†Letís Go Rockies!
Good Monday morning everyone and welcome back to the work (or school) week!
Well, I guess we (and Fox) donít have to worry about a Cleveland/Colorado World Series. Itís too bad really. It is unfortunate that Joel Skinner apparently saw something that no one else in the world saw and held up Kenny Lofton. You just never know how the game would have turned out if Lofton scores the tying run. Of course, if Casey Blake waits for a pitch up in the zone and hits a fly ball, Lofton still scores. Instead, he swings at a bad pitch, down in the zone, and grounds into an easy double play, ending the inning. It was all down hill from there. A Blake error allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to reach, and Dustin Pedroia showed off the overall game that makes him the easy choice for AL Rookie of the Year (if it isnít unanimous, those who donít vote for him should lose voting privileges!). And yes, I know that his post season exploits donít count in that. Kevin Youklis is awesome to watch. Manny proved himself right. All they could do was going out and play and see what happens. They did, and they dominated. The other thing that I canít help but wonder is how this series would have turned out had Game 5 been played right away on Wednesday rather than the unnecessary day off in between games four and five in Cleveland. Makes no sense. But then again, when both CC Sabathia and Fausto Carmona were horrible in the four games they started, itís amazing that the series went seven games at all. The decision to start Josh Beckett in Game 5 doesnít seem like such a mistake now, does it? Heís set up to pitch Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. I feel bad for Cleveland. If Travis Hafner could hit a fastball, maybe things are different. But that is a great team and they will be difficult to surpass in the AL Central for several years because they determined their core players and will keep them around for the next few years.
Unfortunate news came out yesterday. The San Francisco duo decided that yesterday was the right time to announce that Paul Byrd had purchased about $25,000 worth of HgH between 2002 and 2005. Byrd has explained that doctors found a tumor in his head and that his pituitary glands were not producing enough hormones, so doctors prescribed the medication for him. It will be coming out in Byrdís book. He says that he has not hidden this from anyone. He bought it with his credit card and had some shipped to the Braves clubhouse (where Iím guessing such things didnít look out of place in 2002!). If he was trying to hide it, he would have gone about it differently. Of course, my advice for others who have been prescribed HgHÖ come out now, bring the doctor that prescribed it for you, Donít let it come out through an investigation!
∑ Arizona Fall League Update Ė On Saturday, Anthony Swarzak made another start. One hit, no walks, no runs, two strikeouts in three innings. Matt Macri went 2-4 with his third double. There were no games on Sunday.
∑ Venezuela Update Ė On Saturday, Aragua won 10-3 over Ryan Rowland-Smith and Lara. The real Alex Romero appeared again as he went 2-3 with two walks. Jose Mijares got the one batter he faced out, then Frank Mata pitched a scoreless inning.
∑ The Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 24-14. Adrian Peterson rushed for 63 yards and a 20 yard touchdown against a solid Cowboys defense. Why is that mention-able? Well, because Tavaris Jackson looked a lot like Spurgeon Wynn in the game. He was 6-19 passing. Now, I thought he was adequate the week before when his numbers werenít great because there were several dropped passes and more long passes that just missed. In this game, Jackson has not even close. That was horrible. The Vikings defense is terrific though and has to be talked about. They play quite a few players and each seems to understand his role, particularly the guys on the defensive line. This team has a chance to be solid, middle-of-the-road this year and should improve throughout the season. But Jackson is going to have to show a lot more!
Any chance you watched the Minnesota Gophers football game against North Dakota State on Saturday morning? The Bison won the game 27-21. They were by far the better team. They ran all over the Gophers defense. The score is not at all indicative of how much NDSU dominated. And listening to some post-game calls, it was frustrating because people were calling it the low point of the season for the Gophers. In reality, the Gophers may have played alright. Believe me, NDSU is better than a few of the teams that the Gophers lost to already. NDSU is ranked #1 in what used to be Division I-AA. Remember when #5 Michigan lost to Appalachian State the first week of the season? Well, NDSU is the best team in that division, ranked well above Appalachian State. NDSU beat Central Michigan, a Division I-A team. The Central Michigan coaches said that NDSU had the best team they had played. And they played Purdue. In my mind, if NDSU was a Big 10 team, I think they would be middle of the pack in the league, right around .500.
∑ Anything else on your mind. I will have more World Series thoughts in the coming days, including my thoughts on who will win. Hopefully I can get some others to share their thoughts as well. Please feel free to e-mail me, or use the Comments below. Have a great day!