Monday, May 07, 2007

Last Week in Baseball! - Yay! Discussions about race!

If you are like us, you grew up on Mel Allen and “This Week in Baseball.” Here at WCT, we have “Last Week in Baseball!” Please don't sue us Fox!

Why does ESPN always have to make a racial issue out of everything? This weekend, we were blitzed with a study the network created that shows that your feelings for Barry Bonds and his chase of Hank Aaron may be affected by your race. The study highlighted statistics that show that a higher percentage of black baseball fans support Barry Bonds than white baseball fans. What this study did not consider is the fact that hatred of Bonds in this chase is support for Aaron, who is also black. Nor did it consider the fact that the network where most baseball fans get there Bonds-related news, ESPN, is the network that portrays him as the surly, steroid freak that most people know. If you know us, you know that we have no love for Barry, that being said we think that ESPN inundates us with news about Barry and what a dick he is just to piss fans off. Programming for ESPN has degenerated into six months of Barry Bonds news, and six months of Terrell Owens news, with some Yanks/Sox talk mixed in for variety.

Now, on to our LWIB notes!

- Speaking of Bonds, don’t look now, but he leads the NL with 10 home runs and an OPS of 1335 so far this year.

- We said
last week that it was not panic/celebration time for the Yankees, and right on cue, Roger Clemens rides in on his white horse to save the day. Clemens is obviously better than the clowns that they have been sending out there so far this year, but he isn’t exactly the innings-eater that they need. He was basically a six inning pitcher down the stretch last year, and that was facing NL lineups. The Yanks still have an average to below-average bullpen (when that bullpen is fresh, which it rarely is) and several other holes in their rotation. Not to mention the fact that no one knows quite what to expect out of a 44 or 45 year old Rocket.

- Last note on the Yanks: A-Rod hasn’t homered in two weeks! BOOOOOOOOO!!

- Maybe we buried the Cubs, who have won five in a row, eight of ten, and are now one game over .500, too early. Or maybe their stretch of Pittsburgh for three, Washington for three, Pittsburgh for three, came at the perfect time.

- When are people going to start to recognize how good Placido Polanco is? He is batting .361 and leads the AL in hits. Not only that, but he has only struck out four times so far this year. If he only took a walk more than once in a blue moon…

- People that have over a 1000 OPS that surprise us, Magglio Ordonez, B.J. Upton, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Rowand, and J.J. Hardy

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Its our blog dammit, so we are going to talk about our team every week - We did not shed any tears when Jake Westbrook and his 7.90 ERA were put on the DL today. Also, nice to see the Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez of 2005 have shown up, at least so far. The Tribe was on a roll last week, but let’s see how the first west-coast trip of the season goes.

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How ‘bout tha... er, I mean, I'll be goddamned! - What’s gotten into John Maine? The Mets starter is 5-0 with a WHIP of 1.07 and a league-leading ERA of 1.37. Weren’t the Mets supposed to have starting pitching issues this year?

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