What Has Transpired and What Is Yet To Come


With the All-Star this week every baseball publication and journalist will dazzle you with their “first-half recap” or their votes for MVP and Cy Young winner up to this point.  There will talk of batting averages, strike-outs and RBIs.  Of course, we here at APIAS.net always like to take a different look at things.  After a little more than half of the 2008 baseball season gone APIAS.net will take a look back at the last few months and reflect on what what has transpired and what is yet to come.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens

What has transpired– Both Bonds and Clemens have been the main figures in a substance abuse scandal that has shaken baseball.  Both men took different paths on their way to infamy.  Bonds took that huge melon of his and hid it away, popping up rarely when a team (any team) went looking for a left handed power bat.  Clemens, on the other hand, went to court to defend his “honor” and did that ever backfire (is backfire even the right word to use for this situation?).  What began as a steroid, look at my wife’s boobs party has escalated into an attack on the character of Clemens.  His character has gone from heralded hero to a cross between Alex Rodriquez and a guy you see on “To Catch A Predator.”  Side Note: Mindy McCreadyreally?  Don’t get me wrong back then I would have gotten with her, but I’m not Roger Clemens.  Couldn’t he have at least picked country star LeAnn Rimes, at least she can sing.

What is yet to come – This whole thing is far from over.  If you’ve ever seen any of those bad teen movies or TV shows where the characters try to sweep all their problems under the rug and hope they magically go away, well Major League Baseball has gone straight Marissa from The OC on us.  Hoping for an unforgettable baseball season to wipe away the Barry and Roger ordeal.  No matter what happens on the field, this is far from over and just like the teen dramas, it will get much worse before it gets any better.

More after the jump…

Ken Griffey, Junior

What has transpired –In early June Ken Griffey, Junior hit his 600th career home run.  Griffey hit number 600 in front of a far from packed crowd at Dolphin Stadium.  The 10,000 on hand did give Griffey a long standing ovation which Griffeyacknowledged with a curtain call.  Griffey was stuck just below the 600 mark for much of May and when the former All-Star finally hit 600 he “floated around the bases.”  Griffey broke into the league in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners and became an instant phenomenon.  What this writer believes was and still is the pretties swing in baseball dazzled fans with spectacular catches in center field and an imposing presence at the plate.  Then came the trade, a return home for Griffey, Junior to Cincinnati.  The town where Griffey grew up watching his father play baseball as a member of The Big Red Machine (yes, I capitalized The Big Red Machine – they were that good).  The kid with the diamond ear ring and diamond smile brought hope to a franchise striving to return to greatness.  Expectations were never met as Griffey battled injury after injury and the Reds sunk lower and lower.  Talks of trade and retirement have swirled around Griffey for the last few seasons and the charismatic kid that captured baseball more than 15 years ago is gone.

What is yet to come –Absolutely nothing.  There is no resurrecting return to greatness for Griffey.  He may retire in Cincinnati or end up being a DH for a contender but there is not much left for Griffey, Junior.  The next time we hear his name will be when talks swirl of his possible Hall of Fame induction.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

What has transpired–  The song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” turns 100 this baseball season.  The song made famous by Harry Caray when he sang it for the Chicago White Soxs then the Chicago Cubs has become a ballpark tradition during the 7th innning stretch across the country.  The song is most famous at Wrigley Field where celebrities lead the crowd in the singing of the song but every ballpark, celebrity led or not, indulges in what has become as much a part of baseball as the hit-and-run.  The song was written by Frank Norworth on a New York subway in 1908.  The lyrics have changed a little over the course of time but the baseball anthem has struck a chord with fans of any team.

What is yet to come– Players will come and go.  Teams will move.  Owners and managers will change but “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” is here to stay.  The simple yet heartwarming tune has trickled down to high school and little league games across the country.  It may be one, two, three strikes you’re out but the song is a home-run every game, forever.

5 Responses to “What Has Transpired and What Is Yet To Come”

  1. BobWicket Says:

    I think Lee Ann was about 8 at the time. That would have been a little creepy. Well…a little more creepy.

  2. TGC Says:

    1 – You seem to have quite the knowledge of “bad teen movies or TV shows

    2 – “possible Hall of Fame induction” ??? You serious? Possible? Here’s the entire list of HOF-eligible players with 600 HR’s: Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays. In, In, In.

    3 – It really is the traditional Base (space) Ball song. I can tell by the space.

  3. 2ndstorylloyd Says:

    1 – yes, yes I do….my gift is also my curse

    2 – i say possible not to jinx the man, i’m sure he will get in, don’t forget sammy sosa also has 600+ home runs

    3 – according to the poster it should be hyphened

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