Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cats & Dogs

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary…

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary…

Day 983 of my captivity…

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

Today’s Idiot: Drew Carey

I used to love The Price Is Right when Bob Barker hosted it. But Drew Carey is terrible. He’s technically considered a “comedian” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I hated The Drew Carey Show and tolerated him on Whose Line Is It Anyways because the rest of the talent was so funny.

And then comes this. He’s hosting The Price Is Right Showcase Showdown and some guy makes an exact bid on his showcase, therefore winning both showcases.

Drew Carey’s reaction? He couldn’t care less. He and his producers stopped the show for about an hour because they assumed this guy had to have cheated. But he simply just memorized prices of things on the show by watching the show for over 30 years.

For something that hadn’t happened since the early 1970s, you’d think the host of the game would be a little more excited.

Merry Christmas

Christmas is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for me. There’s family, food, fellowship, rainbow cookies, and maybe most importantly, The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Christmas is a special time of year that has become marginalized be our supposed politically correct society. How dare a Christian holiday decoration be in an airport that has been forced to install foot baths for Muslim travelers?

Despite people’s attempts to dissuade me from such, I celebrate Christmas as not only a time for family and friends, but one also of religious importance. I don’t spend too much time here writing about religion because I feel that religion is strictly an individual decision. I believe what I do for personal reasons and that everybody else has the right to decide what they wish to believe.

As such, Christmas is a central part of my religious beliefs and year after year, I see it trampled on and pushed further into irrelevancy by pathological pacifiers. As a country, we’ve gotten so far away from the true meaning of Christmas, it’s unlikely many remember why Christmas is what it is.

Traditional manger scenes have been tabooed in favor of quirky elves and spectacled Santas. For those who wince at someone daring to speak the word “Christ” to them, we’ve started greeting each other with “Happy Holidays”, or even more guarded, “Season’s Greetings.” Political euthanasia has removed the joy of a religious observation to carefully craft an all-inclusive seasonal party. It’s no wonder that Christmas has become a time of pronounced loneliness, estrangement focused on material lack. By making it a party of exquisite characters, we’ve twisted the meaning, which was one of spiritual birth, love, sharing and forgiveness.

So no, I don’t find my joy at Christmas under the tree or in a shopping mall. I find it in the company of people who love me and care about me and still value and embrace the wonder, the joy and willingness to celebrate what had been considered a miracle for two thousand years.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria). And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Boston’s Reaction to Mark Teixeira

I’m unbelievably happy that the Yankees sneaked Mark Teixeira out from Boston’s Christmas Tree. Words can’t properly describe my excitement. I love the fact that my team is willing to take the money the make and invest it back in the on-the-field product.

Boston fans however, aren’t so enthralled by what the Yankees and Mark Teixeira have just done. After I settled down a little, I moved from reading constant Teixeira-to-New York coverage to reading comments on The Boston Globe’s online article about New York’s Teixeira signing. And needless to say, it’s entertaining. A week ago, and as recently as this morning, Boston fans across the country were praising Mark Teixeira as the second coming of Ted Williams.

And now this afternoon, he’s the second most hated person in the history of the world. Ahead of Hitler, but sitting just behind Alex Rodriguez. I collected some comments from Boston fans and thought I’d give my own opinion on them.

Typical Yankee BS…..hope he chokes on the extra cash. Reminds me of the Giambi signing, we all remember how that turned out.

Maybe a little bit, but Jason Giambi was one of the biggest beneficiaries from the Steroid Era. Mark Teixeira has put together his career entirely on talent, and unlike Giambi, is a superb defender. I guess just because two first basemen both get on base at a high clip and sign large contracts with the Yankees, that automatically makes them the same.

It’s time that a salary cap has to come in baseball. Even if it means that baseball falters and a new league has to start up. Nobody can compete with a team that has a bottomless pit of money.

So .. the best thing for baseball would be to create a salary cap, even if it makes the league collapse? Oh, and don’t let a team’s perceived financial limitations fool you. Every major league baseball owner has nearly unlimited funds, they just choose how much they’re willing to allocate for their team’s payroll.

There must be a plan. here is what i think it is:
Let Tek go… lay the prospects (Lowrie plus a pitcher) on Florida for Hanley. Press on.

Ah .. I see. John Henry passed on Mark Teixeira because he’s planning on trading Jed Lowrie (a backup infielder) and a pitcher to Florida for Hanley Ramirez. Unless that pitcher is Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, Florida laughs as they tell Henry they’re sending him the phone bill. Press on!

