Friday, December 10, 2010

JT the Brick's idiocy knows no bounds

As many of you know, I have been very critical of nationally syndicated radio host JT the Brick.  He pollutes the airwaves every weeknight, and he is so bad that I have reverted to listening to political talk radio while I go to sleep.  His incompetence was quite comical with his latest tweet:  "Crawford to Red Sox means Yankees must now land Cliff Lee.  Red Sox are out of control spenders.  You going to debate that point?"

Hmm, a self-proclaimed Yankee homer is calling another organization "out of control spenders?"  The Yankees had a $206 million payroll in 2010, which was about $44 million more than the Boston Red Sox.  The Yankees are synonymous with big spending, as they have handed out several large, ridiculous contracts over the years.  Four of the top ten contracts of all-time have been handed to Yankees, and Cliff Lee could potentially make it five out of ten.

This article isn't meant to bash either organization, I as a avid baseball fan, have a great deal of respect and admiration for both franchises.  JT was the same dope who said that the Yanks don't need Cliff Lee, and they should go to bat with the guys that they do have.  He also believed that Jeter should be paid whatever he felt was necessary.  Sure, lets hand a blank check to a 36 year old shortstop coming off of his worst year.  That isn't out of control spending, though since his precious Yankees are doing it.

Whenever I listen to his crappy and boring show, I feel like I'm listening to Yankee talk.  He is almost as bad with the constant Raider propaganda.  All I want for Christmas is for Fox Sports Radio to exile this dope.

Remembering Darrell Abbott

Yesterday was the much publicized 30th anniversary of John Lennon's untimely death.  While the event took place before I was alive, it was a black day in our popular culture history, and surely one that will never be forgotten.  The Beatles are arguably the most influential musicians of all-time, and his death shook our nation.  On the same date in 2004, another influential musician was taken from us way too soon, former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Abbott, was getting ready to play his set with Damageplan, (a band he played guitar in after the demise of Pantera) when Nathan Gale, a crazed fan rushed up on stage, and fired several rounds into Abbott, killing him.  He killed five others on that December Ohio night.  The death toll would have likely been higher if an off-duty police officer hadn't taken the call, and killed Gale.

Another senseless tragedy by a guy who decided he was going to kill a heavy metal legend, and anyone else who stood in his way.  Just like the psychopath that opened gunfire on Lennon, the world was robbed of a great musician who died entirely too soon.

While the band Pantera is far from a household name to most people, for a metalhead like me, they are a major influence in most of the bands I love.  Pantera helped put heavy metal in the mainstream in the 90's.  Their 1994 album "Vulgar Display of Power," debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a feat almost unheard of for a metal band.  They have also brought us classic tracks like Walk, This Love, and Cemetary Gates.

So don't forget that on the day we lost John Lennon, we also lost Darrell Abbott, and his remarkable guitar riffs.  Heavy Metal will never be the same, thanks to his contributions.  Rest in Peace, Darrell.  Oh, and I hope you burn in hell, Nathan Gale.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just how bad are the Padres going to be in 2010?

The dust has settled, and Adrian Gonzalez has left the building.  He leaves a massive hole, and a lineup that was already below average.  The Padres were a huge surprise in 2010, winning 90 games.  The pitching flat-out carried them in 2010, and it looks like it will have to again in 2011.  Take a look at my projected Padres lineup, as of right now:

CF Cameron Maybin(.234, 8 HR, 28 RBI's)
RF Will Venable(.245, 13 HR's, 51 RBI's)
LF Ryan Ludwick(.251, 17 HR's 69 RBI's)
3B Chase Headley(.264, 11 HR's 58 RBI's)
1B Kyle Blanks(.157, 3 HR's 15 RBI's)
C Nick Hundley(.249, 8 HR's, 43 RBI's)
2B Jarrett Hoffpauir(.206, 0 HR's 0 RBI's)
SS Everth Cabrera(.208, 1 HR, 22 RBI's)

Taking a look at this lineup, as of right now, and it maybe the worst I have ever seen assembled.  Don't panic just yet, as Jed Hoyer will almost certainly look at upgrades through free agency and trades.  Their rotation looks much more settled, and I believe their pitching staff has the potential to be every bit as good at it was last year.  Let's take a look at some potential free agent targets for the Padres.

  • Russell Branyan(.237, 25 HR's, 57 RBI's):  A little long in the tooth at 35, but still can hit 20 bombs.  Could hold on the fort until Kyle Blanks, or the newly acquired Anthony Rizzo is ready.
  • Ty Wiggington(.248, 22 HR's, 76 RBI's):  The Padres like local talent, and Wiggington hails from Chula Vista.  Has power, and the versatilety to play all over the infield.
  • Orlando Cabrera(.263, 4 HR's 42 RBI's):  The long-time shortstop shouldn't cost too much, is a below average bat, and is an average defender.  Sounds like a fit to me.
My hope is that the Padres try to improve with trades, perhaps flipping Anthony Rizzo for Milwaukee second baseman Brett Lawrie.  Mat Latos will be there, at least.  2011 will be rough folks.