A fan of the Yankees, Red Sox, and large sample sizes.
KRUK'S THE MAN
Ok, maybe that's a little extreme.
But he did just say, on Baseball Tonight, that pitchers should pitch to Bonds more and intentionally walk him less. "He can't hit a homerun every time." If we translate that statement from Krukese into English, it's a pretty intelligent observation. The times that Bonds doesn't get on base more than makes up for the hits and homers.
Look for a complete re-working of this blog in the next few weeks. It's almost ready now (WC3 Validated, XML feeds, cool flaming baseball logo, useable comments and archives, and more reliable host), but since I'll be travelling a lot and I want to kick things off with a high posting rate, don't expect things too soon.
In the mean time, if anyone that reads this is both a Yankees and Red Sox fan, or used to be one, but is now the other, or knows of someone who fits either qualification, email me at skyking162 at gmail.com.
Also, anyone else noticed that Joe Morgan wrote the book Baseball for Dummies.
IGNORANCE IS THE KISS OF DEATH
I absolutely hate feeling frustrated. And one of the easiest ways to become frustrated is to read about, experience, or interact in any way with ignorance.
One of the best feelings in the world is to defeat ignorance. When you spend two years being infuriated by Joe Morgan "gotta-have-heart and bunting skills to win" chats, it's bliss to finally hear him say something about how getting on base is important. With all the discussion, data, and writings out there, it's infuriating that a lot of people don't take the time to understand what sabrmetrics is trying to accomplish. You don't have to agree with each conclusion, but don't bash it until you understand it. There's always a better way to do things. I can't stand people who just settle for the same old way, just because.
Speaking of ignorance, why are we fighting the Civil Rights battle in the US for the third time? Women are people, too? Wow, let's treat them like equals. Blacks are people, too? Wow, let's treat them like equals. But those gay people, they're different. They're going to contaminate us "normal" people by getting married.
How can the President and a majority of the people in America support the idea of actively taking away rights of some of its people? And why aren't there more people completely outraged at the idea?
I'm obviously missing something in the anti-gay-marriage argument. At least I hope I am. Because if the whole "we must protect the sanctity of marriage" thing is just PC-speak for "we don't like homosexuality", I quit. So, what am I missing?
Frustrated? You bet I am.
EL DUQUE TO START IN PLACE OF MUSSINA
Our local paper mentioned a report by yankees.com that Orlando Hernandez will start today in place of Mike Mussina. With all the "problems" Yankee starters have had this year, it's great to know that there are quality replacements. Frankly, you've got to love the potential upside of the Yankee rotation. Mussina, Brown, Vazquez, Contreras, Lieber, and El Duque. That's six quality arms. Who can be counted on to post a sub-4.00 ERA with 100 IP the rest of the way? Nobody. Who could do it? Any of them. It'll be fun to see how it all works out. And no matter what, the offense will help the Yanks win a few games.
Not a lot of posting lately. I took another trip (this time to visit ballparks in PIT, CIN, and CLE - I'll write about it eventually), and I've got another one coming up. Even if I'm not writing, I'm still playing around on my computer, and have a switch from Blogger to Grey Matter on my own server coming up. You're excited, I know.
Under/over on Bonds' HRs in the HR Derby: 15. And I'll take the over.