Thursday, October 27, 2005

Congratulations!

...to the Chicago White Sox, for ending their 88 year curse by winning/sweeping the World Series last night.

...to Bobby Valentine, Matt Franco, and to Benny Agbayani (and I guess to Satoru Komiyama even though he stunk here in New York) for completing a sweep of their own for the Chiba Lotte Marines against the Hanshin Tigers early Monday morning. Agbo and Franco each hit a HR in the series.

...to Houston Astro fans, for ending all controversy by proving once and for all that roof closed or roof open, that they wouldn't have made one bit of difference. Because when it counted, when presented with the opportunity to get in the way of a foul ball in the stands, backed off and let Juan Uribe go David Wright on you...in Game Four of the World Series! Nice job clutch city.

...and to Bruce Chen, the first annual winner of the Onion inspired "Todd Zeile Award".

He actually finished in a first place tie with Mike Stanton. But I used my position as webmaster to cast the deciding vote...and I would vote for the cockroaches under my sink over anything regarding Mike Stanton.

I know that probably doesn't make Bruce Chen feel too special, but hey Bruce, you won. Enjoy it.

Bruce Chen is a great choice...and thanks to the fan that reminded me of him to make him a late add. In sixteen seasons, the award's namesake has had 615 teammates. In half that time, Bruce Chen has had 438 teammates already. Chen started his career with the Atlanta Braves, which makes his journey all the more amazing since it distinguishes him as one of the few pitchers that Leo Mazzone couldn't transform into a superstar. He has since pitched for the Phillies, then the Mets in 2001...the Mets, Expos AND the Reds in 2002 alone...the Astros and Red Sox in 2003, and the Orioles in the last two seasons. This season, Leo Mazzone gets another crack at him after joining the Orioles as their pitching coach.

7 comments:

jabair said...

Interesting article in newsweek highlighting why the AL is asuperior league than the NL

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9841850/site/newsweek/

Kyle in Newport News said...

Danny Graves is gone. Now I guess it's time to start negotiations with John Rocker...

jdon said...

or maybe the Mets can find the Japanese Mike Maddux this time. Or the Korean Roy Lee Jackson. Or the Chinese Dennis Ribant

Kyle in Newport News said...

How about tapping into the cricket leagues?

Darth Marc said...

Chen actually had a pretty good year with the O's this year. Be interesting see if Mazzone can help him improve on that...

jabair said...

do you guys think the AL is a superior league?

Sidd Finch said...

watch what you say about Dennis Ribant. He pitched a shutout in my first game ever at Shea 8/17/64