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Saturday, July 12th, 2008
2:16 am
[gregoryrpratt]
I wrote a profile of Black Jack McDowell, my first interview/profile, and you can read it here. I'd appreciate any and all thoughts.

(Swing for the Fences)

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
12:14 pm
[harmonicsoul]
It's Grandpa time!
Jamie Moyer's got two more seasons with the Phillies.  Haha!!

Here's grandpa's story

Current Mood: cheerful

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Monday, October 2nd, 2006
9:06 pm
[harmonicsoul]
Man, why didn't I post this before?  Dusty's going back to SF and Pinnella's going to Washington.  Duh.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
8:39 pm
[gregoryrpratt]
Greatest pitcher of all time: who is your personal choice for it?

I love Greg Maddux. I love Bob Gibson. I love Pedro Martinez. I think I prefer Martinez to Maddux, and Gibson to Maddux, too, but there I'm not so sure.

How d'you feel about your guys? (And yeah, you can reply to my guys, too, but not unless you tell me who you like and eat your peas, too!)

(Swing for the Fences)

Saturday, August 12th, 2006
10:37 am
[gregoryrpratt]

(1RBI | Swing for the Fences)

7:44 am
[gregoryrpratt]
I was watching ESPN the other day. PTI. Apparently, Jonathan Papelbon, who also goes by the name of "God" if you haven't been paying attention, has blown a couple of saves lately, and ESPN ran a few segments asking, "SHOULD THE RED SOX BE WORRIED ABOUT PAPELBON!!!!!!" It really bothered me. In the entire first half of the season, BJ Ryan had only blown one save, versus my White Sox. Where's his segment asking if the Sox "broke him" and Toronto should worry?

ESPN is an absolute sham of a network, and to a point, I feel sorry for players outside of NY, Boston, St. Louis, and sometimes the Northside of Chicago. Justin Verlander is my Rookie of the Year, but I'll bet God gets it because ESPN is always slurping him.

This year, I'm mighty impressed by the Florida Marlins. Hell of a team, hell of a franchise. I'm a White Sox fan first, Braves fan second, but man, the Marlins make it hard to be a Brave fan when they've got such exciting, young, inexpensive baseball. Pittsburgh and Kansas City can cry "Poor" all they want, Florida doesn't, and I'm impressed by that. (Don't get me wrong. I personally think it'll be a great day in baseball history when KC or Pittsburgh win the WS again.)

I think Cuban baseball is exciting, and Cuban baseball players impressive. I think that it's a shame that Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez and Livan Hernandez will never make the Hall of Fame because they spent the prime years of their lives playing in Cuba. Those guys are excellence in every sense of the word.

(2RBIs | Swing for the Fences)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
4:18 pm
[harmonicsoul]
Is it me, or have the Reds made more moves than a frat guy at a brothel?

Current Mood: chipper

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
1:52 pm
[harmonicsoul]
Trades
Some are old, some are new, I just wanted to compile:

~The Brewers traded Carlos Lee and a minor league prospect for Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero, Laynce Nix and Julian Cordero.
~The Reds got Kyle Lohse from the Twins for a prospect.
~The Tigers landed Sean Casey from the Pirates for a top prospect. 
~The Yankees got Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for s
hortstop C.J. Henry, left-hander Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios, all minor leaguers.
~The Braves landed Bob Wickman from the Indians for a minor league prospect.
~The Cardinals landed Ronnie Belliard from the Indians in exchange for Hector Luna.
~The Reds landed Lance Cormier from the Phillies for a prospect.
~The Braves acquired Dennys Baez and Willy Aybar in exchange for Wilson Betemit.


Current Mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
12:16 pm
[harmonicsoul]
I'm so glad Pierzynski wasn't used in the game last night, that prick.  The ASG was a little dull, and I disagreed partially with the lineups:

Verlander and Mussina should have been there, and especially Victor Martinez.  Chris Ray would have been nice to see there as well as Joe Nathan.  Closers are so hard to come by now, and they've been way consistent.  Vic Martinez was the biggest shock for me.

