There’s no other way to put it. Talk about being a sour puss. After the Colorado Rockies declined to offer Jimenez a long-term deal after going 6-9 with a era over 4, they traded him to the Indians for minor league propsects. Apparently, Jimenez hasn’t let that go, especially since the Rockies offered Troy Tulitwitzki and his .300+ batting average, 30 hr and 100+ rbis a contract extension. Then to have Jimenez intentionally plunk Tulowitzki in the elbow of all places in a meaningless minor league outing. I don’t know what’s worse, doing that or denying the real reason for doing so, claiming that Tulo was calling him names. C’mon Ubaldo, you’re better than that. You’re a 28 year old pitcher with your best days behind you. Thank the lord that you’re still in the bigs.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a gem today. He was one out away from a perfect game when Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Jason Donald grounded to the second baseman and hustled down the line for a bang bang play. The ump called him safe but replays later show that he was CLEARLY out. Instead of pitching a perfect game, Galarraga just got a complete game shutout, 1 hitter. It almost would have been better if the 2nd baseman bobbled the ball. At least Galarraga would have gotten a no-hitter. Credit to umpire Jim Joyce for admitting fault after the game, its a tough job and a tougher call. He should’ve however erred on the side of history. Now comes the big issue, is baseball ready for instant replay? The NBA, NFL and NHL all have certain forms of it. I know that baseball games are long enough, but commissioner Bud Selig needs to wake up. This is a perfect example of why instant replay is needed. This kid missed out on being a part of history. A perfect game doesn’t come around that often (sure there have been 2 already this season but only 20 in MLB history). He would’ve been the first in Tigers’ history to achieve that feat. He probably will never get that close to a perfect game again. Time to rally the “instant replay” supporters, because it might cost a team a World Series ring one of these days. Then the mayhem will begin.
Let’s see, a week, ago, Chicago Cubs Ace, and I use that term very lightly, pitched no-hitter. Everyone talking about how he’s come around, after signing the big contract, after all his character problems. Enter Friday, a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals, 1.2 innings pitched, 8 earned runs. Are you kidding me? How is that possible? Was the no-no a fluke? What happened to the good old days when pitchers were, well, consistent. I’ve been following Big Z for years now (sure he was on my fantasy team many a time). The the poster child for inconsistency. You never know what you’re going to get from this guy. Lights out one start; shelled the next. Blame it on lack of concentration, blame it on fatigue. You can find a million excuses, we all know they’re like… well, you know what. The Cubs will probably make the playoffs. Everyone’s expecting them to tear it up and make the World Series. But let me tell you something, if Big Z doesn’t clean up his act, sure they might get to the big one, but as soon as they run into a solid team (i.e. Angels), the Cubbies will realize that that they don’t stand a chance. If you don’t believe me, go ask the 2007 Cleveland Indians, and how their aced C.C. Sabathia burned ’em time and time again by the Boston Red Sox. If you’re happy just to be there, great, be happy then. But if you’re like most fans, then you’re striving for the ring/cup/trophy. Take my advice: Don’t believe the Zambrano hype. Sorry Cubs’ fans, the truth hurts.
It’s a good thing that MLB votes for their awards before the post-season starts, if not C.C. Sabathia would not be the Cy Young Award winner. C.C. who had a stellar regular season, just didn’t show up in the playoffs. Then again this is a regular season award, so let’s give the big man some credit, he was the best pitcher this past season, slightly better than second place finisher Josh Beckett. Beckett on the other hand had a out of this world post-season, leading the Red Sox to the World Series title and pitching like the second coming of Sandy Koufax. I’m not going to take anything away from the big guy, and entering the final season of his contract with the Indians, Sabathia will be paid handsomely. I would just like my aces to show up for the playoffs. So Beckett will just have to take his World Series ring and be happy with that. Sabathia becomes the first Cleveland pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in 35 years, and who knows, the core of this team is coming back next season and with one more year of experience under their belt, 2008 might be the year of the Tribe.
