Over the last few days, I have posted a few "write your own caption" photos, and no one's really contributed one, due, I suppose, to being focused on other issues.
However, I think today's photo should result in quite a few good caption ideas. Fire away! I will choose what I think is the best one and send the poster a copy of the DVD "Chasing October". (Which, unfortunately, we are still doing.)A few other baseball notes while we get ready for an attempt at the second Cubs series sweep this month (and both on the road, too):
- Our old pal Brian Roberts -- remember him? -- needs five more doubles to have 60 this year. That's a milestone that has been reached only six times in baseball history and not since 1936, when the Tigers' Charlie Gehringer had 60 and the Cardinals' Joe Medwick had 64. The closest anyone has come since then was Todd Helton's 59 in 2000.
- Attendance for many teams is down in the recession, so teams selling playoff tickets are pricing some of them at bargain levels.
- Tiger Stadium is completely gone. Sad that they couldn't have found a way to preserve at least a small part of it.
- I found Flip Flop Flyball via Rob Neyer's Sweet Spot (great stuff, Rob, and yes, I know, I found all the other links today at your blog, too). The Flip Flop Flyball guy makes cool and interesting charts and graphs -- here's one that's timely.
Lineup via Twittermyer:
Theriot, ss; Colvin, cf; Lee, 1b; Ramirez, 3b; Fox, lf; Baker, 2b; Johnson, rf; Soto, c; Samardzija, p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2009 - Jeff Samardzija||1-2||19||1||0||0||0||0||29.2||41||26||26||5||14||18||7.89||1.85|
|2009 - Chris Narveson||1-0||18||2||0||0||0||0||32.0||33||15||15||6||12||27||4.22||1.41|
Jeff Samardzija is making his second major league start. The first one wasn't very good. Let's hope for improvement -- I really would like to see the Shark pitch well so he has a shot at the 2010 staff. He has never faced the Brewers.
Chris Narveson is the very definition of a journeyman. Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round in 2000, he was traded to the Rockies in 2004 as part of the deal that brought Larry Walker to St. Louis. Then Colorado sent him to Boston for Byung-Hyun Kim. He was later waived by the Red Sox, claimed by the Cardinals who then let him go as a six-year free agent; the Brewers signed him before the 2008 season. In his minor league career he played for: Johnson City, Peoria (when it was a Cardinals affiliate), Potomac, Johnson City again, Peoria again, Palm Beach, Tennessee, Tulsa, Pawtucket, Memphis, Palm Beach again, Memphis again, Palm Beach and Memphis for a third time, and Nashville. Just think of the frequent-flyer (or maybe it's frequent-bus) miles. He has never started against the Cubs, but threw one inning of relief in each of three games at Wrigley Field in July, allowing a total of four hits and a run. Mike Fontenot was 2-for-3 against him with a double.
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