Sunday, August 20, 2006
-Why would Tony LaRussa pinch-hit Juan Encarnacion (who's been sitting on the bench for 3 hours) for Chris Duncan (who had just hit a clutch homer to tie the game a half-hour before) with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of yesterday's loss to the Cubs? Duncan has only been the hottest hitter in the league for the last 3 weeks. I think managers carry the lefty-righty match-up thing way too far sometimes. Of course, Encarnacion struck out. One of the things he's famous for.
-A good hire for KTRS to bring in Mike Claiborne. Mike is as well-respected as anyone. He's got solid credentials and is willing, and able, to talk effectively about all sports, not just one or two like many other hosts in the market.
-The Grizzlies end a 12-game losing streak with a well-played, well-pitched, 10-inning, 2-1 win over Traverse City. A bit embarassing for skipper Danny Cox that he wasn't even at the stadium having taken a sick day.
-Something tells me this guy that's fingered himself as JonBenet Ramsey's killer didn't really do it. There's something totally spooky about the look of this character (John Mark Karr), who supposedly had visited with a doctor in Thailand who specializes in sex change operations . I'm guessing he's one of those wackos seeking a place in history (albeit infamy) by placing himself at the scene of the crime. His ex-wife (who shouldn't have any reason to lie) says he was with her in Alabama the night before the crime. More than 200 people confessed to the killing of Charles Lindbergh's infant son in 1932.
-For some reason I'm not in a particular hurry to see Snakes on a Plane, although it's been getting good reviews. You just gotta love the concept of Samuel L. Jackson 30-thousand feet up with a bunch of poisonous snakes though.
-I guess it was a good time for Yankees/Red Sox fans...but anytime the second game of two in the same day goes 4 hours and 45 minutes...and didn't go into extra innings...you gotta question our national pastime a little.
-The Rams lost their practice game with Houston last night...ho-hum. I think the male sheep will be an above .500 team. But if they make the playoffs, I'll be surprized. I'm thinking 9-7 sounds about right.
-Busta Rhymes was arrested for assault after his concert Saturday night? No way! A rapper involved in crime? Shocking. By the way, one of his bodyguards was shot and killed earlier this year.
-I'm sure the new Shrewsbury extension to the MetroLink system will be great for some, but many will have to understand some new rules that require riders to disembark in the Forest Park area to catch another train from time to time.
-That elbow that Albert Pujols has had drained a couple of times must be bothering him more than he, or the Cardinals, are letting on. He hasn't had nearly the second half that he had in the first.