Monday, December 31, 2007
The Hawks are going to need to step-up their defense against the Redskins. I personally think we are in a match-up that we could lose fairly easily. The skins happen to be one of the hottest teams. What helps us, we have an east coast team coming to us, rather than the other way around. A running game would be key to us winning this game. As everyone knows, a running game opens up the passing game.
Friday, December 28, 2007
This is always an interesting time of year. We made a trek back to
I have never been an overly creative person when it comes to giving gifts. So finding gifts for others, tends to be somewhat challenging. On the receiving end, I only wanting cards for Christmas. I always receive gifts throughout the year from those that I love and I count those towards the common "What do you want for Christmas?" question.
I am reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. This is a great book, and the first I have read by McCarthy. If you are looking for a quick read that is hard to put down, this is my recommendation. For those of you that do not know me, I do not read books. This was one that my wife had recommended to me and I have since enjoyed.
However, overpriced. Silva is not a horrible pitcher, much like HoRam that we signed before last season. He does bring with him a winning record and an average ERA. In some ways, I see this as the "Gil Meche" signing for this year. He is not going to be an ace for the M's anytime soon. I would put him in the 3 or 4 spot, but for the M's, he sits probably in #2.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I see that the always injured, never pitching Mark Prior is available. Some M's fan wrote in to the mailbag asking if we would pursue him. I sure hope not! Bedard is a better chase than Prior, at least Bedard breaks the century mark in innings pitched per season.
Friday, December 14, 2007
My boss and I were talking about this. He thinks that Tivo and NetFlix need to merge. Tivo (and other DV-R's) are already setup for HD. Now, we just need a great way to get HD moves onto those devices.
Let’s face it; a majority of Americans are going to label all of the "alleged" steroid users as guilty. Regardless of actual evidence or not players like Clemens now have a flag on them that they will have to be removed. Since Clemens "adamantly denies" these claims in the report, I am watching to see if he and others actually sue those that implicated them. Keep in mind, to my knowledge, Bonds has never sued the folks at the SF Chronicle for leaking his name into the press.
I like the idea of not penalizing players for past actions. The sheer fact they have been named, and this was the lead story on every major 6 PM nation news yesterday is a fair amount of punishment in and of itself. Since every team was hit, how can you penalize them all? Selig is not the sharpest tool in the shed, he has to take some responsibility for allowing it to get this large. I would love to see the players union step up and volunteer to blood tests, year round moving forward. If done quickly, fans will not be lost, perhaps even fans gained.
There are a lot of mixed reactions to these finding spread throughout the internet. It if very interesting to hear all sides to this debate.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Shaun needs to sit the rest of the season. Put him at 100% for the playoffs and teach the line how to block for a ballet runner. Mo Morris run north and south, while Shaun likes to dance, picking the correct hole.
Way to go Pats! I am not a Pats fan, but one team I love to see on the losing end of a contest is the Steelers. Can the announcers shut up about the champagne in Miami?!!!!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Have not decided yet on a ring tone for co-workers or work related callers. Either "Working for the weekend", Loverboy or the theme music from "The Exorcist".
Who would the M's have to give up? Sexson, Woohoo!!!! Well that is one name being mentioned. The other is Ben Brousard who I thought played very well and deserves to start for some team, preferably 1B for the M's. You do realize, once Sexson is traded/leaves he will have a career year.
The M's are also looking to find a backup at 2B. The sometimes airheaded play of Lopez did not impress me so I am okay with this move. I think Lopez has the ability to reach down and bring back the all star from 2 years back, but that is up for him to decide. In the meantime, lets find a great 2B to either replace him or back him up. I feel the minors would be an ideal spot to fill this, but what do I know. I don't see the logic in trading for a bench player.
Moving onto Bedard. If it was me, I would not give up the same 3 guys listed above for Bedard. Bedard is young, but unhealthy. He has yet to pitch over 200 innings in a season. Another downside to Bedard is that he has 2 years left on his contract before free agency. So if we did trade away a good chunk of our future farm, we run the risk of not having a pitcher for the entire season and departing at the end of 2 years. Too many risks on this move
Kuroda. I am not 100% sold on overseas pitching. Dice-K was a "nice to have" for Boston, but look at how much money was spent for a 15-12 pitcher with an ERA of 4.40. Overall not bad numbers, I would take those on the M's too, just not for the 150 Million dollar price tag. This was his first year in the bigs, so the price tag will be measured as a "long term investment". It could be worse, look at what the Yankees squeezed out of Igawa. He is now sitting in their farm system.