I gotta say it, A-Rod is A-Rod but .282 with 19 homers isn't what one would expect of a salary of, and I got this from CBS Sportsline,
"
2006 Salary: $25,680,727".  I've hated him ever since he crossed over to the dark side, and when he tried to slap the ball out of the glove of whoever was covering first in the ALCS in what, 2004?  Douchebag.

Additionally, Hanley Ramirez deserved to be there more than Eckstein.  Marcus Thames should have been there.  Michael Barrett should have been starting, or even David Ross, over Paul Lo Duca.  There are more things I disagreed with but I can't remember.  It'd be nice if the ASG was used to be fun more than competitive.  I'd like to see that.


Current Mood: discontent

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
8:37 am
[gregoryrpratt]
Proof that you can't keep a good man down
Thank you, truly, to all of you who voted for Pierzynski with me.

For those of you that didn't: this one was for you, San Francisco!

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Monday, July 3rd, 2006
4:06 pm
[harmonicsoul]
3 Yankees starts and what, 4 Mets starters for the All-Star game?  Man, I hate A-Rod and Beltran and the rest of those douchebags.

Current Mood: awake

(2RBIs | Swing for the Fences)

12:00 am
[gregoryrpratt]
FRIENDS: I SEEK YOUR AID!

The White Sox rallied to get Scott Podsednik into the All-Star Game last year as the "thirty second man." After the Manager, Players, and fans vote, five people are selected to be the third second man. That was good Spod Almighty last year. This year, it's AJ Pierzynski.

AJ has helped bring a World Series to Chicago. He plays the game hard, and gives it his all. He's been derided by some as the most hated player in baseball not named Barry Bonds. Who cares what those people think?

Go to WhiteSox.com, and cast votes for AJ as the thirty second man for the AL. Do it for me. Why? Because I asked you to. Whether you like baseball or not, cast a dozen or two votes. That's all I ask. If you did more, that'd be great. I, and several friends, will be voting every spare moment we get, as there's no vote limit. If you can put in a few, that'd be wonderful. But help me help my team. Let's get it done.

Help me. I'm asking nicely, and I am sincere. If I could do something for you, I would. Help me get our deserving catcher in.

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
2:07 pm
[gregoryrpratt]
I, on behalf of the Chicago White Sox, need a favor.

Tadahito Iguchi is in third place amongst AL second basemen. Iguchi has been an excellent second baseman, and that isn't pure fandom on my part. From making superb plays at his position to moving the runner over when Scott Podsednik is on to blasting grand slams off of Brad Lidge over the left field fence, Tadahito is a great ballplayer.

I am asking you to vote for him for second base in the American League.
A brief defense of him, before anyone compares his numbers to those of others: he bats second in a lineup that emphasizes a mixture of "small ball" and power hitting. Our 3-4-5 leads baseball in homers and RBI, but we can still get it done without huge homeruns. Scott Podsednik gets on base, and it's Iguchi's job to move him over before anything else. He doesn't have the most RBI of second basemen or anything, but this is a case where the numbers mislead.

That all said, his numbers, homer-wise and RBI wise, are nothing to scoff at.

Please vote for Tadahito Iguchi when you're voting for the all-star game.
And, if you haven't been voting or aren't, then get on it. Voting ends tomorrow.

But, if you don't want to vote, please do, if for no other reason than to help Iguchi out. I'd appreciate it muchly. Remember, it's easy to pop in hundreds of ballots in a short amount of time, as after your first ballot, it saves your choices and then you can just click submit.

As far as email addresses go, well, let's just say that you can put in whatever and still vote.

Join me in pushing a candidate who deserves it forward.
Let's get Iguchi into the game as a starter,
Or die trying.

