Wednesday, July 06, 2005

What the F**K!?! -- 7/6/05

So as not to overshadow a thread by someone other than me on this blog, (Thanks, Corco!) I'm bumping this down a little, in spite of posting it after the M's game.
  • Willie Dynamite hit 3 doubles tonight. (What the F**K?!?)
  • It's July 6th, and the M's are still carrying 12 pitchers on the roster, and that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon (What the F**K!?!)
  • Nate McMillan is leaving the Sonics. I don't know what hurts worse -- that he's going to Portland, or that he's leaving period. Nor do I know who to hate more -- McMillan (traitor) or Walker/Sund/Schultz. Nevertheless, I now re-hate the Sonics (What the F**K!!!!!!)
  • Brill Kreme Krueger had an idea that sounded decent last night. Swap Beltre and Sexson and let Beltre hit cleanup for awhile. It might be a bad idea, since Beltre might then develop Boone's penchant for double plays, but then... (What the F**K???)
  • And, last but certainly not least... We just lost a series to Kansas City. Really. That Kansas City. (What the F**K?!?!?!?!?!?!)


At 7/07/2005 9:34 AM, Blogger David J. Corcoran said...

slash or dash on the dates? Make up your mind!

At 7/07/2005 11:28 AM, Blogger Citizen K said...

Mac-10 to the Blazers? Wow! Sounds like the Sonics, (who as far as I know still haven't re-signed Ray Allen,) are trying to be as bad as possible. Drafting two untested European big men is a big part of that scheme, as is allowing a good coach to go to the arch-rivals...

"Nor do I know who to hate more. . ."
Hate those who ruin our freedoms under the guise of protecting them -- don't hate sports figures. They have no effect upon your life at all.

I was always of the opinion that if Bloomquist got a good run of playing time he would either play himself into or out of the lineup permanently. He has a number of good skills (unfortunately batting average/power are not among them.) Three doubles in a game is unfortunate, as it skews the scale in his favor, but as I pointed out to the simps at USSM last year, if he's hitting three doubles in a game that can in no way be a bad thing for your favorite team. Why complain?

At 7/07/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger PositivePaul said...

Fixed the slashes.

Technically, Ray Allen can't sign with the Sonics until the 22nd. I'm wondering if he indeed will ink the contract, but I seriously think he and Mac-10 had a conversation about it, and Ray is true to his word that he'll sign.

Indeed my hate is directed much more intensely that direction than upon mere sports figures. Still, I'm angry, even if that emotion is a false, or even baseless, one.

The complaint about Bloomquist is that any time he has a superhero-esque performance, it just reiterates peoples subjective view on him, causing them to look further and further away from the big picture. It becomes a bad thing when the manager also takes that mentality and decides to start him several days in a row, bumping out the opportunities for others more deserving, and in more need for playing time. It also becomes a bad thing in that it makes the team, who has a problem with giving the wrong people big money, more and more willing to give the guy a big pay raise that will end up being another piece of the payroll albatross puzzle. Pay your scrubs like scrubs, and pay your stars like stars. Bloomquist is and always will be a scrub. The minute he makes (or wants to make) anything over 6-figures, he becomes immediately expendible. Think arbitration.

At 7/07/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger Citizen K said...

Thanks for the update on Ray Allen. The thing is, he's been looking for a contract extension since before this last season, and the Sonics just haven't responded. That is the thing I just don't get about that situation. Sure, he's getting older, but he's still got to be one of the top 12 or so guys in the league, and in the NBA having one of those kinds of players is almost essential if you want to win.

Re Bloomquist, seriously... It's been two managers now who have apparently played him for extended lengths of time. Now, Bloomquist can't have naked pics of both of them, right? (Or, worse, both of them together...) The M's coaching staff has been almost completely overhauled for this season, yet Bloomquist is not only on the team, but is still starting. So M's fans need to face the fact that a number of REAL, distinct baseball men think Bloomquist has at least some skills.

Now, for you hard-core M's fans, that can't be a comforting thought, and I can see why. I'm sure it causes you nights of frustrating hair-pulling and lip-biting to see him in the starting lineup day after day. I have no answer for that, except to say Keep an even keel - there is nothing in life worth worrying over.

But still, three doubles - has Adrian Beltre ever done that? ;-)

At 7/07/2005 1:30 PM, Blogger Citizen K said...

I am sure this has been discussed ad nauseam in other forums, but it definitely seems to me, with my limited knowledge of the situation, that Bloomquist is indeed being showcased for a trade. His versatility in defensive positions, good glove, and speed are his selling points. How is that any worse than any other defensive specialist who is dealt at the deadline? He's youngish and cheap, to boot. He has an occasional hot bat. Sounds like a perfect fit for a contender's bench to me.

At 7/07/2005 1:40 PM, Blogger David J. Corcoran said...

citizen K:

Not saying Dave is right or not, but he shot me down and called me wrong when I suggested it on USSM.

At 7/07/2005 2:50 PM, Blogger Citizen K said...

Sure, Corco, but he gave you no proof, just his opinion and subjective analysis of the situation.

(That's also the main reason I quit reading USSM - the unsubstantiated opinions treated as set-in-stone facts, and vehemently defended as such by their egotistical authors.)

Just because the Yankees showcased Cano in the Minors doesn't mean that a Major League club wouldn't do it. Dave only thinks they don't do it at the Major League level - but how could he ever prove that?

Grain of salt, my friend...

At 7/07/2005 3:15 PM, Blogger David J. Corcoran said...

That's why I just dropped it. I still believe Willie is being showcased, I just didn't see a need to get into a fight I can't win. Had I called him out, I'd've been put into the mod queue. But lets not get into blog-bashing here. That's no fun.

At 7/07/2005 3:52 PM, Blogger Citizen K said...

You are correct. My apologies - my past insults at the fingers of USSM clouded my comments.

I guess I still have to work on that "forgive and forget..."

But I think from what I've read here, again with little knowledge of the situation, that you are also correct in your deduction of a showcasin' going on.

(This is the most I've blogged in one day since March!)


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