Picks for Saturday July 31, 2010

31 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Saturday July 31, 2010

Kansas City Royals

Winnipeg Blue Bombers/ Calgary Stampeders OVER 56.5

Philadelphia Phillies/ Washington Nationals OVER 8.5

Chicago White Sox

Calgary Stampeders

Doggin’ it Pick

Florida Marlins

Picks for Friday July 30, 2010

30 07 2010

5-Star Picks for July 30, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers

Texas Rangers

Milwaukee Brewers/ Houston Astros OVER 8.5

Kansas City Royals

Picks for Thursday July 29, 2010

29 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Thursday July 29, 2010

Colorado Rockies

Chicago White Sox

Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Argos/ Montreal Alouettes OVER 52.5

Doggin’ it Pick

Los Angeles Dodgers

Picks for Wednesday July 28, 2010

28 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Wednesday July 28, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies

Minnesota Twins

Toronto Blue Jays/ Baltimore Orioles OVER 9.5

Atlanta Braves

Florida Marlins/ San Francisco Giants UNDER 8.5

Picks for Tuesday July 27, 2010

27 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Tuesday July 27, 2010

Florida Marlins

Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins

Toronto Blue Jays

Texas Rangers

Doggin’ it Pick

Boston Red Sox

Picks for Monday July 26, 2010

26 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Monday July 26, 2010

San Francisco Giants

Minnesota Twins

Boston Red Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Doggin’ it Pick

Seattle Mariners

The Sunshine Finale: Part Three

26 07 2010

Only in the State of Florida… (The Final Installment)

…would a baseball team like the Florida Marlins play in a stadium with zero relief from the sun. Okay, that’s not entirely true. You can get seats in the shade on the second deck (200 level) but you’ll be dropping $60 or more a ticket for this “luxury.”

What? Tickets for seats higher up and further away from the action cost more than double of baseline or bullpen area seats? Ridiculous. This disaster of an idea makes me appreciate baseball in Toronto a little more. On hot, humid, sun blazing days, I’ll pay $25 to sit in the second level under the shade at the Rogers Centre, thanks.

…could there be such a lack of respect for the Marlins two World Series wins. The only supporting features for the organization’s accomplishments are a single banner out in left field that both wins share, and, a photo that is located at the end of a large Decade of 2000 portrait featuring Josh Beckett, Ivan Rodriguez, and a few other players that won the World Series in 2003, however, there is no photos or acknowledgment of their 1997 win in the decade of 1990. Nope. Just photos of the Orange Bowl games, Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins.

What’s sad is that if the Rays won the World Series in 2008, their stadium would probably be decked out in photos, memorabilia and tributes at every corner of Tropicana Field.

… would people glorify the ego machine that is LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Watch, once one of these three decide he’s better than the others, he’ll pick up his ball, pack his bags and jet to the next team where his ego can grow bigger and stronger leaving the “fans” in an angry, vengeful, hypocritical state. I have to say Heat “fans” are some of the most delusional fans in all of sports right now.

Do y’all actually think The “Despicable Three” will bring you a title? When you get outside of the state line people with common sense and an unbiased opinion believe that these three won’t gel enough to win a championship.

How fitting would it be if the Toronto Raptors made the playoffs this season with their young guns and eliminated the Heat in the first round? I’d love to see the post-game interview with Bosh on that one.

I loved how Michael Jordan chimed in on the events of the 2010 free-agent shenanigans and said that during his days, Magic, Bird and himself were the biggest names in the game and would have never considered playing on the same team. It was all about the competition aspect that kept them apart.

As much as I despise Kobe Bryant, he’s definitely the lesser of two evils right and the one I turn to slay the “Three-Headed Ego Monster”. What’s funny about this whole situation is that no matter what team is around the guy, Kobe wins championships. He doesn’t need a super team to do it like Heat.

In my opinion, and I hate to say it, but, LeBron should be stripped of the “King” title and it should be given to Kobe. He personifies what a leader is all about and is consistently a winner, and yes, I’m overlooking his giant ego here, so just go with it.

I know I’ll get a lot of heat for all of this because all of a sudden everyone seems so supportive of the Miami Heat in Florida. I won’t lie, everywhere I turn people are wearing the ego monster’s jerseys, tees, and apparel.

