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Chan Ho’s Revenge

Posted in 1, MLB with tags , , , on April 19, 2010 by nathanelwell

Forget Montezuma.  Chan Ho Park, pitcher for the New York Yankees, has made a new name for himself.   I’d like to propose that at  Yankee Stadium, they announce Chan Ho Park on the loud speakers as Chan Ho “the runs” Park.  Just last week, Chan Ho Park was interviewed in the locker room after a terrible performance on the mound.  The media wanted to know why he pitched so poorly, and he gave them much more than they probably wanted to hear.  Was it the weather?  No.  Was it the crowd?  Most definitely not.  Was it something he ate?  Probably.  Do you remember the old rhyme, “When you’re driving in a Chevy and you’re feelin’ somethin’ heavy”?

Choking in the Big Apple

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by nathanelwell

FLUSHING, NY – In true “flush your season down the toilet” fashion, it’s no surprise that the New York Mets lost Sunday to the Florida Marlins, losing a playoff spot for the second straight year.  The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, as they should of, since they pitched CC Sabathia, and therefore picked up the NL Wild Card.  They will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL Division Series and will most certainly get swept.  The ironic thing regarding the Met’s loss is that last year, they also lost the last game of the season, also against the Marlins.  Its no doubt that the entire Mets team will be having nightmares about fish for the entire off-season.

The only good news for the Mets in this game was that they only lost by 2, whereas in 2007 they lost by 7 runs to the Marlins after Tom Glavine only lasted just over 1 inning.  The New York Mets are surely destined for a complete rebuilding year.  Omar Minaya, GM for the Mets, will most likely be on the chopping block for creating such a high payroll and to come up empty handed.  The New York Mets payroll is bigger than every single playoff team this year: the Angels, Twins/White Sox, Red Sox, Devil Rays, Cubs, Brewers, Phillies, and Dodgers.  It comes in at a whopping $138 million ++.  That is larger than the Brewers and Devil Rays combined.  Their payroll is even $100 million larger than the Florida Marlins, and the Marlins ended up having the last laugh.  Perhaps the US government will need to bail out the New York Mets finances after this year.

Neither the New York Mets or the Yankees made the playoffs this year, which is only a good thing in my opinion.  ESPN will not be able to find anything to talk about, and David Wright will need to be content with being outside of the limelight for once.  What will be the offseason plans for some of New York’s finest baseball players?  Below I have taken a stab:

Alex Rodriquez: Will decide to follow Madonna on her “Sticky and Sweet” U.S. Tour.  Just saying the name of Madonna’s tour makes me want to hurl.  And he will cry and blow his nose with two different $100 bills simultaneously.

Pedro Martinez: Will fly to Asia and receive a right arm implant.  He has thrown a combined 8-7 record over the past two seasons with close to a 4.00 ERA.

Derek Jeter: Will try to find a way to explain to the baseball world why he is not totally overrated.

Joe Torre: Will be laughing in LA since he has brought the Dodgers to an NL West Title, and is seeing the NY Yanks faces plastered against the playoff glass window.

Jerry Manuel: Will wish he is back coaching with the Chicago White Sox.

Omar Minaya: Will be looking for a new GM job.

Thats about all I can say with this post.  Back to watching Da Bears!!

David or Goliath?

Posted in 1, MLB with tags , , on September 10, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

As I type this, the Rays have held on to their first place status by beating the Red Sox 5-4.  I’m not going to lie – I’d really like to see the Rays win this division.  Why? Well, because I picked them to win the division and it should be such a shame to ruin my lifetime run of being right.  Um…yeah. 

But as I was checking the score I was thinking to myself (a common practice of mine) and I began to wonder what would be better for baseball – the worst to first Rays or the cursed to first Red Sox? (cursed to first…that was good….I just thought of that….but I’m afraid to google it for fear someone already thought of it 4 years ago)

The Rays have been baseball’s biggest surprise in quite a while.  The first half of the season they were a great story, but how many of us figured it was only a matter of time before the Yankees summoned the maddening extra gear that seems to turn even the lightest of hitters into Joe Dimaggio during a pennant race.  Or how many of us figured the Red Sox would somehow turn calling themselves idiots into a winning battle cry again?  

Well, the Yanks are out and while the Sox could still make it, there’s not doubt the Rays have surprised us all.  It would be a great way to infuse some new blood into the MLB playoffs.  Afterall, the last time the playoffs didn’t include the Yankees or Red Sox was 1993.  

But the flip side is this: when the Red Sox play, the fans watch.  Their history, both painful and successful, is always a draw.  And though the Yankees definitely won’t make it this year, the epic battles between those two teams have added to the game’s list of greatest playoff moments.  When those either of teams play, history always has a way of showing up and new legends are born.   

So which do you think would be better – a new chapter in Red Sox history or a new book all together with the Rays?

Who Won the 90s?

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , on May 28, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

I don’t care what ESPN says, the Braves were the team of the 90s.  That crown was placed on the collective heads of the Yankees at the end of the decade as they won their third World Series.  Yes, that’s impressive, and as much as it pains me to say it,those Yankee teams were great teams.  Those were the days before George Steinbrenner decide to “make it rain” with huge contracts for big time free agents.  But I digress…..

 

The world series titles are a compelling argument, and it would seem as if the debate comes down to simple math: Yankees won three titles, the Braves won one.  But if you’re going strictly by championships, that means the second most successful team in the 90’s was the…..wait for it….Toronto Blue Jays.   The Blue Jays won back to back championships in ’92 and ’93 and won 90+ games three seasons in a row. But from 1994-1999, they only had a .477 winning percentage.  I’ve never heard anyone argue that the Blue Jays should be considered runner up for bragging rights in the 1990s.  So perhaps the decision should be made with more evidence than just the titles. 

 

With that in mind, let’s look at some stats for both the Yankees and Braves from 1990-1999.   

 

 

Team

Winning %

Playoff Appearances

Division Titles

League Pennants

WS Titles

Braves

.595

8

8

5

1

Yankees

.548

5

3

4

3

 

 

The Braves have better numbers than the Yankees in each of those categories except the World Series Championships.  Critics will also point out that that the Braves lost to the Yankees in both of their postseason matchups, compiling only a 2-8 record in the two series.  But most players will tell you that it’s harder to win over a 162 games season than it is to win a best of 7 series.

 

As I said before, the Yankees had some great teams and there’s no doubt they had historic success in the last half of the decade.  But the Braves won more games, won their division every year, and made it to five of the eight World Series played in the 1990s.  Their success each year became assumed. 

 

That’s dominance. 

 

They may not have the rings, but they have the stats.  They were the team of the 90s.