I grew up a Cubs fan and that is how I have always seen myself but I am not one of those fans who loves his team and hates everyone else. The Cubs will always be my team but I also root for players who, I feel, play the game “the right way.” The players I root for are the ones who are diving for balls when they are down by six. The ones who jump into the stands chasing pop ups (but not this way….like this). The guys who always run out ground balls. This are the guys I want on my team, not the kind of player who only seems to play well if they are in a contract year (Yeah I’m look at you Adrian Beltre).
Josh Hamilton sucks. Not in the baseball sense mind you. He is the reigning MVP and he deserved to win the award. He’s a great player he sucks as a person. Hamilton wants you to believe he is a great guy, a great husband, a great teammate but I’m not buying it. Maybe he is a nice guy. I don’t know because I have never met him. Is he the best husband? Well obviously not. But hey, he is a professional athlete and there is a lot of temptation out there. What I do know is that he is a shitty teammate.
The first thing you will notice when you look at the National League rosters compared to the American League rosters is how young the NL players are. Weird, right? Because I thought every good baseball player was pushing 35 but maybe thats because the only games that ever get shown on TV are Yankees/Red Sox games. Its crazy to think that some teams out there are currently developing talent instead of just auctioning the same old players. How did that work out Tampa? Here are just a few, of the loooong list, of solid young players that we think are poised for a break out this year.
Every year in every sport people rise above the cream of the crop and become the new favorites in a sport, and others show their true colors and become the newest Milton Bradley in their respective league. Now it takes quite a bit to reach Milton’s level, but there are some guys on the Junior circuit who may be big enough closet assholes to come out and win this award. Now for me to pick this I’m probably going to pick someone I just effing hate, see Ozzie Guillen, but to truly win it you have to be hated for good reason, and generally hold your team’s head under water as though you’re baptizing them.
Here’s a riddle, how do you take the best thing ever, and make it the worst? Add the Yankees and the Red Sox. Is there anything more overplayed than this horribly overrated rivalry? This rivalry is as overrated as having babies. Did you know that you don’t get to copulate any further once that happens, and after you have to raise a little asshole version of you? It’s the second worst, behind Red Sox-Yankees. Every year baseball is infested by morons from outside the sport talking about how great these 7 hour slap fights are. How can so many people think this is a great rivalry?
The Junior Circuit is a place where a breakout player is a difficult thing to find. A majority of the good teams in the AL revamp rosters through their George Costanza size wallets rather than by calling on youth like the pop industry. Most of the studs on the Junior Circuit have more gray hair on their balls than the passengers of an Alaskan cruise. However there are young players in the AL that could make a huge mark this year, and could be on their way to stardom by the end of 2011. Last year Neftali Feliz, closer for the Rangers, won the Rookie of the Year, however we are choosing to avoid the rookie of the year status because we don’t want to do any research so we are trying to pick a breakout player. My crop involves a couple potential ROY’s and a couple guys who have been up, but may be in for a bigger year than in years past.
Now I’m indifferent towards the Dodgers, but in watching the Dodgers/Giants game tonight I did have an issue with Jonathan Broxton. Now I can’t confirm my issue is actually with Jonathan Broxton, or with the Dodgers PA people, but there is definitely an issue. When Broxton came into the game to start the ninth, the PA played Iron Man by Black Sabbath a great song, a classic if you will, but is it really fitting? A lot of songs don’t really say anything other than well that guy’s a douchebag (like Josh Beckett’s Nickelback), that guy’s a jackass (Chase Utley’s Vengaboys), or that guy is kinda awesome (Craig Counsell). Also, just for the record, I use jackass as a term of endearment, all of my friend’s are jackasses, so I mean no harm by that term. However, some songs say a little more, specifically about the type of player you may be. Iron Man is one of these songs. Iron Man is reserved for people like Cal Ripken who played day in-day out without question or Pete Rose who played the game like his legs may be broken for gambling debts if he didn’t go first to third on a base hit in the eighth inning down by 14 runs. Iron Man speaks to the type of player you are, Jonathan Broxton, a good closer, maybe, but not an Iron Man.