Out of all the players to step up in Game 6, why did it have to be J.D. Drew? My most hated player currently, and possibly of all time, Drew came up big in game 6, going 3-5 with 5 rbis and a grand slam. Thanks for showing up Indians; C.C. Sabathia, what a joke. I finally figured out what the C.C. stands for: CHOKE CITY!!! I’ve said it before, Drew is the epitome of the modern day players and everything that’s wrong with athletes today. I guess I gotta cheer for the Rockies at this point. Unfortunately, by the time the Rockies come back from their week long hiatus, they will be out of their groove and probably come out flat. If there’s a god, the good guys should win, unless the Sox are being set up for a bigger embarrassment in the World Series. If that’s the case, just give me a sign, any sign so I can sleep comfortably…. well, I’m waiting…
Quite possibly the game’s best post season pitcher? In another exemplary performance, Boston ace Josh Beckett shut down the Cleveland Indians yet once again, proving that he should be considered one of the best, if not THE BEST clutch pitchers ever. Beckett struck out 11 in 8 innings en route to a 7-1 victory over the Indians at Cleveland. This guy has stepped up for his team time and time again. I’m proud to say that yes, he was on my fantasy team. It’s unfortunate the Beckett can’t pitch everyday, because he’s the only players Boston can count on. Now it’s on to game 6 with Schilling going against Carmona in Boston. Which Schill is going to show up is a mystery to us all. But if Boston wins game 6, are they going to send Dice to the mound? I hope Francona has something up his sleeve because Dice and Game 7 is a recipe for disaster.
Is it just me or is ESPN owned by the New York Yankees? Call me crazy but I thought the Yankees were eliminated by Cleveland over a week ago. That’s right, the same Cleveland that is one win away from the World Series, but you wouldn’t know that unless you paid close attention because ESPN is too busy reporting about Yankees orginazational meetings in Tampa at George Steinbrenner’s house. Is it necessary to talk about organizational meetings? You don’t hear about the San Diego Padres having organizational meetings, or how about the Los Angeles Angels. No, you just keep hearing about the Yankees, and how there is no decision yet about Joe Torre, or how The Boss is giving control to his sons, or how Don Mattingly really is ready to manage if called upon. Every day there is something new. Now I’m not naive, I know the Yankees are the biggest sports franchise in America, but come on. Do we really need to know when so and so cleaned out his locker and what brand of cologne he was wearing. So if you’re keeping score at home, there is still no word on Joe Torre, and believe me, he is waiting by the phone like that little school girl waiting for the school hunk to call her back. Grow some balls Joe and tell Steinbrenner to take his job and shove it up his ass, I think you’ve earned that right haven’t you? And Mattingly, we are all relieved to hear that you are ready to manage. So tune in tomorrow for another update on ESPN about their beloved Yankees.
Looks like this set of Dice fell off the table and the dealer forgot to replace them. On Monday, the Cleveland Indians rolled snake eyes and cashed in on the Boston Red Sox and their rookie phenom Dice-K. Dice gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings, and allowed Cleveland to take a 2-1 series lead. Now the Indians have a chance to go to the world series. Can you believe that? A few days ago everyone was talking about how overmatched they looked. But after taking 2 in a row, Cleveland can close this out at home. They need Paul Byrd to continue his magic in game 4 to all but end this series. Cleveland, the home of Albert Belle, Bone Thugs n Harmony (Bone, Bone, Bone, Bone!!!), and King James (although I’m still pissed at him for wearing a Yankees cap). They deserve it, dammit. ONTHEBUZZER is rooting for you fellas, no team with J.D. Drew deserves to go to the World Series, let alone win it. No offense Bostonians, but J.D. Drew stands for everything wrong about sports these days, $ $ and more $.
Enter the the 11th inning, tied at 6 a piece. The Indians just retired the 3 headed monster in Ramirez, Ortiz and Lowell. Indians up to bat and pitching for the Sox…back from a steroid cleanse, Eric “game over” Gagne. Terry Francona used up all his good pitchers; Schilling, Okajima, Timlin and of course Pap (2 innings btw). Did the Sox really think that inserting Gagne was the answer. Francona has been making all the right calls until this one. Gagne got the 1st out, then walked and gave up a single. 2/3 of an inning later, Sox are down 7 and the Indians are headed home, mission accomplished. Now you can start worrying Boston fans, because up next is Dice-K vs. Jake Westbrook. Dice has been anything but consistent lately, he can make up for it with a stellar start. All Boston has to do is win one of three in Cleveland and reclaim home field. Chances are they will, but then again weirder things have happened.
Game 1 of the ALCS and the Red Sox quashed all that talk about upsets and C.C. and team of destiny. The Indians looked overmatched, overpowered and frankly over it. C.C. Sabathia, cy young candidate lasted a measley 4.1 innings and 8 runs. HUH? What the heck happened hear? This guy has cruised through the regular season and the playoffs. This is when it counts, that’s the difference. So Indians, go back to the drawing board and figure out what went wrong b/c if not, this series will be over before you know it. As for the Sox, you beat my Angels, but I gotta give you props, the best team keeps on rolling. Either that, or it’s that Red Sox mystique.