Friday, July 31, 2009

Good Grief!

Charles Schultz created The Peanuts cartoon strip many moons ago and thus the legend of Charlie Brown grew as a pop icon. Charlie Brown is often seen playing football or baseball in Schultz's pieces, but there lives real-life Charlie Brown's (actually a handful of them) who played professional baseball.

Charlie Brown #1 played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization from 1989-1991 as a light-hitting outfielder. He never made it past Double-A. Charlie Brown #2 was a pitcher in the New York Yankees farm system from 1992-1997. He also never made it above Double-A. Charlie Brown #3 played one season in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1946.

Then there was one lucky cat who made it to the bigs, that would be Charlie Brown #4, and it was as a Cleveland Spider all the way back in the 1897. Plenty of other players were named Charles Brown, but those 4 are the only ones that went by "Charlie".

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mother F*%@ing Liars!

According to reports, both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on the doping list in 2003. Their names are now right along side that other overpaid lying sack of shit Alex Rodriguez. This really pisses me off. Manny and Big Papi were huge reasons the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 and 2007 World Series, and now it comes out that they were using performance enhancing drugs. I want all the other names released to the general public, so they too can feel the wrath of hate that will pour down upon them. Mother f*cking lying cheaters!!!

Henry Rollins- Liar

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Troegs Brewing Company

Earlier this month Burton introduced you to Flying Dog Brewing, and today I would like to suggest a frosty pint of one of Troegs Brewing Company's tasty beers. If you're lucky enough to live in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, or New Jersey (okay, nobody is lucky to live in NJ) you may have already had the pleasure of downing one of their fine brews.

Signature Beers:
Hop Back Amber Ale- this is sure to make you hoppy...I mean happy. Oh, you get it.

Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale- good for drinking all day with a smooth taste and a hint of chocolate.

Troegenator Double Bock- this will kick your ass while tasting great the entire time doing so. I purchased a growler of this 8.2% strong, dark lager.

Pale Ale- your classic pale ale that puts Rolling Rock to shame. Damn piss water.

Dream Weaver- unfiltered wheat beer with pepper and clove added and a note of banana. This stuff is fantastic on a hot summer day.

Seasonal Beers:
Spring- Nugget Nectar, Summer- Sunshine Pils (good stuff!), Fall- Dead Reckoning Porter, and Winter- Mad Elf (11% punch).

If you're in Harrisburg on a Saturday, I highly recommend stopping by the brewery for a tour and sampling session.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Name to Know: Fu-Te Ni

At first glance I see a player with a hyphenated name that is only 6 letters long and instantly think to myself, "guess he's not winning the Jarrod Saltalamacchia long name contest". There's more to this rookie lefty from Taiwan than his name. He's come into the Detroit Tigers bullpen exceedingly well- 11 gm, 10.2 ip, 10 k, 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP. Ni had been pitching for the Chinese Professional Baseball League's Chinatrust Whales, but the team disbanded leaving him without employment. Luckily for him and the Tigers, he was signed and reported to the Toledo Mud Hens for the 2009 season. In 24 minor league games he threw 34.2 innings, while striking out 32 batters, notching 3 wins, with a 2.60 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP. The sample size is small, but he looks like he'll be able to hold his own as a lefty reliever in the bigs. Interesting tidbit- he became the 6th Taiwanese born player in MLB history.

*We Should Be GM's compare one-foot-in-the-grave Jamie Moyer to a mouse nibbling on cheese.

*Sportress of Blogitude has more on the never ending saga of Brett Favre.

*No Guts, No Glory turns one today. Congrats!

*Baseball is My Boyfriend explains how a Hunter tamed the Tigers.

*Rumors & Rants honored Rickey Henderson's HoF entry by look at other great thieves of the game.

David Letterman- Top 10 with Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Damn Pigs

Swine Flu was nearly an national epidemic a couple months ago, but just because it's not headlining the news does not mean it has gone away. Just ask switch hitting Nicaraguan Vicente Padilla. The Texas Rangers starting pitcher has had to endure a lot this season, being placed on conditional waivers, a DL stint in May, and now the swine flu. Padilla is helping the Rangers stay in the mix for the AL West with a 7-5 record and 4.67 ERA, but my favorite memories of him go back to his days with the Phillies where he had a fan group called Padilla's Flotilla and would often appear lackadaisical on the field. His ESPN player page lists him as a righthanded batter, but I distinctly remember him haplessly hacking at pitches from both sides of the plate. Good stuff! Get better soon buddy.

