(Long Island, NY) So Braden Looper has moved on to the Cardinals. He’ll be replacing the boo-birds for red birds. I’m sure the Metropolitan faithful are checking their pocket schedules for his first visit to Shea. I’ll save you the trouble. Mark down August 22nd. Don’t get all hoarse too soon. Kaz needs a little lovin’ from you too…..
I miss Benny Agbayani. It was fun just saying his name or listening to Ralph Kiner trying to pronounce it…..Don’t get me wrong. I love Ralph. I think I’m the only one amongst my friends that defends him and enjoys his perspective of the game. But he does say some things that make me chuckle…..
News flash: Larry Brown almost decided on a starting line-up…..The Knicks next opponent is listed as a 4 touchdown favorite over at the sports book…..Hint: give the points…..It hurts to say it, but these Knicks make the John McLeod team look like the Celtics of the 60’s…..And those of you who remember that team want to forget it…..How bad is it going to hurt Isiah when the Knicks draw a top 3 pick in the lottery and the Bulls are waiting there saying “Excuse me. But I think that belongs to me”…..And that’s if Mr. Thomas is even a part of the Knicks organization at that point…..I know Eddy Curry is still a youngster in terms of age and the grown-up world, but he says some things that make me just shake my head sometimes…..Don’t think that the Knicks brass didn’t take notice of Epiphanny Prince’s 113-point scoring spree in Murry Bergtraum’s win in a Manhattan Class A League game recently. The 5’10” senior broke Cheryl Miller’s record of 105 points and is attending Rutgers next year. At this rate the Knicks will have high draft picks for the next few years, keeping them in the running to draft her. But by then they probably will have traded that pick away for another high salaried out of shape player.
Padre Piazza. I’m glad that he is staying in the NL. A standing ovation should be a given when San Diego visits Flushing August 8th through the 10th. Wouldn’t it be kinda funny if he finishes with better numbers than LoDuca? It isn’t a stretch, you know…..Julio in the house! Jorge signed a 2.5 mill contract with the Mets after he wanted more and the Mets wanted to give him less. Arbitration is a wonderful thing. Award a guy with a 5 ERA the same money he made so he gives the same effort. He should have been busted down to the major league minimum so he gets hungry again. These guys are spoiled and go through the motions once they get that big bucks deal…..This is why I enjoy watching the Cyclones and the Ducks. These guys are playing for a first shot or a last shot. And they don’t jog out ground balls. Maybe some of these players should spend a little time back in the bushes riding the buses. It didn’t exactly hurt Steve Traschel when he was booted to AAA following a 4 HR allowed disaster…..So Johnny Damon wants to get to Tampa early and break bread with the Boss. I hope he went for that clean-up trim in case his lovely locks may have sprouted some since he signed…..The Rocket pitches batting practice to the Astros. He’s just warming up for when he once again dons pinstripes…..I’ll probably watch some of the World Baseball Classic out of curiosity and baseball-Jones. But I could get the same (if not more) satisfaction watching regular spring training games. The one cool thing might be seeing Pedro plunk A-Rod because he’s playing for the country he was actually born in…..On the same subject, isn’t it ridiculous that Mikey P is suiting up for the Italian team? He has as much right to play for them as I do. The only difference is that he’s a millionaire and can afford vacations in the old country.
The Rangers are still battlin’. The Broadway Blues are in a dog-fight for first place with the Broad Street Bullies. They won’t go away and seem to have the horses to take this far. Brings back old memories of seeing Espo fighting in the corner for a loose puck with Bobby Clarke…..I’m flipping the radio stations around recently and I hear the Devils game on WFAN. Going into a break, there’s a sound bite of a Devil player saying something to the effect, “You’re listening to Devils hockey on WFAN- New York’s sports station”. A bit confusing to say the least. Why don’t we invite the Toledo Mud Hens for a few games on the NY airwaves? The way I see it, the Jersey Devs are as much a NY team now as they were in their previous locations as the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies…..What’s your vote for the ugliest hockey uniforms of all time? Just off the top of my head, I have to say the Oakland Seals with the white skates and green and yellow unis. Or the Bruins alternate jersey with the bright yellow and the bear’s head. How about the Vancouver Canucks yellow with the big ‘V’ down the front? Special, huh?
The “Are We There Yet?” department- the NBA All-Star break, NHL Olympic break, pitchers & catchers, the actual Super Bowl game…..Who’s going to Disneyland this year?…..Let me get this straight. The Colorado Rockies have 2 pitchers with the last name of Kim and one of them lost his arbitration case. Much to my surprise it was not the infamous Byung-Hyun, who is better known as the meltdown-man of the 2001 World Series. I guess he figures the less his name is in the papers the quicker people will forget his performance…..Don’t you hate when you’re waiting for that late game score to come up on ESPN’s ‘The Bottom Line’ and right before they get to it a commercial for Chia Pet cuts it off? That’s why I love ESPN News. They leave the crawl on the bottom during the commercials. I love that Bottom Line. I even downloaded it for my PC. I wish I can put it on everything. The bottom of the microwave, the bathroom mirror, the edge of the dinner table. Wherever you looked. It’s better than that stock crawl running by on those business channels. I have no idea what the heck that stuff says. It may as well be written in hieroglyphics.
LAST CALL: As we approach the Super Bowl, here’s to a great football season. Many surprises, many disappointments. Just as usual. That’s what makes the game so exciting. What started out in the sweltering heat in August training camps ends in Detroit (Rock City). Hoping for a close game that goes down to the wire. Only one will be left standing in the confetti shower. Just like the last song at a Kiss concert. Smoking Les Paul guitars and fire-breathing bass players forever! “Energize, Mr. Scott”.