Wacky Wednesday

August 19, 2005
The Royals lose their 19th consecutive game.

favre jerseyAugust 18, 2009
Brett Favre signs with the Vikings. However, nobody at the worldwide leader seemed to notice.
August 18, 2008
Micah Owings hits two homers, a double and a single. The pitcher bashes six RBI and scores four runs.
August 18, 2006
Jered Weaver joins Whitey Ford as the only two players to start their careers with nine consecutive victories.

August 17, 2009
With only one minute and 17 seconds left, the Nats and first overall draft pick Stephen Stasburg agree to a four-year deal worth $15.1 million. The number is far from Scott Boras’ $50 million figure he put up months earlier, but still eclipsed Mark Prior’s former record by $5 million.
August 17, 2008
Josh Hamilton becomes the fifth ever player to get intentionally walked with the bases loaded.
August 17, 2003
The rally monkey is honored for his contributions in the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship with a bobblehead night.

August 16, 1996
Monterrey, Mexico hosts the first ever major league game outside of the U.S. or Canada. The Padres defeat the Mets 15-10 in the game.

August 14, 2008
The White Sox go back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Jim Thome starts the home run party with Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe all following.
offerman.533August 14, 2007
A scary incident in the independent league occurs when former MLB all-star Jose Offerman attacks two players with his bat after getting beaned. Offerman would get arrested and banned from the league after his offense.
August 14, 1998
“The greatest of all time” steals his 50th base of the season at the age of 39. Rickey Henderson is the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

August 13, 2007
Nomar Garciaparra gets thrown out of a game for the first time in 1,303 games.

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Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (74-44) The Yankees have a 23-7 record since the all-star break. Mark Teixiera’s 30 home runs and 86 RBI may just be MVP worthy.

2. Los Angeles Angels (70-45) Former ace John Lackey has returned to his old form since the all-star break. Lackey is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA since the breather. Meanwhile, Jered Weaver has 140 strikeouts, 7th in the AL to go along with 12 wins.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (70-48) The Dodgers got a much needed performance out of Randy Wolf Sunday. After Chad Billingsley strained his hamstring, and Hiroki Kuroda took a line-drive to the face – Wolf’s 7.2 innings and 3-4 day at the plate saved the series for the men in blue. The Dodgers now have two holes in their rotation – one which still hasn’t been filled, the other will be filled by 25-year-old Charlie Haeger. Haeger will make his second ever start against the Cardinals tonight on ESPN2. Haeger has given up 10 runs in 4.1 innings. You have to wonder why Jeff Weaver won’t be getting the call for either hole…

4. Texas Rangers (66-50) The Rangers probably should have swept their series with the Red Sox this weekend, but they’ll settle for two out of three with a 1/2 game lead in the wild card. They’ve dominated the Sox all season going 7-2 against the Nation and it’s because of their fully revamped lights out pitching staff. Kevin Millwood performing well for the Rangers is a given, but it’s the young guys: Tommy Hunter (4-1) 2.20 ERA, Dustin Nippert (4-1) 2.61 ERA, Derek Holland (3-2) 3.13 ERA, who have risen to the occasion since the all-star break. Those three keep that going, along with another young hurler Scott Feldman, who has been performing all season, and this team will be hard to beat in the postseason.

5. Boston Red Sox (66-51) The team that everyone thought was the best early in the season has only gone a discouraging 12-17 since the all-star break. Suddenly, the clutch veterans of the first half of the season have turned into the archaic, injured has-beens in the second half. The Sox find themselves out of the playoff picture for the first time since April. They’re 4-12 against teams over .500 since the break. If this doesn’t change the Sox will be home in Boston this October. Continue reading

Wacky Wednesday

Tigers Red Sox BaseballAugust 12, 2008
After a 10 run first inning, the Red Sox ultimately relinquish their lead to the Rangers. The Rangers go ahead 15-14, but the Sox come back to win 19-17 led by a Kevin Youkilis three run homer. The game ties the AL record for most runs scored in a game.

August 11, 2009
Kevin Youkilis gets hit by a pitch the second consecutive night and charges Rick Porcello – both get ejected. Mike Lowell fills in for Youkilis with two home runs, the first time a Red Sox came off the bench to hit two home runs in more than 40 years.
August 11, 2005
Mets outfielders’ Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron collide in an effort to catch a fly ball in the outfield. The collision was one of the most terrifying in the history of baseball. Cameron broke his nose and fractured multiple cheek bones, while Beltran sustained a concussion.cam-belt

August 10, 2008
The Rays set a franchise record for wins 117 games into the season. The Rays record their 71st win, and would finish the season with 97 victories and their first appearance in the World Series.
August 10, 2005
For the second straight year, Mike Lowell tags a base runner out via the hidden ball trick.
August 10, 2004
Two time Cy Young winner Tom Glavine gets injured only a way a Met could. His taxi crashes into an SUV. Glavine loses his front two teeth and needs 40 stitches to fix up his face.
August 10, 2003
Rafael Furcal turns the 12th ever unassisted triple play.

August 9, 1999
Five grand slams are hit on the same day for the first ever time in baseball history. Fernando Tatis, Jose Vidro, Mike Lowell, Bernie Williams and Jay Buhner all go deep.

August 8, 2000
On the same day that the Cubs pitcher Phil Norton gives up four home runs, Dodger pitcher Darren Dreifort goes deep twice.

