Breaking: Josh Hamilton homers 4 times against Orioles

by JohnBowen

Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton just hit his 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th home runs tonight, becoming the first player to slug four home runs in a game since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

He also doubled to set the American League record with 18 total bases, and drove in 8 of the Rangers’ 10 runs.

A little while ago on DC, we discussed Hamilton’s potential contract after this season. Hamilton’s big night has currently put him over the .400 mark, with his OPS sitting just shy of 1.300. He won’t do it, but continuing at his current pace (warped largely by tonight’s huge game) would give him all-time single season records in both home runs and RBI.

Safe to say, he’s been helping his stock.

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118 Responses to “Breaking: Josh Hamilton homers 4 times against Orioles”

  1. John Says:

    I’m actually more amazed by the one home run that Cesar Izturis hit just now.

    Because, ya know. It’s Cesar Izturis.

  2. Cameron Says:

    Hey guys, got my computer back… But I need a special order keyboard to come in, Mike sent a broken keyboard. My posting may be MORE infrequent if you can believe it.

  3. Mike Felber Says:

    Wow, big news on Hamilton!

    Cam, you cannot just get any keyboard, huh?

  4. Cameron Says:

    Mike, I need PS/2 input. Everyone’s so obsessed with USB, you can’t just go to the store and pick one up anymore.

  5. Cameron Says:

    Uh… Scratch that. I think i accidentally invoked dark magic and made USB kyboards work on this machine again.

  6. Raul Says:

    Nice job by Hamilton.

    I’ve been out of the loop over the past week. I have no idea what’s been going on so I’ve been reading a lot.

    Looks like Kemp is still hot.

  7. Cameron Says:

    Kemp is still hot, but Ethier beat him for the team (and league) RBI lead. Probably because he cleans up for Kemp. Hamilton’s power surge put him ahead of Kemp by 2 for the homer crown, and ahead by 2 points of BA for the batting crown.

    I think Hamilton’s holding the Triple Crown for the AL right now, but don’t quote me.

  8. Raul Says:

    I think talk about who can bat .400 and HR/RBI/BA crowns in early May is pointless.

    If someone has 50 homers or is batting .390 on September 1st, we can get into it at that time.

  9. Cameron Says:

    I know man, just providing you an update.

  10. Raul Says:

    As a side note: given what we know about McGwire, Sosa and Bonds, I still kinda consider 61 to be the number.

  11. Bob Says:

    I agree. And 755 as well.

  12. Chuck Says:

    Cam..Royals called up Giavotella.

  13. Cameron Says:

    He shouldn’t have had to have been called up. He’s a better player than Getz and Yuni combined. The fuck was he doing in Omaha!?

  14. Raul Says:

    Zack Greinke just went 8 innings, allowing 2 hits, striking out 11 and allowed zero runs against Cincinnati.

    He will not get the win.

    John Axford allowed 2 runs to score in the top of the 9th.

    2-0, Reds lead.

  15. Raul Says:

    BTW, Greinke was at 104 pitches and didn’t walk a single batter.

    I suppose maybe he was gassed.
    lol.

  16. Raul Says:

    I saw that Moneyball movie a few nights ago.
    I have to say, I enjoyed it.

    But the way they painted the scouts in the movie was a bit crude.

    So far this year, Oakland is 16-14, four games behind Texas. Manny Ramirez becomes eligible 20 games from now.

  17. Raul Says:

    So apparently a lot of organizations frown on Long Toss as part of pitchers’ routines.

    Anyone think there may be a connection between lack of throwing/long toss and all these pitching injuries we’re seeing?

  18. Cameron Says:

    I can attribute them to the sucking of a lot of pitchers. Lots of the good young pitchers still long-toss. I know Bauer does, pretty sure Taillon does too. I know KC likes long toss for their young guys.

    …too bad all the good pitchers are in Northwest Arkansas or Omaha and we’re stuck with Hochevar, Chen, and Paulino as “pitchers”.

