Shattered Dreams…

See ya!!

See ya!!

I love going to the ballpark with my father.  We always seem to have a great time.  I actually just did a trip with my dad to Baltimore to see my beloved Yanks beat up on the poor Orioles.  I have many great memories of being at the ballpark with him, but I have never had him catch me a foul ball.  Not even close, not once.  When I was a kid I always dreamed of him reaching in front of 20 other guys and snatching a frozen rope with his bare hands.  He would then hand me the ball and I’d be the happiest friggen kid alive.  My dream came true for someone else last night at the Phillies game, and what did she do??? She threw it back! Damn!!  Her dad made the dream catch and she sent it overboard.  The only good thing that could have come out of that move is if she got signed just like in Rookie of The Year.

Rookie Of The Year

Rookie Of The Year

I apoligize though, it really isn’t her fault.  She’s like 5 years old so it’s not even fair to blame her, so I’m going to blame daddy.  What are you thinking pal??  Your little girl is barely able to eat her ice cream bar without getting it all over her pink shirt and you immediately hand her the baseball??  Rookie move Steve Monforto!  You have to sit her down and explain to her the significance of this great event.  You have to tell her that this is a moment that she will remember forever.  A moment that she will tell her children when she takes them to the ball park.  You have to explain to her that she needs to keep this ball with her as long as she lives!  I mean she does have a pretty good story to tell now, but still, she threw the ball back!  I guess I can forgive you for getting caught up in the moment and all, but c’mon man think these things through next time!  That is if you ever get a “next time.”  Check out the video below to see what happened last night.

Congratulations Derek Jeter.

Congratulations to the Yankee Captain for breaking the Yankees’ All-Time Hits record that stood for over 70 years! Rays Yankees Baseball

Is Bigger Better?

"Bobble, Bobble"

"Bobble, Bobble"

Rawlings’ new helmet has people all around Major League Baseball buzzing.  The s100 offers players protection against 100 MPH fastballs to the head.  The standard helmet, which has been used for years, can only realistically withstand about an 80 MPH direct blow.  Depsite the fact that the new lid offers enhanced protection, the majority of players say they would never wear it.  Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur  has been the most vocal player against the new helmet.  Francoeur has said that the helmet is too bulky and uncomfortable and he doesn’t even believe that it offers a safer alternative.  “You get hit with a 94, 95 in the head like that it’s going to hurt — no matter what you’re wearing, I think,” he said. “You can say all you want that it’s all protective, but at the same time it doesn’t seem like anything can fully protect you, you know?”

Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster

Even though many of the players have spoken out against it, they might not have a choice in the near future.  On Monday, Rawlings and Minor League Baseball reached a deal that requires the helmet to be used exclusively in 2010.  Samples have already been shipped to all Minor League clubs and a few S100’s have popped up in the Majors as well.  David Wright, who returned from a concussion sustained after getting hit with a 94 MPH Matt Cain fastball, has vowed to use the helmet for the rest of his career.  “If it provides more safety, then I’m all for it,” said the All-Star third baseman.  It looks to me like the S100 is here to stay.  What do you guys think about the helmet?  Personally, I think it makes players look like human bobble heads, but if it can prevent a concussion, I guess I’d be all for it.

Santana Surgery Possible, Francoeur Out. DBO not to blame this time.

"I can't watch anymore!!!"

"I can't watch anymore!!!"

As I said a few days ago, I can probably be blamed for Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran being injured and screwing up  part of the Mets’ year.  I cannot however take credit for the latest blows to an already lost Metropolitan season.  Johan Santana has discomfort in his elbow that will most likely require surgery and newly acquired Jeff Francoeur has a torn ligament in his thumb. Mets fans!  You probably thought it couldn’t get any worse didn’t you?  Well this latest news is like a straight shot to the nuts while you’re already on the ground.  I actually feel for you.  I can’t think of a time when one team went through a season with so many injuries to star players.   Surprisingly, the healthiest member of the Mets this year was Billy Wagner and his new UC ligament.   At least they did the right thing and shipped him to Boston for a pair of players to be named.   My advice to fans of the orange and blue is simple. Stop watching. Just do it. No more baseball until Spring Training 2010. Your season is over, might as well start acting like it.

