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It’s Shopping Time!

UPDATE: It’s my birthday!! And, being a selfish child, I insisted on opening a present first thing upon waking this morning. It was this book:

Now I can geek out even, even, even more about this excellent game! I wanted to write a much longer post about all the different cool things about baseball, but my thumb hurts, so I just tweaked this post some! I’m going to the Mets game tonight to get my Ike Davis bobblehead. Don’t worry, you will hear ALL. ABOUT. IT.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled post:

We ladies sure know a lot about shopping! Am I right? Totally, shoes and stuff! Yeah!
Nah, what I am really talking about is the trade deadline, and teams shopping around to gain or lose players and money! The trade deadline is at the end of this month, and marks the date that teams must stop swapping around their players, except for waivers, which is a concept that I do not completely understand. I imagine the “waiver wire” to be something like the decoder ring scene in A Christmas Story.

The Mets...offer...Beltran...

But we haven’t reached that point yet, it’s still the nice straightforward part of the season where teams do their trading out in the open! So let’s discuss what’s up for grabs:

  • The Mets really are a big story in all this! Even though I live in NYC and would hear all about their every move anyways. They’ve already dealt their problematic closer, and have two big exciting players that everyone wants! Sandy Alderson has already expressed strong interest in keeping Reyes around, and rumors swirl about Beltran going to the Giants, which makes sense. Brian Wilson said it, and who are we, as mere mortals, to argue with him?
  • The Braves continue to hold a strong 2nd place in the NL East, and Wild Card lead. Plus they’ve a nice batch of young players. So, the talk of Derek Lowe going to Detroit is unsurprising and the Braves pitching is deep enough to handle it. Plus, Lowe is a Michigan boy, and hometown heroes are a big thing these days.
  • The Yankees are inquiring about Ubaldo Jimenez, because exactly what they need is another super-hyped pitcher who fails to live up to expectations. There are several teams who could stand to add another starting pitcher, but Ubaldo is a risky choice. No doubt he was an ace last season, and there are those commercials with him and his funny name, but he has Really Struggled this season. Which means that a team like the Reds or the Yankees could end up paying for the Ubaldo who no-hit the Braves in April, and went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 2010, and end up getting the Ubaldo of 2011 who didn’t win a game until May 17.

But the most exciting part of all of this is that player who are traded get to go out and buy some new shoes to match their new uniforms! Yay shopping!

If Beltran goes to the Giants, he gets a pair of these!


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All-Star Game News Update

I know that it’s not my job to break the big baseball news stories. There are plenty of other guys who are willing to whip up an article at 11pm, people who did not DVR the All-Star Game, start it at 9:30 and then just drank through the whole thing anyways. So it should come as no surprise to you that the National League won 5-1, and that the Mets announced that closer Francisco Rodriguez was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Players-To-Be-Named immediately after the game.

No, my role in all of this is to provide some Opinions. And my opinion on both items is: Well done!

Obviously, the National League is the team to root for in the All-Star Game, because a) The Mets are in the NL b) The Yankees are in the AL and c) The NL doesn’t have the designated hitter. Plus, the lineups were so shuffled around by the time the game actually got started that Andrew McCutchen did make it! And, even though Derek Jeter was replaced by Asdrubal Cabrera, who I like, Jeter was extremely rude and didn’t even show up to Arizona. Even though they have a pool!

And there might be babes in it!

No, the NL is the way to go, for sure. And they won. So yay! Speaking of the pool at Chase Field, did you manage to catch the interview with Justin Timberlake, who was standing around with said pool, and babes? Because he was wonderful. And by wonderful I mean “drunk.”

Mark Grace: It’s a pretty good spot. Now you wanted ballpark food. Peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, which one’s your favorite?

Justin Timberlake:My favorite? Just beer.

Mark Grace: Really? Beer! It’s kind of the perfect food.

Justin Timberlake: It goes with the hot dog, it goes with nachos, it goes with peanuts. Beer’s perfect. Beer never got mad at me because I didn’t call beer back.

Thanks to Mets blog Amazin Avenue for the transcript.

Alright, on to Part Two: The K-Rod Deal

I am glad, it is a good move. There is much speculation that the deal was done without Frankie’s consent, and that he is upset about it. But that is what you get when you are a man who throws a temper tantrum, hurts yourself, and then has an enormous vesting option that your team cannot really afford to pay.  I like K-Rod, don’t get me wrong; I especially liked his first-ever Major League at-bat this season. He was cute.

Couldn't find a picture of the at-bat, but it was a lot like this.

But scared puppy or no, K-Rod needed to be traded. And the Brewers, I think, will be a good match for him, whether he thinks so right now or not. They are a happy, fun-loving team, with a real chance to win and some great personalities, which will hopefully help with his anger issues some. Plus, the Brewers’ manager, Ron Roenicke, has worked with Frankie while he was with the Angels. There is the small issue of Jon Axford, who is, and will clearly remain, the Brewers’ closer, but I’m hoping some humble pie will do K-Rod some good. And if he can’t stand being the set-up man, he can leave at the end of the season.

And it’s good for the Mets, because they paid off the $5 million they owe him, and that $17.5 mil becomes the Brewers’ problem. And the Mets get a chance to develop the rest of their bullpen, and focus on their options for the rest of this season. So, I say, “Well Done.”

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