  19. Bob Says:

    Absolutely it is beneficial to pitchers. The one question I/we all have is how many tosses they should throw. There is a point of diminishing returns. I certainly do not have the answer.
    Furthermore, about a week ago, Chuck threw out a link which said some pitchers speed is increasing after resuming long-tossing in his daily routine.

  20. Raul Says:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/albert_chen/05/07/dylan.bundy.trevor.bauer.long.toss/index.html?sct=mlb_bf3_a3

  21. Chuck Says:

    “Anyone think there may be a connection between lack of throwing/long toss and all these pitching injuries we’re seeing?”

    Like all of them?

  22. Bob Says:

    Carl Beane, the PA announcer at Fenway was killed in a single car crash.

  23. Chuck Says:

    Trevor Bauer’s long toss video

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1119189-mlb-prospects-video-trevor-bauers-extreme-long-toss

  24. Brautigan Says:

    So Johnny Sain was wrong about “long-toss”?

    Who would you prefer to listen to? Johnny Sain or Dick Mills? (Good thing Tom Glavine listened to Johnny Sain and not Dick Mills)

  25. Chuck Says:

    Dick Mills couldn’t make his own kid a major leaguer.

    6′5″ lefty who threw like a girl.

  26. Raul Says:

    Ryan Dempster is 35 and off to the best start of his career. Pretty impressive. I remember when he was a kid with the Marlins. He should have been a more dominant force…I’m not sure why he was ever made into a reliever.

    Meanwhile, out in Boston Ryan Sweeney is really testing my atheism. How the heck is that kid batting .360? A little divine intervention from above?

    Happy 52nd birthday, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn batted under .300 just once during his 20-year career when he hit .289 in 54 games as a rookie.

    It’s interesting that in 1988, Tony Gwynn won the batting title with a .313 average. To date, it’s the lowest average to gain the batting title in National League history, and is the lowest to gain any title since 1968 when Carl Yastrzemski hit .301 for Boston.

  27. Raul Says:

    Mariano Rivera has a blood clot in his right calf.

  28. Cameron Says:

    Oh shit. In between that and the knee, surgery on that leg may very well force him to retire.

  29. Raul Says:

    I think the injury might actually make the transition to the post-Rivera era easier.

    If Rivera went out there in 2012 and posted 40 saves with a 1.70 ERA, he’d surely be asked to come back. And even if he retired, if in 2013 the Yankees closer (whomever it would be) struggled, calls for Rivera would be everywhere.

    It’s not the most fitting retirement for a guy like Mariano Rivera, but if he does retire on the heels of a devastating injury I think it takes some of the load off of Rafael Soriano or David Robertson, or whomever assumes that role.

  30. Raul Says:

    Mike Moustakas is batting .311/.366/.534 on the season.
    Alex Gordon is batting .265/362/.434 but over the last 12 games, he’s gone .404/.481/.638.
    Hosmer continues to struggle.

  31. Cameron Says:

    Wil Myers has 11 homers down in AA. Not bad at all.

  32. Cameron Says:

    Hosmer’s hitting about the most productive .181 ever, but still… Looks like he’s still making good contact, as his Ks aren’t too alarming, about 1 in 10 ABs. It’s something that looks like it can be fixed.

    Granted, without being able to watch the games on TV anymore, it’s hard to tell for certain.

  33. Cameron Says:

    No wonder the Royals are looking so bad. Just checked the starter numbers.

    Luke Hochevar – 9.00 ERA
    Bruce Chen – 4.98 ERA
    Jonathon Sanchez – 6.75 ERA
    Danny Duffy – 4.00 ERA
    Luis Mendoza – 5.56 ERA

    And meanwhile, Broxton has a sub-2 ERA with good Ks. So shit rotation and a good closer getting screwed out of save chances. Typical KC.

  34. Jim Says:

    Lester another mediocre outing along with more bad RS defense. Cam (or is it John) must be smiling.

  35. Cameron Says:

    I want Lester to do better, but I do revel in being SO right in saying Kershaw would be a better pitcher than Lester.

  36. Raul Says:

    Kershaw probably is the better pitcher.

