Tagged with "Indians"
Deep Thoughts 4-2-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB begins Jeter to the Indians? Hu on first. Johnny Monkey's birtday

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I am very transparent in my love for baseball. I am not sure exactly when the game became my favorite, but suddenly…it is not even close.  With the start of the MLB season on Monday, we embark of my favorite time of year. I enjoy high school and college baseball, but there is nothing like the major league game for me. I know many of you are still trying to shake this stubbornly cold winter. So you probably don’t want to hear about the 85 degree weather in Austin this week. It is great to be able to walk out in shorts and a tee shirt in the evening without freezing. April is a great time to be in Austin. We do have an occasional late cold front and of course those tornadoes can be a bit troubling…but I am ready for warm weather. In fact, I am even ready for hot, this year. For those still battling the cold, the warm up is on the way…hang in there.

The first couple of days of the MLB season have been interesting. Last year, I had a hunch that the Mariners might surprise some folks. It did not turn out that way, but it looks like that young talent is beginning to flourish. With the teams in their division, it will be a long hard road…but they really have played well through two games. It did not hurt my feelings to see my Astros hand the Yankees their first loss. I am not kidding myself, the Stros are a few years away from making noise, but they won’t suck as bad as they have of late. I must remind myself that it is April and that the cream will rise to the top over the course of the season. Hopefully, my fantasy teams will as well, the first few days of the season have not been so kind.

 

 

 

 

 

 I saw this video and had to share it. I am often not crazy about radio guys…but I have to agree with his assessment with this caller. Really dude?

 


 

 

 

                                       Abbott and Costello would be proud of this day. Finally, there is a Hu on first!

 


 



The UTPA Broncs had a week long road trip to visit TCU, then a three game series in Seattle. Without going into too much detail, I will say that the road trip did not go well. Despite rallying to take the lead in the top of the Friday night game against Seattle, the Broncs could not hold the lead. The second game ended the same way, with Seattle walking off in the 9th inning. It is tough to have two victories yanked away and it showed in game three. The team looked flat and lost in a game that was never close. My son told us he now understands what a red eye flight is…they got into Dallas about 3 am and their flight did not head south until 8 or so. A few hours sleeping in the airport are definitely for the young. They finally got home, just in time to go to class. Watching these kids grind through a season is impressive. Next on tap for the Broncs is a home series against Grand Canyon.

 

 


 

 

                           Do yourself a favor and check out this video...even if you don't like the cello, you will dig this video.

 

 


 

Best wishes to Jim Kelly as he battles a recurrence of cancer. Hang tough Jim…

 


 

Apparently, Tuesday was Johnny Monkey’s birthday. Wherever he is, I hope he had a great birthday. I would bet that he was eating veggies with pretty people. What a bad ass monkey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

 

If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away.

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."

 

 


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 2-5-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: UTPA Bronc Baseball David Gentiles Cleveland Indians Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler Josh Hamilton

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Last Saturday was a road trip to Beaumont, Tx to watch the UTPA Broncs take on the Lamar Cardinals. I have family in Beaumont, so the trip was an opportunity to catch up and see Blake and his team play. We got off rather late, but I was sure that I could get us there by first pitch. Those plans were altered by a flat tire on the outskirts of Austin. A driver rolled by and pointed out a tire quickly going flat. No worries I thought, I will pull into this gas station and grab some air. Of course, the air was out of order. Does it piss anyone else off that fewer gas stations offer air and water these days? They seem to only offer this at a cost now and frequently those companies servicing the equipment don’t keep it working. This is the first flat I have had on this car and was thrown off by the spare. For the life of me, I could not get the spare on…so, I ran across the highway to see if the oil change place had air. They did, so if you happened to be driving by Saturday on Highway 290 that was me carrying the tire across the street. Damn…that sucked. Got air and “rolled” the tire back across the street. I decided tire smudged hands were better than another “ab” workout. I asked the guy at the oil change place if there was a tire shop nearby…no you have to go back toward Austin, he said. Forget that…I decided to keep moving forward. Literally 3 miles down the road, I am saying to Julie…hopefully, we can find a tire store along the way. “You mean like that one, Julie asks?’ I look across the highway and there is Leal’s Tire Repair. A quick U turn, a short wait and the tire is being repaired…until it wasn’t. The dreaded words…the screw damaged the sidewall when the tire went flat. That’s okay…put the spare on the other rim, because the spare does not fit. “What do you mean it won’t fit…this is a universal rim.” Then, he spun it around so that it fit neatly on the lugs…damn. Oh, well…now I know. I paid the man and pushed onward.

