2005 Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Publication of

The Lincoln Chiefs

Special Edition of

From the Bullpen

Guest Editors:  Screech and B.T.

 

   2005 Season

Edition No. 26

August 9, 2005

 

SKIPíS BLIPS

 

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This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Cal Ripkenís breaking of Lou Gehrigís consecutive games record, which happened on September 6, 1995.  For a look at the happiest guy in the world whom Scott and I both admired at the record-breaking game, click here.  You canít be any happier than this orange-capped peanut vendor. 

 

 
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Itchie and his Skipjacks continue to rule the roost, remarkably if not unbelievably.  Livan Hernandez now is sporting a 15 and 6 record, even with his unimpressive 3.80 ERA, which should be contrasted with Roger Clemensí record with his 1.57 ERA.  Sometimes, baseball, like life, just isnít fair.  Andruw Jones is poised to set a career mark in home runs as a Skipjack, and the resurgence of Chipper Jones is also attributable only to one thing, his membership on the Skipjacks team. 

   

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Last night I had the privilege and pleasure of another visit to Fenway Park, where the Red Sox took on the visiting Los Angeles Angels.  Surprisingly, since we are talking about the defending World Champions, there were plenty of tickets available from the scalpers, and we were able to get very good seats (Section 19, behind home plate) for five bucks less than the $45 per ducat list price.  Although the hometown Red Sox lost to the Angels by the score of 3-0, it was one of the most exciting games that I have seen in a while, with Scott Shields striking out the side in the bottom of the 8th, including the last two hitters with the bases loaded, and F-Rod loading the bases in the 9th before pitching his way out of the jam.  We also saw Angels manager Mike Scioscia ejected for the second night in a row, after taking up the cudgel for coach Mickey Hatcher, who came absolutely unglued after a base runner was called out for not tagging up on a foul out to right field in the 9th inning.  Scioscia has a little bit of Lou Piniella and Billy Martin in him, and he put on quite a show for the opposing fans. 

   

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One thing I noticed about Fenway that I hadnít noticed before in my previous trips there is that the on-deck batters donít stand anywhere near the on-deck circle when they take their cuts.  The reason for this is that the on-deck circles on each side are immediately adjacent to the baselines, and any player standing in the designated on-deck circle would be risking life and limb by standing there.  I donít know if the circles are located where they are at for historical reasons or aesthetics, but it is a queer arrangement.  No offense intended, Itchie. 

   

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Having revisited Fenway for the sixth or seventh time, I am more convinced than ever that I have this ballpark ranked where it should be ranked on my list (second).  Itís no Kauffman Stadium, granted, but for pure ballpark beauty and history, itís hard to beat.  Between the Green Monster in left, the giant Citgo sign, the nooks and crannies in the outfield, Yawkey Way, and the close proximity of all the seats, itís an absolutely wonderful place to see a game.  I hope they never replace it. 
   

 

Thatís it for this (last) week. 

 

Skipper

 

 

WEEK 22 STANDINGS

 

Upper Division

1.  Skipjacks

8318.5

 

2.  Redbirds

8065.0

 

3.  Chiefs

7619.0

 

4.  Senators

7612.0

 

5.  Tigers

7530.5

 

6.  Reds

7525.5

 

Lower Division

7.  Bombers

7443.0

 

(T) Wahoos

7443.0

 

9.  Irates

7357.0

 

10. Blues

7185.5

 

11. Cubs*

7086.0

 

12. Tribe

7071.0

 

 

 

WEEK 22 POINT TOTALS

 

1.

Skipjacks

427.5

2.

Chiefs

425.5

3.

Irates

390.0

4.

Tigers

372.5

5.

Redbirds

367.0

6.

Wahoos

342.0

7.

Blues

333.0

8.

Tribe

321.0

9.

Bombers

308.0

10.

Reds

306.0

11.

Senators

291.0

12.

Cubs*

238.0

 

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

 

HITTERS

1.

Derrek Lee

661.0

 

2.

Alex Rodriguez

653.0

 

3.

Albert Pujols

640.0

 

4.

David Ortiz

605.0

 

5.

Mark Teixeira

580.0

 

(T)

Michael Young

580.0

 

7.

Miguel Tejada

576.0

 

8.

Miguel Cabrera

575.0

 

9.

Andruw Jones

569.0

 

(T)

Brian Roberts

569.0

 

11.

Alfonso Soriano

565.0

 

12.

Manny Ramirez

560.0

 

13.

Jason Bay

549.0

 

14.

Derek Jeter

540.0

 

15.

Bobby Abreu

538.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITCHERS

1.

Chris Carpenter

617.0

 

2.

Roger Clemens

553.0

 

3.

Johan Santana

504.0

 

(T)

Chad Cordero

504.0

 

5.

Pedro Martinez

503.0

 

6.

Dontrelle Willis

488.0

 

7.

Mariana Rivera

475.0

 

8.

Jake Peavy

467.0

 

9.

Bartolo Colon

459.0

 

(T)

Joe Nathan

459.0

 

11.

John Smoltz

456.0

 

12.

Andy Pettitte

455.0

 

13.

Roy Oswalt

452.0

 

14.

Billy Wagner

449.0

 

15.

Carlos Zambrano

438.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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