Average Thoughts From An Average Sports Fan 7-30-12
There is no better time to be a sports fan than the present. The major league baseball non-waiver trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, the summer Olympics are in full swing and NFL teams opened up their training camps today.
Let’s start with some of the recent baseball trades…
Like most Dodger fans, I love the recent acquisition of Hanley Ramirez. The new LA third baseman is hitting .333 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 5 runs scored in his first five games since being traded from Miami. People forget that Ramirez is only 28 years old. If he can recapture any resemblance of the all-star form he had with the Marlins where he was batting well north of .300 while scoring 125 runs and joining the 30/30 club, the Dodgers will have “gun and ski masked” the Marlins out of one of the games best talents. Regardless when your third baseman is Juan Uribe, the only place you can go is up.
Not to be out done by their southern California rivals…
The Angels acquired former AL Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three minor leaguers. After a disappointing start to the season and with their biggest division rival also rumored to be in the mix for Greinke’s services the Angels knew they had to make a big splash. People can say what they want about Angels owner Arte Moreno but every year he at least takes some kind of action to put the Angels in the best position to win. Add Greinke to a staff that also features Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Dan Haren and you might have the best starting pitching foursome in the game today.
It was the end of an era in Seattle…
On July 23 the Mariners said good-bye to the face of their franchise when they shipped Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees. After the deal was made it was reported that Ichiro had gone to Seattle ownership and quietly asked for a trade. Big props to Ichiro for requesting his deal the right way, privately and face to face with ownership. Not through the press and publicly like a certain NBA center.
While I’m not happy that the Yankees benefited from the deal, I’m happy for Ichiro that he gets to spend the twilight of his career playing meaningful baseball. While the old Ichiro that was getting 200 hits a year is long gone, this current version still has plenty left in the tank on a team that is stacked and loaded and in no way needs him to carry a big load.
I also want to give a big “thumbs up” to the Seattle Mariners for honoring Ichiro’s request and giving the future hall of famer who had given so much to the franchise, a chance to end his career on a better note than he would have had he been a stuck on a last place team that is year’s away from making any noise.
I don’t know what it is about the Olympics…
But I just love watching the games. While I wouldn’t give a darn about most of these sports in the year’s in between the games I just love it when it’s “flag versus flag”.
Yesterday I found myself watching beach volleyball, Ping Pong, water polo, rowing and swimming. If I came across these sports while flipping through the channels at any other time I would’ve just kept right on going but since it’s the Olympics and one country’s best is competing with another country’s best for world bragging rights I get hooked and before I know it hour’s have passed by.
On to the association…
Where weeks continue to pass by and still Dwight Howard is listed on the Orlando Magic’s roster. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m completely washing my hands of this story. At this point, I truly could care less where he winds up. In fact, I will no longer write or talk about Dwight Howard trade rumors until a trade has officially been announced. Goodbye for now Dwight Howard. See you when the season starts and we can talk about your play on the court or when you’re wearing an NBA jersey that is not Orlando’s.
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