Posted on: June 29, 2009 1:55 am
As Mariano cruises along to 500 saves lets take the time to put his career into perspective. He's definitely the best reliever ever. There is no real argument against him. When you take into account his longevity he might be the best pitcher ever. The very nature of a closer's role is more pressure packed than a starter. A good starter is going to throw 100 pitches . Obviously some will be more important than others. The point is that there is much more room for error. A closer is coming into situations with runners on base and little to no room for error. Just look at the history of baseball. What closer has been this dominant for this long? The last 3 outs are the hardest. The pressure of the situation sooner than later exposes the lesser closers. When you take into account that the pressure intensifies tremenously in the postseason, that's why Mariano has to be considered one of if not the best pitcher ever. His postseason numbers are absolutely ridiculous. 8-1 0.77 era and 34 saves in 114 inn. I know other pitchers did not have the good fortune to play in the postseason as often as he has , but that should not be held against him. For starters, he's one of the main reasons they were in the playoffs and secondly any pitcher that would be in this argumet has pitched in the postseason and has not performed as well as he has. If you break it down to its simplest form no one has pitched as well as he has.
Posted on: May 15, 2008 2:41 am
I was just reading Eric Mack's rankings and the funniest thing just happened. Some guy was commenting on how the Rays start this season was not that big a deal. He was submoronic spouting out incorrect facts and stupid comments. He was a jackass. I soon found out he was something much worse , he was a Yankee Fan. The replies to his post came fast and furious. They were more venomous by the post. The funny thing was they were from Ray's Fans. Ray's Fans. I'll be the first to agree that they have a nice young team . I think they even have a bright future. Having said that there is no way on God's green world that a Ray's fan should be talking trash to a Yankee fan, no matter how stupid he is. Let's see the model of consistency vs a team that's never been .500. Are we supposed to forget the last 12 years because the Yanks have had a couple of bad months? How many playoffs in a row? How many championships? In the world of sports find me an organization with more cosistent success? That's right it doesn't exist. No team during that span has played in more consecutive postseasons. The Patriots and Spurs have as many championships, but not as many playoffs in a row. Could you imagine some hick from Memphis talking junk about the Spurs or a Falcons fan talking smack about the Pats. Crazy right. It seems everybody wants to jump on the Yanks while they're down. That's ok. I'm used to it I'm an American. I'm used to people's jealousies. With both America and the Yankees we're damned if we do and damned if we don't. We're the richest and the most successful and by far the most maligned. Do you really think the terrorist states of this world really hate us for any other reason than jealousy? They hate how prosperous and free we are. These same people come in droves to America and enjoy all the upward mobility and opportunites our country has to offer. The same hipocracy can be found with the Yankee haters. If their team spent what the Yankees spend and won like the Yanks won they would be doing cartwheels. They complain and whine about how much Steinbrenner spends. Isn't that what everyone would want their team's owner to do? Of course it is . Yankee haters are all the same they would rather see the Yanks lose than see their team win. How about worrying about your team? It's easier to hate on the Yanks than deal with your own team's frustrations and limitations. It's a tragically sad way to live. I wouldn't trade being a Yankee fan for anything. The joy and wonderful experiences they've provided me are too numerous to mention and the memories are unforgettable. I guess it's kind of like being an American. Maybe that's why I'm so passionate about the Yanks. You know even though I pay almost $4 a gallon for gas, pay high taxes, and don't agree with almost anything our President does I thank God I'm an American. I once spent a week in Spain and saw how people outside of America lived. If you were born to a farmer you were going to be a farmer, if you were born poor you would proabably die that way. That's not living to me . I guess that's what it must feel like to be a Ray's fan.
Posted on: April 27, 2008 4:38 pm
It seems like every year in MLB there is a small market team that defies the odds and becomes the feel good story. We're told adnauseum about how their whole payroll is the equivalent of A-Rod's salary. The David vs. Goliath theme is truly an American institution. Like countless movies we root for the poor little guy to finally beat up the cool rich kid. Even a cynical jerk like me can't watch Hoosiers with out welling up. Being Americans we're suckers for the underdogs. In all of sports there is no greater example of this then in baseball. Whether it's the Rockies ,Marlins, A's, Twins, Indians or D-Backs, cast as the pathetic lovable losers that finally get to smack around the Yankees,Dodgers,Mets, Red Sox or Tigers. They're usually younger and hungrier and in the end they fall just short . We're told by the talking heads that they just didn't have the money to compete with the big boys. That is complete Bull Sh**. Yes the big boys can eat their mistakes better ,ie Carl Pavano and JD Drew, but the smarter baseball organization will generally win. I don't want to hear they don't have the money to compete. Maybe that's the case if we were evaluating an organization over 100 yrs. First off this is a business if you think these owners aren't making money you're nuts. Jeffrey Loria bankrupted the Expos, it had to be taken over by MLB, and then came back to own the Marlins a year later. If he lost so much money as an owner why would he want back in ? They all make money! They just don't want to spend it. Secondly, if you build within and then sign them early on ie what the Indians did in the 90's and what the Rays are trying to do, you'll have your stars during their real productive years and sustain your team's success. When you're a small market you're going to have your window for real success( playoffs, championships). You better take advantage of it. Are you listening Milwaukee!! Take a look at the Indians of the mid to late 90's they were very competitive even went to the Series. Sold out their stadium for years. Lastly, fans should hold these owners and teams accountable. There is no reason why the Royals, Pirates, and Reds should stink. Except that is for complete incompetence. These teams try to do everything on the cheap. They always go after the bargain basement FA and give them big money. If you're the Brewers why would you spend 10 million on a Eric Gagne ? For what 5 or 6 Million more you sign a guy that almost saved 50 games for you , Francisco Cordero. Even if you don't like Cordero why throw that kind of money on a washed up reliever. Watch I guarantee at the end of the season when they will need to address a need they'll cry poor us we have no money. The Brewers are a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Their window is now. Sheets will be a FA at the end of this year, Fielder, Braun , Gallardo, Hart, Weeks are all coming into their own. Right now if they make the smart biz decision and lock up Fielder,Braun and Gallardo they will be competitive for years to come. Instead they spend 10 million dollars on Gagne who was such a freakin disaster in Boston he's not even allowed to order clam chowder. Stupid , Stupid , Stupid.