August 8th, 2016
I’ve been saying it for more almost two years now. The Dodgers need to trade Yasiel Puig. Andrew “Jones” Friedman and his bumbling front office have completely destroyed his trade value. Puig’s trade value is about as valuable right now as a promise from Hillary Clinton, and now LA is stuck with his piss poor attitude, or forced to get rid of him without compensation. Just think, one year ago the Dodgers could have traded Puig for David Price, Aroldis Chapman, or Cole Hamels. In other words, the one player that could have made them World Series Champions for the first time since 1988. If that’s not bad enough, two years ago they could have traded him for Giancarlo Stanton. Apparently Puig had the equivalent of a babysitter in Tim Bravo his first couple of years, but Bravo is no longer with the club. The fact Puig is being sent to the minors while hitting .260 tells you just how terrible of a teammate he is, and how much people can’t stand him. So now we’re left with the underwhelming Josh Reddick and Rich Hill trade. Both have been useless since being acquired. We are supposed to believe that Reddick is that much better than Puig? The guy can’t even hit left handed pitching. Remember when the Dodgers had four stud outfielders? Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and what you thought was a stud in Puig? They are all gone now, and they’ve hung on to the worst of the four. LA is luckier than a leprechaun right now, since their starting pitching is mediocre at the moment, yet the Giants have been awful for over a month. The Dodgers could be so good, but their leadership in the front office will forever hold them back.
What’s with every baseball team honoring David Ortiz? The Dodgers did so on Friday, and the Angels did a few weeks ago. We know that he used steroids in the steroid era, and although he actually has never failed a drug test, nobody thinks he’s on PED’s? He’s 40 years old, and somehow he’s got a higher batting average than he’s had in almost a decade, and he’s going to hit nearly 40 home runs. Yea that’s not suspicious at all, yet we are giving him the farewell tour in every ballpark he goes to. None of the other steroid users like Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens were given this type of treatment. Just because Ortiz is smart enough to beat the system, doesn’t mean he’s not as guilty as the rest of them.
What a weird trade the Angels made at the deadline. The Halos are desperate for quality starting pitching, yet they traded away cost controlled starting pitcher Hector Santiago to Minnesota, in exchange for pitchers Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco. Meyer is a prospect who has had shoulder problems, who the Angels are gambling on. Ricky Nolasco is awful, and he’s the new Tim Lincecum, because Lincecum was released over the weekend. It won’t be long before Nolasco is next. GM Billy Eppler seemed to just shrug his shoulders and chalk it up to having to take a chance on somebody. Didn’t they take a chance a frail pitcher like Andrew Heaney? Didn’t they take a chance Josh Hamilton? It feels like they have taken risks that aren’t so calculated, and this is another in a long line of them that is bound to not work out. I wasn’t sure if the Halos could make their pitching any worse in 2017, yet somehow they managed to do so without even improving their farm system. At least Mike Trout is still making super human plays….
I have been totally glued to the Olympics this weekend, however, I completely understand why the Opening Ceremony got poor ratings. It wasn’t because of the tape delay. The Olympics have been tape delayed for years. It’s because people are disgusted with the IOC, and the fact that they’ve even put the games in Brazil. As for the ceremony itself, it was rather underwhelming compared to the show put on in London and China in the last two summer Olympics. Funny how Brazil had enough money to spend on that Opening Ceremony, but not enough to provide clean water, pluming, or enough to clean up all the criminal activity. I also found the focus on the environment hilarious when the water is the most polluted anybody has ever seen. It’s very disappointing that they can’t even fill up these stadiums and arenas because the locals can’t afford the tickets, and the tourists are just too scared to go. The new competitions in this years games should include: how to escape a mugging, swimming in sewage water, and track and field – Zika version.