    To be fair, Kershaw didn’t have cancer. He doesn’t pitch in Fenway. And he doesn’t pitch in the American League.

  37. Mike Felber Says:

    755 & 61, yup.

    Aaron came through with a video tribute to Bonds, but he seemed to have mixed feelings before the record was broken. He has been infallibly gracious, & did not seem to mind being overtaken, except for the method.

    Without ‘roids, I am guessing that Bonds would have been close to 650.

  38. Raul Says:

    I think 650 is a bit of a stretch.

    If you believe ‘Game of Shadows’ then Bonds juiced after ‘98. Up until that time he had averaged 32 homers a year. In 1999, Bonds was 34 and you have to doubt he would have become a more prolific HR hitter.

    I’d say mid-to-high 500s. If he would have cracked 600 HR, it would have been just barely.

    Consider what Alex Rodriguez is doing (assuming he’s clean now). Alex is 36, will be 37 in July and he’s already a stretch to hit even 25 homers. Bonds at that same age hit 73.

  39. Cameron Says:

    650 might be a stretch, but only slightly. Guy could still easily have his 600-600 career HR/SB clean.

  40. Chuck Says:

    “Aaron came through with a video tribute to Bonds”

    Not voluntarily.

  41. Chuck Says:

    “Without ‘roids, I am guessing that Bonds would have been close to 650.”

    No way.

    First, I don’t believe this 1998 stuff, I think he was on it way before then.

    The guy plays 8 years in Pittsburgh and averages 27 HR a season, then hits 46 his first year in San Fran?

    Chuckle, chuckle.

    SF is a harder place to play than Pittsburgh, you can, IMO, knock off 250 homers, wich puts him right around 500.

  42. Bob Says:

    Speaking of ARod, very curious to see how he does after the blood-spinning procedure he took this past off-season.

  43. Chuck Says:

    The Red Sox PA announcer suffered a heart attack before the crash.

  44. Bob Says:

    Chuck, thanks.

  45. Brautigan Says:

    Chuck:

    Next week, I am going to see Reno, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Modesto, Stockton, Lake Elsinore and San Jose play. Anything you want from me on this trip? Anything you would like me to look for?

  46. Chuck Says:

    I’ll take anything you think is newsworthy..you’ve seen enough baseball in your lifetime to know whether a guy can play or not.

    I’ll check the rosters later on and if there’s a specific group of players, I’ll let you know.

    I think you sent me your new email, right?

  47. Raul Says:

    Alex is hitting .279/.385/.432. His problem isn’t the knee right now. His problem is that he apparently thinks he can still cover both sides of the plate. He can’t. Pitchers are constantly going outside-inside on him every game. What’s mostly happening is he’s getting jammed on the inside pitches and he’s grounding a lot of them to SS and 3B. He should pick a side. Personally, I think he could have quite a good year if he took a Ryan Howard-esque approach and tried to hit for opposite field power, and just take the walks as pitchers nibble on the inside corner.

    David Robertson blew a 1-0 lead to the Rays last night.
    Two on, two out in the top of the 9th and Matt Joyce took him deep. The score was 1-1 at this point.

    According to the Pitch-by-Pitch:
    Strike (looking). Count 0-1
    Strike (looking). Count 0-2
    Ball. Count 1-2
    Foul. Count 1-2
    Home Run. Rays lead 4-1.
    Clay Rapada relieves David Robertson.

    First of all, it is incredibly frustrating that you get a player 0-2 and you can’t close him out.
    And Secondly, why the hell would Clay Rapada relieve David Robertson??

  48. Chuck Says:

    ARod can’t catch up with good fastballs anymore.

    Remember a couple of years ago how David Ortiz was getting beat on good stuff inside?

    It took him a couple of years to adjust but he’s doing OK now..ARod will have to do the same thing.

  49. Brautigan Says:

    Yes, I did. Otherwise, I check this site and your site regularly, so just let me know.

  50. Chuck Says:

    When do you leave?

    Want to check pitching rotations.

  51. Raul Says:

    Out in the Yankees minor league universe…

    AAA:

    Jack Cust isn’t changing a thing about his approach. He’s hitting .272/.372/.398 with 38 strikeouts in 29 games.

