Is it really only six weeks until spring training? Hard to believe since we can see our breath here in the frozen tundra but it’s true! Could the Packers win in the Super Bowl bring luck to the Brewers? Sure, but the Milwaukee Brewers don’t need luck, they already have what it takes to lead the National League Central this year.
Get it while it’s hot, because it’s doubtful this will last long. So yeah, seeing Crawford win the All Star MVP for a catch instead of a timely hit and/or run was refreshing. It’s happened before, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. The last non-pitcher to win the MVP without a RBI? Willie Mays in 1968, so yeah, it’s been a while. Speaking of “been a while,” when the hell is the National League going to win one of these suckers again?
Granted, it took Crawford’s robbing of Brad Hawpe to secure this year’s win — a streak that’s been going since 1996 — but damn, at some point, you’d think the law of averages would kick in, but nope. That little phenomenon apparently skips All Star baseball.
I’m not the biggest baseball fan in the world, this much is true. Don’t get me wrong, I admire the ability to hit a 90-plus MPH sphere coming right at you, as well as the ability to throw said pitch. Nevertheless, I find the regular season largely boring. With that in mind, and since baseball, with all its stats, games, and cheating, is still considered a past-time by many, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge and embrace it — especially if I’d like to keep writing about sports in the summer. No Olympics this year to distract me.
With that in mind, I figured I’d make this as tolerable for me (and you, considering my lack of baseball expertise) by adding that one element that makes the blogosphere what it is today: the hot chick. Much like everything goes well with bacon, everything in sports goes better when there’s a hot fanbase or group of attractive supporters, paid or otherwise, to call upon, leading us to our 2009 MLB Hot Chick Preview. What I plan on doing is previewing the teams, while making liberal use of any attractive fans to “enhance” whatever words you actually pay attention to.
First up will be the American League East, and I’ll go in order from there. Can Philly defend their title? Will the Yankees incredible spring spending spree payoff with a trip to the World Series? Will the Marlins ever get above half capacity after the Opening Day buzz wears off? Who has the hotter fans? Boston or New York? These are just some of the things I’ll be looking at in the next six MLB preview post — you know, the important stuff.
According to a number of reports out of the New York area, the choking ailing Mets have turned drastic measures in order to save whatever post season life they have left. The Onion has much more:
Facing the Cubs in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the desperate Mets sprinted out to the field Tuesday, launched themselves high into the air above Shea Stadium, and combined their bodies to form a 400-foot tall fielding robot called Carlos Voltron…
“After losing eight of our last 12 games, forming Carlos Voltron is our only hope to save our playoff chances,” Manuel said. “We really need power this late in the season, and the 2.5 million pounds of thrust in Voltron’s solid-fuel boosters should give us the lift we need.”
This begs the question: What happens if the Milwaukee Brewers turn into Megatron or the Phillies become Optimus Prime? Could the National League handle that much robot warfare?
The California Angels of Los Angeles and Anaheim became the first team to clinch a post season berth last night with their 4-2 win over the Yankees. After the game was finished, the Angels celebrated like any team would, dousing each other with sparkling wine and other libations. Even though Torii Hunter was suspended for his little dance with Pudge Rodriguez, he still enjoyed the celebration by “swimming” in the puddles of alcohol left behind. He called it his Michael Phelps impression.
While the rest of the teams in contention for the post season seem to be focused on the various ways they can relinquish a division lead, the Angels have been one of the most consistent teams this season; a fact that makes them a favorite to win the World Series. In the meanwhile, teams like the Cubs, Dodgers, Rays, White Sox, and Mets still have work to do before they can collect their post season tickets.
With only something like 17 days left in the regular season, most of the above storylines will sort themselves out in a hurry, but until then, that gives fans some entertaining baseball while the remaining teams fighting for division crowns and wild card slots sort themselves out. Currently, the wild card leaders are the Boston Red Sex in the American League and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National.
Both teams have a little breathing room in regards to the teams chasing them but there is enough time remaining for the Brewers and Red Sox to choke their position away.
Apparently, Yankee Stadium wasn’t ready for anyone to leave after nine innings. So much so, it allowed a Boston Red Sox player — J.D. Drew — to tie the game in with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning. From there, the teams played eight more innings of exhibition baseball until Justin Morneau scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 15 off of a Michael Young sacrifice fly.
The final score: AL – 4, NL – 3.
For the National League, it was their 12th straight loss to the American League, a glowing distinction to be sure. Everything looked like it was going the NL’s way after Matt Holliday opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth. The score was pushed to 2-0 when Lance Berkman sacrificed Hanley Ramirez home. From there, it looked like the National League had the pitching in place to hold the lead; that is, until Drew faced Edison Volquez in the bottom of the seventh.
One Drew two-run homer later, it was extra-innings time (after the next two were completed, of course). Both teams had chances to win during the extra stanzas but it was the American League — again — doing just enough to prolong their All-Star game winning streak and give the American League representative home-field advantage in the World Series, which makes absolute perfect sense considering the All-Star game is indeed an exhibition.
While much is being said about the decisions that had to be made by the managers as they began to use up their allotment of players, the All-Star celebration should also be remembered for Justin Morneau’s heroics as well. While winning the Home Run Derby, he was overshadowed by Josh Hamilton’s ridiculous first round and last night, his 2-4 effort resulted in two runs scored; the difference in the ball game.
Maybe Drew should have shared the MVP award with Morneau. Just a thought.