Way to go Detroit! Dontrelle and Cabrera, this could be fun to watch. The Tigers are giving up some talent, but what they are receiving is huge! I did enjoy Andrew Miller, he showed a lot of promise in a starting role. It will be interesting to see how these 2 NL guys adjust to life in the AL.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
I have not vented too much lately about the price of diesel in our neck of the woods. When we purchased our (no longer made) diesel Liberty, I thought we were doing a good thing. We average about 26 MPG on the highway and closer to 20 for city driving. But does the inflated cost of diesel benefit us from an environment standpoint? I am starting to think not.
Working from home does help from running up large gasoline bills, that part I enjoy.
Anywho, the HD debate is waging in my head. We use Comcast for both TV and internet. Logic states that Comcast does not have enough bandwidth coming through the wire to supply the same amount of HD as Dish. Do we make the switch or not? What is the point of having an HD set, if you cannot experience all your shows in HD goodness?
Football is killer in HD, you cannot beat it. I say this because I will not pay the overpriced amount to attend a Seahawks game...this year. During baseball season, all the home games for the M's are televised in HD, love that too!
Oh well, I guess I will remain content with Comcast.
When is this whole Blu-ray vs. HDDVD debate going to end?
Friday, November 30, 2007
The M's have focused a lot of their draft attention to pitching recently. I am looking forward to some of those young arms making their way the majors. Perhaps we have some great starters just waiting for their shot.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I hate BYU.
We listened to a few minutes of the game on the way home from Thanksgiving. It sounded like Utah really tried to make this close, but failed in doing so. I hope if Oregon goes to the Vegas bowl again this year, the team that was ranked 2nd actually shows up to destroy BYU rather than the crap high school squad that showed up last year.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The UM football team lost to Wofford this past weekend at home. I cannot say I am surprised. In the football history of that school, we have had problems stopping the option. Since Wofford defeated App State earlier this year, I knew we would have a contest on our hands, snow or no snow. I also felt we were the most overrated undefeated team in the nation. I would like to see other D1AA foes on the schedule. How can you get better if you never lose? The Griz are not the Pat's, where domination of opponents plays a major role. We had some squeakers but nothing like what we saw on Saturday. At least we beat the bobcats.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
The M's released Jose Guillen. He was a great addition to the club this past season. I know we did this for Adam Jones and I hope that Adam Jones can live up to the hype that is being created around him.
It is official, Torre to manage the Dodgers. I am holding out an opinion on this. I have placed the Dodgers in the post season in my predictions. They have only lived up to this once in my two year reign as "champion of all things NL". They have pitching and some decent hitting. (Have I mentioned how much Billingsley rules!).
At this rate with the Hawks, spring training cannot start soon enough!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The A-Rod sweepstakes will not have the Yankees. If he is not careful, he will price himself out of baseball. What I am saying...someone will Pay-Rod what we wants. My guess is bad blood caused the Yanks to not fight for him. That, or they honestly cannot afford him without the money help that Texas was providing. However if Santana hits the FA wire, you can bet the Yanks will find money for him. Lead runners for A-Rod? Probably the Dodgers. They need a 3rd baseman and Torre is the "rumored" new manager. Other teams that can afford Pay-Rod? Angels? My concern here is what he is doing to this game of baseball. I hope he stays around long enough to break Aaron's record.
The Hawks have a tough battle with the Browns this weekend. We do not travel well to the eastern time zone, but we get to fall back this weekend, so that might help.
The M's have hired an ex-Yank coach, Mel Stottlemyre. I am holding out judgment on this until the end of April. I also want to see what we do for a starter during the hot stove season.
Monday, October 15, 2007
The Saints entered last nights game with 1 sack, they leave with 5 more. Bush has never had 88 yards in half. Shaun had 35 yards on 14 carries and the offense could not move the ball if it was round and we played downhill.