    Either the Yankees aren’t stretching Manny Banuelos or he simply can’t go deep into games. In 4 starts this year, he’s got 14 innings pitched, allowing 7 runs and 7 walks.

    Dellin Betances hasn’t been much better, allowing 28 walks in 36 innings. That’s not a typo. Betances has allowed 28 walks in 36 innings, folks.

    AA:

    Not much to report here. Some kid named Preston Claiborne (24) has struck out 25 batters in 19.1 innings. The kid is a reliever. Look out, Clay Rapada. Your ML days might be numbered. LOL.

    Adv A-ball:

    23-year old outfielder Rob Segedin has 5 homers in 33 games, along with 24 strikeouts. He’s also got 3 errors, which might not be a huge concern, but for an outfielder, that seems pretty high considering it’s only May.

    There are a number of pitchers at this level for the Yankees with nice strikeout ratios, but there’s little faith you can put in those numbers and it seems when they aren’t striking batters out, they’re quite hittable as each starter (Greene, Ramirez, Turley, O’Brien and Nuding are all around a hit-per-inning).

    A-Ball:

    The Yankees may have misplaced their judgment in taking Cito Culver in the 1st round. The kid is just 19 but there’s hardly anything you can hang your hat on regarding his future. He hasn’t shown power, speed, nor contact and he’s an Errors Machine. That’s not a good sign for a top pick as you would expect they would show some sort of dominance at the lower levels.

    The good news is that Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams are off to good starts. Sanchez hitting .359 and Williams at .321. 20-year old outfielder (and 13th round selection) Tyler Austin has 10 homers for the ball club to go along with 4 triples and is easily the offensive leader of the early going.

  52. Chuck Says:

    Guess who’s having an MRI on his elbow?

    Chris Sale.

    Damn, didn’t see that coming. :)

  53. Chuck Says:

    Betances had a great start last night..eight innings, two hits, two walks.

  54. Raul Says:

    About time @ Chuck.

  55. Cameron Says:

    Sanchez is still in A-ball?

    And Chris Sale’s elbow might be hurt? I wonder why… Seriously, worst arm motion ever.

  56. Chuck Says:

    Both Claiborne and Segedin played in the AFL last year. I wrote in my book that Claiborne is “a mini Joba”..same body type/build but six inches shorter.

    Segedin is a college player repeating Class A. Even though his numbers so far are better, not sure I can call him a prospect at this point.

  57. Raul Says:

    Well Sanchez is just 19. He had a tough year in 2011, hitting just .256/.335/.485 in 82 games in A-ball.

    I suppose had he played for the Nationals, he would have been promoted mid-season last year.

    But the Yankees decided to start him in A-ball again. Could have been offensive struggles or defensive progression, or both.

    There isn’t much in AA and I think Sanchez could see a promotion by the end of the month, if not mid-June.

    But I don’t think he sees a Major League Roster until 2014 or 2015.

  58. Raul Says:

    Mini Joba isn’t exactly a flattering description @ Chuck

    LOL

  59. Chuck Says:

    Betances’ start last night

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2012_05_09_colaaa_swbaaa_1

  60. Cameron Says:

    19? Really? Seems like Gary’s been around for longer than he really has to me.

  61. Chuck Says:

    #58,

    Right….but I couldn’t think of anything else. It’s like Austin Powers and Mini-me.

  62. Cameron Says:

    I wonder if the Joba rules will be scaled down too. That limits him to, what? An inning a week?

  63. Raul Says:

    Matt LaPorta and Andy LaRoche are in AAA?

    Wow.

    For some reason, whenever someone mentions the LaRoches, I always think of Andy and Alan Benes. I guess all of them should have been better than they were.

  64. Bob Says:

    Come July, Sanchez will have been in the Yankees system for 3 years.

  65. Cameron Says:

    Huh… He has, hasn’t he?

    Still, 3 years of A-Ball? Bad sign.

  66. Raul Says:

    Yes, Bob.

