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I just had an awesome opportunity to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and attend a special gathering to commemorate the Twentieth anniversary of the best baseball movie of all time. The movie that I am speaking of is Bull Durham. Director Robert Shelton, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Robert Wuhl participated in a question and answer session that was moderated by movie critic Jeffery Lyons. it was great to see the actors as people, not just something on a TV or movie screen.

The most interesting part of the night came when Director Robert Shelton was speaking about a possible sequel. He said that he has been asked quite frequently if he wants to make a sequel, but hasn’t given it any real thought until now. He seemed to have a good idea of what happened to Nuke Laloosh, Crash Davis and the other characters in the movie.

According to Shelton, Laloosh went 18-4 in his second season and 4-18 in his third.  He then pitched in the Mexican League and was found by Crash (who is now managing AAA Durham) and Annie at a players signing session.  Nuke will be sitting among Pete Rose and other baseball players who will be signing autographs for hundreds of dollars, while Nuke is selling his for 15 bucks.  Crash then helps Nuke develop a knuckleball, which puts Nuke back in the big leagues 20 years after he left.

I personally hope they make a sequel, but only if they can get all of the main actors back.  I know that it would be made right and the same way as the first one.


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Alright its time for the playoffs!!!…..Wait, something looks wrong here, where are the Yankees? Why does it say the Rays play this week? There must be a typo…. did baseball start giving teams bye weeks? Maybe the Yanks get to skip the ALDS and get to go right to the ALCS? What is this, the twilight zone?…Where are the Yankees? What?…They’re playing golf with the Mets?

What happened?

Well the answer to that question is simple: This year happened. The Rays took the division, Boston took the wild card, and the Yankees stunk. It’s as simple as that. As a die-hard, bleacher creature loving, but also disgruntled and disapointed Yankee fan, I feel your pain. The Yanks have not missed a postseason since 1995 and fell flat on their faces this year. “What do I do now?”, you ask? My answer to you is to watch the postseason; and while your doing that, follow my guide for rooting in the postseason.

First and foremost no rooting for Boston, at all. If you didn’t know that you are not a true Yankee fan.

In the American League root for the Rays and the Angels in the ALDS. Why the Rays? Root for them because they have played great and deserve their 15 minutes of fame. Why the Angels? Remember, no success for Boston equals a good thing. Root for the Rays over the Angels because the Angels beat up on the Yankees every year.

In the National League has one theme: Joe Torre’s sweet revenge. As a Yankee fan who realizes that Torre got thrown under the bus last year, I want to see him succeed. So in the NLDS I would suggest rooting for the Dodgers and the Brewers. The Cubs and Phillies are losers and they always should be. The Brewers broke the Mets hearts and it doesn’t get much better than that. Root for the Dodgers over the Brewers because of Joe Torre.

When it comes to a World Series between the Dodgers and Rays go with the Dodgers. Torre is one of the greatest managers in Yankees history and deserves one more championship.

But in reality, by the time you read this the Dodgers will have probably been eliminated.

Oh, well I guess we’ll have to wait for next year.

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Yankee fans rejoiced yesterday when the news broke that Manny Ramirez had been traded (aka given away) to the LA Dodgers.  The Yankee killer is not only out of Boston, but out of the American League all together.  Everyone knows the story by now so I am not going to write about that part of the story.  The bottom line is that this deal will hurt the Red Sox.  They gave up too much talent and recieved little in return.  They not only gave up Manny, but their best major-league ready prospects in pitcher Craig Hansen and OF Brandon Moss. 

Don’t get me wrong, Jason Bay is a great player, but he is no Manny Ramirez.  Maybe Bay will have a fire lit under him, because all anyone has said (including myself) is that he isn’t going to be good enough.  Only time will tell.

As I said, this deal will hurt the Red Sox, but it will not kill them.  Everyone else on the team knows how to win.  Youkilis should hit cleanup because he would provide great protection for Ortiz.  Ortiz is still a good hitter and he won’t be hurt by the loss of Manny as much as everyone thinks.

