*Sorry I forgot to post this a few days ago.
After 1,648 hits, 326 home runs,
1,090 runs batted in, 1,592 games, and parts of twelve seasons, Lance “The Big
Puma” Berkman is leaving Houston to play with Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez,
Mariano Rivera and the rest of the New York Yankees in the Big Apple.
It’s a bittersweet day in Houston.
On one side, the team is starting over and getting younger. On the other side,
you are losing a franchise player who played his college career (with the Rice
Owls) and pro career in Houston. Berkman has given the city of Houston so many
memories, good ones and bad ones.
Personally, I have two distinct
memories about Lance Berkman. The first autographed baseball I ever got was
Lance Berkman’s on my ninth birthday. However, In spring training of 2008,
while I was trying to get autographs, he went off the field, in a golf cart,
into the clubhouse, (the Astros clubhouse at their spring training park,
Osceola County Stadium, is on the other side of the left field fence) totally
ignoring the fans.
That day, Miguel Tejada, Jose
Valverde, Hunter Pence, and Wesley Wright, among others came a signed for the
me and the rest of the fans. I understand that fans do get a little crazy
sometimes. Ex-Astro Roy Oswalt use to only sign to small groups of fans while
with the Astros but spring training is different. Which, I understand.
Anyway, it has been a gradual
decline in power since 2006 when “Fat Elvis” hit 45 home runs. Since then, he
has hit 34, 29, 25 and 13 (in 85 games this year). And with the exception of
2008 when he drove in 106 runs his RBI totals have gone done every year since
2006 when he had 136 of them.
Now, I expect his power numbers to
increase with the dimensions of Yankees stadium and not having to face Josh
Johnson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Roy Hallady, or Mat Latos (who has a 0.99 WHIP) along
with the rest of the National League pitchers. However, the one thing that
could make his disappointing season even more disappointing would be if he
can’t play ball in the spotlight of New York City.
All right no one got this because no one guessed!!! Come on guys. I gave you guys another hit below.
All right this was kind of expected. Alex Rodriguez is out for six to nine weeks. Which is about two months. A-Roid will have “hybrid” surgery on his torn hip labrum. No one knows how this happened but it could have been caused by him taking steroids. I mean think of all the bad stuff steroids can do to you. They can cause liver damage, kidney damage, increase your blood pressure, and can weaken your bones. Just look at the diagram.
When you tear your hip labrum I think the femur pops out of the acetabular. I am not one hundred percent sure though. So it is possible that that steroids could have weekend the socket and the femur popped right out. Last year Mike Lowell had this. When he tried to play with it he said it was incredibly painful. So maybe Lowell called up A-Rod and said you should do the surgery. On second thought Lowell would probably never call A-Rod.
So now the Yankees have a problem. Who will be their starting third baseman? Well they could just use what they have right now. Cody Ransom is very promising. In 43 at bats he hit four home runs last year. Angel Berroa also could get the spot. Last season in 84 games with the Dodgers last year he had sixteen RBI’s and one home run. Knowing how the Yankees operate I doubt that will happen.
I believe that the Yankees will make a trade, maybe for Bobby Crosby. Crosby was said that he wanted a trade because he would not be the starting shortstop since the A’s signed Orlando Cabrera. Last season with Oakland he hit .237 with seven home runs, 61 RBI’s, and seven stolen bases. Crosby might like New York at first playing for the Yankees. Then though A-Rod would come back and Crosby would become a utility man. I am also not sure that Crosby can handle the New York media. He has only played six major league seasons and Oakland is a lot different then New York.
The Yankees could also trade for Blake DeWitt. DeWitt also got pushed out of his starting spot after the Dodgers signed Orlando Hudson. Last season was DeWitt’s first and in 117 games he hit .264 with nine home runs, and 52 RBI’s. I am sure DeWitt would like more playing time but I do not think he wants to go to New York. DeWitt is only 23 years old and like Crosby he is to young to handle the media and fans in New York. I mean he might get more coverage then C.C. Sabathia. Imagine how much pressure you would have on you if you were Alex Rodriguez’s replacement.
