Thirty-seven topics and so little space
This is one of those
mornings when Iíve got about 37 topics to choose from in writing this
column. Since Iím not very good at waiting to have my say on just about
anything, Iíll take this opportunity to write just a little bit about
all of them.
Local News, film at
Canít wait for
Saturdayís game between the U and Dartmouth. Sun, grass and outdoor fall
weather make football the best game experience for me. But with all due
respect, the best place in this state to watch a game is at Memorial
Field in Hanover. It reeks of a by-gone college football era where the
only thing missing are the raccoon coats.
As I told Marty Scarano
the other day, with Ricky Santos and David Ball creating an
unprecedented buzz around the UNH program, the team is in the exact
place BC was when Doug Flutie took them to the (I hate this phrase) next
level. So, if you want to raise the money to get that new stadium, now
is the time to get going. Ready or not, youíve got to strike while the
iron is hot.
Anyone notice the
hockey player came out in Chris Carpenter the other day, when he walked
over to the dugout to confront manager Dusty Baker whoíd been chirping
Anyone see the question
the commissioner put to Salem coach (and local lad) Jack Gati ó whether
heíd ever had a quarterback throw four TD passes in a game as happened
Friday. Heck, given how he loves to grind it out with the Winged-T, I
didnít know Jack had one who threw for four in a season. Good to see a
good guy get off with three straight wins too.
New York vs Boston
If youíre a fan of
baseball, as opposed to being in Red Sox Nation, hereís why living in
New York or Chicago is better. With teams in both leagues you know
whatís going on in the AL and NL. As someone whoís hosted, and is about
do it again (plug, plug) come Oct. 3 on WGIR, I can tell you that in
these parts most care about just two things; Did the Sox win and did
anything bad happen to the Yankees?
For instance Iíve never
had anyone say anything to me about Albert Pujols, whoís had the most
historic statistical start to a career than anyone ever. Iíve become
more narrowly focused myself but itís astonishing never hearing anyone
talk about the NL. And the only time you hear about the AL West or
Central is when theyíre getting ready to play the Sox.
Growing up a Yankee fan
in New York I saw Mays, Koufax, Aaron, Banks, Clemente, Gibson and every
other significant NL player of that era, as well as everyone in the AL
too. To each his own, but somehow I think Iím the better for it.
Speaking of Aaron how
come when people talk about the greatest player of all-time no one
mentions him? I hear Ruth, Mays and now Barry Bonds. But not Hank, who
has more homers and RBIs than anyone.
Those trying to get
Clementeís number retired with every team (a la Jackie Robinson) are
from a bigger fantasy world than the Patriots dynasty crowd. Are they
out of their ever loving minds? Yes, he died under tragic circumstances
while doing a truly selfless act, but so did those who died in WWII. He
wasnít the first Latin player, or even the best of his era (Iíll take
Juan Marichal). No disrespect intended but no way.
Back to Pujols for a
minute. Not only does he have 200 career home runs in less than five
seasons and a lifetime average of .338, heís amazingly consistent. In
his first four seasons heís officially batted 590, 590, 592 and 591
times. And with 11 games left, his 3.6 at bats per game average will put
him at 592.
The pennant race
I was cool to the Wild
Card at first but I was wrong. First, itís kept eight extra cities
interested down to the wire in Ď05. And with the Yanks and Sox headed
for Armageddon next weekend, it doesnít overshadow thr pennant races as
I thought it would. Good job, Bud.
Hereís one reason why I
think the Indians are going to the World Series ó they have the best
1-12 pitching. And itís not just having it that makes a difference, itís
when it gets hot. Their ace C.C. Sabathia is 9-1 since Aug. 1 and his
ERA is a hair under 2.00.
Iím watching journeyman
Aaron Small go 8-0 for the Yankees and thinking Joe Hardy was supposed
to make a deal with the devil to beat the Yankees not save them, right?
And finally to those
who think David Ortiz shouldnít be MVP because heís a DH, I submit this.
Heís more valuable hitting and sitting than hitting and playing first.
Being a DH eliminates his fielding liability, which makes the team