Brett Gardner: Still An Ass

Yes, for any of you that were wondering, Brett Gardner is most definitely still an ass… and he can go ahead and get ready to park his ass right over on the bench for the 2010 season! A little over eight months ago I wrote a post about Brett Gardner being an ass. It was a great post and I still love reading it (and all the comments) to this day. The post was quite popular as well, bringing nearly one thousand views to our site and 21 comments, granted most of those were people defending him and telling me just how much of an ignorant idiot I was for making “false statements” that made them “soooo mad.”

Some apparently even knew Brett and tried to correct me by saying that he is “respectable, kind and loving.” One commenter called the post “the most terribly opinionated thing (he/she had) ever read” and went on to say “the kid is a rookie… of course you don’t know his name, but he has proven himself on many occasions and beat out Melky Cabrera for starting CF.” Well, I have news for you, buddy. I knew Matt Wieters name and he was a rookie too! And who is Melky Cabrera? I might be impressed if he’d actually beat out somebody I’d heard of before, maybe like Matt Wieters, maybe. That same commenter even had the audacity to imply that I was the ass, not Gardner. Another commenter took it one step further and told me “whoever wrote this, you are rude and mean and sloppy and frizzy and i don’t like you at all!” Continue reading

Brett Gardner: Now An Ass

Who is Brett Gardner? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know right now is that the picture below is of him (ok, no it’s not, but I sure wish it was) and that he’s my least favorite baseball player in the world. We’ll get to that later though.

In case you aren’t a frequent reader of WaB, the title of this post is a play on Bryan’s most recent post. Unlike that post however, the title of this one is a little deceiving. This is actually Part 3 in my “Weller’s becoming a baseball fan” series. The first one being about how I picked my team, and the second being about my first fantasy baseball draft. This one is about my Orioles laying the smack down on the Yankees in their first game of the season,  and what I learned from watching the game. I’ll start by explaining the title. Continue reading

Weller’s Fantasy Baseball Team

As you may recall, I am attempting to become a baseball fan this year. I took a big step in that direction by joining a fantasy baseball league on Yahoo. It’s a standard public league with 12 teams/managers and head-to-head scoring. My first real shock came when I found out that I was in a live draft league. I had actually thought that I’d signed up for a league with an automated draft because I knew that I wouldn’t have heard of enough of the players to pick my team, and I certainly wouldn’t know enough about the players that I had heard of to know which to draft and when. I was wrong, it wasn’t a auto-draft league. Here’s the story: Continue reading

Back To Their Old Tricks

sabEarlier this morning it was reported that the New York Yankees have signed starter CC Sabathia to a 7 year, $161 million contract.  Good to see the Yankees won’t lose their free-spending ways under Hank and Hal’s new regime.

Sabathia will join Chien-Ming Wang, maybe Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil Hughes, unless they sign Derek Lowe or AJ Burnett (or both).  Sabathia carried the Brewers into the playoffs down the stretch, going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA.  This was after starting 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA with the Cleveland Indians.  Not exactly eye-popping there and Sabathia has lost 10 games or more in five of his eight seasons.

Another point of concern is the number of innings that the soon-to-be 28 year old has already thrown.  In his first eight seasons, he averages 222 innings and had seven complete games in 17 starts for the Brewers down the stretch.  Assuming Sabathia doesn’t opt-out after his third year in the Bronx, there’s no telling how his body will hold up until he’s 35.  Consider me skeptical on this one, but it’s the Yankees, this is what they do.

2855916183_fb4b070161The other big signing yesterday was Francisco Rodriguez signing with the New York Mets.  K-Rod will be 27 next year, and set a record last year with 62 saves.   He’s had at least 40 saves in each of the last four years.  Now, having said that, I don’t like him at all.  I don’t like paying big money to relievers.  I know the Mets have had their bullpen woes down the stretch the last two years, but overpaying for a closer in not the right answer.  I know Billy Wagner is hurt, but he’s been great the last two years.  Is K-Rod really that big of an improvement?  I think the middle relievers are more in need of the upgrade, not a big money closer.

Side note on K-Rod, I talked with a guy this summer who used to work for the Angels.  He said Rodriguez was one of the biggest prima-donnas in the game.  “He’s one of those guys who has to have his hat dry cleaned every day.”  Pair that with his on-field antics and I think you’ll find a fairly unlikeable guy.  Throw that into the Mets clubhouse which hasn’t had the best track record of cohesion, granted it got much better under Jerry Manuel, but still.

Also, Kerry Wood found a new home in Cleveland on a 2-year deal.  Good for him, now that he’s not a Cub, I hope he does well.

Now that two of the bigger free agents have found homes, we may see even more fall into place.  Check out MLBTradeRumors for all the up to date information.

Yankee Stadium’s Last Night

If you turned on ESPN at any point today, you saw their overbearing coverage on the last game at Yankee Stadium.  I won’t rehash all the great moments since I saw Chris Chambliss’ homerun at least 7 times today and I’m kind of sick it.  I do understand the need and I did anjoy their coverage, since Yankee Stadium is one of, if not the greatest, sporting venue in North America.

I never got a chance to go to Yankee Stadium.  I’ve only been to New York once and it rained the whole time we were there.  My Dad has told me stories of how he got free tickets to the 1977 World Series, where he sat on the warning track in a special set of temporary seats.  I have a hard time imagining what the atmosphere was like at that time.  I was fortunate enough to be at Busch Stadium when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and again when the Cardinals won in 2006, but I still think it seems more electric in those old videos.

I loved seeing how the players were reacting during the game.  I could have listened to Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford tell stories about the ’56 World Series all night.  Then again, I’m a sucker for old sports stories.

My favorite part of the night, however, had nothing to do with the game.  It was after the game when they showed Oscar Salazar at the pitcher’s mound with a few Yankee players.  They were all scooping up dirt and putting it into plastic bags or cups.  There was something about watching a guy who has 80 career at bats interact with the guys off a team with 200 million dollar payroll that intrigues me.  It wasn’t much, but it was my favorite part.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your Monday.

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