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THE CURSE IS BACK AND IT IS WORST THAN THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO
Category: MLB
Tags: Baseball Humor Curse Red Sox Cubs

 

THE CURSE IS BACK AND IT IS WORST THAN THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO
 
Now you have to be saying "Hey 'The Expert' you are a nutball with a statement like that"
 
I have proof. In the 20th Century the 1st team to win 2 World Series tittles was the Chicago Cubs, 1907 and 1908.
 
Well in the 21st Century the 1st team to win 2 World Series Tittles was "Your Boston Red Sox"
 
For the Cubs it is now 103 Years +
 
Yankee fans have been saying it will be 2093 till the Red Sox won a World Series. (86 Years after 2007), That would be a blessing to what the This "Curse" will be bringing.
Red Sox fans are now looking at 2111 at best till they have a chance to winning a World Series again.
 
Have a nice winter Red Sox Fans.
Five Minute Frags - Season of My Discontent
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays MLB Playoffs Failure Collapse

 

It is a failure of epic proportions.

It is disgusting on a scale only previously seen under a black light at Neverland Ranch.

It is completely and utterly intolerable.

I of course am speaking of the Red Sox and their continued propensity for collapse. Never before has a team blown a 9 game lead in the final month of the season, but somehow, this “team” of overpaid underachievers is managing to pull it off. There are no excuses for a team to play to a record of 6-18 in the final month of the season, even if they are out of the playoff hunt and giving their September call-ups the chance to play.

This team has looked utterly defeated for weeks, moping and dragging as every action and every break has gone against them. Fluke plays like a broken bat leading to a two-run single against the Yankees get compounded by poor fielding at every turn. This is a team that prior to September ranked 2nd in the American League in fielding percentage, yet leads Major League Baseball in total errors in the final month of the season. Let’s just look at where this team has failed for a moment, by showcasing their September rankings in regards to team statistics:

Team ERA – 5.85 – 29th in MLB

Runs Allowed – 161 – 29th in MLB

HR Allowed – 31 – 26th in MLB

Walks Allowed – 111 – 30th in MLB

Stolen Bases Allowed – 36 – 30th in MLB

You can’t win ball games when you put runners on base. You can’t win ball games when you continue to let them move freely into scoring position.

Where is the accountability? Where is the leadership stepping up and rallying the troops to the cause? Where is the fire to pick themselves up rather than lying down and waiting for death?

This team has two games, just two games left, to prove to themselves what they are made of and to show that they have the desire to keep moving forward. Fate is no longer in their hands, but they can still control whether or not they live to see another day. Buck Showalter and the Orioles aren’t going to make it easy on Boston, that much is apparent. The Yankees also aren’t going to do them any favors as they were more than happy to prove on Monday night.

This team needs to take the reins now and grab onto what hope is left and run with it. There is only two grains left in the hourglass before time officially runs out.

MLB In For A Wild Weekend
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays Los Angeles Angels Atlanta Braves St Louis Cardinals

Baseball can be a long season, excessively long to some fans. Still, for the true fans it seems to fly by quickly and then next thing they know, all of the divisions are clinched and we're left watching the few teams left standing scrapping for the Wild Card spots.

And that's exactly where we are as we swing into the final weekend of play, with the last three divisions having been clinched last night by the Arizona Diamondbacks (NL West), Milwaukee Brewers (NL Central), and Texas Rangers(AL West). That leaves just six teams still standing, trying to capture those last two berths into baseball's glorious post season.

Of course, none of those six teams are doing themselves any favors right now, as 4 or the 5 in action Friday night lost their games. Atlanta was the only winner, having gained a game on both the Cardinals and the Giants. The game on both teams was much needed, as it gave Atlanta some much needed breathing room ahead of the Cardinals, while also putting the defending champion Giants on the brink of elimination.

