Sunday, July 10, 2005
And the beat goes on . . .
I want to spend a few seconds on the Olympics . . . it was unfortunate that New York City did not get the call to host the 2012 Olympics . . . however, congratulations to London in surprising the arrogant French in winning the bid . . . Paris was a heavy favorite and all the French were ready to celebrate . . . but all for not . . .
One more note about the Olympics . . . how could the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote to not have baseball and softball in the 2012 Games? . . . for many Central American nations, especially Cuba, Olympic baseball is an important sport . . . give the IOC two Errors on this . .
Why isn’t golf in the Olympics? . . . it’s played worldwide and it would be interesting to see the professional men and women represent their countries . . .
Talking about golf, 15-year-old Michelle Wie choked on the last four holes in the 2nd round of the John Deere Classic which is a stop on the PGA Tour . . . it’s just a matter of time though before Wie starts to make the cut and one day win a PGA event . . .
I read recently read an article in The Plain Dealer about Wie . . . she is a prodigy . . . she was able to read when she was like 2-years-old . . . Wie’s goal is to play and win the Master’s someday . . . with her determination and rare ability there is no doubt that she will indeed accomplish this goal within the next 20 years . . .
Also, I believe she has that natural swing that will enable her to compete with the men . . . when I watch her swing, I see Tiger Woods . . . plus, for being only 15-years-old, she is already six feet tall and wears a size 10 men’s shoe . . . to put it simply, I am a big fan of Michelle Wie . . .
Last Friday, Chi Chi Sabathia pitched seven strong innings against the Baltimore Orioles and proclaimed that "he was back" and that he was going to dominate the rest of the season . . . five days later Chi Chi and his fat ass could not make it out of the fifth inning as the Detroit Tigers tattooed him for five runs . . .
The "ace" has a record of 6-5 and an ERA of 4.50 . . . when will the Indians front office realize this man is not a number one starter . . . in fact, Jake Westbrook, Kevin Millwood, and Scott Elarton are all better pitchers than "the ace" . . .
Why is the Detroit Tigers Jeremy Bonderman not on the All-Star team especially with the game being played in Motown? . . . Bonderman is 11-5 with a 3.99 ERA . . .
The San Francisco Giants organization notched its 9,999 team victory on Saturday when they down the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 . . . the winning pitcher was former Youngstown State University pitcher, Brad Hennessey who gave up only three hits in seven shut-out innings . . . Hennessey is 3-2 with a 5.23 ERA . . .
Major League Baseball handed down a 20 game suspension for Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers after he deliberately shoved a cameraman during batting practice . . . with Rogers being a starting pitcher, it means he only plays every five games . . . so basically this turned out to be a four game suspension which is nothing . . . Bud Selig needed to suspend Rogers at least 35 games which is equivalent to seven games . . .
Rogers made a mistake and has apologized for it . . . and he should be given a second chance after he serves his suspension . . . however, there is no place in sports for that type of behavior from an athlete . . . the cameraman was not following Rogers by sticking the camera directly in his face . . . the guy was doing his job – that’s all . . . the same job that helps jerks, like Rogers, get their mug on television so they can sign those million dollars contracts . . .
I pick the American League to win Tuesday’s All-Star Game . . .
Even though Tiger is the favorite, my surprise pick to win next week’s British Open is Peter Lonard . . . I’m also putting money on Ernie Els . . .
I’d like to see President Bush select an African-American female to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court . . . interestingly, it is not the Democrats, but the Republicans that may balk if he nominates current Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez . . . the conservatives are worried that ‘Berto may be a tad moderate . . .
Why isn’t an Asian-American being considered for the position on the high court . . . remember, the president can nominate anyone he wants – there is not a prerequisite that the nominee has to have experience on the bench . . .
Finally, our country’s prayers should go out to our friends in London after the dastardly act of cowardness by terrorists this week . . . sometimes we all forget that we are fighting "the good war" . . .
God Save the Queen
Until next time . . . the beat goes on . . .