Scoop Central!

Yo! Yo! Yo!  Scoop! E-maj’s sources have confirmed Lou Pinella has agreed in principle to be the next Cubs manager.  They believe the press conference is to be held next Tuesday.  First to the punch again, imagine when I’m really locked in next year.  Looking forward to Sweet Lou shaking the country club up.

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

It’s a Little Known Fact

Tom Glavine, in his 33rd post-season start(that’s a full regular season, people!) threw 6 shutout innings to lead the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead over the LADodgers. 

In 1984, Tom was drafted and signed out of high school as the Atlanta Braves 2nd round pick.  It’s a little known fact that Tom was a superstar hockey player as well, and was mulling over a scholarship offer from none other than E-Maj’s alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute(www.rpi.edu) He would’ve played on the 1985 national championship team that featured NHLer’s Adam Oates and Tom Barrasso.  No kidding

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

Detroit Rock City

Detroit edges the Yanks to even up the series at 1-1.  Kenny Rogers is pitching at home in Game 3, which is good because his demeanor didn’t translate well in the Big Apple when he pitched for New York. 

Is there any way Leyland doesn’t win the Manager of the Year?

Peace, E Maj

A Few of My Favorite Things at the Ballpark

(a re-print of a favorite post, and why I love going to the park)

1) A young child learning the game, and eagerly anticipating that foul ball he just knows is going to be hit to him.

2) Singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during the 7th inning stretch, and for 5 minutes, the peace and harmony of 40,000 people not caring what’s wrong in their life or in the world.

3) Knowing exactly what hotdogs are made from, and not caring one iota as I order two.

4) Watching the professionalism of the grounds crew, who enjoy their jobs, and treat the field as the sacred place that it is.

5) Having fun with good friends as we think of how many peanut guy slogans we can come up with "Put some of my salty nuts in your mouth, they’re delicious".

6) A classic pitcher’s duel, where the first(and only) mistake loses the game.

7) The crack of the bat, the crescendo of the roaring crowd, a well-timed well-placed Heckle.

8)Being outdoors on a 75 degree night, a 7 dollar beer, and all the Sunflower Seeds one can spit as we map out our ‘Foul Ball Strategy’.

9) Calling pitches and talking baseball w/friends and strangers who appreciate the infinite amount of algorithmic possibilities that can occur from pitch to pitch.

Playoff Seeds w/E Maj

**A’s take 2 in Minnesota.  Is it Oakland’s year?  The irony would be that Beane went away from his formula, or at least adjusted it.  To that, I say, as a big Moneyball critic, kudos Billy.**

**Playoff baseball is great**

**If you step outside the shower to take a pee, you are fired from reading anything I ever write**

**A great example of how America has been over-corporatized over the last decade is watching ESPN’s evolution.  The Armani suits/style contests by the vee-jays are over the top……In related news, I’m dusting off my 3-piece so I can go talk baseball with my buddies at the pub**

**Watching the Dodgers, reminiscing, I can’t get Kirk Gibson’s home run blast against Eck outta my head..Aahhh, sweet!**

**Pads lose to the Cards, and all I can think of is  Giles(?) mis-executing the bunt that led to a 1-6-3 double play**

**If it’s possible, I think the Yanks were not talked up this year…hmmm…Wang seems a good proxy for that theory**

**Mea culpa:  I’ve taken the last 2 of the last 3 Sundays off from baseball….Chicago Bears tailgates have been off-the-charts this year**

**Playoff baseball: just win baby!**

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

Rangers win the World Series(next year)

Buck Showalter was fired today as manager of the Texas Rangers, which means a World Series title is imminent in Arlington. 

Fired by the New York Yankees in 1995, the Bronx Bombers proceeded to win 4 of the next 5 World Series titles.  Fired by Arizona in 2000, the D-Backs won their first ever World Series title the next year. 

Perhaps Buck prepares these teams to win, but is just grating enough to wear out his welcome as they hit the shaft part of their ‘hockey stick growth’.

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

p.s. Dusty article posted at www.spikesballparks.com , I’ll run it here in a couple days…l8r