Monday, July 21, 2014

The Great Outdoors

With the second half of the MLB season beginning and Rory Mcilroy putting his name in the conversation of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus at the age of 25 by winning the Open Championship handily, I'd like to talk about the great outdoors for a bit and help you understand why you should get out there.

I recently have been picking up golf a lot more than usual and it's not because of the Major championship we just had. I have thoroughly embraced the older gentlemen sport and have been working on my game a lot more, especially since the weather has been nothing but amazing here in the Pacific Northwest.

I know, it's not 73 degrees with a slight chill breeze for a majority of this country, but you should still go out and enjoy this before it gets back to cold miserable and dark. Yes I'm aware it's 120 degrees in Nevada and about the same in Arizona, but go on a drive for the weekend, go to somewhere away from the blazing homeland and get to somewhere with water and a lawn chair. Maybe a cold refreshment would do some good too and don't forget that beach towel.

Fortunately I love the smell of fresh cut grass, pounding a 200 yard drive down the middle of the fair way, going on long grueling runs, and crossing over some random player in the park while settling for a step back fade away for good measure. Camping would also be nice, going for a walk on the beach wouldn't hurt either, or maybe even a good hike with people you love. For now though, I'll enjoy the sporting aspect of the summer and get back to doing so instead of watching the hot air come out of my television.

Oh, and don't forget about fishing... Probably something I need to be doing right about now...

Time to go plan a trip 😅

See you next week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Griffey & Cespedes

I don't know about you, but I really enjoyed the format of the Home Run Derby for 2014. I thought the 7 out change affected some players to where they couldn't get warm fast enough, but that's what separated the ones who belonged from the ones that can't. I like the bye, except it killed those who got it (Stanton & Bautista) and didn't allow them to recharge later on. But it did allow for one guy to repeat for the first time in 15 years up against the greatest player (if not top 5) of all time.

Yes I said it, Griffey is he greatest player of all time. Why? 600+ Home Runs in an era filled with hormone stuffed players and an injury riddled career which if it wasn't would have given him easily 100+ home runs. He also did something that hadn't been repeated till tonight and that was to repeat as champion of winning the Home Run Derby Contest. Yoenis Cespedes joined that topic of discussion.

With a slow start in the opening round, after he had the swing off, he didn't look back. He went into round two, destroyed Bautista, then we went up against the upstart Todd Frazier, and wrecked him enough to shut down his attempt to even have a chance.

This post of greatness might be one of the few things that Yoenis will ever do to compare him to he likes of Griffey, but to be honest, he's young enough to where he might surpass Griffey in the not to distant future with some hardware Griffey never got a chance to witness. A World Series Ring.

This Oakland A's have the best record in the league heading into the second half of the season. Their pitching staff is lethal, their offense is productive enough to get them by. But, now they have a two time home run threat and a guy who when he turns it on and is feeling it, look out.

It's been 15 years since this has happened, and with all the roid rage that has been going on since then, you have to be happy that two players have done it the right way Back-to-Back. And as Magic Johnson says it Have a great night.

See you next week!

Monday, July 7, 2014

That 4th of July though

I had one of the best 4th of July weekends that I can remember. I played some softball, went to a wedding and got ridiculously sick in the process. But on my Sunday, I felt great and enjoyed a family fire pit at my new place. America... F*** Yeah.

But you know who didn't get to enjoy their 4th of July, Johnny Manziel.

O.K. America, I love you and you know that I understand your criticism of him, but at the same time didn't we just get off of a weekend to enjoy our 238th year of independence as a nation... And we are here criticizing this guy for taking a picture with Bieber and Mayweather. Look, again, I understand his criticism but it's a freaking picture, and it was the 4th of July Weekend! Where does this rank on the crazy level for our American Psyche?

If it were a weekend in August or definitely in September I might have more to say on this topic, but do you know how many people I know at my age (23) or younger, and even older, were out drinking till the sun came up again, let's just say there were a lot of NFL players doing it too.

I'm not going to dive into this because of how insane it is to divulge into. The fact that we are criticizing a 21 year old who is partying on the 4th of July weekend is absolute blasphemy, and for any of us to make comments should be considered ignorance and insanity at its finest. "Oh, he's a professional athlete who hangs out with celebrities and drinks on American holidays? We gotta find a way to rip him!" WHAT!!!

No, I'm not going there.

I'll wait till next week to break down real sports topics as we'll see how the NBA landscape changes.

See you next week!