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Wednesday Night Live Blog, Why The Hell Not?

September 3, 2008
Yes, that is PB&J&Bacon

Yes, that is PB&J&Bacon

What do you do on a lazy, humid Wednesday night when there’s not much going on?  Well if you’re two of the APIAS.net senior staff writers you live blog up some baseball that doesn’t matter.  Stick around tonight and we’ll fill you in on everything from the Tigers and A’s failed attempts at a pennant run this year to the state of affairs in college football and NFL fantasy drafting.  We might even fight a cracker or two. 

7 :17:  eDayStat – Well the Tigers were supposed to take the field @ 7:05 but they appear to be in a rain delay.  So I’ll just sit here and watch TGC try to draft Erik Ainge with his 9th pick in this fantasy draft.

7:44: eDay – Hmm, Tigers on rain delay and A’s rained out.  This doesn’t bode well for the live blog tonight.  On the plus side TGC has Ainge in his “your watch list” queue for his draft.  It’s just a matter of time now.

7:55: eDay – The line on Fox Sports for Miami / Florida is 20.5 points.  Is this real?  I know Florida can score the ball and Miami still isn’t back to their glory days but almost 3 touchdowns?  I’m just not buying it in week 2.

7:58: eDay – Apparently we are blacked out of the Piratas / Reds game.  TGC makes an excellent point that if I call MLB.TV and explain that I don’t have a TV maybe they will allow me to watch this spectacle.

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A Farny is NOT a Sandwich

July 30, 2008

You gotta be shittin’ me.  This jackass?  Again?

More to follow… sheesh

D-Train’s tracks headed toward The D?

July 21, 2008

With the series split in Baltimore, the Tigers pull back to .500 and have named former starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter Zach Miner as the newest in what has become a revolving-door 5th spot in the rotation.  This news out of Detroit had me wondering what the heck D-Train is up to down in Florida.

The guys over at LFTBlog were awesome enough to post a little video of Willis throwing last week in his first start with Lakeland.

As you can see below, its pretty clear that the Tigs pitching staff has calmed down his ridiculous leg kick and slowed down his approach to the plate considerably in light of his recent diagnosis of tendinitis in his landing-leg.  The differences are pretty clear. 

Here’s D-Train last year:

Here’s last week:

What does that mean for his short- and long-term prospects with Rock City? Freep has it this way.

Lakeland pitching coach Joe Coleman told The Lakeland Ledger that Thursday’s outing was “a very positive step toward Dontrelle’s return to Detroit.”

We’re going to learn a lot in the coming 12 days (3 with the Royals, 3 with the Palehose, and 4 with the Indians).  Here’s hoping our $29M man is around to contribute.

[LFTBlog] [Freep] [WWL]

FLWP: Celebrating Independence The Right Way

July 3, 2008

fwp.jpgFearless Weekend Predictions is a weekly column running on Friday afternoons where our resident soothsayer (or whoever we can get) locks down what will transpire in the coming 72 hours. It’s better to get these out before the 7-year is open.  The crystal ball gets cloudy.

It’s a perfect storm that happens once or twice a decade.  The 4th of July takes place on a Friday which means a long weekend of debauchery.  This weekend will be extra special for the APIAS crew: TGC will 2-2-2 the Tigers as they attempt to “keep the turtle head poking out,” EDay will make sure none of the Indians he works with read his scathing review of the game of cricket, 2SL will keep making sacrifices to the baseball gods after doing this and I will attempt to get in the triple digits in the category: number of beers drank for weekend.  Add those to BobWicket’s move and TheW’s wild 4th of July bash and there is quite a bit to get done.  There’s also a lot of baseball to be watched, NASCAR night racing, checking up on Brett Favre’s every move and hiding your girlfriend from you-know-who.  Enough with the intro, let’s get to it.  As always, long weekend means long predictions…

