agency is officially here, players are now out there looking for a new location,
or rather, their agents are doing all the work while the players actually do
nothing. It seems like it maybe a tough concept for some fans to grasp, the off
season and free agency can after all be very complex.
There is free agent players, quite a few and there are not so
many ball clubs, some clubs will seek out some players, while other players
agents will be having to actually earn their money to find them a new position.
We get those fans complaining that they should keep certain
players, while releasing others. These are the fans that believe the club can
choose which players get to go into free agency, it seems they don’t grasp the
concept of current contracts and no contracts, so just cause you don’t like a
player you cant automatically put them into free agency and keep the ones you
like, this isn’t ‘fantasy baseball’.
Let the games begin, let the fans get their highs and lows from
the rumor mill of who’s going where and let the Buster Onley’s of this media
frenzy be exposed, so us bloggers can have a new target of ridicule. In the
meantime it’s Boras and his juggling act, how much he wants to make this off
For us simple people, it’s hitting Monster, mailing resumes,
pounding the streets and hoping some hiring manager actually reads a resume
instead of looking at the pictures. It’s okay for people to say Jamie Moyer is
past his prime and should retire, but in the real world working past the age of
48 is normal, so just because someone is in their 50’s or beyond applies for a
job don’t automatically disregard them, age doesn’t automatically mean your
washed up. Although I guess you can’t be picky like the ball players, being a
gofer for peanuts is better than nothing, insulting it may be, but better than
Enjoy your winter blues and the anticipation of baseball’s Hot
History has a funny way of being written to portray the elements
and goals of those doing the story telling. It is over the most recent years,
the story of Guido Fawkes has been told by the world of movie makers and story
tellers alike, to portray an early form of terrorist as a hero, trying to
overcome oppression at the hands of a ruling government.
To most these days it maybe the plot behind a less than stellar
movie ‘V’ for Vendetta, but to others it was and is a part of the history taught in
early school years, as part of the history of the country. It maybe be the
actual events took place some 495 years ago, but they gave a youngster a reason
to be creative as the 5th of November arrive3d each year.
More commonly known as Guy Fawkes, Guido was the fall guy or the
one made famous for the attempted early 17th century destruction of the Houses of
Parliament and the then King of England. With barrels of gun powder located
under the building, Guy Fawkes was the guy left to light the fuse, the problem
was he was caught and the blowing up of Parliament and the King was thwarted.
This single event in English history has given youngster an
interesting challenge over the years, I remember making a ‘GUY’, this would
consist of some clothes stuffed with anything burnable to make the shape of a
person. We would then sit with this character on the street each day collecting
‘pennies for the guy’. These monies was turned into to ‘fireworks’ for
display at the bonfire event, most communities would have a bonfire built,
everything and anything burnable would be placed on it from the neighborhood,
everyone would contribute,
old and young alike.
Today, this type of event would cause nothing but problems, from
activists screaming for a ban to local government officials claiming safety
issues, but most of all from people not being able to play together without the
need to cause harm to one another, for no other reason than the senseless need
to do harm or would it be in the name of peace?
Now organized bonfires celebrate bonfire night in England, a far
cry from the community bonfires of roasting chestnuts, baked potatoes as the
young and old enjoyed a small fire work display. Remembering the good old
The good old times, in the Phillies recent years, would be when
Jayson Werth was happy to get some playing time, instead of nowadays when he
turns down a 66 million dollar offer from the team that gave him his lucky
break, in the hopes of a bigger 120 million dollar deal from the likes of the
Red Sox or White Sox or even maybe the Mets or Astros, who knows except given
the chance Werth would probably rather burn the house down in Philadelphia than
take less than Boras tells him he’s worth…
San Francisco Giants managed to overcome all odds and successfully win a World
Series. The first since moving from New York to the bay area, I am sure that
some baseball fans thought they would get through the celebrations of this
years champion with out hearing about New York, well not going to happen.
