I don't believe the Bonds to St Louis story. You have to link to a story, cause this town would riot if Bonds came to town. Not me personally. He's a dick, but he can hit and I really don't care what a player is "like" (I'm never going to hang out with this dude). But this town A) has to like the person beind the player and B) is as racist as any town in the good ol' USA. Ain't no way Bonds is playing for St Louis.
Horacio is also inconsistent. Soriano was talented, but he is done, his arm will never be the same. Is too bad, he had great stuff. Pitching is cruel on the arm, and most young pitchers give out along the way, that is why theyre so pricey. Horacio is basically another Pineiro, but the Braves are not going to give anything good for Soriano in the hopes that he heals and becomes the promising superstar he was suppose to become. Man, Schmidt was the one to go after. Bring us Zito!! The Manny talks are just noise, were not going to pay Manny money.
Glad youre back Bradley, Frankly I was getting bored with the petit burgoise condescending posts on sports.
Sorry to bore you Seme, but I'd love hanging out with you guys at a ball game! The binary dialectical supposition of the dealings for players/pawns regarding their biological and racial inevitableness is so enlightening. I'm headed up to Shoreline for some ice skating later, but I'll be back for more of this fantasy play afterwards.
What was the name of that gorilla that used to live at the Tacoma Mall? And how in the hell did he get a job in the Mariner's front office?
Not like this trade was particularly bad, but Jesus, I'd like to see the M's make a move that somehow made them a better team. That's kind of the idea.
I guess we can add pretentious to SeMe's list.
$55 million for Gil Meche?! What a ridiculous contract. And from KANSAS CITY no less.
This is precisely the reason why it's impossible to listen to a baseball game on the radio anymore. Broadcasts have become nothing more that a series of paid ads occasionally interrupted by play-by-play.
Bonds isn't going to St Louis. Honestly, where can they put him? You'd have to bench Juan Encarnacion or Chris Duncan.
As for the trade, what a terrible trade. With teams overpaying for relief pitchers, this was a perfect opportunity to get a good return for someone like Soriano, and instead we get a piece of trash like Horatio Ramirez.
And also, I hear the Mariners have re-opened discussions with... Joel Pineiro. Yeah. Given he was only the worst starting pitcher in MLB, I can't imagine there will be a lot of competition for his services. He is the Mariners pitching equivalent of herpes: he's about as enjoyable to watch, and he will never really go away.
Imagine this rotation on opening day: Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn, Horatio Ramirez, Jake Woods and Joel Pineiro. The New York Yankees couldn't score enough runs to outpace all the runs that rotation would allow. That's a team that loses 90 games on paper. Bavasi just signed his own pink slip with this trade.
"$55 million for Gil Meche?! What a ridiculous contract. And from KANSAS CITY no less."
Let's not forget that baseball contracts are guaranteed..$55 Mil for an exceptionally average pitcher?
I wish I was hungover just so it would make it easier for me to puke.
That's the last straw. Screw pro ball. I'll never watch another game again.
Jensen's got the right idea. I've read how the economics of the game have lead to enormous contracts for mediocre players, but the only way baseball will come back to earth is if we start staying away - from the ballpark and the TV.
Probably won't happen for a while, but honest to god, how much higher do ticket prices need to be before people just stop going to the games?
I'm with Jensen and Doug -- I'm tired of all this crap too. Baseball is the sporting peep's Wall Street now. Just give me the game and save all the board room stuff for yourselves. I don't give one fucking christ about it.
Also, there needs to be a rule about the same six commericals on the KOMO not running a fucking million times. Over multiple seasons, no less.
I guess I'm saying that I want a riot.
And, it used to be that you hated a new signing after the season started. Rich Aurilia pushed that to the extreme when he made an error on his frist try at shortstop on opening day. But now, Seattle hates Horacio even before he even leaves Atlanta. M's need someone up there who's an actual fan and not just a dumb bullshit business douche.
Well, Matt from Denver, I think they aspire to the NBA model, where salaries get so out of whack, they have to build huge, free, profit-making stadiums financed by the citizens. That goes on for several years until the citizens wizen up and say "screw you" (ala Sonics).
A couple days ago, it sounded like they'd spend the money to get Zito. Now it looks to be another year of nothing.
Him @ 11 - But baseball was where the profit-making stadium trend began, 15 or so years ago. The Mariners have their stadium, so do most baseball teams. (Dodger Stadium, from the early 60's, is the fourth oldest ballpark in MLB, after Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, and I wouldn't be surprised if Shea Stadium was number 5.) I think the super-mega contract trend began after most of those stadiums were up and running.
It just sounds like baseball owners are lousy businessmen. I'd like to see the bottom lines of some of these teams. Maybe there's a method to the madness, and maybe that method is that fans are suckers.
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