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Vlad Guerrero Going to Texas

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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Vladamir Guerrero has agreed to a $6 million one-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Vlad definitely isn’t who he once was, but what’s up with the Angels getting rid of several key players and not getting anyone back in return? I realize they had several players that were free agents following the 2009 season, but those players need to be replaced and I haven’t seen that happening. It seems like I hear about the Angels in the running for different people off-and-on, but it never pans out. You have to get somebody, sometime…


Randy Johnson Retires After 22 Seasons

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The Big Unit, who reached 300 wins last June, and has an overall record of 303-166 with 4,875 strikeouts will be retiring after 22 seasons of Major League Baseball. Throughout his career, Johnson played for six teams (Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona, New York Yankees, and San Francisco), but his most memorable outing was in 2001 when he aided the Arizona Diamondbacks in their winning of a World Series title.

Johnson told the AP “I really wanted to go out on my terms. I just feel like there’s not a lot more for me to do in this game. I just think it’s a natural progression when you play this long. Eventually you have to say it’s time.”

His notable accomplishments include 2 no-hitters (1990, 2004), the latter being a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves, World Series co-MVP (2001), five Cy Young awards (1995, 1999-2002), 10-time All-Star (1990, 1993-1995, 1997, 1999, 2000-2002, 2004), over 300 wins, and having defeated every MLB team at least once.

Boston Red Sox Agree to Deal with Beltre

ESPN is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year $10 million deal with third baseman Adrian Beltre. The deal, which includes an option for 2011, is still dependent on Beltre passing a physical. Last season, Beltre batted .265 with eight HR and 44 RBI in 111 games with the Seattle Mariners.

Beltre had been offered salary arbitration by the Mariners, but he instead opted for free agency.

Reports: Rihanna Dating Dodgers Center Fielder Matt Kemp

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Celebrity blog TMZ is reporting that singer Rihanna is dating Matt Kemp, who plays center field for the LA Dodgers, and they have the picture to prove it. While they reported that the pictures were taken while Rihanna and Kemp were in Mexico, other sources have also claimed to have spotted the pair in Dubai on New Year’s.

Last season, Kemp received both the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards. He batted .297 with 26 HR and 101 RBI.

New G2 Campaign

The new G2 campaign pays homage to Muhammad Ali, while also featuring Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, tennis player Serena Williams, US soccer player Landon Donovan, US soccer player Abby Wambach, and gymnast Chellsie Memmel.

Daily Rant: Vikings’ Stadium Not Going to Happen

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press had stated that the Minnesota Vikings have virtually no chance of getting the public approval that’s necessary in order for them to get a new stadium. Their lease with the Metrodome ends after the 2011 season, so this decision will obviously put the hopes of the Vikings staying in Minnesota in jeopardy. I can understand if the public fears the costs that would come from a new stadium, especially because the pre-Favre Vikings often had a difficult time selling tickets. What I don’t understand, however, is how the Twins and the University of Minnesota both got new stadiums, but not the Vikes.

Over the past decade…

The Minnesota Twins have made the playoffs five times, all of which came via them winning the AL Central division title. That’s about where their success ends, however, as they have lost in the ALDS during each of those five appearances. In fact, they have only won a measly total of three games during those short playoff runs.

The Golden Gophers of Minnesota haven’t fared well during the past decade. This year, they finished 6-7 overall and 8th place in the Big Ten. They played in the Insight Bowl, which they lost to Iowa State and they currently have a four-bowl losing streak. In fact, during the past decade, they have been in eight bowl games of which they only won three. Since 2000, Minnesota has a record of 62-62 record.

Since 2000, the Vikings have won 3 division titles and have made the playoffs four times. Now that Mike Tice’s unsuccessful reign (which lasted from 2001-2005) is over, the Vikings have taken positive strides, which is shown through them winning back-to-back NFC North titles in the past two years. The acquisition of Brett Favre has also greatly helped with their former ticket sale woes.

Obviously the Vikes don’t have a stellar record over the past decade, but they have had similar successes to the Twins and in my opinion, have fared better than the Golden Gophers. How the Twins and the Golden Gophers can get new stadiums, but the Vikes don’t is beyond me. I have heard rumors of the Vikings moving from Minnesota to LA, but I have several problems with that. First of all, the Vikings just don’t seem to blend in with the glitz that is normally seen from LA teams. There is something about the aura of the Lakers that makes them fit in the Hollywood scene, but the Vikes don’t have that same feel. Speaking of the Lakers, their team colors are purple and gold, which just so happen to be the same colors that the Vikings have. I will take a wild guess and say that the Vikes will be forced to change their colors, but the Blue Boomers doesn’t incite fear in me as did the Purple People Eaters, but I guess it could work. What would really upset me about such a change, however, is the rivalries that would be lost. Think about how we loved watching Favre and the Vikes play the Packers twice this season…well, that would be gone. Instead, we would likely get to see the men in purple blue? face the Cards, Seahawks, and 49ers. Wow, I’m itching to see those matchups! Not really…

The fact of the matter is that football, like any sport, is a business and money takes precedence over the values and traditions of the sport. Put it this way, I would rather see Adrian Peterson trouncing the Pack or the Lions than frolicking down Rodeo Dr. with Paris Hilton and I hope it stays that way.

America’s Pastime at its Best!

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Photo by Amy Witt.

I am a sports fan at heart. So, it’s no suprise that I often enjoy various random and obscure sporting events. Well, the event that my eyes have been glued to lately isn’t all that random or obscure; but, it is often overshadowed in the realm that is the sports universe, particularly during this time of the year, when NHL and NBA championships were recently crowned and golf and tennis have major tournaments on the horizon.

The College Baseball World Series, however, is what has captivated me, as of late. I was initially drawn to college baseball because of the success that the UC Irvine Anteaters had last season. They were an exciting team to watch and I couldn’t help but be focused on the television during their games. This year, however, Irvine lost in the regionals, so I was left with a flurry of teams that I had never seen before. The quality of these games have been absolutely fantastic!

In a time in which Major League Baseball is flooded with doubt, due to the steroids scandal that casts a shadow on nearly every top pitcher and home run hitter, there is something to be said about small ball and about young pitchers dueling until the end. The College Baseball World Series is baseball at its best. It’s the baseball that kids play in Little League, just these kids are a bit bigger and many of them are already signed with MLB teams.

The perfect example this came just within the past few hours, when Arkansas faced Virginia. It was a pitchers duel up until the bottom of the 5th, when the Cavaliers were able to get a 2 run lead. By the 8th, Virginia was up 3-1, and they had their eyes eliminating the razorbacks, only to see their lead evaporated in the 9th. Not another run would be scored until the 12th, when Arkansas scored, courtesy of a double from pinch-hitter Andrew Darr.

So, in the future, keep an eye out for the College Baseball World Series games. Who knows, you might enjoy it!