(Swing for the Fences)

Friday, April 21st, 2006
11:28 am
[supermantle7]
New Guy, Hoping to draw some thunder from this rant!
Has anyone even watched "Bonds on Bonds" or as I like to call it "Bonds on 'My last chance to change the minds of millions of P-O'ed fans who respect the game'". Heres the harsh truth Barry...No one cares about how good of a family man you are. I dont want to see you mop floors in your house. I dont want to see your "rigorous workout routine" and i certainly dont want to see you playing with your children. I admit, it is very nice to see a father playing with his son. That part of it is reputable and just when I start to develop a sense of humanity for Barry...I remember..."OH THATS RIGHT! The only reason why he's showing us this is so we can feel bad for him because he cheated and wont admit it". Yes Jason and Jeremy Giambi did do it. But the difference between Jason and Barry is that Jason had the stones to admit what he did and tell the world it was wrong and apologize on national TV and guess what, without the "juice" Giambi still has 5 Bell Ringers. Remind me again how many Barry has. Bottom line is, his body is deteriorating because all of those human growth hormones that your body ISN'T suppose to have inside it. Great job Barry!!! You were going to be a Hall of Famer anyways because of your talent but you've successfully darkened a once bright blue sky for MLB. My Congrats and Condolences to your tainted career. I'm out!!

Paul

Fav. All time Hitter:Mickey Mantle
Fav. All time Pitcher:Sandy Koufax
Fav. All time Team:1996 NY Yankees
Fav. Current Team: NY Yankees
Fav. Current Player: Albert Pujols (5 tool player, not too many of those)
Least Fav Team: Red Sox
Least Fav Player: (see above rant)

The subject is there fire away folks...more of these to come!

Current Mood: aggravated

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Monday, April 17th, 2006
9:35 am
[harmonicsoul]
2006
My fellow baseball comrades...2006 is an amazing year, or will be at least. It's the change of an era, a change in the times of superstars.

Jeff Bagwell is gone.
Sammy Sosa is gone.
Rafael Palmeiro is gone.
Frank Thomas will soon be gone.
Barry Bonds will soon be gone and/or put in prison.

And soon we'll see the demises of guys like Gary Sheffield, Jeff Kent, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Randy Johnson, Moises Alou, Greg Maddux, and we may have already seen the last of Roger Clemens; we'll get 3-4 more months at the most.


Superstars and household baseball names are being replaced, or will be soon for that matter. Grady Sizemore, Josh Willingham, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Jeremy Hermida, Joe Mauer, Matt Murton, Brian Roberts, Jose Reyes, Chone Figgins, Jason Bay, Mark Teixera, and Chase Utley are just a handful of young, promising stars that may carry the torches of the afore-mentioned stars of the past 15-20 years. This is a huge segway we're watching, and to me it's very exciting.

Lets hope egos surpass the young guys and baseball can be baseball once again.

Current Mood: drained

(Swing for the Fences)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
1:31 am
[vegaseddie]

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Saturday, February 25th, 2006
3:10 am
[harmonicsoul]
fantasy baseball
i have a fantasy baseball league from cbssportsline.com. it's 10 bucks to join and that includes thorough analysis and live scoring. it's a great site and my league's for those who really know the game. comment asap if you want in, only a few spots left!

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Monday, January 16th, 2006
9:33 am
[morningspirit]
MONTREAL EXPOS FANS
Hi there!
I'm a third year film student attempting to make a documentary on people who were fans of the Montreal Expos and how they felt when the team was moved to washington. It can include stories, memories, gripings, etc etc.

Also if anyone knows a good place to find archival footage of the expos, games, merchandise (on film) that would be helpful as well.
The commentary is much more important though.
Either comment here or email me at bluejaysfanforlife@yahoo.ca
Thanks

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
12:16 pm
[harmonicsoul]
I like how many trades are going on in this offseason, it's more interesting to me. That big swap with the padres and rangers, alfonzo for finley, prospects for pierre, boston getting lowell and beckett...

Damn Johnny Damon for being a Yankee, though.

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
8:00 pm
[booyahbitch]
is there a website out there that has information on what questek is and how its used for major league games? i need it for a research project i'm doing. gracias in advance.

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