CC Sabathia = Jose Contraras

AJ Burnett = Carl Pavano

Mark Teixeira = Jason Giambi

Jose Contreras was a Cuban defect, unproven in America. CC Sabathia is a workhorse Cy Young winner. CC Sabathia is also quite a bit younger than Contreras and doesn’t have to deal with language barriers.

AJ Burnett and Carl Pavano both came to the Yankees with significant injury problems, but Carl Pavano’s stuff and AJ Burnett’s stuff don’t even begin to compare. Pavano had one good season in a pitcher’s park and a pitcher’s league before cashing in. AJ Burnett has arguably the nastiest pure stuff in all of baseball and has shown extended success in the toughest of divisions in baseball.

Jason Giambi made his money by investing in steroids and hanging out with Mark McGuire a little too much. Mark Teixeira has an insane work ethic and has had success for three different teams, on talent alone. Jason Giambi always was and is, a one-dimensional player. Teixeira plays both sides of the ball equally well and projects better than Giambi ever did.

Sox have fallen behind Tampa Bay and now NYY. Time for something bold. How about:
Lowell, Bucholz, Del Carmen a pitching prospect and Bay to Texas for Josh Hamilton, Salty and Hank Blalock. Blalock could man 1B until Lars Anderson is ready, Yuk moves to 3B and Josh Hamilton to Left. Personally I think Hamilton is becoming the best player in the game, and IMO a bigger impact bat than Tex. One on par with Manny.

Here’s another brilliant trade proposal from one of Boston’s finest, I’m sure. Lowell is coming off surgery, has a no-trade clause and a burdensome contract, which gives him NO trade value whatsoever. Buchholz’s trade value is very low now, after a disastrous second half last year. Delcarmen is a middle relief pitcher, and they have no trade value either. So unless that pitching prospect is a combination of Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and in-his-prime Greg Maddux, forget about it.

Buchholz, Bay and a pitching prospect might you Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but that package won’t even initiate conversations for Josh Hamilton. Too many fans assume that their team can get a really good player (or three in this case) for spare parts. They think that they can fool a team into the mindset of “OMG! We’re getting five players for three!!!!”

Josh Hamilton may very well be becoming the best player in the game, he’s certainly in the debate. But that’s just another reason Texas isn’t going to ship him up to Boston for an assortment of broken pieces.

They won with their homegrown talent, not free agents.

True, but I would argue that the Yankees won with the best players, regardless of where they came from. It just so happened that in the late 90s, they produced some very good homegrown players that helped them win championships. But they also had men that did not come up through the farm system.

Look at the Pirates. They seem pretty committed to homegrown players and they’re not exactly a title contender. It’s all in the players you have and the team you assemble, and it doesn’t make an ounce of difference whether those players are ones you drafted, or ones you signed.

You have teams that should be playing in little league and 3-4 that are going to actually compete every year

Good logic, but eight different teams have won World Series since 2000.

Teixeira is a howdy-doody character with the personality of a face cloth.

My face cloth and I have deep and meaningful conversations every morning in the shower.

tex’s #’s and sabathia #’s come mostly for the n.l.

This is a really good one. Sabathia has tossed a grand total of 130.2 of his 1659.1 career innings in the NL, while Mark Teixeira has 589 at bats in the NL as opposed to 2,825 American League at bats. And this same guy also pointed out the fact that “mucina’s” gone .. whoever that is.

And I can’t put my finger on it, talented or not, but Texeira would have bored the crap out of me.

And now he’ll beat the crap out of you.

WE SHOULD ALL STOP GOING TO ALL SOX GAMES !!!! THE MANAGEMENT DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IMPROVE CURRENT TEAM WITH AGING LINEUP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAPITAL LETTERS! LOUD NOISES!

These big name Yankees free agents ring a bell? Giambi, Randy Johnson, Bobby Abreu, A-Rod

Actually, not really. Of the four players listed above, only Jason Giambi was a big name Yankee free agent. The other three arrived in New York via trade.

Good, I don’t nkow how to spel that ahole’s last name neway

Probably because Teixeira is much harder than “know” or “spell”

I wont be surprised if they win 130 games.

I would be.

Santa just pooped in my stocking.

This one really has no bearing one way or the other, but I found it hilarious.

Mark Teixiera’s nipples.

That’s it?

But there are some rational Boston fans out there, as well:

Come on everyone. We all wanted him.

Yeah, you did.