Where Its At:
*Rumors & Rants has a photo of an obnoxious billboard welcoming Carlos Tevez to Manchester. I really hate soccer!

*Sox & Dawgs breaks down the BoSox much needed win last night.

*Phoul Ballz gives Mark Buerhle the Curt Hennig label. That's Mr. Perfect in case you didn't know.

*No Guts, No Glory has story on how Steve Spurrier is a genius, liar, straight shooter, and idiot.

*Chicago Cubs Online wakes up happy with a Cubs win.

*Walkoff Walk updates their creampuff list of MLB players with boo-boos.

*Royals Review like Luke Hochevar's losing streak snapping performance.

Beck- Where Its At

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fishing, Beer, & Baseball

Need I say more?

Brad Paisley- I'm Gonna Miss Her

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jonathan Papelbon- Best Ever?

Jonathan Papelbon- 5 yrs, 14-11 record, 243 gm, 271 ip, 312 k, 137 sv, 1.83 ERA, 0.98 WHIP.

Like Vanilla Ice- Quick to the point, to the point no faking. Burning MC's like a pound of Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon one of the best pitchers ever?

According to my handy-dandy Baseball-Reference subscription he is. He has the 2nd best ERA since 1901 of any pitcher with 270+ innings pitched (1st place 1.82 ERA). Mariano Rivera and Francisco Rodriguez are the only other modern day pitchers that crack the top 50. Also, Papelbon's WHIP is the 3rd best in that same time frame.

Papelbon is only 28 years old, and he's already an elite closer. He's converted 89% of his save opportunities. People always talk about the awesomeness of Mariano Rivera, and then point to his postseason dominance (0.77 ERA/0.75 WHIP in 117 ip), but Papelbon is well on his way to doing such great things as well (0.00 ERA/0.64 WHIP in 25). Yes, Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed a friggin' run in the playoffs yet...amazing!

It will be interesting to see the size of contract Papelbon gets when he hits free agency. He just received a hefty raise this offseason of nearly $5.5M (making $6.25), avoiding arbitration for the 1st time. The BoSox are going to have to pony up the big bucks if they want to retain his services. If healthy, a 5 year $65M deal seems well within reason for this backend of the staff ace.

Papelbon Riverdancing with some Dropkick Murphy playing in the background.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

BoSox Square Dancing

First there was Dancing With The Stars, now there's BoSox Square Dancing.


*Thunder Treats has quite the treat for ya in the form of Sarah Shahi.

*Rumors & Rants shows how the Cubs got royally screwed when the signed Milton Bradley instead of Raul Ibanez.

*Macho Row also describes the Cubs desire to have Raul over MB.

*Sportress of Blogitude tells of Jay Mariotti's worries that someone will be videotaping him naked next. Ugh!

*Head over to Give 'em Some Stankeye for solid San Francisco Giants coverage.

*Sharapova's Thigh highlights the Houston Astros chances of taking the NL Central.

*Zoner Sports wonders if the pressure is getting to Tony LaRussa.

*Bootlegger Sports identifies the Cartoon Network as a new place to see sports.

*Phoul Ballz makes fun of Royals fans. Ease up buddy, don't they get abused by their team enough?

*Gunaxin has a collection of hotties snapping their own pictures.

Eminem- Square Dance

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mr. Honest- Jose Guillen

Jose Guillen- "I'm embarrassed by the money that I making, and playing the way I've been playing. I'll swear that on my kids' (lives). I feel very embarrassed. Sometimes, I feel I should take money out of my own pocket and buy tickets for every fan. Because you know what? For a $12 million man, these are not the numbers you should be expecting. I admit it. I'm not playing to my potential."

2009 stats- .245/.688, 30 r, 8 dbl, 9 hr, 40 rbi.

