All Things Bubba

Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Andy wins it for the Reds

The Reds had a makeup game against the Marlins today. Andy didn't start. Edwin Encarnacion was back at 3B, and Dusty started young Danny Richar at 2B. However, Andy came in to pinch-hit in the 7th, and stayed in to play 2B.

The Reds scored six runs in that inning, climbing out of a 0-4 hole. Andy Phillips scored the Reds' last two runs, with a 2-RBI single. Cincinnati ended up winning 7-5, so Andy plated the winning runs.


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

The End

Tonight was the last game ever played in Yankee Stadium. They made quite a production out of it, even hiring actors to portray the first Yankees lineup for the pregame show. They got the relatives of some players who have passed away to represent them. And those who are still alive were there in person, wearing their old uniforms and taking their old spots on the field.

Of course, the high point was at the end, when Bernie Williams' name was called, and he took his place in center field.

The way Torre used Bernie the last few years of his career drove me nuts. I think the Yankees did the right thing letting Bernie go, since Torre just could not be trusted to use him as a pinch-hitter rather than as the starting center fielder (or right fielder). sure was nice to see Bernie in pinstripes again. To see the "Bern, Baby Bern" sign flash in the stadium again. And to see the appreciation he got from the fans. He seemed happy, too, which was good to see. A really nice moment.

ESPN ran Yankee Stadium "factoids" on the crawl at the bottom of the screen. One of them was that Rice University used to own Yankee Stadium, and the city of New York took it from them via eminent domain. I'd never heard that. I thought I might have misread, but it's true:

Rice alumnus John Cox ’27 gave his alma mater his ownership of Yankee Stadium, including all leasing rights, in 1962. Rice made several million dollars off the gift, leasing the House that Ruth Built to the Yankees for almost a decade. In winter 1966, the stadium was painted blue and white. Coincidence? We think not. The city of New York eventually forced Rice to sell Yankee Stadium in 1971 for the meager price of $2.5 million.

(That page also has an account of Texas A&M students stealing the Rice mascot, a large stuffed owl. They had to hire a private detective to get it back. Troublesome, those Ags. They also famously stole the Texas mascot, Bevo, and branded the score of an Aggies victory on him.)

Anyway, the Yankees obviously put a lot of planning into this night. The game itself was meaningless, since neither the Yankees nor the Orioles will be playing in the postseason. But as the last game played in the old stadium, it means a lot to the fans. And the Yanks went all out. Bob Shepard is still too ill to come to the stadium, but he recorded the lineup introductions from home and they played it. Andy Pettitte, the only current starting pitcher who came up from the Yankees' farm system, was the starter and got the win. Joba Chamberlain pitched the 8th, and Mariano Rivera pitched the 9th. Ronan Tynan sang "God Bless America." The stands were packed, including lots of celebrities, and almost everyone had a camera. Even Jorge Posada, who caught the first pitch (thrown out by Babe Ruth's daughter). He was shown photographing the monuments before the game. All in all, it was quite a show.

I think the ending was my favorite part. Jeter made a little speech thanking the fans, then the entire Yankees team walked slowly around the field, waving to the fans. Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" played on endless loop. The fans were cheering wildly, crying, taking photos.

Sure would have been neat to be there. I'd have taken a ton of photos.

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The Reds' cleanup hitter, Andy Phillips

No hits for Andy yesterday, but he did get a walk and a run.

It was good enough to earn him a spot in the starting lineup again today. Once again, he's playing 3B and batting cleanup. I guess he must have impressed Dusty with those home runs he hit earlier this week. I wasn't expecting to see him starting with a right-hander on the mound. (He hits righties better than lefties, but I'm not sure Dusty's noticed.)

Go, Andy!

UPDATE: Andy went 1 for 3 with a walk and run scored. The Reds lost, however. In fact, Andy scored the Reds' only run.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Andy Phillips starting at third again

The Reds face CC Sabathia today, and Dusty Baker is playing his right-handed bats. Andy Phillips is starting at 3B.

