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Tuesday Morning Relievers: The Circling of The Diamond

July 13, 2010

Our new weekly column, where we do our best to recap the teams we love and the stories that captivated us the most in this week of baseball.

1.ESPN: Jayson Stark's midseason awards does a great job of recapping the best and the worst stories of 2010 into the All-Star break. I don't see how Ubaldo Jimenez isn't his NL Cy Young, but there is no arguing with any of his other choices.

2. San Fransisco Chronicle: Coming out party for rookie catcher Buster Posey this week as the Giants win 6 of 7 on the road and move back into the picture in the NL West at the All-Star break. In a game I attended on Saturday at Nats Park, he had one of the best all-around individual performances I have ever seen live. 4-5 with a HR and 3 RBIs, while also throwing out two runners at third base that kept the Nationals from scoring at a key juncture. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Posey's 19 hits, 6 homers, and 13 RBIs in his first 10 games in July was the most ever by a rookie in the National League in any 10 game span. I haven't been this excited about a Giants team since the World Series team in 2002, and Posey is huge reason why. Since his last name isn't Strasburg or Heyward, he won't sniff Rookie of the Year, but his presence alone could lead the Giants to a post-season birth.

3.NBC Bay Area: Kung Fu Panda being no match for ghosts at a Milwaukee hotel is unfortunately being carried over to his batting, because he has been a ghost in the batter's box. He is batting .263, had no hits in the series against the Nationals, and only 4 RBIs in the past 20 games.

4. Bronx Banter: I am not a Yankee fan, so I couldn't have even attempted to give Bob Sheppard a suitable sendoff without stealing, I mean sampling from all of the other great tributes written over the past couple of days. But, over at Bronx Banter, you can read a great piece that gives you an idea of how caring, giving, and interesting the man was.

5. ESPN: The fact that Nolan Ryan played for the Texas Rangers just makes this story feel like a child, now grown up, arguing with their senile father about what to do with all the family heirlooms, the house, and their mom's ashes, as Ryan's ownership group sues the team its trying to help save.

6. Purple Row: This Colorado Rockies blog lays out their case for why the San Diego Padres can not win the NL West.

7. Talking Chop: There are two reasons to check out this link.  First, there's a photo that makes Bobby Cox look like Clint Eastwood's stunt double in Space Cowboys, and second, the fact that they took the time to dig up a stat like "The Braves have now won exactly [two out of three] in each of their last five series," which may be more important than how many consecutive games a team's won because it shows that they bounce back from adversity.

8. Sports Illustrated: Opening with a Book of Eli analogy (which makes me wonder if I should rent the movie), SI breaks down how injuries are affecting everyone's fantasy baseball teams.  Apparently if you're Denzel, then that's a good thing. 

9. Above Photo: Tim Lincecum enjoys an off-day with some friends he met at a Yonder Mountain String Band show in Denver.

Pinch Hitter.  The Faster Times: Lincoln Mitchell discusses the different approaches that resulted in Cliff Lee going to the Rangers and not the Yankees.

9 comments:

Russ said...

Chris Berman has ruined the Home Run Derby for me.

July 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM
Langston said...

I would pay a large sum of money to unremember a great amount of the idiotic nicknames he has used for players over the years. Also to have him and Stuart Scott fired.

July 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM
Teach said...

Every time I watch Stu Scott I feel like I'm in a hot tub time machine that keeps taking me back to 1996.

July 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM
Russ said...

You mean you don't like Albert Winnie the Pujols? or Moises Skip to my Alou?

July 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM
Langston said...

No. Those nicknames need to die.

July 13, 2010 at 8:45 PM
Teach said...

Does anyone else wish they picked the worst pitchers and the best hitters for the All-Star game? other all-star games don't have defense.

July 13, 2010 at 9:57 PM
Langston said...

Another option, as to not screw over any of the deserved all-stars, make the batters pitch and the pitchers bat.

July 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Langston said...

Or they could just play t-ball, which could be an awesome.

July 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM
Russ said...

Come on guys, with homefield advantage up for grabs, "now the game means something."

July 13, 2010 at 11:53 PM

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