If we got Sabathia, Burnett and Tex we would be dancing in the streets. Instead we are crying in our Sam Adams because once again the Yanks did what they needed to do to get back in the AL East. Don’t blame them for wanting to get better. When we spend money its fiscal responsibility. When the MFY do it its a Mortal Sin. I don’t get it. You cant have it both ways. Quit crying and be happy we have a team that competes EVERY year. We were one game from the World Series last year, we have one of the best farm systems in baseball and a great Front Office.

That’s probably the most accurate explanation I’ve seen from a Boston fan. No one complained when Boston outbids someone for a free agent (JD Drew, Matsuzaka) but when the Yankees do, everyone yells for a salary cap. Every team tries to improve their team, and they do it in the most effective way for them. Some teams develop young players while others spend the money necessary to bring in players that are already developed. The Yankees, and the Red Sox, spend a lot of money to make sure they’ve fielded a competent team.

This is what happens when an organization wins two world series in 90 years and think they have all the answers.

Con Te Partiro

Having just watched Step Brothers which was much better than I anticipated at plus-one star* I was reminded of the song Con Te Partiro, which was impressively performed by Will Ferrell, but most famously performed by Andrea Bocelli.

My new goal is to be able to sing that song, in the original Italian. I can do it in English, but it just doesn’t sound near as cool. I can’t speak Italian, but I like how it sounds and I’ve been to Italy enough to be able to get though Con Te Partiro with a passable Italian accent.

So that’s about it. There wasn’t really a point to this note other than to tell you that someday I’ll be able to do this in Italian.

*My movie rating system is simple – I rate the movie twice on a scale of one to five. Before I see a movie, I give it an expected rating based on what I’ve seen or heard about it. And then after I see the movie, I give it an actual rating. Step Brothers got an expected rating of two stars and an actual rating of three stars, hence the plus-one rating, which is pretty good.

Things About Me

POLITICS
I am conservative.
I voted for John McCain.
I support a citizen’s right to own a gun.
I think people should have to pass a test to vote.
Marriage is between one man and one woman.
I think it should be harder to get a divorce.
I support the FairTax.
I am pro-life.
And pro-capital punishment.
The less the government interferes, the better.
I’m anti-terrorism.
Instead of trying to be politically correct, I prefer just being correct.
I think America sacrifices quality for equality way too often.

GIRLS
I believe that chivalry is dying, but I know it won’t be completely gone while I’m still here.
I prefer “cute and pretty” over “hot and sexy”
Most guys have the Princess Leia fantasy. I have the Lois Lane one.
I’m a legs and butt man.
I don’t mind a piercing (or tattoo) or two, but it shouldn’t be the first thing I notice.
Too much makeup is for clowns, transvestites and hookers.

ENTERTAINMENT
I love war movies, doesn’t matter which war.
My favorite non-war movie is The Prestige.
I don’t like individual artists, generally just individual songs.
Movie soundtracks are often the best albums.
My favorite TV Show is Scrubs, followed closely by Smallville.
But I also like Law & Order (all) and am getting into CSI, NCIS and House.
Hugh Jackman is my favorite actor.
And I really like Michael Caine.
I hate celebrities that make their political views known.
I hate Lindsay Lohan, but like Hilary Duff.
On that note, I need to get the new Maxim.
My favorite author is Aussie writer Matthew Reilly.
My favorite book of his is The Six Sacred Stones.
Batman movies just keep getting better, don’t they?
Pearls Before Swine is my favorite comic strip.
Followed closely by Mallard Filmore.
I enjoy bowling and mini-golf.
And I have my own bowling shoes.
I hate most commercials, and am a channel flipper.

SPORTS
I root for the Yankees, Jets, Rangers and Knicks .. in that order.
I like UGA a little bit more than I like Tech.
I like Mizzou a lot bit more than I like Kansas.
I think Notre Dame needs to get over themselves.
I don’t think the BCS is that bad, but I do support a college football playoff.
There’s nothing in sports better than a baseball game at Yankee Stadium.
Although a packed college football stadium comes close.
I love the way a football feels tucked under my arm.
And the way a baseball glove feels on my hand.
I’m hard to tackle.
College sports are more entertaining that their professional counterparts.

FOOD & DRINK
My favorite beverage is a cold glass of milk.
I prefer hard liquor over beer.
I actually hate the taste of beer.
Coke over Pepsi.
Dr. Pepper over every other soda.
My favorite food is a thick steak.
And I’ll take it medium-rare.
Cooler Ranch are my favorite Doritos.
I like the barbeque Fritos the best.
The only coffee I’ll drink comes from Dunkin’ Donuts.
Orange Fanta is the best type of Fanta.
I’ll eat just about anything that comes off a grill.
I prefer fried rice over steamed.

