October 26, 2008

Catching up with baseball

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey

I know I completely missed out on writing about Games 1 and 2 of the World Series but this just happens to be one of the busiest times of the sports year.  With the NFL really gearing up, the NBA set to launch plus the NHL underway and making bad decisions, it  can be hard to find time to cover everything. Throw in the fact that my intern is close to the laziest, unmotivated person I know, well that just compounds things. Anyway, let’s just throw a few things on paper here to get them off my chest.

If the TV ratings for the World Series were low, how bad is it going to get when you start a game at 10:15 p.m. EDT? MLB was in a bad position and even scheduling a Sunday doubleheader wouldn’t have worked out great since they’d be competing with the NFL juggernaut — on TV and across the street at Lincoln Financial Field.

How can Isiah Thomas throw his own daughter under the proverbial bus about this sleeping pill OD thing? That’s just despicable. But then again, can you really be surprised by Isiah making a bad decision about anything anymore?

I’ll have a Western Conference preview up in a day or two. I’ll tell you this right now, I find it hard to believe the Lakers won’t be tops out there. But then again, that’s a lot of pressure a tough road to walk.

I have to admit that when I first heard the Bills would take on the Dolphins in Toronto, I thought the game would be a dud. Surprising how things change after the games are underway.

Everyone forgets this but the NFL game in London last year actually did more harm than good for football in England. In Euro 2008 qualifying, England needed a win over Croatia to make it in but couldn’t manage it do to the very poor condition that the field was left in. Yes, soccer is football too, remember. And let’s hope they took measures to keep the turf there fresh.

Watching B.J. Upton in the outfield is frustrating. It looks like he’s playing way too shallow but somehow gets to almost everything. If i were a Rays fan I’d be praying his speed sticks with him.

Alright, 45-year-old Jamie Moyer starting in the World Series is a great story, but enough already. And seriously, the guy is topping out at 82 MPH? I don’t care if he’s got great control, I’m not sure I’d be starting him in a situation like this.

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me but has the umpiring in the World Series been as bad as I think it’s been? We’re talking Ed Hochuli-esque here.

Right before Upton stole third one of my co-workers commented on how he wouldn’t go on the next pitch. Upton, of course, did go and ended up scoring after a bad throw down to third base. This coworker also called the Angels dumb-ass sacrifice bunt in the same no-way-that-would-ever-happen fashion.

Finally, the way that the end of Game 3 played out, with stolen bases and small ball tactics abound, makes me remember why I fell in love with this game. i don’t care if people aren’t watching, I certainly am.

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