To start things out, I'll say this, I'm a nationally ranked tennis player. Yes, I'm a huge baseball blogger but I'm a nationally ranked tennis player. I'm not sure if any of you are tennis fans, but one of our American guys was part of history as the longest match in history unfolded. John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut, was the longest match ever, going 11 hours and 5 minutes...are you KIDDING ME?! The longest match I've ever played is 4 hours...11 seems like it would be an eternity, not to mention… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on June 27, 2010 at 8:48pm —
About a week ago, the most anticipated debut in MLB history was made. Stephen Strasburg, of the Washington Nationals, gave up only 2 runs in 7 IP, and struck out 14 Pirates batters. This phenom possesses an explosive, 100 MPH fastball with an 80 MPH 12-6 curve. He blew through the farm system, with a sub 1 ERA. This move was great preperation for Mr. Strasburg, and allowed the Nats to keep him from arbitration for a little bit longer. Overall, I believe that Stephen will be a perennial… Continue
Added by Big Ty on June 12, 2010 at 4:51pm —
Okay, it's time to take a poll. You see, my grandparents from Jersey are coming out and we plan to go to a D-Backs game. They're here 1 week, and arrive tomorrow (June 7). Should we go to see "The Machine" and Carp or go see Jason Heyward in his rookie campaign? I'm very indecisive so far, so I needed some help. Post your vote in the comments section. Oh, and I'll be sure to post pics of the game and the autos I snag. Thanks, Ty
Added by Big Ty on June 6, 2010 at 5:15pm —
Okay, I figured that I would re-evaluate this upcoming NBA free agency class, which, may I say, is ridiculous. First off, we all learned two things from LeBron's interview with Larry King. First, that the Cavs have a supposed "edge" in signing Mr. James over other teams in the league. In my opinion, this is TOTAL garbage. Yes, I called his bluff. And second, there in fact was a meeting between several marquis players in the league. Namely, Amar'e Stoudamire, LJ, Joe Johnson, and D-Wade. That… Continue
Added by Big Ty on June 5, 2010 at 9:49pm —
It's so depressing to hear that the perfect game that was taken away from Armando Galarraga...will stand, and not be overturned by Bud Selig.
It would have been the only time in MLB HISTORY that 3 perfect games were thrown in 1 season, and we are actually able to experience history. Wouldn't it have been cool to tell to our grandchildren 50 years from now "I remember 2010 when 3 perfect games were thrown. Roy Halladay, Dallas Braden, and Armando Galarraga...name for… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on June 5, 2010 at 9:38pm —
Okay, the talk of this last day or so has been the blown call that cost Armando Galarraga of the Tigers a Perfect
Game. And since then, the league has stated that the call will not be overturned, meaning, the Perfect Game doesn't count. But anyhow, it was a Perfecto. It is as clear as day. The runner wasn't even close. And, whether everyone realizes this or not, this call will change everything. And it will be for the better, not worse. Yes, replay should and probably will be implemented… Continue
Added by Big Ty on June 3, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Ah, the Lakers- Celtics rivalry. One of the best. What a better treat to see them play in the finals once again. 2008 was a bitter loss for this Lakers team. And since, it has only added more fuel on this rivalry's fire. The Lakers are hungry for another championship. But, no matter how well they may play in these first games, they will remember 2 years ago. Overall, I think the Celtics have 2 HUGE advantages. First, they've dominated the Lake Show in Finals past. And second, which is probably… Continue
Added by Big Ty on May 30, 2010 at 2:06pm —
Well, I've got some free time, so I figured I'd see how my predictions are going so far in the MLB this year.
First things first, I have to talk about the Mariners. They are the biggest disappointment of the season so far, they have a solid team, but no consistency. They have plenty of time to make up ground, and I believe they will make it up and win the division. They have the best pitching rotation in the West, and I think they have the team to come back and make a run… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on May 28, 2010 at 4:16pm —
Here's my take on this very exciting season to this point. I'll throw in a few predictions as well.
AL East- This division has been one of the most interesting so far. Who thought the Rays' pitching would be this good? They've taken their place as the powerhouse up to now. That dominance will last to the end of this season, and into the postseason. But hey, let's not forget about the Yanks. Simple, they're the wild card favorite. The Blue Jays will in fact finish third in… Continue
Added by Big Ty on May 25, 2010 at 12:56am —
Everyone has different opinions on this subject, so I thought I'd put my two cents in. Okay, we've all heard the Nets, Cavs, Bulls, Knicks, Heat, and even the Clippers are involved in the LeBron sweepstakes. Bottom line is- he wants to win. He'll be the very LAST marquis player to sign. And of course, any GM wants to sign LeBron A.S.A.P. to attract other players. Stop saying that there's some sort of "package deal." That's false.
