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Monthly Archive: December 2004

Monday

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December 2004

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Sosa

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WHY, oh WHY, oh WHY WHY WHY does Sosa have to be such an ass? His declining production would be easier to live with if he weren’t such a bad teammate and didn’t get hit SO MUCH in the press for all the boneheaded things he did over the last two years. We could still win a pennant (or at least a wild card) with Sammy and his bloated contract if he had the sort of personality that the other guys in the clubhouse could get along with, and if it were the kind of personality that he projected while […]

Saturday

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December 2004

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Graduation Present

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Nothing would make me happier than a trade of Sammy Sosa. What a perfect graduation present that would be. I noticed this article this morning that gave me a little hope. The Mets seem to be the only serious contender in this thing. Maybe, just maybe, Minaya has one more dumb move left in his bag of tricks. New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya met with Sammy Sosa’s agent in the Dominican Republic on Friday, and sources said the possibility of Sosa restructuring his contract to facilitate a deal was broached. Chicago Tribune – 12/18/2004

Thursday

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December 2004

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Stupid Jerks, Stupid Teams, and the Right Thing to Do

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Stupid Jerks The stupid Atlanta Braves made a huge move today, acquiring Tim Frickin’ Hudson for Charles Thomas, Juan Cruz, and Dan Meyer. From mlb.com: Hudson, Smoltz and Ramirez — who missed the final four months of the 2004 season with shoulder soreness — will fill the voids created by the departures of Paul Byrd, Jaret Wright and Russ Ortiz. Those three hurlers exited Atlanta via free agency this year. The Braves have shown interest in acquiring Hudson for over a month, but the talks really didn’t come to life until the A’s said that Marcus Giles didn’t have to […]

Wednesday

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December 2004

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A Parable

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There once was a man who lived long ago in the United States. One of two boys in the family, he lived his life in the shadow of his older brother. Everything he did was always compared to his brother. No matter what he did, he brother always seemed to do it better and get all the praise. His brother had nicer clothes, nicer toys, and everything the brother wanted, he received. The younger brother worked very hard for everything he had, yet it never felt like it was enough. One day, the man was browsing the local newspaper when […]

Monday

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December 2004

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Poor soul

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Ah, another poor soul falls victim to the rumors. This time the person is Mike Comar over at Cubs Pundit, which happens to be one of my daily reads. At least Baker knows the closer is important. It is a very sensible approach I believe. It will take some balls to actually name Wood as a closer though. I believe a rotation can get by with 2-3 excellent starters and the rest average to mediocre at best. You don’t need good starters 1-5 in your rotation to win 90-100 games a year. Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, and Greg Maddux make […]