Tagged: cuba

That darn Olympic 11th inning thing

Good job Olympic breaths.

The 11th inning let’s get the hell out of Dodge and bust rule specially conjured for the last baseball Olympics (for a while) is a real loser.
Talk about sucking the excitement out of a baseball game.
Extra innings generally are interesting, even thrilling. The Olympic artificial flavoring of an ending — not so much.
They start the inning with runners on first and second and each team picking where to start in the lineup.
Why not just stage a simulated game from the start or a rousing game of over-the-line while you’re at it. Who needs innings. Just play it on the computer and reveal the results.
The reason for this lame format is just as lame. Get the games over with since the tourney only lasts two weeks.
USA USA  got burned by Cuba last time. This time they beat Japan (barely) for the honor of a rematch.
Can you say bronze medal?

Barry Bonds and why not the…Rays? (Also, an Olympic  moment).

Let’s put the devil back into the rays.

At this point, the Bonds baggage actually can be a good thing. Really.
The Rays need a power left-handed bat. Bonds can DH.
The steroid stuff is so tired and old. We all know he’s going to prison for perjury next year. So, he has six weeks to help a cinderella team win the pennant.
It’s all good PR. And Bonds can help the Rays.
Since the steroids are a given and we know he has to be clean, the controversy on this point is moot. Barry is at St. Pete to play ball and win the pennant so who can doubt that each day the focus wll be on the team and the win, not so much on Bonds. And since everyone knows the baggage situation, nobody is going to care all that much. And if Bonds does deflect some attention, that’s good too, since it takes media glare off other players who can relax and play loose.
It’s surprising this hasn’t taken place as of Aug. 15.
I predict it will happen…
(And speaking of which in a strange paradoxical thought pattern that popped just in my brain now: What about Dale Berra?)
Olympics Aside

The U.S. baseball team really choked against South Korea the other day — or was it night.
They rebounded against the Dutch, ha-ha.
Davey Johnson looked sick to his stomach in the Korea loss and with good reason. Surely, these guys can respond better to pressure. Unfortunately not, as they did a redux against Cuba the other night/day.
Can you say sayonara? The Japanese team is loaded with top pros and the Cubans are the Cubans, despite half their real team now playing in the U.S. 
But who cares, I got a badminton match to watch. What’s the birdie over/under on Malaysia-Sri Lanka?