Monday, October 23, 2006

Kenny Rogers + World Series + Craig Monroe

Hey Fans....couple exciting things in baseball.

What's up with this Kenny Rogers? He looks unhittable. Can you believe the TV cameras caught that brown smudge on his left hand? Looks a little suspicious to me. Didn't look like dirt, looked like a foreign sticky substance. Let me tell you, when a veteran pitcher can get something tacky, in the right spot on his pitching hand, he can make the ball do funny things. Its been going on in the game for 50 years, scratching the ball, cutting it with a tack, rubbing it on a belt buckle, pine tar on the back of the glove, or possibly in this case below the thumb. If Rogers, and I'm not saying he did, has a tacky substance on his hand, with the chilling temperatures increasing the sticky feeling, he can make the ball spin excessively. They also are able to "blow" into their hands, which should be illegal, which even makes it worse. Just goes to show you in this day and age, you can't slip anything by the TV cameras. Whatever your do, don't pick your nose in the dugout. Now we have the famous "dark spot under the left thumb on Roger's pitching hand series". We ain't heard the last of it!!

Series tied a 1 heading to St. Louis. No possible way either team will sweep three. Most likely St. Louis wins 2 and it goes back to Detroit with the Tigers having to win twice.

How about Monroe after hitting 2 consecutive home runs, one the last at bat in Saturday's loss, then on the first pitch the next night? He comes into the dugout like a line backer that just sacked the QB ranting and raving "let's go" like he was now the emotional leader of the Tigers. Next at bat, good morning, good afternoon, goodnight, he took three straight strikes and walked quietly back to the dugout. In his next at bat he popped up weekly to short with the bases loaded and one out, and walked back to the dugout. In baseball, its best to keep your emotions in check, especially on national TV, even though you know the camera is on you.

2 Comments:

Blogger ydoidrink said...

hey mike,

pleasure reading your blog...

had a question about scott rolen regarding the world series. whats your take on him falling out of favor with his manager? looks like he and tony l. arent even on speaking terms any longer. is this indicative of a difficult player or do you think scotty's a bit misunderstood. he's been on fire the past two games. wondering if the cards in your opinion would even think about trading him if he can't get along with management and indirectly gives them an ultimatum.

as for kenny rogers - what an unbelievable performance in game 2. i've never seen him pitch so effectively.....just plain nasty stuff. regarding the "pine tar" - do you think the cards should have pushed the issue a bit more? do you think the umps did an admirable job with it? if you were larussa - what would you have done in that situation?

9:28 AM  
Blogger ydoidrink said...

hey mike,

pleasure reading your blog...

had a question about scott rolen regarding the world series. whats your take on him falling out of favor with his manager? looks like he and tony l. arent even on speaking terms any longer. is this indicative of a difficult player or do you think scotty's a bit misunderstood. he's been on fire the past two games. wondering if the cards in your opinion would even think about trading him if he can't get along with management and indirectly gives them an ultimatum.

as for kenny rogers - what an unbelievable performance in game 2. i've never seen him pitch so effectively.....just plain nasty stuff. regarding the "pine tar" - do you think the cards should have pushed the issue a bit more? do you think the umps did an admirable job with it? if you were larussa - what would you have done in that situation?

9:29 AM  

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