Shelley Duncan is half-Sasquatch

All of baseball is abuzz about the Rays/Yanks “tussle”. I think Girardi’s comments made this all possible, but there’s a part of me that’s happy to see the Yanks showing some fire. I’ve been complaining for years that the Yanks have been plunked at a far greater rate than they’ve been doing the plunking. I also think Duncan’s move yesterday was excessive and ill-timed. I think the better move would have been to table that anger and save it for the regular season.

All that being said, I think Shelley Duncan is half-man, half-Sasquatch. Just take a gander at the size of his feet! His feet are as long as Iwamura’s thigh, for pete’s sake! Now, I know he spiked Iwamura in the leg, causing a cut, but the picture below makes it seem that he spiked him near the groin. That’s just the end of the play and it looks worse than it was.

What was reallllly lame was the pseudo-tough “tackle” that Gomes attempted. Sprinting in at a 6’5″ behemoth, only to drop to your knees as you got close and only muster a shove?

And just because it’s fun to remember, take a gander at the autograph Duncan-squatch gave a young Red Sox fan:

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Good luck, Rocco

Some scary/confusing stuff from the Rays today about oft-injured but very talented OF Rocco Baldelli. Without knowing more about it, here’s to hoping he can figure out the source of the problem, get treated and back on the field playing soon.

Essentially, his body is not allowing his muscles to work as they should and made it all but impossible for him to sustain any kind of regular activity on the field for any length of time. The problem is he isn’t replacing ATP – adenosine triphosphate – properly. This site provides an explanation of how ATP plays into exercise…”

Said Baldelli:

“I was having a lot of problems the last couple years with my muscles and muscle strains. I think a good way to describe it is literally muscle fatigue and cramping, way before my body should be feeling these things. I would go out there and I was pretty much incapable of doing basic baseball activities as far as running and hitting and throwing.

“When I say fatigue, I go out there and my body is literally spent after a very short amount of time out on the field, which makes it extremely frustrating and difficult, but it’s something that’s kind of a reality right now and something we’re dealing with the best that we can.”

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Good to be Bud

For all our bashing, mocking, handwringing about Bud Selig, how many of us wouldn’t eagerly trade places with him and his $14.5M salary! No wonder he doesn’t want to abdicate his throne anytime soon!

Selig received $14,515,071 in compensation during the 12 months ending Oct. 31, 2006, according to Major League Baseball’s tax return, which the commissioner’s office released Tuesday. That was up from exactly $14.5 million in the 12 months that ended Oct. 31, 2005.

MLB’s contribution to Selig in its benefit plan was $400,999, up from $82,843 in the previous fiscal year, and Selig received $140,603 in expense account and other allowances, an increase from $20,184.

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HGH Education 101

No, I am not a doctor and don’t plan on going back to school to be one. Even if the idea of going back to school sounds fun. At the end of my previous posting, I noted that I needed to get more educated on the effects of HGH. A (very) quick search brought me to an interesting site discussing HGH, its definition, effects, benefits, risks, etc. I make no claims to its accuracy, integrity or anything else. [If you have other sites/sources you like, send them my way!]

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Got Juice?

SI Magazine published their most recent expose on Steroids and HGH use in America, not just by athletes. Pretty interesting read.

Some facts/tidbits leapt out at me:

  • 2.4 million testosterone prescriptions were filled by U.S. pharmacies in 2004, more than twice the number filled in 2000.
  • Three million people in the U.S. use anabolic steroids, the synthetic versions of testosterone that are illegal when they are used for nonmedical reasons
  • John Romano, senior editor at Muscular Development, the top seller among the dozens of magazines that cover powerlifting and bodybuilding, estimates that 15 million Americans use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
  • From Dr. Charles Yesalis, a retired Penn State professor and a recognized authority on steroids: “The teens I’ve talked to say [steroids and HGH] are as easy to get as marijuana.”
  • Last May in Australia the 61-year-old Sylvester Stallone paid $10,600 to settle a charge of criminal drug possession after he was found to have 48 vials of HGH and several vials of testosterone. Stallone has since acknowledged that he takes HGH and testosterone regularly, and legally. “Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it [HGH and testosterone use] because it increases the quality of your life,” Stallone told Time last month.

So what’s the line? Where is it? Is it OK for me to get a legal perscription for HGH to get myself looking and feeling 15-20 years younger but not professional athletes and entertainers? Is it OK for entertainers like Stallone but not pro athletes? Is my only impediment finding a doctor to prescribe it to me?

As time permits, I need to get more educated on the side effects and long term effects of HGH. Why shouldn’t I give it a shot (no pun intended, I swear!) to give myself a boost in getting back in shape? Is being out of shape (even a little) worse for you than taking something that will help you get back into shape? What about someone who is really outta shape? Isn’t that worse? Now, I am not talking about steroids; the long term and short term effects are well documented but I have yet to hear much about HGH effects.

If anyone has any good documentation or sources for the short/long term effects of HGH, please send it my way. Continue reading Got Juice?

Smarter than the average bear?

Seems that while most of the attention goes to fireballing young phenoms Joba Chanberlain and Phil Hughes, it’s lower-key Ian Kennedy who is generating a bit of chatter lately. While IPK, as he’s oft-referenced in Yankees circles, can pitch to 91-92 MPH when he wants to dial up the fastball, his real skills like within his pinpoint control. This has resulted in many scouts likening his style and approach to a lofty peer: Greg Maddux.

Evidently, IPK’s smarter than the average bear, er, pitcher. That’s good since the change in pace from the Joba/Hughes heaters will be a nice weapon. Yanks fans certainly hope so as IPK was reportedly a key piece of the offer the Yanks turned down from the Twins in any Johan Santana trade. Pretty impressive.

Last night, for example, he threw four scoreless innings against the Reds that had one scout in attendance likening at least one impressive sequence to the way Greg Maddux made pitching look easy in his prime.

Yes, Kennedy is the artist of the Yankee trio, dazzling hitters more with his ability to hit corners and change speeds than with high heat. Not that he’s a soft-tosser – at 91-92 mph, his fastball has some pop – but he zoomed through the minors in his first professional season in 2007 because of his command of the fastball and a changeup that has Johan Santana-like qualities.
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It was an inning that made one American League scout at the game last night nod in admiration and say: “That was a Greg Maddux inning.”

“A lot of people who have seen him think he’s a No.3 starter at best in the American League because he doesn’t have the big fastball,” one AL executive said yesterday. “But I’ve heard a couple of scouts say they think he can be more than that because he has such great location with his fastball and he’s got a great changeup.”

IPK had a nice debut last year, starting 3 games, lasting 19 IP, posting a 1.89 ERA with a nifty 1.158 WHIP. Hope that’s just a sample of what’s to come this year. Continue reading Smarter than the average bear?

A look behind the lens

As one of many “former collectors” of Topps baseball cards, this article certainly struck a note. Now that my sons are getting into cards, I find myself going thru my stacks of cards reminiscing about them and that time in my life. Yes, Cardboard Gods has the market cornered on baseball card nostalgia, but the Gene Wojo article brings the photographer in front of the camera for his story.
Some of the interesting tidbits:

A Mark McGwire card features a Forwerck photo of the St. Louis first baseman diving for a line drive. Look hard and you’ll see the company artist took out the umpire in the background, but forgot to take out the umpire’s shadow.
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Barry Bonds promised 30 minutes for a Topps shoot. Instead, Forwerck got him to stay for more than two hours. Turns out Bonds is a huge photography geek.

Of all the big-name athletes I’ve shot, I’ve never met anyone more personable or interested in what I did than him,” says Forwerck. “I love Barry. He’s my hero.”

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