Archive for February, 2010

Lou Gehrig Early Life (Part 1)

In a farewell speech to Lou Gehrig, Postmaster General James Farley concluded by predicting, “For generations to come, boys who play baseball will point with pride to your record.” Kids who play baseball dream about being like him, and most Major League players look up to him. Lou Gehrig was a baseball hero who went from being one of the best players in history to being barely able to walk.

Lou came from a poor but respectable background .He was born in New York City on June 19, 1903, the same year as the first World Series was played .Lou came from a poor but respectable background. His parents, Heinrich and Christiana Gehrig were immigrants from Germany. When Lou was a young boy, he loved to play baseball, football, and soccer with his neighborhood buddies in empty corner lots. Although he loved sports, his parents insisted that their only child must be big and strong and have a good education. As a boy, Lou dreamed of becoming an engineer. Even when the family was having financial problems, his parents insisted that he must stay in school and go to college. However, Lou helped his mother clean the house everyday before school, and again after school before doing his homework. Through eight years of grade school, Lou did not miss a single day. Although, he was not a brilliant student, he worked hard at his studies.

Lou also worked hard at his baseball to become was one of the best players on his high school team. Not only was he a good player, he was well liked by his teachers, coaches, and classmates. In June 1920, at a high school baseball championship at Wrigley Field, Lou hit a ball over the right field fence. It was a huge accomplishment for Lou.  Little did he know that it was his first step towards playing on a Major League Team.

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Part 2 is here.

Red Sox New Spring Training Park

I am very excited about the new Red Sox new spring training complex. It even has a green monster. Even though it is a replica of Fenway it also has a clean look to it. “I think it will be cool,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I think it’ll be exciting as it starts to get going. From everything I’ve heard from talking to guys [in the organization], it will be a really cool facility and kind of state of the art at the same time, which will be welcome.” “The goal is to make it Fenway-esque, to bring certain playing elements — because that’s something unique about Fenway and something enduring about Fenway — but also because that’s a nice way for our players to get ready for the season, by playing in Fenway dimensions and Fenway quirkiness,” said Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino. From the picture above it looks like Fenway mixed with Dodger Stadium. I hope that it turns out how they hoped.

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Jason Bay Is a Met

I was very surprised when Jason Bay turned down the Red Sox offer of $60 million. I think that he got greedy. He was playing with the Sox seeing if they would offer more, but while he was waiting the Sox signed Mike Cameron. I think what Bay did to the Sox it was kind of a slap in the face. In 2008, Bay comes all excited and plays one and a half great years. The fans loved him, and as a boy he grew up loving the Sox. If I were Bay I would have accepted the Sox offer. The Mets offered him $66 million dollars (the Mets have the second  highest payroll in the MLB).

He is on the Mets now. I think he will help out the Mets tremendously, and they will  have a chance of winning the the NL East. Bay seemed very happy about joining the Mets. He even said “I’m grateful and honored to be here.”

Here is a comparison of Mike Cameron’s and Jason Bay’s stats from the 2009 season: Mike had 24 homers, 70 RBI’s, and an average of .250. Jason had 36 home runs, 119 ribbies, and an average of .280. As you can tell Jason’s stats are better, but at least we still have Victor Martinez.

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Johnny Damon

Johnny Damon finally has a home. About four hours ago Damon agreed to a one year $8 million deal with the Tigers. He will most likely play left field, and hit lead off or second.

A bit about Johnny’s past: During his entire childhood Damon was an army brat. He moved to several bases from Okinawa, Japan, to West Germany before his father left the Army and settled the family in the Orlando area while Johnny was still a pre-schooler. Damon was made fun of at school because he had a stuttering problem. Damon went to Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Florida when during his senior year in 1992, he was rated the top high school prospect in the country by Baseball America, was named to USA Today’s High School All-America team, and was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. In 1992 Damon was selected in the first round of the amateur draft. Damon also played on the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, and the Yankees. Johnny has won two World Series championships. I used to not like Johnny because he was a Yankee but learning more about him made me like him more (or maybe it’s just because he won’t be in pinstripes next season).

Salary Caps In Baseball?

Today I am writing about how there should be a salary cap in Major League Baseball. Every year it seems like the Yankees buy the All-Star team. While the Yankees are spending money like there is no tomorrow, the Pittsburg Pirates are trying as hard as they can to bring up a few players from minors or sign a few solid free agents. The Yankee’s payroll for 2009 was $208,097,414.  The Sox payroll was just a little more than have of that. The Pirates was only $25,197,000. I am starting to think that there should be salary caps in the Majors. I don’t think it is fair that just because New York has a GM that spends money more than any other GM means that they should win the World Series. The only reason that there is not a salary cap is because the teams that are in power refuse the idea. I hope in the next few years Major League Baeball will make teams use a salary cap.

Joe Mauer

One of my favorite players in Major League Baseball history is Joe Mauer. Joe was the youngest of three brothers. As a boy Joe was almost always thinking, playing, and breathing baseball. He was such a good athlete during high school, he played football, baseball and basketball. In his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher). Mauer only struck out two times in his four years in high school.  Joe also hit .605 during his senior year. He turned down a full football scholarship from Florida State. The Minnesota Twins drafted Mauer as the first pick of the 2001 amateur draft. His first year with the twins (2004) he had six homers and seventeen RBI’s. He just kept getting better every year, and now is arguably the best catcher in the majors. Last year he had twenty-eight homers and 96 RBI’s. His hitting is good but his defense is amazing. I wish that Mauer was on the Red Sox, though I would not get rid of Victor Martinez.Watch a Fox Sports video about Joe

Mauer after the jump.

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Sox New Players, Part 3 (Last Part)

This is Part 3 of my series on the Boston Red Sox’s big trades in the 2009-2010 off-season. On January 7, 2010, Adrian Beltre signed a 1-year, $9 million deal with the Sox, which has a $5 million player option for 2011 with a $1 million buyout. Beltre was born April 7, 1979 in the Dominican Republic. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 1914. Beltre debuted with the Dodgers in the 1998 season at age 19. Adrian played seven good years with the Dodgers.  In 2004 he was the AL MVP and a silver slugger winner, but in early 2004 he was granted free agency. Later in 2004 the Seattle Mariners signed him from the free agent list. For a few years he was one of the best players on the Mariners they even made an ad about how good his defense was. I am probably least excited about this singing because I loved Mike Lowell at third, but I am still glad the Sox signed him.

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