(Long Island, NY) Scott Kazmir pitches another gem against the Boston Red Sox, this time beating their ace, Curt Schilling. And the Mets brass is happy because Victor Zambrano didn’t walk the park in his last outing. Is it just me, or are the Tampa Bay Devil Rays still choking on their oranges from laughter over that trade?….Is it too early to take back some of that Kaz Matsui bashing done in Spring Training?….Regardless of how good a ballplayer Mike Jacobs turns out to be, Carlos Delgado may turn out to be that missing ingredient the Mets had been looking for.
The Yankees’ Carl Pavano may not be ready to pitch in the Bronx until June. This is due to a bruised buttock. That is not a misprint. That is not a joke. But the last laugh is on the Yanks. The guy helps the Florida Marlins beat them in the 2003 World Series, and then goes 18-8 in his walk year. Signs a big multi-year free agent deal and has stunk up the joint ever since. Should we be surprised? I say no. Need evidence? OK, how about the fact that he has only finished .500 or better in two of his eight big league seasons? And that does not include 2003, when he went 12-13. And his career ERA is over 4.00. He is not a big-time pitcher, no matter what his paycheck says…..Things are shaping up nicely for a fun first ‘Subway Series’ at Shea on May 19th through 21st. Both NY teams are playing good ball and it will have a little more juice to it if they can maintain first place in their respective divisions.
“Madison Avenue” Matt Leinart will be doing his dancing in the deserts of Arizona. It would have been interesting to see him in New York, but the Jets made the right choice with D’Brickashaw…..Too bad the rookie will only spend one season at home before the team packs up and moves their training facility to New Jersey…..Maybe SNY can start a reality show on Ferguson, showing him driving through the Garden State like Tony Soprano…..While I’m on that subject, this season has been a little ‘light’, no pun intended. No offense to Vito and his private love life, but when the most exciting scene so far has been a masked Christopher punching Lauren Bacall in the kisser, the boys at HBO need to step it up. Artie and his whole American Express scandal episode was a ‘could-miss.’ I’ll wait it out and hope for a little improvement. Just when you think they’ve ‘jumped the shark,’ somebody will get whacked in a ‘oh-so-holy-s**t’ way to get you right back into it. I have faith.
The announcement that the United States Soccer Team will be the only country participating in the upcoming World Cup in Germany to not have flags and markings on their bus was just brilliant. We all understand they are doing it for security reasons, but to then describe the bus to a tee (blue with no distinctive markings) made it a moot point. Unless every German bus looks like that, any potential terrorists with a third grade reading level will be smart enough to do damage. Good job, whoever you are. Dumb as a box of rocks.
LAST CALL: Congrats to the trio from Hofstra on getting picked up for the NFL. OT Willie Colon was picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, WR Marques Colston by the Saints in round seven, and DE Stephen Bowen was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.
Long Island Sports Update:
The Long Island Ducks have started the season 3-2 after a two-stop road trip and open their home schedule on Friday May 5th.
The New York Dragons are 9-5 and headed for another AFL playoff appearance. Nice job by Nick Browder taking charge after the team lost starting quarterback Aaron Garcia and his back-up, Juston Wood.