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Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Posted on: August 6, 2008 2:41 pm

Baseball is America's Past Time as everyone knows and has already posted about.  I love baseball and I wish I continued to play in college, but I did not and I regret it terribly!  I only stopped becuase my batting average was worse then Julio Lugo's, my fielding actually (not to toot my own horn or anything) was pretty darn flawlees.  I think in that 14 years I played I only made about 10 errors.  But I couldn't hit worth a dime and that depressed me more than Jason Varitek swinging the bat!  That is something that I would say is a major DOWNER in baseball.  I mean you can field exceptionally well, but if you can't hit you will get laughed at and be advised you are horrible and you should give up the game and you really let you team down, I could go on and on about that!

Baseball is a team sport and I love that becuase even if you mess up, you have 10 other guys who can pick you right back up.  I mean look at (either, can't remember who it was) Andy Pettitte Or Mike Mussina giving up 10 runs in one game and everyone thought he would get the lose, but what did the Yankees do?  They clawed right back into the game and took him off the hook!  That's the beauty of the game!

Downfall of the game: MONEY.  I won't play unless I get paid X amount of dollars or I am worth more then $20 million dollars a year.  No this is not a diss of Manny Ramirez!  Money is the root of all evil when it comes to any sport, it just seems like BASEBALL owners like Steinbrenner and Luchhino, etc spend more and more money like it's monopoly money. 

Umpiring - This year it has been a major DOWNER!  Horrible calls happening in every game for every team!  Um, hello umps you guys all got trained the same way, so why do you call a strike 30 feet off the plate and then the next ump NOT call it?

UPPER - Fans, man you guys support teams like you wouldn't believe!  Heck there are more Red Sox fans in Camden Yards when the Sox play the Orioles or when they play the Rays, Rangers, etc!  I love the fans!

What do people think?  I'm I off my "Rocker?"

Speaking of which, what ever happened to John Rocker?

Category: MLB

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2008 12:54 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Hell, even now, in the mist of a pennant race, their still not selling out the games!  That makes no sense to me.  I'll admit, the Red Sox have a long history of loyal fans who simply breed more fans.  But what do the Rays have to do to get people in the stands?!?!  I shouldn't be able to hear the Red Sox Nations chants over the home teams this late in the season!!

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 12:56 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Remember last season when the only people who went to a Devil Rays game (now Rays) were routing for the other team (I was one of them, Go Angels!!!).

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2008 3:36 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Also, let's not forget the umpires for ruinining baseball.  I mean last nights Red Sox v Rays game!  Scott Kaxmir HIT Jason Varitek in the second inning.  CLearly NO intent, but b/c of the two teams "history" Both benches were warned!  What the heck is up with that!

Also, I do believe either a rays player or red sox player was plunked (yes By Daisuke Matsuzaka) and nothing happened, Dice-K was not ejected, so what the heck was the point of warning the benches in the 2nd inning?  Granted NEITHER DIce-K or Scott Kazmir meant to hit either batter!

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2008 4:36 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

I think the success of many franchises has to do with the passion and love of baseball by the owner.  Love him or hate him, George Steinbrenner owned the Yankees as a baseball lover and competitor as much if not even moreso than as a business.  The reason the Royals were a success in the 70s and 80s is because our former owner Ewing Kaufman loved Kansas City and had a passion for baseball.  He took personal financial losses to field winning team.  The reason the Royals were able to put the likes of George Brett, Willie Wilson, Frank White, Hal McRae, Dan Quisenberry, Bret Saberhagen and Jackson on the field together for years was because Kaufman put his passions ahead of his bank account.  After Kaufman's death the Royals were purchased by Dan Glass, owner of Walmart and he lives in Arkansas.  He's running the Royals like a business, pocketing what is estimated no less than 10-12 million a year (some estimates put it at over 20).  He didn't invest in scouting Latin America until 2006 which is ridiculous considering about 1/3 of major leaguers is latino.  So if you wonder why we've been a wreck for 20 years, there's a good start to the story.      

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2008 9:52 am

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Thank you KidDude123 -

Baseball is a very frustrating sport at times and it makes you feel useless, I mean I felt so great in the field but walking back to the dugout after yet another swinging strike out it was just so darn depressing no matter what I need in the field that half inning before! 

It is funny how many teams spend money and make the play-offs and then with the same team possibly fail to make it, like the Red Sox and yankees.

Money also is an issue with clubs, I mean they are like oh we are small market so we can't get players, well if you are a Major League Baseball Team owner, don't you have money to begin with?  Ok, no Steinbrenner or Lucchino/Henry money, but still.  Imagine if Mark Cuban Actually gets to buy the Cubs?!? They would have a new stadium every 3 years!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kid!

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 9:34 am

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Nice blog Yawkee,

I can definitely relate to the all field/no hit tag.  From fourth grade to my junior year in high school I never hit .300, but like yourself, I seldom made an error.  In fact in my junior year in high school my coach told me I had a major league glove but a middle school bat.    I got on base a fair share of time because I was one of the shortest players in the league.  Fortunately we got a new coach for my senior year and he worked with me on my hitting and I think I actually got my average over .370 before the end of the season.   So at least when I quit playing baseball I was able to leave thinking  I had been pretty good.   

The sports media does make me sick occasionally.  For a full month ESPN became the 24/7 Favrgasm.  They put so much energy into their top  story that they don't give other worthy stories enough time.   When I hear a name too many times I begin to dislike that person.  Hell, I used to like Favre, now I'm tired of him.  That may explain why I don't like Koby Bryant.

I wish baseball's salary structure was more like football, but with the power of the MLBP Union, that's not going to happen.  As long as fans keep watching, the players will keep prospering. 

My biggest downer is this is the 23rd straight seasons the Royals won't make the playoffs and they're playing worse baseball now than at any point in the season.   We were supposed to be up and coming.

Thanks for allowing me to share. 


Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2008 4:12 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

i feel your pain i played for years but gave it up and the media hyping things is a given that is what they are payed to do anyways never give up your dream if you are older look at josh hamilton he found his way back to the game

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 8:29 am

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

I just don't think players making money is a bad thing.  A ton of money changes hands making baseball a tremendous booster for the economy.  Some how money going to the players who actually play the game is wrong?  Call me a rightwing nut, but I am all for the players getting the best deal they can.  It is a high risk profession, one injury ends it all.  One bad play in a playoff game makes you an enemy of the people.  There are individual jerks (yes this is a dig at Manny and those like him), but these guys are going to exist whether the salaries are $20 or $20,000,000.  


Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2008 5:50 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Very nice blog yawkee and up until this year definatly more sox fans. but speaking of rays fans where did that rays fan go that used to sit behind home plate and taunt sox fans the whole game he was amuseing!!!!

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 5:17 pm

Ups and Downs or Major League Baseball

Sorry Bucs, my bad on that one.  I am sure there were plenty of Rays fans there, I did not mean any disrespect!

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