Cheech T Valdez has been picking coffee beans his whole life. He is also known for roasting up the best cup of coffee you ever saw.
"I take-a the best beans-a in the world. Then I-a Roast them up-a. That's a good coffee. Very good coffee."
So with that said you can probably guess what Cheech's reaction was when he saw one of the Boston Red Sox pitcher just dump coffee out on to the floor.
"I was a pissed off to hell. who a would do that to a good cup of coffee? Who-a I says!."
And we thought the same thing. Who would waste coffee like that?
"I would take him by his balls and rub his face in the coffee. Do you know how damn hard it is to pick a coffee bean? It's hard."
We don't know just how hard it is, but it doesn't look like it is fun.
The Yankees head to Boston to start of the second half with a 3-game set against the division leading Red Sox. As you might expect, Red Sox vs Yankees tickets have been a hot buy leading up to the series. In fact, with a series average of $207/seat, this is the most expensive series in Boston all season, 92% above the Red Sox’s season $108 average at Fenway Park.
This is also one of the most expensive road series for the Yankees. Currently, this series is 69% more expensive than the average prices for Yankees tickets on the road this season, which is $123. For the Yanks, this series is an important one. They're six games back in the division, which is still within striking distance, so going to Boston and taking two or three games could be the boost they need to right this ship in the second half. It’s also been reported that Derek Jeter will travel with the team to Boston so there’s a chance The Captain may be back in uniform for the series, which obviously would boost the team's morale.
For Friday’s series opener, tickets can be purchased for the opener for as low as $45 ($213 average). Prices increase for the middle game on Saturday, with the get-in price jumping to $70 and the average sits at $244. Sunday’s finale, featuring a showdown between CC Sabathia and Jon Lester, is surprisingly the least expensive game of the series with an average price of $180 and a get-in of $42. Coming into Friday's game the Red Sox lead the season series 4 games to 2.
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After Robinson Cano was hit in the All Star game by Matt Harvey of the Mets, fans went ballistic. Especially Mets fans.
"Cano deserved it. You know why he deserved it? Remember when Clemens launched a bat at my boy Piazza? That's why he deserved it. Us Mets fans are usually lowlifes who grew up watching the Mets because our dads were lowlifes. We never win, we complain about the Yankees and we get really high on players like Matt Harvey only to see them get traded. We are complete assholes." said Bobby Durkins of Queens.
We never quite understood why Mets fans were so bitter towards the Yankees. It's not the Yankees fault that the Mets are always terrible. Yankees fans don't really care about the Mets. They are like an after thought. It is only when the Mets fans start running their mouths that the Yankees fans remember how bad they are.
You can always tell a Mets fan, because they start running their mouths when the Mets start out the season 2-0. At this point they are talking about winning the World Series. Then when the Mets are out of it by June, they just start to trash the Yankees.
Will the Yankees retaliate against the Mets for Harvey hitting Cano?
We will have to wait until next year to find out.
"Yeah, of course," said A-Rod about returning to the Bronx.
He is optimistic.
"I think we have one big obstacle, and that's this weekend that includes four games. After that's over, we'll huddle up with our medical staff, the front office, Joe [Girardi], our manager and we'll come up with the best decision and what's the schedule," Rodriguez said. "And that will come from them."
But there is one more thing. Does Cashman want him back? Would he put Alex back on the DL?
The MLB All Star Game is often used as a mid-season marker for baseball fans and stats nerds alike, which is why it’s a good time to have an AL East round-up.
We’ve seen plenty of drama at Yankee Stadium and even more further afield. With Derek Jeter almost back to fitness and A-Rod improving each day, there’s plenty more fun to be had before October. You know all about the Yanks but here is our run-down of the other teams in this hotly contested division.
Red Sox: 58-39
Man, it’s annoying when the Red Sox are good at stuff. They really have impressed so far and that’s mainly down to a solid offensive line manager John Farrell can rely on each game. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are both hitting over .315 this season and their combined 121 RBIs are why the Red Sox are where they are.
Fans betting MLB World Series are advised to back Boston for the playoffs, for they will not be caught this regular season.
Where the hell have they come from? Tampa Bay were heading for a wooden spoon race with Toronto earlier this season yet 17 wins in 21 (a run initiated by their third-game win over us last month, by the way!) has seen them rise to second in the division.
Praise must go to 43-RBI James Loney, who has carried his side at times, yet their defense is fairly consistent. Although the Rays will always let go runs, they have a bullpen capable of handling situations and Fernando Rodney is proving a mean closer this year.
Despite boasting big hitters, Chris Davis and Adam Jones, the Orioles have such a poor starting rotation they have struggled to find form over the summer months. Chris Tillman is the only pitcher worthy of a mention in this side, although things could change with Wei-Yin Chen’s return to fitness.
From the humble young man whose career almost ended before it began, Mariano Rivera suddenly found an extra "nickel" on his fastball, reported Gene Michael.
But the Yankees remembered the truncated career of the great Ron Guidry, also slight of relative body size, and they loved the way young Mariano didn't flinch in his first post season in 1995, so they planned to convert Mariano into their closer.
But just in case he was still not yet up to the task, the Yankees signed John Wetteland, whose added value to a team was his leadership ability in the bullpen, and who was "lights out" in Montreal.
So Mariano became set-up man for Wetteland in 1996 and the team made history!
How good was that tandem? Mariano pitched generally both the 7th and 8th innings of a lead and turned things over to Wetteland. It became the MLB mantra that if you didn't get the lead against the Yankee by the 7th inning, you could pretty much kiss the game "good-bye"!