So now its all over they have to plan the parade so everyone
that isn’t a baseball fan can be inconvenienced and irritated. There are some
things the Giants and organizers have to make sure happens, from getting the
players back from Arlington to ensuring ‘Timmeh’ doesn’t wander over the bay
bridge smoking in his car and get pulled over by an ‘A’s’ fan masquerading as an
The big question will be, will the San Francisco Giants use
the one group who has the most experience in organizing parades in San
Francisco, a quick google of the San Francisco parade enlightened me to San
Francisco Pride. Okay, I thought, the City has an organization that promotes
San Francisco, they’ve been doing parades for 40years, so it should be a good
Especially with pictures like this…
….okay this parade may be
worth watching if it has this sort of eye candy, but then as I further perused
the images I found what is a deal breaker.
Is this what we can expect from
the Giants parade this Wednesday….
I’ll not be watching, remarkably that guy does seem to sport
the Brian Wilson beard and is that a Cody Ross look-a-like behind him….
some images were stolen from
parts of the web, although no animals were hurt in the making of this post,
Giants fans may feel a little pain or not.
Once upon a time, at Halloween, women would love to dress up as
Elvira, or an evil hooked nose witch, these new modern times, however, have
given guys more reason to attend the fancy dress parties. The guys seem to be
drawn towards the vampire or even some sporting personalities, where as the
women have taken to living out some fantasy of slutiness with one of the more
popular being the….
….school girl look, much to the delight of the guys. Who if
luck is on their side will have lived out a fantasy of their own by nights end.
This current world series is matching that of the time of year
with so many….
….assumed dead players, showing that life after death is
If you enjoyed your mix of partying and Halloween last night then
you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the Halloween episode of tonight’s World
Those of us who are baseball addicts are engrossed in the events
of the Worlds Series and as it stands now the thoughts are varied, will the
Giants sweep the Rangers and force their total fade out or will the Rangers go 3 for 3 at home and take it back
to San Francisco, who knows, that’s the beauty of baseball.
While all this headlining play by play unravels the remaining 28
teams have their own soap operas going on, moves being made to set up an off
season of player movements, operations and I am sure controversies.
In Philadelphia some actions involving players have already
taken place and as always the right things are being said, the team says things
like, ‘in order to give the player a chance at free agency’, when they
really mean, ‘we don’t want you back so we’re letting you go as early as we
can’. The players say things like, ‘it was great playing with a good
bunch of guys and a manager like Charlie’, when they really mean, ‘I’ll
miss you guys it was fun and thanks for nothing Amaro’.
So in Philadelphia, we could see Werth buddy up with his new
agent and head to Chicago to try on some White Socks, maybe. We could also see
other players held in a state of frozen animation until the club finds it’s
off-season direction. They have already managed to get the Phillies
beat writer to plant the seed of a return to the Phillies uniform by Cliff Lee.
Pie in the sky? Maybe, but it’s baseball stranger things have happened.
There are obviously a few players in the World Series making
impressions on possible future teams, who’d have thought after his stint in
Tampa Burrell would have found a team willing to give him a shot, and when
Florida unloaded Ross, who would have said by accident the Giants would be
putting him in the outfield every game. So yes strange things do happen in
baseball more often than we realize, who would have guessed back in 1945 that
October 30th would see the Brooklyn Dodgers sign a player from the Kansas City
Monarchs and make a resounding change in history.
With Halloween a day away and mid-term elections 3 days away,
strange things will happen more than ever. Mid term elections actually tend to
bring out even stranger happenings than Halloween, scarier people come to the
surface, it just gets totally weird, all in the name of ‘Vote’ getting. So when
your at the polling booth remember the 5 key issues when making your selections:
There is no Santa Claus.
The WWE may not be real, but the t-shirt’s are and you
can wear them to vote.
You’re not choosing the Cy Young or MVP.
It’s not a Fantasy League.
