*After 7 hours of surgery on Sunday, Barbaro survived and is able to stand. Word is it's tough for a horse to recover from leg injuries because, unlike humans, they can't exactly stay off of the leg. Doctor's also say that it's common for horses to be killed right on the track after experiencing an injury this severe. Somthing tells me the 150,000 people in attendance and the millions watching on TV prevented that this time. For his sake, I hope the injury won't prevent him from knockin' up a couple female horses and spendin the rest of his life as a spoiled babymaker.
*If you really thought the Cavs were going to somehow beat the Pistons, then I'll take a shot of whatever you're drinking. Even when they were up on Detroit 3-2 with game 6 at home, I just didn't see Cleveland being able to knock off the defending Eastern Conference champs. LeBron put forth a great effort trying to lead his team, and even without Larry Hughes for most of the series they were able to push them to the brink. Bron will get his, just not until he gets a few more key role players to compliment him. As for Detroit. Outside of Philly and Pittsburgh there aren't too many cities I dislike more. But I will be cheering for them if only so they can win a ring without that selfish old fart Larry Brown.
Red Sox Update
Last Week: 4-2
Standings: 1st place by 1.5 games
*Not a bad week for the Sox, but a great week for Mr. Josh Beckett. While taking 2 out of 3 from the Phillies to open interleague play, Josh Beckett not only got a win on Saturday, but he hit a dinger. I think that alone justifies trading for him, even if Bronson Arroyo already has 2 homers this year. This week the Sox welcome the Yanks to Fenway for a 3-game set that could either keep the AL East race close, or put the Sox firmly in the drivers seat for the first time this season.
Diamonds Are Forever
*I'd be lying if I said I wasn't envious of Michael Barrett. He's a big league catcher, making tons of money, in a city with great baseball tradition, and best of all he got to take a swing at AJ Pierzynski. From all the replays I've seen, its pretty clear Barrett over reacted, but who cares. AJ's always runnin' his mouth, and it was only a matter of time before someone took a swing at him. He was well within his right to knock Mike over, and it did look like he was trying to make his way back to the dugout, but Barrett says he was a little dazed and his emotions got the better of him. But hey, since Derek Lee has been injured it's the most excitement the Cubs have had.
*If the season ended today, there's a good chance Jose Contreras would be a serious contender for the AL Cy Young Award. That's gotta sting for Yankee fans, who have major pitching issues. Not only has Randy Johnson been a huge disappointment, but the two guys that were supposed to bring youth to the staff, Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano, have been complete busts. It seems like just yesterday that the Evil Empire sent Contreras and $3 mil to the White Sox in exchange for Esteban Loaiza in August of 2004. But now, the once inconsistent Cuban is mystifying hitters this year (and I don't mean they can't figure out how old he is or why he looks like Shawn Kemp), continuing the success that helped the White Sox to their World Series title last October. Despite a no decision yesterday to the Cubs, Jose is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA and almost a 3 to 1 strikeout to BB ratio. (Mike Mussina is the only Yankee starter with an ERA under 3.80 this season)
*Just when the Mets look as though they are going to take the first two games from the hated Yanks, Billy Wagner went Rick Ankiel and blew the game. Wagner came into the game with a 4-0 lead, taking over for Pedro Martinez after Petey went 7 strong, striking out 8 and allowing only 4 hits, and promptly imploded. He was only able to record one out while walking 3, plunking Bernabe Williams and giving up two hits. It's one thing to blow a save, but it's another to do it like this. If you're a Met fan, you need to be watching Wag's next few outings closely, because we all know it can take just one bad outing to totally break a closer's confidence. Don't believe me? Just ask Mark Wholers or Mitch Williams. Who? Exactly.
*Now I know this story made the rounds last week, but for those that missed it it definitely bears repeating. Jose Canseco is back in baseball. No not pro, not semi-pro, but the SoCal Senior League. And what type of bats do they use in this league you ask? Well metal bats of course. You got it. A man with more juice in him than the Kool Aid guy, is wielding an aluminum stick, and taking his hacks off of dentists, CPA's, bankers and griddle jockeys from the local Jack in the Box. The only question isn't how far he's going to hit these bombs, or even how many guys hes gonna kill with his screaming liners. The public wants to know. Will he pitch? Because that's the only real way to level the playing field between Jose and all those 9-5ers. But seriously, Jose joining this league may sound a bit absurd, but you also have to tip your cap to him for still trying to play the game he loves. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Week 7 Final Score: 9-9-4
Week 8 vs Coz's Coalition (69-64-21)
*My team has officially changed names once again, this time from Centerfield Cereal to Hanley Ramirez. The name change didn't bring me a great performance, but I've still been encouraged by a lot of the players on my team recently. I need to have a big win soon though, or the ass backwards scoring method in this league may begin to drive me crazy. Operation stop losing begins.......NOW!