In my opinion, Mr. James doesn't have a clue on where he is… Continue
Added by Big Ty on May 21, 2010 at 6:00pm —
So far, most of my predictions are right, except for a few.
The Mets haven't run away with the division yet, but they're only 2 or 3 games put of 1st place. So no worries there.
The Red Sox have started very badly, and are in 4th place. So that 100 win season I predicted for them, might not happen unless they can turn the tide, which I expect them to do. But, the Rays look STRONG!!! They may just win the division this year, they have a solid, scrappy, and speedy… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on May 13, 2010 at 1:59pm —
Okay, I've been gone for a while, and today I was in the mood for a good blog. Today, we're gonna talk about Tim Tebow. I'm gonna set this straight right of the bat- Tim Tebow, in my opinion, will have a successful NFL career. Notice how I didn't say "quarterback." This kid is immensely talented. He's a winner. However, Mr. Tebow isn't your everyday QB. He can run, and he's AGILE. I smell some wildcat plays for him in Denver. Anyhow, Tim will play at the NFL level, but the question is, at what… Continue
Added by Big Ty on April 23, 2010 at 9:25pm —
There has been a lot of talk about what teams are going to step up this year, and become contenders. There is also talk about what teams should be at the top this year...I'm going to give you my predictions in each League Division.
AL East: This division is going to be a 3 team race most of the year. The Yankees have added Granderson, the Sox have added John Lackey, and the Rays just flat out, have a solid team that can compete with anybody. I'm going to… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on March 21, 2010 at 12:16pm —
First of all, there have been a lot of big moves, some of them critical. The teams with the biggest acquisitions are the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, and the Mariners.
For starters, the Yankees have bolstered their outfield by acquiring Curtis Granderson. He's fast, he's very solid fielder, and he can hit with power. The really big question mark with Granderson is his strikeout… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on February 18, 2010 at 4:34pm —
So I checked in to School this morning and I met Harry and Hunter Wendelstedt, Jerry Lane , and two other MLB Umpires.....had my interview and everything went rather well.....Meeting tonight at 5:30pm here in Daytona , FL and then school starts on Monday morning......Joe West and Gerry Davis are supposed to be around once in awhile .....but the Professional Baseball atmosphere here is amazing ...looking forward to meeting the Florida Marlins catcher soon I forgot his name but he's coming in 2… Continue
Added by Michael F. Zulin III on January 3, 2010 at 11:36am —
There has been a lot of trade talk the last couple of weeks, due to the winter meetings and also due to the lack of starting pitchers to go around. First of all, the biggest staring pitcher out there, Roy Halladay. He is BY FAR the best starting pitcher in the majors, he consistently wins 20 games and has a sub 3.00 ERA every season. On top of all of that he also throws at least 10 complete games a season and throws well over 200 innings.
The Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees are… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on December 17, 2009 at 2:26pm —
We all know that the New York Yankees are the best franchise to ever step foot on a baseball field, probably the best franchise in all of sports. 26 World Series wins, 39 pennants, and consistent and dominant teams for almost 9 decades. One legendary ball player after another, from Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey, Herb Pennock, and Red Ruffing to Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Whitey Ford to Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Al Downing to Reggie Jackson, Thurman… Continue
Added by Texas Jon on October 29, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Okay, we have all been amazed by this "new" A-Rod we are all witnessing. However, it is my opinion he has simply become the "old" A-Rod, the one that played for the Seattle Mariners with Junior and Co. You see, back then, A-Rod was not doing 'roids, and he he had a killer lineup that included Ken Griffey Jr. and the likes of Edgar Martinez. And, he had the reliable Randy Johnson. The pressure wasn't always on him. And now, the Yankees aren't always relying on A-Rod. They have other guys. So,… Continue
Added by Big Ty on October 27, 2009 at 9:56pm —
Okay, since I already went over the MVP's and such, and gave my picks for the playoffs, I'm going to say who I think will be the most important to their team's success...or demise. Starting with the Phils, I think that their closer, Brad Lidge, will be crucial in this series. If he can throw that nasty slider and doesn't get rattled, the Phils will have more hope than they already have- for this AND next season. For the Dodgers, I think their guy who needs to show up is Manny. If he can do what… Continue
Added by Big Ty on October 14, 2009 at 10:30pm —
All right, So it's finally October and every good fan of sports knows that that means it's time for some playoff baseball. This season, we have so many good matchups. We got Yankees vs. Twins, Cards vs. Dodgers, The Sox vs. The Halos, and of course The Phils vs. The Rox. So, I'm gonna give my picks. I've got the Yanks over the Twins, The Angels over The Sox, The Phils over the Rox, and the Dodgers over the Cards. The Yanks are going to the the WS, and they're going to WIN. Next, we'll discuss… Continue
Added by Big Ty on October 8, 2009 at 8:30pm —