Doggin’ It

I know it’s been a few days, but I haven’t had the time to post and this is pretty important.  A few nights ago Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was pulled from the 2nd inning of a game after lazily jogging to a ball he had booted into the outfield.  Crappy video below:

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2009 Baseball Previews – NL East

Baseball begins one week from today with a showdown between the Atlanta Braves and the defending champions Philadelphia Phillies.  So with that in mind, we’ll take a look at the very competitive NL East.  For the AL previews check here: East, Central, WestContinue reading

Another Not As Important Trade

Amid all the Matt Holliday trade love, another trade flew under the radar yesterday.  The Florida Marlins traded Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to the Washington Nationals for some minor leaguers, most notably, second baseman Emiliano Bonifacio.  This trade was just as surprising as the Holliday one, but it didn’t include the star power.

The new Nats players came up with lots of hype and never really showed it in the big leagues.  That’s not to say they have been busts, but they haven’t quite been what was expected.  Olsen also has some attitude issues that he needs to overcome.  I still think the Nats got the better end of this deal since I haven’t really heard of the players that the Marlins got in return.  Bonifacio was the player traded straight up for Jon Rauch last year.

Now, on to a little Atlanta Braves speculation.  I’m sure you’ve all heard the rumors surrounding the Braves and Jake Peavy.  If not, start here, it should catch you up a bit.  I’ve seen where many Braves fans are not in favor of giving up Shortstop Yunel Escobar for the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner.  I don’t feel that way at all.  Anytime you can get a 27-year-old cornerstone of the franchise, you should do it.  Plus, I’ve never been a fan of Escboar’s.  He just seems very arrogant to me and he’s not really that good.  Not likable.  The rumored deal is Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, and either Charlie Morton or Jo-Jo Reyes.  I’m not sure why this hasn’t gone through yet from the Braves end.  Reyes sports a 5-13 record with a 5.94 ERA in 34 career games.  A change of scenery may be good for him.  Hernandez is a good player, but we have a few CF prospects so it wouldn’t be a terrible loss for us.  I also think we could add a stop gap Shortstop like Edgar Renteria for a season until Brent Lillibridge can step into his role.

Anyway, that’s my take on the Peavy situation.  If it goes through, I will be thrilled.

Final Day of the Regular Season

I know yesterday was a huge day in college football (it almost reminded me of way back in 2007) and we won’t ignore that.  Hopefully, I’ll have some time later to go back and write something up.

Anyway, today I drug myself to a computer lab on campus so I won’t be tempted to watch the Rams get beat or any of the season’s final baseball games.  I have an 8 page paper due tomorrow about the stability of the Russian ice cream market.  Fun.  As you can tell, I’m working very hard.  I have three Yahoo windows open updating box scores from the Mets-Marlins, Cubs-Brewers, and an NFL game at the same time.  Right now the Cubs just intentionally passed Prince Fielder to put runners on first and third with one out in the Bottom of the 7th.  A sac fly from JJ Hardy would tie the game at one.  In the other game, Carle Beltran just homered to tie the game at two heading to the top of the 7th.  (Hardy just walked, come on Cory Hart)

As you all know, if either the Brewers or the Mets lose and the other wins, they’re staying home in October.  If they both win or lose, then we’ll have a one game playoff tomorrow night at Shea.    As a Braves fan, I’m pulling hard for the Brewers because seeing Mets fans in pain makes me laugh.  (Hart struck out.  Come on Craig Counsell)

As for the NFL, Jacksonville just won in OT and Kansas City may get the first win in 2008 for Missouri.  I’d love to give some more insight than that, but I’m in the back of a stuffy classroom writing about how the ’98 Russian Financial Crisis impacted ice cream sales. (Counsell walked! Tie game!)

I hope everyone else is enjoying the drama that is Sunday afternoon.  I sure am.  Stupid Russian ice cream.

Ed.’s note – As soon as this was published, several things happened in quick succession.  First, Wes Helms and Dan Uggla hit back to back homers for the Marlins.  Then, Donnie Avery (!) scored on a 37 yeard rush for the Rams.  Then, Ryan Bruan hit a tie-breaking 2-run homer for the Brewers in Milwaukee.  Now everyone just hold form and we’ll have a nice October.

This is not worthy of it’s own post but…

I can’t stand it.  As I watch the Braves-Marlins debacle, all I can think of when I see Dan Uggla is this:

Clearly this makes Dan Uggla my favorite Marlin.

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