Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Big Debate: Manny or No Manny?

Now the Hot Stove has cooled down and general managers are waiting, but everyone wants to know, who will sign this guy. Where do you guys think Manny will go?

                                                      The Manoman

Manny Ramirez by horowitzisaac. 

Manny Being Manny by StarrGazr.

F.decorate(_ge(‘button_bar’), F._photo_button_bar).bar_go_go_go(1821117542, 0);

Advertisements

Early Division Predictions: NL East

Due to the request of Mets Boy I am going to do my early division predictions for the NL East.                                            Here we go:

  1.  Mets
  2.  Phillies
  3.  Braves
  4.  Marlins
  5.  Nationals

Key Players

Mets-  K-Rod, Beltran, Wright, Reyes, Santana

Phillies- Hamels, Utley, Lidge, Howard, Rollins

Braves- Kotchman, McCann, Lowe, Escobar, Vazquez, Jones

Marlins: Han-Ram, Hermida, Johnson (Josh), Uggla, Maybin

Nationals: Zimmerman, Milledge, Balester

Records:

Mets: 94-68

Phillies:92-70

Braves: 87-75

Florida: 84-78

Nationals: 77-85

Cool Team Logos:

New York Mets MLB Pewter Trailer Hitch Cover by Half-Time Ent.

Go to fullsize image

Go to fullsize image

 

                                        Pitchers and catchers report in two weeks!

                                             

                                                        The Manoman 

Tic-Tek-Toe, Where Will Varitek Go?

This is a serious question. This could determine the fate of the Red Sox Nation. This could make grown men cry and women weep. What is the question you ask? Well it is……….

                                       Where will Jason Varitek play in 2009?

                                                                

                                                 

                                          Duh, Duh, Dun, Duhhhhhhhhh

 

The stage is set, the cameras are ready, and tonight we are interviewing Jason Varitek by                                    special guest of honor Ryan Seacrest!!!

                                                          

                                  We’re on in 5……. 4……3…….2………1………. and                                                          it’s  showtime!!!

Ryan: Hello everyone, I’m Ryan Seacrest and today I am being joined by Jason Varitek on the Manoman Morning Show! Today I am going to ask Jason about his offseason, what he’s doing to train and what his plans are for this upcoming season.

Jason: Hey Ryan, so how are you doing today.

Ryan: Great, you?

Jason: I’m doing awesome.

Ryan: So what are you doing this offseason? 

Jason: Well, I’m playing golf, training, and hanging out with my kids.

Ryan: How are you training for the upcoming season?

Jason: I lift weights, go running, and go training with my teamates.

Ryan: You been speaking to Manny lately?

Jason: Yeah, we keep in touch. I don’t think what he did at the Trade Deadline was right though.

Ryan: What do you think about Manny’s free agency?

Jason: He shouldn’t have demanded so much money at the beginning of the offseason but Manny is a great player and a good guy. I think he will be signed soon though.

Ryan: How about your own contract situation?

Jason: I was looking at my potential suitors and I am in contract discussions with the Red Sox. The fact that they have already offered me a contract and that I have played with them for so many years is definetly influencing my decision.

Ryan: Is Curt Schilling influencing your decision at all?

Jason: Yes, but to a minor degree. It’s good to get input from the players I’ve played with.

Ryan: So Jason, this is my final question. Who do you want to sign with this offseason.

Jason: You know what Ryan, I want to sign with my Red Sox.

                                                                       
F.decorate(_ge(‘button_bar’), F._photo_button_bar).bar_go_go_go(1807088410, 0);

Jason Varitek, with that decision you have just saved all of Red Sox Nation, grown men and women, and Ryan Seacrest. Even though I am a Rays and Yankees fan, I’m cool with Varitek resigning with the Sox because he is their captain, and if they lost him it would be like losing Derek Jeter or Evan Longoria from the Yankees and Rays.
                                            
                                               Enjoy your captain Red Sox Nation!
                                                 
                                                             The Manoman

 

  

The Story of This Offseason

      The weather is chilly

     The Hot Stove’s cooling down

     Some General Managers were so silly

     Letting their players leave town

 

     Footballs are flying

    Baseballs are being cooled

    Yankee fans are dying

   To see the Red Sox get schooled

 

   The stars are training

  Getting ready for the season

  While others are demanding huge contracts

  Practically for no reason

 

 Some teams are getting bargains

 Some players are getting deals

 And the Hall of Fame just inducted someone                                  

Who’s got some pair of wheels

 

A candle is alone flickering

Waiting for its time

To go join a team

With its own fantasy rhyme

 

Boras is speechless

As quiet as can be

Still demanding huge contracts

For some players worth a penny

 

So that’s the story of this offseason

From Dunn, to Abreu, to Manny

How many are left without contracts

And those people are a plenty

 

 

 

 

Embrace who you have and desire who you need

Go tell your General Manager and be sure to plead!

