Ellington will join friend and H-F football and basketball teammate Supo Sanni.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Ellington will join friend and H-F football and basketball teammate Supo Sanni.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here's the reason:
Major League Baseball suspended free agent pitcher Dan Serafini 50 games Tuesday for testing positive for a performance- enhancing substance in violation of the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program.
Serafini appeared in three games this past season for the National League champion Colorado Rockies and recorded just one out while allowing two runs and two walks. Prior to his short stint with the Rockies, Serafini last pitched in the league in 2003 with the Reds.
A cynic would say that you shouldn't use Japanese doctors, but while in Japan, do as the Japanese do. A cynic would also say that there is no need to ban a guy who is likely going to be on the outside looking in anyway.
"Although I understand that I must accept the terms of the suspension, I want to make it known that I did not use any banned substances in order to gain a competitive advantage," Serafini said in a statement. "However, while playing baseball in Japan, I suffered two significant injuries that limited my playing time to seven games in 2006 and nine games in 2007.
"While trying to accelerate the healing process of these injuries, I took substances that were prescribed for me by a doctor in Japan. What I did not know at the time was that these substances would cause me to test positive once I returned to the US. I have not taken these or any banned substances since returning to the US and signing with the Colorado Rockies organization in July."
Also, for those that think I am the real Dan Serafini, please take a look here and here.
Finally, a special HELLO to the gang at MLB, ESPN, RedReport, and Desipio!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Benson, in particular, blasted the university. “I’m absolutely, totally embarrassed for the Indiana basketball program,” Benson said. “They need to do the right thing. If no tolerance means no tolerance, they get rid of him. And Greenspan should be right behind.”
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
A. Bartlett Giamatti
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I would have more to say, but I was too focused on the “Cub fan” right behind home plate who spent the night talking on the phone, putting up signs, chatting up the blonde with his back to the game before bringing attention to himself on the ninth with the flashing light. The downside to HD, I suppose, is seeing that so clearly.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Then Speier, Dan Serafini and Matt Herges pitched the fourth, keeping the Padres to one run, as Herges got Milton Bradley to ground out with the bases loaded. For those of you keeping score at home, that's five pitchers in three innings.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
From the Rockies' official release:
The Rockies will officially add lefty Dan Serafini to their active roster Tuesday.
Space for Serafini, who is not on the 40-man roster, will most likely be made by moving Jason Hirsh or Aaron Cook to the 60-day disabled list.
Serafini started the year in the Japanese League, and the former first-round Draft pick of the Twins has not pitched in the Majors since 2003 with the Reds. In 11 games and three starts with the Sky Sox, he went 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA.
For those of you new to this site, I explain the name here.
Unfortunately, I was right. From The Tribune:
"I don't accept that the fans were booing at me," a seething Zambrano said afterward. "I can't understand that. You know, I thought these were the greatest fans in baseball. But they showed me today that they just care about them, and that's not fair, because when you're struggling, you want to feel the support of the fans."No, I don't accept it. I just pointed to my head, and I will remember that because I don't want any bad outings. I know the great moments of my career will come."
"[Fans] pay to see a good show," he said. "They pay to see a good pitcher. Right now, I'm not doing too well. I just call [out to] the fans, 'I want a little support.' That's all. When you're struggling, or you have a brother who's struggling, you show him love. You don't show him you want to kick him out. That's what I ask of the fans—a little support." And not only [for] me. I go out there and try to do my best, but not everybody is like Carlos Zambrano [and can] keep his head up and keep trying to do a good job. There are people on this team who are struggling and going down and down …"When you're booing somebody, you're booing the 25 men on this ballclub, and that's not fair. That happened before to some of my teammates, and that's not right. I think we go out there to give Cubs fans a good show and to go to the playoffs, and that's what I want. No one wants to do a bad job. … Every single player in that clubhouse wants to do a great job for the city, believe me."
I tend to agree with the sentiment about booing the home team, and I truly don't doubt his wanting to do well and working hard, but it was real dumb for Zambrano to express it in that situation. As it stands, he will likely have only one more start at Wrigley. Let's just hope that we make the payoffs, and we can make the day just a blip on the radar. Wishful thinking, huh?