Probably the most likely trade the Yankees could would be for Mark Teahen. Teahen is mostly a right-fielder but can also play left, third, and second. That could help the Yankees a ton. Sure the Yankees already have to many outfielders but still he is a good utility player. In 2008 Teahen batted .255 with fifteen home runs, 59 RBI’s, and four stolen bases in 149 games. Teahen is about Crosby’s age and Kansas City is a lot different then New York. Still though I have seen Teahen play twice and from what I have seen on the field and in the dugout I believe he could handle the pressures in New York. I do not think it will be the best job handling the pressure gut he van deal with it.
Jon Lester apparently has agreed to a five year extension with the Red Sox. The deal is worth $30 million dollars and includes a team-option for 2014 worth $14 million dollars. The deal will become official on Tuesday when he takes his physical. This is why the Red Sox will beat the Yankees this year. Boston cares about chemistry and tries to lock up their young stars. The Yankees do not care about chemistry and if one player who has been with the team for twenty years and is a great influence in the clubhouse, then has one bad season the Yankees will trade him or let him go. Chemistry wins championships not talent. Do not believe me? Go look at team USA from 2006 and then look at this years WBC team. Yah, thats what I though. The Red Sox have signed Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis to long term deals. I love this deal. Lester is my pick to win the American League Cy Young this year. I know people are going to say I am biased but whatever. Lester just turned 25 on January seventh. He has already thrown a no-hitter, survived cancer, won a World Series, and won the 2008 Hutch Award. He also pitched one of the last shutouts at Yankee Stadium.In 2008 Lester had his breakout year going sixteen for six with 152 strikeouts and a 3.21 ERA. One thing is for sure. He has had heck of a carer already.
All right today’s hint to the question “Who pitched the first no-hitter in baseball history under lights?” Remember that this is the whole history of baseball not just MLB. Also remember that I have know this answer my whole life. Those are some big hints. Anyway today’s hint is he has a common last name and played for the Kansas City Blues and Indianapolis Indians.
That’s right Red Sox fans, Alex Rodriguez has a big, fat * next to his name. In 2003 he tested positive for steroids. 2003 was his last season with the Rangers where he lead the league in home runs(47), runs scored (124), and slugging percentage (.600). He also had 181 hits and 181 RBI’s. He won his first MVP and a golden glove. Following the 2003 season Rodriguez almost got traded to the Red Sox and I’m glad he didn’t. He ended up getting traded to the Yankees. Rodriguez has a carer average of .306 with 553 home runs, 2,404 hits, 1,606 RBI’s, and 283 stolen bases. Rodriguez is a twelve time all-star. He also has won ten silver sluggers, four Hank Aaron Awards, three MVP’s, and two golden gloves. A-Rod started out as a shortstop and then moved to third base when he joined the Yankees because Derek Jeter was already at shortstop. Before I hatted A-Rod. Now I hate and disrespect him. I will never respect a guy who took steroids unless they do what Andy Pettitte did. Pettitte came out and said, Hey look I did steroids and I’m sorry. I know how many Yankee fans feel. I used to look up to Roger Clemens, when he was an Astro. Then to his him get that * next to his name it was heartbreaking. Should we be surprised that A-Rod took steroids? No, his ego was bound to fall on him. Now the big problem in this is did the Rangers know that A-Rod tested positive so is that why they traded him? The whole Alex Rodriguez problem is the Rangers problem. The Yankees can do what ever they want but this is the Rangers fault. The Yankees didn’t have A-Rod on their team when he tested positive so they know as much as me, you, and Derek Jeter. A-Rod will not say anything. Yesterday he said, “I’m not saying anything . . . you’ll have to talk to the union.” The questions just pile on up, Did Scott Boras know? Will he make the Hall of Fame now? Should he lode his MVP? My answers are yes, yes, and no. When he gets jugged for the Baseball Hall of Fame voters will disregard the seasons he took steroids. If it turns out that A-Rod took steroids ten seasons there is know way he will make the hall of fame.
Okay it is really not junk.
Dustin Pedroia- Basketball Player- Never
Sep 16, 2008: Left wrist injury, day-to-day.
Sep 12, 2008: Missed 2 games (wrist injury).
Sep 6, 2008: Wrist injury, day-to-day.
Aug 18, 2008: Missed 2 games (illness).
Aug 16, 2008: Illness, day-to-day.
Aug 10, 2008: Missed 5 games (strained left quadriceps).
Aug 5, 2008: Strained left quadriceps, day-to-day.