Man of the day:

Theo EpsteinThanks to Theo, the Red Sox have lost their best hitter.  Theo not only gave in to Manny, but he got almost nothing for the amount of talent that he gave up.  This move may eventually cost him his job, but as I said earlier, only time will tell.  On behalf of gratefull Yankee Fans everywhere, Thanks Theo.

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OK, so I didn’t get around to writing a preview of the subway series, but it didn’t matter. I couldn’t predict that the Yanks would get stomped out by their crosstown rivals.

So here are the Yankees and Mets broken down by position as of right now

Catcher-Molina/Moeller vs. Schneider

Posada dwarfs Schneider in Homeruns and RBI’s. Schneider is a better defensive catcher than Posada but this is about the overall quality of the player. Oh, wait, Posada is hurt…


1st Base- Giambi vs. Delgado

The Most Pathetic Position for either team….Each player is a shell of who they once were. Both guys can pick the ball better than anybody else (probably because they don’t want to have to run after it). Giambi is hitting .191 with 8 hr’s and 21 RBI’s while Delgado is hitting .230 with 5 hr’s and 19 RBI’s….both equally bad

WINNER- YANKEES Hey, Giambi wears a gold thong

2nd Base- Cano vs. Castillo

Cano is beginning to turn it around at the dish and Castillo isn’t hitting the way he used to. Cano has great range at second and will only hit better when A-rod carries the load.


3rd base- A-Rod vs. Wright

This may be the toughest position to pick…but A-Rod is A-Rod. He has played excellent defense this year (i think he should win the gold glove) and is a bright spot in a dismal Yankees lineup. Wright is the best defensive third basemen around today. He is outstanding player who is a perennial all-star, but, he is no Alex Rodriguez. Within two years Wright will be on the same level as A-Rod, but he is not quite there yet.


Shortstop- Jeter vs. Reyes

This is another tough one…Jeter is a first-ballot hall of famer and Reyes is the 5 tool player who plays on the island that is long (thats Long Island for those who have lost track). Jeter has the rings and Reyes has the bright future and a long career ahead of him. So for this one I am going based on the stats

Jeter = .314 2hr’s 21RBI’s 1sb 21runs scored and a on base percentage of .351

Reyes= .267 4hr’s 18 RBI’s 12 SB and 21 runs scored and an on base percentage of .332

This is tough..right now Jeter has the edge in hitting but I would have to give the fielding to Reyes…Jeter is a team leader who is always the one to step in when there is pressure from the media (he always says the right thing) and Reyes has hidden from the media at times (a la Billy Wagner). If I were building a team for the future I would go with Reyes but this is all about now.


Lf- Damon/Matsui vs. Alou/ Chavez

Matsui will hit over .300 with 25 hr’s and Damon is a run-scoring machine at the top of the line-up. Alou is a great hitter but struggles to stay healthy.


CF- Cabrera vs. Beltran

Beltran is a Five-tool player who is stuggling s far this season. Melky Cabrera is the best defensive center fielder in the American League but he has been struggling at the plate.


RF- At the beginning of the year most New Yorkers had never heard of Ryan Church. Now he is the best right fielder in town. Bobby Abreu is not himself at the plate and struggles playing fly balls hit near the outfield wall. I like how Church plays the game hard everyday. I’m not saying that Abreu doesn’t play hard but Church makes up for the holes in his game with hard-nosed play.


SP- The Yankees have one solid starting pitcher- Wang, other than that, they have no other trustworthy pitcher. Pettitte hasn’t won in a month, Mussina throw slower than a middle-schooler and don’t even get me started on the rest of the rotation. The Mets rotation isn’t great but they have Santana, Maine, and Perez, who are better than what the bombers have


Bullpen- The Yankees bullpen had been excellent of late…until they played the Mets. Other than that the bullpen has been pretty solid. Farnsworth hasn’t been Farnsworthless and Joba and Mo make it a seven inning ballgame. The Mets have a great closer in Billy “Why You Talkin to Me” Wagner but the bridge to get to him has struggled




Now I feel better about what happened this weekend

Props go to Jon Lester for throwing a no-no….the Mets for kicking the crap out of the Yanks….Lebron James for playing against the Celtics by himself…the Spurs, Celtics, Pistons and Lakers for advancing

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