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Tuesday Morning Relievers:

July 20, 2010

 Our 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. Dodger Thoughts: Molly Knight writes an informative account of the McCourts' sad and turbulent divorce. It's easily the best article so far on the subject, and there have been plenty. You'd have to be pretty evil, or a Giant fan (Same thing in my mind, har har har), to read this article and not feel the pain of Dodger fans everywhere.

2. Play at the Plate: This was umpire Phil Cuzzi blowing the call at homeplate in the bottom of the 9th, directly costing the Giants a sweep against the Mets. Of course the headline on ESPN reads "Mets avoid four-game sweep thanks to Davis' clutch hit." The game should have been over! Instant replay can't come soon enough.

3. Big League Stew: A.J. Burnett may need a couple band-aids, to learn the value of the truth and anger management, but at least he didn't hurt himself sneezing. That would be lame. Oh, sorry Mat, didn't see you there.

4.Lookout Landing: Brilliant and insightful first half review of the Seattle Mariners. Favorite story arcs are Milton Bradley and Ken Griffey Jr.

5. Orlando Sentinel: Learning of the news that James Gammon died on Saturday, I popped in Major League for the hundreth time this weekend reconfirming that A) It's my favorite sports movie of all time and B) That even though Ricky Vaughn, Pedro Cerrano, and Willie Mays Hayes were the stars, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Lou Brown. Gammon had the perfect look and voice for that role and the movie wouldn't be the same without him. He was Rich Aurilia in a sense, glue guy that keeps it all together and lets the players/co-stars shine (Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent) but was clutch when he needed to be. Rest in peace.

6. HardBallTalk: Aaron Gleeman reminds Braves fans why saying good bye to Yunel Escobar's attitude and hello to Alex Gonzalez's first half numbers might not be something to smile about, if either of these players returns to their normal level of performance in the second half of the season.  

7. Atlanta-Journal Constitution: Mark Bradley sounds like a biggot when he starts his editorial about the Yunel Escobar trade with the sentence: "It wasn't just that Yunel Escobar was slow to learn a second language."  Then he follows it up with the sentence: "He was slow to learn to be a professional," which suggests that the former is a qualifier for the latter.  I wonder if Bradley was slow to becoming prejudiced, or if it just came naturally.    

8. FoxSports: ESPN has the Red Sox as their number six team in their weekly Power Rankings, not bad, except that the Yankees and Rays sit at at number one and number two.  At FoxSports, Ken Rosenthal breaks down the three-team race and the upcoming Rays-Yankees series.

9. Above Photo: A copy of the painting Tim Lincecum has hanging in his living room. No details of what influenced him to have the painting made were released as of press time.

2 comments:

Teach said...

Do you think Lincecum names his pitches like their different types of weed, so when the catcher tells him to throw a fastball, he responds, "Dude, I told you--it's the pineapple express."

July 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM
Russ said...

Curve: Cherry bomb
Changeup: Twister

July 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

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