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July 16, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings(One day late)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 2:38 pm

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for the All Star Game to finally end.

I held off for a day on the Ramblings this week so that I could include some thoughts on the MLB All Star Game. For a while last night, it looked like I’d have to wait another day since the game didn’t look like it would ever end. It was a great game, but at the same time it illustrated some of the problems with making the game count towards home field advantage in the World Series. Since everyone went crazy over the game being called a tie a few years ago, the game “matters” now and it causes some problems. Pitchers, who in some cases threw 100+ pitches just a couple days earlier are forced to pitch in the game because once it goes extra innings the managers run out of options. What happens when one of those pitchers develops arm trouble and misses time in the second half? Is that fair to his team? I never really had a problem with the tie and wouldn’t have had a problem if last night’s game would have been called after 12 innings or so. To me, the health of players, mainly pitchers, in the second half of the season is much more important than having an all star game winner. If you are going to play the game out no matter how long it goes, then it is time to add 4 or 5 more pitchers to the rosters.

Speaking of the All Star game, how bad was Dan Uggla’s performance? The former Memphis Tiger had a night to forget striking out 3 times, grounding into a double play and committing 3 errors. You had to feel for him.

The pregame ceremony with all the Hall of Famers was great. It’s really cool to see all those greats gathered together. The only unfortunate part of it was Willie Mays totally ignoring Josh Hamilton. I don’t know if he did it on purpose, but I personally think Mays is an ass so it wouldn’t surprise me if he did do it on purpose.

I’m starting to think the NL may never win another All Star game. They had so many opportunities to win last night and just couldn’t get it done. It may never happen.

Josh Hamilton’s first round performance in the home run derby was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t win, his first round is what will always be remembered. No one will ever care or remember that Justin Morneau won the derby this year.

Tim Donaghy made 134 calls to fellow referee Scott Foster during the period he was betting on games and the calls always came right before or right after games. There is no way that is just coincidence. It sure makes it look like Foster had to be involved with Donaghy in some way. This whole thing still has a lot of potential to blow up in the NBA’s face.

How in the world do the Denver Nuggets give up Marcus Camby for nothing? I know they had to save money, but it would seem like they could have gotten something in return for a quality center who is one of the best defenders in the league.

The Grizzlies wrap up summer league play in Vegas tonight and we had GM Chris Wallace on the show today to talk about what he’s seen out there and other things dealing with the team. You can check out that interview and others in the Featured Audio on the front page. Among the other things we asked Wallace were if the Grizzlies showed any interest in Camby and Antoine Walker’s status with the team.

The Detroit Pistons have been rumored to be interested in Tracy McGrady. I guess after six straight trips to the conference finals, the Pistons have decided it would be better to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

I’ve never considered hockey players the smartest people on the planet, but Kris Draper drinking out of the Stanley Cup just hours after his daughter pooped in it is crazy. I don’t care how much you clean that thing, I couldn’t possibly drink out of it that soon.

Andy Dick is one of the most disturbing people on the planet. I would never want to be anywhere near him.

That’s all for this week. Have a good week.

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