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Five Minute Frags - Bound By Bonds
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Tags: MLB Brian Stow Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox

 

Despite our strongest efforts, writers as a whole tend to fall into a circle of consistency, a comfort zone of sorts where despite our different topics or themes, we find ourselves repeating the same general loop. As sports bloggers, no matter how loosely the term “writer” can be applied here, we tend to fall into the same trappings, namely in the form of ranting. We find a person, team, or figurehead to place on the target and then we tear them down, vilify them, and condemn them based on our skewed views of their actions or contributions to the games we know and love and to society as a whole.

 

Often times, we forget that these people are also human beings, capable of achieving both heroic statures and also prone to making mistakes that tear away the base of the very same pedestal we place them on.

 

Such is the case with Barry Bonds.

 

Now, Barry’s escapades on the field may forever be tarnished by his connection to the BALCO scandal and the subsequent government and media persecution tied to it. The ghosts and whispers of steroid usage will always haunt his records and performance and there is nothing he can do to save either one of those in the eyes of fans. The court of public opinion cast their guilty verdict upon Bonds years ago and he’ll just have to serve out that life sentence.

 

However, they say that somewhere between hanging his head in misery and preparing his appeals, they say that Barry Bonds’ heart grew three sizes that day. Well, more appropriately, it likely didn’t grow, but under the radar and for no apparent reason other than to be a nice guy, Barry Bonds opened his heart and his wallet to the family of Brian Stow, the Giants fan beaten by Dodgers fans back in April. As a charity to a fallen fan, Bonds offered to pay future college tuition costs of Stow’s two grade-school aged children.

 

This may be the single-most significant and genuine home run ever hit by baseball’s career home run leader*.

 

I’ve spent many a moment hammering away at the keyboard, taking Bonds to task for his actions, his demeanor, and his web of secrecy. However, I would be remiss to not hand the man the praise he deserves for this singular act of unprovoked kindness and generosity. Stepping up and helping to provide for another man’s family who’s only shared connection being his affinity for the Giants is monumental for a man who was never previously considered capable of thinking of others.

 

Certainly, Bonds’ overall image is not going to be helped by this one act, but if Ebenezar Scrooge can become the hero of the story for turning over a new leaf, than perhaps Bonds at least deserves a similar treatment.

 

He may no longer be revered on the field, but in at least one household, Barry Bonds is still a hero. Hopefully one day, Brian Stow will be able to thank him personally for it.

 

Other Fragments:

 

-         The Red Sox have rebounded from a 2-10 start to finally have a share of first place in the American League East. The turnaround was capped off by back-to-back 14-run games against the Indians and Tigers, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1998.

 

-         The Mets are selling a minority share of the team to a hedge fund broker for $200 million. Seems to me that Wilpon would steer clear of anything to do with his team and Wall Street.

 

-         Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez was the first infielder to get a win after pitching the 19th inning last night versus the Reds. His feat is still being lauded today, but it should be notable that he got his win by setting down both Joey Votto and Jay Bruce to get there.

 

-         Boston’s 14-1 drubbing of the Tigers on Thursday afternoon was called after 8 innings due to rain. However, the umpires in charge should be ashamed of themselves for first delaying the game before calling it. With the game already in hand, there was no reason to put either team through a rain delay before deciding the weather wasn’t going to clear up.

- How is that 3-year, $35 million for Rafael Soriano, a set-up man, looking for the Yankees now?

Rants and Raves
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Tags: ScottJax77 Danica Patrick Gary Carter Ray Lewis Kim Kardashian Kris Humphries


 

Thumbs up to the new background, Net player getting married, Danica, The Stow family, Gary Carter and a Thug are in this weeks edition of Rants and Raves.

 

I want to thank all the Gabbers for the kind words while I was kneeling to the porcelain gods. I must have lost 12 pounds. Still can’t figure if it was food poisoning or a virus. All I know is that I had to leave work without having an accident, which was a miracle in its own right.

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I like the background design at YouGabSports. As a retired Navy man, I feel like I have to salute every time I go onto the website. Great job folks!!

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Nothing personal, but this is the way I perfer to see Dani!!

Danica Patrick got bumped from the #2 position for failing an engine inspection. She ended up requalifying 26th. Does anyone think she will be a good NASCAR racer? Does anyone really care?

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I can’t understand why anyone would be the living crap against a fan just because he was wearing a uniform shirt of his favorite team. I hope the judicial system throws the book on this low-life piece of crap….