    But Sanchez was signed at 17 and to date has just 155 games under his belt.
    It’s not like he’s Tim Beckham.

    How is that a bad sign? Are we now expecting every prospect perform like Giancarlo Stanton?

  67. Cameron Says:

    I just don’t know many guys who stay in A-Ball that long and have good careers, Raul. Higher levels, maybe, but not A-Ball. Then again, he was only 17. Latin prospects do take a couple extra years.

  68. Bob Says:

    Raul, I was not knocking him. Cameron just mentioned he was surprised he was only 19. I never said for one second or post that he is a sub-par prospect/talent.

  69. Raul Says:

    So now that Middlebrooks is up, where are they sending Youkilis?

    I imagine Billy Beane doesn’t hold him in as high regard these days.

  70. Bob Says:

    I doubt Youkilis has any trade value. Certainly not at his salary.

  71. Raul Says:

    I think Boston needs to clean house a little bit.

    No manager can come in and take control of the team as long as Youkilis, Pedroia, Beckett and others say and do whatever they want.

    I’m not saying Pedroia needs to go, but Beckett and Youkilis probably do.
    I think Beckett signed an extension or something last year. Still, he seems like a douche.

  72. Bob Says:

    So I just went to ESPN, and on its main page is this story/question.

    “Several expansive ballparks make homers harder to come by and hitters are not happy. Should teams move in the fences?

    Here is your answer: No, Fuck no, and no fucking way.

  73. Cameron Says:

    My money is Middlebrooks goes to Pawtucket. Kid’s an injury replacement and still needs work.

  74. Cameron Says:

    Raul, by all reports, Beckett is the second-biggest douche on the Sox behind Youk.

  75. Bob Says:

    Pedroia will not go. Beckett is a 10/5 guy, and Youk has no value. That being said, in about a month, I will type a ( sterling) blueprint for them and some potential moves. But I honestly thimk most GM’s are preparing for the draft right now. A glimpse of players who could go.

    `1. Beckett, despite his 10/5 status
    2. Lester
    3. Bucholz
    4. I have more thoughts

  76. Bob Says:

    Middlebrooks is fine.

  77. Cameron Says:

    He might look fine now, Bob, but I think it was Chuck who said there’s still a hole that needs fixing in his swing before he’s there full-time.

    And Beckett may be a 10/5 guy, but he may waive the rights to get away from Bobby V.

  78. Bob Says:

    Thinking he may waive them as well. Hence he was #1 on my list.

  79. Raul Says:

    I think ball parks should be larger.

    I want to see more athleticism. There’s little you can do about the dimensions of the classic stadiums. Fenway and Wrigley are what they are.

    I realize that some hitters might smack a ball 375 to the gap and think it should be a HR. I think that hitter should stop whining and get to 3rd base.

    There was a time when 25 HR made you a power hitter. These days the only time 25 HR makes you a power hitter is if you’re a shortstop.

    The other night I saw Adam Dunn score on a ball hit to Johnny Damon in LF. I don’t think Damon’s throw even reached the infield grass before the ball hit the ground. These are precisely the types of players who should have no business on a Major League roster. Let’s see more players with good throwing arms and great speed and defensive instincts. We’ve all had enough of 6′5, 240-pound mashers that can’t run and strike out 150 times a year.

  80. Cameron Says:

    How does Johnny Damon somehow relate to power hitting?

  81. Raul Says:

    MLB’s hardest thrower is apparently the Royals’ Kelvin Herrera, averaging 99.1 MPH.

    Oil Can Boyd called Wade Boggs a racist. Boggs emphatically denies the accusation calling Boyd “a delusional drug addict”.

    And despite Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos’ hot start, the Tigers insist he will remain in the Minors.

  82. Raul Says:

    @80

    You have these smaller ball parks to appease these large, unathletic players.

    Johnny Damon doesn’t benefit from a small park in the sense that he could hit more home runs. Damon benefits because he doesn’t have to cover as much ground and his weak throwing arm is less of an issue.

