Tagged with "MLB"
Q-o-t-D 6/23/14 Tags: MLB Baseball Prices cost expenses

Is attending a Major League Baseball game an Overpriced luxury?

 

 

Monday Moaning 6-23-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Baseball Prices Cost of Baseball Cleveland Indians Progressive Field Detroit Tigers Jacobs Field Expenses Money Life

 

Welcome to another installment of Monday Moaning...You will read nothing about Soccer here...Sorry folks, but I can admit what so few people seem to be able to lately...I'm American...I don't give a fuck about soccer...Don't watch it, don't act like I have  a clue about it...don't waste my time, money or energy bothering to pretend to give a shit...It's soccer...Let's be honest, in a couple weeks 90% of you will be back to not giving a shit...

So what should be the big topic this week...Is it the rumors that LeBron James kids have been enrolled in a Northeast Ohio school...No...DON'T FUCKING CARE!

How about this...Friday night I attended what will be my last Major League Baseball game...Unless by some freak way I become rich....My wife's company got tickets for the staff and their families for the Indians and Tigers game...And good seats...The Club seats...You know a "higher class of fans" until they put us there! Supposedly the food is better...There's a full blown bar and dinning room...With the seats food and soda (pop for Ohioans) were free...Well thank you, because if I paid for that crap, I would have puked it back up into their faces...

Yes, I cook for a living, and I know quality food...But I love a good burger...I like greasy fries, and all kinds of unhealthy regular Joe shit...That's what I eat, because cooking in a fine dinning restaurant doesn't make you rich!

Seriously, I had a burger and fries that were nauseating...Then some one pointed out a buffet line with "the good food"..."pesto alfredo with fettuccini"...except there was no pesto in it...Hell, there was no alfredo in it...It was buttered noodles with a splash of cream and parsley...Au Gratin potatoes, that were disgusting...One bite and you could taste the powdered cheese and milk mixture on the under cooked potatoes..."Braised Beef"....NOPE...barely boiled meat is what it was...I bet I've taken shits that would taste better!

I was physically ill...And I hardly ate...Later my wife got an old school pretzel...Best thing she ate all night...And beers...Beers at a ballgame are as American as a teenage loser fucking an apple pie...Ummm, or something like that....Beer prices ranged from $7.50 to $9.00... I stuck to free Dr. Pepper...Hell, this was the wife's outing, I was driving, she handled the drinking duties...She had a couple beers then her and her friend went to the bar for cocktails...Which were around $10...So we dropped about $50 on just getting her primed up for postgame fun...

Oh, I mentioned I was driving...We live 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland...We left a hour before the game...We sat in traffic for at least 40 minutes because there's so much road construction not getting done, that half the city is shutdown...BLOW ME!

Then after parking, which I went budget and found a $10 lot, which means a little more walking, but fuck paying $35 to park...We get to the Stadium...The game has started, and we stand in line for 10 minutes, waiting to get through the metal detectors...I remember a time when this didn't happen at stadiums...And yes, we are a more scared, and frightened nation these days, mainly because there are just so many worthless, fucking, nut-case assholes out there...

So here is the choice...Should I be inconvenienced by waiting in a long ass line and missing an inning or two because there is a chance some  fuck-tard wants to shoot up a stadium?  Or should save the $67 per ticket, stay in the safety of my own home, watch the game on my HD-TV, drink my 6-pack that cost as much as one beer at the stadium, and eat fucking awesome food that I made myself?

I think that's an easy question...MLB, and the Cleveland Indians, you won't be getting anymore of my money...

 

As for the game...The Tribe lost 6-4, but my fantasy team scored HR's from Victor Martinez, JD Martinez, Carlos Santana, and Asdrubal Cabrera, plus hits from Kinsler and Brantley, so I felt like a winner...

Have a week...

The Beeze.

I Still Can't Believe He is Gone.....
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Tony Gwynn MLB Padres

It has taken me a week to come up with the words to describe the feelings I have towards the loss of "Mr. Padre" Tony Gwynn, but now I think I can share my feelings....

