Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend Thoughts and Observations

-What a great weekend. Saw a whole bunch of people that I rarely see, and it was awesome.

-We went to the Mets game Saturday where they almost blew the game in the most Mets-ish way possible. After taking a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th with no one out and runners on first and second, Ike Davis managed to get himself picked off first by catcher Buster Posey. One dead. In the same at bat, David Wright got himself thrown out trying to steal third. Rally ended.

Not a problem, right? Wrong. It's the Mets we are talking about here. In the top of the ninth, "closer" Frank Francisco surrendered two hits and a walk before being yanked. After a strikeout, Brandon Belt hit a lazy fly ball to shallow center. SS Ruben Tejada and CF Kirk Nieuwehuis miscommunicated and turned a surefire out (and victory) into a double* and a tie ballgame.

*The fact that this is considered a double in the book is a joke of epic proportions.

Thankfully, the Mets were able to score a crazy run of their own in the bottom of the inning to keep Terry Collins from jumping off a bridge.

-Oh yea, and before the game my friend GMoneyRHP were selected to be on SNY's Beer Money where we won a nice chunk of change. The episode will air in May, apparently.

-This article on NFL Draft prospects getting arrested was published on Friday morning. That night, Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for fighting a cop. Coincidence? I think not.

-I read this article and thought to myself that the name Danny Ray Herrera sounds more like that of a presidential assassin than it does a Major League pitcher. Using your middle name should never be an option. Kinda like naming your son Adolf. Just don't do it.

-This week, Angels SS Erick Aybar signed a four-year $35m contract. Um, what? Erick f*^&*(&^'in Aybar? Do I have the decimal in the wrong place? Contract Negotiations 101: Don't offer a guy $9m a year when he's never hit more than 10 homers in a season regardless of how good he might be defensively. It's bad business

-I didn't watch one minute of the Fenway 100 Year Celebration, but holy crap Mo Vaughn looks enormous in this picture:

-I'm fairly certain Matt Kemp isn't a real human. 9 homers in his first 57 at bats and an OPS above 1.500. Wow.

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