It's not his fault he's being paid a ludicrous amount of money, point the finger of blame at the Royals GM. Guillen may be struggling to produce, but he gets respect points in my book for laying it out there and being completely honest. It's refreshing to hear an athlete speak the truth like that. Adam Eaton, Jason Schmidt, and some others would be much more likable should the do the same. Also, just imagine if Jose did go and buy a bunch of tickets for 1 game for the fans. That would be enormously generous and unprecedented.

Depeche Mode- Policy of Truth

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hardball Heroes: Dave Dravecky

Each month, More Hardball bestows our Hardball Heroes award to players who are not likely to be immortalized in Cooperstown, but whose athleticism and sportsmanship left an impression on us. This month, we honor Dave Dravecky whose All Star career was cut short due to the devastating effects of cancer. While his career stats will never be enough to warrant entry in the Hall of Fame, his inspirational comeback, and post-baseball career demonstrate his indomitable character.

Dave Dravecky made his Major League debut in 1982 with the San Diego Padres, and within a year, he had proven himself worthy of representing them in the All Star game. Dravecky was a solid southpaw pitcher who was equally comfortable as a starter or reliever. He spent 5 seasons with the Padres and was traded to the Giants during the 1987 season. In 1988, his pitching arm began to cause him trouble. Doctors examined his arm and found a cancerous growth. Although the cancer was not malignant, it was destroying his deltoid muscle and humerus bone. In October, Dravecky underwent surgery to remove half of his deltoid muscle, and was told that "short of a miracle" he would never play baseball again.

Through his faith and determination, Dravecky endured an arduous rehabilitation and by July of 1989, he was pitching for the San Jose Giants and, later, the Phoenix Firebirds. Against all odds, and to the amazement of baseball fans, Dave Dravecky returned to the Majors on August 10th, 1989. Beginning in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds, Dravecky pitched a surprising 8 innings and earned a 4-3 win. Five days later, Dravecky was the starting pitcher against the Expos, and by the close of the fifth inning, he had allowed no runs. Sadly, though, he began struggling in the sixth, and allowed Damaso Garcia to hit a home run. He pitched two balls and two strikes against Andres Galarraga before hitting him with a pitch. His next pitch against Tim Raines would be the last of his career. Dravecky's arm had broken in two places on a wild pitch. His amazing comeback and his career was over. In his eight season career, Dravecky pitched 1062.2 innings, 558 strikeouts, earned 64 wins, 10 saves, 3.13 era, and 1.207 whip.

Dravecky's cancer had returned, and subsequent treatments resulted in an infection. By 1991, Dravecky bore the hardship of the amputation of his left arm and shoulder. While he faced depression, it was ultimately his faith that allowed him to begin a new life. That year, he and his wife founded the Outreach for Hope Foundation, a ministry dedicated to reaching out to those who had suffered cancer and amputation. Today, Dravecky is a highly sought after motivational speaker, author and editor of many Christian books. Dave Dravecky considers baseball as the starting point to his purpose in life; to help others.

"Do not deny the impact your life can have on others." ~Dave Dravecky

Monday, July 20, 2009

2nd Best Jerseys Ever

The only possible thing that could make these two jerseys better, would be if they were Phillies jerseys.

Rock Out, With Your Cock Out:
*We Should Be GM's previews the upcoming Cubs/Phils series by doing a Tale of the Tape between the two cities.

*The 700 Level profiles the bounty that the Blue Jays hope to take away from the Phillies in a Roy Halladay trade.

*Macho Row wonders why Lenny Dykstra wasn't the NL MVP in 1993.

*Bootlegger Sports tells of hottie sportscaster Erin Andrew's wrath over illegal nude video of her.

*Phoul Ballz gives evidence of the Phillies hot July.

*No Guts, No Glory shares with LA Galaxy's fans un-enthusiasm of David Beckham's return. I know it's soccer, and that nobody really gives a pinch of shit about it.

*Sharapova's Thigh gives story about OchoCinco, aka Chad Johnson's, latest escapade on Twitter. He's a f'n tool!

*4 Days Rest takes a look at the newest single released on Jimmy Rollins' music label.

