Mad Dog with Memorable July 4th Baseball Moments and Worst/Best Free Agent Signings



FORT McHENRY – Hello Again Everybody…How are you todaaaayy! I could not possibly be more thrilled to fill in for my good pals here after our Meet The Matts Radio bit was sabotaged by Union Protesters,  as we all celebrate our nation’s 238th Birthday! I know Short Matt is and Big Al Sternberg are lying on a beach somewhere with Fake Sandy Alderson, with SPF 250 slathered all over their pale, bald carcasses. But hey, I am in no shape, form or way looking a gift dog in the mouth! I am honored to do a guest spot here for The Matts and Happy 4th of July, everybody!

So, with further adieu, let’s get started. My San Francisco Giants were making a mockery of the National League West just a couple of short weeks ago. But injuries and some bad moves by the beach ball-headed Bruce Bochy have allowed those disgusting and disgraceful Dodgers to creep back in the race. At least Mikey’s Yankees are terrible this year.  Jeedah, Tusharah-not good jobs by those fellas. And between you and me I wish Short Matt would just quit it already with Muni Meter jokes! It was funny the last time, but after a while…goodness gracious! Ya gotta come up with some new materials there. I thought I’d do something here that I don’t get to do on Satellite radio and NEVER got to do when I was sharing a studio with that fat guy: My Most Memorable July 4th Baseball Moments.

(Forgive me, my writing hasn’t quite caught up with my articulation and elocution skills)

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1983: David Righetti, better known as the Pitching Coach of my San Francisco Giants, tossed a no-hitter for the Bombers on Independence Day.
1930: George M. Steinbrenner III was born. Oh, Baby!
1939: Lou Gehrig makes his “I have a Dream Speech”. Not a dry eye in the house.
1976: Doggie sings Elton John and Kiki Dee’s rendition of “Philadelphia Freedom” in the wood paneled basement of his parents’ house in Syosset while neighbors call 911.
1910: Jack Johnson defends his heavyweight title by defeating James Jeffries in the “Fight of the Century.” Johnson would go on to be a Grammy nominated singer, while Jeffries would provide a spark off the bench for the 1988 NL East Champion New York Mets.

2012Joey Chestnut is named Sportsman of the Decade

And speaking of Independence, last Winter’s free agent signings can now be assessed as we reach the traditional “halfway” point of the MLB season. Here are the Good Job Signings and the Not a Good Job Signings, listed alphabetically by salary and team.

Mad Dog’s Top 5 “Good Job” Signings:
1. Robinson Cano-HRs are down but he’s been very good offensively and also with the bat. Heard he ran hard last Thursday too.
2. Marlon Byrd… His production in 2014 has been All-Star caliber and whatever he’s ingesting, it’s working as he’s been very good.
3. Masahiro Tanaka... No explanation necessary. Though his last few starts have not been good jobs.
4. Jose Abreu.… Wow. Mets didn’t bid on Abreu because “they already had too many First Basemen.”
5. Scott Kazmir… yet another big arm out of the Mets pitching factory has been an ace for the A’s. #Zambrano10minutesPetersen
6.. Nelson Cruz 1 year for $8M. Shame on you Sandy Alderson. Shame. Shame.

Good Job O's

Good Job O’s

Honorable Mention: Justin Morneau, Casey McGehee, Michael Morse, Jason Vargas

Mad Dog’s Top 5 “Not Good Job” Signings:
1. Carlos Beltran…The Cigar Store Indian is back, and on and off the DL. In between, he’s been terrible.
2. Chris Young… the triple threat OF who can’t hit, field or throw. Nelson Cruz (roughly same money) has 26 HRs already. Young has misplayed 26 fly balls in the outfield.
3. Jhonny Peralta…take away a handful of homers and Ruben Tejada has been better. $13M a year for the PED convict. Rare Cards mistake.
4. Ubaldo Jimenez…couldn’t see this coming, huh? O’s gave him $50M dollars! $50M! $50M!
5. Joe NathanTigers thought he was the last piece of the puzzle, but he’s been worse than Jose Valverde.
Dishonorable Mention: Ricky Nolasco, Brian McCann, Grant Balfour)

Not a Good Job, Yankees

Not a Good Job, Yankees

Happy Birthday America! Let’s Be Safe out there. Good Job, everybody!

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  • AngryWard

    Kiki Dee had nothing to do with Philadelphia Freedom. She and EJ teamed up for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” but I guess nobody knows it. Nobody knowwws. Not a good job.

    • GrindingAxWalter

      Well played, Ward.

  • oblique outlook

    Somebody will lose fingers today.

    • Mista Pedantic

      Think positive…somebody will find fingers today

      • As long as it’s not Rollie Fingers.

        • Big Fat Toad

          His nickname should have been Wandering.

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      Maybe they’ll turn up in someone’s cole slaw at KFC.

      • AngryWard

        KFC finger slaw is available for a limited time only.

  • Declan Yeats

    You gotta talk about the Yanks on Independence Day! Only team that matters. I’d follow George into battle. OOH-RAH!

    • Remember when Ed Whitson pitched that great game on the 4th at Yankee Stadium? No? Neither do we. Oh. Snap.

  • Tewific Job! Weally Gweat, Mad Dog! Thanks for pinch-hitting whist we battle the ACLU and ASPCA.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    Right from the start AW, I gave you my heart.

    • AngryWard

      Could I have written a better column today? I couldn’t if I tried.

  • Rick Monday

    Let’s not forget what this holiday is about.keep Christ in Christmas. Wave that flag…Summertime, my oh my.

    • AngryWard

      Happy 4th, Rick. Now go out there and thwart some hippie flag-burners.

    • Bob Geldof

      I don’t like Mondays.

      • FakeSandyAlderson

        Tell me why

  • GrindingAxWalter

    Happy Independence Day to all ! Just think where we might be had we not knocked England out of that World Cup back in 1776. Probably meetthematts tennis and soccer blogging!

  • TRS99

    I’ve been reading these for about 2 months and this one is the best so far.

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      the best what?

  • Harlem Shaskys

    Nelson Cruz would only have 24 homers if he was a Met.

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