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Everything posted by IdahoBert

  1. True. He should have won it the year before too when his numbers were even more staggering.
  2. That's what the Sporting News used to do with its "Player of the Year" award. I don't know if they still do it because I don't read it anymore. I think the last time a player on a poor team got the MVP was Ernie Banks in the late '50s--twice. This "best player on the best team" thing is a great way not to have to think too deeply about the MVP. Maybe for a lot of sports writers that's just what they need.
  3. So, if I invited you to a performance art exhibit and put plastic army men into a frying pan to protest "man's inhumaity to man" you guys wouldn't make fun of me too would you?
  4. It's too bad that most for the voters for MVP don't think past big numbers for a first place team. Guillen will help us set a record for greatest improvement in one year and that surely is a great gauge of how valuable he is. I just don't think that most voters will look past the Tigers' final record to see that.
  5. I guess these people would only be convinced that Kerry served his country if he were dead, and not "merely" wounded. I wonder what jokes they would have made about FDR's wheelchair? After all he too was a traitor and a communist just like Kerry.
  6. I suppose Mr. Blackwell doesn't do fashion reviews of the MTV awards does he. The race to the bottom would do him in.
  7. Maybe there's a silver lining to this dark cloud. Maybe the audience for this "toy" was not as large as the manufacturer thought so they unloaded it in bulk to cut their losses. You can only hope.
  8. They had already dropped out and were raising their first or even second kid.
  9. OK, I have a Rock story too. In the fall of '99 I was in the Reno airport and the Rock came and sat down across from me. I knew he was familiar but I wasn't sure of his name. He seemed like a regular big guy. A minute or two later a little kid came up and asked for an autograph. Rock switched to his Rock persona but was gentle and respectful of the kid and spent a good deal of time with him. I was really impressed with the man.
  10. 16 going on 28? People in entertainment are always looking for an angle and this is just one of them. Isn't this porn star look getting boring?
  11. IdahoBert

    Roll over

    Red Sox are 44-21 at home and we saw why.
  12. As I focus on my heart chakra in my crystal littered pyramid, I thank you.
  13. After I posted I had just that thought. I forget that many people on this board are incredible fans who have had little to show for their courageous loyalty. It takes real character to follow and love a team that has let you down so much. I feel lucky to have known the thrill of seeing my loyalty rewarded twice. It will be really great to share this moment with all of you when it arrives again.
  14. I would love to have teams as consistantly enjoyable as the Red Sox, theoretically. But I would not want the frustration they endure. It's like sleeping next to Pamala Anderson every night but she always pushes you away. I'd rather have a trusty old soccer mom like the Tigers.
  15. Red Sox fans carry an enormous burden. They have great teams that tease you but never win it all. We have won the series twice in my life and I've experienced what none of them never have. Wouldn't trade it.
  16. What's pathetic is that anyone can consider this is a genuine election issue. Put away the violins and save your compassion for people who can use it--like the living who are put in harm's way everyday by the Bush administration's gross incompetence. Stuff like this is just street corner slight of hand to get us to look the other way during their shell game. This has nothing to do with being "liberal." I would never question your moral integrity because you are a conservative. I don't play those games anymore. I just think you're wrong.
  17. One of our friends had a bad headache for days and her husband finally took her kicking and screaming to the ER. They found the anuerysm on a scan, operated immedately and she had a stroke on the table. If she'd come in ten minutes later she would be dead. She's fine now. Drag to hear about Branigan.
  18. Indeed. Get over it. Bush can't run on his record and win so we have to drag the river for Mary Jo to create some guilt by association to taint Kerry? Pathetic.
  19. As long as dad keeps giving DD the allowance it takes to improve the Tigers I have no probelm with it either.
  20. Thanks for this post. I hope they don't ruin the whole thing. When you see the kinds of ballplayers Japan is producing it's obvious something good is happening there. I didn't know that soccer was replacing baseball either. I worry about baseball in the US too. I go to minor league games in Boise and the crowd is as old or older than I am and that's a bad sign. Very few young kids, many of whom have lot of other things to do than I had available at the same age.
  21. Here's an article on Pena from today's Free Press that you might find interesting as you follow this thread. TIGERS CORNER: Pena responds to Tram's talk August 26, 2004 BY GENE GUIDI FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER A couple of weeks ago, manager Alan Trammell had a talk with Carlos Pena. It's something Trammell does from time to time with struggling players, but Pena seems to have responded better than most. Pena extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-4 in the 5-4 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. He is batting .415 (17-for-41) during the streak. The surge has lifted his batting average to .250 -- still not what the Tigers want, but headed in the right direction. After losing playing time earlier this season, the left-handed-hitting Pena is now in the lineup virtually every day -- as he was Wednesday night even though left-hander Mark Buehrle started for the White Sox. "Lately Carlos has been outstanding," Trammell said before Wednesday's game. "We had a chat, he's made a couple of small adjustments that I think have paid off. "He's hitting the ball to all fields and having quality at-bats -- seemingly two or three every night. "What we told Carlos and have told other players is that sometimes you can hit the ball hard and not have anything to show for it, but that doesn't mean you should abandon the program. "He's responded, and this might be the best little stretch I've seen from him. He's been consistent, and that's what we want." Pena has been an enigma since coming to the Tigers in the Jeff Weaver trade in July 2002. He'll show great promise and then fall off. The Tigers haven't hid the fact that this is a big year for Pena as far as his future in Detroit is concerned. If they're going to commit to him beyond this season, he's going to have to show the kind of production needed from the first-base position. If Pena can follow his strong August with a good September, his chances of remaining with the Tigers will go from iffy to excellent.
  22. It would be very hard to reconcile this system with what's preceeded it to make historical comparisions. Still, it's interesting.
  23. According to Guidi in today's Free Press: "After Wil Ledezma -- whose innings will be limited -- makes two more starts for the Tigers, he'll spend the rest of the season in the bullpen, which will create an opening in the rotation. But it won't be filled by a starting pitcher from the minors. Trammell said he'll use that fifth starter's spot as a "bullpen day" and split the nine innings among relievers."
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