Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A little late, but still worthy of mention

That is what we all needed. Someone that can hit in the clutch and play third base really well. Well done, Chase Headley.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Check Your Headley

Welcome to the Yankees, Chase Headley. Your defensive play and nice hitting will definitely go over well in New York. Besides, we needed a sure thing at third base after the last few crapped out on us.

Well done, Cashman. Now, let's see some results.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Custom Card of the Day: Wilson Edition

I have a lot of customs from a while ago, so I'm going to get to posting them in heaps over the next week, before my usual string of vacations kicks in. So here's a CJ Wilson custom. So what if he's not really that relevant. He's a great pitcher, and he's really one of the best Angels pitchers out there right now, other than Garrett Richards and a comparatively-meh Jered Weaver.

Coming Tomorrow- It's been half the season, and I haven't made a single custom of any of the Yankees' non-Tanaka acquisitions. Well, tomorrow you're getting one.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Don't Make Me Hate the Hero


I'm going to begin this post about Derek Jeter by talking about one of my least favorite teachers.

In eighth grade, I had this history teacher. In terms of teaching, she was great. She was thorough, she was informative, and I got an A in her class. However, her personality infuriated me greatly. It's very, very hard to describe, but just picture someone who enjoys what they teach, yet always seems to not be very happy with the whole 'dealing with fourteen-year-olds' part. I'm not gonna go into detail about some of stuff I went through with her, but I am going to tell you about one. Thankfully, it's one that this teacher won't sue me for, because it's true, and non-incriminatory.

On one of the last days of eighth grade, she devoted a class period to have the students ask her just about anything about her, about high school, about life, etc. She said would answer every question honestly, and to her credit, she did. However, someone asked her if she had ever met anyone truly famous. And she answered 'well, as a matter of fact, a while ago I won a sweepstakes package, and I got to have dinner with Derek Jeter'.

In my head, an alarm sounded. Oh my gosh, this teacher I'd braved through a year of being with had spent time with one of my favorite players. And she shared food with him. So I was very quick to ask her what the great Derek Jeter was like.

And I think that she saw how interested I was in how Derek Jeter was as a person. Because she proceeded to tell the class how dissatisfied she was about her dinner with Derek Jeter. She said that he wasn't very interested to be there, and the conversation wasn't very enthralling, and that he just didn't seem very genuine.

Right there, my eighth grade teacher was breaking a cardinal rule in my eyes: She was trying to get the entire class, and especially me, to hate Derek Jeter. She was trying to turn me against my favorite player. And that was not cool.

In my eyes, nothing could make me hate Derek Jeter. But this teacher was trying. Now, all these years later, Derek Jeter's legacy could be facing a new spoiler, and that is overexposure.

People all around the country seem to generally respect Jeter, even if they hate the Yankees, which most of them do. But after the All Star Game, where the coverage of Jeter was greater than the coverage of Mike Trout, the game's MVP, people are beginning to turn on him. Jeter, when he ran out onto the field, was given a good 30 seconds of screentime before they announced the next player. Usually the gap is like 10 seconds.

Plus, when Jeter finally left the game, at the beginning of the fourth inning, FOX took 2 minutes out of, you know, the game, to record Jeter leaving the field, fiving every last coach and player, and sitting down. Even a Jeter worshipper like me can call that excessive.

In some cases, this is taking away from the legend. Some fans have been calling the attention that Jeter has been getting excessive, and people are losing respect for him because the cameras cannot stop circling him.

Look, if you're gonna blame anybody, don't blame the legend. Blame the people who can't stop talking about the legend. Blame Joe Buck. Blame Tim Kurkjian. Blame Chris Berman. They should get the blame. For a second there ESPN was talking about Jeter more than LeBron James. FOR A SECOND.

This is just another silly way to tarnish the reputation of a legend, who has played the game with class and dignity for nineteen seasons. He's not asking for the attention. It's not like Barry Bonds, whose goodbye tour was prodded out with obnoxiousness and overblown home run promises. This is Derek Jeter. He's one of the greatest shortstops of all time. People are going to talk about him quite a bit. That shouldn't damage his reputation, the amount of coverage he gets.

I don't want to hate Derek Jeter. This overexposure is too petty for people, or me, to lose respect for him over it. And for those who have gotten tired of Jeter: relax. It'll all be over soon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Custom Card of the Night: Chapman Edition

I think we may be looking at the next great closing pitcher.

I mean, Craig Kimbrel is the one breaking all the records. He's the one leading the league in saves and everything every year. But in terms of sheer power and consistency, Aroldis Chapman is the one to watch. He's dominant, powerful, and still hits 100 mph on his ninth-inning pitches. The Reds are lucky to have someone that good.

They're also lucky that he rebounded so well to a hit to the face that sidelined him for a good month and a half back there. Not only is Chapman back, but he's better than he's ever been. Just look at his stuff during the All Star Game. Really, really nice.

Coming Tomorrow- He's a decent pitcher for the Angels who seems to be holding onto his stuff.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 All Star Game Starting Lineups

We did this last year, so we're doing it again. In honor of tonight's All Star Game, I'll be representing each starting player with a current custom. Some of them are new, some of them were released earlier this year.

We'll start with the AL:

Batting first for the American League, the shortstop, from the New York Yankees...DEREK...JETER!!
(Long, drawn out applause)

Batting second, the left-fielder, from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...MIKE TROUT!
Batting third...the second baseman, from the Seattle Mariners...ROBINSON CANO!!
Batting cleanup, first baseman, from the Detroit Tigers...MIGUEL CABRERA!!
Batting fifth, the right fielder, from the Toronto Blue Jays...JOSE BAUTISTA!
Batting sixth...the designated hitter, from the Baltimore Orioles, NELSON CRUZ!
Batting seventh...the center fielder, from the Baltimore Orioles, ADAM JONES!!
Batting eighth...the third baseman, from the Oakland Athletics...JOSH DONALDSON!
Batting ninth, the catcher, from the Kansas City Royals...SALVADOR PEREZ!
And warming up in the bullpen, the starting pitcher for the AL, from the Seattle Mariners...FELIX HERNANDEZ!!

