Recent Comments by rchugh

Whitey Ford Never Started an "Ultimate" Game

What garbage! Bob Gibson NEVER pitched the third game of a World Series and I can prove it. Another bum?

posted by rchugh at 04:06 PM on August 03

Ex-players to picket HOF

The pension should be raised for all who need help. They need to "means test" to see who the truly needed are. You probably don't want to see the pensions raised for Joe Montana and Steve Young. They made big bucks and surely are comfortably fixed. By the way, my monthly social security is $120.00. It should calculate to more than $400. a month but Uncle Sam has others ways to get you. He got me.

posted by rchugh at 03:38 PM on May 11

C.C. Sabathia looks around Cleveland's clubhouse and sees something missing

People look at Delgado or Reyes and think they are black. The are black but not Americans. The whole African-American label is ludicrous. I have a friend whose father was Egyptian, why isn't he African-American (his heritage is African and now he's an American). It's like the long list of peoples under the label "hispanic". Just as dumb. I noticed "Brazilian" was missing from the group only because they speak Portuguese instead of Spanish. Dumb!

posted by rchugh at 05:57 PM on March 15

The Better Part of Pete

There is an awful lot of misinformation already written above. Pete Rose was not even close to being the only player who hustled consistently. Enos (Country) Slaughter of the Cardinals always ran to first base on a walk or hip but the scribes took it for granted. Pete had a press agent touting him, Enos didn't. Joe Jackson was never accused of betting on baseball; he was banned for not reporting the knowledge that some of his teammates were planing to "throw" the 1919 world series. Joe Jackson was worlds more talented than Rose; many claimed at the time that he was the best natural hitter ever (in the era of Giants like Cobb, Speaker, Sisler, Lajoie, etc.)

posted by rchugh at 12:18 PM on December 20

End of an era for Houston Baseball

As a Cardinals fan I watched Bagwell a lot (he used to kill us). he should get in the hof, probably not on the first ballot although like many other special honors that has been badly diluted (Ozzie Smith, a first ballot guy: not if his name had been Harold Smith). Bags hit for average and power, ran well and played good defense until his body began to betray him. He'll get in and he should.

posted by rchugh at 01:18 PM on December 17

Morneau is your AL MVP

Like the NL, it's all about the home runs.

posted by rchugh at 02:19 PM on November 21

Phillies' Howard wins NL MVP,

First time ever I've heard Barney Schultz quoted as an authority . We all remember Barney as such a deep thinker.

posted by rchugh at 08:00 AM on November 21

Phillies' Howard wins NL MVP,

Those stats don't show average with men in scoring position (especially with two outs) and they neglect to mention the big no-no - strikeouts. You can't help your team much when you do not put the ball into play. Howard struck out 181 times compared to Puhols' 50 times (amazing stat in itself for a slugger). Puhols defines most valuable. Did anyone mention his game winning homers, most since Mays.

posted by rchugh at 07:05 PM on November 20

Starting, Relieving and Throwing Hard

If you put much stock in this stuff you might well conclude that Yadier Molina of the Cardinals is by far a better hitter than A-Rod, or am I the only one that didn't know that?

posted by rchugh at 04:07 PM on November 02

Is it that time already?

I agree about Suppan. He works hard but only fools the foolish. Does give a lot of innings but also a lot of runs. The Cardinals score a lot of runs and field behind him. Not everywhere he might go in the A.L. will be like that. But he will be vastly overpaid based on the weird market for pitchers. Albert Puhols would kill him.

posted by rchugh at 04:31 PM on November 01

Carpenter and Cards take 2-1 lead in series

Zzzzzzzz. You might have slept through it but both game 1 and game 2 had exciting 9th innnings. A well placed hit in either inning could have tied or won the game for the eventual loser. Well pitched games but still exciting.

posted by rchugh at 08:08 AM on October 25

Reyes Reminds Us Of Baseball's Greatness

The Cardinals aren't close to the worst team to ever be in a world series. In fact, they lost the world series to the worst team to ever appear, at least in my lifetime, in 1985.