  • The Mets will win one, then lose one, then win one, then lose another.  That seems to be the new mantra of the team, “No winning OR losing streaks!”  That’s a perfect way to end up right at .500, where MLB’s third highest payroll is destined.  Nevermind the fact they’re playing the Phillies (Friday-Sunday) and it would be a great time to make up some ground.
  • Brett Favre will keep calling Mike McCarthy.  Seriously, Brett?  You just bawled your eyes out like two months ago at your “retirement” press conference.  At least Jordan took two years off before making his return.  Take a hint.  I’ve never had a wife and kid, but is it really that bad being home with them?  Well, seeing as your wife, Deanna is a smoking hot cougar… Yeah, I’m pissed.  Shut up, stay home, bang your hot wife.
  • Venus Williams is going to win Wimbledon.  But, she’s not hot, so she doesn’t get her picture put up.  Instead of working on tennis, work on being more attractive.
  • Seattle citizens will mourn the loss of the Sonics.  Didn’t they used to be the SuperSonics?  Anyway, at least you’ve got the Mariners!  Er, at least you’ve got the Seahawks. Um… the Storm?  Or do WNBA teams leave with their NBA counterparts?  Who cares?  It’s the WNBA.  The best hope for Seattle is that grunge rock becomes cool again.  The ball is in your court, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam/Nirvana.
  • The Tigers will continue playing good baseball against the Mariners.  The hits just keep on coming, Seattle!  It’s never a good sign when teams and fans look at a weekend trip to your city and think, “I’m damn near certain we win at least two of three.”  Look at the bright side, Mariner fan: At least you didn’t give out ridiculous contracts to bring in busts and trade what little prospects you had for a bust pitcher.  Oh, whoops.  There’s going to be a lot of drinking going on in Seattle this weekend.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. will win Saturday night in Daytona.  Yes, I know, this is Dale’s third time being picked the winner of the NASCAR race on FWP.  A dubious honor, indeed.  Dale did actually get a win for the first time in years a few weeks back which made EDay really happy (until someone brought up cricket, apparently).  Honestly though, the guy really doesn’t need to race.  Here is yet another one of his ex-girlfriends, Lauren Anderson.  Simply incredible.  How does he keep letting these women get away?  Also, many NSFW pics available of Lauren (if that’s your thing) on the web.
  • Alex Rodriguez will slump, big time.  This guy is probably the best baseball player in the world, but he’s also very aware of his public image.  All this stuff about him separating from his wife, him banging Madonna, his wife banging Lenny Kravitz; well, that is not going to be good for his batting average.  Madonna’s hot and all, but couldn’t A-Rod find someone hotter if he was going to cheat on his wife?
  • Oakland will take care of the White Sox in Chicago.  This will make this entire staff happy.  When the A’s win, EDay’s happy.  When the White Sox lose, TGC is happy.  When anyone besides he loses, 2SL is happy.  I’m just happy when my friends are happy.  Cue the gay music!
  • Stephen A. Smith will talk about LeBron James.  It goes without merit, anymore.  He just starts screaming about this year’s free agents and somehow still ties it into, “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE A NEW JERSEY NET IN 2010!!!  HIM AND JAY-Z ARE BOYS!!!”  Seriously, we’re two years away from this, but he feels the need to say it everyday.  I would guess LeBron never wears a Net jersey.
  • Hancock will bomb.  Unless it co-stars DJ Jazzy Jeff, I don’t need to see any more Will Smith movies.  Not even Charlize Theron can save this one.  She looks good, though, no?
  • The Cubs will take care of business.  Gosh, I really hope so.  If you’ve ever seen 2SL after they lose a few in a row, you know what I mean.  Think of a four year old who has been awake for too long, has a poopy diaper, is hungry and drunk.  Well, actually, that’s about how he acts all the time.
  • You will hear a soft whisper in the wind.  It will be College Football calling your name.  We are officially under two months until kickoff.  Gambling, beer, gambling and football.  Hurry up, August.
  • Ellis Park WILL have live horse racing.  Apparently my diatribe about the closing has changed some minds.  According the Henderson Gleaner (a top-5 national newspaper, for places named Henderson), live racing still may be salvaged.  I applaud all of you who called President Bush, your Congressman or me.  This is what America is all about!
  • The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will trade injured players.  What’s the deal with this?  Baron Davis and Don Nelson didn’t get along, but why would the Clippers sign him?  A guy who has professed he likes making movies more than basketball?  Oh, and has bum knees?  I guess Shaun Livingston’s injury is worse than they want to let on.  And, Golden State… does Elton Brand really fit into Nellie’s up-and-down system?  6’4″, lumbering post players don’t seem the best fit.
  • Your girlfriend will dress up very patriotic, then Billy Gillispie will sleep with her.  You had to know it was coming, right?  You can’t let your special lady going out on the town looking like this and not expect Lexington’s Most Eligible Bachelor not to snatch her up.  More power to you if he doesn’t, though.  Chances are, though, he will.  It’s at least a good story.  Plus, you probably don’t play basketball at UK, so you won’t have to hear about it every day at practice.  A helpful hint, if you don’t want your girlfriend to sleep with Billy G, DO NOT go to the new Harry’s in Palomar.

Not to get all political or anything, but we live in a pretty fucking awesome country.  Go out and celebrate that fact this LONG weekend.  Say what you will about our President, gas prices or whatever, but a lot of people would kill to be able to live like we do.  Party, drink beer, sit by a pool and watch sports, because that’s what makes America great.

Halfway point brings turtle head out for Tigs

June 30, 2008

On the day of the season’s 81st game, the Tigers pull out of loserdome and into a winning record.  With a 3 game sweep of the Rockies (who’s season couldn’t get much rockier… boo..) the Rock City Cats poke out one game over .500 to 41-40.