Giovanni Ramirez, was arrested and held on $1 million dollar bail for the bruttle beating of Bryan Stow. Ramirez, 31, who has two prior felony convictions, was booked Sunday evening on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was apprehended in an early-morning raid by LAPD SWAT officers at an East Hollywood apartment complex after an intense, seven-week manhunt. Police said that a tip from Ramirez's parole officer was the key break in the case. Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said Sunday that Ramirez is believed to be the "primary aggressor" in the Stow beating. However police are still looking for the other suspect in the attack, and a woman wearing an Andre Ethier jersey who helped the suspects flee in a white Mitsubishi or Acura after the attack. Witnesses have described her as a 5-foot-2 or 5-foot-3 Latina in her 20s with brown or dyed hair in a ponytail.

Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, remains in critical condition since suffering brain damage, but has since been moved from the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center to San Francisco General Hospital.

I am happy that the Stow family has filed a lawsuit against the Dodgers. The suit seeks unspecified damages to cover Stow's future medical care and as compensation for the economic damages to Stow and his two children. It alleges that Stow was "inappropriately exposed to the aggressive acts of third parties" because the Dodgers "failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the attack on Stow."

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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter announced that doctors found four “very small” brain tumors after an MRI was performed. Always a fan favorite, Carter led the Mets to a World Series win in 1986. He had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that year, then drove in 11 runs in the postseason. Carter hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs in 19 seasons in the majors. The 11-time All-Star played his last game with the Montreal Expos in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Ray “The Murderer” Lewis said the following:

“Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game," Lewis told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. That's because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects "way more than us" -- the owners and the players. "There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," he said. "Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time." When asked why he thought crime would increase if the NFL doesn't play games this year, Lewis said: "There's nothing else to do Sal."

He didn’t mention if the crime would be committed by NFL players or fans. Him saying “too many people live through us” could mean the players too.

But, he should know from past experience.

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People magazine reports Wednesday that Kim Kardashian is engaged to her boyfriend of six months, Kris Humphries. Kardashian told People that she was in "shock" when she entered her Beverly Hills, home last week to discover Humphries on bended knee with "will you marry me" spelled out in rose petals. She said yes. Humphries, 26, gave Kardashian, 30, a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring, worth $2.5 million. "I just knew I wanted it to be big," says Humphries, who, with the help of Kardashian's mom Kris Jenner, planned an intimate family celebration later that evening

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Some random things:

Syracuse Orange plays the Florida Gators, in a SEC/Big East basketball game on December 2 in the Carrier Dome. I watched these two teams play two years ago in Tampa. It was a close game until 2 minutes to go and then the Cuse dominated and won by 7. Go Orange!!

I have watched more hockey playoff games this year, than I have in the past 6 years. I finally found the versus station on my remote.

I am a season ticket holder of the Jackson Jaguars, and I never got a phone call from the NFL commissioner. Did he really call random season ticket holders??

It figures there would be an NFL lockout. I have the #1 pick in this years fantasy football draft. I was going to take Houston’s Foster, but now I don’t know? Too much time to think.

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Pictures by: Ray Lewis mug shot - nndb.com, Danica Patrick beach - api.ning.com, Gary Carter - media.philly.com, kim kardashian and kris Humphries - cdn02.cdnwp.celebuzz.com 

Deep Thoughts
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Tags: NBA; DIrk and LeBron MLB; Indian uprising Phil Cuzzi

 

 

 

It's funny, but one of the most difficult tasks in writing my deep thoughts blog each week is how to begin. So this week, I will just dive in. As I have said many times, I love this time of year. The NBA finals approach and baseball season begins to reveal the true contenders. I read an article this past week that asked a very interesting question... Who needs a title the most: Dirk or Lebron?

 

 

 

Two ESPN writers debated this question and I found myself torn after reading the article. The most obvious answer is Dirk because his window of opportunity is quickly closing for him. But as I thought about this, I realized that there is much more at stake than just winning a title for Dirk. The Mavericks have never won a championship and Mark Cuban is desperate to do so. Something that I did not consider is that Dirk's status and legacy will not change with or without a championship. He will be a hall of fame player, but will never be considered at the level of Magic, Bird or MJ. LeBron however, has a chance to reach this elite level by winning a few championships. LeBron excuse for not winning is that he did not have the necessary teammates to win. Whatever you may think about LeBron, the man is blessed with tremendous talent. I don't agree with much of what he has done, but there is no denying that he can play. But, is winning a championship or three enough to put him at the pinnacle of his sport? As I think about the great players...Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Kareem, Wilt, Jerry West, Dr. J, Magic, Bird and MJ...and I guess you have to include Kobe in this group (although I wouldn't) All of these guys were beloved by the fans. Will winning several championships prove James right? Is it only about winning? Personally, I think that there is more to it than just winning a ring...or least there should be.

