Blogsifting – Working on it

10 08 2007

making it workSome absolutely wonderful stuff out there… & I learnt (thanks Deadspin) that the ‘blogosphere’ is absolutely a no-no as a term. So… umm… there’s some absolutely wonderful stuff out there in… errr… blogtopia (ok, ok… I’m open to suggestions on that!)!

  1. Sons of Sam Malone look Who’s Then
  2. I really laughed at The Pig Pen, and their phone conversation between Hank Aaron & Barry Bonds.
  3. One More Dying Quail looks at another reason for Jessica Alba’s umm… medication.
  4. Rumors and Rants shares some – you guessed it – Rumors (on MLB/NBA).
  5. Epic Carnival‘s (sporting a new banner) Sanchez (who hails from Shot to Nothing) explored the government’s interference on… well… pretty everything, including balls.
  6. All Is Not Wells in sport according to the Doberman On The Diamond.
  7. No Rocket – as reported from Babes Love Baseball.

Lastly, a lil’ additional link: to a story I wrote for Epic on the Celtics seeking veteran help.

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“Hello Mr. Bonds, allow me to introduce myself. You may call me Oh.”

5 08 2007

Ok… dealing with the fact that Barry Bonds has equaled Hank Aaron’s 755. Not at all happy about it.




Sadaharu Oh & Hank AaronTherefore, I’m dismissing it. I feel totally at ease doing this, given I live in Japan – Barry Bonds, meet Sadaharu Oh. Mr Oh holds the professional baseball home run record.

How many? That would be 868. Yes, there have been times when I’ve been dismissive of that record, given it was attained in Japan, but that was before I realised the essence of yakyu, and now that Japan’s proven itself to be of major-league-quality, well… I feel justified in being dismissive of Mr Bonds attaining 755. Hank Aaron? Well, he did his feat with out … ummm… ‘chemical assistance’. Far more impressive.

Sadaharu Oh played for the Yomiuri Giants from 1959 until 1980, retiring at the age of 40. He initially started out as a pitcher, but that was somewhat unsuccessful… and he moved to first base. In the 31 years he played, Oh led the league in home runs 15 times (including 13 consecutive seasons), leading in RBIs 13 times. During his time, the Giants won 11 championships, and was MVP 9 times. He was an All-Star a huge 18 times.

By the end of his stellar career he’d attained 2,786 hits, 2,170 RBIs, a batting average of .301, and 868 home runs.

Barry – you have 113 to go. I don’t think you’re gonna get there.

But A-Rod might.

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Stammerin’ Selig lets Hammerin’ Hank’s 755 slide…

14 06 2007

Man… I hoped this day would never come. And yet it’s almost here, and the slow inevitability about it all is killing me.

I had hoped he would retire, be forced from the game, or suffer an injury that ended his career (not really sure I’d wish that on anyone really… but on Bonds, I’m close), or that the Giants wouldn’t re-sign him & every other franchise would ignore him. Bah.

But, here we are. 755’s fast approaching, and damn, when he hits 756 – it’ll be a sad day for sports.


Ok, I’ve heard it all – blah, blah, blah – he’s never been proven to be a drug-cheat et al. Other players are using steroids… he didn’t know what was in ‘the cream & the clear’ – but does anyone really doubt this guy’s a cheat? I mean, c’mon… a guy this focused on keeping himself in top condition, and a guy says “here, use this” – and he’s NOT going to know what ‘this’ is???


Yup, no evidence… other than a suspicious increase on his shoe size and hat size – he’s all kosher! Yuh-huh. Sure.

So… it’s inevitable that Barry’ll get it done. He’ll reach 755, and add a few more on to the total to boot. So, what are we to do? Commissioner Bud Selig is reportedly still uncertain as to how Barry beating Hammerin’ Hank should be ‘celebrated’, even downplaying it’s importance. Bud… this isn’t just any ol’ milestone… this is 755! Perhaps the most famous of all sporting achievements!

I’m hoping it will be treated not as Bonds setting the record, but as 755 dying. It’ll certainly be a black day for sports. Break out the black arm-bands folks…

Barry, do us all a favour, and stop just one shy. Have some dignity.

Barry Bonds? Dignity?…

Who am I kidding…




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