Now for the National League...

Leading off for the NL, the centerfielder, from the Pittsburgh Pirates...ANDREW MCCUTCHEN!!
Batting second, the right fielder, from the Los Angeles Dodgers...YASIEL PUIG!!
Batting third, the shortstop, from the Colorado Rockies...TROY TULOWITZKI!!
Batting cleanup, the first baseman, from the Arizona Diamondbacks...PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT!!
Batting fifth, tonight he is the Designated Hitter, from the Miami Marlins...GIANCARLO STANTON!!!
Batting sixth, the third baseman, from the Milwaukee Brewers...ARAMIS RAMIREZ!!
Batting seventh, the second baseman, from the Philadelphia Phillies...CHASE...UTLEY!!!
Batting eighth, the catcher, from the Milwaukee Brewers...JONATHAN LUCROY!
And batting ninth, the left fielder, from the Milwaukee Brewers...CARLOS GOMEZ!!
Warming up in the bullpen, and starting for the National League, from the St. Louis Cardinals...ADAM WAINWRIGHT!!!

Sure to be an excellent All Star Game. I'll be watching, adorned in a Jeter jersey, rooting for the captain one last time on this stage.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Home Run Derby: Live Blogged

Well, it's that time of year again, folks. Yep, it's the time when Chris Berman is glad he's employed, and the rest of the world isn't quite. It's the Home Run Derby!!!

Tonight, every contestant will be preceded by a prediction of how they'll do, and then their actual result will be blogged, all throughout the program.

I'd like to start, but ESPN is using the guise of a rain delay to stall for another fifteen minutes. And believe me, we've had enough of that from the roster announcement show.

So, once they stop stalling, we'll get this show on the road.

9:01- okay, it looks like they may be starting this damn thing soon.

TODD FRAZIER

Projected Homers: 4. Good effort, but may not go through.

I love that the catcher has a goPro on his hat. Cool.

HOME RUNS: 2

I overshot a bit, but my point was not lost.


BRIAN DOZIER

Projected Homers: 7. Could be a sleeper hit, may make it to next round.

HOME RUNS: 2

Maybe not, then.

TROY TULOWITZKI

Projected Homers: 9. Could do very well and move on.

HOME RUNS: 4

Not necessarily 9, but well done.


JOSE BAUTISTA

Projected Homers: 10. Will likely hit a ton of them.

HOME RUNS: 10!!!

I got something right for once!!



YASIEL PUIG

Projected Homers: 7. Will do pretty well, but may not get through.

Home Runs: 0. Sad, because he's a great player.



ADAM JONES

Projected Homers: 3. Could do well, but will only get a few.

HOME RUNS: 4. Not bad at all, Mr. Jones


GIANCARLO STANTON

Projected Homers: 12. Will likely be really big here.

HOME RUNS: 6.

NICE JOB! That'll get him to the next round.


JOSH DONALDSON

Projected Homers: 4. Not bad, but not great.

HOME RUNS: 3

Solid round, but now it means Adam Jones' four home runs are headed to round 2, and there's not a thing anyone can do with it.



JUSTIN MORNEAU

Projected Homers: 6. Seems like enough for a welcome home.

HOME RUNS: 2

Still a good bout. Him and Frazier will have a swing-off.


YOENIS CESPEDES

Projected Homers: 15 if he's lucky. I think he'll do just as well as last year.

HOME RUNS: 3

Good enough to register for a swing-off with Donaldson.

Frazier goes on for the NL

Cespedes moves on for the AL (predictably so)

TODD FRAZIER

Projected Homers: 3. I don't know if he'll make it.

HOME RUNS: 6. VERY NICE JOB!

TROY TULOWITZKI

Projected Homers: 5. I now think he'll take a backseat and let Frazier move on.

HOME RUNS: 2

FRAZIER MOVES ON




YOENIS CESPEDES

Projected Homers: 10. I think he'll do a lot.

HOME RUNS: 9 VERY NICE JOB!!!

ADAM JONES

Projected Homers: 5. He can't catch Cespedes

HOME RUNS: 3. Nice effort, but no stopping Cespedes. HE MOVES ON

NEXT ROUND

TODD FRAZIER:

Projected Homers: 4. I don't see him outdoing Stanton.

HOME RUNS: 1

Hell of a night for him nonetheless.

GIANCARLO STANTON:

Projected Homers: More than 1.

WHOA! HE GETS NOTHING! TODD FRAZIER AND HIS ONE HOME RUN ARE GOING TO THE FINALS OF THE HOME RUN DERBY!!! HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN??

YOENIS CESPEDES:

Projected Homers: 7

HOME RUNS: 7!! I got it right.



JOSE BAUTISTA

Projected Homers: 5

HOME RUNS: 4

Bautista is out, and CESPEDES MOVES ON AGAINST FRAZIER...take a wild guess who's going to win...

YOENIS CESPEDES

I think he's gonna win.

HOME RUNS: 9!!! That should be enough to keep Frazier at bay.

TODD FRAZIER:

Lucky if he gets more than one.

HOME RUNS: 1

YOENIS CESPEDES WINS HIS SECOND HOME RUN DERBY IN A ROW!!!


Congrats Cespedes. That was awesome. Funny how I predicted that at the top of the post.