August 30, 2006
In Theo "We" Trust
The Yankees have not played in the last two days, yet, thanks to the Boston Red Sox poor play, New York was able to register two more clicks (during the last two days) off their magic number for the 2006 A.L. East crown.
Before the start of today's games, the Yankees now have 33 games left to play, and their "magic number" to win the A.L. East is down to 25.
It's amazing - less than 23 months ago, the Red Sox could do no wrong, and, now, Boston is a mess.
At this rate, the Yankees might be able to clinch this thing when Boston comes into New York on September 15th.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 30, 2006 10:15 AM
You cant give all the credit to Theo, b/c most of it goes to Peter Gammons for being out of action.
Had he been there on trade deadline day, he wouldve been working the phones plugging more of the average red sox prospects (pedroia lester and just about every other one of them like he did with shoppach) and convincing the braves that manny delcarmen and crisp were enough for andruw jones. He in all likelihood wouldve convinced the braves that crisp and a case of beer straight up was good enough for Jones and then the braves wouldve agreed to pay some of his contract too.
Then, when the astros are in need of bats, instead of spinning Jones for Oswalt (thank god he signed an extension) they probably woulve kept Jones and given up backups like alex cora to get him.
BTW, maybe things are turning against the red sox, as josh bard has provided much offense in a time when wakefield is injured and varitek is out and cla meredith a good lefty on lefty reliever, and Sanchez and Hanley arent too bad.
Also, someone on here wrote the other day that they had the privilege of talking with buster olney. FYI, sure he may pretend to like certain yankees like Pauly, but everyone should know that he is up there with the biggest Yankee haters. He does nothing to mask his bias against the yankees like some of the espn personalities do. His despising of us is so evident, he might as well just wear the yankee hater hats
I was the one that spoke with Buster Olney a few months back. I can assure you that he is not a Yankee hater. He doesn't love the Yanks (he grew up a Dodgers, Pirates, and Expos fan) but he doens't hate them in the slightest. Interestingly enough, he gets hate mail from both Yankee fans and Red Sox fans who think that he's a RSN-hater.
I know you won't take my word for it but sitting down with him for 45 minutes and talking with him, I can tell you that he's more of a baseball fan than a hater of anything related to the game. He's a seriously good dude.
>>cla meredith a good lefty on lefty reliever<<
Meredith is a righty. I see him pitch all the time down here in SD. He's the poor man's Jeff Nelson: his twisting little sidearm delivery eats up righties, just don't leave him out there for a lefty...
Posted by: Mike A. at August 30, 2006 01:52 PM
While I'm sure everyone wishes Papi well (maybe)...
Anyone else find it interesting that a guy who had such a dramatic rise, and has had whispers about steroid use, has something wrong with his heart? A young, healthy athlete with a heart ailment? When steroids are known to cause heart ailments? Hey, I'm not saying he IS on steroids (to quote ESPN when talking about Giambi and others) but it sho' is innerestin'.
Sry about the Meredith mistake. Because he's RH takes away some of my happiness b/c ive been under the assumption that he was a lefty and the red sox need a lefty.
Baileywalk, i thought nobody would ever agree with me which is why i never bothered to mention on this site that Ortiz is on steroids. Everybody i ever tell that just responds that Papi is just fat. This guy was merely a platoon player w/ MIN. He couldnt even get in the lineup more often than not. This is the reason i try to never watch espn or any network for that matter (fox pregames and stuff) because they can mention just about anybody for being linked to steroids (even Roger clemens), but when tom brady comes up linked to steroids, he is nfl's golden boy just like Papi is baseball's golden boy and espn will never imply that he could be.
also, has anyone ever heard Papi being called the face of baseball. Derek Jeter is the face of baseball, as he would never throw bats at an umpire (even though they deserve it) the way Papi did and only got suspended 5 gms reduced to 3.
On Papi and steroids: remember Ortiz's hilarious excuse for why so many Latino players seemed to be caught using PEDs? He claimed it was a language problem...they couldn't decipher the ingredients printed on the labels. I suppose there's a Spanish spelling of Nandrolone Phenylpropionate, Testosterone Decanoate or Stanozolol? Of course Ortiz is juicing.
One of the few things I admire about Jose Guillen is that when he was told of Ortiz's explanation, he called it bullshit.
Anyone else find it interesting that a guy who had such a dramatic rise, and has had whispers about steroid use, has something wrong with his heart? A young, healthy athlete with a heart ailment?
Dramatic rise? He had been improving for two years when the Twins let him go.
As for the heart ailment
"Thompson and another cardiologist said they suspect Ortiz may have atrial fibrillation, which Celtics great Larry Bird has had for at least seven years. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medication.
Dr. Frederick C. Basilico, medical consultant to the Celtics and chief of cardiology at New England Baptist Hospital, said too much caffeine or alcohol, aging, stress and overexertion can all cause an irregular heartbeat. The condition is very common in young athletes and many don’t even know unless it affects their performance, he said. "
Baileywalk, i thought nobody would ever agree with me which is why i never bothered to mention on this site that Ortiz is on steroids. Everybody i ever tell that just responds that Papi is just fat. This guy was merely a platoon player w/ MIN. He couldnt even get in the lineup more often than not.
People always say that Papi really wasn't a platoon guy, the Twins used him wrong, etc., and maybe the numbers can be presented to show this, but here's the bottom line for me: no one knew who the hell David Ortiz was before he came to Boston. The Twins hang onto good players because of their budget, and they got rid of him. After being cut, and not getting picked up for a while, he ends up on the Sox and becomes probably the best left-handed hitter in the league. Even if he was improving as a Twin, he became an absolute monster. Maybe he really did learn how to hit by watching other lefties like Paul O'Neill. Or maybe he took steroids.
My point is that no one in the media is even suggesting steroids, when heart ailments are notorious among 'roid users. If it was anyone else, you'd hear the word "steroids." But not with him.
And while too much coffee, stress and booze can cause his heart irregularity, something tells me too much HGH probably can, too.
People always say that Papi really wasn't a platoon guy, the Twins used him wrong, etc., and maybe the numbers can be presented to show this, but here's the bottom line for me: no one knew who the hell David Ortiz was before he came to Boston.
That's what happens when you don't play in a major media market.
Exactly baileywalk, no one in the media will even suggest steroids for Papi or Tom Brady or Manny Ramirez or Curt Schilling for being able to go out with an experimental surgery in game 6 in 2004. Theyll somehow manage to get Clemens into the picture, but not anyone from any boston/new england team.
Barry Bonds' head is so big.....hmmm, Mr Steroids himself Ortiz' head is bigger. Its clear Giambi is no longer on steroids as his grand slam against Papelbon got shut down by the wind. Another B12 shot and it wouldve gone the way Ortiz' just monstered itself through the wind earlier in that game