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The Colby Rasmus Fan Club

If Colby Rasmus was playing for the Red Sox and he didn't get along with Terry Francona, I would have my concerns. If Colby Rasmus went on to disrespect Francona, my blood would boil. If Colby refused to listen to Dave Magadan and instead turned to his own father for advice while batting just .246, I would want him shipped away as fast as possible. However, Tony LaRussa is involved and suddenly I feel like buying a Colby Rasmus jersey.

I am not a big fan of Tony LaRussa, I never have been. I tend to have issues with people who think they are the smartest person in the room when in reality they seldom are. I tend to have issues with people who are grossly overrated. I find the "genius" very easy to root against.

Let's start with how overrated he is as a manager. The Oakland A's were built by Sandy Alderson and were loaded. The genius manager was only able to win one title with them and in the process lost to the 1988 Dodgers and the 1990 Reds. Talent wise both of…

My Love Letter to Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter reached the 3,000 hit plateau a little over a week ago. My blog has turned into a Jeter blog the last several weeks and I have received more than a few emails asking why I did not post about Jeter's great accomplishment instead of bashing him all the time. In my defense I was on vacation, then again I did manage to bash Roger Clemens in a blog post from the beach house. So here it is, a favorable blog post about Jeter.

I will be the first to admit that I was shocked when Jeter went deep for #3,000. It was even more shocking that it was hit to left field and wasn't cheap. If you told me Jeter would go deep for his milestone hit, I would have guessed a pop fly to right field at Yankee Stadium with Jeffrey Maier stretched out over the warning track. I even tweeted this minutes before the homer:




Michael Dobreski Where in the infield will Jeter's 3,000th hit stop rolling?  9 Julvia Plume  
I admit it, The Jete made me eat my twitter words. Derek wou…

First Half Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox enter the second half of the season with a 55-35 record. This is even more impressive when you consider the infamous 0-6 start even though I warned all Red Sox fans in this blog post they will look foolish if they jumped off the bandwagon. It is now time to figure out if this Sox team can win it all. Let's take a look at the key players from opening day and see how they have faired so far. We will place them in one of three categories:  


The Over Performed Category

Too many players in this category and the likelihood of a bad second half of the season is very real.

Jacoby Ellsbury
Adrian Gonzalez
David Ortiz
Josh Beckett

The four players above have had incredible seasons so far. Beckett has found his form. Ortiz looks like he has found the fountain of youth. Ellsbury looks like he has become what Red Sox fans have always hoped he would become. Adrian Gonzalez has been better than ever. There is bound to be some regression in the second half from these players. Beck…

Roger Clemens Strikes Out the Government

Sometimes things work out for stupid people. Roger Clemens is the real life Forrest Gump.

The Texas Con Man demanded to be heard by Congress when he didn't have to be heard and lied through his teeth. The Government went after him for perjury and lost badly when the judge declared a mistrial during day two.

Clemens will now wait until September when it will be decided whether or not the trial will get a second life. The likelihood of a second trial is remote since the Government has already spent $10 million in tax payer's money to go after the Rocket.

Cases are won in lost during jury selection and the judges ruling. Judge Walton ruled early on that the prosecutors could not use info about other players and their PED use. When the prosecutors showed a video tape that talked about Andy Pettitte and his testimony the rules were broken. It doesn't make Clemens any more innocent than Casey Anthony. It does make him a free man though.

Clemens denial is all about protecting hi…

The Derek Jeter Debate Continues

I know what you are thinking. Another Jeter post? I can't help it, this keeps on getting more and more interesting. Derek Jeter is now two hits away from 3,000 and has been back for four games since coming off the disabled list. In all four games Jeter has batted lead off and the Yankees record is 1-3. Keep in mind the Yankees were 14-4 while Jeter was out. The Yankees went from trailing the Red Sox in the standings with Jeter, to taking the lead in the division without him, to falling back behind the Red Sox in the four games since he has been back in the lineup. It has led to a division among Yankee fans about what to do with Jeter.

Don Mattingly, was also a Yankee captain and he made some interesting comments on the Michael Kay Show. "Sometimes you have to put your ego aside and do what's best for the team" said Mattingly when asked about his 1995 season and moving down in the order. Mattingly was no longer the hitter he used to be in 1995 and he realized that and…

The Fighting Showalters

The fiasco that took place at Fenway Park is the responsibility of one man, Buck Showalter. This all began before the season began when Buck took a shot at Theo Epstein and the high payroll Red Sox. Showalter started to back track on these statements not too long after they came out. Maybe he realized he was the wrong person to criticize high payroll teams since his previous stops were all on high payroll teams. Showalter is still the ring less wonder. The best moves his previous teams made was to let him go as both the Yankees and Diamondbacks won championships the very first year without Buck. There is no question Buck is bitter about this. The chip on his shoulder coupled with his enormous ego make for a dangerous combination. This combination blew up Friday night in Fenway Park.

The Orioles and their "genius" manager were obviously upset because of the Red Sox eight run first inning. It went against the plan Buck had at the start of the season to "kick the ass"…

Roger Clemens is the Texas Con Man

Will Derek Jeter Prove Me Wrong?

If you follow me on twitter or read my last post about Derek Jeter, you know I laugh at the notion of Jeter being this great captain and leader. I have received lots of feedback, especially from angry Yankee fans who passionately defend Jeter as the ultimate team guy, the ultimate captain, a leader without an ego, a guy who puts the team first, a man who is all about winning. We are about to find out if Jeter really is all those things or if he is a bigger fraud than Jim Tressel.

It was announced today that Derek Jeter would be returning on the fourth of July. It is now 2011, Jeter is 37 years old, his skills are in rapid decline and now he is trying to come back from an injury. He has an on base percentage of .324 this season and all indications are that he will be back in the lead-off spot when he returns.    Jeter can make me eat my words by doing the following:


Express to Girardi that he is willing to bat anywhere in the lineup.Be willing to play less and take on a mentoring role …