Champions are a cut above and I just have a difficult time looking at LeBron this way. In my opinion, this championship is more important for Dirk and the Mavericks. I just hope that fate is kind to them...

 

  

 

 

 

 

Each year, there is some MLB team that comes out of nowhere...this year it is the Indians. Who would have figured? Well, if you think about it, there is a reason that they are playing well. This is a team that is full of young talent. Do you remember CC Sabathia snd Cliff Lee? They used to play for Cleveland. By disassembling the Indian team a few years ago, the Indian brass did two things. They made the Indians suck like a new Hoover for several years and they filled the farm with talent. This team is not a mirage. They have good young pitching and talented position players. Masterson, Brantley, Laporta, Choo, Santana and Asdrubal are really good players. But the guy that is stirring this Indian punch is Orlando Cabrera. My son made a comment last week that Orlando has played for many teams and wherever he is, they win. He certainly helped Boston to in 2004. He hit .379 for the series and was responsible for Manny being in the lineup. Manny was suffering from headaches, but Cabrera shamed him into playing...because that is the type of player he is. Hell, he even has Travis Hafner hitting pretty well again...and that is amazing. So, I wonder if Boston has any regrets for letting Cabrera get away? They have not had a solid shortstop since he left. At the risk of pissing off my Red Sox friends...what were you thinking?

 

 

 

 

 

In case you did not hear...Cabrera missed few games recently as he was busy taking his US citizenship test. He passed with flying colors...as in red, white and blue.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

One of the things that I love about baseball is the human aspect that umpires bring to MLB. If we ever go to replays, we will have Phil Cuzzi to thank. You may not recognize the name, but I know you will remember some of his work. Do you remember Mauer's double that was ruled a foul ball in the playoffs last year? Yeah..that is Cuzzi. He was at it again recently. I saw the replay and was dumbfounded how he could have missed the call. Not only did Werth beat out the throw to first, but the 1B foot was clearly off the bag. This is horse shit and MLB can and should do better. Here is a bit of Dave Brown's article that will let you watch the replay:

 

Watch Werth beat out the grounder, to no avail

And after the New York Mets escaped with a 1-0 victory, Washington GM Mike Rizzo reportedly took out his frustrations on the umpiring crew as it left the field. The New York Daily News reports that Major League Baseball — specifically Joe Torre — is launching a probe stemming from a report filed by the umps regarding a verbal altercation with Rizzo.

Immediately after the game, one of the umpires told Mets security guards outside their dressing room to "find the guy in the suit," apparently referring to Rizzo. Mets security VP Rob Kasdon arrived a few minutes later armed with a Nationals media guide to pore over headshots to identify Rizzo, sources said.

"Find the guy in the suit." Talk about a phrase that pays (and, hopefully soon, a Nats blog T-shirt will bear it). Even funnier: The umps didn't know it was Washington's GM yelling at them at the time.

But, seriously: While MLB is busy launching this probe, can it make sure Cuzzi is strapped to it?  

 

Just off the top of this blog's head, it's at least the third time Cuzzi has egregiously influenced the outcome of a game in the past three years.

• There was the Joe Mauer(notes) non-double against the Yankees back in the '09 playoffs.

• There was the play at the plate in a San Francisco Giants game — also against the Mets — in July. Seriously, how did he miss this? And then Cuzzi's own poor behavior during that game, which warranted discipline from MLB, went unpunished.

And the play with Werth ... he not only beat the throw from third baseman Justin Turner(notes), but the throw pulled first baseman David Daniel Murphy(notes) off the bag. (If he had pulled David Murphy off the bag, the throw would have crossed a time zone.)

Anyway, as Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez(notes) said later:

"He beat him two times. He was safe because the guy was off the bag and he was safe because he beat the throw."

Pleas by Nats manager Jim Riggleman for umpires to huddle and discuss the play went ignored, though I'm not sure what Riggs could expect the other umps to do there.

And I don't know if this means we need more video replay, or better umpiring training, or more accountability, and I don't care at the moment. And yes, Cuzzi isn't the only umpire to make mistakes. He's just the poster child.

