Yep, Mo is the best ever. I love that guy, but I hate the Yanks.
Pappelbon He has a lifetime ERA under 2, a WHIP under 1, a batting average against under .200…
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Okay, Pappelbon’s stats are great, given WHIP is very impressive, but his career is like 5 yr so far. Mo has been in the game forever and I wonder Pappelbon will make his career as far as Mo does. (I said its personal preferences, I was in Fenway tour days ago and there are bunch of angry pictures of him…)
and Im mega-millions-club Yanks fan. (used to love Moose)
Pitcher A had a better peak. Pitcher B had a few more good years.
Pitcher A is Juan Marichal, and nobody questions his hall credentials. Pitcher B is Mussina.
I predict Mussina will get in, but not in his first year. And that is stupid. If it’s been five years since a player was on the field, you should have measured his worth before voting for his induction. My momma told me to think before you act. Votes for the hall should not start at 25% and then gradually pick up over the next decade before 75% is reached.
Mussina’s 270 wins is going to look much better to voters in 4 years (not that I think wins are the best way to measure pitchers).
Dragonbones once traded a Mickey Mantle rookie card for a Tom Brunansky. His love for the Twins knows no bounds.
Although, the World Champion New York Yankees are my fave, I think this season will be dominated by the NYY, LAA, and the Phillies. Maybe some other team(s) will collect their shit and play hardball, but those three look really unbeatable.
Oh, and despite Pappelbon (who IS great and don’t deny it) the Redsox suck.
Mussina was always fun to watch. Talk about a guy who learned to adapt to his fading firepower successfully. If he was on he was virtually unhittable well into his career. When he pitched for the Yankees I think his fastball topped out in the mid-80s or so, but true to form he found a way to shave enough velocity off a sick changeup to retain the effectiveness of his fastball. I think he also developed about a dozen ways to throw a curveball, too. Plus the guy could hit targets like Alvin York at a turkeyshoot. In fact his age only showed when he missed targets and had to throw his ‘fastball’ for a strike. I detest the Yankees deep, deep, DEEP in my bones, in my very marrow, but you gotta give Mussina his due. My opinion he should get in.
So, now there are two yankee fans, and two of us who hope their team bus gets hit by a train and a plane simultaneously.
How about the rest of you fence sitters?
jimipresley is a Minnesota backer. He likes the way a superstar like Joe Mauer can spend a minute in the middle of the game with his hand down the front of his pants rearranging his junk in front of 30,000 adoring people.
I’m not a Yankees hater. Not a fan either, obviously. But I can stomach them winning more than the Red Sox. Nothing made me sicker than all the convenient bandwagon Boston fans coming out of the woodwork after their first World Series win in nearly a century in 2004.
Go Twins! I think they will win the Central but fall short in the playoffs. Again. They just don’t have enough pitching imo to make a big run unless Liriano/Neshek revert back to pre-TJ levels.
East - yankees - the team everyone loves or hates. and I don’t love them.
Central - Twins - the White Sox do have a great starting rotation though
West - rangers - just trying to be a contrarian
WC - Rays (this will go down to the last week of the season with the Red Sox)
Surprise team - Orioles - good offense with a lot of young pitching on the way up
East - Phillies
Central - Cards
West - Rockies
WC - Braves - enough pitching and the ROY (that’s a call) in Heyward
Suprise team - Marlins - they’ve had a pretty good team but they get overlooked
World Series will be a repeat - the damn Yankees are too strong (and will win again) and the Phillies just added Halladay (although they subtracted Lee)
Opening game in Fenway is against Yankees. can you guys believe it?
Would you spend $300 for 1 ticket for Yanks vs Redsox?! Thats crazy.
When I went to Fenway games in 02 season, it was soooo easy/cheap to get the tickets coz no one wanted to see the games. After Redsox broke the curse, everyone wants to see the game now. Its not easy to get a “fair” face-value of tix. :raspberry:
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I hate to say it, but I don’t think there is much hope Minny can retain Mauer. He’ll want crazy money, A-Rod type money, and there’s only a few teams in the league that can and will pay it. Writing might already be on the wall.