As I alluded to back in May, the day the Tigs climbed out of the cellar for the first time, 2SL’s ill-advised public faith in the Cubs, Eday’s consistency with his support of the Elephants (cheap shots be damned), and Smooth’s positive outlook for the Manuel era… all these things make baseball season around APIAS headquarters great.

Well, and hotdogs and beer too… obviously.

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FWP: My Head Hurts

June 27, 2008

fwp.jpgFearless Weekend Predictions is a weekly column running on Friday afternoons where our resident soothsayer (or whoever we can get) locks down what will transpire in the coming 72 hours. It’s better to get these out before the 7-year is open.  The crystal ball gets cloudy.

Wow, what a week!  I love the NBA Draft and I highly encourage you to check out the NBA Draft LiveBlog from last night.  A few commenters even stopped by and they were fantastic.  There was also some interleague baseball that was mildly entertaining, capped off with Shawn Chacon trying to kill his GM.  The douche known as Kyle Busch won the NASCAR race out in Sonoma.  EURO 2008 raged on to a cast of hundreds in the US.  And, as usual, the Mets stink.  Summer rolls on this weekend: Mets/Yankees, Cubs/White Sox and that riveting Tigers/Rockies rivalry; the finals of EURO 2008; Joe Crawford moves to LA and you-know-who will be on the prowl.  Here we go…

  • The Mets will get swept by the Yankees.  Well, I really hope this doesn’t happen, but every week I talk about how they’re going to do well, so we’ll see how they do if I say they’re going to do poorly.  I have little to say about the Mets until they start playing better.
  • Bethanie Mattek will keep on rolling at Wimbledon.  I’d never heard of Mattek until about five minutes ago, but by the looks of this picture, I think she’s great.  I really could give two shits about tennis, however, when the ladies look like her I can really get into it.
  • Joe Crawford will start living the dream.  Wow, the guy balls at the pre-draft camps and ends up getting drafted in the second round by the Lakers.  Come on, if Sasha Vujacic can play significant minutes for them, surely Joe Joe can make the team.
  • Rick Dutrow will have some free time.  HA HA HA.  I laugh at you, Rick.  A mistake apparently caused one of his horses to test positive for a banned steroid?  Yeah, because none of his horses ever take steroids?  Oh, that’s right… they all do.  I’m glad he’s suspended and I’m glad Big Brown isn’t a Triple Crown winner. 
  • Danillo Galinari will travel around NYC with a bodyguard.  Shit, what a way to be welcomed to America!  If I were him, I would have played it up; asking the people to boo more.  That would have really confused the Knick fans.  Either that or I would have held up a homemade poster that read, “AT LEAST I’M NOT BALKMAN!”
  • Jimmie Johnson will win this weekend at Loudon.  Even if you’re not a big NASCAR fan (and I’m certainly not), it’s easy to tell Jimmie Johnson is a huge tool.  He’s just not a guy you’d want to get a beer with, unlike Tony Stewart or Dale Jr.  Somehow, some way, he managed to get Chandra to marry him.  Chandra is sexy and I really like that cowgirl hat. 
  • Everyone will keep counting down to college football.  Seriously, this is not a good sports weekend.  Only about two months left… thank Mitch.
  • Billy Gillispie will keep lurking in the weeds, but then sleep with your girlfriend.  We haven’t heard a peep from the guy in months!  What’s he doing?  Well, if you have a significant other in the greater-Lexington area, you may not want to know.
  • Fathers in Indianapolis will lock up their daughters.  Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and Josh McRoberts are all now Pacers.  That is one vanilla team right there.  It’s no surprise that their GM is Larry Bird.  You know, White Jesus… or something like that.
  • Spain will win EURO 2008.  I have no clue who’s going to win, but I don’t really like Germany and I found this picture of a sexy Spanish fan.

Gosh, that was brutal.  There isn’t a damn thing going on this weekend.  Here’s hoping you have a pool to use and cold beers to drink.  Enjoy.

We’re 400!!!

June 25, 2008

Well, technically, we’re not 400 days old until tomorrow, but much like 2SL we can’t keep help but bust out a little early.  For those of you who haven’t been here from the start this here web log started back in ought seven on April 22nd.  That parting shot fired over the wall of the Internets at Lexington Herald Leader resident write John Clay was our first foray into this odd world of sports blogging. 

Since that day we knew we’d never be the same again, and if you’ve read this site more than 2 days, we suspect you feel much the same about your own life since discovering us.  We’re sure you’ve never been more horrified.  Where’d we go from there? 

