I've been doing all the interviews this offseason through the "Check Your Head" segment, but TK of GetUpandGoSports has recently put me on the hot seat. Here's the interview from his site...
I recently had a chance to talk with the co-owner of We Should Be GM's "Carson" about baseball news of today,the Phillies and Pirates,and his blog.
WSBGM's is full of humor,stats,interviews,but mostly about the passion of two Baseball fans at its best.
TK- One thing I need to know about the Pirates and Phillies.
Carson- I'll start with the Phils because they are my passion, or maybe I should say pathetic obsession. Anyway, the Phils are a team on the verge of something special (special = World Series title). One thing about the Pirates...hmm...they are improving...nope...they're rebuilding...nope...ok, I got it- they suck!
TK- How much of a chance do the Phillies have to win the NL East in 2008.
Carson- I say a damn good chance. I look at the rest of the division and they've gotten weaker. The Phils have at least maintained and possibly gotten stronger with Right-Hook Myers heading back to the rotation and by simply ridding themselves of No-Hit Nunez. Seriously though, losing Fence-Face Rowand hurts, but I feel a platoon of Jayson Werth/Geoff Jenkins will be just as productive if not more than Rowand in '08. Also, a full season of the Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino, future 2008 MVP Chase Utley, and Master Blaster Ryan Howard will help anchor that offense and they'll literally have to pitch themselves out of victories. Side note- Muck the Fets!
TK- True of False : Pirates have a 81-81 record or better within the next 5 seasons.
Carson- I'm going to go with false. This organization seems to have no direction. I thought they were close this past season then everything still went wrong. They have some nice young starting pitchers, but by the time they get some offensive production to back them up they'll be too expensive and dealt away for Derek Bell or Pat Meares.
TK- One thing about your blog we should know:
Carson- That we know our baseball. We aim to be funny and insightful at the same time, but sometimes our sense of humor gets the best of us. However, just because we crack jokes and poke fun of players doesn't mean we don't know our baseball. There are so many blogs out there that come off so bland like they're painting by numbers because they only report the facts and keep everything so politically correct. Well, screw that! We like to put our twist on things and apparently someone likes reading it. I mean stats are great, but we don't pitch tent to Brad Lidge's K/IP or J-Roll's stolen base %...c'mon, we're not totally losers, only partial.
TK- Goose Gossage elected into the Baseball HOF,thoughts?
Carson- Bad form. I'm a Hall-of-Fame snob and believe only the elite belong in it. If anything, I think there should be fewer players in the Hall than there are now. Bruce Sutter, Phil Rizzuto, Bill Mazeroski, and a handful of others...c'mon these guys weren't the best. Pete F'n Rose was though, but you don't see him with his face of one of those prestigious plaques now do ya? Goose was an awesome reliever and he helped pave the way for the Mariano Rivera's and Billy Wagner's of the world, but I simply don't think 1809.3 innings pitched and 310 saves deserves the recognition that it's getting. Pretty soon we'll start electing the best setup men of all time, or worse yet utility infielders...Chris Gomez is having a helluva career as one, let's put him in!