Friday, May 26, 2017

Briefly. (not really but I took last week off so forgive me for any old news)

I’m a hater, well documented. Was there anything better than watching the Yankees get thumped on ‘Jeter Day’ a couple of Sunday nights ago?

Trivia #1: Which state does NOT have an 80 mph speed limit? – South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Texas

Trivia #2: In 2008, Jacoby Ellsbury began his big league career with 25 consecutive stolen bases, second all-time. Who holds the record for consecutive stolen bases (27) to start their career?

So Brady is on the cover of Madden 18. BFD. 

This just in, Deven Marrero is an outstanding fielder!

Incredible. It took 12,072 games before LeBron had four fouls in the first half. That reminds me of a little story… Freshman year of high school, first game of the season. Billy Riley gets four fouls in about the first four minutes and is removed from the game. The next day at practice we are expecting poor Billy to get a verbal beating from Coach Henry “Hank” “Buffalo-Breath” Sullivan. Instead, he praises him for his aggressiveness. I can tell you it was the best lesson I ever got from ol’ Hank.

Quote of the week#1: “It’s easier than you think.” – Former juiced-up MLB slugger Jose Canseco on blowing through the $46 million he made as a player.

Quote of the week #2: “I always said we had an offseason so Earl (Weaver) could go home and think up what he was going to do next year.” – Steve Palermo (RIP) 

Most Useless Headline of the Week: “Mookie Betts thinks Malik Monk could help Celtics” – Hey, we all love Mookie but please…

Headline of the week: Mom paralyzed after eating gas station nacho cheese. – My take? Hey, bad choice on her part! We’re you that hungry, really? 

The world’s largest cat, Omar, is a Maine Coon 14kg (over 30 lbs) and 3’ 11” from Melbourne, Australia. Apparently he loves kangaroo meat.

The NBA is paying tribute to former analyst Carl Sager with “Sager Strong” on microphones. Good stuff.

Washington’s Bryce Harper is off to a pretty good start to the season. He is currently (last week) leading the majors in batting average (.388), on-base % (.503), OPS – on-base plus slugging (1.271), 2nd in slugging (.767), RBI (36) and tied for 2nd in homeruns (13) and walks (30).  

On May 17, 1945, every game on the American League schedule was rained out for the fourth consecutive day. 

Down on the farm… Ty Buttrey, the Red Sox 6-foot-6, 230-pound reliever for Double-A Portland, is hitting 100-mph on the radar gun. The 2012 fourth round pick has a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 11 outings (16 innings) and batters are hitting just .182 against him. Buttrey was converted to a reliever last season after going 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA as a starter. In 2015, the Red Sox also converted their 2012 second-round pick, Jamie Callahan, to the reliever role. In 11 outings (14 innings) between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Callahan has struck out 21 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP. 

RIP Steve Palermo, former major league umpire. Palermo died at age 67 after not only battling lung cancer but also the paralysis he suffered from a gunshot wound in 1991. Some of you may recall that Palermo, along with four other bystanders, jumped in to help two waitresses being beaten in a parking lot outside of a Dallas restaurant. Palermo was known as one of the best umpires of his time and he never shied from a good, heated argument. He had some memorable ones with Earl Weaver.

Trivia answer #1: Washington (DYK, on Texas State Highway 130, a privately-owned toll road that connects San Antonio and Austin, you can legally drive 85 mph!)

Trivia answer #2: Tim Raines 

I don’t recall whether it was the late Pete Anxhelm or Chris Berman from whom I first heard reference to the ‘Mendoza Line’. DYK, on May 22, 1982 Mario Mendoza, who later would become a hitting instructor(!), reaches first on a fielder’s choice ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder’s name will become infamous as players struggling at the plate will be described as performing below the ‘Medoza Line’.

RIP David “Munnsy” “Chief” Munns (57). WAY to $%^&ing soon. As funny, loving, solid, stand-up guy as you’re ever going to meet.

And RIP Mrs. McKay. Always love for the old neighborhood Moms.

“Rally sons of Notre Dame:

Sing her glory and sound her fame,

Raise her Gold and Blue

And cheer with voices true:

Rah, rah for Notre Dame

We will fight in ev-ry game,

Strong of heart and true to her name

We will ne-er forget her

And will cheer her ever

Loyal to Notre Dame

 

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,

Wake up the echoes cheering her name,

Send a volley cheer on high,

Shake down the thunder from the sky.

What though the odds be great or small

Old Notre Dame will win over all,

While her sons are marching

Onward to victory.”

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