We made it to Beaumont about the fourth inning..we only saw him strike out in his last at bat. With a runner on third, the pitcher let loose a wide slider that Blake was unable to jump out far enough to corral. The run scored and I suspected that Blake would not bat again. With two outs, the Cardinal Coach tried to steal a bag, but the throw down was on the mark and the runner was way out. Honestly, it was worth the trip to see that throw. A pinch hitter came on to hit for Blake in the beginning of the 8th and Blake’s day was done. The Broncs tried to mount a comeback, but came up short…losing 5 to 3. We said hello to Blake and then they were off to eat. As freshman parents…we are still figuring out the routine. We had hoped to get a chance to eat with our son, but instead we went with my cousin Scott to Pappadeaux and had an awesome meal. If you ever have the chance to visit this place, I promise you will not be disappointed… http://pappadeaux.com/home/. Anyway, we got to catch up with Scott and hear about his daughter Blair Richmond tearing it up at New Mexico Jr. College. Her team won their conference championship and they are gearing up to play their conference tournament next weekend. If they win the tournament, they are headed to Kansas to play in the National JUCO tourney…very cool stuff. Blair has earned a starting spot and is hitting 44% from three point range in conference…which is simply terrific. It turns out that the local college coach at Lamar had recruited Blair, but headed off to accept the head job strangely enough at UTPA. It would certainly be crazy if she ended up there next year. We managed a quick visit with Blake at the hotel before he had to leave to make his curfew. With the storm Titan headed in on Sunday, we decided to skip the Sunday game and head home. After spending Saturday without a computer, I was glad to be home with a chance to catch up on the blogs at the Gab. IHM’s blog was one that really hit home for me. It was simply a great blog, in case you missed it…here it is:

http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Weekly-Grumble-with-IHM.3-1-2014/blog.htm

 

Reading about Coach Beck put me in a very good place and got me to thinking back on the people in my life that had an impact on me. Teachers and coaches and even a band director were important in shaping who I am. But, I could not point to one person like Coach Beck. Monday night, I was flipping through TV shows when I happened upon the NFL channel. It was one of those Football Life shows featuring Vince Lombardi. When it got to the part where Lombardi was announced to be terminal and described how all of his former players began to travel to see him to say goodbye. I was again remembering times past and mentally scrolling through people and events…but still, I could not pick “that” person. As I sat down to watch a bit of the MLB channel, the Cleveland Indians were being discussed. I suddenly knew who “that” person was…David Gentiles. You may remember back in 2009 that I wrote about my friend’s passing on TSN. David was a youth minister with a love for people and baseball. Our daughters were the same age and we ended up coaching fast pitch softball together. David played baseball at Baylor and had two high school teammates that played professionally. He knew baseball and loved to share his knowledge of the game. He had an amazing way of mentoring. He would teach or share and make it seem like you figured it out yourself. He was the most unselfish man I have ever met. He was a single dad…a father of three daughters. His ex-wife simply decided to leave one day and it was clear that David struggled at times to raise his daughters. But, raise them he did…without a single complaint.