Unless you were born or growing up during this era, you really don't know about this era of baseball. There were many legendary players still lacing up their cleats and roaming the dugouts from Pete Rose who was winding up his career with a variety of teams, hell I seen him play for Montreal, Philadelphia and then return home to his beloved Reds all in the span of a year. Gary Carter came to San Diego on one of the most memorable Home Run hitting streaks that baseball had ever witnessed. Nolan Ryan and the Niekro brothers came to town, and yes I even seen a young Ryne Sandberg at the beginning of his career. Goose Gossage was the closer, man if you sat down the baselines and the Padres were winning, you could tell who was warming up by the popping of the catcher's mitt in the bully. Those were the days.......

Sure the Padres were an up and coming team full of rookies and veterans who were finishing their careers in a place were it was considered the end of most professional careers, San Diego. A city that really hadn't tasted winning until this young group of players came through the city, outside of Tony Gwynn, can any of you name players from the 84' World Series team? The Padres that year had even gave up on a future star of the game and traded a young Ozzie Smith to the Cardinals for Garry Templeton. Not a bad trade, both were equal in talent at the time. But who knew Ozzie would have the career that he had, not many at the time did in San Diego, but I never heard anyone complain...

I was heading on a North Pole run in July onboard the USS Pintado, that did not return to port until just before Thanksgiving of 84', so I missed the magical run the Padres went on that year. When we left, they were dead in the water, found out when we returned to port because everyone in San Diego were still talking about the unheard of trip to the World Series.....

Tony Gwynn and his young Padres, Bruce Bochy was a catcher on this team went on an impossible run. Dumped the Cubbies, when the Cubbies had them dead in the water. The Cubs should have been facing the Tigers that year, not that it would have mattered much, because that Tiger team was that good.......

My greatest memory of Tony wasn't the winning seasons, because there weren't many. But the fact that he like Alan Trammell only played for one team. No matter how bad the teams were, you never heard of either wanting to leave. They were honored to wear their uniforms, and both represented their cities well....

Tony's death was a wakeup call for me, as I used smokeless tobacco for quite a while. I guess the only thing I have to say about it, is it woke me up, and I have completely quit using it. I guess it took the death of someone I had great respect for in order for it to happen, but I am glad I did..

I am not standing on a pedistol or preaching to the choir, or even pretending that I am better than others. It just scared the hell out of me, and I didn't use Redman or Skoal, I just decided enough was enough, Thank You Tony for opening my eyes!

You will be missed greatly by your family and friends, and those who really didn't get to know you, but had great respect for you because of who you were. Mr. Padre, save a seat for me brother next to Jerry and Ernie, because you have the best view of the game my friend, 

I still can't believe you are gone......

 

Tony Gwynn, Baseball & Other Stuff
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Tobacco Use

Baseball lost one of its all-time great hitters this week, Tony Gwynn, to a battle with sailvary cancer.  Before digging into the health ramifications, let's take a look at one of the best pure hitters ever to step in the batter's box.  Gwynn has a lifetime batting average of .338 and won 8 batting titles.  A 15-time All Star, Gwynn also won several Gold Gloves and was admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2007 (can you imagine that 13 voters left him off of their ballots?!  that's another story).  A tremendous baseball player and a great member of the San Diego community, it is sad to see him go.

Gwynn attributed his cancer to his addiction to chewing tobacco.  It is truly a disgusting habit that exposes the mouth to a bath of toxic chemicals that are mutagenic and oncogenic.  Some of the pictures of people with various mouth and throat cancers are truely horrific.  Although in Gwynn's case, some doctors believe it is difficult to directly correlate his particular cancer to tobacco, it is not too great a leap of faith to make that connection.  Yes, it happens that people get cancer that have no good reason to expect it - it just happens.  Maybe for Gwynn that is true, but why take the risk?  It is time for baseball to look out for the good of its players and ban tobacco from the game.  We do not need to see this:

As a life science researcher, I happen to have very strong feelings about cancer and its victums.  Every day, people from all walks of life get that terrible call from their doctor that tells them that they have cancer.  One way that we can make a difference is to eliminate things from our lives that make cancer more likely - and none is more obvious than tobacco use of any kind.  I am very concerned that so many young people have thrown caution to the wind - smoking cigarettes and using smokeless tobacco.  It is so highly addictive and so bad for them - and to see these athletes with such physical gifts indulging in needless challenges to their bodies...well, it just has to go.  That is my soapbox stand for today...if you know someone that uses tobacco, please get them to stop.