The one team not in action, the Boston Red Sox, may have picked up a half game on both the losing Rays and Angels, but were not exactly dealt good news when their game with New York was rained out and an already injured and taxed pitching staff must now play a double-header on Sunday with Tim Wakefield and John Lackey getting the nod to start the two games, with Jon Lester going on Saturday. The two have turned in only one start between them that saw them pitch six full innings, and only one start with having surrendered less than five runs in that outing. Not exactly stellar news for an overworked bullpen and a team that has posted a 5-16 record for the month of September.

The updated standings enter Saturday looking like this:

National League Wild Card

Atlanta Braves - -

St. Louis Cardinals - 3.0 GB

San Francisco Giants - 5.0 GB

 

American League Wild Card

Boston Red Sox - -

Tampa Bay Rays - 2.5 GB

Los Angeles Angels - 3.5 GB

Who will be left standing after the weekend? Can the Red Sox survive the Yankees and hold off the Rays and Angels? Can the Braves turn it around and keep the Cardinals at bay? Can the Giants make a late rally and have the pieces fall into place for them in order to defend their title?

One thing is for sure; there is some exciting baseball left to be played.

Jane Fonda
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Joe Torre Bud Selig

Pacific Island Rant

 

Recently a lot has been made about 9/11 and rightfully so.   I really didn't  get the hostility towards Jane Fonda but I think I do now. I  even saw her in a very old movie about the VA and Vietnam.   It was called 'Coming Home' and showed the reality of war.   At least at what Veterans endured when they did come home to the U.S.A.      As time goes on,  the contributions of the military become lost on us younger people.  But thanks to the Military Channel and the History Channel,  we can come to appreciate what these veterans sacrificed.   Many their very lives.    And then we have ass clowns like Jane Fonda, Fitty Cents and  Soulja Boi.  Chris Rock too.    As a consequence of living in the Philippines,  the USA and my native country are inextricably woven together.    To hear this kind of criticism minimizes what we suffered collectively.    I have here an email that I received.   It is from a GI too,  so I hope you like it.

 

 

Subject: FW: Barbara Walters comments on Jane Fonda


   
        
   Barbara  Walters said:

Thank you all.  Many  died in Vietnam for our freedoms.  I did  not like Jane Fonda then and I don't like her  now.


  She can  lead her present life the way she wants and  perhaps SHE can forget the past, but we DO NOT  have to stand by without comment and see her  "honored" as a "Woman of the Century."   
  
(I remember this  well)
  
For those who  served and/or died.. . .

NEVER FORGIVE A  TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!!

and  now President OBAMA wants to honor  her......!!!!

In Memory of LT. C..Thomsen  Wieland  who spent 100 days at the Hanoi  Hilton [Famous North Vietnam Prison]

IF  YOU NEVER FORWARDED ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE  FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL  KNOW!!!!!!
                         
A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE  HONORED.  KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS  AMERICA

This is for all the kids born in  the 70's and after who do not remember, and  didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers,  mothers and older brothers and sisters had to  bear.

Jane Fonda is being honored as one  of the '100 Women of the  Century..'

BARBARA WALTERS  WRITES:
  Unfortunately,  many have forgotten and still countless others  have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only  the idea of our country, but specific men who  served and sacrificed during the Vietnam  War.
 
 
    The  first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The  pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River  Rat.  In 1968, the former Commandant of the  USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison  the ' Hanoi  Hilton.'          
 
Dragged from a stinking  cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in  clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a  visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient  and humane treatment' he'd  received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was  clubbed, and was dragged away.  During the  subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the  camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer  berserk.

In 1978, the Air Force  Colonel still suffered from double vision (which  permanently ended his flying career) from the  Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden  baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan  was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in  the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which  his family only knew he was 'missing in action'.  His wife lived on faith that he was still  alive.  His group, too, got the cleaned-up,  fed and clothed routine in preparation for a  'peace delegation' visit.

They, however,  had time and devised a plan to get word to the  world that they were alive and still survived.  Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with  his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of  his hand.  When paraded before Ms. Fonda  and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking  each man's hand and asking little encouraging  snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed  babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane  treatment from your benevolent captors?'  Believing this HAD to be an act, they each  palmed her their sliver of  paper.               

