Hines need to shut up. Plain and simple. Hines Ward is my favorite player of all time...any sport, any generation, bar none. But he needs to shut the hell up.
First, there's this quote:
"I've been all over, to L.A., to Vegas, to Miami and seen all the players from all over. Hey, Peyton Manning, I know you're great and all, but you don't have a ring. You can be all this, all world, but you don't have a ring. I have a ring. There's nothing you can say to me right now."
OK, not the worst thing I've ever heard, but I don't like it. It's unneccassary. We won. Whats the point of saying that? What are you accomplishing? Say it to your buddies, sure, but not to reporters. No need for bulletin board period before the season's even started.
So that's one quote. Unneccssary, but not awful. But then there's this crap from this week's Sports Illustrated:
"I don't have anything to say to him [Cowher]. After what he did to me, after how he treated me, no. The numbers I put up? The seasons I had, for them to keep on bringing in guys...?"
Christ Hines, what the hell are you doing? Keep that stuff to yourself.
He can hate him, fine by me. He's a man...he doesn't have to like anybody. I don't give a damn what their personal relationship is like as long as they get it done on the field. I seem to recall Terry Bradshaw not being the biggest Chuck Noll fan, and look how tha turned out. So don't like him, fine...but shut the hell up about it! Stuff like that rips a team apart.
We just lost our number one locker room guy in Bettis and we need the vets to step up. Hines is supposed to help to fill that void. Disrespecting your coach in public isn't the way to do it.
Everything was going so well. And then from out of left field...
It too a long-ass time, but it appears as if Ian Snell's turned it on. He threw seven shut out innings last night, and he's 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last 4. Not too shabby. He's laying a claim to that number 2 spot left vacant by Ollie.
Burnitz showed some hustle. He made a pretty play in the 3rd. The photo cracks me up.If you squint your eyes and look just right, it looks like he's got one wooden cartoon leg. See? Pretty funny right?
This made me laugh too. If you do a Google image search for Ian Snell, this guy pops up. Apparently, Ian Snell #2 is a "Producer."
On a bad note, Jack Wilson won't be back until Friday at the very earliest. We need that bat.
I don't like Burnitz. He looks like a gladiator/nazi.
It's really not even so much Burnitz that I don't like...it's what he represents in the context of Pirates. Short term, under performing, hired guns. I'm sick of them.
Some people, however, apparently love Burnitz. Here's some thoughts from a gal named Jen:
"I used to be asked what I liked so much about Jeromy Burnitz. Usually, I would give his muttonchops as the main reason. It was the shortest answer I could give to the many, many reasons that make this guy so likeable. And also, it would usually just annoy the person asking me enough so they would go away or change the topic.
One, this guy has got heart. Not the kind of heart Derek Jeter evokes with his press-friendly soundbytes or incessant fist pumping when he or one of his "teammates" does something worth cheering. Burnitz will be the first one out of the dugout when a pitcher throws at one of his guys. When Mike Piazza was beaned by Guillermo Mota during spring training in 2003, he charged the mound. Most of the guys hung back and let the scene unfold but Jeromy was out there, letting Mota know (and the rest of MLB for that matter) that they couldn't simply throw at the Mets star. Not on his watch. This was after countless times of pitchers going after Piazza, purely for his dominance over them. That kind of display is not often seen around MLB and while violence can never be endorsed, there is something positive about protecting your teammates.
Two, he's not afraid to speak his mind. It's never done in a damaging way - just in an honest, open way. He was basically run out of NY by Dallas Green during his first tour with the Mets in the early 90s. Why? Dallas didn't like his mouth. By all accounts, Jeromy was never disrespectful or boastful. He just expressed his concerns a few times about the direction the team was going (that's easy - it had no direction under Green). It was Green that let it leak to the media that he was complaining about things behind the scenes and just like that, he was gone. It was ridiculous of upper management to let him go so easily. I think that he could've really developed in NY and perhaps help win a few games for the Mets in the 90s.
Three, he has a great perspective on things. Last night marked Jeromy's first appearance at Shea in 2006. No longer in a Dodger, Rockies or Cubs uniform - this time as a Pirate. He appeared on some dumb show SportsNet NY airs prior to Mets pregame and was asked about the NY "boo-birds" - Jeromy definitely heard his fair share from them in 2002. He kinda laughed and said that he deserved it. He praised NY fans for their enthusiasm and admitted he deserved to hear them. He wasn't very stellar that year and the homecrowd let him have it on a nightly basis. That, however, never made him bitter or resentful, as many players can become as a result (ah-hem, Robbie Alomar). Jeromy is so genuine that there was no doubt in my mind he meant every word he said. I know that players have a way of saying the right thing at the right time to suit their audience but this was so not the case.
Fourth, he's a leader. You need a guy like him in a clubhouse. He's outspoken in a good way (not like Curt Schilling) and has been around for a while. He's also been on seven teams during his career (he may surpass Todd Zeile's someday). You can't fake the kind of experience he brings to a team.
Burnitz is totally awesome, as evidenced above. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if he grew the muttonchops back."
I have yet to see Jim Tracy make one smart move...be it lineup changes, pitching moves, whatever...
Today against the Nationals, no joke, this happened. Tracy pulled Matt Capps and put in Damaso Marte, the lefty, to get a better matchup. Only thing was, he didn't wait for the field announcer to announce the next batter, so HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO THE NEXT BATTER WAS. Masterful Jim...
Right now, this is happening:
Jason Bay's sort of sucking it up. Not getting it done. Ok, wait...take that back...Bay just hit a solo shot to break a tie in the 10th. So, he gets a pass for now.
Jack Wilson's playing great...but he went out of the game tonight with a hamstring thing.
Oliver Perez is awful. Just pathetic. I really don't think you can start him anymore...it's just not working. Send him down to the minors for a little while or something. Get him out of my sight.
Zach Duke is good. Great at times, average at times...pretty much what you'd expect from a 22 year old. Just completed his first full game shutout last week. Good stuff.
Chris Duffy's fast as hell but can't hit a lick.
Craig Wilson was hot for a bit but he's cooled off. I still like seeing him in the lineup though, 'cause he's so interesting looking. Looks like a lion.