NATE
I will point out palindromes when they happen in life.
I do crossword puzzles halfway then give up.
I can make fart noises with my chest.
A lot of people don’t realize that I’m actually quite a good singer.
I love drunk people. So much so that I spend hours every year driving them home.
I was born in New York, moved to Georgia and go to college in Missouri.
I love watching squirrels.
My favorite letter is Z and I love names that begin with Z.
I also like names that begin and end with the same letter.
I read blogs.
My brother and I can invent a game out of anything.
If I could be anyone in the world, it would be Indiana Jones.
I can handle the truth.
I like fire.
I mix up the words “push” and “pull” when they’re on doors.
I like dressing up and wearing hats.
I constantly check my email because I like getting emails.
I’ll talk to people with an accent if they don’t know me.

New York Knicks

As easy as it’s been in my life to be a Yankee fan, it’s been equally hard to root for the New York basketball club. Especially the past six or seven years since Jeff Van Gundy left.

But Mike D’Antoni has a buzz around the team again. Sure, they’re still under .500 (11-12, of tonight), but they’re scoring a lot of points and purging the team of bad contracts (Crawford, Randolph) and bad personalities (sent Stephon Marbury home) in anticipation for something better.

The Knicks, like almost every other NBA team is looking forward to 2010 when LeBron James, among others, becomes a free agent. They’re clearing cap room to offer him a max contract while still looking for players that will compliment him well.

The Knicks and their fans know that the next two years won’t be championship years. But now that they’re out from under the debacle that was Isiah Thomas, both as a GM and as a coach. The next two years should be fun, but will probably be filled with more speculation than game coverage.

New Yankee Rotation

While not yet official, ’tis the season of letter in the Bronx. CC and AJ will join the 2009 Yankee rotation, for better or worse.

I think they seriously overpaid for both pitchers, but they added two guys who seriously miss bats. The first four starters for the Yankees line up as such:

CC Sabathia
Chien-Ming Wang
AJ Burnett
Joba Chamberlain

For the fifth spot, they’ll probably try and convince Andy Pettitte to come back around ten or twelve million. If that doesn’t work, I assume they’ll fill the fifth spot by an internal competition between the likes of Phil Hughes, Al Aceves, Ian Kennedy and the like. I don’t think they’ll feel comfortable handing a four or five year deal to Derek Lowe or $13 million for another injury risk, Ben Sheets.

I was extremely wary of AJ Burnett, as he certainly isn’t the poster boy for consistency. But he might just be that guy for the “filthy stuff” fraternity. The one thing that makes me a little more comfortable with Burnett’s signing is the fact that the Braves were willing to match the Yankees offer.

If there’s a team that’s better at evaluating pitching talent than the Braves, I’m all ears. Any pitcher Atlanta’s braintrust is confident in, I’ll go along with.

If the Yankees can bring Angy Pettitte back, that will allow Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy to get some much-needed Triple-A innings and Joba Chamberlain to get a start off every now and then to control his innings.

Five years from now we may be asking Brian Cashman what the hell he was thinking, or, we may be praising his genius. Here’s to hoping it’s the latter.

Christmas Politics

Found this from Ken Taylor,

Twas just days before Christmas and all through the land, liberals were celebrating the election of their man.

His name was Barack the libs favorite son, they just worshipped this guy and called him, “the one.”

He hailed from Hawaii or Kenya or both, the left didn’t care they just gave him their vote.

With change as his motto and no substance at all, this guy came from nowhere and they gave him the ball.

Now he has signs which say, “I’m Prez -Elect,” he’s picking and choosing from rivals to select,

those that work with him as he takes up the reigns, of an office in DC which can be a strain.

Nancy and Harry are up on the Hill, chuckling and dancing, which gives me a chill.

“We’ve got full control and we think it just swell, though the people who come here surely do smell.”

“We’ll push through our socialist plan every day, with our messiah, Barack leading the way !”

But wait just a minute, “the one,” changed his plan, he’s picking some people who differently stand.

He says to Bob Gates, ” I want you to stay, since defense in now working we’ll keep it that way.”

The left is now fuming and feeling betrayed, but don’t worry guys you’ll still get your way.

You see he’s got Hillary and Joe, Eric and Bill, they think as he does from the left with a shrill.

Don’t forget Bubba with his wife now at State, he’ll find blonds and brunettes to add to his slate.

Barack’s in Chicago meeting the press, with his wife named Michelle finding an Inaugural dress.

He stands at his mike with a sign he made up, just telling his minions, “I’ll give you a full cup.”

