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Hows your Shark Week going?

Posted by mvetack on August 3, 2010

Its impossible not to know but in case you just woke up from a coma it is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.  For some reason people go nuts for Shark Week every year.  Besides the fact that he looks just like a shark and it is indeed a week devoted to sharks, Lackey disappointed his shark friends this week in his outing vs the Indians.  His line… 5.1 IP – 9 H – 6 R – 6 ER – 5 BB – 7 K – Loss.  Meanwhile I have been enjoying Shark Week from time to time but the only drawback is I am trying to get back to the beach (little over an hour drive) to get some surfing in.  As I am posting this I am watching shark attack after shark attack on surfers.

Enjoy Shark Week!

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Votto’s got no love for his All Star Teammate

Posted by mvetack on July 15, 2010

Yea, so what were on the same team for one game.  The Cubs Suck and Marlon Bryd Sucks!  Well those were not the exact words or thoughts of All Star first baseman Joey Votto on Tuesday night, but they might as well have been.  In a world of Red Sox (Ortiz) receiving Home Run Derby pitching from a Yankee and Dodgers smiling and high-fiving with Giants, it is refreshing to see a guy who knows his rivals and acts like it.

Marlon Byrd made a possible game saving play throwing out Big Papi at second base for the second out of the 9th inning.  He deserved all the credit in the world and got it from just about every one on the team.  Here is what NL teammate Joey Votto had to say about the stinkin Cubbie making such a good play.

Via ESPN (found on thebigleaguestew.com)

“I don’t like the Cubs,” Votto said. “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today.”

Votto was obviously glad to see his rival make such a “cool” play but that doesn’t mean hes gotta show him some love.  Votto is really making it harder and harder for me to keep him from climbing on my ‘New favorite player’ meter.

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Spring is in the Air

Posted by mvetack on March 29, 2010

This coming weekend (we are counting Monday this time) is like the Boondock Saints of the sporting calendar.  It is a very enjoyable three day stretch that does not get too much attention.  Boondock Saints is one of those movies that a lot of people have yet to see but once they do they realize how undervalued it is.  That is what this coming weekend is to me.

Saturday is the two final four match ups.  Duke taking on West Virginia and everyone’s tournament darling Butler taking on Michigan State.  This is five solid hours of great basketball.  Sparty vs Dogs, Dickie V’s Dukies vs the Mountaineers and their Beers,  whats not to be excited about.  After your fill of college basketball Sunday, like the good Lord intended, will be a day of rest.  That is until darkness falls upon us.

Thats right come nightfall the 2010 baseball season begins.  And what a way to kick off the season.  One of the longest and fiercest rivalries in baseball will take place at Fenway Park.  The Yankees will take on the Red Sox in their first action since celebrating their 27th world championship.  Of course this being a Red Sox Yankees game you know this one is going to carry us into Monday morning.  As the final pitch in Fenway is thrown and everyone gets their sleep, they wake to a glorious day of sport.

This is like Christmas morning and only comparable to the first two days of the Big Dance in March.  This is Baseball’s official opening day.  In parks across America gates will be opened and fans will flood them to catch a look at the team that will play with their emotions all season long.  Seeds will be spit, pine tar will be rubbed, strikes will be called, the lines will be chalked, and home runs will be slugged.  This my friends is opening day.

After getting your fix on April baseball don’t give up on this amazing stretch of sports.  For the nightcap we will crown the new College Basketball Champions.  The final game of the season will truly determine who has fought the hardest, played the best, survived the longest, and earned the right to cut down the nets and enjoy their one shining moment.

If have yet to experience this spectacular stretch of sport please take a seat, grab some grub, and enjoy.  And if you have time, watch Boondock Saints, it truly is a great movie.

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Joe Mauer’s Millions

Posted by mvetack on March 23, 2010

Joe Mauer is now a very rich man.  Over the weekend Joe Mauer and the Twins finalized a deal that will keep Mauer, the hometown boy, in Minny for the next 8 seasons.  Mauer’s deal, 8 years 184 million, is the fourth largest baseball contract of all time and the largest for a catcher.  Mauer’s young, a multiple gold glover, a three time batting champ, and defending MVP.  Some say that it is too long of a contract for that much money because the catcher will eventually break down and then the Twins will be paying 23 million a year to a DH.  Well, Jorge Posada is just now breaking down at the age of 38, going on 39 in August.  Mauer will be 34 going on 35 in his final year of this contract.  Even if he starts breaking down as a catcher a couple of seasons earlier than Posada, it will be about when his contract is up.

Mauer is an excellent athlete and could switch to half the games at first base if they truly are concerned with him breaking down.  Having an Elite player at catcher for 5-6 more years and then 2 years at first base is probably still worth the contract he has been given.  What the Twins did not want to see was the greatest sports figure since Kirby Puckett, leave town for Boston, or New York and win multiple MVPs on his way to becoming the greatest catcher of all time.

Lets have a little fun now.  Here are a couple of things you could buy with Joe Mauer’s contract…

6,143,572 Joe Mauer Rookie Cards

2,300,287 Rawlings Wooden Bats

3,067,177 Copies of MLB the Show 10 featuring cover boy Joe Mauer

The Minnesota Twins, twice

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MLB Pocket Profile – Red Sox

Posted by mvetack on March 11, 2010

Out of possible 5, total of 30

Starting Rotation – 4.5
Bullpen – 4
Power – 3.5
Hitting – 4
Speed – 3
Defense – 4.5

Total –  23.5

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