 

The Manoman

Our New President, Barack Obama

On January 20th 2009 the United States witnessed a memorable and historical event. The inaguration of our new African-American President, Barack Hussein Obama. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan father. When he was 2, his parents, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii, divorced. Obama’s Harvard-educated father then returned to Kenya, where he worked in the economics ministry. Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather for part of his childhood, returning to Hawaii to finish high school.
Barack Obama.jpg He graduated from Columbia University and majored in political science and specialized in international relations. He then went to Harvard Law School and served as the first African-American President of the Harrvard Law Review. After law school, he worked as a community organizer and as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law. Obama represented the South Side of Chicago in the Illinois State Senate from 1996-2004. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He became the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate (and the fifth in U.S. history). Barack Obama’s idealism and commitment to civil rights generated enormous enormous media attention for his Senate campaign. In 1995, Obama published an autobiography named Dreams From My Father and it became a best-seller during his 2004 Senate campaign. Another book he wrote, titled The Audacity of Hope, became a bestseller after it publication in 2006. To some, Barack Obama is an inspiration, to others he is a symbol of change, but to most baseball fans he is the remniscent of the great Jackie Robinson. When Jackie came to Major League Baseball in 1947 he was scrunitized, demortilized, and was under intrnse criticism from baseball fans all over the nation. He dealed with death notes,
Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson.jpgcurses, and all other kinds of demoralizing things that would have persuaded a player to quit playing the game forever. Instead of living in fear of the game though, Jackie Robinson played to the best of his ability. He sprinted on every ball he hit, fielded with his best glovework, and did the best he could to become the type of baseball plyer he wanted to be. When he retired in 1956 he went out as a player to be remembered, repected, and praised. Since he broke the baseball color barrier in 1947 he has inspired many great people (Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama) to achieve what they want to achieve in life. I’m now going to leave you with the lyrics to a song about the glory of the amazing Jackie Robinson.                         

                                                                     

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

by Woodrow Buddy Johnson & Count Basie (1949)

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
It went zoomin cross the left field wall.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

And when he swung his bat,
the crowd went wild,
because he knocked that ball a solid mile.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

Satchel Paige is mellow,
so is Campanella,
Newcombe and Doby, too.
But it’s a natural fact,
when Jackie comes to bat,
the other team is through.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain’t all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie’s real gone.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain’t all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie’s real gone.
Jackie’s is a real gone guy.

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

Congratulations Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.

The Manoman   

 

Orioles are Flying High With Their Off-Season Moves

Is it just me or are the Orioles making some decent moves to improve their team? I mean I know they are big splashes like CC, AJ, or Teix but they are making some small partially under the radar, bargain moves. From signing Uehara to trading for Pie (not real pie,it’s actually pronounced Felix Pe-a) the Orioles are making some nice moves to improve their team, similar to the Red Sox. The Orioles also signed Gregg Zaun, to have as a backup if Wieters isn’t ready, and traded for Ryan Freel which should give them some more outfield depth. Nick Markakis is also really close to agreeing to a 6 year deal worth about 65 million and with that the Orioles are locking up one of their key young players. The Orioles signed Mark Hendrickson earlier this offseason and he should fit nicely into their rotation. The Orioles have a nice little power tandem with Huff and Markakis and a proven base stealer in Roberts, but they might need at least one more pitcher to hlp this team garner some inprovement in the tough division they’re playing in known as the AL East. They could go for a bargain like Josh Fogg or Livan Hernandez, or rekindle talks with the White Sox about Gavin Floyd for Brian Roberts. Either way, it’s good to know that the Orioles are doing something to help improve their team.

                                                        Adios!!

                                                  The Manoman                        

You-Kill-Us Kevin

Congratulations Boston you just signed your first baseman to a 4 year $41.25 million contract. Four more years of Youkillis to come. Here’s how us Yankee fans feel about that.

