Starting Saturday, I will be on a road trip/vacation that will see me hit Cooperstown, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. During that time I plan to blog about my trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Indians game I attend, the Phillies-Giants game on August 17 (I’m hoping for a Tim Lincecum/Roy Halladay matchup) and maybe the first Eagles pre-season game against the Jags. During that time, there may also be a post on the U.S. Open going up, courtesy of resident tennis expert, Vito.
I’m not sure what Indians game I will be going to, though I have the excellent choice of seeing them play the Orioles or the Mariners. The only way my choices could be worse would be if the Pirates were involved. I’m hoping to see Fausto Carmona, the Tribe’s one good pitcher, pitch. I am wondering if the Reading Phillies (my hometown team) game against the Akron Aeros, the Indians’ AA affiliate, wouldn’t be better.
While I might have an opinion on everything (sports related and not sports related), I certainly don’t claim to be an expert on everything. Bowing to my lack of true knowledge, I’ve brought along some of my friends for the ride. The following post in one of what I hope will be many contributions by my friends. So, I say thank you to those who have now joined the Rally Cap team. I hope you enjoy the new insights.
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I know that this blog has been entirely about sports up until now, but I wanted to take the time to post something personal. I will be running the Race for the Cure for the 3rd time this year in honor of my wife’s mother, grandmothers, my aunt and several other people in my life. The disease took my wife’s mother too soon and every bit of money and support helps work toward a cure. If you have some extra cash lying around, please donate here: http://www.komenmassrace.org/elmer.
And, now that I think about it, this post is about sports. I’m going to be running, so I suppose this qualifies.
I am on vacation for the next few days. Glad Argentina won, sad about England. I am planning a longer post for later in the knockout rounds. Predictions and analysis. Good times.
So many sporting events during the last day, and so little time to blog about them. I’ve decided one post to cover the most interesting non-World Cup sporting events of the last day was the way to go.
Baseball – Good night for one of my teams, not so good for the other. The Phillies were able to pull off a late game rally to defeat the Indians 7-6. Maybe Jimmy Rollins‘ absence meant more the Phillies than I thought. His walk-off homer secured the victory. Coupled with a sterling pitching performance from Jamie Moyer on Tuesday the Phillies are on a modest 2 game win streak. Maybe the Phillies need to play the AL Central more often. Hopefully, the Phillies can use this to propel themselves into a good stretch before the All-Star break. If the Phillies can play well going into the Break, I think they have an excellent shot of catching Atlanta and winning the division. In the past several years, the Phillies have been excellent after the All-Star Break, posting a .599 winning percentage over the last 5 seasons. If the Phillies can go into the Break within striking distance, I believe they will heat up after the break and catch the Braves.
On the other side of a walk-off were my 2nd team, the Red Sox. They were facing Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been historically good this season, so who could have blamed them for losing. The funny thing is that the Sox actually got to Jimenez, chasing him after 5 2/3 innings in which they scored 6 runs. To put this in perspective, Jimenez had only given up 13 runs total in his previous 14 games! In the month of May, Jimenez pitched 6 times and gave up 4 runs in the whole month! The 5 2/3 inning outing was also the shortest of the season for Jimenez. John Lackey put in a valiant effort on the mound and at the plate (he had 2 hits) and deserved better. The Sox rallied from an early 4 run deficit to take a 6-5 lead into the 9th. Jonathan Papelbon came on, so the game should have been over. Instead, Papelbon gave up two home runs and the Rockies walked off with the victory.
Tennis – The longest tennis match in the history of the sport is finally over. I couldn’t go without mentioning that John Isner finally won his match against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon. The match started on Tuesday. Tuesday night the match was suspended and play was resumed on Wednesday. The players played for the entire day Wednesday only to have the match again suspended due to darkness. Isner was finally able to break Mahut’s serve in the 138th game of the 5th set. The match is truly an epic, taking more than 11 hours over 3 days to complete. The match was so compelling that it even got me to stop watching soccer yesterday afternoon. The Ghana-Germany and Serbia-Australia matches took a backseat to history in the making. Like Isner said “This will never ever happen again”. Both men deserved better than for the loser to be knocked out of Wimbledon. Bravo to both men.
NBA – The lead up to the NBA draft continues with the top of the draft coming more into focus. John Wall is a lock to go at #1 to the Wizards. It appears the Sixers are going to take my advice and draft Evan Turner. The Nets are now leaning toward Derrick Favors. After that things get fuzzy, as there could be a lot of movement due to trades. It should be an interesting night.
Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Misc., MLB, NBA, Soccer, World Cup
Tagged Basketball, Boston, Cleveland, Colorado, Indians, Isner, MLB, NBA, Philadelphia, Phillies, Red Sox, Rockies, Sixers, Tennis, Wimbledon
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