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Monthly Archive: October 2009

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Baseball for Everyone!

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Here’s a book written by Joe DiMaggio, titled “”Baseball for Everyone”. It was first published in 1948, but reissued in 2002. Let me start with the Bio from the inside back jacket cover: – “Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999) played for the Yankees from 1936 to 1951, with time out for military service in World War II. In a poll taken in the 1940s he topped George Washington as ‘the greatest American of all time’.” One remarkable aspect of Joe’s career, as noted in Peter Golenbock’s Foreword: – “…(Joe DiMaggio) was a lifetime .325 hitter with such remarkable bat control that over […]

Friday

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GirlieView (10/30/2009)

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By now you’ve either seen, heard, or at least heard about this morning’s press conference featuring the Ricketts family. What are your thoughts? Are you enthused? Do you feel confident in the new ownership? Are you excited about things to come? Or are you more “wait-and-see”? Maybe you are feeling like all is lost? Let us know what you think! For what it’s worth, I liked the Ricketts’. I have confidence in them and I actually can’t wait to see the changes they are planning, even if they feel the best action in certain situations is no action. If nothing […]

Wednesday

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Who Earned Their Money in 2009? – Part I

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Fan Graphs has a nifty little tool that shows what the player’s approximate value if he was a free agent based on 2009 stats. We can compare that to what the player’s 2009 salaries were to see which players played up or down to their contract this past year. Today we take a look at five guys that I found intriguing. We’ll work through all of the players on the roster over the next week or so. Derrek Lee 2009 Salary: $13 mil 2009 Value: $23.8 mil Comment: I’ve already cooked and eaten my batch of crow on Lee. He […]

Wednesday

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Holy Cow!!

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The World Series starts tonight. The games will be telecast on FOX. While I have nothing personal against the announcing team of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck, it was Harry Carry who observed that some announcers are more interesting than others. Here’s a shout out to Harry. Harry Caray’s autobiography titled “Holy Cow”, published in 1989, and written with Bob Verdi, is the subject of this review. In opening we are treated to a first person account of Harry’s stroke (“cerebrovascular accident”) which occurred at a Palm Springs, CA, Country Club. He discusses getting fired by Anheuser-Busch after broadcasting Cardinals […]

Wednesday

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Speak Out: Rudy Jaramillo

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We tried this the other day with the world series, but it’s a topic that we’re probably not as passionate about this year after the debacle that was 2009. Since this is the first major transaction of the year, what better place to begin getting everyone’s opinions than here? In case you forgot, the concept is simple. We always argue back and forth throughout the season about guys. We have people (me included) that at the time of a signing back peddle on how they felt. I think that’s OK as you begin to become more familiar with a player, […]