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Deep Thoughts 4-23-14
Posted by Jefft02 on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:32:07 AM

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It appears that this is one of those days…you know the days when you sit down to write and the words just don’t seem to come easily. Since I have re-written the past sentence about 7 times, this Wednesday definitely qualifies. When this happens to me, I just start writing and hope that I eventually find a groove. I hope each of you had a great Easter Weekend. This Easter was a much different from my family’s normal Easter. This year, Julie and I made another dash to the valley to watch UTPA play UC Bakersfield. This was the first Easter that my family has not been together. I know it probably sounds odd, but doing the egg thing has continued to be a tradition in my family…until this year. Although Blake has not been playing regularly, we decided to make the trip down south. Because Sunday was Easter, the weekend series began on Thursday. We watched the game online but because Blake was not in the lineup, I worked while the game was on. I actually dozed off and was awakened by a text from Carl Spackler. Pan Am was down 1 to 0 and ace Sam Street’s unbeaten season was in jeopardy. The Broncs had managed to load the bases, but they were down to their last out. Blake was announced as the pinch hitter.  Here is a video to document the moment. It has been a tough few weeks for Blake and it was nice to see him have a successful moment. For the record, the wind was howling in from center field, if you watch the path of the ball, you can see the wind catch it. The Broncs took 2 of 3 from Bakersfield…helping their quest to make the end of season conference tournament. Next week it is a trip to Chicago to visit Chicago State. I hope the weather cooperates…

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday night was a big night for one of my all-time favorite players. Albert Pujols became the first player to hit HRs 499 and 500 on the same night. I know that many have written off Pujols as over the hill, but I had a feeling that once healthy that he would return to the formidable hitter that we watched for so many years in St. Louis. With 8 dingers in April, there is no longer any question regarding his health.  So, I wonder how many HRs Pujols has left in that big bat of his. At 34 years of age, is it possible that Albert could reach 600? Is Willie Mays mark of 660 within his reach? How about 700? It will be very interesting to see how this year plays out. Are we seeing the resurgence of Albert or is this just a brief flash of history? The way the ball was jumping off his bat on Tuesday, I am betting on the former.

 

 

An update to the historic blasts by Pujols last night. The guy in the photo above is Tom Sherrill. He is a lifetime Angels fan that happened to be in Washington for Air Force training. The staff sergeant and a buddy decided to go catch the Angels/Nationals game since they were in town. They bought tickets in the left field bleachers, but after watching Albert hit 499, they switched seats on a hunch. It turns out that his hunch was right as his new location allowed him to be in the neighborhood of #500. Sherrill and another fan converged on the big fly and Sherill corralled the ball that bounced off another fan's stomach. Sherrill triumphantly held the ball high as Albert circled the bases. Security quickly found Sherrill and asked him what he wanted to do with the ball. In this day of greed and self centered acts, Sgt. Sherrill only wanted to give the ball to Albert Pujols. Sherrill also requested that the fan that had the ball bounce off of be allowed to meet Pujols. The Angels gave Sherrill a hat and are supposed to be sending him some Angel goodies. Well done Sgt. Sherrill! Very well done...

 

 


 

 

The penalties for the Brewers/Bucs skirmish were handed out on Tuesday:

Martin Maldonado, Brewers: five games
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: three games
Travis Snider: Pirates: two games
Russell Martin, Pirates: one game

I have no problem with the suspensions given, but wonder why Gerrit Cole escaped without even a slap on the wrist. Gomez has been vilified for his bat flip and exaggerated watching of a ball that did not leave the yard. I generally am an old school advocate, but in this case I think that Cole was as much to blame as Gomez. Many have lambasted Gomez, but as I watched the replay on the MLB channel, they showed examples of several other Brewer teammates guilty of the same act. Yes, I know that there is a proper way to play the game. It would not be my style to flip the bat and admire a ball…but I read something recently that gave me pause. Here are the words that made me reconsider:

“There's a larger issue, one that gets kicked around now and then, the one about the energy inherent in the Latin American game. Gomez is from the Dominican Republic. There, the ball field is not a somber place. There is a code, and that is to live the game. Celebrate the good stuff. Mourn the failures. Get on with the next inning. It's OK to laugh. It's OK to have fun. You want to keep the fun to a minimum? Throw a better pitch.”

It truly is on Gerrit Cole to throw a better pitch. If he has an issue with Gomez, the time honored method of sending a message is with a plunking. But, this again is the “old school way”. What harm did Gomez do for his team? Gomez would probably not have scored on that ball off the wall, so he had to slide instead of arriving at 3B standing. It was Cole that provoked the brawl by jumping in the face of Gomez. For Cole to escape without any punishment is odd, I think. In case you missed video that caused Maldonado to receive 5 games off…here is the video.

 

http://bit.ly/1i9lS1h 

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

"I think people tend to forget that trees are living creatures. They're sort of like dogs. Huge, quiet, motionless dogs, with bark instead of fur."

"I think my new thing will be to try to be a real happy guy. I'll just walk around being real happy until some jerk says something stupid to me."


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

 

 

 

 

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You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

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You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

Enjoyed DT...good stuff.

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You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

Enjoyed DT...good stuff.

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