Need to read a good book on cancer and life, see "The Emperor of All Maladies"  - it is a powerful book.

 

 

 

 

Sports Friday with Hal: Lazy Summer Friday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Baseball Red Sox Pawtucket Dodgers Tigers Royals MLB NFL ProFootballFocus.com

Happy Friday, Gabbers!

 

Busy one for me today...on the road for training at work so a couple quick hits. Besides, for someone who can accused of being emotionally distant, I sure dug deep the past two weeks for my  Don Zimmer tribute and my Father’s Day and sports. Heck, I’m spent.

 

NFL:

My (Twitter) buddy Steve Palazzolo at ProFootballFocus.com (OK, I doubt he knows who I am, but I enjoy his analytical articles) but he had a great piece this week examining where quarterbacks in the NFL throw the ball as far as distribution to receivers, backs, and tight ends (Link is here: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/06/18/qbs-in-focus-pass-distribution/ - not sure if it is free content or subscription only).

 

Anyway, a couple of key points:

 

First while discussing throwing the ball to wide receivers:

 

“Tom Brady led the league with 473 passes to receivers detached from the formation”

and

“Ryan Tannehill with the highest percentage of his attempts in this area at 81.9%”.

 

Surprising considering how maligned the New England wide receivers were last season. That said, with tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiving running back Shane Vereen injured the ball had to go somewhere.

 

Also, is this an indication of how underrated Tannehill is leading the Dolphins attack or an indictment of Tannehill in recognition he throws short passes and has no help out of the backfield and at tight end?

 

When throwing to outside the numbers/sideline wide receivers:

 

“Tannehill led the way with 274 attempts to outside receivers.”

and

“Peyton Manning’s...29 touchdowns to outside receivers led the league.”

 

With age increasing and  no Eric Decker in Denver, is Manning going to replicate those numbers? I doubt it, but Denver does need to save some money for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.  Remember, it was former head coach Josh McDaniels who wisely picked Thomas over Dez Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft.  Denver is still reaping the rewards of that decision.

 

When it came to throwing to slot receivers, Palazzolo wrote:

 

“Most would probably expect Brady to lead the way in attempts to the slot, but it was Drew Brees’ 214 attempts that paced the league while Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck led with 37.3% of their passes targeting the slot (includes all players lined up in slot).”

 

I think this is more about having limited production out of Danny Amendola and having to move wide receiver Julian Edelman all over the field to get favorable match-ups with such limited options after injuries wracked the squad in the second half of the season.  Ditto for Andrew Luck in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne injured and T.Y. Hilton moved all over the formation.

 

With throwing passes to running backs, obviously having Darren Sproles helped this and the Saints will have a hard time replacing Sproles this season:

 

“Brees leads this group as well with a league-high 197 attempts and 1243 yards on throws to running backs.”

Also,

“16 of Matthew Stafford’s league-leading 58 drops came from running backs.”

and

Cam Newton benefitted from a league-high 11.3 YAC per completion on passes to running backs out of the backfield.”

while

“Tannehill threw to running backs out of the backfield on only 10.4% of his passes, the lowest percentage in the league.”

 

For Tannehill, the running backs were terrible runners and worse receivers, so he cannot be blamed there.  For Stafford, Reggie Bush was supposed to be the remedy to the passing game, so seeing the backs averaging a drop per game is hideous. Cam Newton had better find his running backs in 2014 in the passing game, because he has no receivers to throw the ball to in the passing game.


 

MLB:

 

Is there a more fun team to watch in 2014 than the Kansas City Royals? (OK, not for the gabbers with much love for the Detroit ballclub). Kansas City has streaked to first place on a winning streak and seem balanced and consistent on offense and in the rotation.

 

Kansas City took two games against the Yankees, two more against Terry Francona and the Indians, and then three more against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. For a team that was four games below .500 (26-30) on June 1, the Royals are are hot while the Tigers got cold. Detroit enjoyed a season-high seven-game lead on May 18, then dropped seven of eight to allow its American League Central challengers—the Royals included—to tread water or catch up.