And I think we've seen enough. It's time to send Cuzzi down to the minors. There's no shame in umpiring in Louisville. Or Huntsville. Evansville. Best of all, he'll be out of major league business and we can stop complaining. 

 

 



 

 

In other baseball news...Edison Volquez has been simply terrible to start each outing this year. With his ballooning era, he told reporters this week that the losses were actually because his offense was not scoring enough runs for him. The Reds apparently disagreed as I heard today that he was on his way to AAA baseball.

 

 



 

 

Do you enjoy baseball superstitions? Here is a link for you:

http://outofbounds.yahoo.com/?vid=25313127
 

 

 



 

 

That's all I have for this week, but here is a bit of Jack Handey for you to ponder:

 

 



 

 

 

It's easy to sit there and say you'd like to have more money. And I guess that's what I like about it. It's easy. Just sitting there, rocking back and forth, wanting that money.

 

 

I think there probably should be a rule that if you're talking about how many loaves of bread a bullet will go through, it's understood that you mean lengthwise loaves. Otherwise, it makes no sense.

 

 



 

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

 

 

 

Tuesday's Tantrum - Memorial Day edition
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If you're looking for sports this time - sorry, I'm choosing to go in a different direction!  Why?  It's Memorial Day Weekend, and while everybody's thoughts will be on sports, sales, the onset of Summer, BBQ, and/or the general frivolity and happiness of a three day weekend, I'm concerned that we as a nation just might be forgetting the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Maybe it's me, but one of the reasons that scares me is that Memorial Day is one of those holidays that for whatever reason has been hijacked by the retail industry, you know as the unofficial opening of Summer. Even though statistics bear out that this weekend is the second biggest retail sales weekend of the year (after Turkey Day), I think it sucks!!!  Working in retail like I did, it's not about honoring the holiday, it's about making that buck. Personally, I have a policy - no shopping on Memorial Day Weekend, unless it's groceries.

 

 

So how do I properly honor such a day? 

Let me first give my yearly pitch for this show and if you get the chance Sunday Night, please watch on PBS (I believe 8PM – 7 central)…

  

Of course you all knew I couldn't go without a rant. Memorial Day is one of those holidays that for whatever reason has been hijacked by the retail industry, you know as the unofficial opening of Summer. I know this – I worked in that hellhole of an industry for seven years post-military, and you know what? It’s a weekend that is “blacked out” – no vacations, nobody gets the time off, it’s all about the money – it’s supposedly the second-largest retail sales weekend (after Thanksgiving). Perhaps it’s me, but it just seems as if retail has little to no respect for what the holiday is truly all about. They just want to make the buck. Personally, I have a policy - no shopping on Memorial Day Weekend, unless it's groceries.  MeOnce a year, we all gather together for Memorial Day.  It's the day to pay homage and respect to those who have died in the line of duty.  We honor their HONOR, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT.  We honor their ultimate sacrifice which will NEVER be in vain!  It took me far too long to figure it out...

 

In my small town of 3000, I've arrogantly celebrated my 22 years of Naval service, yet somehow forgetting those who paid the ultimate price, and there are days I wonder why?  Two reasons come to mind - (1) When I served, I thought "Hey, a three-day weekend.", a rare opportunity to spend it with Mrs. Fan and the kids.  But (2), I never had to fight, it was luck of the draw - the worst I ever had to go through was a sprained ankle playing ball. 

Perhaps it took our town losing one of our own in support of military operations in the Middle East for me to gain a proper perspective. I never knew this kid, but when the hearse carrying his casket through our two block Main Street, our many veterans, as well as the vast majority of our little town were there for that young man's final ride. Young man, you (and all that sacrified before you, and those in the future who will) have our respect, and our gratitude:  

It took awhile, but the young man's death eventually spurred a long overdue movement to create our own town Veteran's Memorial.  Here's a picture of it...

It might not look like much now, but the work is continuing.  All veterans will have their names inscribed on the concrete as a permanent honor.

So in closing, how do I honor the day?  I’ll watch the show listed above and gain a better perspective, I’ll attend the wreath laying ceremony at the new memorial just built here in town, perhaps make a stop after the ceremony at the VFW or American Legion and truly LISTEN to those who dealt with battle and death, and continue to do so.  Finally at 3PM on Memorial Day Monday - during the moment of remembrance, I’ll lift my favorite beverage and take a swig in honor all of my comrades who gave that ultimate sacrifice.  Then and only then will it be time to turn to the more festive portions of the holiday!