And it's on Fox, so you might be able to watch the game. It's airing in NY.

Go, Andy!

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Friday, September 19, 2008


Just like three years ago, the Yankees played the Orioles in Yankee Stadium. And once again, the Yanks won 3-2. No walkoff homer this time. But we did have young Brett Gardner making an amazing Bubba-like play in center field. He didn't hit any home runs, but he did hit a RBI double. He was chosen Player of the Game.

And just as with Bubba three years ago, people are talking about whether he can be the everyday center fielder. If he can just hit .250, his speed and defense can make up for the lack offense. The batting coach is working with him, and he's a different hitter. He's just so much fun to watch. All things that were said about Bubba, three years ago.

I like Gardner. He really does remind me of Bubba. Speedy little lefty, with rather prominent ears. I'm not sure he can be the Yanks' starting CFer, though. He's hitting below the Mendoza line, and so far has less power than Bubba. Not the Yankees' type.

Though it would probably be for only one season, if that. Austin Jackson is almost ready, and it sounds like the Yanks love him. Great player, and a great guy off the field, too. They want him to start next year in Scranton, but he could be called up fairly soon if he does well.

Meanwhile, in Cincinnati...the Reds beat up the Brewers. Andy Phillips pinch-hit for the pitcher in the 6th inning, and hit a home run. It was one of seven - yes, seven - the Reds hit tonight. Final score: Reds 11, Brewers 2.

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Three Years Ago Today...

Three years ago today was "The Bubba Crosby Game." The pinnacle of Bubba's career, if he stays retired.

Just like three years ago, the Yankees are hosting Balitmore tonight. But the situation could not be more different. Rather than the post-season hanging on every game, the Yankees are just playing out the string. How very strange, to have nothing to play for in September.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Phillips Dynasty

Andy Phillips wasn't in the starting lineup today. He did pinch-hit later on. He grounded out, but successfully moved the runner from 2B to 3B.

Meanwhile, in the Bronx, another Phillips came into the game as the White Sox catcher: Paul. He's Andy's cousin. I didn't know Andy had a cousin who was a pro ball player.

Paul Phillips is a catcher. There's a certain family resemblance:

(That's him in the middle.)

And speaking of the Phillips family...Andy's wife must be due any day now. (What Andy was thinking, getting his wife pregnant in December? Not only does that mean the baby is born in September - he’ll miss the kid’s birthdays as long as he’s in Major League Baseball - it means poor Bethany had to be 8-9 months preggers in August. In Alabama. Surely that counts as spousal abuse? ;-)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Andy Phillips starting at third

Andy hasn't gotten as much playing time as I thought he would after his "brother" Brandon broke his finger. Dusty Baker started him the first night, but since then has started a different player at second every night. And he's got a lot of infielders on hand, what with the expanded roster.

However, Andy is starting at 3B tonight. Edwin Encarnacion was a late scratch. He injured his wrist on a check swing yesterday, and found during BP today that he just couldn't finish his stroke. The Reds have nothing to play for at this point, so I imagine they'll be careful with him. Could be more playing time for Andy.

Though he's not off to a good start. Already has a throwing error.

And MLB has released the 2009 schedule. The Yanks' schedule is here. And the Reds are opening against the Mets. (The Reds always open at home.)

UPDATE: Andy Phillips hit a home run tonight! Jay Bruce hit one right after Andy for back to back homers, and Paul Janish homered in the same inning. The Reds scored all their runs in that inning, all on solo homers. They won, 3-0.

Andy celebrates the victory by high-fiving Jeff Keppinger

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rice to host NFL game?

Texans considering Rice Stadium for next home game

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has discussed the possibility of his team playing at Rice Stadium if repairs to Reliant Stadium from Hurricane Ike can't be made in time for its first home game on Oct. 5.

The stadium's retractable roof lost five pieces in the storm and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium.

