Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Boy was I Wrong! Orlando Hudson is a Stiff!

I begged and I pleaded to the Padres this offseason. Sure, it isn't like they would actually listen to me, but I really wanted the Padres to sign veteran 2nd baseman Orlando Hudson. My reasons were many: They could probably get him on a one-year deal, he has a good glove, and is a .278 career hitter. After watching punchless, but scrappy David Eckstein for the last two years, it was clear the Padres needed an upgrade.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer was thinking like I was, and signed the O-Dog to a 2-year, $11 million dollar contract in the offseason. The Padres seemed to acquire a solid bat, that could hit in the top-half of the lineup. Instead, the Padres have gotten a whiny, broken-down, former shell of an all-star.

Hudson has been on the DL twice this season, and might be headed there again, after straining his groin in Tuesday's loss against the Mets. When he has been in the lineup, he hasn't done much of anything. Currently he is hitting a pathetic .239/.332/.320, with 3 HR's and 27 RBI's.  Defense was supposed to be his calling card, but by UZR standards he is playing a below average 2nd base.

Not only has he blown at the plate, and in the field, but he has made a number of stupid mistakes. In a game earlier in the season, he caught a pop-up, and tossed the ball into the stands...with only two outs. The bonehead play cost the Padres two runs, and Orlando screamed at an umpire after the play. What the hell is the poor ump going to do?

I was never a big Eckstein fan, but Eckstein was a much more effective 2nd baseman for the Padres. Take a look at 2010 Eck vs. 2011 O-Dog.

Eckstein: .267/.321/.326, 1 HR, 27 RBI's, 6.2 UZR fielding rating, 1.9 WAR
Hudson:  .239/.332/.320, 3 HR's. 27 RBI's -2.0 UZR fielding rating, 1.0 WAR

Insanity. Eckstein, who made $1 million in 2010, is actually outslugged 2011 Hudson, and also brought more in the field. Overall, he is worth one more victory than Hudson has been worth 2011. Like I mentioned earlier, the purpose of the post is not to talk up Eck, but to display how pathetic Hudson has been in 2011.

He has also proved to be a whiny bitch. When the Padres were in the midst of a long losing streak, Hudson criticized San Diego fans for having the nerve to boo the hometown nine. Yo, Orlando, when you are being outslugged by David freaking Eckstein, you deserve much worse than boos. You deserve to be unemployed.

My hope for this lost Padres season is for the O-Dog to get hot, so the Padres can move his ass in the offseason. I lobbied for Orlando, and he has been a disaster. Hey, we all make mistakes.

Call me Crazy: I don't get the Appeal of Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. When I say "hot" I mean she is in a ton of movies lately. Is she a talented actress? Yeah, I guess you can say she is. Is she attractive? Yeah, she is pretty good looking. Yet, I just do not get her accent into an A-lister.

Perhaps it was her role in "That 70's Show" that has soured me on Mila. That show was overrated in my opinion, and Kunis was about as funny as a rusty nail in the eye. Somehow she lasted nine seasons on that show. If it were I producing, I would have had her eaten by bears. Do they have bears in Wisconsin?

She also plays another annoying character, voicing Meg Griffin on "Family Guy." Again, Meg is a punchline for Peter and Stewie to exploit. I am sure she has made a nice living voicing the role, but Meg is one of the most unpopular characters in recent TV. Thanks to Meg, the sound of Mila's voice makes me want to blow my head off.

We move on to her films. While I have not seen her critically acclaimed role in "Black Swan," I did see the lesbian scene with Natalie Portman. As far as simulated lesbian sex goes, it was pretty boring. Not a lot of kissing and no boobs. Color me unimpressed.

Men all over the world drool over this chick. I am not saying she is ugly or anything, but if you put a gun to my head, I could think of 50 other celebs I would rather get with. It's kind of hard for me to fantasize about a chick who had Macaulay Culkin balls deep in her. Her voice alone is enough to drive me to deafness.

I am not a Kunis hater by any means. She is a good looking chick, who has had a few annoying roles. I just do not understand why America's men, and some women are obsessed with her. I'll stick to Amanda Seyfried, thank you very much.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What to Make of the Tony Bruno Situation

I have listened to sports-talk host Tony Bruno for years. I find him to be a humorous and entertaining host, who does not take sports too seriously. Sports are meant to be fun, and many sports media personalities seem to forget that. Anyway, Bruno has been a lightning rod of controversy this week, as he took to twitter, and made a  racist comment towards Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez. The comments were: "gutless (…) Giants, Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy since mighty Frisco boys."

For the record, Ramirez is from the Dominican Republic would not be able to pitch in the majors if were an illegal alien. So that part of Bruno's comments are completely ridiculous. Is the comment offensive and racist? I suppose, although I don't know if I would go as far as to call it a racial slur. The comment was insensitive, but I do not believe that Bruno is a racist.

Bruno obviously needs to think before he tweets. A man with over 30 years in the media should know better to say anything that could be construed as racist or offensive. Being edgy is one thing, having no common sense is the department that Bruno comes from. He at least had the sense to take the tweet down, but the damage was already done at that point.

He posted a pseudo-apology on his Facebook page, although I would hardly consider it an apology. He still took shots at Giants manager Bruce Bochy, and called fans who criticized him "vile and disgusting. Check out the apology here. Bruno is a good radio personality, but a class A idiot. 

Bruno claims that Bochy "ordered" Ramirez to hit several Phillies batters. I have watched Bochy manage the Padres for 13 years, and Bochy never sent it "headhunters" to do dirty work. So why would Bochy do that now? Bruno is just a die-hard Phillies fan who let his emotions get the best of him. 

We have all said things that we regret. We are human. Have I ever said "racist" comments? Of course I have, as I am sure you have. The difference is that I am not a nationally syndicated radio host. No one really cares what you or I thinks. Bruno has a responsibility to use his brain before he opens his mouth.

Bruno has received death threats and pages of criticism on his Facebook page. Funny how people turn into warriors behind a computer screen. People who threaten the life of someone over a comment on Twitter, should really just do us all a favor and get a life. 

Bruno's future is uncertain; his contract expires in September, and while he is popular, Premiere Radio, who syndicates Bruno's show may look to go in a different direction. Bruno also needs to learn what an apology actually is. Bruno has tried to play the victim card in this whole situation, which is almost as stupid as the comments he made in the first place. Own up to it Bruno, and do not make any excuses.

I really hope this isn't the last of Tony Bruno on the airwaves. He is a talented radio personality who just made a mistake.