Please my brothers and sisters, have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend, but if you get a chance, please take a second and think about those who gave all!

I'll be back with my silly and inane rants next Tuesday... 

In honor of those who gave all...

 

 

 

PEACE AND RANTING FOREVER!!!

Monday Moaning 5-23-11
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians NHL Boston Red Sox McDonald's Mo Derek Jeter Little Beeze Mika Kelly The Beeze

  Yeah she's hot...Except for the fact that Derek Jeter has been inside her...Why am I starting off this week's post like this? Fuck Derek Jeter, that's why! Early rumblings have Jeter as a lock to start in the "All-Star Game"...I fucking hate fan voting, because most fans are stupid...If Baseball fans don't vote Indians Shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera as the starter, then their right to vote should be taken away..."All-Stars" are suppose to rack up the numbers to earn the spot...Well here are the fucking numbers...

Asdrubal Cabrera: 182 AB...32 Runs...55 Hits...9 2B...2 3B...9 HR...32 RBI...6 SB...0 CS... .302 AVG... .363 OBP... .522 SLG... .885 OPS...

Derek Jeter: 183 AB...27 R...49 H...4 2B...1 3B...2 HR...15 RBI...3SB...2CS... .268 AVG... .318 OBP... .333 SLG... .653 OPS...

So again, I say, Fuck Derek Jeter...And Fuck anyone who votes for that bastard...I don't care what kinda tail he gets!

Speaking of Indians Baseball...Monday the Red Sox roll into town to take on the powerhouse Tribe...And I say powerhouse, for the first time in a long time, not sarcastically!

There's a rumor the Sox are bringing a secret weapon with them...Our old friend Mo...Luckily, I told Mo to meet me before the game, and we have a secret weapon of our own...Something that will stop Mo, dead in his tracks...


He sure does love his Bacon!

As for Hockey News, I was on top of that early last week...Did you hear, BETTMAN_SAVED_THE_NHL!?!

Yesterday, I also covered the possible sale/move of the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Preakness Stakes, as I was LOOKING_AT_THE_5_Hole...

I also got off sports, and wrote about the DEATH_OF_RADIO...

But now we have to get into some important shit...Saturday, the Little Beeze had his first Flag Football Clinic...3 hours they worked these kids...5-11 years old, doing drills, running, and yes, a bit of fun...My brother-in-law in Boston was shocked at the 3 hours...I had to explain, this is Ohio...This is Football...The regular season starts in September, these little fuckers need to get ready!

Then Sunday, the Mrs. and I got a sitter, went to lunch...We ate at The Olive Garden, loading up on fatty pasta, because Monday starts hard-core dieting...Then we saw the movie "Priest"...It was nice to finally see a priest portrayed in a positive light, like killing the shit out of vampires, instead of killing the shit out of my ass!

On our way home we went to pick up McDonald's for the kids...A little treat for them behaving...The drive-thru was way backed up...So I said, let's just go in...Well it was backed up there too...Now I have learned not to expect great service from McDonald's, but holy shit! Listen, if you want to see funny shit, go to the McDonald's, in Brooklyn, Ohio, on Ridge Rd....

There was one girl, on break, texting...Only one guy taking orders...One guy slapping the food together...One slob strolling around, doing nothing...One girl at the drive-thru window...One kid doing the circle dance...Just standing in one place, constantly looking at everything, being completely overwhelmed, and getting none of it done...Then there were the 4 people at the Fry station, all in a panic...One of them tells the only guy taking orders, that he "needs to put his orders together himself"...So he stopped taking orders, right before it got to us...Now suddenly, there are two more dummies at the Fry station...

Holy fuck! All this and none of the retarded staff was on duty...They probably would have been better with a couple of those guys there...They just push through and get shit done...Finally after 10 minutes a girl walks to a register, and takes our order...The chaos continued...Who knew that two "Happy Meals" could be so tough...The circle dance kid was still completely fucked...Texting girl was now trying to get her food comped...Still there are 6 people worrying about nothing but fries...Who is in charge was heard in the ever-growing crowd...Finally, we get our food, and only one other order has been taken behind us, with a growing line of angry people...As this dopey bitch hands me our food, I say to her, "Thank you for the most entertaining 20 minutes I've had in a long time." as I laughed in her face...

I plan on writing this event up as a short film, and pitch it to Kevin Smith...We'll submit it to all the film festivals...Win...Then some studio will want me to write a major motion picture, and I'll draw a fucking blank!

That's all for now...

Have a week...

Later, the Beeze.

 

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