Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Win For the Kid

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What a great way to get your first major league win. Chad Billingsley went 7 strong innings while allowing no runs. He now has a 3.66 ERA for the year. This kid is getting better from game to game. Unfortunately, he continues to allow the lead batter on. Nevertheless, he was able to get out of some jams in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th innings. Chad did a great job of keeping his composure in the 5th inning when he got DaVanon, Byrnes and Gonzales to end a late game threat with men on 1st and 2nd base. He pitched strong, and he pitched with confidence. I really like the stuff he brings to the table, and I expect that he may be our biggest surprise of the 2nd half. Billingsley is a keeper and could very well blossom into a front line pitcher. I'm crossing my fingers in hope that maybe, just maybe, Chad Billingsley will become the pitcher we are looking for in this seasons playoff push trade market.

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Trade Rumors

Apparently Colletti is feeling some heat. There is a rumor flying around about 3rd baseman Aaron Boone. "The Indians, in town to play the Twins, are talking about trading Aaron Boone to the Los Angeles Dodgers." What is this all about? Izturis is clearly better defensively and shall I dare say has better offensive potential. Maybe he's meant to be a back-up? I will add, though, that if he trades any of our prospects for Boone I'll go crazy. I mean total batshit crazy!

Let There Be Baseball

I park my car on the curb right in front of where I live. This is a rare occurrence on this street. The block is filled with small apartments and homes that sometimes overflows with people and cars. On this Monday afternoon after work the street was surprisingly empty.

Did I miss something? Is there something going on that I should know about?

nay!... It's just stupid luck. Within the hour the street was packed with cars and parking spots where scarce.

Anyway, I walk up to my place and find that my roommate put today's' mail on the dining room table. I shuffle through the advertisements and coupons, toss the Pennysaver aside for later reading and come across a postcard from my friend, Michael. Cool! He always finds a way to make me laugh about the world. Usually Mike sends politically themed postcards that he would make from scratch, but, from time to time, I get something that is unrelated to the "real world". On this day I get to celebrate Baseball.

Above is a scan of the postcard I just received. On the back he writes:
"And on the 8th day God spoke and he doth said, "Let there be Baseball," and there was. And he saw it was good. So he cracked open a beer and feasted on many a hot dog. And God was happy. For humans had realized their ultimate purpose- entertainment for the Lord."
Mike- You So Funny.