 

 

 

 

As a youth minister, David knew kids of all ages and he liked nothing more than to go watch them play sports or perform at school. I had no idea until David’s funeral, just how many lives David changed. One of the tributes to David I found to be extremely accurate. “David had a way of making each person feel like they had a special relationship with him”. Driving home last weekend, my wife made a comment that caught me completely off guard. She asked me…”do you know who would have loved watching Blake play college baseball?” When she answered David, a broad smile broke across my face. Yes…indeed he would have. Each year, around this time of year, I always looked forward to talking to David about his favorite team, the Cleveland Indians. I asked him one time why a kid from Louisiana was an Indians fan; he looked at me and said I don’t know, they just seemed like a team that needed a fan. If you remember the Indians back in the 60s and 70s…they were not very good, but that did not matter to David. He loved underdogs and he loved his Indians. I don’t know if I have ever felt so bad for a team losing the World Series as I did in 1997. The Marlins beat the Indians and I knew that David was really disappointed. That was a very good Indians team and one that I thought would win it all. Typical of David, he did not complain…but rather talked about the plays made by the Marlins to win that series. December 18th 2013 was the fourth year since David’s passing and I still cannot bring myself to remove his number from my phone book. In the years since his death, I am just now realizing how much I learned from David about things like compassion and humility. It is why; I always keep an eye on the Indians and secretly hope that they will win it again soon. RIP David…we sure miss you.

 

This was David's service. How many people do you know that have a funeral service on a baseball diamond? It was so crowded that we were a hundred yards from the stands...

 

 

There is much more to David than I have laid out here. I am amazed to go back and read how David is remembered. I am including a few links to check out if you are so inclined. The story about the book 90 Minutes in Heaven is pretty amazing…

 

http://www.statesman.com/news/lifestyles/religion/beliefs-big-and-small-paint-picture-of-pastors-l-1/nRZyq/

 

http://www.divineinthedaily.com/2013/08/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to read on Tuesday that Ian Kinsler wished 162 losses on his old Ranger teammates. Reading the he called Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” was of less surprise. The core of Rangers that twice made the World Series is slowly being replaced. The more I think about it, I really don’t have an issue with Ian Kinsler being pissed off at being traded. There was one thing in the article that did catch my eye: “Kinsler said in the story that he was asked to bear too much of a leadership role with the team after Michael Young left and didn't like being asked to move to first base in 2013 to make room for middle-infield prospect Jurickson Profar (something the Rangers didn't do after Kinsler voiced his reluctance).” Why would a veteran player like Kinsler have an issue with being asked to take a leadership role? I would have thought watching Michael Young all those years would have given Ian better guidance. I also thought the tweet that Josh Hamilton put out was lame…

 

Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it @IKinsler3? Hamilton also commented that he won’t be the only villain in Texas anymore. Sorry Josh, I don’t think many Ranger fans will see Kinsler as a villain. You still have the top spot in the doghouse. More importantly, why can’t Josh Hamilton just let stuff in Texas go? It would seem that he would have his hands full trying to figure out how to not suck again this year.

 

 

That is all I have today, but will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."

The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then, I told myself, "Go ahead and do whatever you want, it's okay by me."

 


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.

 

 

 

Now Will You Listen to Me?
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Fans Cleveland Indians Dolts Colts Trent Richardson


 


For the last few years I have been a very vocal critic of the Cleveland Browns...Especially when that fat walrus Mike Holmgren was here...Besides that I have also been a very vocal critic of the Cleveland sports fan, especially Browns fans...In April I signed my fandom over to the Seattle Seahawks in a two year deal...Hey, players leave, coaches leave...As we saw here in the Cleve, teams leave too...So why the hell should we all be so damn loyal....

Guess who is smiling today...Yep, this fucking guy! When news broke yesterday evening that the Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Colts, I was slightly shocked...Then I laughed...This is the guy that was a no doubt about it top 4 pick...The Browns moved up to take him 3rd overall...Two years ago...Dude was going into his second year, and some how he doesn't fit into these ass-hats future plans...He now joins second year, young stud QB Andrew Luck in the Colts backfield...Clearly the Colts know how to rebuild on the fly!

The Browns front office and coaching staff can say what they want, but it's bullshit...They have given up on this season after two weeks...QB Brandon Weeden is hurt...He can't go this week...SO what do they do...They aren't starting #2 QB Jason Campbell...They're going to start the local guy, 3rd stringer, Brian Hoyer...Not sure how that makes sense, other than saying, we are tanking this fucking season...No offense Hoyer!

