July 15th, 2013
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has lost his mind. Since Yasiel Puig was called up in June, the Dodgers have had the best record in the National League, and he’s easily been one of the best players in baseball. Still, Bochy is determined to keep this guy off the NL All-Star team. Bochy started his little scam by throwing Puig’s teammate Adrian Gonzales on the final roster spot ballot so they would split votes. Then, when the winner Freddie Freeman was injured, he selected catcher Brian McCann instead of Puig, when he already has two catchers on the roster! I’m still trying to figure out how Puig lost the fan ballot, but the fact that the MLB didn’t release the final totals make this fishier than a crate full of cod.
Then again, keeping Puig out of the all-star game will prevent him from further damaging his reputation for being an ass to the media. Puig says he’s been bothered by the numerous interview requests he receives on a daily basis, and feels that it has been a distraction to him. I guess this must explain why his batting average has “plunged” to just under .400. Puig has set aside time for a collection of reporters to answer their questions on a daily basis. Although he’ll have to learn that granting interviews is part of his responsibility as a star player, the evil 4 letter network believes that they are too important not to have one on one interviews granted to them. Sadly, ESPN has become like Facebook: everybody needs them, but everybody complains about them.
As for the Halos, it was a disastrous ending to a disastrous first half of the season. They head to the all-star break losers of 5 of their last 6 games after getting swept by the Mariners. I’m still baffled as to why Mike Scioscia continues to send Joe Blanton to the mound every 5 days so this guy can get rocked. He’s on pace to lose more than 20 games in spectacular fashion, and Josh Hamilton is still about as useless as a pork sandwich at a Jewish picnic. It probably would have made more sense for the Angels to hang on to Ervin Santana, who could at least be a .500 pitcher at the back of the rotation for the same price. The Halos are 10.5 games back of first place, and the climb is stepper than Mount Everest from here.
When the Lakers said goodbye to Metta World Peace this week, it was strictly a cost cutting move. The Lakers will save $15 million by waiving World Peace, but they lost one of their best defenders, and easily the most entertaining player on the team. This is the same guy who wore his game uniform to a night club after winning the championship in 2010. This upcoming season will be a nightmare for the Lakers, so having him on the team would at least provide some entertainment value for the fans and the media. My favorite Metta moment was his post-game news conference after game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2010, here’s a look back:
Meanwhile, the more I hear details about how Dwight Howard left the Lakers, the more happy I am he is no longer in LA. Last week, ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Dwight actually asked the Lakers if they would consider amnestying Kobe Bryant at the end of the season, so they could build the team around him. So let me get this straight, Dwight Howard has never won a championship, has been in town for less than a full season, and is asking for the Lakers to get rid of one of the greatest players of all time? Dwight does realize that Kobe has 5 NBA championships and he has none right? I’m sure at that point, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss probably laughed in Dwight’s face and told him to get lost. Even Kobe Bryant never asked the Lakers to get rid of Shaq in 2004. It was Dr. Buss who decided to get rid of him, and then begged Kobe to stay after that.
I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to learn that American 100 meter record holder Tyson Gay test positive for a banned substance, and will likely miss this years track and field world championships. Gay claimed that he put his trust in someone else, and that person let him down. Sorry Tyson, but this is the type of crap I expected to hear out of a major league baseball player, not you. If you are a professional athlete, your job is to keep your body in great shape, and know exactly what substances are going in and out of your body. It’s also not very surprising that Jamaican sprinter and former 100 meter world record holder Asafa Powell test positive for a banned substance too. The Jamaicans have one of the most pathetic drug testing programs in the world, and it’s only a matter of time before world record holder Usain Bolt is caught.
If you ever get the chance to go see Bob Saget do stand-up comedy, please do. I got the chance to see him in Irvine on Saturday night, and he was definitely laugh out loud funny. Much of his humor revolves around his experience with other cast members of “Full House”, and embarrassing stories each of them were involved in. At 58 years old, Saget has now become a dirty old man, but is quite entertaining.
Last week I mentioned how amazingly bad the SyFy channel was, and “Sharknado” on Thursday night lived up to this reputation. The best part about the movie was reading all of the comments on twitter, which generated a record 5,000 tweets per minute at one point. I thought the only thing that could ever break twitter was if Kim Kardashian dated Tim Tebow, however, after Thursday I stand corrected. I love how SyFy is already talking about a sequel because of the audience it received. The concept was crazy though. I mean Sharks and Tornados? Early in the movie, when Ian Ziering came home and Tara Reid wasn’t having a gang bang with 10 NFL quarterbacks, you knew the movie was totally unrealistic!