    If Damon had to play in 1958 Yankee Stadium, does anyone think he’s the team’s centerfielder? He’d bounce the ball 6 times just to get it to 2nd base.

    That’s how these small stadiums impact the overall talent in the league.

    For ever Mark Reynolds or Adam Dunn you have because of the small parks, you have Johnny Damons out there with noodle arms, running bad routes.

  83. Cameron Says:

    Raul, I’m not sure Damon’s a fair comparison. He was ALWAYS that bad. Sure, he used to run routes better back in the day, but his arm was always shit. I’d say it benefits guys like Ellsbury more, where most smaller parks can disguise his bad routes and his “meh” arm. He can look good in a small park. Damon never could.

  84. Raul Says:

    Damon got a combined 83 million dollars out of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

    It speaks for itself.

  85. Chuck Says:

    “a delusional drug addict”.

    classic

  86. Cameron Says:

    It IS Oil Can Boyd, the man who was on crack throught out the entire ‘86 Red Sox AL Championship run.

  87. Cameron Says:

    I never understood why they signed Damon, the worst arm in the majors, to play fucking No Man’s Land.

  88. Bob Says:

    The man Jim Rice attached to a pole.

  89. Bob Says:

    Daniel Nava back with the big boys. Justin Thomas no longer on the 40-man roster. Exactly the wholesale changes I was hoping for.

  90. Cameron Says:

    And yet only baseball’s SECOND most insane crackhead.

  91. Cameron Says:

    Seems I’ve graduated from using powdered garlic strictly as a cooking seasoning to an outright condiment. I may have a problem.

  92. Bob Says:

    Why? Garlic is healthy.

  93. Cameron Says:

    Suppose it is healthier than salt…

  94. Bob Says:

    Add salt to water before you boil it. Not sure what you are cooking today.

  95. Cameron Says:

    Homemade macaroni and cheese. I already add salt. I know olive oil is healthier, but I don’t like the taste as much.

    Though my roommate and her family traditionally use butter and… Even I see the health issues with that.

  96. Bob Says:

    See you guys tomorrow.

  97. Chuck Says:

    There’s oil and salt in cheese..A pinch of salt to the boiling water is acceptable, but don’t add anymore.

    Olive oil in macaroni and cheese?

    Dude, that’s gross. Again, there’s already oil in the cheese.

    Butter, baby. And that’s just to make your roux, don’t need more than a teaspoon, depending on how much you’re making.

  98. Cameron Says:

    Already use butter after it’s done cooking in the sauce. I use salt in the water to keep the pasta from sticking. If I’m cooking something a bit lighter, I may use olive oil on occasion, like this fettuccine in garlic sauce recipe of mine. That’s more an oil occasion. Depends on what I need it for, you know?

  99. Raul Says:

    I think Cam is going to have to stop writing about his cooking skills or Chuck is going to have a coronary.

    Either that, or Cam needs to get a cooking class.

  100. Raul Says:

    Baltimore beating down the Rangers, 4-1 in the 7th inning.

  101. Cameron Says:

    In all honesty, it’s just my rambling. However, the stuff I make actually looks like food now and not failed experiments. I’m getting better.

  102. Cameron Says:

    You know, got bored and started looking up populations of US Cities. I don’t quite understand how Indiana is considered a “low to mid market” town. Indianapolis is over twice as populous as Miami, despite receiving far less attention sportswise. Just an oddity I noticed.

    Also, Kansas City is more populous than Atlanta. Would not have called that.

  103. Raul Says:

    The question is which city weighs more: Kansas City or Atlanta.

    My money is on Atlanta. KC has the barbecue eaters, but the dressing aside, BBQ is rather lean. ATL is little more than strip clubs and chicken & waffle joints.

  104. Chuck Says:

    OK, Cameron.

    Melt some butter in a saucepan, and add a little milk, just to keep the butter from burning.

    In an empty jar or small mixing bowl, mix milk and a couple of tablespoons of flour.

    You want it to be thick, not quite like a McDonalds shake, but pretty heavy.

    Add it to your **hot** butter milk mix and whisk while it cooks, gradually adding more milk (or a couple of splashes of white wine) until it is the consistency of, pancake mix or a salad dressing.