Something needs to change. I am a fan of Holmgren, but this team is complacent and in desperate need of a pulse check. There is no "magic" when the hawks take the field. There is no drive to put teams away if and when we have a lead. We constantly shoot ourselves in the foot with bad play calls and horrible time management.
The Steelers were suppose to bit "it" for tough teams this year. The Saints came into last nights game 0-4 and showing no signs of lasts years brilliance. Qwest Field use to be a place where the Hawks could guarantee a win...no longer the case. The 12th man is only as strong as the other 11.
Thank goodness we play in the NFC's worst division.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I did some research to see what is going on with Shaun. I had always thought that when Hutch left after the Super Bowl, he would never run well to the left again. I had people tell me (Steeler fans in Utah primarily) that with Hutch gone, Shaun cannot run left. Or "if you stop him on the left, his running game is over." But did you know Shaun had more yards running right? If you look at the years with Hutch at left guard and Jones at left tackle, Shaun has more yards running away from those guys. To answer what is going on today? Injuries, it has to be injuries. That, along with his need to make every first down a goal line. When the Hawks are inside the 15, he runs a lot harder then when they are at the 50.
The M's finished the season strong by sweeping the Rangers. The M's finished with the 5th best record in the AL. I think that is actually a very good thing since we were dead last in the AL West for 2006. Remove our bad 2 week road trip and you could see the M's losing to the Red Sox, rather than the Angels.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I did give the Brewers and Cubs some "potential" good news to start the season.
I guess having 10,000 losses is nothing, way to go Phillies. They were 7 games back with 17 to play and knocked out the Mets on the LAST day of the season. The Rockies and Padres also gave us some reasons to cheer.
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** = World Series representative
* = playoff teams
Again, hyperlinks on the "me" section
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Overall, not horrible, but I did predict the winner of the AL to come from the Central. I also picked the Wild Card from the Central which did no happen
Overall grade = C+ (Move to a B if Cleveland makes the WS)
Added hyper links to the "me" side to the original blog.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Phillies are really pushing to knock the Mets out of first. I had the Mets picked to win this division with the Phillies being a surprise punch. Sure enough, this division is displaying fun fall colors. The Mets should hang on, and make the wild card race one of the best.
The Rockies?! Yes, they are 1 GB of the wild card. Who is ahead of them, the Padres. The NL West is the best race going. You have the D-Backs with a 2 game lead over the Padres, and the Padres and Rockies knocking on the wild card door. The Phillies are also 1 game back of the wild card, but I hope that the NL west can send a representative. Here we go Rockies, here we go!
The NL Central appears to have the Cubs winning. Way to go Lou! I knew he could turn this team around and he is living up to my expectation. The Brewers are not out of it yet, still 2 games back. However, they need to win this division if October baseball is being played at MGD stadium. So much for me picking the Cards to win this division.
The NL is giving us a wonderful ride as fall begins.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Come on Red Sox...keep the bums out of first! For the record, the Indians have not beaten the Yankees all season.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Now we have 7 games at home to close out the season, 4 of them against the Indians then finish this weekend against the Rangers. The Indians are going for the best record in the AL, so no way they are going to take it easy on us.
I will finish first in my fantasy baseball league this year! Years of losing have finally come to a close. I give a lot of credit to my draft, I made the least moves in our league at 21. I did draft some mistakes, but quickly rebounded with free agent pickups (Carmona for one...do I hear Cy Young?) that saved my season. We had one manager who did nothing all year, so he does not count. He never changed his lineup and still finished 9th out of 10 managers.
Monday, September 17, 2007
To their credit, the hawks have worked from behind in both games. This is an art that could always use more practice. I would be nice to return to Seattle 2-0.
Speaking of coming from behind to win, the M's have not been able to the past couple of games. Now we travel to Oakland and Orange County...not good. I would love to see us sweep both teams or even take 2 out of 3. I am trying not to place a dagger in this season yet.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
What will become of Raul? I wonder if he will be traded so Adam Jones will have a permanent spot in the lineup next year. This off-season will have it ups and downs. Starting pitching will once again be the main focus for the hot stove league. I hope it is the last year we talk about starting pitching as being our weak point. We have drafted so many young guns over the past couple of years, some of them should be making their way into the rotation.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The Seachickens games did not start off that well for us. Putting aside the announcers and their non-stop drooling over the Bucs, we had a tough time stopping them. Finally, we got our act together in the 2nd and did not look back. We tried to keep Tampa in the game with a few late hit calls, but they never did capitalize.
