Wednesday, July 30, 2014

History in wrigleyfield

Wrigley Field has been open for 100 years and just witnessed history tonight. No, it wasn't a world series, but it was something for everyone who stood there to talk about for their lively hood.
It started in the top of the first inning when Colorado jumped on top for a 3-0 lead. Then, Chicago would score a run in the bottom of the first, then tied it in the bottom of the fifth.
From that inning on, both teams would threaten to score, but it wasn't until the bottom of the 16th when the cubs would prevail to get the win.
Backup catcher John Baker made a relief appearance for the first time in the top of the 16th and would score in the bottom of the 16th inning for the 4-3 win.
It wasn't just any win, it would turn out to be the longest game in cubs history in terms of time. And for John Baker, it was his first win.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Baseball's heros

The hall of fame has it's heroes of the game, legends, and men who gave it all.
Bobby Cox is known for his years in Atlanta with the Braves. He taught his team on pitching, not throwing hard but location and movement and being able to command each part of the strike zone. He also encouraged his players. You may not be able to have an era of 3 for the year but go out for the day and have an era under there for that day. You may not be able to hit over 300 for the year but go out and hit 300 for the week. He gave his players encouragement every day. He gave his players confidence to go out and perform for the day.
Greg Maddox was a genius on the mound. His pitches had a lot of movement that had you in awe. It wasn't about the movement at the beginning of the pitch but the movement at the end of each pitch was something that not many pitchers could do in his time. He didn't beat you with his speed but he beat you with his control.
Tom Glaven was a master at locating pitches on all parts of the strike zone. He'd get inside hitters heads. He could beat you inside, he could beat you outside, and he could beat you on the lower half of the plate.
Frank Thomas was the master of the strike zone as a hitter. If it was in the strike zone he'd hit it. Pitchers tried to freeze him inside and he'd hit that inside pitch out. He was fun to watch and he always brought excitement to the game.
Tony LaRussa managed three teams. He lead the White Sox to a division title, he lead the A's to a world series, and he led the Cardinals to 2 world series titles. He was a great manager and a chess player. He'd use different relievers in different situations. He did a great job at pitching matchups. He also kept his teams in fighting modes and made sure they continued to work hard.
Joe Torrie was a winner. He got to manage a lot of great players during his time with the Yankees. Noone will have the amount of playoff wins as he did. You may not be a fan of the evil empire but you respected what he did as a manager. He had a lot of heart and players would love to play for him.
Each of these men who were inducted into the hall today had love for the game and they worked hard at what they did. They did things the right way. They were leaders, they were dedicated, and they had passion. They put that confidence in players, and they put that love in the game.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Angles back end just got stacked

You're up there on an island in the 9th inning those last three outs are your three outs. One move that just happened was Huston street being traded to the angles. In his last 84 save opportunities he's got 80 saves. How was he not voted into the all star game talk about coming under the radar. What a move for the angles. A deep back end bull pen just got deeper. You're a team that's in the hunt for the division who already has competition for that closer role now you have 3 pitchers that can pitch the ninth.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SEC Media days

The questions, the stories, the predictions, the media circus of the south, the coaches, the star athletes all Took part of the SEC media days this week. I loved how when will muschamp of Florida was asked about comparing his team to last year's auburn team he said that he'll only be looking at his team and how he can improve. Florida is one of few schools out east returning the starting quarterback. Florida is also looking to compete for a division title. It'll be tough for them though considering they got Alabama and lsu on their schedule.
Not many people were going to war along side with the eagle last year and auburn Took home the SEC could lsu do the same this year without the pressure to do well?
Nick Saban is such a great recruiter that Steve spurior called him the greatest recruiter of all time. That's saying something. It'll also be interesting to see how Texas A&M can perform without Johnny football behind center.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thankyou #Jeter

Star studded game turned into a game for jeter. In the top of the first inning he made a diving catch to keep the ball from going into the outfield but the throw was late. In the bottom of the first he lead off with a double and would score on trout's triple. In the third inning jeter would lead off with a single and would be pulled right before the fourth inning started. Fans gave him a lot of respect and gave him his proper exit with an ovation that lasted minutes. Also had a lot of hugs in the dugout. It was something magical and something special for the game of baseball.