I bet these same people dumped all over the Heat years ago, or couldn’t care less about them in general until this offseason. Where are your Alonzo Mourning jerseys? What about Timmy Hardaway? Of course not. Keep feeding the ego machine. Jump on that bandwagon, folks, soon you’ll realize that it will crash and burn, and quicker than you think and you’ll be jumping on my sensible bandwagon .

Technical Difficulties

25 07 2010

Sorry, minor technical difficulties are keeping the conclusion of “The Sunshine Finale” from being posted.

Please check back later.

Picks for Sunday July 25, 2010

25 07 2010

5-Star Picks for Sunday July 25, 2010

San Francisco Giants

Texas Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays/ Detroit Tigers OVER 9.5 (Double Header Game 2)

Detroit Tigers (Double Header Game 2)

St. Louis Cardinals

Doggin’ it Pick

New York Mets

The Sunshine Finale: Part Two

24 07 2010

Seriously, what was I thinking by going to a Marlins game in Miami in the dead of summer with 95 degree weather and the sun shining down burning me to a crisp on “Kids Camp Day” of all days? Wowzers.

Okay, I spent 13 hours prior to the game in Disney World so being around kids for another three hours was not sitting well with me. Hey, the upside was that unlike Disney, beer was available to get my mind off those obnoxious kids.

Seriously though, who’s idea was it to nix the sale of beer in Disney theme parks? Don’t these people know that if you give these parents some beer, they’re more prone to open their wallets up even more for their kids?

Disney should roll out a beer tent in Adventureland, or near the Small World ride, bring in various beers from around the world to go with the theme and charge $10 a beer. The great thing is, they know people would flock to the tents and pay that crazy price. Look, Disney, I just gave a free idea. Take it. Use it. You’re welcome.

All right, back to business.

Border Ball

I’ll admit, Sun Life Stadium is a beautiful ball park from the outside, but once you get in, it is nothing short of a run down, miserable spot. Hey, I’m glad the Marlins are setting up shop in their own stadium in 2012 rather than continuing to share a place with the Miami Dolphins.

After people piled into the orange seats, I began to feel somewhat at home based on the small turn out. Now, I thought maybe it was because I picked a bad game to attend, but, the lacking numbers are common no matter who rolls into town to face the Marlins. I don’t feel so embarrassed for the Jays anymore after seeing such a sight. Hey, the upper decks at the Rogers Centre in Toronto are ususally packed with fans, what’s your excuse Marlins fans? Oh, right. I forgot, you’re about a hundred feet closer to the sun up there with no dome to protect you. Sorry about that.

I was amazed that every, and I mean every fan in the stadium had Marlins gear on, not like Toronto where people hit the Rogers Centre wearing Yankees jerseys when the Jays host a team like the Royals, or, attend games in their finest Hollister, or Abercrombie clothes. This is a baseball game, not a fashion show. The amount you spend on a pair of underwear from Hollister could be spent on a Jays tee shirt. Give me a break already and show some support.

Seriously, taking in a Marlins game is like attending one big party. Hell, they even have a live DJ to get the crowd bumping and partying.

To simply put it, comparing a Marlins game to a Jays game is like comparing Coke to RC Cola. Sure they’re the same because they’re colas, however, the quality of each are complete opposites.

Josh Johnson: Live in “Concert”

I’ve seen Zack Grienke, Josh Beckett, Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, John Lackey, and Roy Halladay multiple times live, but none of these stellar pitchers match up to the outstanding performance that Josh Johnson of the Marlins wheeled out on Thursday. Truthfully, I was just mesmerized by the All-Star’s outing. Simply a masterpiece.

Earlier this season I said Roy Halladay was clearly going to walk away with the 2010 NL Cy Young award, but, I think Roy might be riding in the backseat with Tim Lincecum as Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies have taken the spotlight in the battle for pitching supremacy.

Sincerely, I believe Johnson has the edge going into the stretch as his 10-3 record has him sitting fourth in the N.L., and his league leading 141 strikeouts and 1.61 ERA should boost the Marlins hurler’s chances for the Cy in 2010.

All Johnson needs is to stay consistent, hope Ubaldo stumbles the rest of the way like he did Monday night against the Marlins (5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 SO- No Decision) and even a Marlins post-season push in the mediocre at best N.L. East wouldn’t hurt.

Regardless, after seeing Johnson’s brilliant work, I can’t help but go against Halladay and give my vote to JJ.

Check back later for the closing ceremonies. I saved the best for last. LeBron, Wade, Bosh and one last “Only in the State of Florida…”