.J. Simers for pulling THAT quote.

 

T.J. SIMERS

PITCHER IS A COUNTERFEITER AS WELL AS A WIFE BEATER

July 30, 2008

FRESNO GRIZZLIES PITCHER JULIO MATEO

Former Seattle Mariners reliever Julio Mateo has been arrested on counterfeiting and forgery charges. Mateo is now pitching for the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies are a farm team of the San Francisco Giants.

Mateo was arrested in Albuquerque after passing a counterfeit $100 bill to a cab driver. When police searched Mateo’s hotel room they found numerous bogus bills.

This isn’t Mateo’s first brush with the law. He pleaded guilty to assault charges last year after he admitted hitting his wife in a Manhattan hotel room. That incident prompted the Mariners to trade Mateo.

DOUCHEBAG BOSTON MEDIA CONTINUES ASSAULT ON MANNY

July 29, 2008

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BRUTAL NY MEDIA: JOHAN SANTANA BLASTED FOR PITCHING A COMPLETE GAME

July 29, 2008

JOHAN SANTANA

Talk about a no-win situation! Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News actually ripped Mets ace pitcher Johan Santana for pitching a complete game and giving the New York bullpen a rest. Keep in mind Santana was blasted by the New York media for coming out of the game after eight innings (with a three run lead) in his previous start against Philadelphia.

DETROIT FINALLY BEGINS DEMOLITION OF OLD TIGER STADIUM

July 28, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

A’S ROOKIE SETS RECORD

July 28, 2008

BRAD ZIEGLER

Oakland A’s rookie pitcher Brad Ziegler set baseball’s all-time scorless innings record Sunday. No pitcher in Major League history has started his career with a longer scoreless streak. Some of the rookie’s gear is actually being sent to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Ziegler has not allowed an earned run in the first 27 innings of his big league career. The 28-year-old is unscored upon in 23 games. The record Ziegler broke for scorless innings at the start of a career had stood for 101 years.

NIEHAUS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

July 28, 2008

DAVE NIEHAUS

Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus was among those inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Niehaus has been the Mariners announcer for 32 years (since the team’s inception in 1977.)