Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., July 25

July 25, 2013 | Drew Forrester

If the U.S. Soccer team doubled as a player in major league baseball, we’d be snickering about their “performance” and wondering when they last visited with Dr. Anthony Bosch.

Seriously — this U.S. team has to be “on something”, right?

I’ve been watching the men’s national team since the mid ’80’s and I can say,  without question, the last two months of soccer they’ve produced have been as good as any I’ve ever seen.

And a handful of those games, like last night’s 3-1 win over Honduras, have come with a “B+” roster.

Wednesday night in Dallas, it was over before the clock reached the 20 minute mark, as the team’s two hottest offensive players – Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan – extinguished the visitors with a pair of tallies.  Johnson, an on-again, off-again member of the team over the last four years, has suddenly thrust himself into discussion for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, while Donovan has returned with brilliance after a self-imposed 11-month “hiatus” from the club while he tried to figure out whether or not he really liked soccer anymore.

It’s a U.S. team we haven’t seen before, honestly, so forgive folks like me if we’re watching these games in awe.

Sunday in Chicago, they’ll play Panama in the Gold Cup Final.

After a run that has seen them knock off quality sides like Costa Rica and Honduras, you’d expect them to dispose of Panama and win the title.

But, that’s why they play the games.

I’ll be watching on Sunday.


If you’re watching the Orioles and Royals on TV tonight and J.J. Hardy happens to ground out, watch what happens as he crosses first base.

Unless it’s just me – and it’s not, as you’ll see – every single time Hardy gets to first base on a ground out, he has this weird move that looks like he’s “pulling up lame”.

He doesn’t grab his hamstring as he crosses first, but it looks like he wants to every time.

Watch and see.

It’s weird.


Chris Davis doesn’t have a home run since last Monday when he was at the home run derby in New York.

I’m not saying anything about anything there.

He went 0-fer three games in Texas and he’s 0-fer in KC through three games.

Just pointing it out.


I’m down to #2 on my list of the all-time most “under-appreciated” bands of my generation.

These guys could clearly be #1, but they’re not.

They could be, though.

They were GREAT.

I think they’re still trying to make a go of it, actually, but their just doing reunion tour stuff right now.  Their best days are behind them, but holy cow, when they were “on”, they were really, really freaking good.