...Rice Stadium holds 47,000 in its current configuration, but the tarps could be moved off the end zone seating to expand the capacity to 70,000. It was opened in 1950 and hosted the Super Bowl in 1974.

Meanwhile, they're now saying power might not be restored for weeks in the hard-hit coastal areas. There's no water or working sewers. Many survivors are leaving voluntarily, and authorities are talking about forcibly removing those who are left, for public health reasons.

A friend of mine who is from Texas says the National Weather Service should have used stronger language. Threatening those who stayed with "certain death" wasn't enough; they should have told them they faced weeks without air-conditioning. That would have gotten them to evacuate.

Or maybe they should have consulted Carlos Zambrano. He knows how to get everyone in Houston out.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Jorgie and Joba

I'm more convinced than ever that it was Jorge Posada who complained that his teammates had given up. Jorgie was interviewed for CenterStage today, and was pretty blunt.

Posada, who will attend Sunday's closing ceremony for Yankee Stadium, also acknowledged he has had trouble watching the bumbling Bombers fall from playoff contention in his absence, saying he watches "two, three innings, and can't watch any more.

"I haven't been watching the whole games. I really can't take it," Posada said.

Posada was even more blunt when it came to Pudge Rodriguez: "Pudge, he's my friend, but he's going to have to go somewhere else."

Hmmm. I'm not that wild about Pudge, but I think Jorgie really has to accept that it might be better for the team to have two starting catchers sharing the position. Even young catchers struggle to get through the long season without wearing down, and Jorgie's no spring chicken. Pudge clearly cannot play every day any more, so I don't think Posada has to worry about being replaced.

Ideally, though, the Yanks would get a young catcher of the future for Jorgie to mentor. Hopefully he could bring himself to do that.

Of course, the bit the press latched onto was what Jorgie said about Joba Chamberlain. He thinks he should be in the pen:

"Leave him in the bullpen," Posada replied flatly, before being asked to expand on his answer. "If you start him and he pitches 200 innings, he won't be able to (last).

"You're going to lose him. He's going to get hurt ... I don't see him as a starter. I'd leave him in the bullpen."

..."I said in the spring, seeing him as a reliever, I think his body is made to be a reliever," Posada said. "This year tells you a sign, a little sign. A little tendinitis tells you a lot. ... I don't see it."

Interesting. The Yanks want Joba to be a starter, and think he can be. But I don't know that I'd dismiss Posada's observations. He's seen an awful lot of pitchers come and go over the years.

And speaking of's an interview with his mother. She's something of a forgotten woman, and it turns out, it's not by her choice. It sounds like she's had some serious problems, but I can't help feeling sorry for her. (And Joba looks a lot like her.)

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Rest In Peace, Lehman

Or should that be "rest in pieces"?

Lehman Brothers, a 158-year-old financial services firm, and one of the pillars of Wall St., went bankrupt today. It started as a cotton trading company in Alabama, and survived the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II...but could not survive the mortgage crisis.

It's hard to describe the mood here in New York. Even people who don't work in the financial field know people who do. There's a feeling of fear, disruption, shock. This wasn't supposed to happen.

The really scary thing is that this might be just the beginning. Everyone thought it was over with Bear Stearns back in March. Lehman is proof that it's not over...that it might be far from over. Everyone was hoping the mortgage crisis was in the bottom of the 9th. Now it's looking like it's more like top of the 2nd, or maybe even the singing of the national anthem.

The words "worse than the Great Depression" were spoken repeatedly on the news today. Hyperbole? Maybe. But there's also the possibility that it's accurate, or even an understatement. The financial system is in serious trouble. Teetering on the brink of the abyss, even. Everyone is doing all they can to keep it from toppling, but I fear there is no way to fix it without serious pain.

This is a slow-motion train wreck, and it's only just beginning. Mostly, it has not affected ordinary people. Yet. Eventually, it will. I think there is a real possibility that we actually are headed into an economic crisis worse than the Great Depression.

