Went to a Nats game yesterday. The RFK experience has its share of critics, but I’m not one of them. I think a lot of the seats have great views of the stadium, the seats are comfortable, and the parking lot is big/quick/good for tailgating. I got two great seat in the first row of the upper level for $15/per, and it takes 10 minutes to go to and from the stadium.
The highlight of the day was after the game when we were leaving the stadium and I locked eyes with Lou Piniella coming right at me. I said, "Hey – Lou Piniella." He said, "Hey, how you doing" and we walked right past each other. It was pretty awesome. I’m guessing he was there with FOX for some reason. Or maybe he’s a candidate for the Nats job. He was wearing red. It would be pretty cool if he were going to be Franks’ replacement. I might have to go to a lot more Nats games.
Next week I’m going to Fenway because my girlfriend is from MA, and I expect to pay $100/per. It should be good to contrast the two experiences.
Today’s Yankee game couldn’t be tougher to watch. 9 times out of 10 Joe pulls the right strings, but today it seems he made a mistake pulling Ponson for Wilson. Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but Ponson would have done a better job.
Only a bad inverter board could keep me from posting. But it’s fixed (under warranty – booya) and now I’m back in business.
Since I’ve been gone the Yankees swept the ChiSox and pulled within a half game of the AL East lead. And they’ve got a great chance of getting the AL East lead tonight, as the BoSox haven’t come back from the All-Star break yet.
There’s news of Cano being ready by the end of the week, Dotel by the end of July, Matsui in August and Sheff on Sept 1. That’s the best trade deadline additions I can think of. Of course I could add Pavano to that list, but I can’t imagine him contributing this year. I have similar feeling about Dotel since, like Pavano, it’s been more than a year since he pitched. And of course Sir Sidney was added since my last post.
So things are going well in Yankeeland. I hope it was unrelated to my absence. But of course since I started this point, the BoSox score went from 0-4 to 4-4 on a Mirabelli 3-run dong.
In other news, it’s very hot outside.
I am not as indebted to Ryan Howard as the people who won $250K from Century21, but I am much obliged for that sweet push. Redemption.
I can’t believe Wright had 16 in the first round.
Ahhh, this is the level of analysis and predictive powers you should come to expect with this blog. Like I said, David Wright is the one guy who can’t win. Well, after 16 in the first round, he looks like a lock for the final round. He’s cost me more than a few dollars. I made individual bets that Dye, Glaus and Berkman would all beat him in the first round. Dye hasn’t finished yet, but there’s no chance he gets 16.
If Howard wins it all I can push. C’mon push.
For some reason, I do my betting through Bodog sportsbook. Compared to Pinnacle, Bodog takes much more juice. Yet I haven’t switched my account because it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
Anyhow, I can’t let any event with the suffix "Derby" pass without betting on it. That being said, here are the Bodog odds for the HR derby tonight. (Please do not leave comments about how you saw better levels elsewhere)
My pick for the derby is Howard. I guess he’s the "sexy" pick, but I’m a ****** for him. I’ll put $25 on him. I think he will either run away with it, or not make it out the first round.
The other guys I can see winning it are Berkman, and Dye as a long shot. The only player who has zero chance of winning is Wright. I just can’t imagine him sustaining that power long enough to go on a long run.
Here’s to hoping Ortiz makes it to the finals, loses, and screws up his swing for weeks.
My breakfast at Wimbledon consisted of cold Papa John’s Pizza. The local pizza options where I live are slim and sometimes I have to resort to Papa John’s – but I’m not proud of it. Anyhow, it did the trick and it looks like Federer is going to roll, as expected.
My girlfriend is out of town for work so I have the place to myself. Obviously I’m not going to move from the couch with the exception of a quick run to sweat out last night’s alcohol There’s a lot of good sports to be watched today. I just wish there was something to carry me from 5-7.
Kris Wilson makes the start in a few hours. I was surprised to read that he’s already made 20 big league starts. I don’t know why, but I thought it was much less than that. Anyhow, maybe Contreras will do us a favor and win a game against the BoSox so we can have a chance of closing the gap to 2.
Just to bring everyone up to speed, earlier in the week I wrote about the Yankees calling up Philip Hughes. I wasn’t promoting that idea, just curious why no beat writer or columnist explored the scenario, or detailed the Yankees reasoning. Well Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record has written the column. Thank you.
It’s a good column. He compares the Mets handling of Mike Pelfrey and the Yankees handling of Philip Hughes. Klapisch is one of my favorite baseball columnists. The Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell is great too.