Al's Ramblings

Friday, July 25, 2014

(7/25/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Cards to sign AJ.

I have to wonder if he waited a while to see if he could fine at least a platoon gig. 

7/25/2014 08:20:00 PM

(7/25/2014 07:22:00 PM) - Al

At Sam's Club, they're only $5 too (and far bigger than the grocery store ones). Probably the yummiest, healthiest, and most convenient chicken you can buy too.

You can use the carcass for stock too. I often say I will, but rarely do. 

7/25/2014 07:22:00 PM

(7/25/2014 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I basically don't eat carbs, so it would be tough for me.

However, I'd easily get by on $30. Wouldn't even be difficult. Sadly, I'd put on pounds doing so.

Know what, I'd even buy a cake mix and some cookie dough for desserts. And it would just kill the left, who would buy a sandwich and salad at the deli for $10 and say it couldn't be done. 

EDIT: There's a reason we have so many fat poor people. Food is cheap. 

7/25/2014 05:00:00 PM

(7/25/2014 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Kudos to Michelle Beadle for blasting ESPN for saying "women should not provoke" their abusers.

I'm finding it difficult to believe ESPN allowed that to come out over the air.

7/25/2014 04:36:00 PM

(7/25/2014 01:29:00 PM) - Al

I am not a scout, but this guy will be a pretty darn good player. If he can play SS, he might be top ten at his position as soon as he gets to the bigs...which should be very quickly, as he's "27"...which might well be 29 or 30 in Cuban.

7/25/2014 01:29:00 PM

(7/25/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al


7/25/2014 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(7/24/2014 03:36:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I'm a fan either. Renting was always so easy. Something breaks, gets loose, or leaks, call the landlord and you're done.

Mowing? Shoveling? That's for the little people.

7/24/2014 03:36:00 PM

(7/24/2014 01:12:00 PM) - Al

Tylenol, for the most part, is worthless.

Aleve works so good, I struggle to believe it's available OTC. Advil and aspirin both do a fine job too, but you have to take them with a lot of water and preferably after a meal.

If I had my choice of Tylenol and a witch doctor...I'd seriously consider the voodoo.

7/24/2014 01:12:00 PM

(7/24/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

More than 5 years after Nate McLouth trade, 40% of Pirates' rotation came from that deal; Charlie Morton and Jeff

ATL fans wonder why they don't have enough young, cost controlled pitching.

Because they decided years ago they'd rather have an OF who can't hit lefties or defend.

7/24/2014 12:57:00 PM

(7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM

(7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Theo is right, but it's hard to make an exception because SL's westernmost geography for deacdes widens their fan base.

There's a few Brewers' fans in MN, IA, IL, and so on. Most are probably WI transplants. Meanwhile, there are many, many Cards' fans in the entire Midwest and heck, the entie Mountain time zone due to the fact they used to be the only game in town, and KMOX was available on almost everyone's radio.

7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

(7/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If there is a way to completely goof something up, you can count on a school system to do so.

I find it astounding anyone is at all surprised by this. Every time we had anything out of the norm occur with the Rambling son, it was soon followed by finger pointing, firm denials of any responsibility, and suggestions we take him in for forms of testing. Every single person we talked to did not even try to hide the fact they were just trying to pass the buck, and just hoping the problem would go away.

When we informed his teacher, who never got around to teaching her students about half the curriculum she was supposed to (he still struggles with division, because they "took a break" from it about January and never returned to it), that he had chosen to attend a charter school, she smiled and said, "Oh. You know, he might fit in really good there," as if he was some sort of reject.

For all their talk of anti bullying, they are totally lost on how to deal with it. They just let it go, and then blame the victim. Sounds exactly like Seattle in the link above...well, maybe it will just blow over.

7/24/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

(7/23/2014 10:02:00 PM) - Al

Tigers acquire Soria.

Price seems a tad high, but nothing like Street.

7/23/2014 10:02:00 PM

(7/23/2014 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Make fun of her all you want, she sure cleans up nicely.

