Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Remember after today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio (10 a.m. on WCRN 830 A.M.) at 1 p.m I’ll be at the Border Grille and Bar on Mill Street in Leominster having some lunch and talking politics with all who show up. I’ll be giving away tickets to tonight’s game vs the Bisons. Just put your name in the fedora and we’ll draw a winner from the people who attend.

So join us on the radio and at the Border and lets share some great talk and some great food together.

Oh and BTW just a reminder you really need to be at the new blog here.

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Join us tomorrow morning as we bring on a plethora of guests for the day.

We start with southern Belle Sister ToldJah in the first hour with Tom from Libertarian Leanings as well. We’ll talk Wisconsin and the budget fight and planned parenthood bringing out the best in the liberal new tone.

And if that isn’t enough in the second hour we’ll have Steve Foley of the Minority Report join us along with Andy from the Right Wing Gaming Room and comic Brian Henchey joining me and Tom for the Panel.

And if that isn’t enough as soon as we are done The Red Sox Host the Yankees at Fenway right on WCRN!

And even better the great talk starts at 6 a.m. with the Weston and Wesley review, followed by conservatively speaking at 7 a.m. and Carol Ann Brown at 9 a.m.

If you are somehow out of range of our 50,000 Watts of range remember you can listen in live here!

At baseball crank, (who I really need to link to more) they are asking what is the one sports event that you would want to go back and see.

His choice of game 7 (actually game 8) of the 1912 world series is a pretty good one (Giants Red Sox) the final game of one of the greatest world series ever played, but my choice is a less significant pair of games in the standing but more incredible in terms of drama.

In 1941 Ted Williams going into the final two games batting .3995 His manager offered to sit him since Major league Baseball rounds up, Williams was having none of it.

When he came to the plate the Catcher for the A’s (then in Philadelphia) informed him that Connie Mack (the manager/owner of the A’s) told the pitchers to “pitch to him” and not around him. Williams in the hottest spot he would be in outside of an airplane at war managed to go 6-8 in the double-header and get his average up to .406. Nobody has come within 15 points of him since, not Gwynn, not Boggs, not Brett, not Yaz, not Bonds, not Ichrio. not Carew not nobody.

And he did this in an 8 team league without expansion pitching.

Winning the Central division without your closer and 1st baseman is a big accomplishment and Ron Gardenhire is not a bad choice for AL manager of the year.

But staying in the race with almost everyone injured I think is a bigger one. I really thought Terry Francona was going to win manager of the year.

the Bleacher report is angrier than me and gives a bit more detail:

By the end of the year, about two-thirds of the everyday starting lineup was made up of minor league journeymen, young kids, and fill ins. Names like Daniel Nava, Bill Hall, Ryan Kalish, and Darnell McDonald quickly became household names.

This, coupled with inconsistencies from the starting rotation (John Lackey, Josh Beckett, and Daisuke Matsuzaka never quite put it together), and one of the worst bullpens in baseball (4.24 ERA, 12th in the AL) might lead fans to think that they had a very poor season.

But they didn’t. They went 89-73 (.549)

To put this in perspective, the Sox won one less regular season game than the AL Champion Texas Rangers, and three less games than the NL Champion San Francisco Giants.

Injuries to key players + inconsistent pitching + a poor bullpen + playing the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays eighteen or so times a year shouldn’t equal 89 wins. But it did. Terry Francona made it happen.

Well Yeah but you it’s not as if during his seven years and two world series wins he didn’t get consideration in the past, oh wait:

You might think that a manager with a resume like Francona might be a valid candidate for the AL Manager of the Year. Yet, this is not so. In his seven years with the team, Tito has never won the award, nor has he ever finished above fourth place.

In fact, he’s never even received a single, solitary first place vote.

The masses of Massachusetts choosing to inflict the democrats on the state again, that tragic, but Terry Francona never EVER getting a first place vote for manager of the year by a group of people that write about baseball for a living. That’s a TRAVESTY.