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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
YANKEES/RED SOX SERIES (Yankees Lead 3-2)
CARDINALS/ASTROS SERIES (Astros Lead 3-2)
NFL "EXPERT" PICKS
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable Monday evening of watching baseball and/or football. I did a little of each, but I also played in our first co-ed volleyball game last night. Our team played the league's defending champs. Of course, I haven't played all offseason so, I was going to be sore no matter what. But, of course, the game went five games! Each game was close. I want to say the scores were 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 22-15, and then we won game 5 by a score of 15-12. That's a lot of volleyball. That's a lot of moving around and bumping, setting and hitting. I am so going to hurt.
Speaking of hurting, I need to make an apology to a number of the readers of this site for something I wrote yesterday. I wrote up reviews for Jersey Girl, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Starsky & Hutch. The apology is for some things I wrote in the Fahrenheit 9/11 review. Things that were made known to me by a few of the readers. And again, I have to thank those people for being honest and blunt and telling me the things I needed to hear, and doing it in a very kind, well-thought out way.
Now, I happen to think that Michael Moore is a terrible person with a major agenda.
What kind of unfair statement is that? Yes, I said I "think", meaning it is just an opinion of mine. And maybe I do believe that he has a pretty clear agenda. But to call him a "terrible person" takes it a few steps past what is acceptable. No, I am not a writer. I took only very rudimentary college writing classes, and I certainly don't claim to be a journalist of any real kind. I am a guy who writes his thoughts and opinions on baseball and other topics, and I try to back them up. But to make such a cold comment like "Michael Moore is a terrible person" is completely unfair. I may have backed up how I disagree with his agenda or tactics, but I don't know Michael Moore. For all I know, he could be a great, caring, family man. The fact that I disagree with his political viewpoint and how he chooses to present those views does not make him a bad person in any way.
One reader, Noah, asked me, "Aren't American patriots suppose to challenge authority and raise
flammatory questions?" That is a point that I certainly can't argue. Some of the people that history calls great Americans are the guys who started this country and made it what it is today. How? By questioning the way that Americans were being treated by Britain, the American Revolution, the Constitution and so many more of the events and documents that made this country free.
So, I need to thank those of you who took the time to write to me and set me straight. It was needed. I need to remember that, even though I am not a journalist, people do read what I write, so I do need to have a certain standard for myself, for what I write and the accuracy and fairness with which I write it. So thank you, and again, I apologize. I apologize to Mr. Moore, anyone who knows or respects Mr. Moore, and in general, anyone who expects a little professionalism when you come to this site.
Oh, and three people e-mailed me to remind me that Dick Cheney was not the owner of Halliburton. He is a former CEO of the company, and a shareholder, although he had to get rid of his shares before he could assume the office of Vice President. That distinction does not affect Moore's point on that topic, but again, it is good to be accurate.
No, I don't agree with much of what Michael Moore has said or has put into his movies. I won't back away from that. But again, I do need to stress that it is very important for people to hear all sides of any situation, whether it is political opinion, religious topics or what to eat for supper. I believe that only through full knowledge of all options can a person really feel confident in whichever decisions he or she chooses to go. Not everyone will agree with what you do, but if you feel right about it, that's what matters. And for those reasons, I still think that Fahrenheit 9/11 is worth watching!
If I can answer any further questions, or if you would like to further comment on any of this, please e-mail me.
YANKEES/RED SOX SERIES
The Yankees and Red Sox played their third straight LONG game yesterday afternoon. 14 innings long!
David Ortiz did it again! Last night he did it all, including a bloop single to center for the game-winning run, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 win. In the 8th inning, he hit another solo home run. And, he got things started with a single to score Manny Ramirez in the first inning to give the Red Sox the lead.
And just to re-emphasize my point on David Ortiz and the Twins... I still fully believe that it was the right decision for the Twins to non-tender David Ortiz three years ago. The fact is that, in arbitration, he was set to make about $4 million. The other fact is that he was very much injury prone as a Twin, unable to stay healthy on the Metrodome turf. We knew he could hit. I don't think anyone ever questioned that. However, had he stayed a Twin, he never would have done the things he has done the last two seasons with the Sox.
Esteban Loaiza had actually pitched three shutout innings before allowing the winning run in the 14th. The Yankees bullpen went 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run before the 14th. Impressive, but not as much as what the Red Sox bullpen was able to do. They came in after Pedro Martinez gave up 4 runs in 6 innings. Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Myers and Alan Embree combined for five scoreless innings before Tim Wakefield pitched the final three innings for the win.
Tonight, in Game 6, the Yankees will start Jon Lieber against the Red Sox Curt Schilling, who will give it a go on his gimpy ankle. The Yankees will try for the third time to end the series and the Red Sox will again play to play another day.
There were just four hits in the entire game, for both teams, combined! Only one really mattered. Jeff Kent hit a game-winning, walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth off Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen, with two runners on. To probably no one's surprise, it was a single by Carlos Beltran, that started the inning.
Raise your hand if you knew who Brandon Backe was before he pitched the Wild Card clinching game for the Astros on the final day of the regular season. He was spectacular last night. 8 innings. 1 hit. He did walk two and struck out four.
Brad Lidge is incredible. At least last night he only had to pitch one inning, after pitching two innings each of the past two days. He struck out two and recorded the win.
Donít forget Woody Williams though. Like Backe, he gave up just one hit and walked two and struck our four, all in 7 innings.
The Astros won all three of their home games and now hold a 3-2 series lead with the games headed back to St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon. It will be Peter Munro for the Astros against the Cardinals Matt Morris.
NFL EXPERT PICKS
Well, the Rams did win, as all of us predicted. So, Ryan Maus is our winner with a 13-1 record for the week. In doing so, he also made up a lot of ground on our leader, Mike Brasel. Michael Labuda and David Bergner each had just two wrong.
Thru Week 6 Total Week 6 Over All Name Site
L Win% W L Win % Mike Brasel Fantasy FB Guru 10 4 71.4% 62 26 70.5% Ryan Maus Twins Chatter 13 1 92.9% 61 27 69.3% Aaron Gleeman Aaron's BB Blog 11 3 78.6% 59 29 67.0% David Bergner Baseball Savant 12 2 85.7% 59 29 67.0% Melissa Olson SethSpeaks.net 11 3 78.6% 58 30 65.9% Michael Labuda ChiSox Daily 12 2 85.7% 56 32 63.6% Jeremy Kovash Wolf Lake Mgr 9 5 64.3% 55 33 62.5% Vic Quick KDUH-TV Sports 10 4 71.4% 53 35 60.2% Seth Stohs SethSpeaks.net 8 6 57.1% 51 37 58.0% Ben Jacobs Hardball Times 8 6 57.1% 50 38 56.8% David Bloom Ya Gotta Believe 6 8 42.9% 49 39 55.7% John Bonnes The Twins Geek 10 4 71.4% 47 41 53.4%
And that is it for today! Have yourself a wonderful week! If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future topics, please e-mail me.
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