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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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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Tiger is still in the Woods

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. News broke 2 days ago that Tiger Woods has pulled out (giggity) of the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic due to back spasms. A week earlier he withdrew from the tournament in Dubai. What in the hell is actually going on? The guy has had countless back surgeries. Why can’t they get it right? Give me the man a new back! Lets get one thing straight. I love Tiger Woods. I have always loved Tiger Woods. I will always love Tiger Woods. I wanted to be like Tiger Woods every time I stepped up to a tee box. I wore a Nike TW branded hat, I sported the Nike driver and iron’s, I had on the freshest Nike golf cleats, I even wore a victory red polo every once in awhile. I mean shit, I was basically Tiger Woods but smaller and white. Oh and a handicap of 65 but thats neither here or there.

So what in the world is really going on with (at one point) the great Eldrick Woods? Has his time finally come? Should he call it quits? The poor guy has 673 other players ahead of him in the world rankings. No, Im not exaggerating, 673 players. Uhhh, I wasn’t even aware the list went that high. Good grief! At 41 years of age, theres no coming back from that. I will be mind blown if he ever sniffs the top 100 again. I’m just about over hearing about these back problems as I am about hearing the downward spiral of the god awful New York Knicks. Enough is enough.

The last time Tiger won a major championship was 2008. Why are we still holding on for dear life hoping this guy is going to come back and rattle off a few more majors? It’s not happening. Unless…. he drops about 30 pounds, he smokes a little for these back spasms, which by the way would clear it right up, and he has sex with 30 women on the down low. Honestly. It worked for him before didn’t it? Im not saying he would become number 1 in the world again, but he sure as hell would at least be able to finish 72 holes of golf without limping out of the bunker. Get it together Tiger. I don’t want it to end this way.

What do you think Tiger Woods should do? Hang em up? Keeping having back surgeries until he looks like the hunchback of Notre-Dame? Or take the easier approach to what I said above? I would love to know what you guys think.

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