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I Need a Bigger Bus

Once again, Mr. Krause, you have managed to blasphemy the greatest game on earth, prove your idiocy with your prose and wholly embarrass me in public.  It’s one thing to like one league over the other.  But gay porn?  Al, are you completely lost?  Have they been waterboarding you down there?  I’m concerned about your mental health.

Look, I know it’s not entirely your fault.  It must’ve been hard growing up in a state where hockey is king, where the only car you are allowed to drive is a Ford and your greatest baseball icon was a gin shootin’, cleats-up-slidin’, wh0re mongering racist.  I’m sure that all had an influence on your childhood and blinded you from seeing how baseball is supposed to be played.  The pitcher is supposed to bat, Al.  In fact, some pitchers are really good hitters.  Have you ever heard of Rick Ankiel?  Carlos Zambrano?  Dontrelle Willis?  How about Babe Ruth?  

The American League’s adoption of the designated hitter is a classic case of how easily greed can destroy the purities in life.  What was wrong with pitchers hitting?  Nothing.  Sure, the weakest hitting position overall is the pitcher’s spot — because they don’t hit every day.  But that’s exactly what makes the NL so much more exciting, more pure, more of a thinking man’s game.  You actually have to use strategy to accomplish your goal (*take note, Mr. President).  As a man in such a high political position as yourself, Al, I thought you would’ve had the basic knowledge to discern that.  In fact, the next time you hold a peace summit in some war-stricken African country, I’d like to see you replaced by a Designated Diplomat, someone who has a higher success average than you, because you don’t have the bells and whistles to make it theatric enough.  Actually, I’d be amused (if only momentarily) to see you be a little more one dimensional. 

Unfortunately, the AL didn’t end the DH experiment after its 1973 induction and now we never will.  Since it has translated into a major career-extender and equated bigger paychecks for aging vets who wouldn’t make a squad otherwise, the DH is now like that drunk uncle who is a complete mess at family functions.  We all do our very best to ignore him and not let him ruin the party because we know there will be less harm done to the group as a whole if we just let him destroy himself.

So eat a big fat one on that one, Al.

Oh, and I want to thank you for making my job easier today.  Your Filibuster is full of big, dark, gaping holes of contradiction.  I believe I said a long time ago that the AL Central would  indeed be interesting due to the Indians and White Sox.  In all honesty, I said the Tigers would miss the postseason completely.   As a matter of fact, a recent comment on your last post from mobaseball reiterates this bold (and most probably true) prediction:

“First of all, you do know that no team has ever lost 4 straight and
made the playoffs right? And the Tigers have now lost 6 straight.”

Actually, Al, looking back on your past heresies, you made myriad bogus claims on February 21, 2008:

“The Royals will be their same old selves…”

“I can understand why you have playoff envy since the Cardinals will be
lucky to finish the season 5 games under .500 with their offseason
“moves” and a much tougher NL Central. But don’t be a hater. The
Tigers, along with the Red Sox and the Tribe, are clearly the class of
the AL.”

“The proud state of Missouri will host not just one but two teams who
not only set new records for divisional futility but who also manage to
lead their leagues in losses. That’s right, the Cardinals and Royals
will end the season with identical losing records and in a tie for last
place in baseball. You heard it here first.”

jason.grilli.ERA.jpgLike I have had to say before, Wrong, Wrong, and WRONG.  Going into this evening, the Cardinals team ERA was second in MLB at 1.83 while the Royals’ were fourth overall at 2.67.  Do you know what Jason Grilli’s ERA is, Mr. Krause?  I’ll tell ya: 20.25!  Get this guy in the game, Jimmy!  My lord, hitters have to take washrags with them to the plate to clean up all the drool.  Oh, and did you see that game last night where the Sox destroyed Verlander and scored 13 runs?  I guess pointing out that the Kitty-Cats haven’t won a game yet this season (even the Giants have won a game!) would be pouring salt in your wounds.  Look, I know it’s early, and on paper they should be awesome, but right now, they’re awful.  And it can be quite challenging to crawl out from a ditch as big as the Tigers have dug.  I’m just sayin’…

As to what division is the strongest, most competitive, must-watch division… I meant it as a trick question.  I know you so well that I knew you would respond with some dumb denunciation of all things NOT the AL Central.  Come on, Al.  Do you honestly believe what you said?  The Padres/Dodgers/Dbacks/Rockies aren’t interesting to you?  The Mets/Braves/Phillies aren’t dramatic enough for you?  The Cards/Cubs/Brewers/Reds/Astros aren’t competitive enough for you?  Sure sounds a lot better than gay porn to me.  What about the M’s/Angels/A’s race?  Quintessential Yankees/Red Sox?  Get a grip, pal!  Look at all these great divisions!  I can’t find even one that won’t be interesting… and if your unabashed abhorrence for the AL East is so strong that it prevents you from recognizing the inherent drama, tension, beauty of this glorious game, then you are too far gone to be saved — even by me. 

You might as well be a Cub fan. 

And though I know this is going to be very difficult for you, please don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeffy

The Filibuster


The buzz during opening week revolved around the Tigers’ abysmal start, the Royals’ surprising young talent, the late inning heroics of the Nationals and Pirates and Dodgers, clutch pitching performances in St. Louis and Cincinnati, key injuries in the NL East and business as usual in the AL East.  With these early season surprises and subsequent hype, which MLB division is the strongest, most competitive, must-watch division overall this year?

–Jeff

                                                                                             

Well, since I’ve been so busy watching American Idol and trying to save the world, I haven’t had much of a chance to follow all these story lines. And honestly, who cares about the National League? Small ball and pitchers who bat? Sounds like gay porn to me. So, I guess I’ll talk about the only thing I might know something about. No, not US foreign policy since the time of Jefferson. The AL Central.

I will say it now and I will continue to say it all year long. The AL Central is the division to watch this season. The Tigers, once they figure out how to win a game, are going to be unstoppable. The Tribe is ready to go once again. The White Sox are a much improved team since last year. The Twins always find a way to keep themselves in the race. And even KC is looking like they might have a better run in the spoiler role. So, once you take a look around the MLB universe and realize how many bad teams there are in the other divisions, you have to be excited about the AL Central. There isn’t a true dud in the bunch and this thing could be a legitimate 4 team race right down to the wire.

I should put in a plug here for my dislike of the AL East and my hope that all of its teams fall off the face of the earth. Well, Toronto can stick around because I’d hate to disparage our Canadian friends. And I’d like to catch a game at Camden this season so I guess the O’s are safe, too. However, the Rays, Red Stockings and Evil Empire can all just disappear and the world would be a better place. This is a division so narcissistic that a news frenzy has emerged from the hawk attack on Alexa Rodriguez at Fenway this past week. Really? The enmity between these two teams is so great that even the animal kingdom has picked sides? Perhaps this also explains why a ray attacked and killed Steve Irwin last year. It was just pissed because it thought he was a Yankees fan. Seriously, y’all need to get over yourselves. Real baseball happens in the fly-over states and that’s where my attention will be all season long. When I’m not out saving the world, of course.

-A

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