As for the games themselves, the Team USA men and women’s basketball steam rolled their competition early on. I thought the Chinese were just going to forfeit and play Pokemon Go instead. Good thing Draymond Green didn’t kick anybody in the balls in that game, otherwise a Chinese man might have died. Michael Phelps reminded us yesterday that he’s probably the best swimmer of all time (and maybe the greatest Olympian), but Katie Ledecky is the most dominant swimmer ever. Speaking of dominance, Simone Biles not winning the all around gold medal in women’s gymnastics would be even more shocking than the US Men’s Basketball team losing. US Men’s Volleyball is now getting destroyed in Olympic matches by Canada? That’s shameful, but not as shameful as the Brazil men’s soccer team tying with Iraq. I miss the Misty-May Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings duo in beach volleyball, however, the Jennings-April Ross duo is pretty damn good as well. I love how Olympic ping pong is only played by Asians, none of whom actually play for Asian countries. That’s probably because white guys play beer pong. I love watching all these very obscure sports in the Olympics. However, I don’t care if it’s referring to women’s Olympic weight lighting, nobody in their right mind can keep a straight face when the announcers keep using the term “snatch” and “clean and jerk”.
Major League Baseball has proven over the years that it has a serious problem marketing their players. This was magnified when last year, Cubs’ 3rd Baseman, Kris Bryant, drove around as an Uber Driver, yet nobody in Chicago recognized him. Many of those people that rode in his car claimed they were huge Cubs fans. I bring this up because baseball is coming back to the Olympics in 2020. The World Baseball Classic is interesting to nobody. However on the Olympic stage, Major League Baseball players competing would be great television. This would require the MLB to adjust the schedule for a couple of weeks in the summer to allow players to play. The NHL does it for the Olympics, and it’s by far the best Winter Olympic sport. Since the NBA has been spending pros to the games, the game has exploded globally. If Rob Manfred were smart, he would figure out a way to make this happen, and the players would probably love to do it.
To the NBA, where Russell Westbrook has shocked us all by signing a re-negotiated contract extension with the Thunder. On one hand, this has to be a bummer for Laker fans, who were holding out hope Westbrook would sign with the team as a free agent next summer. He seemed like a logical candidate to return to LA since he’s from here. Had he been available in a trade, giving up all the teams’ young talent for him wouldn’t have been smart. However, the extension may not be all that bad. Westbrook is essentially under contract for two more seasons, and then he can test the free agent market. In one year from now, the Lakers probably won’t be that good. However in two years from now, they could be a playoff team if things break right and their young players develop. That would put the Lakers back in position to sign Westbrook and/or DeMarcus Cousins, who will hit free agency then as well. However, whatever way you look at it, the Lakers young players have to become very good players to have a successful rebuild.
Jared Goff was looking really good on Saturday at the Coliseum during the Rams scrimmage. I still don’t think Jeff Fisher is going to start him early on. The schedule is a mine field in the first several weeks. Three of the first four are on the road, and will consist of games against San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Arizona. Considering they have to play the Panthers, and travel to New Orleans and New England to close out the regular season, a 7-9 season would almost be an accomplishment. As long as Goff develops nicely and Gurley emerges as an elite back, they can build on that moving forward.
Couldn’t A-Rod have waited at least a couple of days before making this announcement yesterday that he was essentially retiring? Even if this was a decision made by the Yankees, at least let Mark Teixeira have a week of enjoyment after he announced his retirement just the other day. As for A-Rod’s career, he should go down as one of the greater position players in the history of the game, Unfortunately though, his legacy is somewhat tarnished by wasted postseason potential, along with his documented Performance Enhancing Drug usage.
Finally, this has really been killing me. I mean we really have to get on the same page here as a country. It’s a major issue that needs to be resolved. When we go to the checkout counter of a retail store, are we swiping our cards, or are we using the chip reader? For the love of God, make up your mind retail stores! I thought everybody was supposed to be using the chip reader. Then some merchants install it, then tell you not to use it, and slide your credit card instead. You go to the next merchant, and you attempt to slide the card, then they scold you and tell you to use the chip reader. Then you are confused, while the person in line behind you give you the death stare because you are taking too long. If only more merchants would have Apple Pay then this crisis could be averted.