August 7, 2005
On a very wacky day indeed, two Venezuelan pitchers with the last name of Zambrano take on each other at U.S. Cellular field. The two Zambranos, who aren’t related, where the same jersey number (38), enter the game with the same number of career victories (41), play for teams that started the series with the same record (54-54) and both also pitch right-handed and hit switch. Victor beats Carlos 6-1.

August 6, 2001
Boston’s Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play in one inning, but redeems himself by crushing a go-ahead grand slam his next at bat helping the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Rangers.

Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (69-42) The Yankees completed a gentleman’s sweep over the Red Sox after losing the first eight of the series earlier this season. They’ve now extended their lead to 6.5 games, and sent the Red Sox in to a tie for the wild card. Johnny Damon now has 21 home runs this year, and that might not even be his most amazing stat. That would be the fact that he and Mark Teixiera have gone yard back-to-back six times this season, which is exactly what they did against the Sox yesterday.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-45) It’s been a while since the men in blue found themselves looking up at anybody, but three losses in a row to the Braves has dropped them a spot. The Dodgers only have a 5.5 game lead over the Giants, and play a pivotal series in San Francisco starting today.

3. Los Angeles Angels (65-44) They can’t seem to figure out the second place Texas Rangers this season. The Angels are 3-9 against the wild card leaders, and that could be a major concern going down the stretch.

4. Texas Rangers (62-48) Note to everyone: It’s time to take the Rangers seriously. The Rangers, yes the Rangers, have the best ERA (3.54) in the AL since the all-star break! Michael Young has torn it up offensively with eight homers and 15 RBI since the break. What’s amazing is this team still hasn’t seen a hot Josh Hamilton this year. Hamilton is only batting .235 this season.

5. St Louis Cardinals (62-51) The red birds will relish the opportunity to play the Reds and Padres this week and increase their lead in the NL Central. Matt Holliday continues his tear since joining the team batting .466 with 15 RBI in 15 games. Continue reading

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky stats occurring from the dates of July 30-Aug. 5…

August 5, 2007
Tom Glavine becomes the 23rd player in MLB history to record 300 wins.
August 5, 2006
Vladimir Guerrero’s 44 game hitting streak against the Rangers ends when the Rangers walk him four times in a game, three of which were intentional.

August 4, 2007
On the day Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron’s record for home runs, another future steroid guy, A-Rod hit his 500th homer.
August 4, 2000
The Astros set a home run record at home in the first season of Enron Park. The Astros belt 83 homers their club record with 32 games still to play.

August 2, 2008
Jason Bay triples and scores the game winning run in his first game as a Red Sox.

August 1, 2005
Rafael Palmiero becomes the first high profile player to get suspended for steroids. The suspension raised some eyebrows considering Palmiero called the accusations on whether he took steroids “absolutely false” to congress.

July 31, 2009
Jake Peavy gets dealt to the team he denied earlier in the season in a stunning last minute trade. He joins Mark Buehrle and the White Sox to combine for maybe the best 1-2 punch in baseball.

Sober Rankings

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (65-40) If there was any doubt about the acquisition of George Sherrill, he quickly got rid of it Friday against the Braves striking out the side in the 7th inning. A proven left-handed reliever is exactly what the Dodgers were looking for at the deadline. I would argue that they also should have tried making a deal for a starter, but they seem content with what they have.

2. New York Yankees (63-42) Melky Cabrera’s cycle has overshadowed two minor moves the Yankees made before the deadline. They picked up Eric Hinske who has put up ridiculous numbers in his first seven games (5 HR and 8 RBI) and Jerry Hairston Jr., who will add solid depth in the infield. He’s also a pretty good fielder, so he may be a late game defensive replacement in the playoffs, should the Yanks make it there.

3. Boston Red Sox (62-42) The Red Sox have started regaining their mojo. They made a major acquisition of Victor Martinez, who has filled in admirably for the Nation (5 RBI in two games.) Martinez has gotten over the sadness in leaving Cleveland quickly. Just last week he was heartbroken his former team traded him away before his bobblehead night, and now he’s ready for a playoff push.

4. Los Angeles Angels (63-40) Don’t look now, but the Angels have the best record in the AL. The Angels are the hottest team in baseball on a five game winning streak and looking ready for postseason play. They didn’t make any trades before the deadline, but maybe that’s because guys like Kendry Morales (23 HR, 69 RBI) and Bobby Abreu (73 RBI) have filled the void of Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero.

5. Texas Rangers (59-44) The Rangers aren’t going anywhere. They sit only 2.5 game behind the wild card and are in contention. They made no deals at the deadline, but the two deals they made earlier in the season, for Jason Grilli and Darren O’Day have worked out. These two pitchers (1.53 and 1.80 ERA respectively) have the best two ERA’s on the team. Continue reading

L.A. Tennis Open Day 6

dodgers 021In the biggest match of his career, Sam Querrey was willed to victory by his Samurais. The Samurais were vocal throughout “Big Red’s” match as the young American claimed his first career victory over Tommy Haas. Haas was clearly unsettled by the rambunctious crowd, and didn’t know how to deal with the heat from “Big Red’s” serve or the fire coming from his fans. Sam Querrey now takes the lead of the U.S. Open Series and will see if the third time is a charm tomorrow against Carsten Ball. Querrey made the final his last two tournaments, but lost. Today’s match he will once again be the favorite to win his second career tournament.dodgers 020