“Filled with programs and goodies and government deals, paid for by those with more earnings, those heals !”

“I’ve got bailouts and credits and loads of green cash, whose mortgage is paid for by those we will tax.”

“I’ll talk to Iran, Hugo and Castro, we’ll sit at a table they’ll call me their Bro.”

“The UN will be the foreign policy guide, and terrorist need no longer to hide.”

“The courts will take over not guns, men and tanks, the troops will come home and give ME their thanks.”

“Their mission will be left not finished and undone, but I’ll still claim victory and tell you, I’VE won.”

“The troops will complain about their relief, but who gives a rip I’m Commander in Chief !”

Barack will soon to Washington go, with plans and agendas taking him to an fro.

They’ll dance and they’ll sing on inauguration day, but surely our history might show him the way.

When he sees each great icon of George, Abraham and Tom, standing in awe in Washington town.

I pray that the influence these giants created, will give him a pause and he’ll see he’s overrated.

The greatness of men who have led us through time, may hopefully give Barack the wisdom of mind,

to see that our freedoms came not from the Gov, but from a an idea whose framing was made through strong love.

For a country where everyone achieves and believes, in making our way in this land of the free.

If this happens when Barack takes command, then maybe we’ll have bright hope in our land.

If not then the struggle in keeping us free, will reside in the power of you and of me.

In making this guy who thinks Gov is the key, accountable and answerable to each who are free !

If we do then this Christmas of two thousand and eight, will be one in which we the people do great.

In keeping our land from the socialist bug, and fighting for freedom in this land that we love.

Telling this guy who thinks he’s the light, Merry Christmas to all, and our country’s still RIGHT!!

Today’s Idiot: Tom Haudricourt

MLB’s Winter Meetings are currently going on and nearly every baseball mind in the country is in and around the Bellagio in Vegas for the next few days.

An Milwaukee writer, Tom Haudricourt, was overheard saying that he’s looking forward to the Yankees signing both of Milwaukee’s free agent pitchers, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets because then the Breweres would “get both the Yankees first round picks”.

And that is why there are only a select few baseball writers that I bother to read anymore. Let me explain. Free agents are classified into two levels based on their production the past two years. Type A or Type B. Although I don’t exactly get how these ratings are handed out, that’s how it is.

If a Type A free agent is offered arbitration and signs with another team, then the original team gets the new teams first round draft pick and a sandwich-round pick. If this happens with a Type B, then all the original team gets is the sandwich pick.

CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets (even though Sheets didn’t hit 200 IP the past two seasons) are Type A free agents. So the Milwaukee writer assumed that if the Yankees signed both players, the Brewers would get both of the Yankees picks.

The draft order is set in reverse order of the previous season’s standings, meaning teams only get one first round pick. If a team fails to sign it’s first round pick then it gets a compensation pick in the same place the next year. And this is the case with the Yankees. However, the compensation pick is protected and can’t be lost due to a free agent signing.

You’d think a major league beat writer would know simple things about the game he’s covering.

UPDATE 8:29 – Just added the guy’s name as he was identified. The name sounded familiar, so I googled him. Turns out, Haudricourt is the same guy that submitted NL MVP ballot about a month ago.

He had Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard as his MVP and ranked eventual winner Albert Pujols seventh on his ballot. He covers the Brewers and had three Brewers in his top 10, two ahead of Pujols.

Haudricourt says he “credits players for lifting their teams to the post-season or at least keeping them in the race until the very end.”

The very end part is probably why he voted Carlos Delgado three spaces ahead of Pujols. The Mets finished a game out of the wild card and the Cardinals only finished 4 games out of the wild card. Not too much of a difference. The Cardinals weren’t eliminated mathematically until the last week of the season.

Pujols’ numbers in the “stretch run” were also much more impressive than Delgado’s:

Delgado: .308-.392-.626, 47 XBH, 80 RBI (38.2 VORP*)
Pujols: .356-.444-.664, 50 XBH, 73 RBI (98.7 VORP)

Advantage, Pujols, not even taking into account Pujols’ extreme advantage on defense.

My point is that I have no idea how this clown got a job covering baseball. He obviously has no clue about the game apart from what he might happen upon on ESPN or something. Maybe this guy played a part in CC Sabathia’s decision to become a Yankee, and if that’s the case I’m glad this blatantly biased writer continues to apply his trade.

*VORP stands for Value Over Replacement Player and demonstrates how much a hitter contributes offensively or how much a pitcher contributes to his team in comparison to a fictitious “replacement player,” who is an average fielder at his position and a below average hitter