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Deep Thoughts 8-20-14
Posted by Jefft02 on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:30:00 AM

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Although you are reading this on Wednesday, I had to write my blog a few days early as we are headed to Ranger Texas to drop off my son off at Ranger JUCO. This will be a big change for Blake as Ranger is so much smaller than UTPA was last year. For those of you who do not realize the difference between a D 1 schedule and JUCO’s…don’t feel bad, as until the latest journey began for Blake…I was right there with you. D 1 teams do not play games during the fall, while JUCO’s have about a 40 game schedule. JUCO’s utilize double headers frequently to eliminate the need for overnight stay (normally). Because of this change, I will be mixing in some JUCO baseball during football season. When you think about it…fall offers some great baseball weather for Texas schools. September is still down right hot, but by the time October and November arrive, the weather cools down to a very comfortable level. There are many November days that offer mid 70 degree weather and are honestly much more temperate than the early spring. Of course, an occasional cold front can arrive and make things chilly, but no more so than spring. One of the big things that Ranger and other JUCO schools offer players is a chance to display their skills for MLB scouts and 4 year college coaches. Next Friday, Ranger will be playing an inter squad scrimmage that will have coaches from UT San Antonio, Texas State and Lamar University. I suspect that because this Ranger squad is loaded with sophomores that there will be many coaches watching practice and games this season. As this is my first go around with JUCO baseball, I don’t any experience…but I promise to share as the season progresses.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Unless you have been doing your best Rip Van Winkle…you have no doubt seen and read about the ALS ice bucket challenge. I know that my son was challenged by one of his ex-teammates and put the video on Instagram and twitter to document that he accepted the challenge. While this may seem silly to some, what is not silly is that the ALS Association has received $11.4 million dollars compared to $1.7 million dollars for the same time period last year. Almost $10 million dollars has been raised as a result of this challenge. Regular folks like my son have been instrumental in creating the viral wave of this challenge. Twitter acknowledges that 2.2 million tweets have been sent about the ice bucket challenge. In an age when we see so much stupid stuff going viral, it is great to see something like the challenge catching fire. This is something that a high school kid, Bill Gates and Conan Obrien can all do that makes a difference. I have been pleasantly surprised that the usual negativity and cynicism has not begun to emerge regarding this challenge. On Monday, I saw that Lady Gaga had accepted the challenge. I started to ignore the article, but I decided to check out Lady Gaga enjoying the ice bath…a bad decision on my part. Of all the challenges I have seen…Lady Gaga has to be the most odd. Of course, since it is Lady Gaga…why should I be surprised? What really troubled me were some of the comments on the article. Apparently there are some people that do not know what ALS is. While that is incredulous enough…I was stunned at the total douche-baggery within the comments. Some guy mistakenly takes the time to explain what ALS is and why the challenge was being done…and he gets ripped. Oh well, as we have all seen, there are trolls everywhere that love to do what trolls do. I say hell yeah to the ice bucket challenge. It is great summer fun, raising money for an awesome cause.

Here is the link:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6031167/lady-gaga-does-the-creepiest-ice-bucket-challenge-yet

 

 

                                                             Creepy indeed...but what else could we expect.

 


 

 

                                                                                Classic Earl Weaver...

 

 

One aspect of baseball that I love is the interaction of the players/coaches/fans and the umpires. It is a great part of baseball tradition and something that I worry that technology could ruin. I am not opposed to instant replay per se, but only a bit worried how far baseball suits will go with regard to usurping the control of umpires. Years ago, I wrote a blog on TSN about the Brave’s minor league manager Phil Wellman going bonkers. I have said many times that for me, one of the beautiful things about baseball is the absence of a clock. You arrive at a ballpark not knowing what sort of game you will see, especially if you are attending a minor league baseball game. Minor league baseball is a bit unique. Unlike high school, college and MLB games, the flow of the minor league game is just different. I think for this reason, some minor league managers are not as constrained as are their coaching brethren. I know you have surely seen the video of Phil Wellman. You know…he was the minor manager that threw the resin bag like it was a grenade.  That was the all-time manager freak out for me. Recently, I saw a minor league manager go that rivaled Phil Wellman. To have a classic meltdown, the manager has to do something that is somewhat unique. Leo Durocher and Earl Weaver used to kick dirt on the umps feet…Lou Pinella covered the base toss. Wellman’s signature eruption was the resin bag. Check out this video of Myrtle Beach manager Joe Mikulik. The argument began rather normal, but quickly escalated once the home plate umpire threw Mikulik out of the game. Mikulik has a reputation for being a rather vocal manager, but the show he put on was epic. His pantomime reminded me a bit of the classic ejection of Jim Leyland, but he took it to another level by sliding into home plate. For me however, what makes this a classic ejection is yanking off his shoes and shirt and placing them on home plate. For those few fans in attendance, they saw something that they will never forget. This was hilarious for me. Well done Joe!

 

 

 

                                                                                                  Hilarious...

 

 

 

                                                                     Wellman's meltdown just for old times...

 

You just never know what you will see at a minor league game. The season is quickly winding down, go catch a minor league game before it is too late.

 


 

 

 

Tony Randazzo Ejects Lloyd McClendon In Two Consecutive Games

 

 

One thing that many will miss in this video is that the umpires allowed Joe to do his thing. What I really appreciate is that the umpires realize that they ejected Mikulik and that his show was for his team and the fans. What bothers me about some MLB umps is that their egos are so large that they would never allow a manager to go off like Mikulik did. Take for example the major league umpire named Tony Randazzo. In my opinion, baseball would be better off bringing up the minor league guys and get rid of umpires like Randazzo. This past week, Randazzo ejected Lloyd McClendon in back to back games. The first ejection was because McClendon was arguing balls and strikes. The second day, Randazzo was at 3B and ruled a check swing by Alex Avilla to be no swing. McClendon disagreed and gave a little wave in disgust. Randazzo reacted immediately to McClendon’s wave by throwing him out of the game. There is some history between Randazzo and McClendon that you will see in the following link:

http://deadspin.com/tony-randazzo-ejects-lloyd-mcclendon-in-two-consecutive-1623029409

 

I got a big laugh in reading a few of the comments to this article. The one that really got me was the one from Bautista Thumbs Up:

My grandpa, who is a college ump here in Cali, was watching the game and texted me the following: "That ump in the Mariners game is a cocksucker."

If you know you Bull Durham history, you know that there is one magic phrase that guarantees an ejection. For another umpire to use that phrase to describe another umpire, pretty much says it all. For my money, Tony Randazzo gets my douche bag of the week.

 


 

 

 

If you are sick of the Derek Jeter farewell tour…Joe Maddon is right there with you. There is no doubt that Jeter has been a great player, teammate and captain…but I feel for Maddon. Year after year, Maddon works to put a competitive team on the field…only to get little recognition from the home fans. It is no surprise that Maddon is than pissed off that the Ray fans sellout to say goodbye to Derek Jeter. He has to thinking to himself…where have you been? Joe Maddon may be my favorite manager in baseball, but he has to realize that half the population of Tampa used to live in New York. It is a shame how little recognition that Maddon gets for the job he has done in Tampa. I can’t help at wonder how great he would be managing a team like the Dodgers. Now, I am not trying to start any rumors…just saying.

 

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

 

 

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.

Remember, kids in the backseat cause accidents; accidents in the backseat cause kids.

 

 

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.

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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