Posted on: July 27, 2009 12:25 pm

A View FromThe Bottom

Hi Folks,

Sunday morning I opened the Sports Section of the morning paper to discover Cleveland ACTUALLY still has a baseball team .  I thought they had folded; having all their players returning to their respective homes through-out the globe.  I was shocked to read they're still trying; very trying from what I read. 

I gave-up watching sometime back in May.  When I saw them exercising absolutely no patience at the plate; throwing the baseball behind runners or just throwing the ball around like a bunch of 10-year olds; and lastly watching so-called good pitching self-destructing... I just couldn't watch any more.  How do these guys keep their job?  There's nothing worse then watching professional baseball players trying to leg-out little "pee-pee" hits; not just any "pee-pee" hits but million dollar "pee-pee" hits.

Someone once told me a manager's job is to keep the faith; project an image that the manager supports his players so when it's time to negotiate contracts with new players/free agents; they see an organization that will support them if and when they have a slump.  I say that's CRAP!!  A manager's job is to put the BEST players out in the field on any given day .  If a manager feels a player isn't producing, and has no intention to produce, I say send that player to the minors for some atitude adjustment.!!  I'll send a signal to ALL players, it's produce or be embarrassed in the minors .  These should be the standards on this team and live with it.  If these guys expect to pull-down multi-million dollar contracts, then they'd better produce.  There's only one true baseball player on this team.... Grady Sizemore.   This is the one true player that plays for the LOVE OF THE GAME .  A true inspiration to watch.  It's a  shame the other can't follow his example.

As for Eric Wedge ..... why does he still have a job?   What's this crap about platooning an outfield?  Is this baseball or football?  How can he still get paid when he tries to convert a former catcher to a first baseman and then try to convert a converted-catcher to an outfielder?  Are you kidding me?  President OBAMA already used the term, but I'll use it here also.... "performed stupidly" . Is this guy, Wedge, for real??  He's had infielders playing out of position so many times, they don't even know what their true position is anymore.  I don't like the idea of throwing the manager under the bus, but the season's OVER.  What is Dolan waiting for?  How far down does the team have to be before Dolan makes a move?

To top it off, I read an article about discussing the possiblity of trading away more veterans, get this, for more "future prospects".  This takes the cake.  How many times are they going to trade away their good players ( the kind you would want to build a team around )  for "future prospects".  What a crock of %@$#.  Future prospects are just cheap position players that won't develop into good players for another 5-years, at least.  By that time, the fans "have left the building".!!  To top it all off, I hear talk about possibly trading the Pitching ACE.  Cleveland could be the only club to trade away back-to-back Cy Young Award winners in consecutive years..... No there's something to be proud about.

When I said this was "View From The Bottom ", I meant it.  I don't tihnk Cleveland can get any lower than this...unless we trade away last year's Cy Young Winner.   Now, that's the bottom.  For all you good cities having good baseball, remember how quickly a team can sink to the bottom.  Keep going to games before your owners begin sell-offs.   It aint pretty from down here!!


Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .


Category: MLB
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:13 pm


Hi everyone    ......   

My youngest son is an official entrant into the US OPEN qualification process for this year's US OPEN at Bethpage Black.  Needless to say, this father is PROUD, wait, let me rephrase that   .....     VERY PROUD of him.  Actually, I have two sons; and I'm very proud of both of them for their knowledge of the game, the quality of both their games, and how each respects of the game.  To use very simple English, I'm a very lucky father .

This year's qualifier in the Cleveland area is being held at the Beechmont Country Club.  I've already scheduled a day-off from work so I can walk the course and watch how well the battle progresses.  I've been lucky enough to watch other golf competition with my youngest, but nothing as important as this.  For those of you that have never walked the course watching a golf match, I'm planning to provide my observations.  Some of you may be bored, while other may enjoy these "bits & pieces".  I'll add more to this as we continue next week.  Hopefully, I'll be able to provide my observations from the upcoming events as he continues to advance.  For now, it's 4-days and counting.


Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .


Category: Golf
Posted on: November 19, 2008 4:37 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 6:55 am

Athletic Balance

Let me first state my position on basketball::    I've played "old time" high school basketball back in the days when you clubbed a dinosaur to put food in the cave  .  .  .  .  .  well it almost seems like it was that long ago.  Let's just say that when I played, we actually wore shorts, not those pantaloons that these guys wear today.   The game wasn't played with such vivid interpretation of the rules like it is today, but then again, it was advertised as a non-contact sport.  Frankly, I like the way the game has interpretted the rules and the increased pace.  Players are much more athletically talented today then they were in the dark ages.

  So I played and  I've coached.  I still love the game at the high school level and at the college level..... the professional level riles my dander.  I hate to see the pushing and the shoving in the paint, while a simple hand-check out front gets whistled every time.  I also don't like to see the walking, the carrying, the FLOPS, and the WHINNING.  These are professionals and they should act like professionals.  Tom Hanks once said, "Crying.!!   Are you crying?  There's no crying in baseball".  .   .   .   Well, there shouldn't be any whinning in basketball, either.!!  It's almost like these guys are flaunting the Screen Actors Guild [ SAG ] card everytime they step out on the court.

Tuesday night, I watched the CAVs play the Nets.  The first thing I always look at is the other team's defense, 'cause in order to win games, you have to break-down their defense into it's weaknesses... then exploit those weaknesses.   Having watched a few games last year I remembered how other teams defensed the CAVs.  IF anyone else but LeBron James had the ball, they'd play straight man defense... but let the ball end-up in James hands; and the defense changed dramatically.  Every eye was on James, just like a 1-on-5 game.  Where ever James went,the entire defense watched and reacted accordingly.  It was the best zone defense employed in the NBA.   So Tuesday night, I see that the NETS defense was straight-up man-to-man with a little weak-side drop back for assitance in the middle.  Just enough weak-side help to make the defense ripe for solid penetration and easy dish-off to the open man.  Yep, this should be a good year for the CAVs.  The CAVs have too many good shooters on the floor for any team to play 1-on-5 defense.  Opposing teams are now forced to play the game honestly.  I saw great ball movement and many solid open looks.  Mo Williams, Booby Gibson, Delonte West, and LeBron James are just going to be too much for defenses to handle.   When you throw in  "Z", The Flopper, Wally, and Ben Wallace the CAVs should rule.  They look like they have the most imprtant ingredient.....chemistry.  We got rid of the stiffs and have replaced them with desire.

I just may watch these guys this year 'cause right now, they show promise.....  a lot of promise...... even for an old player from the dark ages.  I'm thinking LeBron gets his ring this year.


Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .



Category: NBA
Posted on: March 25, 2008 12:32 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2008 12:34 pm
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