**UPDATE 6:30PM** – MRI reveals Santana has bone chips in his elbow, he will undergo season ending surgery.  Yet another tough loss.

Yanks Bounce Back In Big Way

yankssoxThe Yankees had lost 9 straight against the Boston Red Sox, until last night’s 13-6 victory, and in the beginning of the 2009 season everyone and their mother counted out the Yankees saying no way they would win the east.  Now I know there is plenty of ball left to be played, but even ESPN’s Steve Phillips (Noted Yankee Hater) can’t take away what the Yankees have done lately.  They are now 3.5 games ahead in the AL East.  Imagine where they would be right now if they split the first 8 games with the Sox.  Well I imagined it and for those scoring at home they’d be up by 7 games in the loss column at 70-38.  Right now it appears that both clubs are heading in completely opposite directions.  The Sox have been hit by the injury bug and have been plagued by underachieving star players such as Kevin Youkilis (.244 and .263 in June/July) and Jason Bay (.230 and .192 in June/July).  Adding to their woes, all that early season steroid talk that was supposed to haunt Alex Rodriguez has now found a new home hanging out over David Ortiz’s head.   The Yankees on the other hand have a bona fide MVP candidate in Mark Teixeira.  Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon show no signs of slowing down.  CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Joba Chamblerlain have been as good as any trio in the league the past few months.  Oh and what about that guy A-Rod with the hip problem?  Well he batted .289 with 7 homers in July and is off to a .350 start in August.  Throw in the emergence of Phil Hughes as a lights out setup man and Mariano to close, and this team has all the makings of a World Series Champion.  Once again there is a whole lot of baseball left to be played, but as of right now my money would be on the Yankees walking away with another AL East crown.

Thrilla in Hollywooda

"Bam!"

"Bam!"

What a scene it must have been last night in the hallways of Dodger Stadium after the home team crushed the visiting Brewers 17-4.  Prince Fielder, who had been plunked earlier by Guillermo Mota in retaliation from a Manny beaning, roared through the stadium corridors and tried to break down the walls to the Dodger Clubhouse trying to get a piece of Mota.  Man that is good stuff!! It turns out that Fielder couldn’t get past security and thank god he didn’t or else Mota would have gotten whipped.  If I was a betting man, I’d say that Prince has won a few street fights in his day.  After everyone settled down, Fielder was asked about his post game antics in which he replied “I don’t remember that.”  I guess Prince turned into the Hulk and blacked out.  Either way he was playing good citizen and wanted to say the right things to the media.  Kudos to that and kudos for upping the ante in the finale of this series tonight.

Debate: Are fastballs now considered more stressful on youth arms??

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Could the curve be a safer alternative? I'm not convinced.

Just got done reading the article in the NY Times that stating the findings of an independent study that concluded curveballs may be safer for youth pitchers than fastballs.  The study took place in 2 labs in Connecticut and Alabama and it was found that throwing curveballs is less stressful than throwing fastballs.

Glenn Fleisig, the chairman of research at the American Sports Medicine Institute, states, “I don’t think throwing curveballs at any age is the factor that is going to lead to an injury.” Very interesting stuff considering we’ve been taught for over 40 years that curveballs are dangerous.  I guess research has come a long way since then, but some aren’t convinced, including noted Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. James Andrews.  Dr. Andrews cautions that the studies were done in a lab and not under game conditions, which because of the lack of fatigue in performing the pitches, could still mean curves are dangerous under stress.  He states, “I just operated on one kid this morning.  At age 12, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in two. His travel ball coach called 30-something curveballs in a row. He became fatigued. Then he threw one that snapped his elbow.

I happen to agree with Dr. Andrews on this one.  Although he never says the study is wrong and should be thrown out, he does caution that more needs to be studied before coming out and saying that curves are dangerous.  Personally, I have pitched before and been around many players who have felt the stress the curveball has on the arm.  I still feel that the fastball and change-up is the way to go when teaching a youngster how to pitch.  What do you all think??

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