Is the 600 HR club still prestigious?

Is this once exclusive club still so exclusive? Does a player hitting 600 HR’s in their career still as big of a deal as it was years ago? In my eyes, absolutely yes. What appears to be in other people’s eyes, not so much. Big Albert “The Machine” Pujols just notched his 600th homerun and to some, you may not have even heard about it. Absolutely ridiculous. Why in the hell is this milestone that Pujols just received, not being talked about? I watched this at bat live and had a smile on my face as he rounded the bases and hug his teammates after crossing home plate. Why was I smiling? The guy just hit his 600th HR!!! There have only been 8 other players to reach this. Let me re type that so you can read it twice. ONLY 8 other players have reached this feat! Maybe it still isn’t clicking. Lets break this down a little further. There have been roughly 15,000+ baseball players to ever play in the major leagues. Now do you see why I’m a little pissed no one is acknowledging the work this man has put in? He is the 4th fastest player to hit 600. Oh, and lets not forget to mention that at least 3 of those 8 others, were busted for steroids. Now, I can’t sit here and say that Pujols has never done steroids but I can tell you that he has never been tested positive for them. If you’re anything like me, then the 3 that have been tested positive for PED, don’t even really count. If you have a problem with that, then explain to me why they should matter after cheating and getting an advantage.

Is the reason why Pujols 600th homerun is not being recognized because his bat has stalled over the last few years? Is it because he plays in L.A. but not for the bigger L.A. team? Is it because he’s not in the news for being a shit head person? I have had the pleasure of witnessing 5 of the 8 reach this milestone. Granted to me, A-Rod, Sosa, and Bonds got to that number with some help. Now I don’t want to take away everything from those goons but I mean lets be seriously, how many of those HR’s were hit with the help of the juice? Albert Pujols in my opinion is in the top 5 for greatest right handed hitters in the history of MLB.

You know what Pujols received when that 600th ball went flying over the fence? He got a cool 600 sign on the scoreboard. I don’t know, maybe my thinking on this is a little extreme, but I think this deserves to be recognized a lot more than what is has been. Another reason could be because ESPN is over here blowing every person associated with the NBA. Don’t even get me started on that train.

Albert Pujols, congratulations on hitting number 600. I look forward to seeing you mash number 700.

 

 

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Harper vs. Strickland

By now I am sure everyone has watched what unfolded on Monday night during the Nationals vs. the Giants game. If you are living under a rock, here it is.

 

Okay, so there are quite a few things I want to go over regarding this video.

First, lets take you back to 2014. Game 1 of the NLDS. Hunter Strickland on the mound for the Giants and Bryce Harper at the plate for the Nationals. Take a guess what happens. Buh bye ball. Harper crushes a shot to right field and is amped. Now jump ahead just 3 games later. Strickland is on the mound again and facing Harper in the bottom of the 7th inning. Nationals down a few runs and their season on the line. Harper hits an absolute moon shot! He stands at the plate for a second, which a lot of people think he was being arrogant and you know the whole staring it down thing. In actuality, the ball was hit a long way and it was close to being a foul ball. In my opinion he was waiting to see if it would be fair or foul. After seeing the ball land in the ocean, Harper takes off around the bases. Hunter Strickland staring him down like he just hit on his sister. If you have played baseball before and you hit a home run in a moment like that you’re going to be pumped up. Harper was almost skipping around the bases with joy.

965 days later…..

Hunter Strickland on the mound facing his friend Bryce Harper. 2 outs. Up 2-0 in the 8th inning. A terrible spot to hit any batter. Here comes a 98 mph fastball to Bryce Harpers hip. Lets get one thing straight here. Getting hit by anything traveling 98 mph is going to hurt. Strickland obviously did not forget about Harper launching two baseballs into space on him 3 years ago. Harper’s immediate reaction was pissed. Who wouldn’t be. He pointed his bat toward Strickland waiting to see his response. Of course he just stared at him so the switch flipped and Bryce went hauling ass after him. What transpired next, was pretty embarrassing. The throw away of the helmet was just as bad as 50 cent throwing out the first pitch. I give credit to Harper for going after him. Strickland is no small dude. 6’3 230 pounds is no lightweight. You cant even call it a brawl.  A few jabs were thrown and then a bunch of men grabbing each other and pulling people away. What I thought was the funniest of it all was, it took 3 guys to pull Strickland away and poor Hunter Pence gets his face mushed. It was little much though. Hunter Strickland was all the way to the dugout with 3 people on him and 65 other players between him and Harper and he was still acting like tough man trying to get free.

The next thing I want to talk about is Buster Posey. If you look up any batter charging the mound or an altercation between a batter and pitcher, you immediately see the catcher try to intervene. To at least try and get in between the batter so he doesn’t rip the pitchers head off. A great example of that is when A-rod caught a fat lip from Jason Varitek’s catchers mitt. After watching the fight several times, I couldn’t help but to notice Buster Posey sitting behind home plate not moving a muscle. Posey didn’t move from his spot until the benches were already over the foul lines. Who are you stopping at that point? The only person you’re getting to is the bench coach who is just strolling on the field to stretch his legs. Now here is the real question. Did Buster Posey know that Strickland was going to plunk him? Even if he didn’t, Buster has to at least attempt to look like he is sticking up for his teammate. I don’t care if you don’t like the guy, you try and step in between them. Have a conversation in the clubhouse and smack the shit out of him behind closed doors for not getting over home runs hit 3 years ago. If Strickland were to hit every batter that’s hit a home run off him, he would reach his pitch count. Five times. Where I come from, your teammates are your brothers. Even if you don’t like them. When you are on the field and wearing the same jersey, that’s your boy. He said in his post game comments “those are some big boys out there.” Come onnn man.

