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You know, there aren’t a whole lot of scenarios in which I can think of many positive things to say about Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, but he did coin a catchphrase that pretty much describes professional sports in a nutshell: Just win, baby.
In football, that phrase translates into doing everything possible to get the “W” on a Sunday or Monday night. In baseball, where the schedule stretches on into the dog days of summer, it comes down to winning series, something the Twins have done with remarkable success (i.e. no failure) so far this season and, with a win over Cleveland tonight, are in a great position to do so again.
Tonight, the star of the show was Kevin Slowey, who sliced his way (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H) through the Indians lineup with relative ease, striking out nine in the process.
Offensively, the Twins were helped by an inning that one would be accustomed to seeing in Dwarf League baseball, not the majors, featuring an easy double-play ball going through SS Asdrubal Cabrera’s legs, and then two runs scoring on one wild pitch.
If this single game told me anything, it is that I can say with little to no trepidation that the Cleveland Indians will be in last place come early October.
-Yesterday, this guy…
It always amazes me how quickly one can fall while playing this game. In 2003, Eric Gagne put together perhaps the greatest season by a closer in major league history: 1.20 ERA, 55 saves. After one more good season in LA, Gagne pretty much dropped off the face of the earth, never again even coming remotely close to his old dominating form. Of course, Gagne was also named in the Mitchell Report as admitting to have taken HGH. Perhaps that explains a few things.
Preview (10-4, 1st, 3.0 GA DET): David Huff (1-1, 1.80) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-0, 2.08).
Just saw this story on Yahoo! News today…
First off, I hope that Chuckles gets his life put back together. It’s always sad to me to see a former Minnesota athlete struggle like that, and my prayers go out to him.
That being said, his life story (at least as it relates to baseball) could be a sort of warning for Joe Mauer (who is perhaps considering a shot in the Big Apple himself, seeing as how he hasn’t signed a contract yet):
In 1991, Knoblauch was the spark-plug that helped drive the team to their World Series title. He proceeded to become an elite lead-off hitter in the American League for the next 5-6 years, even on abysmal Twins teams. He was a doubles machine, and could steal bases with the best of them. However, he decided to opt for the big market of New York after “serving his time” here in Minny.
In the City that Never Sleeps, unfortunately Knobby didn’t get much shut-eye either. Under that big-time pressure, he never re-captured those glory years with the Twins, and suddenly developed an inability to throw the baseball from his second base position over to first. The mental block got so bad that he eventually changed positions to left field, which led to this career path:
I don’t think I have to tell you how that turned out.
So Joe, before you even think about how playing in NYC is all playoff games and confetti showers, consider the sad story of one Chuck Knoblauch, a living example of what pressure (even leading to his being named in the Mitchell Report a few years ago) can do to a person. The grass always seems greener (literally, in this case) on the other side, but only if you can enjoy the grazing. Think about it.
Besides all the fallout of the Alex Rodriguez steroid admission, which I will discuss on this blog in more detail in a later post, it was also recently announced that a federal judge dismissed basically all of Roger Clemens’ “defamation of character” lawsuit against former personal trainer Brian McNamee, who said in last year’s Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.
For once, I think the U.S. justice system got things right!! McNamee was promised federal immunity for his contributions to George Mitchell, and that is exactly what he is getting right now. So, in essence, Clemens isn’t able to screw him over for just telling the truth.
As you will likely find out by reading my upcoming blog posts about steroids in major league baseball, I am a huge proponent of holding everyone (players, managers, trainers, commissioner Selig, etc.) accountable for the Steroid Era of 1994-2003. Thus, I think that Clemens is getting EXACTLY what he deserves. Whereas most players (Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, etc.) have completely disappeared following steroid accusations, Clemens (because he is a jerk…just ask Mike Piazza about that) decided to lie through his teeth and fight it tooth and nail. So far, though, he’s not winning and I’m all for that.