I know that is a movie in my title, and one that I liked, however it really has nothing to do with the rest of this post.
What is up with the 7th inning for the M's? It was nice to see a W in the series finally against the Tigers, but it too little too late. Unless the cardiac M's are going to return from this road trip and close out the season with a .750 winning percentage, we are done. We are 6 games back of the fire hot Angels and 5 games back in the wildcard leading bums.
Onto week 2 and keeping my fantasy baseball team in first.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I have been a Mariner fan my entire life so failure is a second language to me. I know what we have for a team and I like it. Regardless of what critics say, I will always give us credit. I am not one to say that we did better than expected this year. Every year I expect us to compete and remain in the race until the end. To watch a team completely fall apart as we entered September is very difficult to stomach and does not qualify as "the end" to me.
Things I like:
The SS/2B combo of Betancourt and Lopez: Lopez does need to pull his head out from time to time and stop making mental mistakes, but overall a plus
J.J.: nuff said
The amount of talented pitching we have drafted: The future is bright for M's pitching.
Adam Jones: This kid is going to be good. He has the ability for longevity and consistantancy in this league.
Beltre: Can field and is probably one of the best at 3B.
Looking forward to A-Rod breaking Aaron's home run record.
Things I find strange:
Sexson, how much is he getting paid to play mediocre? Fans see $$$ when Sexson strikes out to end an inning with runners in scoring position. I am fully aware he cannot deliver each and every at bat, but something over .207 would be nice. He is an all or nothing sort of guy, K or homer, very little in between.
Is Felix overrated or is this too much pressure on a 20 year old to live up to "Clemens-esk" numbers? I like Felix and had the honor of watching him pitch live this year, which I truly enjoyed. But every year I get this impression he should compete for the Cy Young. If we burn out his arm, he will never compete. My vote...to much pressure to be our ace.
With all of this, I hope we get back on track on September and make a decent push. Plus, we have a true double-header on the 26th...I have to go.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
How bad have the M's, and particular the bullpen, blown it recently? They have lost 11 of their last 12 and are falling out of Wild card contention. They are putting themselves in a position with little to no recovery.
Friday, August 31, 2007
This is the time for us to really explode onto the playoff scene. While the Yankees and Angels are heating up as we enter the final month, the M's are cooling down. I am not sure where the key failure is. I am leaning towards starting pitching. If the starters are not going deep enough, our bull pen will suffer. Perhaps this is a what a year that has a lack of starting pitching does to a team in September.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I missed all the good action tonight, turning on my TV to see 1 out in the bottom of the 1st and a 5-0 lead. I said at that point "That is not enough of a cushion." Sadly, the Angels proved me correct. The M's, historically, have never given me a reason to have confidence in a 5-0 1st inning lead. When this series is over, we will be 5 games out of first and tied with the Yanks for the WC.
I am not sure if the rest of you that saw this game had this same feeling. When Mike pulled Santana out in the 1st, I knew the momentum changed right there. It was eerie.
I would not be so concerned if it was not for the fact that the teams we face on this upcoming road trip are all over .500.
I hate to sound like the Brooklyn Dodgers, but...wait until next year...No fat ladies yet, but we are getting close. I do hope the M's can pull a rabbit out of their hats on this road trip and prove me wrong.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
One thing I wish that everyone could experience..the crowd at the Safe when JJ enters the game. You have 42K+ on their feat cheering (some singing) to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck". I love it! The energy around this city right now is playoff-esk. The town is really starting to show a lot of support for the team.