I have repeatedly scream at Browns fans for wasting their money on this franchise...You wouldn't keep going to the same restaurant if the food was awful...You wouldn't keep going to the same mechanic if your car kept coming out more fucked up...You just don't keep dumping your money into a bad product...It's common sense...And most people agree, except when it comes to their shitty sports teams...It's time to listen to me Cleveland...Don't put anymore money in this criminal fuck, owners pocket...

Many media members, local and national, keep telling Cleveland fans to "Have faith," and that "This trade will be good for both teams down the road." NO...No it won't...It just fucking won't...This isn't a bitching Clevelander feeling bad about our station in life...This is me...And this is a fact, this trade won't be good for the Browns...It is fact, backed up by years of proof....Since 1999 this franchise has been run by idiot owners, stupid GM's, and bad coaches....They all come in with a new plan...Start over, making it their own, and fired before any positive results appear...Why would this group of dolts with no proven, positive track record be any different? It won't be!

So the Browns go in the shitter...Draft one of the elite QB's that will come out next year...Then what? His career will be done in 4-5 years, because the building blocks of Alex Mack and Joe Thomas will be on the decline of their careers before these dolts sure up the rest of the offensive line...So star QB will have 3 season ending injuries by week 8 in each of his first 3 seasons...He'll be busted up, and gun-shy...The team will give up on him, trade their best talent for draft picks and rebuild again....It's a horrible cycle of suck....

If the NFL cared at all about the fans of Cleveland, they would just disband the Browns...End it...ESPN Classic can still show "The Drive" and "The Fumble"...Fucking glory days! NFL Network can break out the old NFL films stuff, showing people how the pre-Super Bowl era Browns were one the greatest teams in the history of sports...But this shit that Cleveland has tolerated since 1999 needs to just go away...Go the fuck away!

Cleveland, I'm not lying to you...I was born and raised here...lived here my whole life....Your life will be better if you do what I did, and turn your back on the Cleveland Browns...Make them earn your money, respect, and love...Just don't give it away like a slut...Oh, and by the way, the Indians will finish this season with a winning record, and are in a tight battle for a playoff spot, and you're missing it, because all you care about is a shitty football team that has done nothing but take a big steaming dump on your chest!

Fuck the Browns!

The Beeze.

Mid-Season Baseball and Weekend Series
Category: MLB
Tags: Angels Athletics Blue Jays Cardinals Diamondbacks Indians Mariners Orioles Pirates Rangers Red Sox Rockies Tigers Yankees

Some of the other bloggers I associate with were bragging about their baseball teams lately, so I thought I’d join in the fun.  I do mention most of the other teams, especially the more competitive ones.   I’m only posting a short stub here, but it’s not a very long blog if you want to read the whole thing.

We are just over halfway through the baseball season with the final few series before the All Star break coming up, so I thought this was a good time to talk about how teams have been playing lately, featuring the main team I focus on, the Angels. 

I’ve been trying to write this for a little while, but one reason I don’t blog more about baseball is it never takes a break.  You can want to write about a recent development, such as a no-hitter or winning streak, but if you wait a few days, the same pitcher could have had a disastrous start since then or the team you were going to write about could have lost a few games in a row.  So often when I’m thinking of a baseball topic, I just give up before I get around to writing it.

The main focus of this will be performance since June 11, so if I don’t mention something different, assume that to be the time frame.

Anyway, thankfully the Angels won last night (with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to spoil what could have been a complete game win for Adam Wainwright), so they are now one of the best two teams in baseball since June 11.  The other team is the Pirates, both 14-6 over that span.  Not too long ago, the Pirates swept the Angels, so in reality, the Halos have been playing even better than the record indicates.  The other losses during that span were one apiece to the Cardinals, Yankees, and Mariners (whom the Angels were only able to beat 3 out 4).  This included a 6-0 road trip against Detroit and Houston.

