You can check another one off the list. A New York Times article earlier this week revealed that former Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Sosa is the latest of many to finally be caught cheating while playing in an era of baseball that will forever have a cloud over it. The positive test comes from a test that was supposed to be kept secret and anonymous, but Sosa was unlucky enough to have his name and test result leaked to the press.
As i wrote before in my pre-series article, this was more than just a June series. Last night’s 4-3 Red Sox victory over the pathetic Yankees gave the Sox the series sweep and makes them 8-0 against the Yankees this year.
So I was reading a sports blog written by two of my friends from high school, when I came across this article: http://www.downswinging.com/wordpress/2009/06/zambrano-to-retirein-a-few-years/, which, paired with pieces like this and this have caused me to reach the breaking point. I am really sick of people ripping on Carlos Zambrano from everything ranging from his attitude to his interaction with the media. The fact of the matter is: the man produces great numbers every single year, so get off his goddamn back. Read the rest of this entry »
Normally, I support the general manager of the Cubs, Jim Hendry, in his leadership of the team. For example, his decision to bring in injury prone Rich Harden this past season for some low-ceiling prospects was a brilliant, if risky, move. It gave the Cubs staff a superb extra starter who provided the team with 71 incredible innings in the midst of a high pressure playoff race. Had CC Sabathia not been even better for Milwaukee, Harden would have assuredly gotten the attention he deserved for his almost superhuman efforts. Such a gutsy trade was exactly the sort of thing the Cubs needed to combat a Milwaukee and St. Louis team and stay on top in the division. Hendry realized that the Cubs needed another ace behind Carlos Zambrano and made this decision after witnessing the Cubs play over the course of the first half of the season.
For years I’ve tried to defend Yankees radio broadcast announcer John Sterling as a quirky, funny announcer who, while making some occasional mistakes, more than makes up for it with his infamous calls and one liners, but I must finally give in. I can now say with utter confidence, even without having listened to a ton of other broadcasters, that John Sterling is the WORST announcer in all of sports.