Posts Tagged ‘Rick Ankiel’

Tickets to the Gun Show

April 17, 2012

Yes I have worked out lately, thanks for noticing! I’m also writing this from 30,ooo feet above the ground. But the title has absolutely nothing to do with my body and the plane I’m in is NOT equipped with guns (as far as I know…hmm).

But technology is a beautiful thing ain’t it? I can get Internet access from a cross-country flight and it’s only a tad bit sketchier than my old college house’s connection. “Yumrocket,” we affectionately named that connection. Sigh. Good times. But I digress.

Not only does this miraculous Internet connection from Southwest give me the opportunity to talk smack on Twitter, it allowed me to follow along with tonight’s Dodgers vs. Brewers broadcast. Yes, I know what happened. No, I don’t want to talk about it.

UPDATE: As I get further into this blog, the true colors of the WiFi begin to show. If I have to change the auto-corrected “LPGA” back to “blog” one more time, I’m gonna rage harder than Bobby Valentine at an all-umpire convention. Why would it auto-correct to LPGA anyway? There is absolutely no way I have blogged about Michelle Wie and friends..

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled blog already in progress:

The best part of  watching baseball from a bird’s eye view (see what I did there? *bows*) was seeing replays of two RIDICULOUS outfield throws.

Is there anything sweeter than a perfectly thrown bullet from deep in the outfield to cut down an  unexpecting runner? Methinks not. Check out the arm on Josh Reddick of the Oakland A’s!

And you have all met Mr. Rick Ankiel by now, right? Wowzers…thanks to Kevin Klinck for that link. Surname rhyme for the win!

Well the final descent is about to happen here on lovely flight #505. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Jamblinman. Tune back daily for more Jam Shots.

National Treasure

March 1, 2012

I hate myself for that title. Cool movie, but anything with Nicolas Cage in it is going to piss me off. Anyway, it has nothing to do with the actual film. This is more a matter of sports, as a post of mine should be. If you missed it, I’ve already locked in my predictions for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. This isn’t what I think will happen, this IS what will happen. Wait and see.

My boldest prediction is that the annual N.L. East doormats in D.C. are going to win the division this year, after getting healthy and stacking their rotation with the likes of Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson this winter. Call me crazy, but they are the overall most talented team in the division. Yes, better than the new-look Miami Marlins, the powerhouse Phillies and the consistent Atlanta Braves.

You’ve got to love this offense – young guys at shortstop, second base and catcher that can absolutely rake. They’ve got Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman to beef up the middle of the order, and potential game-changing guys in AAA in Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. And if Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche or Rick Ankiel put it together for a full season…watch out.

So the news today is this: Nationals manager Davey Johnson says ‘Fire me’ if Washington misses the playoffs. And I love it.

Swag is a good thing. You want your players to have confidence on the diamond, why not the guy directing them? And why not say it? First of all, Davey Johnson isn’t getting fired no matter what happens. So it’s an empty offer. But secondly, this team has a legitimate chance to contend.

The fact that these young Nationals are so set on making the playoffs and their manager is so confident in their abilities is setting the table for a special season in the nation’s capital, methinks. Looking at the National League, I see nine serious contenders: Arizona, San Francisco, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Philly, Miami, Atlanta and Washington.

By a mile, the Nats would be the biggest surprise team out of those nine to make the playoffs. But beating four of them should be very do-able for such a talented roster. Their pitching is as good or better than the D’Backs, Reds and Marlins. And their offense definitely matches up or dominates teams like the Giants, Phillies and Brewers.

All I’m saying is this team has the makings of something special in 2012. I think people underestimate how good their rotation will be with Stephen Strasburg, Gonzalez, Jackson, Jordan Zimmerman and John Lannan. It’s going to be young and they will have their struggles, but if the Nats aren’t at LEAST in Wild Card contention in the last week of the season, I will be shocked.

And apparently, so will Davey Johnson. Long live the dark horse!


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