We need to keep this road winning moving forward. Over the next 3 weeks, we have 3 games at home. They are against the Angels which is making for a great series this year. We conclude with the Twins tomorrow, then onto Texas for 4 games. Texas has owned us this year in Arlington. Here is how the rest of the 3 weeks plays out:
Aug 27-29 Home vs. Angels
Aug 30th @Cleveland
Aug 31st-Sept 2nd @Toronto
Sept 3-5th @NYY
off on Thursday the 6th
Sept 7-9th @Detroit (rock city)
That is a schedule packed with some key teams. The next 3 weeks could determine if this Mariner team will see any action come October.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
A few things went wrong in yesterdays game, but giving a grand slam in the top of 9 really took the wind out of The Safe. Bring on the hapless White Sox. With today being one of our last days off, lets hope we can regain some energy. After this weekends series, we begin the road trip from hell. Especially since we are still making up games from the "snow out" in April.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The proper thing to say here is: "Well, we did not lose any ground." However, we really need to be gaining ground. H-Ram pitching is not necessary a good thing. I saw that he carries a OBA of something around .330, that is just disgusting and now up to .341. Last night did not lower this as the Twinkies tallied 9 hits against him. To his credit, he was undefeated at the Safe up to this point. Garza did live up to expectations for the Twins, this kid has some great potential. (yes, he is on my fantasy team)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Angles are 27th in the league, and 13th in the AL for home runs. Yet, they compete for the best record in the AL. This goes to show that you can still win with the small ball. To beat the Angels, you need to shut down the "running game". I have a lot of respect for Scioscia when you see how well the Angels do with little power production. The M's rank 10th in the AL when it comes to HR, so we too are manufacturing runs which is something I love to see. However, we do have 30 more than the Angels and still trail them. The Cincinnati Reds are 2nd in the majors with 154 HR, only 6 behind the Brewers, and yet have one of the worst records in baseball. The Yanks you ask? Third overall and first in the AL.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
First of all, I actually want to give Bonds some props for hitting 756. Do not take that as "I love it" because I don't but the feat to which he accomplished is amazing. With that said, I hate it. This feat should, in all honestly, be celebrated but cannot due to the large cloud overhead. Bonds will always be a target for an era in baseball where he was not the only one. We all have to admit that others did exactly what Bonds is accused of doing. None of them are as high a profile as Bonds, plus his shitty attitude does not make this situation any better.
Athletes make money based upon what their bodies can do. Bonds has on many occasions said that he was just doing what his trainer told him...bullshit. Why would you just blindly agree to do something that if it goes serious wrong the livelihood that you have setup for your wife and mistress could be harmed? Not just your livelihood, but your life span as well.
I know that in this society you should be "innocent until proven guilty." Bonds is doing nothing to help show how innocent he really is. Does anyone know if his mistress was in attendance?
I am linking to another blog about this issue. No matter who you are, the fact that Bond's stats have gone up since he turned 35 does need some attention.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
1. Fiegwild: Very hoppy on the nose, brewed in an English style that exudes hoppieness. Dare I say, cascading hoppieness? The light malt helps ease away the pungent hoppy bite up front. The hop taste lingers in the aftertaste in a calming way.
Rating: Drinkable (I am starting to get more and more into the Bitters)
2. Hippie Shake: Defined as an IPA however a lot of malt, more malt than hoppy for sure. The brewmaster even acknowledged this when I pointed it out (blowing on fist, rubbing on shirt). He did mention it has like 8% alcohol. The brewmaster also pointed out that this beer is not distributed into downtown Boise.
Rating: Very drinkable, but watch out
3. Lone Pine: A nice mild roast malty taste. Not much, if any, bittering hops but a plethora of finishing hops.
4. Spoon Tongue: Almost fruity in the taste, on par with a Belgium-white style. Very light in color, the lightest the brewery offers. Not too much hop, but a perfect drinkable "warm-day" beer.
Rating: Very drinkable
Do NOT let the outside of this place scare you off. It appears to be one of those "surf and turf for $9.95" joints. Once inside, it is a beer coaster mecca with a variety of coasters and nostalgic cans/bottles plastered throughout the rafters and walls. I felt the establishment itself offered a ton of character and charm. The bar only has 8 stools, and maybe 15 tables, so a great "get to talk to locals" bar for Boise. Really enjoyed my brief pre-airport stop here. It is located at the base of "Bogus Basin".
