Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., July 10

July 10, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., July 10

Other than last night’s defensive line-up, which wasn’t all that impressive, Ron Washington has himself a nice baseball team down there in Arlington, Texas.

Sure, I know, the Rangers are catching the Orioles in one of those pre-All-Star-Game funks, but the Rangers are good, I’m telling you.

Two nights in a row, Texas broke open a tight game with key hits at the right time.  Last night, they turned an early 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead after some questionable managing from Buck Showalter and then later on, with the score 5-4, they produced three more runs to salt the game away.

At one point, Adam Jones came back to the dugout after another frustrating at bat and said, “I’m so pissed off I could take a swing at something” and Showalter said, “Yeah, like a strike, perhaps?” (OK…I’m here all week, folks.)

Back to Buck for a second.  With the score knotted at 2-2 in the 5th inning and starter Zach Britton already in wobble mode, why didn’t Showalter go to either Kevin Gausman or Tommy Hunter and have them face Adrian Beltre?  Britton surrendered a 1st inning gopher ball to A.B. and was laboring in the 5th before the 3rd baseman returned to the plate with two runners on base.  He promptly smashed a pitch into the left-field seats and that was essentially game, set, match for the night.

I’m a Buck fan, but I don’t quite understand why he wouldn’t have gone righty-righty there…not allowing Britton to face Beltre again.

As I mentioned above, though, Texas has a really good team and no matter what match-ups you produce, your players need to execute.

The Orioles aren’t executing very well right now.

And, Texas looks pretty darn solid to me.

If Nelson Cruz is on the “list” that’s going to be published next week and he has to sit for a while due to his Biogenesis connection, that will hurt the Rangers for sure.  But, make no mistake about it, Ron Washington has himself a pretty complete ballclub in 2013.

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Speaking of “the list”, if these suspensions come down next week like several national sources are hinting they will, I’m not sure where baseball goes from there.

These guys – the suspended ones – will not only be cheaters, but they will be cheaters who went directly against the league’s testing policies at the same time.  They “beat the system”, most likely from using something undetectable by MLB testing standards like synthetic testosterone, and deserve whatever treatment they get in response to it all.

And, even though MLB will be doing the right thing by having the cheaters take a seat, we all know the chicanery and tom foolerly continues.

I don’t know how baseball fixes itself, because the players clearly don’t care enough about “the game” to stop using PED’s, but I do know that this is going to be one hot mess.

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The U.S. beat someone called Belize 6-1 last night in soccer.

So that’s that.

(A week or so ago, “Phil” sent me a scathing e-mail about my apathy towards soccer, reminding me that I “made a great living” from the sport for nearly 20 years and that I’m somehow indebted to the game.)

There’s your soccer update, Phil.

Go USA!

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Players only care about there pay-checks & how to increase them & will do what they have to. Integrity in baseball hasn’t been around for a long time, it’s only about making the dollar.

  2. Brad Says:

    Please keep up the apathy towards soccer Drew. It’s much appreciated here. I can’t think of a more boring and silly sport. Heck, I’d prefer curling updates.

  3. BK Says:

    Drew, you are not indebted to soccer because of your past but since you have that background, it would be nice to involve soccer a little more. You have the qualifications to talk about it and to have an intelligent conversation about it with any guests. Sure, you will get the idiots who don’t truly understand the beauty of the game that the ENTIRE rest of the world gets, and make cracks about it. However, Baltimore has a really good soccer base here and you would get a good portion of listeners that would enjoy it. Especially during this time of year in sports and with the 2014 World Cup coming next year.

  4. PghSteve Says:

    Re soccer: It is a challenge to be apathetic about a sport that few people care about…

  5. BK Says:

    Are you referring the more than 3 Billion, yes billion, people on this earth where soccer (futbol) is by far their #1 sport? There were only 93 million people watch the super bowl last year and a lot of them are not even fans. I hate to break it to you, but there are well over 20 to 30 times as many fanatic soccer fans than American football fans in the world. As a matter of fact, there are 10 times more soccer fans in the world than the fans of all of the major American sports combined! If you want to be more specific about this area or the US in general, then yes there are more fans of football than soccer, but to call soccer in general a sport that few people care about shows how naïve you really are about it.

  6. Brad Says:

    I can’t believe it’s happening. I’m taking the side of a steeler fan. Soccer is lame and
    PghSteve nailed it. That’s why Americans (and Canadians for that matter) invented our own superior sports. The rest of the world can enjoy soccer, socialism, communism, or whatever they want. I couldn’t care less about a bunch of she-males running around without being able to use their hands. Most of the country feels the same way. If the terd world, Europe, and England like it, they can have at it. Just don’t push it on the US. This is the biggest flaw of our hometown in regards to sports: Succer is more popular than hockey; embarrassing to say the least!

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