Archive for October 1st, 2009


Should the Mets Trade Jose Reyes?

JoseReyesLast night the Mets continued their efforts to completely demoralize their last remaining fans by closing out their season series with the Nationals, and of course, did so with another loss. After the game team officials confirmed that Jose Reyes’ injured hamstring had actually gotten WORSE and he suffered a tear that will probably require surgery.

So, here’s a crazy idea and I wonder who blinks first on this one. The San Francisco Giants are desperate for offense, and while they primarily need power bats, more than anything else they need OPS men. Besides Pablo Sandoval (.930) they don’t have a single regular player with an OPS above .743. Ignoring this season’s largely injured season, Jose Reyes OPS the last three full season years has put up an average OPS of .816, certainly not amazing, but better than anyone else on the Giants.

For a long time there have been rumors of a deal that makes too much sense for both teams, the Brewers trade Prince Fielder to the Giants for Matt Cain. That deal definitely works for both teams, but what if instead the Giants traded Cain to the Mets? Would the Giants or Mets hang up first? Reyes is signed to a much more affordable contract than Prince (whose agent is also Scott Boras) and for more years, he plays a premier position and is a dynamic lead-off man (presuming that he’s healthy.)

So, what do you think, am I crazy? Which team would be more scared/willing to make this deal? Chime in!


Holy Goddamn NOW I’m Ready for Hockey!

From the folks over at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks comes this video that the hockey team is supposed to come out to, I don’t know about you but I am PSYCHED up now! The UAF Nanooks better straight up DOMINATE the competition, look at how fearsome that polar bear is, he tears the ROOF OFF!


Completionist at End of Journey to See Every MLB Team Play

MJS salvo, nws, sears, 1-1 salvoJohn Salvo, 62, lives outside Milwaukee and has now seen 959 Major League games in 57 different stadiums. Among those games he’s seen 2 no-hitters, World Series games and a triple-play. He’ll also, after Friday’s Astros/Mets game at Citi Field, have seen every one of the possible 422 major league match-ups, home and away of teams in the same league.

“To say this is a compulsion would be accurate,” Salvo said. “I like to complete lists of things.”

I’ll say. He also has every ticket stub and every scorecard from this awesome journey. When not seeing live baseball, Salvo has other interests, for instance he has driven every mile on each Interstate highway that has two numbers, from I-10 to I-90 with everything in-between. The retired Racine School District payroll manager has also taken-off or landed in a plane in every state in the country and, being a bit of a history buff, he’s visited the 39 different Presidential burial sites.

Without the support of his wife of 41 years, Barb, Salvo probably would never have been able to do all the traveling and accomplishments.

“I’m happy for him,” she said, “He’s worked hard at it.”

At one point on his journey Salvo became slightly discouraged, in 2001 while taking in an Astros game in Houston he started questioning whether it was worth continuing, “I was getting a little tired of it,” he said, “But then I met Jim. That helped.”

Jim is Jim Waddell, a retired railroad worker who was trying to accomplish the same thing as Salvo. In a bit of cosmic magic, Waddell was seated directly in front of Salvo at the game. Overhearing Waddell talking about what he was trying, the two started talking and are now fast friends and have taken in over 70 games together. Waddell finally completed his goal last year after beginning in 1951.

After tomorrow night’s game one goal will be completed for Salvo, but he doesn’t plan on stopping. Baseball continues on after all; plus there’s all the interleague match-ups, and he’s only seen 53 of those.

[Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]


Show Me the Person Who Doesn’t Like VD

When he was drafted as the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Vernon Davis was supposed to explode onto the scene as a tight end sensation. Without first-round pick Michael Crabtree on the roster it’s up to Davis to pick up the slack. It’s taken some time, but after his stellar 7 receptions, 2 TD and 96-yard performance last Sunday (on my BENCH!) he may just be on the verge of super-stardom. These T-shirts are already superstars; whether you’re in San Francisco or anywhere else, letting everyone know your a fan of VD is always a good introduction.



Only the Strong Yankees Fans Can Survive

If a Yankee fan hits another Yankee fan is there any crime? I say no. Let the animals tear themselves apart.

Or in this case, two toddlers go at it with foam fingers. Same difference.

[NYC Barstool Sports]


Are You Ready For Some Hockey?

Tonight marks the start of the 2009-10 NHL season, not that you’d know it by the lack of coverage everywhere. To celebrate, here are some lovely photos of some of the lovely ladies who work as Ice Girls around the league. Hey, that ice isn’t going to maintain itself!

Check out the full gallery here.




Joe Mauer Tipping Pitches

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the likely MVP this season, a soon-to-be two-time batting champion, an excellent defensive catcher and he can seemingly do it all on the baseball field. For instance, here is a great video showing him very clearly passing along signs to his teammate at bat.

It’s pretty blatant and perfectly legal. Although next time he faces Verlander he may get a 99 mph fastball buried in his ribs…

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