Aug 4, 2008: Missed 5 games (quadricep injury).
Jul 30, 2008: Quadricep injury, day-to-day.
Jul 12, 2008: Missed 1 game (left knee injury).
Jul 11, 2008: Left knee injury, day-to-day.
Jun 24, 2008: Missed 1 game (strained left quadriceps).
Jun 22, 2008: Strained left quadriceps, day-to-day.
Jun 20, 2008: Missed 2 games (quadricep injury).
Jun 18, 2008: Quadricep injury, day-to-day.
May 31, 2008: Missed 1 game (dizziness).
May 30, 2008: Dizziness, day-to-day.
May 16, 2008: Missed 2 games (right shoulder injury).
May 13, 2008: Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.
May 2, 2008: Missed 1 game (hamstring).
May 1, 2008: Hamstring, day-to-day.
Sep 24, 2007: Torn ACL, sidelined indefinitely.
Sep 21, 2007: Missed 12 games (right oblique muscle strain).
Sep 11, 2007: Right oblique muscle strain, day-to-day.
Aug 8, 2007: Missed 4 games (hamstring).
Aug 4, 2007: Hamstring, day-to-day.
Jul 7, 2007: Missed 8 games (oblique injury).
Jul 1, 2007: Oblique injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 21).
Jun 20, 2007: Missed 16 games (calf injury).
Jun 8, 2007: Calf injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 3rd).
Jun 3, 2007: Calf injury, day-to-day.
May 30, 2007: Missed 14 games (hamstring).
May 23, 2007: Hamstring, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 15th).
May 22, 2007: Hamstring, day-to-day.
May 19, 2007: Missed 4 games (hamstring).
May 17, 2007: Hamstring, day-to-day.
May 11, 2007: Missed 15 games (hamstring).
Apr 23, 2007: Hamstring, 15-day DL.
Apr 20, 2007: Missed 6 games (hamstring).
Apr 13, 2007: Hamstring, day-to-day.
Sep 1, 2006: Missed 1 game (ankle injury).
Aug 30, 2006: Ankle injury, day-to-day.
Jul 14, 2006: Missed 20 games (shoulder injury).
Jun 20, 2006: Shoulder injury, 15-day DL.
Jun 19, 2006: Shoulder injury, day-to-day.
Jun 6, 2006: Missed 36 games (right knee injury).
May 7, 2006: Right knee injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to April 27th).
Apr 27, 2006: Right knee injury, day-to-day.
Oct 2, 2005: Missed 38 games to the end of the regular season (Torn left Patella Tendon).
Sep 2, 2005: Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (torn left Patella Tendon).
Aug 25, 2005: Torn left Patella Tendon, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 23rd).
Aug 23, 2005: Knee injury, day-to-day.
Jul 23, 2005: Missed 47 games (finger injury).
Jun 3, 2005: Finger injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 30).
May 31, 2005: Finger injury, day-to-day.
Aug 13, 2004: Missed 1 game (hamstring).
Aug 12, 2004: Hamstring, day-to-day.
Jun 30, 2004: Missed 4 games (suspension).
Jun 3, 2004: Suspended by MLB for 4 games.
Jun 1, 2004: Missed 2 games (ankle injury).
May 31, 2004: Ankle injury, day-to-day.
May 4, 2004: Missed 3 games (ankle injury).
Apr 30, 2004: Ankle injury, day-to-day.
Aug 29, 2003: Missed 46 games to the end of the regular season (back injury).
Aug 15, 2003: Back injury, 15-day DL.
Aug 10, 2003: Back injury, day-to-day.
May 8, 2003: Missed 12 games (strained right hamstring).
Apr 26, 2003: Strained right hamstring, 15-day DL (retroactive to April 23).
Apr 23, 2003: Strained right hamstring, day-to-day.
Apr 19, 2003: Missed 1 game (hamstring).
Apr 18, 2003: Hamstring, day-to-day.
Aug 30, 2002: Missed 16 games (appendicitis).
Aug 14, 2002: Appendicitis, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 12th).
Jun 4, 2002: Missed 29 games (eye Contusion).
May 2, 2002: Eye Contusion, 15-day DL.
Apr 17, 2002: Missed 4 games (right quadricep).
Apr 11, 2002: Right quadricep, day-to-day.