So what do to? Save your money. Try to have an "emergency fund" of one year's expenses. If that's not possible, save as much as you can. Anything is better than nothing. Avoid debt - even "good debt" like a mortgage or a student loan. Think about what you would do if you lost your job, or had to take a severe pay cut.

I know this is way off-topic from what I usually write about in this blog. But hey, I'm interested in current events the way other people are interested in movies or music. This blog reflects my interests, just as others' personal blogs do.

I also feel a need to warn people. I don't know if anyone will listen, but I still feel obligated to say something.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

No Glory, No Guts

The Yankees are out of it, and I think even Joe Girardi has admitted it now. They're falling into the kind of squabbling that losing teams are prone to.

Yesterday, everyone was talking about an anonymous Yankee player who complained to a member of the media that his teammates had given up. Girardi said whoever it was should be man enough to put his name to his words. And should "get in his teammates' faces" if they've given up.

Who was it? It had to be a veteran. It's not something you'd expect a kid to say, or even one of the new rent-a-players. It has to be a veteran Yankee.

Some thought Mussina. He was hoping for 20 wins this season, but lousy defense and poor run support has probably put paid to that. Some thought Jeter, who is practically carrying the team on his back at this point. He's not the type you'd expect to complain, but he's got to be crushed at closing out the last season at Yankee Stadium this way. The Yankees have made the post-season every year since Jeter came up. This has to be a real shock to him.

Me, I'm guessing Posada. The guy who had "Grind It" T-shirts made for the entire team back in September 2005, when the Yanks rose from the dead to win the division (with help from a career month from Bubba Crosby). Jorgie has a temper, he hates to lose, and perhaps, being on the shelf, he didn't feel he could get in anyone's face. But he's probably just as frustrated as Jeter, if not more so.

Girardi said he wasn't aware of any players who had given up, but his actions today suggested otherwise. Robinson Cano, known for his rather casual play ever since he came up, was benched mid-game. Some wondered if he was injured, but no. Girardi said after the game that he was "unhappy with his level of effort."

Of course everyone's wondering why now, when the postseason is out of reach. I think that's precisely why Girardi did it. Cano may be a pain, but they don't have anyone who can replace his bat. If he'd benched Cano, and they missed the post-season because Alberto Gonzalez or Nick Green was playing 2B, everyone would be calling for Girardi's head.

Pete Abe said:

Good for Girardi. But why did it take so long? The point needed to be made to Cano in April or May, not when it was too late to matter.

Given how well Girardi handled the youthful Florida roster in 2006, its surprising that Cano didn’t flourish this season. But that likely speaks more to the attitude of the player than the skill of the manager.

The Yankees have a problem with Cano. It’s easy to say they should trade him. But his value has never been lower than it is right now.

I know Cano's still young, but I really have little patience with players who don't give it their all. They have a job and a talent others would kill for. If stars like Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter can go all-out on every play, Cano surely can.

No one can accuse Brett Gardner of not hustling. He played CF today, and made a couple of great diving catches that really reminded me of Bubba. He ended up literally picking grass out of his teeth after one of them.

But they were saying the same thing about Gardner that they used to say about Bubba. He's got the speed and the glove to be a big league player, but he has to produce at the plate, because "you can't steal 1B."

At least Gardner will get a chance to show he can hit. If only because the Yankees have little else to play for at this point. Might as well see what the kids can do.

It doesn't look like Girardi, at least, sees Melky Cabrera as the Yankees CFer next year. Melky hasn't had an at-bat since he was recalled, and only played briefly as a LIDR once - yesterday, when the Yanks had a doubleheader. That's right, Melky didn't even get a start in a doubleheader. He is totally buried on the bench now. They aren't even using him as a pinch-runner. (Probably because he's a bonehead on the basepaths.)