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Monday Moaning 5-27-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NCAA Notre Dame Everrett Golson NHL Lacrosse The Beeze Cleveland Bob Feller Memorial Day MLB Cleveland Indians Brandon Dawkins

 

Happy Memorial day! Enjoy your parties...Enjoy your cookouts...Enjoy your parades...And then remember why you're doing these things...

If you see a veteran, say thank you...If you know some one serving now, say thank you.

We've been going through a string of Questions of the Day about the all-time greats of Baseball...When we talked pitcher, no one, except me brought up Bob Feller...

People accept Feller as a great, but he often gets over looked for how great he was...Why? Because on December 9, 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor, Feller enlisted in the Navy...It was as he was hitting the prime of his career...Feller was selected to the American League All-Star Team in each of the four seasons, before he enlisted, with a 93-44 record...He averaged 245 strikeouts per season and 23 complete games...His service time cost him about four seasons...Which would roughly have been another 75 wins...Add that to the 266 he ended his career with...WOW! 3 no-hitters! 36 complete games in the 1946 season...that's 36 complete games in a season...That is something unheard of in my lifetime...

As for his military service...Feller won 8 Battle Stars as an Anti-Aircraft Gunner...And never regretted losing almost 4 years of his baseball prime...Sounds like an All-time great to me!

-Saturday My New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins, ending the season for my guys...I'll be rooting for the Bruins to take out Sid the Skid and the rest of the Shittsburgh Penguins...Pens fans feel cocky...Watch it...Boston rolls 4 tough lines...Their 4th line is better then most 3rd lines...The big man on the blue line, Chara gets all the love, but if you paid attention to this past series, you saw McQuaid, Boychuck, and the rookie, Krug are all outstanding D-men....

-I had no intention of writing anything College Football related, but Saturday night Twitter blew up with news that Notre Dame QB Everrett Golson was no longer enrolled at the University...It was then confirmed by ND officials but the reason why was not released...There were rumbles about it being Academic reasons, or code of conduct violations...But nothing for sure...

Then Sunday, Golson released this statement...

" Dear Notre Dame Community,

I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term.

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I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.

I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.

My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and a person.

At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.

Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.

Thanks,
Everett Golson "

I know there are plenty of Notre Dame haters out there...Fine...But this right here shows why Notre Dame is an elite University first, and football and everything else comes after...Find me another major program trying to build off of a National Championship game appearance, that had highly tauted (RS)Freshman QB (Gunner Kiel) transfer, that would suspend/boot their starting QB....I doubt you'd find any...

So what's next...Tommy Rees is the front runner...Andrew Hendrix is the more mobile, but has seen limited time...And there is Freshman Malik Zaire who was an early enrollee...Should be interesting...

On the funnier side of this story...Oaks Christian High School junior QB, Brandon Dawkins was out on Twitter trying to get in touch with Coach Brian Kelly to commit...Gotta like an opportunistic kid!

-Saturday morning we had another good baseball practice...Kids are coming along...Now if the rec could get their shit together, and get us schedules and uniforms, that would be great...After the morning practice Little Beeze and I grabbed some coffee and donuts from Dunkin' (coffee wasn't for him)...We picked up Molls and went to the park for a couple hours while my wife and oldest daughter went downtown to check out some of the Captain America 2 filming...The didn't see any stars...Some stunt men, a big shootout scene, and some explosions...

I'm glad Cleveland is getting this little surge to it's economy...But with all the streets and major road closings this filming is causing, on top of all the construction, I'm really glad I don't work downtown...I wonder if this is having a negative effect on the businesses down there...

-If anyone is interested, Monday Duke and Syracuse will play for the NCAA Lacrosse National Championship...who do you have?

-Sunday was the big tradition of the Indy 500...I haven't watched this since I was a kid...But I did see the highlights...I don't call them that, the talking heads on TV do...I don't follow auto racing but a race ending under the caution flag, could be one of the most anti-climactic things ever...Not a highlight at all...Just a letdown...

I hope everyone's weekend has been good to them...Have fun, and remember...

 

Have a week...

The Beeze.

 

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