Yankees pitcher Micheal Pineda said it was dirt but high definition had a different view. Pine tar has become one of the popular go-to adhesives pitchers use to improve their grip, but it appears for this type of cheating, baseball is willing to look the other way. In this game Thursday night, Red Sox fans were beside themselves with the observation of the pine tar on Pineda's hand, but the players on the Red Sox?...not so much. Big Papi dismissed the "cheating" episode as no big deal and the umpires could not be bothered nor apparently will MLB take any action even in the face of such compelling visual evidence.
Certain forms of cheating have a bit of a romantic place in baseball history...that is non-PED cheating that is. That form of cheating still brings a visceral response from most baseball fans...who is the rightful home run king, Bonds or Aaron? That can set off a lively bar debate, but bring up Gaylord Perry, who is in the Hall of Fame and you might get a whole different debate. Pitches still use a variety of substances from the afore mentioned pine tar to an interesting concoction of Bull Frog sunscreen mixed with rosin...a popular grip enhancement used around the major leagues. Other ball modifications include various methods of scuffing the ball from sandpaper to belt buckles to catchers equipement. The most obvious move today which used to be a clear no-no was putting fingers to the mouth...now a routine move by pitchers. It is interesting to note that the spitball used to be legal. In fact, it was such an advantage, no pitcher of any value took the mound without being able to throw one...this in the the early 1900's. By around 1917, there were too many head injuries from beanings due to the spitter and it was banned. Obviously it did not hold or Gaylord Perry might not have 300 wins...so while no pitcher today that I know of throws the classic spitball, it is clear that the art of pitching still includes a little doctoring of the ball...and isn't that just part of baseball's charm?!
And some other news...
While my friends from Detroit get to celebrate 23 consecutive years in the playoffs including multiple Cup runs, the Capitals modest 7 year run is over coming up just a few points shy of what was needed. There seems to be plenty of blame to go around...Ovechkin's defense or lack thereof, Mike Green's defense or lack thereof, Adam Oates coaching style (the Caps have played about 50 games under Oates where they have scored 2 goals or less...they have won 1 of those games, none in '13-'14...there's a stat for you). For me, I put the blame on the ownership for allowing George McPhee to continue as GM for almost 20 years with no championships and no title appearance since 1997. Ovechkin has not had one playoff run with a true championship goalie or a dominant shut-down defenseman, two key Cup ingredients. It was reported in the news this week that player agents hate McPhee putting the Caps out of the running for premium talent before the bidding even starts. Time for some changes here in DC.
Well, I am going to enjoy some beautiful spring weather, hit some golf balls and then relax and watch Bubba try to grab a second Green Jacket this weekend...hope you have a great weekend too!
Opening day of the MLB season has passed us by and we are officially into the 2014 season. The Red Sox left 12 men on base and lost 2-1 to Baltimore, The Yankees ace CC Sabathia lost to the juggernaut from Houston formally known as the Lastros
The weather is starting to cooperate and this old coot is a happy man.I have been waiting all winter to have my morning joe on my deck with my bride…no better way to start the day.
The tribute to the 2 Boston Firefighters that died in the Back Bay blaze last week was fitting for the hero first responders they were. Our prayers and support go out to those the left behind.
MLB week one found… The Red Sox taking in the Obama Whitehouse visit, David Ortiz took a selfie with the Prez and Obama managed to mispronounce Mike Napoli’s last name. Jonny Gomes was the hero of the day for me, he wore his American Flag blazer and was a big hit at Walter Reed Hospital visiting and entertaining the wounded and maimed heroes of our military.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers received a standing ovation his first time up before the home town fans. Having served a 65 game suspension for cheating it seems the Milwaukee fans say all is forgiven and all is forgotten.
Ryan’s first road test of his forgiveness is in the unfriendly confines of Fenway Park, Boston MA on Friday.
Fenway and Boston fans generally don’t pass up an opportunity to rake some deserving villain over the coals and Ryan fits the bill.
Over the years a lot of folks have been booed in Boston
President Obama was booed on April 21, 2012 when he appeared on the big screen on Fenway’s 100th birthday…the generally Democratic Boston doesn’t have much love for OB
On August 16, 2013 the Fenway fans turned there attention to notorious steroid user Alex Rodriguez.
On July 26th 2004 presidential hopeful MA Senator John Kerry got roundly booed by the Fenway faithful when he walked out about 35’ from home plate and threw out the first pitch. As Crash Davis would have said it was “some weak ass shit” as it bounced twice and rolled by home plate.
Not everybody liked George W. Bush but everyone has to admit that that guy threw some nasty stuff when he threw out first pitches…and they were from the rubber.
Roger Clemens has been booed in Fenway as well as notorious wife beater
Brett Myers, he took heat all night long from the fans for his public assault on his wife on a sidewalk in Boston.
