Raul Ibanez was featured on CNN's Latino in America special. The show's host, Soledad O'Brien, sat down with the very talented Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez. In this clip, Ibanez talk about his family's passion for baseball and how his dream could only come true in America.
Dipping Into the Archives:
One year ago Corey posted a World Series Game 1 recap of the Phillies victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Worst Part of the Game- I hate to beat a dead horse with this one, but the combination of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver is atrocious. Buck talks with the arrogance of a man who believes he is blessing the ears of America with his golden voice, although he doesn't really say anything profound, intelligent or even remotely interesting. And as for McCarver, see the next category. He's so bad I almost wish Joe Morgan was doing the game.
Best TB Hitter- I love watching Japanese hitters like Akinori Iwamura (3-4 in Game 1) slap the ball all around the field. That style of hitting limits power, but for small, speedy players like Iwamura, it's very effective.
*We do plenty of complaining about T-Mac, Wheels, and Sarge, but the atrocious asshats in the form of McCarver and Buck are far worse. We'll be forced to listen to them hype up the AL team and constantly downplay the Phils success. Then the Phils will win the World Series while Joe Buck goes into the fetal position, sucking his thumb in the corner.
*I highlighted Iwamura, because I too like him, and think he might be a good fit for 3rd base in 2010. He hits for average, plays solid defense, and has some wheels. I'd much rather have him batting 7th next year than Feliz. Iwamura hasn't played 3rd since 2007, but he's capable to switching back (has been playing 2nd base the past 2 seasons). Feliz has an option for $5M, but picking it would be unwise, because it seems he is breaking down. Now watch him promptly belt a game-winning homerun next Wednesday in Game 1 of this World Series just to spite me.