Monday, August 06, 2007
How early is too early to stand in the "A", "B" and "C" lines for Southwest? My flight is at 6:45 and at 5:20 I had 2 people already in line. One is in the A line and one is in the B line. I am sensing an "ATM proper distance" skit coming up. Once you are in line, what is the proper stance? I have a gent in the B line now, attempting to sleep with his bag as a pillow.
The M's went 6-4 on their homestand against the A's, Angels and B-S0x, with two of those loses at the hands of the Red Sox. Not a horrible record, but we need all the wins we can get. The Yankees don't need a pitching staff lately with the way the ball is flying out of Yankee stadium. Do they even have pitching in NYC? Now, the M's and Yanks are tied in the wild card race, a half game back from Detroit. Also, the Twins are usually a hot second half team, they are sitting at 4 games back in the WC race.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
We made it to game 1 of the series and spent the game in left field. Between the view in the bar area and the closeness to the pen, we had a great time. It was rather enjoyable to ride Manny the entire game and also see Adam Jones up close.
Game 2 did not go as well as I would have liked, Bill may disagree with me on this one. With the Angels and Detroit losing and the Yanks winning, last nights win would have really helped us in the playoff race. I know that we are still early into August, but this is going to be a good race to the wire. Today is the rubber match between these two teams.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Bring on the Sox! We need a lot of success to come out of the Sox series. We are 3 games back of the Angels in the west and .5 games back of the Indians for the wild card.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I am not sure if the team is moving all its stuff (HQ, training, fields, etc) to Renton, or just moving summer camp. That is fine by me actually, Renton is about 10 miles from my house and saves me from dealing with 405 traffic. I just hope they leave this event free to the public, that is part of the fun.
Oh, and this is post #300. Woohoo!
A bigger concern is the Yankee's in the wild card race. They are starting their late summer push and that is always scary. The yanks have a fairly simple schedule the next 10 days while the M's are facing division foes and the Red Sox. Most of these games are at home, but I don't think that matters too much.
We do have tickets to see one game from each series. I am taking my parents to their first ever Safeco game this Sunday for "Turn back the clock day". Just for kicks, I will be wearing a Griffey jersey, since I do not have an Alvin Davis, Harold Reynolds, Mark Langston or even a Dave Henderson one to flaunt.
The M's have a "twilight" doublehead today in humid Arlington. We really need a day sweep to get of the losing track. Felix needs to mature a bit on the mound. Yes, the ump gave him a terrible call in Toronto, you have to admit, but what he needs to learn to do is bounce back and keep going after batters...I guess he is only 20.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The first time, we sat behind first base in the grandstands, not bad. We waited until after the game started and got face value seats.
The second game, we sat Row 1 of the Monster seats. This was an amazing view and the best part, my friend got them for free.
Fenway, what a place! Where else do thousands of people sing "Sweet Caroline"? (Don't say a Neil Diamond concert)
Monday, July 16, 2007
I had a Dodge Magnum last week in FLA. It was squirrelly as hell and had a bad blind spot over the passenger side. Our course I was driving a rental with 7500 miles on it, so you know that car was not nursed along. This also had the "lower" end engine, so it drove like a gutless turd.
I think when you fly to the Miami area, you enter the "Miami Vice" theme of living all over again. The 80's version, not the "bomb of a movie" version...bomb as in bad.
We will see if Ichiro's contract "ruins" baseball. Not sure if all of you heard the GM for the Marlin's comments, but I would think buying and have a fire sale of a team would be evidence to the "ruin" of baseball, not signing Ichiro...but what do I know. The Marlins only fired last years NL Manager of year. Yes, they do have 2 WS titles to the M's goose egg, but think of what they did to get those 2 WS. Signing Ichiro to a lucrative deal does not compare.
On to Boston this week. I wonder what type of money/public embarrassment it will take to get tickets to Fenway. If anything, I could watch the Sox game from a bar near Fenway...that might help. Never been to Boston during baseball season, this should be fun. Apparently, I have an unassigned seat for my flight out, not happy about that. Now, I have to play the waiting game.
William, thanks to for the links to the cool baseball stuff. I might have to do an overnight trip to Portland in August. Not sure when exactly at this time, but will keep you posted as the date approaches.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Vlad has got this done annoymously in Montreal and now in Anaheim. We in the AL and any baseball fan, have followed him throughout his career. Not matter what, he seems to get the job done. A true natural talent.