7/23/2014 08:46:00 PM

(7/23/2014 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Yankees announcers said an advanced scout mocked the Twins for their lack of defensive shifting and insinuated shifts were over their heads.--Gleeman

That shifting stuff will never catch on. Like fire, and radio.

Just a fad.

7/23/2014 08:41:00 PM

(7/23/2014 07:49:00 PM) - Al

I think it's obvious...the Diamondbacks simply aren't gritty enough!

Seriously though, I think a lot of it might be simple...Arizona is the second most offensive environment in baseball, yet folks tend to ignore it. Add that to the fact ARI is decades behind everyone else in their use of analyticals, they simply have to plus pitching to be average.

7/23/2014 07:49:00 PM

(7/23/2014 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Maybin suspended for 25 games, sounds like he forgot to get his Ritalin approved.

7/23/2014 05:06:00 PM

(7/23/2014 04:15:00 PM) - Al

If the Brewers did make a trade and pick up a reliever, it would be interesting to see whose roster spot the new guy would take...Kintzler is the only guy with an option (other than Smith), and Jeffress, after his 1.50 ERA in AAA, near minimum salary, and radar gun readings today, would have a dozen teams claiming him on waivers.

Doug is a confirmed velocity whore, and would have a tough time DFAing Jeremy, until he gets hit at least.

7/23/2014 04:15:00 PM

(7/23/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Jeffress hitting 98/99 regularly.

If I'm a team shopping relievers and maybe a bench bat, I'm asking about him. You can't teach that.

7/23/2014 03:42:00 PM

(7/23/2014 03:16:00 PM) - Al

Reds' TV guys curious why Lohse was removed.

Brewers, through several managers, hardly ever allow a pitcher to get into trouble after 100 pitches. any teams think nothing of sending a SP out to start an inning with 114 pitches...very rarely does any SP of the Crew go more than 110. It's an organizational mantra.

Not sure if this is at all related to the Brewers having so few arm injuries in the past few seasons, but it can't hurt.

Remember that stat I threw out when Matt Harvey was injured.

7/23/2014 03:16:00 PM

(7/23/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Vikings won't change stadium for birds.

Articles like this always seem like a parody to me. 988M birds die every year, and they're worried about a few hundred more? Seriously?

7/23/2014 02:29:00 PM

(7/23/2014 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers get the 4th pick in the competitive balance lottery. 12 teams get 10 picks, so any pick is a plus, and a pick in the top half is especially handy. 

7/23/2014 01:46:00 PM

(7/23/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

How the world has changed in the last decade. This is why everyone drives too damn fast, because they waste their time doing stupid stuff.

7/23/2014 01:45:00 PM

(7/23/2014 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Chad Qualls, currently pitching with the Astros, may be an excellent match if Doug decides to add a reliever.

7/23/2014 01:19:00 PM

(7/23/2014 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Scooter likely to miss "a few days" with quad issue. Roenicke moves Lucroy up to #2 spot.

7/23/2014 12:18:00 PM

(7/23/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al


We'll see the debt double during Neville Obama's term, and folks look the other way, afraid to say anything. It's not racist to point out the guy has been over his head and completely out of touch since day one.

The fact they've cried wolf about it only shows their lack of ammunition. Sadly, they've pretty much made racism an outlier in instances where it actually does still occur.

Sad, but it is what it is.

7/23/2014 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

(7/22/2014 10:40:00 PM) - Al

I don't know what New York is looking at. I saw it hit the bat, I'm not sure how they can't.--Roenicke

Simply put, there's only one explanation...lack of caring and effort. It's the result of some idiot who glances at it, says, "You can't tell," and refuses to look at the real evidence.

7/22/2014 10:40:00 PM

(7/22/2014 10:35:00 PM) - Al

Scooter tweaked his leg again trying to beat out a grounder. Tough for those young guys to not go full out, I suppose.

7/22/2014 10:35:00 PM

(7/22/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

I didn't see any tests given to Negron. Certainly no visual.If anything, they may have asked him where he was or some simple math. I'm not sure the Reds' guy wants to know if he's got a concussion.