Also, why does Joe West make himself part of every game he is in?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Padres before Barrett: 41-28 (.594). The Padres with Barrett: 25-30 (.455).
The Padres with Barrett starting: 8-17 (.320). Padres all season with anyone else starting: 58-40 (.592).
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
From today's Rozner column:
Carlos Zambrano in 2007 with Barrett catching him: 2-4, 7.52 ERA, 1.893 WHIP. With anyone else: 12-3, 1.97 ERA, 0.985 WHIP.
Jake Peavy in 2007 with Barrett catching him: 0-4, 4.88 ERA, 1.542 WHIP. With anyone else: 10-1, 1.89 ERA, 1.00 WHIP.
Cubs are 23-11 since they traded Barrett. The Padres are 15-19 since they got him.
This does not include his bitchfest which led to a one game suspension.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Bruce Froemming is retiring after this season, and not soon enough. Unlike any umpire this side of Joe West, Froemming makes himself part of the game like no other. You need not look up the umpires when he is working the game, because he will call attention to himself at some point during the game.
MLB realizes this, and assigned him to work Tuesday's All Star Game so that they would not have to use him when it matters, in the postseason.
Last night, as he wore his All-Star patched hat (as if to remind people), He blew another call (or calls): From the Seattle Times:
The crowd of 31,994 at Safeco Field erupted in thunderous cheers as it realized Beltre was safe and all the runs counted. But second-base umpire Bruce Froemming had plenty of explaining to do as the Tigers, led by Guillen and manager Jim Leyland, surrounded him on the field.
"They don't get him and now they come out to argue that they got him," Froemming told a pool reporter after the game. "But they don't know if they got him or not."
But television replays appeared to show Guillen tagging Beltre at least once, if not twice.
"It felt like twice," Guillen said. "I don't know. He made the call."
The confusion mounted moments later when the Tigers made an appeal throw to second before the next pitch. Froemming called Beltre out, ruling he'd never touched the bag before heading to third.
But replays appeared to show Froemming getting it wrong once again. Beltre did indeed appear to touch second base — Froemming initially made a "safe" gesture with his arms that seemed to confirm it — but was ruled out nonetheless.
"He said that I never touched the bag, which I did," Beltre said. "He [Guillen] might have tagged me, I don't know. It was weird because I was trying to swing away from him. I don't know if he tagged me."
This guy isn't just a bad umpire, he is a bad guy.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
"At this point I'm not ready to [call a game at Wrigley]. I don't need any more abuse, you know what I mean? I was booed and jeered enough. You use every experience to your advantage to learn. Some you'd just as soon forget; some you don't."
He is also very relatable, as he talks about not wanting to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, which means he has to pay for the extra weight in his luggage on a (gasp) commercial flight.
I would say I cannot wait until Dusty is a manager again, but I think I will have to. I cannot imagine him getting a job any time soon. Who would want him? Unless Joe Morgan is buying a team.
P.S. Found a really good casual but upscale restaurant in the neighborhood last night.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Turns out, he was legally drunk, had a full pipe of pot in the truck, and was talking on the phone when he crashed his truck. Now I have no objection to doing any of those things, but not while speeding down the Interstate driving. Hancock went from mop-up pitcher to being mopped up off the highway.
It was really incredible that the initial reports were that there were no containers of alcohol found in his car, so the inference was that this was a “sweet, horrible” accident.
I always root against the Cardinals, but now I really do.
Good to know I am not alone on this.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Cubs starting pitchers usually get to select which color jersey the team wears, with the choice of blue or gray on the road and blue or white at home. Carlos Zambrano always has preferred to pitch in the blue jerseys, as he did all of spring training, but the team wore gray Monday.
As it turns out, Zambrano had no choice. Cubs President John McDonough has decided the Cubs will wear gray on the road and white with blue pinstripes at home. The move corresponds with the decision to put names on the backs of the uniforms.