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 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

Nice to see My Captain starting his season off with two home runs. Go Tek!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2009 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Belated recognition here of condolences to the family of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, senselessly killed in a drunk driving accident caused by someone else just after he'd pitched six shutout innings.

Sad news about Nick Adenhart.

I hope his family, friends, and teammates can find some peace after his death.
Another young talent lost too soon.



Thanks for posting the above photos Eric, they are much appreciated, and the new Yankee Stadium looks grand.


Tomorrow night, the Mets will play their home opener against the San Diego Padres at the new CitiField. "Mr. Met" Hall of Famer Tom Seaver will be there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

I will be working late tomorrow night, and will miss it, but I'll be looking forward to seeing the highlights at some point when I get home later .

Great pitching performance for the Mets by their ace Johan Santana this afternoon in Florida. Marlins starter Josh Johnson matched him strikeout for strikeout and pitched a complete game gem today.

This kid Johnson was throwing mid 90's mile per hour heat well into the late innings.
He was on his game.

The race for the National League east has begun.

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2009 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

More tragic news with the word that Harry Kalas, long-time broadcaster for the Phillies since 1970, collapsed and died in the broadcast booth prior to today's Phillies-Nationals game.

I have only sampled a little of his work over the years, but Harry made himself a broadcast legend in Philadelphia and also gained a national following as the principal narrator for NFL Films. Condolences to his family.

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2009 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And still more sad news to report with the word that Mark "The Bird" Fidrych who for one brief season electrified the nation with his on-the-mound antics and became a national cult hero, has died at age 54.

http://wbztv.com/local/mark.Fidrych.dies.2.983934.html

I remember watching the game on TV that vaulted him into the national spotlight on June 28, 1976 when he handcuffed the eventual AL Champion Yankees 5-1 in a nationally televised game on ABC. Suddenly the Fidrych phenom showcasing his craziness of talking to the ball, rubbing the pitchers mound etc. became the talk of the nation. He started for the AL in the All Star Game at Philadelphia, and finished the season 19-9 with Rookie Of The Year honors for a dismal Detroit Tiger team.

But the next year arm trouble curtailed his promising career and he was done by 1980 after several aborted comebacks. But his pheneom as a cult hero for that one year was never forgotten.

To lose two big names associated with baseball in the 70s, Fidrych and Harry Kalas (who became a broadcast institution doing the great Phillie teams of Schmidt, Carlton, Luzinski) on the same day is tragic.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2009 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



Mark "The Bird" Fidrych will always be remembered by baseball fans as a colorful character in the mid 1970's, but he was also a good pitcher for a very short window in time that we wished could have lasted longer.

He died at only 54 years of age, but to me he will always be that young herky jerky fun kid to watch on the mound.
He was good for baseball at the time, and he will be missed.




Harry Kalas is a legend in Philadelphia.

I first remember hearing him call games in the early 1980's as a teenager when my cable company at the time provided WPHL TV from Philadelphia which carried the free over the air Phillies broadcasts.(And there were quite a few of them back then)

When the Mets were off, or playing at a different time of day, I would often tune in and watch some Phillies games, and Harry Kalas always impressed me as a real professional behind the microphone.

Kalas was also was the voice of NFL Films after the death of the legendary John Facenda, and did a marvelous job stepping into those rather large shoes.

RIP

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2009 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

RIP, baseball greats

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2009 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

A short while before the season started we lost long time Tiger tv broadcaster George Kell. He retired several years ago, but he was a class act all the way

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2009 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Congratulations tonight to Gary Sheffield for hitting career home run number 500 tonight for the Mets in a pinch hitting role to tie the game with Milwaukee.

The 500 home run club is an honored one in baseball, and they now have a new member.

It was a classic Sheffield shot, hit with authority and I knew it was gone as soon as it came off his bat.

The Mets BADLY need some solid righthanded hitting presense in their lineup. I've been saying this here since Moises Alou went down last season for his final time as a Met .
If Sheffield can even come close to his ferocious hitting form of the past, he can help the offense quite a bit.


Sheffield came to the Mets (after being released by Detroit) 40 years old and 20 pounds overweight.
But he has lost some of that weight since then and has tried to fit in with the team, and that is a good sign so far.

We'll see.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2009 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

A short while before the season started we lost long time Tiger tv broadcaster George Kell. He retired several years ago, but he was a class act all the way


Gary S,

Thanks for your thoughts, I hope you post here more often as you seem to love the Detroit Tigers.
Do you have some memories of Tiger Stadium that you wish to share?

I'd be really interested in your thoughts because you sound like you are passionate about your ballclub and it's history.

I am fascinated by the old ballparks and their history, and I was sorry to see Tiger Stadium go.

I believe I posted on this at some point here, but perhaps by now the links provided in the posts are long since gone given the duration of this thread.

Being born in the 1960's, I never got a chance to see George Kell play, but I'm very well aware of what a good player he was.

I wish I had the chance to hear him as a broadcaster as well.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2009 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Probably George's biggest game behind the mic came in 1962 when he did the Yankees-Giants World Series for NBC Radio with Joe Garagiola. It was George who described the dramatic final pitch when Willie McCovey sent his line drive that was flagged down by Bobby Richardson.

As a Tiger broadcaster, George also got to do the middle games of the 1968 World Series on NBC TV with Curt Gowdy.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I saw this nice article on Mark "The Bird" Fidrych while browsing SI.com, and I thought it should be posted here.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/pablo_torre/04/15/mark.fidrych/index.html

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

I'm beginning to lose my patience with the METS, and it's only April 21st!

LET'S GO METS (literally!)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Mets are not playing well, either offensively or defensively and on the mound, and things will need to change soon lest we hear the cries for Jerry Manuel to be fired.

