Pujols wants to remain a Cardinal for life. Breathe easy Cardinals fans. Although he’s putting it in God’s hands, Pujols actually mentions in a quote about remaining a Cardinal for life. We have a feeling that move to hire McGwire as the hitting coach was a move Pujols liked a lot. [STL Today]
A look at game two’s unique moments in case you weren’t watching baseball’s grandest stage:
A lot was made of the Jay-Z performance that took place before game two. And in case you missed it, yes he played Empire State of Mind.
We’re trying something new here on the blog. We found out how to screen grab. We’re pretty excited about it. We’ll do this for all the World Series games and we’ll find some of the best moments captured in HD. Next season, for whatever games we watch you’ll get this special treat as well. So now for the selections from game one:
Still the ugliest player in baseball, bar-none. Jayson Werth ladies and gentleman.
Being a lifetime 8-4, 2.95 ERA pitcher in 16 career starts in the Bronx will make you a villain. SI’s Tom Verducci writes more on the subject.
There’s a lot to pick apart from this post over at Fangraphs.com.
Basically, there are several major reasons that Jay Bruce will have a nice 2010 season. And although it may be the postseason, we’re Reds fans. This shit is just as important as what the Yankees and Phillies do. Actually, it’s more important. This is the franchise we’re talking about.
Cincy’s franchise player had a .373 BABIP in the minor leagues, and a .298 major league mark in 2008. In 2009, his BABIP dropped off a cliff (.222). That was the lowest BABIP among batters taking 350+ trips to the plate.
Jay Bruce has all the ingredients to be a superstar. In a “disappointing” year, he showed top-shelf power, improved strike-zone discipline and better contact ability. Fantasy owners aren’t going to get another chance to acquire The Boss with anything less than a premium draft pick. If at all possible, nab Bruce now, before he becomes a perennial first-rounder.
Great to see press like this for our boy, especially from a reputable site that does it’s statistical homework like Fangraphs.
Believe in Jay Bruce [Fangraphs.com]
Just another reason you should follow our boy Mo Egger on the twittage. Strong takes, honest words, and a great sports fan.
Every time I look at Charlie Manuel all I can think about is diaper undies/depends. Why is that?
Cincinnati Reds top 40 prospects 10. Billy Hamilton, 9. Zach Cozart, 8. Travis Wood, 7. Brad Boxberger, 6. Chris Heisey, 5. Juan Francisco, 4. Yorman Rodriguez, 3. Mike Leake, 2. Todd Frazier, 1. Yonder Alonso. You’ll want to read ahead to get the skinny on each of them. [Reds Minor Leagues]
Why is tonight’s game two of the World Series must see TV? Most people are going to say Jay-Z and the fact the Yankees must win to avoid a 2-0 hole at home. The reason we’re planning on being glued to the television set come 7:57 PM is because Pedro Martinez will be on the bump.
What we’ll be watching for (or more so listening for), is that buzz in the crowd that you can’t mistaken for any other ballpark in America. It will be loud and deliberate tonight. And if Pedro was taking the mound anywhere else in baseball tonight he wouldn’t be received with the noise that you’re going to hear tonight. That’s why you can’t hate on the Yankees. You can say shit about their fans, but you must admit that they’re the nastiest and most intense fan base in the game today. You better respect them. They’ll show up tonight and leave the rest to their roster to get game two.
Now Yankees fans, they know Pedro Martinez well. The reason he’s starting tonight is because Charlie Manuel feels he has that postseason flair left in him. The same postseason flair that he showed in the ALCS in 1999.
He’s the cancer that won’t go away. He just keeps coming back. Admit it Yankee fan, you thought you’d never have to see this guy again. You thought the final excorcism of this guy was in 2004 (am I allowed to mention 2004)? But you were sadly wrong. It’s five years later and the son of a bitch is back. I’m getting texts from Yankee fans this morning that read ‘I want fucking Pedro’s head on a platter tonight’.
Oh you’re gonna get it. There’s something that tells us that Pedro has enough in that old right arm to stifle the Yankee lineup until late in the game and keep it tight or let Philly hold a lead. If he can do that, you’re going to hear the quietest stadium in America.
The pressure is on the Yankees. If their fan base was honest, the last guy in the world that they want to see 60.6 from their hitters at this point is the 38 year old who has made a career of winning prominent games like the one that takes place tonight. It’s going to be great. This is most likely the final chapter in the Pedro/Yankees saga. You thought he was finished, left for dead; but he’s back like Jason in one of the Friday the 13th movies. You can’t kill this son of a bitch.
Added: In case you haven’t read, Pedro still hates your asses.
Big League Stew staff makes their World Series picks. Even though they won’t e-mail me back, they make their picks. And two out of three pick the Phillies to win this thing! They’re picking with their hearts and not their heads! [Big League Stew]
You can’t let that go.
Just two short seasons ago, Jayson Werth was a scrub. A bench-warming player. A guy who scanned the crowd during games for women. His head wasn’t in the game. People admitted that he was ugly. He was an afterthought in Phillies history, if he was even a thought at all.
Now, he’s still a piece of shit. He’s still ugly. But women have convinced themselves in his flurry of good play that this guy is actually some kind of Philly icon. It all started last year. We saw it coming then. This is an average ballplayer who is tailor-made for Philadelphia, the sports city that always endears the lesser shiny penny. When he plays above his head, the city goes nuts for him and his perceived ‘charisma’.
But Vincent Papale you are not you son of a bitch.
You’re going to crash and burn. You’ll never have another season like you had this year. And while you might enjoy a little two year run of being the big shot in the city of brotherly love. But they’ll forget you. When you return to the Werth that you are; the one who hit .234 in 2005, who will love you then? Philly fans turned on Santa, they’ll turn on your mangy ass too.
It’s coming. It might not be this series, it might not be in April of 2010. But your run at the top is going to reach it’s end soon. We’ll be there to laugh at you when it does. Dickhead.
We’ve talked to some Yankee fans who are closer to the whole situation then we are; and by closer we mean they’re from Connecticut. They seem to agree with us when we say we get the feeling that George Steinbrenner isn’t doing so well health-wise. Sad but probably true, as a baseball fan who is watching from afar; it’s pretty obvious that George Steinbrenner’s health is going downhill.
One thing is that Steinbrenner isn’t as visible. It’s a huge production now when he’s going to be at the stadium and on hand for a Yankees game. It’s an anouncement, an event. To our knowledge it used to be an everyday occurence. Notice how little he comes out in the media and actually speaks. When he does it’s national sports news.
From the AP:
Once he was omnipresent at Yankee Stadium, micromanaging so much that World Series tickets could not be sent out until he revised the seating charts in his office. He raged at his players and celebrated them with equal gusto.
Now George Steinbrenner is 79 and frail. Still the owner but no longer the leader of his beloved Yankees, he saw just three regular-season games this season.
But he’s coming back to New York just for the Series, and the Yankees can’t wait.
“We’re trying to do this for pops, Mr. Steinbrenner,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
That sure sounds like the Yankees know it could be big George’s last World Series doesn’t it? Let’s be honest, if it takes the Yankees another five years to get back to their next World Series, this is without a doubt Steinbrenner’s last senile World Series; if not his last overall.
The point of this is, the Yankees are going to fight hard for their icon. He’s been as much of a symbol of the Yankee franchise as the “NY” on the cap. He is the most powerful owner in our sports lifetime. This is in many ways, the end of an era. The last ride for a magnificent cowboy.
When you see the Yankees take the field tonight, they’re trying to win one for George. That makes them all the more dangerous. While it might not make it hard to root against the Yankees, we certainly wouldn’t bet against them.