Happy June my friends, and now we move forward towards what should be nothing but Baseball, but remember that football is right around the corner… can take a stab at other sports too I suppose:
I’ve gone through some what I thought were extraordinary challenges this week based on some work related issues which led me to act out in a way that I thought I had controlled. But today I was bumping around on You Tube and I found a scene from M*A*S*H and Father Mulcahy, and it made me feel dumb, petty in fact. But I thought it was a teachable moment for so many. What was the teachable part? The quote at 3:12: “God didn’t put us here for that pat on the back, he created us so he could be here himself, so that he could exist in the lives of those he created in his image.”
A look back. Last year at this time, I had traveled back to New York State to attend my niece’s wedding. It just so happened that we were a short distance from Cooperstown, so I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and boy did I love it.
MLB. Detroit is the hottest team in the league right now going 8-2 over their last ten, with nobody really distinguishing themselves otherwise. Meanwhile, Baltimore has lost seven in a row and is now 2-8 over their last ten, and then there’s Miami.
- Milwaukee has opened up a three game lead on the Cubbies in the NL Central.
- Houston is +128 in run differential, but they are tied with of Seattle, who is only +16.
- So I’m trying to understand this trade because it seems awful one sided to me: San Diego gets pitcher Phil Hughes plus $14.5 million, PLUS the 74th pick in next month’s draft. All Minny got was a minor league catcher. Seems like an awful lot.
- Obviously I haven’t been paying attention, but the Sawx DFA’d Hanley Ramirez.
- San Francisco is sitting two games under .500? That in and of itself is an accomplishment.
- Louis averages a 93.9% fill rate for Busch Stadium for their home games. Wow.
NBA. There are days where conspiracy theorists have a good argument and this will be more grist for the mill, rightfully so.
- Boston pretty much laying down (79 points) in a game seven when they’ve been 10-0 in the playoffs at home makes those questions seem legitimate.
- Games six and seven of the Western Conference Finals, where Houston goes up 15 in both games both times in the 2nd quarter and then predictably the officiating turns to garbage. Not only did GSW get the benefit of some questionable calls, it took Houston out of their game.
- And then…we get to the Game 1 of the NBA Finals…The cries are growing louder from a fan base who is getting annoyed that the NBA ABSOLUTELY REFUSES to do anything about officiating and how it affects games.
Oh, and may the Gods of Karma pay Golden State back for their non-sense. You won with luck and the help of the refs. You’ve won two of the last three championships and are should win three of four. Act like you’ve been there before.
What really galls me is that there are so many who bitch about the NBA and their insanity, yet nobody will give Hockey a try. I’ll never understand it, and I involve myself in that conversation. Had I not been so busy otherwise, I’d be paying attention to the Hockey.
NHL. Now I personally believe that Vegas/Washington is a good Stanley Cup Final, but it’s abysmal for the purpose of media markets.
NFL. If I’m a player trying to make a squad, I’m damn sure happy that the big boys are sitting it out – that way I get more reps and a chance to be seen.
But putting that to the side, LA Chargers TE Hunter Henry’s out for the year after some kind of injury in OTA’s. Wow, that’s brutal.
The Good. Justin Verlander has to be the luckiest dude on Earth. Married to Kate Upton, and a World Series Champion, and this year going into June he has a 1.24 ERA. Good Lord…
The Bad. Venus Williams falling out in the first round of the Frenchie Open wasn’t a good thing for Tennis.
The Ugly. I just reviewed the attendance stats for MLB, and predictably two of the teams who I keep somewhat of an eye on are at the bottom. Oakland is 28th averaging just under 16,000 a game, but Miami who is all the way on the bottom – afte 28 games they are averaging 10,567 people per game.
I get it, there’s a new ownership group, but they stepped up wrong and blew it up again. No wonder folks in Miami want nothing to do with this train wreck.
The You Gotta be shi**ing me. There are some crazy things that happen on this spinning chunk of rock, but some dumb ass Philly fan who ALLEGEDLY got arrested after the Eagles win in the NFC Championship for punching a horse and a mounted officer. Well, I guess he’s now suing the cops for false arrest.
A bonus “You gotta be shi**ing me. Civil activists demanding a boycott of the NFL? Yeah, right. How’s boycotts worked for a lot easier targets in the past? You’d have a better chance getting Republi-turds and Demo-craps to agree on something. Nah, Hell would freeze over before anybody boycotted the NFL.
Jerry’s final thought. I have a State Convention to attend next week, but when I get back, I’ll try to drop you a line next week.