 

A huge key to the Royals’ rise has been the apparent return of Eric Hosmer’s power. Hosmer slugged 17 homers in 159 games last year, pretty bad for a “power-hitting” first baseman. At the end of the day on June 6, Hosmer was hitting .260 BA/.300 OBP/.352 SLUGGING. Hosmer began to turn his season around on June 7, when he slugged a homer in an 8-4 win over the Yankees. He went deep again two days later and again on Sunday.

The Royals won the first two games of their four-game tilt with the Tigers by shelling Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. On Wednesday, left-hander Drew Smyly limited the visitors to two runs in seven innings of work. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Jeremy Guthrie outpitched him.

 

Kansas City gave its starter a quick 1-0 edge in the top of the first, when Eric Hosmer continued his hot hitting and picked up a one-out single, stole second, and scored on an infield hit from second base on an errant throw.

Smyly settled in after that, but Guthrie was in a groove. By the time the Tigers figured Guthrie out in the seventh, the Royals were up by two. The win was the Royals’ 10th in a row. That’s a sentence no one’s been able to type in two decades!

 

* * *

 

When play began on Wednesday, the Dodgers—thanks to Red Sox Beer and Chicken washout Josh Beckett—were the only major-league team that could boast about a no-hitter this year. That’s still true. Only now they have two of them, after the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, ripped through the Rockies in L.A..

 

The left-hander was perfect through the first six innings, retiring all 18 batters he faced. Ten of those 18 went down via the strikeout. And Kershaw had accomplished all of that on less than 80 pitches. With the Dodgers ahead 8-0 Kershaw took the mound in the seventh poised to keep on rolling. Moments later, two ground balls to the left side of the infield would define the game’s place in baseball history.

 

Corey Dickerson led off the top of the seventh with a slow chopper to short, soft enough that Hanley Ramirez needed to hurry, but hard enough to give him ample time to make the play. Ramirez fielded the ball cleanly, but his off-balance throw bounced wide of first base, beyond the reach of Adrian Gonzalez. The game was no longer perfect, but the no-hitter remained intact.

 

Two batters later, Troy Tulowitzki put it in jeopardy. Tulo hit a rocket down the third-base line where rookie Miguel Rojas was up to the task. Rojas preserved the no-no, and Kershaw took it the rest of the way. He struck out the next three batters he faced and did the same to Dickerson with two away in the last of the ninth. His final strikeout out was Kershaw’s 15th of the evening—a new career high—and it came on his 107th pitch.

 

Per BaseballProspectus.com, the slider that ended the game striking out Dickerson was the 31st throw by Kershaw, the 27th that went for a strike, and the 12th at which the Rockies swung  and missed.  Yes, the curve is his best pitch and his fastball is nasty. When he has all three working, Kershaw is...well, unhittable!

 

Most important from that win is that the Dodgers, now just four games behind the scuffling Giants, may still have ample time to repeat as National League West champs.

 

* * *

 

I will have “my” Father’s Day this weekend after a busy weekend last week that saw us visiting the parental units and my wife busy, busy with work.  I figured I already had my Father’s Day with our trip to Pawtucket, RI for the PawSox on Sunday June 8th when we got to see Joey Votto on rehab, former Yankees starter Chien Ming Wang, and former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for the Louisville Bats (Reds minor league team).  Great game. Saw prospect Mookie Betts, ate a hot dog (reasonably priced), had a few beers, and four box seats behind first base cost less than $50. God bless minor league baseball!

 

Carlos Marmol, wild as ever!: 

 

Mookie Betts, soon to be starting in centerfield in Boston:

 

 

Justin Henry, 2007 9th round pick by the Tigers now at Pawtucket. At 29 years old, the second baseman/outfielder/utility fielder is not likely to see the show, but these are the kind of players I root for the most: he is playing on pure love of the game at this point and a dream to one day make it--even for a cup of coffee--in the show. Not much power, some speed, versatility, and over 800 minor league games and counting without an MLB at bat...but I'm rooting hard for him. Good luck, Justin.

 

OK, that’s all I have this week so thanks as always for stopping by to read--yes, I still miss DVT over here too on Fridays ------->  but glad for his update last month and hope he stops by again soon. Glad he’s doing well. Stormin’Norman and Sully have been killing it next door at 2.0 so be sure to swing over and visit them as well today.

 

Have a great weekend, all!  

 
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