She took them all without missing  a beat.. At the end of the line and once the  camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief  of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge  and handed him all the little pieces of paper...   

Three men died from the subsequent  beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number  four but he survived, which is the only reason  we know of her actions that day.

I was a  civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam  , and was captured by the North Vietnamese  communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held  prisoner for over 5 years.

I spent 27  months in solitary confinement; one year in a  cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box'  in Hanoi . My North Vietnamese captors  deliberately poisoned and murdered a female  missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme  Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the  jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I  weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is  170 lbs)

We were Jane Fonda's 'war  criminals....'

When Jane Fonda was in  Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist  political officer if I would be willing to meet  with her.  I said yes, for I wanted to tell  her about the real
treatment we POWs  received... and how different it was from the  treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and  parroted by her as 'humane and  lenient.'

Because of this, I spent  three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my  arms outstretched with a large steel weight  placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo  cane.

I had the opportunity to meet  with Jane Fonda soon after I was  released..  I asked her if she would be  willing to debate me on TV.  She never did  answer me.

These first-hand experiences  do not exemplify someone who should be honored  as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we  forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should  never include a traitor whose hands are covered  with the blood of so many patriots.

There  are few things I have strong visceral reactions  to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant  treason, is one of them. Please take the time to  forward to as many people as you possibly can..  It will eventually end up on her computer and  she needs to know that we will never  forget.

RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt,
USAF  716 Maintenance  Squadron,       
Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431  COMM: 883-6343
  PLEASE  HELP BY SENDING THIS TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS  BOOK.
  IF ENOUGH  PEOPLE SEE THIS MAYBE HER STATUS WILL  CHANGE.
 
 
Wakefield Wins Number 200 - Finally!!!
Category: MLB
Tags: Tim Wakefield Red Sox

 

 

To say I’ve had this blog in the bullpen warming up would be an understatement, I really thought this would have been long since posted, especially last week when Tim Wakefield walked off the mound with what looked like a comfortable lead but the bullpen blew it on his seventh attempt at 200 wins in Toronto, so we move on to number eight. It’s a well known story too that the Red Sox have been slumping, Papi even tweeted there is reason to panic. But whatever has been ailing the BoSox lately got put on the back burner, tonight they made sure they took care of putting another game in the win column beating the Blue Jays 18-6, the Rays lost so that puts their lead to 4 games in the Wild Card and the 45 year old knuckleballer can sleep with both eyes closed tonight, number 200 is safely tucked away in the record books!

There’s no way not to like Tim Wakefield, he is a class act with a heart of gold. His charitable work in Boston for the Franciscan Hospital for Children is well known and he received the Roberto Clemente award for players who give back to the community in 2010 after being nominated eight times. This charity brings ill children to Fenway Park so they can spend time with Wakefield and see a ball game.  He has had a charitable golf tourney every year to benefit the Touch ‘Em All Foundation that was founded by Garth Brooks as well. 

Wakefield is also the epitome of the “TEAM GUY”, whether it’s being bounced around from a starter to closer to middle relief, he does his job when called upon, has never complained about his role and has been on the same team since 1995…you just can’t say that about too many players in any professional sport, he’s truly one of the last of a virtually extinct breed – LOYAL!

Many don’t even know that he wasn’t even a pitcher until he got to the minor’s, he was a first baseman before the Neikro Brother’s got their hands on him, they tooled him into one of the best knuckbalker’s the game has ever seen. I went to Camden Yards in the late 90’s to see the Sox-O’s and we sat about 10 rows behind the dugout and if you think that pitch is junk on TV you should see it live, you can count the threads on the ball as it floats to the plate while moving all over the place to make the batter look stupid swinging.

I really don’t need to pump a lot of sunshine up your butt about Tim Wakefield, he’s a fan favorite and he’s right at the top of my list and has been for a long time, and I’m just glad he got the one win he really deserved and certainly earned!

 Congrats Wake!!!


 

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