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Best Wishes to Isiah Thomas

October 24, 2008 1 comment

Isiah Thomas went to the hospital this morning for an overdose on sleeping pills. Ten pills were taken; the police don’t believe it’s a suicide attempt.

Whatever the problem is, good luck to Isiah and a speedy recovery.

Categories: injury, Knicks, Sports

Mets Closer Billy Wagner Out for a Year

September 8, 2008 Comments off

After the uh-oh before last night’s rousing prime time victory over the Phillies… the uh-oh becomes reality.

From the NY Daily News:

Mets closer Billy Wagner has a torn ligament in his left elbow and will have surgery this week, meaning he’ll miss the rest of this season and likely all of 2009, too.

The surgery will repair a torn MCL ligament and a torn flexor pronator, and has a recovery time of at least a year, the Mets announced Monday. Since Wagner is currently in the third year of a four-year, $43-million contract, it’s possible he has thrown his last pitch for the Mets, though the team holds a $8 million option on Wagner for the 2010 season or there is a $1 million buyout on the deal.

Billy Wagner on mound for Mets

Categories: baseball, injury, Mets, Sports

Sports Links 06.03.08

June 3, 2008 Comments off

*Oliver Perez… didn’t get out of the first inning of last night’s game against the FREAKING GIANTS.

Incredibly, Perez offered little in the way of an explanation – or an apology to his teammates. For a guy that already has been called out by Billy Wagner for quitting back on April 30, not to mention a free agent gunning for a huge contract, Perez once again seemed oblivious afterward.

“It’s not the only one and it’s not going to be the last one,” said Perez, suggesting that his next flop could be as soon as five days from now. “It’s one of those days you want to forget.”

*Moises Alou takes back what he said about Bartman not being responsible for the Cubs collapse in 2003, insisting once again that he would have caught the ball. No mention of how his team booted the REST of the inning. Just the other day, I started mouthing off to some Cubs fans ’round my corner when a dude dropped a ball and his friends called him “Bartman.” Let the poor Bartman alone!

*Major League Baseball’s case to have player names and statistics tied to copyright law (so that the MLB could then control which fantasy leagues could use those names and numbers, for a fee of course) was not heard by the Supreme Court; an interview from CNBC with MLB’s CEO Bob Bowman on the case and its aftermath.

*Now that the Less Devilish Rays are winning on the field, they hope to win a St. Petersburg City Council vote for a new stadium. I saw “redevelopment” in this article and I rolled my eyes.

Bike Accident in Mexico*A really effed up bicycle accident; one person died when a drunk driver, asleep at the wheel, plowed into these cyclists in a Mexican race.

*Flip Saunders “not coming back” to coach the Pistons. Here, I’d expect to see Avery Johnson take the reins.

*The Spurs are in worse shape for a high level comeback from this season’s disappointing results, according to John Hollinger; their players are all old and they have little else in the pipeline.

*A look at some of the college seniors expecting to be picked in this year’s NBA Draft from Storming the Floor.

*A look at Florida Atlantic’s hiring of former St. John’s coach Mike Jarvis with some statistical elements from Basketball Prospectus.

*The NY Giants’ Osi Umenyiora held a black tie event for his Strike 4 A Cure charity, focusing on AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease.

*The St. Louis Rams’ lease calls for their stadium to be “state of the art” by 2015… and the “we need a new stadium” talks begin.

*The Jets, a surprise team this year? P…p-playoffs?!

Brigitte Bardot contempt* Did you know that Brigitte Bardot has gone from a fine film career and sunning in Buzios, Brazil (where she has a sculpture) in the 60s to a fervent anti-Muslim? She caught a fine for a letter she sent to then-Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy for inciting racial hatred.

One day, this could be your favorite idolized film star, far right, married to a “former” member of the racist National Front. And I know she loves France and is a French nationalist, but doesn’t she know that in the US, you can’t be fined for racist speech?

Pedro’s First Innings of the Year as a Met – Ouch!

April 2, 2008 Comments off

From the AP:

Robert Andino’s first career home run with two outs in the 10th inning gave the Florida Marlins a 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday night after Martinez departed with a leg injury.

Already coming off two injury-plagued seasons, Martinez limped away with a strained left hamstring in the fourth inning, after just 57 pitches.

“He said he felt kind of a pop,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

Martinez, who was not available for comment, will fly back to New York on Wednesday for an MRI exam.

What happens next and aftermath? Read this post by Eric at Amazin’ Avenue.

And from Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News:

Just like that, the Mets’ rotation is unsettled, and the season appears as fragile as Martinez’s delicate tendons. Pedro and El Duque may be both endearing and enduring, but they are acting their ages, which is not a good thing.

Martinez was hurt throwing a pitch that resulted in a groundout by Matt Treanor to third. Long before that, however, he had provided reason for concern. Too many of his softer pitches were too straight and sailed right smack down the middle. He was hammered for two homers and four runs in the first two innings. He was the anti-Pedro, throwing baseballs in the wrong places at all the wrong times, taking forever to work through a weak lineup of Marlins.

My reaction: AAARRRRRGGGHHHHH. The whole Met roster is held together by nearly broken tendons and baling wire, and we all know it; having a team this old never bodes well, and the backup plans just don’t exist with Pelfrey already in the rotation, El Duque trying to get the doctors to roll back his odometer, and other possible pitchers in the Twins organization (but hell, I’ll take Johan over them any day). There is an organizational inability to stockpile capable pitchers at the AAA level… but we will see how this plays out, like Willie says.

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