Tagged: Jason Giambi

Baseball Season Is Finally Here

I’m back in full force, about a week and a half late.  Just to get it out of the way there was some Baseball/Blog drama going on in my life so my motivation was pretty much in the toilet. But I’m back brushing all the B.S aside and doing what I have come to enjoy.  Whether I have one person read my blog or one thousand it doesn’t really matter.

I went to the home opener at Oakland Coliseum, or I guess I should say Oakland-Alameda Coliseum or some form of that.  It was a nice event. There was an engagement, which made me happy and a tad bit depressed. Where are all the good baseball lovin’ boys at anyway? 

As many of you probably have been made aware of four of Oakland’s finest were murdered and they were celebrated.  A cap was placed on the mound representing each of the fallen officers, and they also brought their motorcycles out on the field.  It was a very nice gesture to a horrible event.  I must admit my eyes did fill up with tears. Then the National Anthem was very fittingly sung by a police officer and there was also a moment of silence for the officers as well as Nick Adenhart. 

Now to the game…

The A’s lost! 

The A’s had the bases loaded three times and they couldn’t get anyone home. This is becoming a common occurrence, if a guy gets on third he is definitely not coming in, if a guy is on second it’s 50/50, but if a guy is on first he has like a 75% chance of coming home with one crack of the bat.  And the A’s don’t score early; they like to wait around until about the seventh inning for any real action.  I guess they like to just keep us on the edge of our seats, which they do, but I’d like to be a little more relaxed in the later innings, ala the Eck years.

I was stoked to see Brett Anderson pitch, it was a little bitter sweet, because the only reason he pitched that day was because the previous game was postponed to mourn the loss of Angel’s pitcher Nick Adenhart.  But he pitched pretty well.  He was a little crazy. He is known to have pretty good control of his pitches, but that night he was a bit off.  Still not a bad job though, not bad at all.

I know many of you are anti-The Wave! But WE originated it, and so it began. The bleachers were trying to get it started a good 10 times or so before it actually started to go around the entire stadium it went around a good 5 or 6 times, people were cheering and totally pumped.  A line drive was hit and Ellis jumps up and makes a miraculous catch; The Power of the Wave!

As I said before the A’s did lose, but it was a great game none the less. They really should have won though because the Mariners pitching wasn’t looking good at all and they had a couple errors and the fielding was mediocre to say the least. But being at the ballpark is one of the greatest experiences a person can have so I was a happy camper either way.


 


100 Percent Back(hopefully this picture comes through for some reason on my work computer pictures are to big but on my home computer the pictures turn out correctly anyway…here is the Cement Beauty we call Oakland Coliseum!)

Did I fail to mention the A’s ended up getting swept by the M’s? The season is still early I still have high hopes for the greatest organization in the bay area, my Oakland Athletics.

Don’t forget to tune into ESPN tonight…A’s v. Yankees!!!!! 

Let’s hope for a mauling like the Indians had on the Yankees, which would be fabulous!

 

Oakland ‘A’ To Watch!

Right now the big news involving the A’s are the acquisitions of Giambi, Holliday, Cabrera and Nomar. The big question for A’s fans is, “What’s going to happen with Crosby?”  While I love the guys we were able to obtain, and at this point I don’t really care about what happens to Crosby the guy everyone should keep an eye on is Ryan Sweeney.  Even for those of you who don’t even care about the A’s he is at least some good eye candy.

 


Ryan Sweeney 2Ryan Sweeney just turned 24, which is still young and he can learn a lot from the vets we have acquired but he is capable of a lot on his own.  The A’s got him in the Swisher trade, when Swish was sent off to the White Sox not long after all of us A’s fans were stoked that he signed for six years.  Apparently that doesn’t matter, signed just means we will keep you around but if we can get rid of you for something we think will help us in the long run then we can get rid of you any time we want.  Baseball is a crazy, crazy game. 

Sweeney played the first two years of his career with the White Sox, but he only played a combined 33 games. This ironically enough was Swisher’s old number. Hmmmmm…. A coincidence? Well no matter how much the players don’t want to admit it; it’s a very superstitious game. Hey Giants! Does Zito still have his teddy bears?

The Numbers:

Year

Games

HR

RBI

BA

2006

18

0

5

.229

2007

15

1

5

.200

2008

115

5

45

.286

 

In my opinion a .286 is a pretty good average, he’s not a power guy but he does put the ball in play and he does get on base.  In 2008 he had 110 hits with 18 doubles and 3 triples, and was only walked 38 times, with a .350 OBP.  I think this year he will be closer to a .300 hitter, 10 homeruns and around 60 RBI. I’m not a numbers person and I’m just pulling these numbers out of a place the sun doesn’t shine unless I’m on my balcony where no one can see me, but I think he is a guy to watch.  I think he has a good bat, he is one of the better outfielders and he has speed.  Just by watching this guy last season he has a lot going for him, plus a great attitude, which these days can be hard to find.  But I must say the A’s have been pretty lucky in the personality department.

Basically, I just want to put it out there that I think Ryan Sweeney is going to be the guy to watch. Sure people are interested in seeing how these new vets are going to do but the A’s are known for getting good young talent and Sweeney is no exception. We’ll see how close this non numbers person got on her predictions.  But I really do hate predictions because anything can happen. I just want my team to stay healthy. 

I have to close this with a quote from a chick I overheard talking about baseball, “How can anyone like baseball, they only hit like 20% of the time.”

 


Ryan Sweeney 1Go A’s!