Extenze Infomercial

Sunday, July 19, 2009

From Batboy to Player to GM

Ruben Amaro Jr. has spent his entire life in baseball. His father, Ruben Amaro Sr., was a utility infielder in the Majors for 11 seasons. Senior later became the 1st base coach for the Phillies, and Junior performed batboy duties during that time (1980-1983). From there he went on to become a standout player at Stanford, from which the Angels drafted him in the 11th round in 1987. He came to the Phillies in a swap for Von Hayes in 1991. Rube played 8 MLB seasons for the Angels, Phillies (2 stints), and the Indians, posting a weak career line of- .235/.663, 99 r, 43 dbl, 9 trpl, 16 hr, 100 rbi, and 15 sb in 485 games playing mostly in the outfield.

Currently he's attempting to put his most impressive stamp on the game as the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He served as assistant GM under Ed Wade and Pat Gillick before taking the throne in the 2008 offseason. He's made some good deals (locked up Ryan Madson, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Cole Hamels, and signed Raul Ibanez) and some bad deals (2 years to the 46 year old pitcher Jamie Moyer and $2.5M to Chan Ho Park). He's attempting to land stud pitcher Roy Halladay, and if/how he does it could cement his place in Phillies history (favorably that is). He just signed Pedro Martinez to a 1 year $1M deal in hopes he can supply some quality starts over the last couple months of the season. I feel he needs to address the atrocious righthanded bench options for the Phillies (Eric Bruntlett and John Mayberry Jr. are currently batting far south of .200). Any way you look at it though, the Phils are primed for another playoff spot and if Amaro can guide them to another World Series the season will be deemed a success.

Interesting Tidbits- Amaro is both Spanish and Jewish. He's been with the Phillies in some capacity for each of the last 4 World Series ('80 & '83- batboy, '93- player, '08- assistant GM). Was traded to Cleveland for Heathcliff Slocumb, who pitched 2 stellar seasons for the Phils.

Apparently Hitler hates Ruben Amaro Jr.
*Video courtesy of Back She Goes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gay Moments In Baseball

Boston Rainbow Sox?

The truth about Yankees fans finally comes forth.

Boy that looks good, won't ya back that ass up?!

Mr. Met is tired of the Mets sucking, so he's jumped onto a different sorta "sucking" bandwagon.

Bloodhound Gang- I Wish I Was Queer
*Don't watch the video unless you want to be offended.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Messin' With Marlins

Back in the late 80's, Topps Magazine ran an article depicting players as literal interpretations of their surnames. In keeping with that tradition, I have combed through the rosters of teams and found many players with fun last names. Here are players from the National League East's second place team.

John Baker and Wes Helms

Renyel Pinto and Andrew Miller

Flo Rida featuring Keisha - Right Round

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's A Miracle!

Cooking breakfast this morning when the face of Albert Pujols appeared in my pancakes! What can't the man do? The Cardinal from St. Louis is apparently going for sainthood!

Culture Club - It's a Miracle

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

All Star Game Feats and Firsts

The All Star Game origintes in 1933 when sports editor Arch Ward of the Chicago Tribune suggested a contest between AL and NL greats should coincide with the Chicago World's Fair. The first game was held on July 6, 1933 in Comiskey Park. Since then, the game has been held every year (except 1945) at the symbolic halfway point in the season. Here is a compilation of some All Star Game feats and firsts.

First Win
1933 - American League, 4-2
The National League did not win an All Star Game until 1936.

First Pitcher to Win Two All Star Games
1933 and 1935 - Lefty Gomez, Gomez also became the first pitcher with three wins in an All-Star Game when the AL won in 1937 with Gomez on the mound. The National League did not reach this feat until 1960 when Bob Friend pitched his second win (his first was in 1956).

First Home Run
1933 - Babe Ruth (AL), Frankie Frisch (NL)

First Player to Hit Two Home Runs in One Game
1941 - Arky Vaughn (NL)

First (and only) Grand Slam
1983 - Fred Lynn (AL)

Best Pitcher
Mel Harder (AL) had four All-Star appearances (a total of 13 innings pitched) and allowed no runs.
Juan Marichal (NL) pitched 18 total innings and allowed only 1 run.

Most Strikeouts Pitched
Don Drysdale with 19 total strikeouts.

Highest Scoring Game
Coors Field, 1998 - A 13 to 8 American League Victory. This is also the longest 9-inning game at 3 hours and 38 minutes.