I'm ready to cut Melky loose. One sports writer predicted Melky would be playing in the Mexican League in a couple of years, and I think that is probably likely.

Melky got the chance Bubba never got. Leche was the starting CFer for the Yankees for nearly three years. They were willing to give him that chance because they thought he'd develop - improve. He hasn't. While he does play hard, he doesn't play smart. They tell him things, and he remembers for a game or two, then forgets and goes back to his old ways. (How many times have we seen him slide into 1B head-first?) Bubba made his share of mistakes on the field, but he learned: he didn't make the same mistake twice. Melky is maddeningly dense. Some fans have taken to calling him "Melkbone" - because he's such a bonehead.

If he weren't so immune to coaching, maybe he'd be a starting CFer somewhere. More likely, he'd be reserve outfielder. But as it is...I don't think he'll even be a reserve outfielder. He's just not versatile enough, and doesn't seem inclined to learn.

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So long, home field advantage

The Astros tried desperately to play this weekend's series against the Cubs at home in Houston. The post-season is on the line, and they did not want to give up home field advantage. But the Cubs didn't want to get stuck in Houston during a hurricane, and there was also concern about the fans, who should be preparing for the storm, not attending a baseball game. The teams' schedules don't permit the games to be postponed.

Though Ike was not as bad as feared, it left Houston in no shape to host sports events. Many buildings are damaged, millions of people have no electricity, and the water supply is suspect. So the Astros will play the Cubs in Milwaukee instead. The Houston Texans game is being postponed to November.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Galveston, oh Galveston

It's early yet, but it looks like Hurricane Ike wasn't as bad as feared. It was bad enough, though. Many of the people who ignored evacuation orders later called 911 begging to be rescued. One guy explained he had wanted to stick around because he expected the surfing to be really good the next day. (Now there's a candidate for a Darwin Award.)

A building on fire in Galveston. Fire fighters had to let it burn, because the flooded streets were impassable.

The whole country is feeling the impact of gasoline price spikes. It's worst in the southeast and Gulf Coast areas, where there have been actual shortages, and even rationing. Inventory was already low, due to Gustav a couple of weeks ago, and now Ike has shut down even more refineries. Chevron has asked people to conserve gasoline and other fuels to avoid shortages. (Too late.)

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Friday, September 12, 2008


Photo of Hurricane Ike from the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA

No, not the Yankees. They haven't even started playing yet. (Rain delay.) Hurricane Ike. It's definitely headed straight for Houston, and it's a monster. The winds aren't as bad as Rita, but storm surge is going to be tremendous. It's already flooding parts of Louisiana, and they're nowhere near the eye. Galveston started flooding when Ike was still 200 miles away.

Ike is heading right at the nation's petrochemical nerve center. Oil refineries are not running, either because they've been evacuated, or because they're cut off from their power supplies due to the hurricane. (This may not improve for awhile. Many refineries will be flooded by Ike, and some experts are predicting Ike will cause the worst electricity blackout in US history.) The gas shortage is already being felt in some places, especially the southeast and parts of the midwest. Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida are reporting scattered shortages. Some stations in North Carolina are trying to limit purchases to 10 gallons a customer.

In Alabama, the governor has declared a state of emergency:

Governor Bob Riley on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency for Alabama after he received new information from the U.S. Department of Energy that energy shortages will likely occur in the state due to Hurricane Ike.

The Governor’s declaration notes that “disruption of essential utility services, systems and severe energy shortages will likely occur.”

So has the governor of Kentucky.

Prices have already spiked to $5/gallon in many places. Don't say I didn't warn ya!

And for those of you who have been worrying about Bubba...I'm sure he and his family will be fine. Near as I can tell, Bellaire is not in one of the evacuation zones. According to Google, it is 57' above sea level, which should be well above even the worst storm surge.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Houston, we have a problem...