7/22/2014 10:08:00 PM

(7/22/2014 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Home plate ump might as well just make the call before the pitch is made. He's all over the place, has no idea. Braun was telling him that was not a strike earlier tonight. Heck, it isn't a strike half the time.

When the players still have no idea what the strike zone is in the 8th and 9th, you know the home plate ump is terrible.

7/22/2014 10:05:00 PM

(7/22/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

I was not familiar what Brewed For Her was, so I googled it, a female friendly fashion and beauty package at MP.

Of course, I have no problem with this, because, as one of these silly freedom loving folks, I do not care if others enjoy something I would not, and, is obviously not aimed at me.

Not so for this gal, who insisted last year's event would end in complete, spectacular failure (STRIKE ONE!) who feels if it not for her, it should be banned, outlawed, and ended.

Note to Nicole, quit being such a negative nellie. This is why everyone calls you nasty names. And, your prognostication skills has everyone laughing at you.

EDIT: A recap of last year's event. I must be unable to find the sexist, degrading ones...

7/22/2014 09:47:00 PM

(7/22/2014 09:19:00 PM) - Al

It is simply off the charts how horrendously bad MLB umpires have become. They get half the calls wrong, as proven by instant replay (remember, you could do that well not watching the game and flipping a coin...that's what I said would happen, don't forget, while everyone else was stupidly saying replay would prove them right), and often still mess them up when able to view them on super slow motion.

How helpless are these fools?

Could they be any worse if they just started over? All these clods should just go away and reapply. They can't be worse than 50/50, it's mathematically impossible.

7/22/2014 09:19:00 PM

(7/22/2014 09:13:00 PM) - Al

They have to get guys watching the replay that are not trying to protect the umpires. They just blew one of the most obvious mistakes you will ever see. Simply put, the guys in NY have no desire to get the call right, they just want to protect their buddy.

That guy should be fired on the spot. Quit pretending they're even trying to get them right. It appears the fools in NY forget we can see the same pics they are. That was clear as day, bat, then ball.

7/22/2014 09:13:00 PM

(7/22/2014 08:07:00 PM) - Al

If KC decides to sell, Aoki returning would seemingly be a nice match.

SD is selling off pieces, and Chris Denorfia has played all three OF spots and, while not a perfect fit as a RH hiter, has held his own versus RHP (career 680 OPS vs. RHP, Schafer is 629 OPS vs. righties)

Deals like this are often made in August, as well. 

7/22/2014 08:07:00 PM

(7/22/2014 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Doug, as he has since the season began, says he's looking to add to the bullpen and bench.

Did mention pickups of Durham and Hairston rather than bullpen pieces, so if you want to read between the lines a tad, might be suggesting he's a bit put off with the exorbitant asking prices for relief arms, and looking for a veteran SS or OF.

Zig while the others zag.

7/22/2014 07:50:00 PM

(7/22/2014 05:45:00 PM) - Al

I think Barney ends up in OAK, with Barney taking over the 2B platoon from Punto, and Nick moving into more of a utility player.

7/22/2014 05:45:00 PM

(7/22/2014 04:35:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing is, I knew this was exactly what Dungy meant.

The problem is, the old media is so intent on finding something to talk about other than the daily failures of the do nothing administration, no one is safe.

7/22/2014 04:35:00 PM

(7/22/2014 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Selig said MLB plans to play games outside US and Canada next year, multiple sites under consideration. Sources say London is one of them.

Needed for future growth, Bud is always looking forward...sadly, most in MLB look back, and refuse to be truthful when they do.

I think it's a huge benefit too, as if the games are played in that week before the season, it allows for more off days during the campaign, when you need them. 

Hopefully, they will take the home games away from the lowest drawing teams, though I'm sure both teams are well compensated.

I would think Mexico City would be high on the list, and Japan, of course. 

7/22/2014 04:22:00 PM

(7/22/2014 04:15:00 PM) - Al

I always find it funny when you hear people say, "Wait until the deadline to trade him."

