2006 Season     

   Edition No. 19        

July 12, 2006

Random Notes

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What a great time in St. Louie boys.  Good food, drinks, camaraderie, and baseball.  My thanks to those who planned and executed the details.  And who knew Mitch was an heir to the Vatterott fortune.

 

 

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Going, Going, GagneÖ

 

 

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UB, Skeezix just shared with me that he helped write the training manual for the DMV.  Go figure...

 

 

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Skip, love the baseball ruminations from the road.  And youíre getting paid for it, right?

 

July 10

 

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5:10 pm, with freshly minted learnerís permit in tow Iím leaving the house to take our youngest for his first driving lesson.

 

 

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5:50 pm, weíve graduated from the Millard West parking lot to terrorize the surrounding sleepy burbs.  Keep the children and pets inside.

 

 

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6:05 pm, ďdonít worry about those stop-signs son, theyíre merely suggestionsĒ

 

 

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6:42 pm, weíve made it safely to the parking lot of the brand-spankiní new Runza.   BT Ė sorry about the tire tracks through the grass and the crushed drive-thru sign.

 

 

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6:55 pm, back at the homestead, safe and sound

 

 

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6:56 pm, first of what I imagine will be a series of Jack & Cokes is consumed to settle my frayed nerves. 

 

Now on to the baseball proceedings of the evening . . . .

 

Home Run Derby Ramblings

 

My first reaction is what a beautiful ballpark and view over the outfield walls.  The PNC trip in 2002 was my first HSL year.  Iím only sorry I let the stories of Trickoís forehead and its impromptu meeting with a curb and Stretch threatening to do a Greg Louganis into a muddy river scare me off from the HSL trip.

 

Tejada and Berkman have lead off the proceedings with 3 home runs each.  I say stop performance-enhancement drug testing in the weeks leading up to the Derby.  YawnÖ Miguel Cabrera just launched 9; itís hard to believe heís only 23.   He still has his career ahead of him.

 

They keep mentioning a Century 21 Gold Ball.  In most medical journals thatís a bad thing.

 

I just canít get excited about this or any other Home Run Derby.  I bet itís cool for the fans in attendance, there seems to be a lot of electricity in the air.  And the NBA supporting demographic of MLB fans probably enjoys it.  Though those folks may be looking for a bit more thump in their bass and some strobe lights.

 

The current leader for the Bobby Abreu Award (Player Most Likely To Screw Up His 2nd Half Swing By Participating in the Home Run Derby) is David Wright.  Traditionally a line drive hitter heís swinging for the stars.  Abreuís 2005 split:

 

                        1st Half Ė 63R, 18 HR, 58 RBI, .307

                        2nd Half Ė 41R,  6 HR, 44 RBI, .260

 

Everything that makes Chris Berman great for football makes him terrible on baseball.  Chris, itís a different game, vary your schtick.

 

Itís 8:45 and the 2nd round is just starting.  This thing is going to last longer than the actual game.  D Wright, D Ortiz, M Cabrera, and R Howard have advanced. 

 

One of the outfield shaggers just robbed David Wright of a possible HR and is being booed by the fans.    Tough crowd.  What a great time that would be, cruising the outfield grass, elbowing 8-year-olds in the chops to fetch a David Ortiz flyball, pulling a Jim Edmonds and lollygagging to a ball only to lay out for a web-gem.

 

I wonder what (or who) Bonnie Bernstein is going to do after the Derby.  Did you know she was a 4-time Academic All-American (gymnastics) at U of Maryland?  Focus Screech, just 2 more hours to go.

 

NL East 20-somethings David Wright and Ryan Howard advance to the final round.  At this point Iím sending young Michael and his learnerís permit to the store for Jagermeister and Red Bull.

 

9:27 Ė Final round and Iím reaching Ted-like proportions in this stream of consciousness.

 

Ryan Howard just shared with us that this is like taking BP back at Southwest Missouri State.  Except the millions heís being paid, 70,000 people in the stands, a scrum in the Alleghany River for long flies, a world-wide TV audience of millions, and the Escalade parked in the lot.  Other than that itís just like it.

 

Mr. Wright just struggled to get 4 over the fence.  Say hello to Mr. Abreu.

 

Howard wins with 5 HRs on 5 outs.  Michael is back from the store and Iím on to the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.  Good night, donít forget to tip your waitress, and drive safely.

 

Good luck in the 2nd half, boys!

 

 

                                                         Screech

 

 

 

WEEK 14 STANDINGS

 

1.

Reds

6165.50

2.

Wahoos

6126.00

3.

Cubs*

6117.50

4.

Bears

6076.50

5.

Skipjacks

5991.00

6.

Bombers

5968.75

7.

Redbirds

5850.25

8.

Chiefs

5637.75

9.

Tigers

5603.25

10.

Blues

5566.50

11.

Tribe

5259.50

12.

Senators

5120.25

 

 

TOP HITTERS (thru Sunday, July 9, 2006)

1.

T. Hafner

Skipjacks

425

2.

D. Ortiz

Wahoos

414

3.

J. Thome

Bombers

409

4.

A. Pujols

Skipjacks

402

5.

D. Wright

Bluews

396

6.

J. Reyes

Senators

396

7.

C. Utley

Bears

389

8.

Mi. Cabrera

Bears

380

9.

L. Berkman

Wahoos

374

10.

M. Ramirez

Bombers

373

 

 

 

 

TOP PITCHERS (thru Sunday, July 9, 2006)

1.

B. Webb

Tribe

367

2.

Jo. Santana

Senators

360

3.

J. Papelbon

Reds

357

4.

R. Halladay

Skipjacks

353

5.

B. Ryan

Bears

338

6.

C. Capuano

Bears

335

7.

C. Schilling

Tigers

335

8.

M. Mussina

Bombers

331

9.

F. Liriano

Reds

326

10.

C. Zambrano

Wahoos

320