Well, Hurricane Ike heading right for Bubba Crosby's house. Ike is projected to pass just west of Galveston (which is where Bellaire, Texas is). It's also the worst possible track for Houston/Galveston. (It means the city gets the "dirty" side of the storm - the stronger side.) Though the NHC is predicting it will make landfall as a Category 3, some forecasters are predicting it will be a Category 4.

There's also an interesting new measure of hurricanes. (Call it hurricane sabermetrics.) Jeff Masters describes a new scale coincidentally called IKE (Integrated Kinetic Energy), that is supposed to be a better measure of a hurricane's power than the Saffir-Simpson scale. By that measure, Ike is the powerful Atlantic hurricane in 40 years.

The good news is that it's avoiding the major oil infrastructure. The bad news is that there are many refineries in the Houston area. They are being shut down and evacuated. The Gulf area is not fully recovered from Gustav, and now they're having to shut down again.

Not surprisingly, wholesale gasoline had a record-setting price spike today. Actual shortages are a possibility, since so many refineries are shut down. (It takes a couple of weeks for refinery products from the Gulf to reach the northeast, so if there are problems, they won't be immediate.)

This looks like it's going to be a bad storm, and it's probably not possible to evacuate Houston at this point. They are concentrating on evacuating only the lowest-lying areas, and asking everyone else to "shelter in place" in order to keep the roads clear for those who must evacuate. Reports from Houston are that the highways are bumper-to-bumper, and many gas stations are out of gas.

The warnings from the National Hurricane Center are very stark:


All neighborhoods...and possibly entire coastal communities...will be inundated during high tide. Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death. Many residences of average construction directly on the coast will be destroyed. Widespread and devastating personal property damage is likely elsewhere. Vehicles left behind will likely be swept away. Numerous roads will be wwamped...some may be washed away by the water. Entire flood prone coastal communities will be cutoff. Water levels may exceed 9 feet for more than a mile inland. Coastal residents in multi-story facilities risk being cutoff. Conditions will be worsened by battering waves. Such waves will exacerbate property damage...with massive destruction of homes...including those of block construction. Damage from beach erosion could take years to repair.

As you might expect, Ike is wreaking havoc on sports schedules. The Washington State-Baylor football game has been moved up to Friday night. Texas-Arkansas has been postponed, TCU-Stanford has been moved up, and Houston-Air Force was moved from Houston to Dallas.

The Houston Astros really, really wanted to get their series against the Cubs in this weekend. They have a roof, so they've never had a weather cancellation. They have a chance to make the postseason, and they didn't want to give up home field advantage in this key series.

However, a Category 4 hurricane is not exactly your typical inclement weather. The Cubs balked, not wanting to get stuck in Houston during a hurricane. Eventually, the Astros saw reason (or Bud Selig stepped in). The games have been postponed.

According to a friend of mine in Houston many businesses told their employees to go home at lunch time today, so they could prepare for the hurricane.

But many did not. There could be a lot of people unprepared this time, because this hurricane was very hard to predict, and they didn’t want to evacuate a big city like Houston if there was no reason. There are also reports that many who were told to evacuate Galveston Island are refusing - which could be a fatal mistake.

Galveston after the Hurricane of 1900. This storm was a big reason for the rise of Houston. People wanted to move to higher ground.

I also heard an unconfirmed report that Roger Clemens bailed out of a dinner last night, presumably to go board up his mansion.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Phillips out, Phillips in

The Reds' starting second baseman, Brandon Phillips, broke his finger trying to bunt last night. He is likely out for the rest of the season. Starting in his place today was Andy Phillips. I don't know if Andy will be playing 2B every day, but Dusty has indicated that he'd rather play veterans than kids, so I suspect Andy will be getting a lot more playing time.