Chase Headley, former all star, was traded to the Yankees for a utility infielder and an A ball pitcher who throws hard and doesn't even know what his own name is.

I like Chase a lot, especially as a free agent this offseason if the Crew does not exercise Aramis' option, which I do not think they will.

7/22/2014 04:15:00 PM

(7/22/2014 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Heard Mets trying hard to move Bartolo Colon, which isn’t exactly a surprise. Also no surprise: Dodgers trying hard to move

On message boards of late, I've seen suggestions that the Crew should try and pick up Kemp, Cliff Lee, and every other overpaid player in MLB.

What's amazing is, the Brewers have gone out of their way to avoid disastrous contracts, even the "bad ones" were not really that bad, forcing them only to eat half a season at $3-4M. So, folks think they should go out of their way to pick up others?

Lee is due $37M through '15 and has not proven he's healthy. At some point, PHIL will put him on waivers, and not a single team will claim him, afraid the Phillies will just let him go.

Yeah, work out a trade for that guy. Please.

7/22/2014 04:07:00 PM

(7/22/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Tom Verducci says in order to score more runs, we need to ban the shift.

Meanwhile, most of the former players on the MLB Network claim the shifts do not work.

I'm not sure who is stupider, but allow me to say, I don't think either group has a clue.

7/22/2014 03:44:00 PM

(7/22/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

Stopped at the little place on 29 on my way back from Withee to buy a couple bags of fresh curd, one plain, one taco.

The Rambling son and I have them both over half gone. I suspect at some point in the next couple days I will be spending an abnormal amount of time in the bathroom, but it sure is yummy.

7/22/2014 03:01:00 PM

(7/22/2014 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Barney is good enough with the glove that he's still plenty passable as a starting 2B.

He came up as a SS, so he should be able to step into a utility role if nothing else. He hits LHP way better than RHP, so he'd be a nice platoon 2B/infield reserve. 

7/22/2014 02:52:00 PM

(7/22/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember the fawning and hero worship that occurred in the old media when drunkard and bridge/morals challenged Ted Kennedy died?

We seem to have a bit of a quieter response to the death of an actual American hero, former Senator, former POW, and, just coincidentally, of course, former Republican James Denton.

Luckily however, they are above any possibility of bias. Let's be honest, they're either biased beyond belief or ignorant beyond belief. 

From where I sit, both. I don't know how they sleep at night. I don't know what is worse, pretending Denton was not worthy of their coverage, or pretending Kennedy was.

7/22/2014 12:30:00 PM

(7/22/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Oh by the way, the 2nd most powerful nation in the world shot down a passenger airliner a few days ago.

Our response? Order food, play golf, and pretend it never happened.

Throw in an apology and the corpse of Neville Chamberlain, and I think we'll officially hit rock bottom.

May you live in interesting times.

7/22/2014 12:00:00 PM

(7/22/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

FXX will run every Simpsons episode back to back.

That's about twelve days.

7/22/2014 11:00:00 AM

(7/22/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Today students spend more time on homework than ever recorded in history.--OMG Facts

And they're not doing a bit better on standardized tests. I think homework has become a bit of a crutch, as in "well, look at all the homework I give them!" Some of the best teachers I had in high school didn't give any homework. We also graded our tests in class (all except the essays), because as the one said, "Why should I do it for hours when we can do it in ten minutes." I always think of that when I hear about the long hours in teaching.

Some people just like to be miserable.

7/22/2014 09:30:00 AM

(7/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Beginning last July 23, the date of his first major-league home run, Khris Davis (27) trails only Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (37) and Atlanta's Justin Upton (28) among National League outfielders in homers.--JS

Davis' prowess is overlooked by almost everyone. He's simply been outstanding, and all those minor league "gurus" missed him.

They missed Scooter too.

They do a fine job though.

7/22/2014 09:00:00 AM

(7/22/2014 12:17:00 AM) - Al

Braves are 51-22 when scoring 2 or more runs.


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