Politicians LIE, again and again and again and
It’s definitely a time when Fox should be using those high
dollar wizards that create the trailers for shows, to entice you in, to watch if
nothing more than the pilot episode in the hopes to capture you for the whole
series. It’s there time to shine, but they aren’t, all I’ve seen is a rehash of
the ‘Timmeh vs. Doc’ pitchers duel, with the insertion of Lee in place of Doc.
So are Fox self convinced that promotional expenditure on this
World Series is a wasted expense, or are these wizards spending there time on
things like Glee, Lie to Me, House and other programs already established.
Maybe, just maybe Fox should consider outsourcing the
promotional works of the World Series to the wizards at Nike, after all they
have away of making even the years most hated sports personality enticing to watch….
….but they better hurry, it all starts today.
wasn’t quite the ending I had hoped for this season, but none the less it
happened, one of the beauties of baseball is the outcome is unpredictable. Once
gain the Phillies hurt themselves with too many missed opportunities, the blame
game is rife among Phillie fans, from the fact that they let Cliff Lee go at the
end of last season, to the money they gave Ryan Howard.
It’s a fact that Howard should not have stood with his bat on
his shoulder and watched a low pitch get called a strike, after all isn’t
hitting that ball why he’s paid mega bucks. The fact is it should not have come
down to that ball, the Phillies were a better team than that, they just didn’t
For me, I just think they got too comfortable after the sweep of
the Reds, the 7 day rest, put them all into that non- aggressive mode we’ve seen
on and off all season long. It wasn’t just the hitters, the pitchers looked like
they were still in spring training. What’s done is done, it’s easy to sit back
and find fault with the things that went wrong, it’s a little harder to predict
them before they occur. Lets face it, most of the analysts had the New York Mets
and the Atlanta Braves as the 2 top teams in the NL East before this season got
With the end of the 2010 season comes the end of some players
roles with the Phillies, one in particular, Jayson Werth. Some think he may
re-sign with the Phillies, but my guess is he’s done. Amaro, doesn’t like
pressure from Boras, and with at least a 15 – 17 million dollar price tag, it’s
not going to happen.
A number of Phillie fans see Werth as someone to keep, someone
they invest good money with for the years ahead, which is nothing more than
being sentimental about the team of players. It’s time for him to go, he came to
the Phillies as a pretty Werth-less player and in my opinion he’s leaving a
pretty Werth-less player. He had a good year when he was being platooned in
2008, he had a good year in 2009, he first as a full time outfield player, but
this year, was not the type of year you would want to ride the free agent market
I can hear all the whiners, but he hit…. he did this….
he did that….., maybe but he didn’t appear a team player most of the time, he
had too many lapses of concentration and he didn’t hit for **** with RiSP. So I
say, have fun on the free market Jayson Werth and maybe we’ll see you in someone
else’s outfield or maybe you’ll turn out to be just like Johnny Damon, taking
whatever is on offer just to play and fizzle out.
Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate, it was the bottom of the
9th, with 2 outs, A-Rod was the only thing that stood between the Rangers and a
visit to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
The scene was set, A-Rod who couldn’t take the Rangers there got
a chilling reception, the commentators called it poetic justice, A-Rod grabbed
his crutch and adjusted his cup as if to say ‘Suck This’, Neftali Feliz
the Rangers closer looked in, dug deep and threw 3 fast balls all around the 100
mph mark, with 1 strike away from celebration, again Feliz looked in got his
sign and threw, what must have looked like a soft toss to A-Rod, who froze then
flipped his bat from one hand to the other and walked back to the dug out head
held down, while the Rangers went into overdrive on the celebrations….
….there was no doubt the Rangers were happy with the win, they
can celebrate as much as they want, they deserved it. It’s a wait and see game
for the Rangers now as they contemplate their very first World Series, for the
travel manager it’s headaches ahead, as he has to make arrangements for both San
Francisco and Philadelphia, until he knows where they will be headed.
The Phillies host the Giants this evening in the hope of forcing
a game 7 Sunday. Mr. Durable Roy Oswalt takes the mound for the Phillies,
while the Giants counter with Sanchez.