Monday, July 30, 2007

2 out of 3... Ain't Bad

A sweep would have been nice, of course. But by Sunday night, we managed to bring our lead in the AL East back up to 8, thanks to Wake's outing on Friday night (7-1 win) and a solid outing by Lester (12-6 win) on Saturday.

Our bats continue their inconsistency, however, as Dice-K once again became a victim of poor run support on Sunday in his 5-3 loss. The other Manny, Manny Delcarmen, came in to replace Matzusaka and gave up a three run homer, and another insurance run, before getting taken out. But the damage had already been done.

It's OK. Yesterday one of my favorite non Red Sox ballplayers got inducted into the Hall of Fame, Cal Ripkin, Jr. A very classy guy, a lifetime Oriole. Ripkin holds the record for the most consecutive games, with 2,632 of them. The record was previously held by Lou Gehrig’s who had 2,130.

2,632. If you figure 160 games are played in a year, that equates to almost 16 and a half years of games, continually playing for the same team, without missing one, single game.

WOW. Hard to imagine that record ever getting broken, eh? Hmm... let's see J.D. Drew has about 5 consecutive games under his belt so far, so he only has 16 years, 3 months and 4 days left to go, right? Watch out, Cal... Drew's on a hot streak!!

Not too much was made yesterday, of the fact that a third eligible guy was NOT inducted into the Hall, Mark McGwire. McGwire was snubbed from the Hall voters, after not "discussing the past" during the Congressional Hearing on Steroid use 2 yrs ago. McGwire looked like an idiot on the stand, and very, very guilty, and now he is being punished for that lack of action in the hall of public opinion.

Ripkin and Gwinn, the other inductee, both acknowledged the negativity that currently exists in MLB. Ripkin commented that ballplayers, like it or not, are role models. Its up to them whether or not they are positive or negative ones. Gwinn agreed. As he said, “When you sign your name on the dotted line, it’s more than just playing the game of baseball. You’ve got to be responsible and make decisions and show people how things are supposed to be done.”

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Congratulations to Cal and Tony Gwinn, for honors well deserved.

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