Yesterday I talked about what I’m resisting. Today is what I believe and with most definite apologies to Kevin Costner and the movie Bull Durham, here I go:
- I believe in the soul, love, and respect, the smells of a baseball game, a goal line stand, damn good BBQ – preferably brisket, good rum once or twice a year, and that those who populate Hollyweird, NYC, and Washington DC are self-indulgent, overrated garbage who talk when they should listen and act.
- I believe the NBA is fixed and that parents take the fun out of sports.
- I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing the NCAA and excessive commercials that take away the flow of games.
- I believe in the NHL playoffs, slow jams, eating late on Thanksgiving rather than early, and…
- I believe in long summer days that encompass being outdoors and being unplugged for a minimum of seven days.
Now that that is out of the way, onto MLB last week:
Last Week in Baseball. There wasn’t a lot of movement in the standings this week.
- AL East. Boston gained a half-game and is now FIVE games up on the Yankees. Good.
- AL Central. Cleveland also gained a half-game to go FIVE games up on Minnesota, who has won four in a row including a sweep over Arizona. Kansas City gave ground back and is now 6.5 games back.
- AL West. Houston slowed the slide and remains up 12 games over Anaheim, who should be given respect for fighting back.
- NL East. Washington remains up 14 over Miami
- NL Central. Chicago also remains two up over Milwaukee, but St. Louis took a hit and are now 3.5 games back.
- NL West. LA gained two more games this week and are now is 20 up.
- AL Wild Card. Yankees have a 2.5 game lead on the #1 spot while Minnesota and Anaheim are tied for WC #2. Six teams remain within five games back of WC #2.
- NL Wild Card. Colorado has a one game lead on Arizona for WC #1, while Milwaukee gained three games to come within 2.5 games back, and St. Louis closed to four back of WC #2. Miami is closing fast now six games back and Pittsburgh seven.
While I’m at it, my friend the rally monkey says let’s get these numbers up boys:
- Jose Altuve is batting .362.
- What a week for G. Stanton whose now at 45 homers with six weeks left. There will be plenty of time left for the 62 debate. Let’s let this kid get close before we all get stupid.
- Nolan Arenado has 105 RBIs
- Hamilton from Cincinnati has 51 stolen bases – a relatively high number of late.
- Chris Sale has 250 Strikeouts. In mid-freaking-August.
- Everybody’s favorite – Bartolo Colon? Yeah, his win on Sunday over Arizona made him the 18th pitcher in history to have wins versus all MLB teams. Congratulations fat man, now for your next challenge – pick up the stick and smack a HR in the AL. Then be the oldest pitcher to win a game in the playoffs.
This weeks schedule in the early week has Boston @ Cleveland, Washington @ Houston, Colorado @ Kansas City. In the tail end of the week: Seattle @ Yankees, Minnesota @ Toronto, Kansas City @ Cleveland (KC’s last best hope in 2017), Houston @ Anaheim, and finally Milwaukee @ LA Dodgers.
- Absolute props to MLB, the MLBPA, and ESPN for hosting Sunday Night Baseball from Williamsport. Last year they had a game at Fort Bragg, and I hope that this trend of regular games in different places will continue in the years to come. MLB.com is saying that Commissioner Manfred is clearly hoping to make this an annual event in Williamsport with players on all teams clamoring to get in on the act. This is the type of stuff that can be accomplished when all parties are on the same page.
- Is it me or are the Cubbies the walk-off kings this season?
- We’re drifting closer to the Waiver trade deadline and just today I read talk (or wishing) about Justin Verlander to Houston.
- Memo to Umpires, your protest is stupid. Nobody is disrespecting you, in fact you are the guys who allow Angel Hernandez to get away with so much shit. I should never know an Umpires name – and yet you allow him to act like he does.