ROUNDING THIRD WITH REX

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by Rex O’Rourke

THE BRONX, NY – Just a few random thoughts with the season rounding third and heading for home:

  • I heard some TV sports pundit suggest that Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Delgado should be shut down for the year. That makes as much sense as Michael Vick pitching Alpo. They’re ballplayers; when they’re healthy let ‘em play ball. No one ever got better riding the pines.
  • I’ve really enjoyed the beating The Yankees have put on the Sawx this weekend if for no other reason than to shut up all those bandwagon Boston fans. I particularly enjoyed watching Kevin Youkilis play left field on ice skates.
  • I saw that Mike Hampton is hurt again. Although I’m sure Met fans have no sympathy, it’s a shame to see such a good athlete struggle with injuries all the time. You gotta love a pitcher who can hit and field his position. Sixteen career dingers, .243 average. Not too many of those types left.
  • Here’s a note to The Twins. I know Carl Pavano had a nice debut for you. Lindsay Lohan is a great first date, too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  • I see David Ortiz had his little presser at the new ballyard in the Bronx. In a related story my recent blood work revealed I’d eaten Peruvian Llama. I don’t know how it got there. Hmmmmm… Also, was that the head of the MLBPA with him or the X Games Commissioner. Put on a suit and tie and comb your hair, Dude!
  • What’s the over-under on Joe Mauer’s career as a catcher? You just can’t subject a guy batting .366 to the tools of ignorance. I give him 2-3 more years behind the dish.
  • C.C. Sabathia showed why the Yankees nabbed him last winter. I’m still concerned about all the innings, on three days rest, The Brew Crew made him endure last year. After the team charter bus broke down outside Miller Park, I heard they had him pull it wearing a harness borrowed form The World’s Strongest Man Contest.
  • In my world, the A’s, Orioles, Reds, and Pirates should be good. The Cubs, Red Sox, Angels, and White Sox should stink. That is the natural order of things… like coffee flavored coffee, ice cold two dollar Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jack Daniels, and Clint Eastwood movies… normal, classic, timeless.
  • Show of hands; how many of you out there love a scoreless game in the 15th inning? Friday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game was a purist’s wet dream!
  • What’s with the concrete moat between the field level “beautiful people on cell phones not watching or caring about the game” seats and the main level “somewhat less extremely overpriced that you can only afford to pay for once a year” seats, at the new Yankee Stadium? Are we now in some sort of medieval baseball fiefdom? What’s next, water and crocodiles?
  • It must be killing Ryan Zimmerman to be toiling for Teddy Rossevelt’s Natinals.
  • Other than baseball, what do you think Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez talk about?
  • Enjoy your Sunday, West Coast Craig tomorrow…

    Rex

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