Thursday, November 09, 2006

Am I Too Bored?

Stats are great, they allow us to calculate/measure what a player does in any given inning, game, series, month, season, or career. The soon to be Silicon Valley A's GM, Billy Beane (of Moneyball fame, the non-gay), covets players with solid on-base skills. I too appreciate the ability of a player to get himself on the base paths, because that means no outs were made and the likelihood of scoring a run significantly increased. However, Phillies fans seem to be to the contrary, as we're more prone as a collective group to cheer J-Roll or Victorino (2 non-selective hitters) and boo on-base whizzes like Abreu and Burrell. I personally like all of those players for their disticntive attributes they bring to the field. Why can't we just welcome the positives of our athletes rather than scrutinize their shortcomings?

Ok, lovefest over! We as fans point out the negatives of players because their true value doesn't always show up on the back of a baseball card. Burrell has a very solid OPS, but there are other facets of his game that are lacking. Sure Abreu got four balls more than boy Siamese twins and he had a lofty OPS, but we know he didn't exactly drip with fervor. Bottom line, OPS is a wonderful stat, but it doesn't always reveal a player's full worth.



In the comments section yesterday Corey made mention of my fondness for Michael Jackson. I need to disclose that I like the black jheri curl Mike, not the scary looking skeletal white dude Mike. C'mon, nobody likes a Caucasian pedophile. So in remembrance of Jackson's better days and aforementioned Billy Beane (both A's GM and gay 80's outfielder who liked to stroke it for the other team) I bring to you the WSBGM's Billie Jean remix.

He was more like a queen from the Oakland scene. I said don't mind, but what do you mean I am the one. Who will dance on the field in the round. He said I am the one who will dance on the field in the round. He told me his name was Billy Beane, as he caused a scene. Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one. Who will dance on the field in the round. People always told me be careful of what you do. And don't go around breaking fans hearts. And Gillick always told me be careful of who you trust. And be careful of what you do cause the lie becomes the truth. Billy Beane is not my lover. He's just a guy who claims that I am the one. But Barry Zito is not my son. He says I am the one, but Bobby Crosby is not my son.

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Domo arigato Mr. Roboto, domo...domo...thank you very much Mr. Roboto. Ryan Howard just recently finished off his trip to Japan where he continued to blast homers despite the language barrier. He frightened them more than Godzilla. He struck fear in their hearts more than a sushi caused epidemic. He petrified them more than the rumor of discontinuing the Pokemon series...you get the point. Howard was named MVP of the series and that's probably not the only MVP award he'll garner this offseason. In his brief career he's already accumulated more awards than E-5 marks on the scorecard in which David Bell is playing (gotta make my quota). I truly hope Gillick can find protection for him so we don't have to suffer through watching him chase Bond's walk record, as I'd sooner watch him chase Bond's homerun mark.

As if Ryan Howard wasn't imposing enough, this is the pic MLB ran in the media guide for the US vs. Japan All-Star series...scary.

~Carson

11 comments:

furiousBall said...

If the Japanese though Matsui was Godzilla, what does that make Rhino?

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard is the offspring of Godzilla and whatever that mutant thing he knocked up, therefore making him bigger and badder and able to wreak more havoc.

You must forgive, I just got done watching The Devil's Rejects...my mind is still a bit twisted.

~Carson

Maria said...

November 20th is way toooo far away.

goDuke said...

Maybe Godzilla is female and Hank Aaron knocked her up... that could explain it...

michael said...

it would be mechagodzilla

p.s. first time commenting on here, i have been reading for a few months now and love the blog.

Bob D said...

Thanks Mike, I see the resembelance. What kind of havoc and mayhem will he raze against baseball next year?

GM-Carson said...

hi mike, thanks for dropping a comment. hope to hear more from ya soon.

really go back and think about howard's season, in recent history we haven't seen anything like it before. i can only hope he has more in store for years to come.

also, local boy wade miller just re-upped with the cubs so no fear of signing hid injury-riddled ass.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

Wouldn't you just love to see Ryan Howard hit 500 career home runs and hit them all for the Phillies. I hope the protection for him comes our way, whomever that may be. Burrell, whoever, I don't care. Someone needs to step up.

GM-Carson said...

i've mentioned this before,but this needs repeating- the pirates turned down howard for kris benson a few seasons ago because they thought he would't make enough contact to ever be a productive mlb 1st baseman....thanks for being wrong buccos. as howard is a player i don't want to see ecome a phucco.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

carson, "dripping with fervor" ranks right up there with some of the gayest things you've ever said.

my OPS is high.....

corey

GM-Carson said...

corey- as always...i aim to please. "dripping with fervor" is an excellent line. blogging at its finest!

~carson