Monday, July 02, 2007
What a month for the M's as a whole. Weaver actually has pulled his head out of his ass and lowered his ERA to a killer 6.75. J.J. finds a way onto the All Star team. Finds a way is an understatement, he is 23 out of 23 in saves this season with an ERA of 0.92.
The All Star break always brings with it that odd "first half/second half" feel. I really hope that our team does not fall apart after the mid-summer break. I would hate for us to be as bad as the Orioles.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I was glad to see us take the series and Griffey homered, not once but twice yesterday. I wish I could had made one of the games, but it was still enjoyable to witness this return on our TV. I forgot how much I missed his signature batting stance and smooth swing.
Now that is over, lets catch the Angels!
Golden Vanilla: Strong vanilla in the middle and after taste, but dissolves to a smooth malty finish. I was glad to try it, but if I don't have this beer again, I am okay with that.
Rating : Drinkable
Meyer ESB: Not your typical bitter when you think of what "bitter" should mean. No lingering bitterness but rather smooth hoppy taste. Very hoppy on the nose, it smelled great! The hops will linger in the after taste.
Rating: Very drinkable
Brown Bear: Classic British-style amber ale with robust and malty body. You really taste the deep roast of the malt throughout this beer. The malt taste grows as the beer physically disappears. A great beer
Rating: Very drinkable
My favorite had to be the ESB. I am not a huge fan of bitter beers but this one seemed to lack that bittering punch in the mouth, but rather used the hops to really draw out the finer taste of the Meyer ESB.
Here are the beers that we consumed in our quest to hit all 61:
Laughing Dog Brewing - Sandpoint, ID
Devil Dog - Imperial IPA
Huckleberry Cream Ale - Fruit
Big Sky Brewing - Missoula, MT
Moose Drool - Brown Ale
Summer Honey - Seasonal Ale
Lang Creek Brewery - Marion, MT
Hop Zeppelin - Imperial Pilsner
Manderin Orange - Hefeweizen (our least favorite)
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co - Portland, OR
Drop Top Amber Ale - Amber
W '07 Pale ale - Pale Ale
North Coast Brewing Co - Fort Bragg, CA
Brother Thelonious - Abbey Ale
Roslyn Brewing Co - Roslyn, WA
Brookside Beer - German Pale Lager
Roslyn Beer - German Dark Larger
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co - Snoqualmie, WA
Summer Beer - Summer Ale
Wyder's Cider - Oakland, CA
Wyder's Pear Cider - hard cider
For the 3rd annual I will keep more notes with me.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Update: Thanks Ryan for the comment, it did forget to mention that. Very impressive stat.
BOTW, I have fallen way behind on this. You would think that since I am now in the NW, I would have a BOTW if not, BOTD. I thought that BOTH(our) would be a bit of overkill.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Lincecum is doing okay for the Giants. He has a wacky delivery and some motion on this pitches. The sad part, in 7 starts he is 2-0. He has been somewhat roughed up at times, but this kid has what it takes to own the majors. Run support has been the main concern. If you can, get to a Giants game, not for Bonds, but for Lincecum.
Carmona for the Indians is having a reverse season from last year at 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA. This kid is another one you have to watch out for. As long as the Indians can keep him on the team, and with the run support they provide, he should also have a long a prosperous career with the tribe.
The bullpen has been spot on during this run as well. Davis, O'Flaherty, Sherril and Putz all did well last night. Morrow was the one that struggled a bit, loading the bases. Putz was also able to pitch out of his jam in the 13th to go 19/19 in saves and saves opps. It would be nice to have the starters last a bit longer and give the pen a rest.
The M's are a bit cardiac right now, but yet fun to watch.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Orange County -
Things have improved a lot since the May tally was run. Kind of exciting, we have some fun races to watch....it is only June.
The M's have once again made a commitment to pitching. In this years draft, we selected a lanky kid from the great white north, Phillippe Aumont. I am glad to see the M's put worth a drive to improve our pitching through the farm system. In fact, they matched their total from last year, 34 pitchers. Eventually, we will need to acquire some offense, but we only have King Felix right now, and perhaps Ramierez for starters. Along with the 34 pichers drafted, they also selected eight infielders, eight outfielders and one catcher.