How can you be upset with Harper for charging the mound? What a lot of people don’t get is, a baseball is a weapon. Any way you look at it, its a weapon. To throw it at someone as fast as you can is not right. Bryce Harper should have taken that helmet and squared it up right between the eyes of Strickland. Even then, it wouldn’t have been equal. I applaud him for just wanting to use his fist to even the score. I wish he would have straight up tomb stoned his ass right there on the mound. Then on the way back to the dug out, signal for a beer and crush it on the way down the tunnel. That would have made that weak ass fight so much better.

 

To suspend Harper 4 games and Strickland 6 games is a joke. If you break it down that’s a total of 3 innings missed for Strickland (which the Giants are probably better off) and that would be 32 innings and approximately 16-20 at bats for Harper. That’s HUGE! A guy of that caliber missing that amount of time because of someone hurling a fastball at him is wrong. The MLB needs to be way more strict with these types of things. Its not right or fair for a pitcher to deliberately chuck a baseball at someone that could potentially cause damage (see Giancarlo Stanton), and only have to miss 3 lousy innings. This was clearly intentional and the league needs to really crack down on this. All of these other sports are so concerned for player safety. The MLB took away the collisions at the plate, the slide rule at second base, but yet you can fire baseballs at someone as fast as you can. Don’t get me wrong, batters are hit all the time, but not intentionally! There is a difference. For Strickland to sit there and say the ball got away from him is a joke. Let him stand up there with a bat in his hand and take a 98 mph fast ball to the hip. Wouldn’t striking the guy out just feel so much better than making yourself look like a jackass? Hunter Strickland gets the ass hat of the day.

 

Lets take a look back at the “best” brawls of baseball. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Who is the GREATEST Athlete of ALL time?

Such a vague question. Who is the greatest athlete of all time? Yes its hard to compare certain players from all different sports but you can get an idea of who is the greatest athlete. Listen to what I’m saying you knuckleheads.  Athlete. Incase you’re not sure what athlete means let me give you a quick run down. A word that many people do not understand. Here is the definition of an Athlete. A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. You catch the ending of that? Other forms of exercise. So before you start shouting out some names lets hit on some criteria.

  1. Each athlete has his/her own accomplishments in their specific sport. For example; Self accomplishments such as MVP’s, records they set, their overall career stats, how many all star games they’ve been a part of (this part is a little sketchy because of fan votes), also how many seasons or years they played in their sport.
  2. How long were they better than every one else. If it was 1-2 years, please save me the hassle of having to read your shitty opinion. How much better were they than the rest of the field. Was it a night and day difference? Was is obvious that they were the king/queen of the sport at the time?
  3. Were they consistently great at what they did? Not a year here and then 3 years later great again. Im talking every year.
  4. What was in the impact they had on their specific team or the sport in general? If a player comes to mind who was involved in a team sport, if you took them off the team, would there be a dramatic drop off? What type of impact did they have on the sport all together?
  5. Could they do things that other players just could not do if their life depended on it?
  6. Did they shine in multiple sports or different athletic things other than the main sport they played?
  7. Did other players/coaches hate playing against or fear having to play against them?

These are some things to consider before shouting out a name. If they don’t meet the criteria above, then I don’t want to hear it. Now, put on your thinking cap and rattle off who you think was the GREATEST ATHLETE of ALL TIME? Let the fun begin.

Of course, I have to let you know who I think is the greatest ATHLETE of all time. In MY opinion the greatest athlete is…… que the drum roll….. BO JACKSON!! The guy was a freak of nature and hits on every single criteria I mentioned above. Please take 6 minutes of your life and watch this video.


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The greatest 4 words in all of sports… Pitchers and Catchers report!

Its that time of the year again! February 12th through the 15th all pitchers and catchers report to duty with their respective teams. Position players to report February 17th through the 20th. Just under 2 weeks before we get to pound beers and roast in the heat of the sun. Whether you are in Arizona or Florida, there is no better time of the year. Except for opening day.  Time to put down the cheeseburgers and get your asses in shape boys. While all you Northerns are buried up to your belly buttons in snow, folks down here in the south will soak up all the Vitamin D for you. Whether you’re getting drunk and stealing foul balls from the kid 2 seats over, or laying out on the berm and heckling the guys that you know won’t make the opening day roster, spring training baseball is a beautiful thing. I will be breaking down each division through out the spring to give my opinion on what will happen this 2017 season. I get excited for opening day and the baseball season every year just to be let down by the time August comes. Thank you Tampa Bay Rays. We can only hope that this year is as exciting as 2016 was! Cheers to cheap tickets, cold beers, no name autographs, and most importantly baseball being back!!

 

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