My Mt. Rushmore of Sports Heartbreak

Sometimes I like to torture myself by thinking about times in my sports watching life that are almost apocalyptic. Well, to me at least.

As a true sports fan and having what could be called actual true love (nonphysical, because that would be weird and I’m not even sure how it’s possible, although this guy has sex with a car, so who knows…) for the teams that I follow, to think about the good almost goes hand-in-hand with the sludge and moments that scream to be forgotten, but can’t because they are permanently burned into your brain tissue.

My Mt. Rushmore of Depression begins with (my team in bold); Continue reading “My Mt. Rushmore of Sports Heartbreak”

MLB 2K12: The Predictions (Part I)

Smell that? IT’S BASEBALL!

It’s a looooong season and filled with numerous injuries and many good surprises to (the inevitable) terrible disappointments.

There is no one sure-fire pick for World Series champion. There is, however, a few teams that are in that ‘favorite’ position (Yankees, Tigers, Rangers in the AL & Phillies, Braves, Marlins in the NL).

Yes, I realize that the three teams with a shot in the National League are all from the NL East. My reasoning is equal parts, ‘the NL East is going to be the best division in baseball’, and ‘the rest of the NL’s possible contenders are at least a year away from being good enough’.

Conversely the American League has three top contenders (mentioned above) and three secondary contenders (Rays, Red Sox, and Angels) that could easily rise above with the right combination of break out/huge season from a star(s) and injury to a pivotal player. Overall there’s six possible teams that could represent the AL in the World Series this season.

On to the records predictions; Continue reading “MLB 2K12: The Predictions (Part I)”

AJ Burnett, God help us!

Simple title, simple post.

AJ Burnett is starting for my beloved Yankees tonight in the most important game of this season for them.

That’s bad if you don’t know. AJ Burnett is erratic in a best case scenario. I’m hoping it’s one of AJ’s happy bi-polar pitching days.

“I’ve been proving people wrong my whole career, it seems like,” Burnett said.

Yes, you have been proving people wrong you whole life. The people who keep insisting you’re capable of being a very good pitcher. I wouldn’t worry though AJ, that number may have finally dwindled to zero after your past two seasons (10-15, 5.26 ERA in 2010, 11-11, 5.15 this season) and your month of August this year when you impossibly posted an ERA of 11.36.

His ERA in August is reminiscent of this seasons Jacksonville Jaguars offense; dismal.

As a Yankee fan, a realistic one, I have no hope whatsoever that Burnett is going to be competitive and so I feel safe in saying…we need a lot of runs tonight. Let’s make it a shootout. I believe the Yankees have more bullets in their gun than the Tigers do.

Lets just hope they aren’t blanks.

A-Rod moving towards MLB history*

Just looking at some baseball stats and Alex Rodriguez has 1,883 career RBI’s and that makes him 414 away from tying Hank Aaron for all time #1 in RBI’s at 2,297.

A-Rod is 35 now and I think he’s got another good 3-4 years of driving in a 100 (barring injury obviously). Lets just say for the sake of argument that he drives in 100 exactly in the next two seasons after this one (saying he doesn’t drive in another run this year, which obviously won’t happen, but anyway) that would leave him being 37 with 214 left to tie and 2 more years of being pretty good still. Now lets say over the last 2 years of being decent still he drives in 85 those years it would leave him being 39-40 and only needing 44 more RBI’s to tie Aaron for most all-time.

It really does seem that if he can stay healthy he will probably become the all-time RBI king. That’s crazy.

Also, he has 626 career HR’s, Barry Bonds has 762* so he needs 136 to tie him. He could get REALLY close on that one too.

AND he probably won’t get 30 HR’s this year, which will make it the first time he has failed to get 30 in a season since 1997 when he had 23 and it was only his 2nd full MLB season.