    From here, add whateve ingredients you’re putting in..sausage, bacon, lobster, ham, whatever.

    Test the thickness, once you’ve added the cheese you can’t add anymore liquid.

    Once it’s the way you want it, go ahead and add your cheese (good cheese, store bought shredded crap won’t melt).

    Through each step above, you have to be mindful of adjusting your heat, you don’t want to burn the milk in the sause.

    Add your pasta now..if it’s pre cooked, you have to add it gradually to the cheese mix, if it’s hot, then you can add the cheese mix to the pasta in a mixing bowl and incorporate.

    At this point you can either garnish and serve, or put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes with bread crumbs or something on top.

    My daughter likes it creamier, so I don’t put it in the oven, I smash up a handful of Doritos on top and she goes to town.

    Cooking lesson for the day.

  105. Brautigan Says:

    @50: Chuck, I leave Portland next Saturday for Reno (the 19th, I believe).

  106. JohnBowen Says:

    Got a Yankees-Rays blog up on Daily Discussion. Game is free on mlb.tv today.

  107. Chuck Says:

    Braut..email me your cell..if something comes up last minute I can text you.

    If that’s OK.

  108. Jim Says:

    @89 Bob, if bringing up Daniel Nava is representative of the kind of wholesale changes the RS need to make…the situation in more desperate than any one has considered.

    BTW the RS ownership continues the lie that that the sell out string is still in force.

  109. Mike Felber Says:

    I used to eat pasta all the time, & simple spaghetti & red sauce is great. But I realized that it is all refined flour-you do not need to add salt to the water if you do something called “stirring”. I like most every product better with whole grain, pizza, bread, cereal-but not pasta. I could eat a monster mound of pasta, then a little longer I felt like I was slipping into a diabetic coma! So i have it infrequently, though love long noodles-pad Thai, Soba, the Vietnamese cold noodles “bun” where they are rice based & served cold with a vinegar sauce. Yum.

    There is no reason to believe Bond’s used before the 98-’099 off season. He has been greatly investigated, he was a great player who hit his prime in a new city, & a fitness fanatic who did not show any big growth before then-& most notably, has been greatly investigated & all evidence show that jealousy of you know who (two) had him juice.

    600-650 seems reasonable. Players like Bonds had more advantages compared to Aaron & Mays, just weight training delays decline.

    Absolutely parks should not be made smaller/like band boxes. Home runs should be earned. How come guys years ago who were not as strong due to weight training being out of favor could deal with the bigger parks without complaint? I feel bad for weak arm guys, that is something they cannot help-but you have to have a combination of skills that makes you good enough to play or be excellent.

  110. Chuck Says:

    “you do not need to add salt to the water if you do something called “stirring”.”

    Salt doesn’t keep the pasta from sticking together.

    “There is no reason to believe Bond’s used before the 98-’099 off season.”

    Right, Santa.

  111. Bob Says:

    Chuck, I am going to make that lobster and dorito’s pasta next week.

  112. Chuck Says:

    Cool, Bob, let me know how it turns out.

  113. Bob Says:

    Will do. I should also mention I add onions to my mac and cheese ( Actually, I add onions to almost everything, including chicken noodle soup) And what do you prefer, Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch style doritos?

  114. Bob Says:

    And Jim, yeah, Henry needs to tell everyone the streak is over.

  115. Chuck Says:

    In mac and cheese I use scallions, and orginal doritos, the red bag, whatever they are.

  116. Cameron Says:

    Nacho cheese, Chuck. Favorite junk food of mine. Taco Bell’s recently turned that into a taco shell.

  117. Chuck Says:

    I saw that.

    I’m a Fritos guy myself, nothing like a bowl of chili with a scoop of sour cream and some Fritos on top.

    Accompanied by a brewskie, of course.

  118. Cameron Says:

    True, Doritos aren’t exactly a dip kind of chip. Personally, I’m more a Tostino’s Scoops kind of guy. Salsa or chili, you can get a lot into that thing.

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