So watch closely and listen up because the Fenway fans will be cold and damp and just waiting to pounce on Braun
The Steelers signed former Patriots bulldozer LeGarrett Blount to a two year deal.
Blount had a decent season for the Pats but Belichick doesn’t pay RB’s so Pittsburgh get a bruiser.
Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe made it into the elite eight QB’s all time bracket challenge.
DeSean Jackson is a free agent having been cut by the Eagles. He is a dynamic game changer…and a troublesome character for most locker rooms to have to deal with. It looks like the Redskins are in the front of the line close to signing Jackson.
NHL, my Bruins continue to roll…
Tukka Rask stopped 60 shots on Sunday vs the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-3 shootout win.
The Toronto Maple leafs dropped there 8th in a row…hosers
NBA….ok nothing more to say than the Sixers lost 26 consecutive games and are still not the worst team in the battle for the most ping pong balls …and that would be the Bucks.
In other news: obamacare still doesn’t work. the Russians are still moving forward trying to rebuild the Soviet Union by taking back their neighbors under the guise of protecting Russians in those countries...sound like another notorious past leader...named Hitler?. The Indonesian flight 370 is still lost (I still think it is in Pakistan or Iran) The cold and harsh winter is being blamed on global warming. The Keystone pipeline is still being stopped by the liberals that want the USA to be a third world nation and want you to pay $6 bucks a gallon for gasoline and home heating oil. Syria’s government is still killing it’s citizens, Israel is still being strong armed into peace talks with Palestine even though the Palestinians won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist and shoot whenever they get a chance. The US is still borrowing money from China and then giving it and our tax dollars to all but 9 countries on the planet.
I am one grouchy sob today
But Spring has sprung so cheer up harry and take the classic '88 Sportster for a ride
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Sorry I just can’t hold it in anymore. While TheBeezer, IhateMillen and other Red Sox fans have outstanding blogs, not just on the Red Sox, but on other topics as well, they should be commended for that. What I am writing about is IHateMillen lit a match in me that was started by TheBeez and other Red Sox fans.
Red Sox fans are very passionate about their team and rightfully so. They play in one of the greatest baseball stadiums of all-time. Their franchise is rich in history, nothing really to be ashamed of.
For those that didn’t read it this was reply to the last IHateMillen Blog :
“I just can't figure why Red Sox fans have it in for the Yankees. I don't want to hear the crap about them spending money for players. Every team has the same chance as the Bronx Bombers to go after players. The organization is playing by the rules that even the Boston Red Sox voted on. I don't give a rats ass about the Red Sox, yet you never hear me bad mouthing the team, in fact on one of my posts I congratulated them. When the Yanks won in 2009, I never once rubbed it in the face of the Red Sox fans. All I did was write a blog about the team winning. Even when your other teams win, you have to rub it in on the Yankees.”
“While Red Sox fans have shown class in the Rivera world retirement tour, I know they will do the same for Our Captain Derek Jeter, just as Yankee fans will honor Ortiz when he decided to hang them up.”
“Boston fans. just get over it already with the Yankees. You just making yourselves look like an ass”
By the way, Red Sox fans and Yankee fans can agree that Jeter is not on the Mount Rushmore of Yankess, or for that matter a top 5 Yankee.”
Let me just expand a little. It’s okay to dislike the Yankees, just like I dislike the Red Sox. But I don’t vent my venom on Boston fans. But I’ll be demand if I don’t go to a Yankee-Red Sox game whenever I go home to Brooklyn, New York and boo the hell at of the Red Sox.
7 World Series, 9 American League Pennants…Impressive Red Sox fans.
But it really boils down to the fact that Red Sox Fans have a Yankee inferiority complex because that is what it really sounds like to me.
#unapologetic. I get to go to some sexy places for work. It’s all quite glamorous. Some folks jet set to Abu Dhabi, sail off to do some off shore banking. Me? I go to Herkimer County, New York. The good news is that it’s not likely to snow. The high will be a balmy 21 with a low of 14. I told you, it’s sexy as hell.
It’s almost as sexy as the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Now, come clean. Who wouldn’t want a fine piece of Barbara Millicent Roberts rocking that 1959 vintage swim suit? Which is just my point here – why would SI team up with Mattel to cross promote Barbie? Just strikes me as wrong on so many levels. You're used to seeing Beeze posting shots of swimsuit models - I almost feel like I'm working his side of the street here.
Jeter Retires, No A-Rod to Darken His Sendoff. Derek Jeter announced this past week that he’s retiring at the end of the season. $253-Million in career earnings will let a guy in his 30’s call it quits on his own terms. There’s nothing for him to prove, and he will go out one of the all time great Yankees. So, why announce so far in advance that 2014 is the end of his career. He made $17-million to play in 17 games last year, he had a player option for just over $9-Million for this year. You could argue that in announcing his retirement, he got himself a $12-Million deal for 2014. He’s made a quarter Billion dollars - $3-Million more isn’t likely to be the answer.
