The View From Wisconsin
Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Just a few observations about MLB after four days of baseball:
- It appears that it took the scare of Terry Francona's heart condition for the Red Sox to overcome the World Series hangover. Mariano Rivera has gone downhill fast, hasn't he? It's almost like watching the Berlin Wall falling down - you never thought it would happen in your lifetime.
- Brad Wilkerson hits for the cycle and the Nationals post their first win against the Phillies. Enjoy it while it lasts, DC.
- Wow, what's up with the Brewers? Two straight over their nemeses in Pittsburgh, by scores of 9-2 and 10-2 respectively. Maybe we are set for fourth place.
- Typical of the Tigers in recent years: Dmitri Young hits three dingers on opening day, but turns around and strikes out twice the next game.
- Former Brewers closer (and fellow UW-W alum) Bob Wickman had a forgettable outing today against the White Sox. Four runs, four hits, and he commits an error which extends the inning - and then a sac fly to right that scores the game-winning run. Some days you don't even wanna get out of bed.
- As I type this, the Marlins and Braves are fighting through 12 innings of 1-1 baseball. ESPN2's crew is slobbering over all the great fielding plays. The only problem, though, is that a few of them were bone-headed (Juan Pierre popping the ball up -into a double play, no less - on a bunt attempt? Juan Encarcion being called safe when he was obviously out on a pickoff throw? Yeesh). I'd almost be pleading with the Deuce production staff to switch over to the Giants/Dodgers game.
- Update I: Chipper Jones hit a homer in the top half of the 13th inning to give the Braves the win. The Giants then proceeded to fold up like a wet taco and play dead for the Dodgers in the late game.
- Update II: Eric Gagne got thrown out of that game - in the fifth inning - for riding the home plate umpire. Only thing is, he happens to be on the DL at the present time.