I just returned from an Alaska cruise and was perusing the photos I took. One of those special shots that really stood out had nothing to do with the cruise. In fact, it was a photo of Safeco Field, taken on Friday night, May 25, 2012, before the cruise and during a game between the Mariners and the Angels.
The Seattle Mariners Safeco Field
Take a look at this picture. What prompted me to even take this shot was the unusual designs all over the field. In just this one picture, you can count over seven different diagonal directions the field was mowed. What I really want to know is how long does it take the groundskeeper to mow the darn field, all of it, and what kind of equipment does he use to mow it with?
Okay, I know, it’s a pretty lame question, but I just thought the field looked really great and wanted to share it before I fall into bed fast asleep. It’s been a rough week, having spent a good part of it tossing around my cabin with patches on my ears, bands on my wrists, and frothing at the mouth from being sea-sick. Our poor captain had to face headwinds of 42 knots while sailing at 20 knots. I hope I got that right. Knowing about knots is not my forte. Alaska’s a beautiful state but next time I might try the Trans-Alaska Highway just to be safe.
As for Safeco Field and the Mariners ~ they played a great game and were ahead until the ninth. I don’t know, maybe they took just a little too long to admire the field instead of focusing on the game and old Albert what’s-his-name. I know that’s what I was doing.
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Tagged Alaska, Alaska Cruise, Albert Pujols, BASEBALL, los angeles angels, Safeco Field, Safeco Groundskeeper, seattle mariners, Sports, Trans Alaska Highway, travel, vacation
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge Albert Pujols fan. But here’s another way to look at it, courtesy of Sully Videos with a little John Travolta thrown in. Take a look ~
This is the third year we’ve published this study by Dr. Don Davis. It’s one of our most popular blogs and we’re happy to be able to share it again with you. Be sure to link to his website for additional information, changes and criteria he used in compiling his study.
“2011 Baseball Players Mathematical Study, written by Don Davis, Department of Mathematics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA., and printed here with his permission.”
||Roger Clemens, 266.0
||Tom Seaver, 181.1
||Bob Gibson, 140.4
||Juan Marichal, 107.9
||Curt Schilling, 85.1
||Randy Johnson, 202.1
||Warren Spahn, 167.5
||Sandy Koufax, 137.8
||Gaylord Perry, 102.8
||Phil Niekro, 84.9
||Greg Maddux, 197.5
||Bob Feller, 157.6
||Robin Roberts, 136.5
||Roy Halladay, 102.1
||Johan Santana, 84.6
||Pedro Martinez, 187.5
||Steve Carlton, 143.5
||Jim Palmer, 133.2
||Fergie Jenkins, 87.2
||Nolan Ryan, 83.7
||Johnny Bench, 111.2
||Yogi Berra, 92.9
||Gary Carter, 75.6
||Mike Piazza, 74.8
||Ivan Rodriguez, 71.0 Continue reading
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Tagged Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, baseball mathematics, don davis, dr. don davis, greg maddux, joe morgan, Johnny Bench, Lehigh University, Mike Schmidt, pedro martinez, randy johnson, Roger Clemens, top baseball players, top baseball players in 60 years
Best Fans and Best Team in Baseball
It’s true! What better gift to the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals than the title “World Champions”! This picture is my favorite of all the thousands because if shows the team and the fans in unison like they’re in it together and they did it together, which of course they did. Last year the St. Louis Cardinal fans were selected number one best fans in baseball based on knowledge of the game, loyalty and sportsmanship. San Francisco Giants fans were voted second. Continue reading
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Tagged adrian beltre, Albert Pujols, Bill DeWitt, Busch Stadium, Jayson Stark, ken rosenthal, matthew leach, mike adams, Ron Washington, shane victorino, St Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Missouri, Tony LaRussa, World Series
The Texas Rangers are flying high all the way back to Missouri, and without an airplane, so I’m told. They beat the Cardinals 4-2 and are one game away from winning it all!
Here are some excerpts from a pretty good ditty on the game in case you haven’t seen one of the hundreds out there. This one’s from the Huffington Post ;
“ARLINGTON,Texas— Mike Napoli was dialed in, no matter who he was going to face.
A charmed season for Napoli and the Texas Rangers got even better Monday night, thanks to a most unlikely twist – a bullpen telephone mix-up.
After a dropped ball and a dropped call, of sorts, loaded the bases in the eighth inning, Napoli delivered a tie breaking two-run double that beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 and gave Texas a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Continue reading
Texas Rangers Derek Holland
If revenge were anywhere in Derek Holland’s vocabulary I’d say he sure got his tonight! I’m remembering Game 2 of the 2010 World Series. Young Holland was brought in during the eighth inning where he proceeded to allow three walks and three runs before they took him out. I felt bad for the kid and said so in my blog, ” Day 2. Texas Cain-Saw Massacre” . Well there’s no feeling sorry for him tonight. He’s quite the hero and rightly so! Here’s Craig Calcaterra”s take on it from his Hardball blog:
“Craig Calcaterra Oct 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT
We have a Classic on Our Hands!
“When do you know that a classic World Series is afoot? We certainly know it when it’s over. But at what point as it’s happening can one safely say that, yes, we’re seeing something special? The kind of series that only comes along once or twice a decade? Something memorable? Continue reading
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Tagged 2010 World Series, Albert Pujols, Cardinal, Chris Carpenter, Derek Holland, Jason Motte, Lance Berkman, Rangers, World Series
Albert Pujols "The Dude"!
Please bear with me as I’m in a major battle with the awful yucky flu and even though I’m able to watch the games, surrounded by mounds of tissues and left-over tea bags, I don’t have my wits about me enough to write. Also, I was so focused on Prince Albert I’m sure my blog would have been more about gushing and oohhing over him and not really being very objective. Hardball Talk to the rescue! Here’s a great little clip from “Drew Silva” that gives us another slant on the complicated Mr. Pujols and pretty much says it all:
“Drew Silva Oct 23, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT Reuters
Albert Pujols rounding bases during one of three home runs!
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols drew heavy amounts of criticism for leaving the Busch Stadium clubhouse before talking to the media following Thursday’s Game 2 loss. A few national baseball writers even questioned his leadership, given that younger players like Jason Motte, Jon Jay and Allen Craig were left to handle all of the heat.
Let’s go ahead and toss that narrative aside. It never really made much sense in the first place.
Pujols put together one of the greatest single-game performances in World Series history during Saturday night’s 16-7 Game 3 trouncing of the Rangers, finishing 5-for-6 with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored. He tallied 14 total bases, breaking a longstanding Fall Classic record and vaulting himself into the elite rung of postseason performers.
Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols.
Those are the only three men in the history of baseball to launch three home runs in a World Series game.
Leadership — true leadership — is something that has to be built and then cultivated through consistent, physical examples. It’s never been established through words alone, nor has it ever been betrayed by a single, rare mistake. What Pujols did Thursday night in St. Louis was wrong. Answering questions is part of being a professional. But to suggest that the other players in the Cardinals’ dugout somehow lost faith or respect in baseball’s greatest right-handed slugger was a stretch from the start. A failed assumption.
Pujols left no doubt on Saturday night in Arlington,Texas, with those scribes who questioned him looking on in awe. He answered the call and then some. And now his Cardinals hold an improbable 2-1 lead in the seven-game Fall Classic. Have we mentioned, already, that this series has the feel of an instant classic?”