Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This is How It's Done...

Everyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I am a baseball fan.  Most of those people know that I used to work in minor league baseball for a few years.  Although I don't work in baseball anymore, I am still as big a fan as ever.  When I go to the games I love to see the luscious green grass of the field, smell the vast array of processed meats on the grill, and hear the sweet symphony of the crack of the bat. 

Now, thanks to my friend Benjamin Hill of minorleaguebaseball.com's "Ben's Biz Blog", I can add one more thing that I'm looking forward to when I go to see a game...the dancing men.  And no, I'm not going in a YMCA/Village People angle.  I'm talking about the Fort Wayne Tin Caps and their "Bad Apple Dancers". 

By day they are known as the Tin Caps grounds crew.  They get the field in tip top shape every game.  Once the game starts and it comes time to drag the field during the game, they turn into the "Bad Apple Dancers". 
By no means are any of these guys going to get confused with Fred Astaire, but what they do well is entertain people for a few minutes while the infield is being tidied up. 

This is why I love minor league baseball.  They don't have the big names that draw fans to the ballpark.  What they do have though are lots of little things like this that delight fans and give the entire family a nice time out together.  Kudos to the Tin Caps and their "Bad Apple Dancers".  Keep up the sweet moves boys!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Apparently, Finishing Second is Just Fine for Lebron James

“All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” James said. “They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.

And with that, Lebron James capped off his inaugural season with the Miami Heat by telling the rest of the world to go “F” themselves. He’s rich and doesn’t really care that his team just lost the NBA Finals. He’s saying that he’s going to live the lifestyle of a millionaire because he can and the rest of us are going to go back to our crappy lives and mediocre jobs.

When Lebron made “The Decision” last year, I wrote in this blog that I thought that the biggest problem that the Heat were going to face is deciding who to give the ball to in crunch time (to read the article, click on this link Good Luck in Miami Lebron).

Well, I was wrong. The Heat’s biggest problem that I saw wasn’t that each of the “Big Three” wanted to take the big shot; it was that none of them wanted to step up and take the big shot, especially Lebron.

For the Heat to have a chance at winning, the self appointed “King James” needs to get a killer instinct. He needs to have the courage to hit the big shot when his team needs it. He should be able to in a sense, smell blood and go for the kill when the game is on the line. Michael Jordan was able to do that. Kobe Bryant can do that. Dirk Nowitzki showed during these NBA Finals that he is able to do that. Lebron has yet to prove that he can carry his team when it counts the most. Once he does that, then the Heat will have chance to win the Finals.

Until then, King James is going to “continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.”

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Here we go again...

In what’s getting to be an all too common occurrence, the Detroit Pistons are looking for a new head coach. Their most recent failure, John Kuester, was fired earlier on this week.

That raises the body count under the leadership of Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars to six. There has been a lot of talk about who the next coach of the Pistons is going to be. Since Joe Dumars hasn’t had the best of luck in choosing a coach, I figured that I would give him some friendly advice about some of the rumored coaches.

Rick Adelman – No way, no how. Adelman has been in the league way too long for him to consider going to a team like Detroit. He will pick and choose until a job opens up where he feels like they can win a championship. Adelman isn’t in any hurry to get a job either, the last time he was let go from a team (besides his most recent), he sat out a full year before deciding to come back and coach again.

Mike Budenholzer – Ever heard of him? Me neither. Apparently this guy is the next big thing. He’s been with the San Antonio Spurs for the last 15 seasons. My issue with this guy is that he’s been an assistant for the last 15 SEASONS. If this guy was head coaching material, some team would have given him a shot by now. Some great assistants make horrible head coaches (Marty Mornhinweg) as well.

Tom Izzo – Forget about it…Izzo is a Spartan for life. It’s an NBA job in Michigan so of course Izzo’s name is going to be thrown around. Couple that with new owner Tom Gores being an MSU grad and you’ve got yourself a great rumor.

Bill Laimbeer – My pick. He’s one of the all time greats in Detroit Pistons history. He sort of has head coaching experience (WNBA). Laimbeer is tough and gritty. He would bring a no nonsense attitude that has been missing from the Pistons since he played the game. For the past year, he has been an assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves helping to turn Kevin Love into one of the most dominating players in the NBA.

So there you go Joe…some helpful insight into some of the rumored coaching candidates. Please pick the right guy this time. The Pistons have gone from heroes to zeroes since you’ve been in the driver seat. The city of Detroit and the state of Michigan deserve better basketball than the crap that you’ve been giving us lately.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Everybody just needs to chill out...

Do you see the picture to my right? It's of a play at home plate in a game between the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants on May 25th. Does there seem to be anything out of the ordinary about this play?

Most people would say "no"...but here we are on June 4th still talking about it.

To make a long story short...the Marlins Scott Cousins collided with Giants catcher Buster Posey (one of the Giants best players) during a play at the plate. The collision at home plate left Posey with a broken bone in his left lower leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle. He's had surgery and is done for the season.

Since that time, Cousins has apologized numerous times about the incident. He and his family are receiving death threats from Giants fans on an almost daily basis. And earlier on this week, Giants GM Brian Sabean called the play at the plate "malicious" and said that "if we never hear from Scott Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big league's, we'll all be happy".

This is the most one of the most ridiculous situations that I have ever seen...and I'm not talking about that tool from Jersey Shore.

Collisions at the plate are a common occurrence in baseball. Scott Cousins was just doing his job. He has been toiling around in the minor leagues for years waiting for his chance to show what he can do in the big leagues. The Marlins were finally giving him his big break. If he wouldn't have knocked over Buster Posey, then he may have blown that chance. He was just doing what he was supposed to do. If Giants GM Brian Sabean was a player, he would have done the exact same thing if they were in Scott Cousins shoes.

And so would each and everyone of you. Think about it...if you finally landed a job with a company that you were trying to get into for years...wouldn't you give 110% effort?

Oh, in case you were wondering...Cousins scored the game winning run on that play.