Here’s my guess. It was only a few weeks ago now that Alex Rodriguez dropped his law suit and agreed to accept the 162-game suspension. It’s no secret that the two of them really don’t like each other, so perhaps it’s an acknowledgement that he either can’t or doesn’t want to play at the level he has played and since he doesn’t really have to, there’s no reason to play out the string. With A-Rod out of the picture for this year, he can go out as the leader of this team, without A-Roid obscuring the sunshine. Rodriguez has another 3 years or so on his deal, so even if Jeter could play he’d be second fiddle to Rodriguez for the rest of his career. This gets that giant distraction out of the way, and Jeter can lead this team for the last time with everyone bending over backwards to make sure it happens. That’s why he’s retiring, and that’s why we know about it. Ryan Dempster, on the other hand, has some "stuff going on," to walk away from $13-Million this year, pitching for the World Champions with a good chance to repeat. Why bring him up here? He's probably one of Jeter's favorite Sox players.
Behaving Badly. The “Wells Report” – the NFL’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin affair – was released Friday. 144 pages, 100-odd interviews and the result is apparently quite clear: Mike Pouncy, John Jerry, and Richie Incognito are just pukes. Pouncy catches my attention for having posed with his brother wearing the “FREE HERNANDEZ” gear. The players were busy harassing teammates, and the coaching staff were apparently willfully blind to it or in one case an active participant in it. According to the Boston Globe, former Patriot/Steeler/Seahawk Chad Brown said, “Every locker room at every level I’ve been in had hazing, tough jokes, etc., but I’ve never seen anything like the Dolphins stuff. Reading that stuff is crazy. Not sure how those guys thought that was going to end well.”
Of course Martin played the victim role until he couldn’t any more. His unwillingness or ability to say something empowered Incognito to continue. Striking to me is the leaderships refusal to do anything about it. In any other workplace, there would be all kinds of civil suits. Consider this for a moment: courts generally apply a rule of thumb that punitive damages can’t exceed $150,000:$1 of actual damages. Had Martin gone that way (he still could, that clock is still ticking), with a good lawyer he could get himself some big heap punitive damages against the Dolphins, the coaching staff individually, and the NFL. The only party here that mitigated their exposure was the NFL – they acted quickly to investigate. The Dolphins were too busy asking Martin to “Man Up.”
Assuming Incognito will not be with the Dolphins next season, could you imagine a situation in which he’s on a roster with Michael Sam?
Meanwhile, Sam’s announcement has even affected the CFL – even though he’s not planning to play in Canada. The CFL has fined a couple of players for making comments about the first openly gay NFL prospect. Beyond taking that step, the league says it’s entering into a partnership with a gay rights group. Interesting to me that the CFL is taking such a proactive step.
Something I have learned, that it's okay to grow old, and make new friends.,,,,,,
To replace a blogging legend, a man that I respect is never an easy thing to do,
But I will try.
To be the best father and husband is never easy, as they teach you something new every day. However, as with Mariano we must now prepare to say good-bye to another Yankee legend in Derek Jeter at year's end. Of all the Yankees from their 5 World Series winning teams, he is the one I respected the most of all, a quiet leader, who led by example with his actions both on and off the field. When Jeter joins Rivera in Cooperstown in 5 years, his legacy will be just that, he led by example.
I know it's the dreaded Yankees I am talking about, but how could you not respect him? 3200+ hits later and a lifetime .312 batting average along with 5 World Series rings speaks for itself. He is a winner, and maybe someday he will go down as the greatest to play his position.
But like always, age catches up with you, as it did with Derek. An ankle injury during the 2012 ALCS against the Tigers, started the beginning of the end of his baseball career.
Once again, it's okay to grow old and not recover from your injuries like you did in the past, it's only natural.
What will become of Jeter after he rides of into the sunset? Only Derek truly knows.....
Will A-Rod step up next year and become the new leader of the Yankees, who seem to lose more and more each off season?
I doubt it, even with Jacoby signing during the off season, the Yankees like all teams are going to struggle. Why?
Because there is no one who will step up and replace their "Captain," not even Jacoby can fill those shoes.......
The Winter Olympics started this week,
does anyone care about any sport other than hockey?
We follow our local stars, like Pavel, and Alex, Hank and Team USA......
But who really knows about the other sports,
because we have been waiting for the first game between Team USA and Slovakia, which at the moment I am watching
turn into a rout....
Tomorrow's the day
Pitchers and Catchers report,
Will the Tigers finally reach the pinnacle of their sport,
or be the best team once again,
not to reach their potential?
Adding Ian Kinsler and Davis were key acquisitions,
but signing Joe Nathan
will determine their fate,
a settling bullpen influence,
should make a difference
with an all-star lineup,
and a staff full of aces.
I am rooting for the Astros
for no particular reason
other than you root for the underdog,
just not when they are facing your team.
Thank you for reading my first Friday Blog, and feel free to leave your comments.....