Oh, Dmitri . . . how we'll miss you.
Wait, what's that you say? Dmitri might not be leaving? Well, it certainly sucks for Nick Johnson, but it looks like the fan favorite and frequent triples-hitting threat (I think Dan should buy me a steak dinner!) might be sticking around. I for one welcome this as good news. It'd be no fun to open a new stadium if we didn't want to root for any of the players (because we didn't know who they were, of course). Now, if only the pitchers would stick around a little while.
CORRECTION: Nick Johnson will be fine. Apparently, Young will be moving to left field (I should read the whole article before I post things).
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Oh, Dmitri . . . how we'll miss you.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Amy and I just returned from Israel, and on our first night at the kibbutz, we went to the kibbutz cafe with some fellow archaelogical dig participants. We discovered that the kibbutz cafe was actually a non-kosher Argentinian style restaurant specializing in empanadas. So the next time you're in Israel, stop by Kibbutz Revadim (about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) for all your empanada bet payoffs!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
"The Modernist Society is a celebration of multidisciplinary hedonistic individuals," founder Jason Mojica explains by e-mail. "We mix business with pleasure. We combine brain-stimulating activities with brain-destroying ones. Our evening is for people who are, for all intents and purposes, extraordinary nerds who are just as comfortable quoting Jung as showing a little skin and dancing their ass off."
(I learn something new every day in the local paper.)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Prior to the All-Star break, I think I would have agreed with this statement, but I'm not so sure anymore. The Yanks are now 48-44, have won 5 in a row and sit just 7 back in the AL East. They play something like their first 28 games after the All-Star break against teams that are under .500 for the season, and have 6 games with Boston over the last month or so of the season. It pains me to say it, but I think this one ends up closer than the PH4H experts think, with the Yankees edging closer over July and August before battling it out with Boston down the stretch.
MY PREDICTION: A-Rod far surpasses 500 homeruns (won't be too hard for him to get to 500, but can we say 520 by season's end?) this season and wins the MVP when the Yankees overtake Boston in the AL East and head into the playoffs as the hottest team in baseball.
I think I'm going to vomit . . .
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
For starters, let me say that I refuse to bid a fond farewell to a player more than once (see, for instance, Michael Jordan's retirements). Why can't there be more John Elways in the world? Go out on top and then don't make me hear from you again.
No, Roger has to keep coming back for assloads of money that no one has any business in making, and to top it off, he doesn't even deserve it anymore. I don't care about ERA's or strikeouts, but if you're making MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS PER GAME, then your teams should fare better than a 12-13 record (10-9 in his starts with Houston last season, and 2-4 with the Yankees this season).
In other news, the Mets have released Julio Franco. At age 48, the man who would never retire (let alone do it more than once) may finally have come to the end of the road.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Since I'm bored at work, I decided to create the first (I think) PH4H poll.
With the Nationals about as far back in their division as the Red Sox are ahead in theirs, how long do you think it'll take for the Red Sox to clinch the AL East?
For all those keeping score at home, the other day, I posted this:
"Furthermore, how do you rank A-Rod so low? He's got 494 homeruns at age 31. Hell, at age 31, Bonds had like 50!!! Not really, but in all seriousness, if A-Rod gets out of New York, with all its distractions, then I think there's a good chance Bonds doesn't stay on top of the career homeruns list for very long. If A-Rod played 6 more seasons until he was 38 or so and averaged 35 homeruns a year (plus the 20 more I'll give him credit for during the rest of this season), he'd finish his career with 724. But if, like Bonds, he doesn't actually start hitting with power until he's 35 . . . well, then I think he finishes his career with like 1000 homeruns!"
Today, ESPN weighed in, stating that "The talk will be about Bonds as long as he hits home runs or, in Selig's best-case scenario, the feds come to the rescue. But eventually Rodriguez will overtake Bonds in national attention and, of course, home runs. It's inevitable . . . Rodriguez already has 494 career homers. Six more and he becomes the youngest player to reach 500."
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
It seems, given the likelihood of the Brewers making the postseason for the first time since they lost to the Cardinals in the 1982 World Series....
Thousands of Brewers are saying they will pee their pants if they make it to the playoffs this year. In fact, they're pledging to do so.
I'm sorry it took me so long to get this up here, but I can't say I've done a lot of blogging in the world. As my time at works winds down, I may do a little more. For all who have participated in PH4H sports over the years, you should get a kick out of this one. Straight from the Washington Post itself:
The Anti-All Star team. Those players who the Post would pick for PH4H.
Posted by Andy at 9:33 AM
Monday, July 09, 2007
In an older thread (http://ph4h.blogspot.com/2006/04/ph4h-betting-manifesto.html), Dara kindly posted the rules of the road for PH4H Betting. I'd like to say that there was a new incarnation of a PH4H bet last week, where in lieu of an empanada or a steak dinner, I offered Dan just a steak if Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Nationals (turned out to be a very short-lived bet, but oh well). Upon realizing that I offered only a steak, Dara and Justin quickly tossed in side dishes for Dan's steak dinner.
I believe that these sorts of bets should be deemed Collective Unilateral Bets, whereby groups of people offer items that together make up the entire bet. As PH4H is all about charity and the homeless (and, of course, empanadas), it's only proper that we save each other money with collective betting.
So ESPN is running this poll to see who wins their "Ultimate Home Run Derby." You can vote here: http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/listranker?id=722. Now, since I have nothing better to do, I went ahead and voted and was very disturbed by the results.
At this point, the voters have returned this list:
1. Babe Ruth
2. Ken Griffey Jr.
3. Hank Aaron
4. Barry Bonds
5. Mark McGwire
6. Mickey Mantle
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Willie Mays
Are you kidding me? Willy Mays at #8? The man hit 660 homeruns, after spending the first couple years of his career in the Negro Leagues and after losing another year and a half to serve in the Army in '52 and '53. What's more is he was never on the juice.
Furthermore, how do you rank A-Rod so low? He's got 494 homeruns at age 31. Hell, at age 31, Bonds had like 50!!! Not really, but in all seriousness, if A-Rod gets out of New York, with all its distractions, then I think there's a good chance Bonds doesn't stay on top of the career homeruns list for very long. If A-Rod played 6 more seasons until he was 38 or so and averaged 35 homeruns a year (plus the 20 more I'll give him credit for during the rest of this season), he'd finish his career with 724. But if, like Bonds, he doesn't actually start hitting with power until he's 35 . . . well, then I think he finishes his career with like 1000 homeruns!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Sitting at the Cubs game, I mean Nationals game, the other night, we started making a list of cool things we've experienced in baseball, and a wonderful trip down memory lane ensued. After getting a suggestion that I make a top 10 list and deciding that I am incapable of coming up with 10 things, I offer instead my top baseball memory.
Just for the record, a close second has to be Randy Johnson basically blowing up a bird with a fastball. My favorite though was when Robin Ventura got his butt whooped by Nolan Ryan. It's bad enough to get hit by a pitch, but to charge the mound and then have the pitcher leave you bloody and beaten, that's just gotta be demoralizing.