Manuel has been cool and calm during the press conferences after the losing games in his office, and if he has some magic plan to turn this situation around, he surely has not told any reporters about it.

He's been given this deck of cards to deal with, and he will have to manage the team he has. They are set.

The bottom line is that the Mets are playing flat in almost every game I've seen this season. The clutch hitting is not there, they are leaving a ton of runners on base, and with the starting pitching (other than Santana) being as bad as it's been, they should be grateful to have the 6 wins they have already.

The only saving grace so far early on is that both the Phillies and Braves have been playing below 500 baseball so far as well to open the season.

The Marlins jumped out early in the division winning games but recently have hit a slight bump in the road.

The Mets cannot hide their lack of hitting and mediocre starting pitching so far to open 2009.

John Maine got shelled tonight, and put the Mets in a hole early tonight against St. Louis.

Mike Pelfrey has been no better so far either.



Oliver Perez was "Bad Ollie" yesterday, and as is his pattern, he pitched well into the middle innings and then collapsed when the Mets had a lead, and gave it right back to the Cardinals.
The middle innings are his bugaboo, where he brain farts and suddenly starts becoming a thrower rather than a pitcher.

Perez has been around now for 7 years in the big leagues (He's still only 27) and many pitching coaches in his career have no doubt tried time and again to fix this, but none so far it appears have succeeded.

With Oliver Perez, you get "Good Ollie" and "Bad Ollie" and you either live and die with that or you sign Derek Lowe and be done with him.

The Mets decided to cheap out on Lowe, not upping their offer to him this winter and allowed him to sign with Atlanta.
They got stuck having to re- sign Perez, who was still available (I wonder why?) as all of their other options in the free agent starting pitching sweepstakes ran dry.

When your next "reliable" starter in the rotation after ace Johan Santana is retread Livan Hernandez, you are foolishly playing with a lit firecracker that is eventually going explode in your face.

We'll see how it goes from here, but right now the Mets at this point look do not like a contending ballclub this season.

I hope they surprise me.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 10:31 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Sorry your Mets are struggling, Anz.

The Yankees have been living a charmed life so far and should be glad to be 9-6 at this point. Girardi sticking with Sabathia one inning too long in effect forced them into a long extra inning affair where they finally prevailed. So far, things have been a tad erratic with the worst news being Wang's meltdown which I hope means Phil Hughes will be back up soon and they can invent a reason to get Wang on the DL since he has made Steve Trout in 1987 look like Cy Young by comparison!

I wish the media hype about homers in the new Stadium would die down, because it is all hype for now until we see how it plays out over more than just six games.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Eric,

I'm not giving up on the Mets just yet, I never do, it's just frustrating.
I've been a Mets fan through the good and bad for many years (as you know) and to be honest, I'm just happy baseball season is here and it's still early enough to try to turn things around.



I have not had many opportunities to see Wang pitch for the Yankees in a complete game this season, but the few times I have seen him on MLB network, and on ESPN in highlights it appears that he has lost his sinker, and his velocity and mechanics are way off.
It's plain to see even for the average fan just watching the highlights.

He had an injury last season that may be contributing to his poor performances this season.
Hopefully he can return to his past form shortly.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 7:55 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Mets got yet another superb effort tonight by Johan Santana against Washington.

Two time Cy Young Award winner Santana has earned every bit of the money in the contract he was given by the Mets, and is an ace in every respect.

The Mets broke their losing streak in large part tonight because of him.
Another 10 strikeout performance, keeping the Mets in the game through the middle innings.

I don't blame him one bit for getting quietly frustrated when the Mets do not support him offensively, because very much like Seaver he is a workman out there on the mound and gives it his all, and does not like to see either his team, or a good pitching performance go down in flames due to a lack of run support.

Give him a chance to win, score some runs for him when he pitches, and Johan Santana will not only keep you in a ballgame, he will win you 20 games during the regular season and give you hope for appearances in post season play.

He cannot do it alone, but he's carried this team on his powerful shoulders since he came aboard.

And he is a joy to watch when he pitches.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Alas for me tonight is one of those horror-show games that makes me HATE the whole Yankee-Red Sox rivalry and the pressure that gets put on us to win. To have to see Rivera choke with two out in the ninth gave me flashbacks to the worst experience of my life as a baseball fan in 2004.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Tough loss tonight in Boston for you guys, but it is still early, it's only the end of April and tomorrow is another day in baseball.

New day, new challenge, and hopefully some new results that will make you feel better.

It's one of the many reasons why I love the game.

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2009 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And now watching them flush away a 6-0 lead is further rubbing salt in the wounds from last night.

I reiterate what I said. I HATE the whole Yankee-Red Sox thing, and that is an attitude I had formed in the five years leading up to 2004 because there is nothing fun at all about it from a Yankee fan's standpoint. Just an endless torture fest where before 04 there was this endless pressure to feel a need to *have* to win all the time, and since then it's all been a matter of trying to recover lost honor and dignity. Even when we come away winning games against them there is no sense of enjoyment, just relief that a nightmare was survived.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2009 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Philip Hughes will come back up from the minors to start for the Yankees tonight against Detroit.


He's pitched well in the minors so far this season, so we'll see what happens.
(I'll be channel surfing back and forth while watching the Mets battle Florida with the unstable journeyman Livan Hernandez on the mound.)


This upcoming start by Hughes has been the subject of sports talk radio calls in NY all day today.

The Yankees are looking to him to help stop the bleeding, and he may make or break his career as a Yankee by what he does on the mound tonight.

If he does well, Yankee fans can breathe a sigh of relief, if only for a brief period.

As a Mets fan, I fully understand what this start means to Yankee fans.

Hughes is the young pitcher from their system that the Yankees refused to part with in trade talks with Minnesota a while back for Johan Santana.

 
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