                                          

                                                   
2254685502_84568f8ec9.jpgWe also don’t appreciate you locking up Dustin Pedroia to a 6 year 50 million dollar deal the other day.

                                                                
kevin_youkilis_dustin_pedroia_red_sox.jpg                                   You know who you are, don’t look away.

 

                     Our players also have very strong feelings towards Kevin.

 

small Manny and Youk.jpg                                                    Sorry, Wrong Photo… 

                                 

  OK, That’s more like it. This guy…
joba pump.jpg

                           Threw this ball…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          at Youkilis’ head! Talk about spreading the love!

                                      

                                   Baseball is around the corner!

                                           The Manoman

Burrell, Baldelli, Bradley… Oh My!

  

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in

 

 

                                              Wow. Didn’t see that coming.

That was unexpected. The Rays recently signed former Philly ouitfielder Pat-the-Bat Burrell to a 2 year $16 million contract. Pat hit 33 homers and had 86 R.B.I.’s for the Phillies in 2008 but also sported a meager .250 batting average. Pat is sure to secure the Rays D.H. role for the next two years with steady 25-30 homer range production. Pat shows that he is dedicated to this team as he agreed to donate some money from his contract to the Rays official charity.                                                                      

 Tampa Bay Rays Lineup 2009                                           Tampa Bay Rotation 2009 

                                                                                                                                                                   

                  
        6375.jpg     
                                                  The New Guy                                  

  1. Akinori Iwamura (2B)                                                     1. Scott Kazmir 
  2. Carl Crawford (LF)                                                         2. James Shields 
  3. B.J. Upton (CF)                                                            3. Matt Garza                      
  4. Evan Longoria (3B)                                                       4. Andy Sonnastine
  5. Carlos Pena (1B)                                                          5. David Price
  6. Pat Burrell (DH)
  7. Dioner Navarro (C)
  8. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  9. Fernando Perez (RF)                         

                                   

                                       Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley smiles as he is introduced ... 

The man above is a wanted criminal for getting a steal on his 3 year 30 million dollar contract.

If seen, please call the Dormant Cubs or go to www. what the heck did you just do? .com 

 

That was what some Cubs fans felt after the news that Milton Bradley was going to their team for 3 years 30 million dollars. Others felt it was the best thing they could do for their team. One of my only concerns for the Cubs is that Bradley has an injury plagued history but if he doesn’t receive any injuries he is sure to be a nice addition to the Cubs lineup as their right fielder. Unlike Burrell expect 15-20 homers as he is moving from a hitter’s friendly park to a neutral park.

 

                                      Rocco Baldelli by dbadair. 

Last but not least, my man, Rocco Baldelli. He is a great man and has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. I am so happy that he was mis-diagnosed with the mitochondrial disease as it is a non-treatable disease. Rocco signed for a one year 500,000 dollar deal with the Red Sox but that doesn’t matter since my cousin lives up there. He will probably be a fourth outfielder but as long as he’s happy with it I’m happy with it. 

Best wishes Rocco! Rock on!

The Manoman  

                          
F.decorate(_ge(‘button_bar’), F._photo_button_bar).bar_go_go_go(2961809299, 0);

                                                                   

Happy New Year!!!

Hey guys! I’m back! Happy New Year!!! It seems like just yesterday that it was 2008! My vacation went well but unfortunately I didn’t have internet access so I wasn’t able to post fo a long time. The highlight of my vacation though was crashing into a net with my skis up in the air just like I did when I was younger. 2009 looks to be a great year for baseball as CC and A.J. look to be dominating in the AL East and Postseason masher Evan Longoria looks to follow up his outstanding rookie of the year campaign with another awesome season. David Price and Phil Hughes are going to be solid contributers to their teams and even the Melk-Man and Carl Crawford are going to bounce back from their not so typical seasons. Who will be next season’s Fairy Tale Team? Will the Rays once again make it to the series? How will the Yankees fare with CC, A.J. and Teix? So many questions, 162 games to be played. I also want to give a shout out to the MLB Network as now our National Pastime is going Full Time 24/7 and I don’t have to wait each morning for some tiny tidbits of baseball info to pop up on ESPN. This year is going to be great and I can’t wait for baseball to get started!

 

Happy New Year 2009!

 

The Manoman