Have we just been shown the future? So far, it seems that we were on Monday night when the celebrated Mets prospect, Ike Davis, was called up from Triple-A to take the place of the dismal Mike Jacobs, who was designated for assignment. Just a few hours after Davis was suiting up for another game in the minor leagues, he was celebrating a victory over the Chicago Cubs, as well as a night in which he went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Since then, Davis has hit at a .318 clip, going 7 for 22 with 5 runs, 2 RBIs and a homerun, a monster 450-footer launched past the right-center wall against the Braves on Friday.
A no-hitter is a beautiful thing. It is near-perfect performance in the art of pitching, where the pitcher continues to get out after out without allowing a single hit by the other team. We, as an audience, are so infatuated by such a feat because of the great amount of skill, adjustment, athleticism, and, yes, luck that is required in just the right amount to get 27 hitless outs against some of the best baseball players in the world.
With the recent success of Twins closer Jon Rauch, aka the tallest, most intimidating man in baseball history, I started to think back on all of the great pitchers who stood towering and ominous on the pitching mound. Does their great height contribute to their great success? The obvious answer is no, but it is still interesting to take a look at some of the great Jolly Green Giants of major league baseball history.
I apologize for my lack of posts for a little over a year, but I’m sure that everyone can find it in their hearts to forgive me. Hasn’t everyone forgiven Bonds and A-Rod? Oh, they haven’t? Next topic….
…and even though it isn’t certain whether
that will happen now, or at the end of the 2009 season, it
has been determined a necessity. Don’t some doctors
prescribe medical steroids to a patient after they go through
surgery to help rebuild tissue and muscle? Hmm….that
would be a nice dose of irony, now wouldn’t
So….hey. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write anything and I promise that it has been within good reason. I’m not going to bore you with details, but the frenzy of my full-time college student schedule finally caught up with me, and I couldn’t help but to get carried away with it. Anyways, not a whole lot has been happening as far as the Mets are concerned thanks to the World Baseball Classic. Not to say that the WBC isn’t a great thing. I actually tried to wake up at 4:30 this morning to watch China vs. Japan, the first game of the series, but I found out that I am pretty successful at hitting the snooze button on my cell phone alarm for a good 3 hours until I begin to notice the sound of it.
Anyways, I am going to be on spring break next week, so hopefully I will have a lot more time to blog about my Amazins’. Maybe their starting 5 will me more finalized by the end of that week, but I doubt it. Things aren’t looking good for Freddy Garcia so far, and I can’t say that I’m all too surprised. After getting destroyed by hitters in his first two spring training games it’s going to take a late showing for him to gain some ground. Personally, I think that Livan will land the 5th spot, partially because of Redding’s injury and Niese’s inexperience. However, the race is anything but wide open, and Garcia could come back to pitch a perfect March.
Besides that, A-Rod and Ramirez have been dominating the headlines. The fact that A-Rod is out for at least 10 weeks only solidifies my determined belief that the Yankees will finish 3rd in the AL East behind the Rays and the BoSox. As for Manny? I guess we’ll see, but I am really beginning to think that he is diminishing the respect that many people hold for him…well, errr…that some people hold for him. Trying to get 100 million over 5 years!! Are you kidding!! Sorry Manny, but no one is going to cough up that big of a contract for someone as unstable as you, no matter how well you did last year in Dodgertown. My prediction: he’ll do well enough this year, but he is getting older and he won’t be enough to single-handedly clinch the NL West…watch out for the San Francisco Giants.
Okay. One more midterm left to study for. Later.
So far, everything that Jerry Manuel has told his team to do, they have done. Marty Noble put it best: “Jerry says jump. They don’t say how high, they jump.”