Mariano, on the World Champion Yankees, got the most votes among Yankees to finish 12th in MVP voting! But his Cy Young resume' was even more impressive: 10.9 K/9 inn ratio, 5 saves, 8-3 won/loss, 2.09 ERA 0.884 WHIP,and 26 holds. This is the greatest set-up man season ever and it was granted 3rd place for Cy Young!
The Yankees could now confidently let John Wetteland go for big bucks to Texas as they readied Mariano to start his save record career.
Throughout Mo's career, and he wasn't perfect (who is?), he displayed such super equanimity to completely dismiss "yesterday's blip" as it were and not take a bad outing into the next day.
His records are incredible - I will only add one more milestone, praying nothing happens to Mo to prevent him from attempting it.
Would you want Phil or Phillip as he used to be called?
The guy is hot and cold. Good and terrible. Fat or in shape. Yes, Phil has a few different personalities. Now, after the Yankees have held on to him for ever hoping his turns the corner, it appears that they want to let go of his ass.
Will anyone take him?
We talked to a fan to see if he thinks any team would want him.
"Gotta be a good pitcher if you want to be wanted. Hughes just isn't good enough. I would think that we could probably get Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis back for him, but I am not sure if either one of those teams would be interested." said Carl McCarlston an avid hamburger enthusiast.
Will the Yankees just sit tight and get no one? Does Cashman think this season is a wash? No one knows what he is up to, but we will find out soon as the deadline looms.
I must tell you - I gotta love that Mike Francesa!
He takes on all "civil" callers, sometimes thanking them for their insights - other times, arguing vehemently with them. That's when sports are in one's blood.
Today, he had a caller who used the term "I believe" so annoyingly often that I'd swear he was auditioning for "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway.
This caller is/was convinced that Bud Selig has the goods on A-Rod and that A-Rod has played his last game in pinstripes.
Mike did a wonderful job of reminding everyone that testimony from dirty people is no guarantee of punitive measures, and he cited several recent examples to strengthen his position.
Then the next caller tried to compare the Pete Rose situation to A-Rod.
I expected Mike to explode, but he sternly expressed why Rose's case is entirely different. (Followers have read that here, in detail, in my past articles.)
Enough review about today...
The upshot of all the conjecture is that Bud Selig might be to this schmo from Florida as George was to Howie Spira.
Today, there are grumblings that this young man Chris Davis, whose homers have doubled over last year's, might be on the juice, and so far, a logical explanation for this explosion eludes baseball followers.
Obviously, since Mr. Davis credits Roger Maris with the last legitimate home run record, it would behoove him to show America and solidify his claims to the record (if he gets it) by voluntarily offering to submit to extra testing ... But wait! That's never going to happen because the players' union will never allow such a thing.
But the union knows that the stench of steroids upon all records now jeopardizes EVERYONE who performs outstandingly.
Did you know they were called the "Black Sox" BEFORE the scandal (before the 1919 fixed World Series)?
That's right. A-Rod just maybe hiding from officials says one guy who has no clue what is going on him.
Meet Jody Glaxby, a retired golf ball collector. He saw A-Rod once on a baseball card, but is now talking about him as if he has known him for years.
"The jackass is hiding from officials. Where could he be? I looked under a rug, no A-Rod. Then I started to be smart about it and look in places that he might really be in. I checked cheesy Miami clubs..nothing. I checked strip clubs... nothing. I went back to the strip club to check again... nothing. I brought a sleeping bag back to the strip club and stayed there for three days. Nothing. I purchased the office building next to the strip club, drilled a hole in one of the walls and stared through it for 9 hours straight. Nothing." added Glaxby who was starting to creep us out.
If the picture above is A-Rod, he could very well be hiding. If it isn't A-Rod, he might not be hiding. We like to tell it how it is and give you only credible information so you can form your own unbiased opinions.
Will A-Rod ever be back on the Yankees?
If you ask yourself why (PEDs), it comes down to one word: MONEY!
The original author of "The Vain Mutiny" (grandparents will easily get the allegory), Jose Canseco answered that question very honestly, which is ironic because he earned his playing money dishonestly.
Canseco said (paraphrasing), "I realized I could not produce in MLB without the PEDs," and the difference was measured in untold MILLIONS of dollars!
It applies to virtually all of them. (Pettitte said he only used HGH in one off-season to help him recover from a pitching injury, and since that is what they were allegedly designed for, it sounded plausible.)
The stench now brings into question EVERY unexplainable superlative since 1990: Brady Anderson's super anomalous 50 HRs following 16 and preceding 18 WTF? Griffey's back to back 56s, YES, Griffey too, not that he did anything wrong, but his numbers came amidst the rapid explosion of PEDs.
1994, both Griffey and Williams on paces to surpass 60 HRs until MONEY took the game away to strike! (Bagwell was just one HR behind Griffey at the time.)
Mac, Sosa, Bonds, Giambi, A-Rod, and the list goes on. Ryan Braun has no excuse, such as ignorance.
Next question ... Why are guaranteed contracts not broken by the PED suspensions?
Management puts the Commissioners into office, and certainly they can't be trust not to have the commissioner suspend anyone for an "allegation" of misconduct. The lawyers take over and removal of monetary assets cannot be allowed without due process, right? Commissioners aren't "due process", but their power to regulate comes within the purview of each sport.
So the 5th amendment doesn't apply because no "crime" is being charged, and failure to satisfactorily answer to the commissioner can bring higher penalties (except rescinding those huge MONEY contracts).