Meanwhile, Texas is preparing for Hurricane Ike. (Uh, boy. A lot of oil production is still offline from Gustav, and we have another hurricane headed for oil country.) Ike's track has swung around quite a bit, from New Orleans to the Texas/Mexico border. Today, it's looking like it might hit Galveston/Houston. Possibly as a Cat. 4 (though maybe only a high 2/low 3). The nightmare scenario would be a sudden shift in path and increase in intensity (as happened with Katrina and Charley). Evacuating a large city like Houston on short notice would extremely difficult.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Andy lives to fight another day

Well, Andy is still a Red. The ax fell on three pitchers. Josh Fogg was put on the 60-day DL. Matt Belisle was called up from Louisville and immediately put on the 60-day DL. And Todd Coffey was DFA'd.

I wonder if Bubba is glad he no longer has to worry about roster moves.

Who'd have imagined that Dontrelle Willis would spend the season in A-ball? He's endeared himself to his minor league teammates by picking up the bill for dinner each night, and buying them soap, deodorant, and other toiletries. I guess it's the least he can do, given the money he makes.

I'm kind of surprised to hear Detroit feeds their minor leaguers Popsicles and peanut butter and jelly. All that sugar can't be good for them. Even college women's sports teams try to feed their athletes healthy food. (The Zone, etc.)

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Monday, September 08, 2008

September Callups

The Louisville Bats lost yesterday, ending their playoff run and their season. (I'm disappointed. I was hoping they'd come to Scranton this week to play the SWB Yanks.)

As expected, with the Bats' season over, the Reds announced a bunch of callups. Paul Janish is one of those who got the call. Perhaps surprisingly, Homer Bailey, Matt Belisle, and Daryl Thompson did not get called up. Even though they're on the 40-man and have started for the Reds before.

The Reds are going to have to clear three roster spots for guys they called up who weren't on the 40-man. Jerry Hairston, Jr., on the 15-day DL, could be put on the 60-day, but I'm not sure what they'll do about the other two spots. A bunch of infielders (and no outfielders) were called up, which may not bode well for Andy Phillips.

Then again, maybe he’d welcome his release. His wife Bethany due to give birth to their first child this month. I’m sure he wants to be with her, especially after all they've been through.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Are the Yankees bad for the environment?

ESPN had an interesting article today about how high gas prices are affecting sports. Everyone from kids' soccer teams to pro football players are feeling it. The bad economy is making itself felt in the sports world. The only ones happy are the marlin. No, not the Marlins. The fish. People can't afford to charter fishing boats any more, which is good news for fish.

It reminded me of this article, from last year. It's about which sports are worst for the environment.

When people think about energy used and carbon dioxide emitted for spectator sports, they tend to think of the stadium lights, or the Jumbotron, or maybe the planes flying teams across the country. But the real problem is the fans, who drive from miles away to attend the game. That makes baseball one of the worst sports for the environment.

Baseball? Why baseball? Simply because there are so many games. Football games may be big spectacles, but each stadium hosts just eight games a year. In comparison, a MLB stadium hosts over 80 games. Even though all the games may not be sold out, that's heck of a lot more driving.

Of course, with the Yankees, many fans use public transportation to attend their games. And not just the fans. Some of the players do, too.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Free Baseball!

No, really. MiLB.TV is free for the playoffs. No SWB Yankees tonight, because they're playing Pawtucket, which doesn't have TV coverage. But you should be able to see them tomorrow, when they return to Scranton to finish the series.

If they beat Pawtucket, they will host the Louisville Bats or Durham Bulls (depending on who wins that series). I may go see one of those games in person.

Hurricane Gustav was (thankfully) not as bad as feared. It weakened unexpectedly after crossing Cuba. Still did a lot of damage to the Gulf Coast, and New Orleans' levees barely held. Gasoline might be a little tight in the coming days. A lot was used by people evacuating the coast, and the refineries and pipelines were down for awhile due to the massive power outages down there. (Some refineries are still down.)

The scary thing is there's plenty more where Gustav came from. A whole slew of storms is lined up in the Atlantic, with more likely to form behind them. Ike looks like it's going to be a killer if it makes landfall in the US. (Way too early to tell if it will or not.)

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