posted by rchugh at 02:56 PM on October 23

Best... and worst buys in Baseball

don't know where everyone gets Puhols @ 14 million. the st. louis papers say he is 3rd highest paid player on cardinals (10 million) behind Edmonds and Rolen (both overpaid by comparison). Prince Albert is the best hitter in a cardinal uniform since Stan the Man, without question. And he's pushing Stan; give him six more years and we'll elevate him to even (never thought I would say those words in my lifetime).

posted by rchugh at 11:44 AM on July 15

So much for Pujol's run at the HR and RBI records

Puhols isn't really about records. He is just a great hitter. Watching him often I sometimes pity the pitcher who gets him out too easily in his first at-bat. You can almost see Albert thinking about the at-bat. The next time up: BANG. St. Louis has been richly blessed. Stan the Man and Albert the Great in one lifetime.

posted by rchugh at 11:33 AM on June 04

Barry Bonds to get an Asterisk in Record Book *

giggles for sure. Henry Aaron the greatest player ever! giggle, giggle. come now, be serious for just a moment. he has fifty home runs more than Babe Ruth in only 4000 more at bats. very impressive! of course, he hit only .305 compared to Ruth's .342 but so what?

posted by rchugh at 12:48 PM on May 25

"I'm Keith Hernandez."

I've watched a zillion MLB games on tv and have never seen a woman in the dugout. Someone has way too much time on their hands to make a big deal out of a dumb but innocuous comment. The mets should count their blessings with Keith, they could really be embarrassed if they had to listen to the Cards Al Hrabosky all the time.

posted by rchugh at 01:29 PM on April 25

ESPN's 2006 Baseball Predictions

vastly over-rated bonds - the truest words ever spoken. in the top 3? Not really in the top ten. A left fielder who could run a little when young. couldn't begin to hit .300 his first five years in the bigs. compare him to Albert Pujols and consider his entire career. Made by the media not his deeds.

posted by rchugh at 11:15 AM on April 04

The End of an Era in Houston

A lot of hitters appear helpless against the heat of Bobby Jenks. So what's new?

posted by rchugh at 07:05 AM on March 26

Schmidt: McGwire should be in Hall; Palmeiro tougher

Comparing Rose is Ty Cobb is analogous to comparing Bill Clinton (or G.W.Bush, if you prefer) to George Washington or Lincoln. Think real accomplishment not time in the job.

posted by rchugh at 06:57 PM on February 28

Bonds says 2006 will be his last season.

His godfather Hank? Don't blame Baroid on Aaron. You might be thinking of Mays. On his retirement, I thought that was last year. He and BigMac couldn't carry Ruth's bat or glove.

posted by rchugh at 07:16 PM on February 19

The next Derrek Lee?

Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.

posted by rchugh at 04:02 PM on February 11

Take Me Out of This Broadcast Booth

I too grew up listening to Harry Carey but he seldom broadcast the game that was actually being played that day. He was terrible and the nicest thing I can think to say about him was "He was an Ass!" Lucky for St. Louis we had a real broadcaster in Jack Buck. They were as different as Albert Belle and Stan Musial. Enough said.

posted by rchugh at 03:03 PM on February 09

Sutter in, everyone else out.

We (the Cardinals) had Eckersley toward the end of his career and he was considerable less than great. He was best known around here as "upperdeck Ek). Enough said.

posted by rchugh at 03:10 PM on January 10

Is nothing sacred at Wrigley?

Been to all the ballparks until the last 2 years. Fenway, yuck. Wrigley nice but the best of the older parks was Tiger Stadium. They didn't tear it down (yet) but did replace it. In St. Louis they tear down a forty year old park for a smaller one that only looks old. Tear Wrigley down and build a ballclub instead.

posted by rchugh at 11:15 AM on December 13

The Silencing of Carlos Delgado.

It's not the song that's bad, it's the idea that we should have to stand for it as if it were our national anthem. A good jewish immigrant wrote it and I still can remember Kate Smith singing it on radio. SSB is a terrible song, a war song, voted to be our national anthem by a congress during the depression that didn't have enough to do. We should celebrate the greatest of America: America the Beautiful does that and should be our N.A. GBA is o k, but would you stand up for Alexander's Ragtime Band - the best song Irving Berlin wrote.

posted by rchugh at 02:19 PM on December 08