Less than 2 weeks before Griffey returns to the stadium he helped build.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
It is currently overcast today in the Sound area. I am still adjusting to this working from home bit, it is somewhat challenging. However, the coffee is a lot better than it ever was at the office.
Went to the M's game last Friday. Again, I saw Washburn pitch and not pitch well. The M's went through the entire bullpen, or so it seemed. It was a lot of fun and a close game, had the chance to see both Sosa and Gagne as well as Ichiro break a Mariner record for his hitting streak.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Our stuff should be in the house his Thursday. It was the last possible date, in a range that we were given, for our stuff to arrive. I am looking forward to not sitting on the floor.
The M's looked like the M's of old last night, with no run support. However, overall they are doing well on this road trip. They were 4 games over .500, something that sadly has not happened in like 4 years. Sexson is starting to show signs of some greatness, but is still overrated in my book. The person I want to see heat up is Beltre, he has the best potential to offer the team.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I think another story, and perhaps a better one, is Sean White. He relieved Felix and only threw 39 pitches to 13 batters; what an average, 3 pitchers per batter! He pitched for 4.1 innings and earned the win.
I looked forward to being able to watch tonights game as well.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Moab Brewery - Dead Horse Ale
Moab Brewery - Scorpion Ale
Uinta - Cutthroat Ale (Won a bronze medal at the GABF)
Wasatch - Polygamy Porter "Take some home to the wives" and "Why have just one?"
Wasatch - St. Provo Girl
Wasatch - First Amendment Lager
Squatters - Chasing Tail
Red Rock Brewery (Downtown)
Hoppers Brewery (Midvale - Woohoo!)
The Porcupine (Cottonwood Heights)
Roosters (Ogden) you can find their beer at the Bayou.
The Bohemian (Midvale - Woohoo!)
That is all that is coming off the top of my head right now. As I return to visit, I will do a better job if making BOTW's for Utah beers.
Onto beers of the NW...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I see Weaver is starting yet again for the M's today. Why? He gave up 3 ER in the first inning and a 4th in the 2nd. Hard to have your offense save you when you put them in a huge deficit to begin with.
We are almost ready for the movers. Just putting the finishing touches on a few items before I take off on Sunday for the Great Wet Northwest.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
A note for Ryan: I changed someone's keyboard...gotta keep that tradition alive.
King Felix is set to return. He will pitch on May 15th for a home opener against the Angels. Ironically, that is when I will be in Seattle...hmmm.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
King Felix is set to return to the lineup this Friday in the Bronx. Coming off the DL and being thrown into the lions den in NY may not be the best start for him off the DL. If I owned him in fantasy, start him at your own risk.
Mid-season update. Since May started, I thought I would see how my picks are going for division leaders. (I know, plenty of baseball left)
Leader: Red Sox Josh's pick: Red Sox
Leader: Indians Josh's pick: Indians
Leader: Angels Josh's pick: Angels
Leader: Braves Josh's pick: Mets
Leader: Brewers Josh's pick: Cards
Leader: Dodgers Josh's pick: D-Backs
So my NL picks are not nearly as close as my AL picks, but as I stated above, a lot of baseball still to be had.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Weaver (L, 0-2)
At least he was in for 4 additional innings. This line score is almost exactly what he did against Boston. As whole unit, the M's have looked pretty good from what I have seen. Ichiro is starting to get some sort of swing back. But it would be nice to have a hitter on .300 in our everyday lineup. They are leading the AL West with a killer 5-4 record.
Friday, April 13, 2007
My wife and I are moving to the Seattle area in May. That is right, I will no longer be reporting on the Mariners from Salt Lake City, but directly from their hometown.
I have a job opportunity that I could not pass up that will take me to the Emerald City. It was a difficult decision to make since we have family in the SLC area. Family means a lot to both my wife and I as we move further away, we will increase the priority to see them.
My official start date is May 15th, so my blog may not have a lot of news between now and then. I will do what I can between now and then to give you my spin on the M's and maybe my fantasy teams progress.