Well it’s hard to say.  A little baseball, a little racin’, a little college football and then it was New Year’s.  Time was flying and our hits were going up.  Soon, with the help of Deadspin, With Leather, and some well-timed Google image searches we were floating at about 1,000 hits per day.  We’re happy to say that’s still the case.  And we’re extremely happy that we’re had over 330,000 hits in a little over a year since we started this.  We’d like to get teary and thank everyone but we’ve still got some time to recap.  Hit the more for recaps of our best and worst ideas around this here blog.

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Draft Day; just what the Dombrowski ordered

June 6, 2008

When teams stumble out of the gate and are mired in the midst of an underwhelming start to the 2008 baseball season, Draft Day always gives fans and front office personnel something else to concentrate on.  Today is that day for Tigers fans the globe over.

The answer to poor performance on the field this year?  Solid defense and big flies? No.

This year the answer is White Right Handed Pitchers and SEC Talent.  The Tigs went 4-5 in both categories yesterday.  Let’s have a look.

21st overall – RHP – Ryan Perry – Arizona
6’4″ fireballer that can touch 98mph, but has been hittable at times.  A mix of Verlander and Zumaya?  Or a mix of Todd Jones and a trailer park wife?  Here’s hoping for the former.

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Tigers still finding new, and later, ways to lose

June 4, 2008

In a game that featured 22 walks and 12 pitchers, the Tigs lose again on a last-at-bat walk-em-off hit, this time by Jack Cust.  This time in 11 innings.  And for two happy-ass baseball watchers in the midwest, just prior to 2am Eastern–on a work night.

Despite leaving 52 men on base, including a bases-loaded no-out situation in the 3rd and 6th, the Cats just couldn’t seem to eek one home when it counted.

While I still think Jimmy is on the verge of finding the right recipe with this team, he had at least one thing right last night.

“Sometimes, it almost appears like we’re sitting around, waiting to get beat.”

Yeah, and sometimes you have to buckle down and decide to kick someone’s ass.  For all the fun I have watching A’s and Tigs with ole Eday, I’m getting a little tired of him getting to head to the house a winner every damn night.

One more shot at a win in Oakland happens this afternoon, and I’ll be making a great effort to get home and see the end.  Let’s hope Nate finds something, or that Cabrera wakes up, or both.  I’m sure you’ll get more detail from The Exodus later today, but I’ll sum it up like this:

I’m getting a little sick of this shit.

Far from 2006, A’s and Tigers meet again

June 2, 2008

There will be no APIAS Road Trip for this series, and only one of the two is playing the kind of ball they were supposed to this year, but it doesn’t mean we take it lightly.  It’s homer vs. homer, flaming jersey vs. big high five, Bud Select vs. whatever’s on special, Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniel’s… yes sir it’s Eday’s Elephants vs. my own Rock City Cats.

Let’s take a quick look at the series’ Pitching Matchups.

Kenny Rogers (4-4 5.88 ) vs. Rich Harden (3-0 2.60)
As mentioned in The Exodus on occasion, pretty much no one has been able to hit Rich since he came off the DL a few weeks back, which doesn’t bode well for the Tigs incredibly streaky bats, except for the fact that the Gambler owns a 25-4 career record in McAfee.  There may not be a run scored until either team gets into the bullpen tonight… which will mean somewhere around 11:30 pm Eastern for those of  you on the patio.  Prediction: The final score will total less than the # of beers consumed watching it.

Dontrelle Willis (0-0 7.50) vs. Dana Eveland (4-4 3.66)
After being on the DL most of the year (he got hurt in the 2nd inning of his 2nd start) and being replaced in the rotation by AAA callup Armando Galarraga (who’s 4-2 record is the best on the staff) Willis will make his first of what most likely will be several “piggy-back” starts for the Tigers.  This is a seldom used tactic to get more pitchers starts.  Galarraga will come out of the bullpen in this game, and they’ll most likely swap roles the next time this spot in the rotation is due up.  I don’t know much about Dana Eveland, except for that he’s never faced the Tigers and he has a girl’s name.  Prediction: Willis blows up early, Galarraga saves the day, Tigs win 6-5.

Nate Robertson (few-many Hi.GH) vs. Justin Duchsherer (4-4 2.67)
What can I say about this matchup?  Robertson’s only statistic keeping him in the lineup is his $3.3M salary.  He’s a career below .500 pitcher and rarely gets past the 5th inning.  He’s by far the weakest link in what’s becoming a pretty good rotation, and without that ridiculous salary for doing jack shit, he’d be designated to AAA or AA or FF and that spot’s rightful owner Armando would have it.  But whatever, you professional check-casher you, at least we’ll get the pen some work on Wednesday.  Prediction: A’s WIN. BIG. Robertson keeps his job.

See you on the patio. 

Editor’s Note: While writing this post, I got the following text message from Eday:

Hope this doesn’t affect our interactions in the outfield, but…Tonight, we do BATTLE!”