Highest Scoring Margin
Fenway Park, 1946 - A 12 to 0 American League Victory

Longest Game - Extra Innings
2008, Yankee Stadium - 15 innings, 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Most Apperances
Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron all with 24.
Willie Mays also holds the record for most hits in All Star Games with 23 and he is the first player to win two All Star Game MVP's.
Stan Musial holds the record for most career home runs in All Star play with 6.

Most Apperances on Losing Team
Brooks Robinson (AL) with 15.

Oldest Player
Satchel Paige - 47 years old, in 1953

Youngest Player
Dwight Gooden - 19 years old, in 1984

The National League has won 40 total games, American League 37 total games, and have tied twice.
Longest winning streak - (11) The National League (1972-1982); American League (1997-2008 not including the 2002 tie)
The American League started out winning 12 of the first 16 games between 1933 to 1949. From 1950 to 1987, the National League won 33 of 42 with only 1 tie. From 1963 until 1982 the National League won 19 of 20 games. Since 1988 the American League has dominated play having lost only 3 times.

Smash Mouth - All Star

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tough Acta Follow

Well, it is official. Last night under the cover of darkness, the powers that be fired Manny Acta as Nationals' manager. But who will Kasten and Lerner tap to fill his shoes? Here are a couple of people who may be able to help turn the bottom of the barrel Nationals into a top-notch professional baseball team.

Choice #1) R. Lee Ermey
If anyone can put the fear of God into a person, it would have to be Ermey. Never mind the fact that he has no experience in baseball, neither do the Nationals. What they need is motivation, and Ermey's in-your-face drill Sergent personality may be what the team needs to shake them out of their malaise. Ermey also has a working knowledge of a vast array of motivational tools at his disposal. From his years spent in the Marines, Ermey would know how to cajole and comfort a player who performs poorly.

Choice #2) Bill Murray
If Ermey's style of tough love is too much for the Nationals, then they could always go the other route and choose someone who knows how to motivate a bunch of ragtag misfits. Murray's sharp tongue and caustic wit might be enough to get the Nationals laughing at themselves, enabling them to relax a bit. The Nationals are already the clowns of the Majors, they may as well be funny.

Choice #3) The Terminator
Fear is a great motivator, and the Terminator would provide the level of terror needed to whip the chicken shit Nationals into chicken salad. Committing 82 errors would be a thing of the past, as poor performers would be immediately dropped. Lackluster batting and shoddy pitching would rapidly improve, or else. The Terminator could fill in during the interim, with the understanding that if performance slips again, he'd be back.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Create Your Own Caption

"Hey Cole, isn't that your wife?"

Jonathan Coulton - "Baby Got Back"

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Cardboard

Left- The mustache gets me laid, the glasses get me threesomes.
Right- My full name is Wilhelmus Abraham Remmerswaal, see why I go by Win?

Left- My friends call me Jim, but the ladies call me Jimbo.
Right- I could smuggle Mexican midgets under this hat.


Shout Outs:
*Thunder Treats reports how you can get free liposuction at a minor league game.

*Rumors & Rants tells of the Indiana Pacers stocking their fridge with mayo and milk.

*Eye-Candy sideline reporter Erin Andrews took a ball off her face...a foul ball at that. Hope it didn't smell too bad! (Courtesy of Busted Coverage)

*People complain about MLB players' contracts, well Sharapova's Thigh has some ridiculously retarded NBA contracts.

*Remember figure skater Nicole Bobeck? Nah, me either, I'm not gay so I don't watch that shit. But Sportress of Blogitude does, and they have a picture of her gone ugly on meth.

*Hail Mary Jane has a collection of some strangely sexy Japanese game show moments.

*No Guts, No Glory has a piece on the World Anti-Doping Agency's plea for Major League Baseball to man up.

*UsTailgate's girl of the week is Kim kardashian and her bodacious booty.

*Go to Full of Sports for a great assortment of sports related posts from blogs around the World Wide Web.

*We Should Be GM's has a Tale of the Tape between the cities of Pittsburgh and Philly.

*Major League Jerk has a list of the top 50 movie trailers of all-time.

*Zoner Sports has video of an Asian dude doing Christopher Walken impersonation.

*Bootlegger Sports has story on loyalty of Philly fans.

Helmet- In the Meantime