Posted on: August 21, 2010 2:18 pm

Playoffs? Walking your way home!

<h4 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic; color: #828282;">"Walking" your way home! 4 wide ones? Score: 153August 15, 2010 10:27 pm
I remember when I was a young boy in LA listening to the Dodgers-Giant playoff game to decide who would win the NL in I believe 1963.  I was wrapping up my papers for my newspaper route feeling really jubilant knowing the Dodgers were only one inning from the World Series.  Stan Williams for the Dodgers on the mound and the next 20 minutes I became, for the 1st time in my life, a depressed human being because of an outcome of a professional sporting event.  The Dodgers WALKED the National League Pennant away.  2 run lead and it was blown by some hitter without having to swing at a pitch.  A whole season "Walked" down the drain.   I look at pitching stats, being an old "shoulder thrower" of years past.  I loved to pitch and always prided myself on not letting a hitter get on without having to swing the bat.  I look at the Dodgers this year and am a gassed at how many runs have scored via the dreaded "WALK".  From Kershaw last week, to Broxton lately and often, to Padillia today, walk, hit batsman and BINGO, sac. fly and a homer and game gone.  I have noticed a tremendous % of the walks have been cashed in and would say THAT is the doom of the Dodgers.  No command and you get scared and start spotting pitches, get behind hitters and they will kill you.  Mentally a walk is worse than a hit in my book, UNLESS you have COMMAND and it is only an occasional "blip".  The Dodgers are not "blipping" they are "throwing" away games without attacking hitters and making THEM SWING.  Back to back walks, hit batsmen twice in one series and we lose all perspective on HOW to pitch.  Do you have any idea what the difference is in the batting average of a major league hitter when the count is in HIS favor compared to it being with the pitcher ahead?  It is astronomically different. You make a .240 hitter a .300 hitter.  Koufax didn't do S***t until he found the plate.  Ryan could have won 50 more games and had 1/2 point lower ERA if he didn't WALK so many hitters.  Jammie Moyer throws nothing but strikes even at 80 mph and is almost 100 years old and still wins games, why?  Confidence and COMMAND, he controls the plate not the umpire.  You wait on him and you are OUT.  He's not even that good of a pitcher, but...  Get behind the hitters and you are dead.  Walk them and get behind again and you are looking at a L not a W.
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Posted on: August 17, 2010 7:31 pm

Players or Owners more Greedy?

<h4 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic; color: #828282;">Buy a bicycle or a ticket to THE game? Score: 185August 17, 2010 2:25 am
The question was who was more greedy, the Qwners or the Players?  It always blows my mind that I used to think that foronly $12,000 I had the best 2 seats at Dodger Stadium until thought about what that meant to me and how "sucked" in I was to THINK what those dollars cost me in TIME and ENERGY, and what was that equivalent to in the REAL world of purchasing goods and services.Is the cup half empty or half full?  They are both driving the price of toothpaste to $10 a tube.  How far have we come to worship these American hero's?  How much did it cost me to see Mickey Mantle or Sandy Koufax play baseball?  Elgin Baylor or Wilt or Dr. J in basketball, Jimmy Connors or Chris Everett in tennis, Jack or Arnie at golf, etc.?  I took my dad to Dodger Stadium to see the Giants-Dodgers play in 1963.  Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Koufax, Wills, Drysdale, etc.  I was 13 years old and paid for everything from my paper route; the parking, tickets, his beer and our hot dogs (love those Dodger Dogs) and my coke and favorite frozen malt.  I had a great paper route, cleared $85 a month.  After the game we got home and I counted that I still had over $50 left over!  Can you do that now without owning the newspaper itself (maybe not, print isn't selling is it?)?   When someone like A-Rod, LaBron, Kobe, etc. pulls down a +-MILLION dollars every 2 weeks you begin to wonder why "going back to school" clothes are costing the VAULT.  Tennis shoes: $120?  4 kids?  Did you know the MINIMUM MLB salary is?  Poor guys only pull in a paltry $400.000 or twice what the President of the United States makes.  I almost made that one year but I had 35 employees laying thousands of tons of asphalt and concrete and could have lost that much in ONE bad or unlucky job (mother nature).  I also worked 51 weeks at over 80 hours a week.  These guys make that if they play or not, and they are the LOWEST on the $ tot-um pole.  I used to think of going to the movies with my allowance before my route.  Ticket, candy, pop corn and coke (a real treat going to the movies back then).  FOUR BUCKS! and had money for the week left.  I don't think that made Walt Disney or Paul Newman poor then (owner and player, right?)!  Ball game or the "flicks" don't mean the same any more, todays kid's even want to go to their prom in a limo.  Foreclosures, empty seats at Stadiums, millions out of work and we continue to pay for the rising price of putting "OUR" HARD EARNED MONEY in THEIR pockets when they are already overflowed with OUR greenbacks.  It costs more than a bicycle to go to a game now, how absurd is that?  For a night at out at the park a family of 4 could spend the weekend at my tiny paradise Pacific Coast beach resort in Nicaragua in an ocean front room.  see:  Just perspective folks, especially after hearing Jerry West speak of going to the Rome Olympics and had to sleep in non air-conditioned rooms in the Summer with $1 per diem for food.It is our fault that we keep smaller and smaller % of our income for our use instead of donating to their fabulous life styles, but soon or later you are going to have to take a look and decide what is "disposable income" and what is family needs.  Capitalistic society exists pretty well when the gap between have and have nots don't get too wide, only we can decide when the employment check isn't enough to buy a tube of toothpaste or a ticket to a ball game.
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