Losing two of three to the Red Sox? OK, not totally cool, but not an unthinkable disaster, either. The Red Sox, if you haven’t noticed, are pretty good this season.
Failing to sweep the hapless Astros in Baltimore? Well, winning 2 of 3 isn’t a complete catastrophe, but that 11-0 shellacking on Wednesday night was quite the embarrassment.
Dropping two of three to the Mariners? Woeful.
The Seattle Mariners just came to Baltimore and took two games from the Orioles over the weekend. I had to repeat it just to help it sink in a little bit.
I can’t believe it.
Lots of folks around town are hammering Buck Showalter for Sunday’s loss, claiming he left starter Wei-Yin Chen in the game too long — “just like he did ten days ago in Kansas City!”
Sunday’s debacle wasn’t anything like what happened in Kansas City when the Royals rallied from a late 3-1 deficit thanks in part to Eric Hosmer’s game-tying 8th inning home run off of Chen.
Hosmer is a quality hitter who earlier in that game had already taken Chen deep for a home run.
Showalter had no business leaving him in that game to face Hosmer AGAIN — with the outcome on the line and Chen working into the 8th inning.
Sunday against Seattle, Chen wasn’t facing Hosmer or anyone even close to his stature. He was facing me, essentially…41-year old Henry Blanco, who stinks at the plate.
Sure, Chen started the whole fiasco by walking the #8 hitter. That’s a no-no. But I didn’t see any reason for Buck to panic with Blanco coming to the plate. Hell, Blanco’s last meaningful hit came when Kyle Boller was still quarterbacking the Ravens.
Obviously, the result was a 2-run HR that gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead, which turned out to the final runs of the game.
This one, though, was on Chen.
He got beat by a scrub.
Honestly, it would be like Taylor Teagarden hitting a 2-run HR off of David Price with the Rays up 1-0 in the 8th inning.
I don’t think Buck has had a GREAT season in 2013, but Sunday’s loss gets pinned on the hitters who couldn’t drive in the runners standing around screaming “Drive me in!” and it gets pinned on Chen for allowing a has-been to clock a 2-run dinger off of him.
Tiger Woods won his 79th career PGA Tour event yesterday in Akron, Ohio.
That gives him eight (8) lifetime wins at Sunday’s venue, Firestone CC.
Guess what these players all have in common, please: Retief Goosen, Mark Brooks, Scott Simpson and Geoff Ogilvy. Ready? Yes, they all have a major championship to their name. Goosen, in fact has won the U.S. Open on two occasions. Anyway, all four of those players have enjoyed very good careers. And they each have eight (8) career wins on the PGA Tour.
Tiger has eight wins on one course in his career.
Those four guys have eight wins in their career, period.
It’s hilarious, really, when you start looking at the numbers Woods has accumulated since turning professional in 1996. Granted, the entire focus on his career continues to be the fourteen major titles he’s won — and the fact he’s “major-less” since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
With 79 career wins, Tiger is only three behind Sam Snead’s record total of 82.
He’s already blown away Jack Nicklaus (73), Ben Hogan (64) and Arnold Palmer (62) in career wins.
I’m assuming he will not win this week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY.
Even if he doesn’t, his five wins this year constitute an ultra-special “career-year” for any other human being except for Woods himself.
Of course, he still has the upcoming PGA Tour Playoffs to go — and I’d bet he wins at least one of those events, if not more.
79 career victories.
I’m sort of glad I wasn’t around last Thursday and Friday to be forced to discuss the Riley Cooper situation in Philadelphia.
It has to be one of the most hypocritical sports stories I’ve ever seen the media cover in the manner in which they did. At one point on Friday afternoon, ESPN devoted 24 consecutive minutes of coverage to the story, shuttling in a bunch of “experts” to give their two cents about the whole thing.
And these are supposedly people who have been exposed to NFL locker rooms and NFL sidelines over the last decade.
They should know better than to be hoodwinked by media pressure, but obviously they caved in when pressed for an opinion on the subject.
I’m embarrassed for all of them.
The Miami Heat are just plain trolling now.
Winners of two straight NBA titles, they’ve decided their next trick will be to employ Greg Oden and win with HIM on their team next season.