I Just Need the Weight of Words - And now you know why we talked so long

Jul. 21st, 2006

11:09 pm - And now you know why we talked so long

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First of all, Stephanie (as in Kenny's Stephanie) comes in Saturday at 8 p.m.  I need to be elsewhere, because whatever they do together, I don't want to be around for.

tabor36 and I were talking on Thursday about the new MLB promotion Hometown Heroes, which allows fans to vote on the most outstanding player in each franchise's history.  I voted, and some of the choices were really tough.  Want to debate?  Bring it.

Today: American League
Tomorrow: National League

Oh, you want a cut?



 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Ballot:
-Eddie Murray
-Jim Palmer
-Cal Ripken, Jr.
-Brooks Robinson
-Frank Robinson

A sneaky hard ballot to start off.  At first it seems obvious, but then I remembered how Eddie Murray had 3000 hits, a bunch of them with the O's, and how Frank Robinson won MVPs in both leagues, and how Brooks Robinson was a Hoover with some pop, and how Jim Palmer did ads for the Money Store (1-800-LOAN-YES).  But I'm going with my gut, and the night in 1995 when my entire body was goose bumped.

MY PICK: CAL RIPKEN, JR.

 BOSTON RED SOX

Ballot:
-Roger Clemens
-Jim Rice
-Ted Williams
-Carl Yastrzemski
-Cy Young

The frozen guy wins!

MY PICK: TED WILLIAMS

 CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Ballot:
-Luke Appling
-Harold Baines
-Nellie Fox
-Minnie Minoso
-Frank Thomas

Kind of a nondescript list here, including a guy most famous for playing in six decades.  When in doubt, go for the big bat.

MY PICK: FRANK THOMAS

 CLEVELAND INDIANS

Ballot:
-Earl Averill
-Larry Doby
-Bob Feller
-Nap Lajoie
-Tris Speaker

I would have liked to see Rocky Colavito on the ballot, but either way, you can't go against one of the best fastballs ever.

MY PICK: BOB FELLER

 DETROIT TIGERS

Ballot:
-Ty Cobb
-Charlie Gehringer
-Hank Greenberg
-Al Kaline
-Alan Trammell

Yikes.  There's a lot of talent here.  It's weird to see Trammell, though, without Lou Whitaker.  The best Tigers pitcher ever is also a tough call, but I'd go with Mickey Lolich over Hal Newhouser.  And The Bird.  Damn, The Bird was cool.

MY PICK: TY COBB

 KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Ballot:
-George Brett
-Amos Otis
-Bret Saberhagen
-Mike Sweeney
-Frank White

This one isn't close, but Dan Quisenberry should at least be on the ballot.  Bring back the powder-blue unis!

MY PICK: GEORGE BRETT

 LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

Ballot:
-Jim Abbott
-Don Baylor
-Rod Carew
-Chuck Finley
-Tim Salmon

One of the rules I live by: If you get beaten up by that chick from the Whitesnake video, you can't be your franchise's greatest player.

MY PICK: TIM SALMON

 MINNESOTA TWINS

Ballot:
-Rod Carew
-Kent Hrbek
-Harmon Killebrew
-Tony Oliva
-Kirby Puckett

Um, did they forget that the franchise used to be in D.C. (you know, the Senators) and had a pitcher named Walter Johnson?  I guess they did.

Poor Rod Carew.  This makes two straight teams he'll get shafted on.  But I had to go with the guy who was not only larger than life, but greater than The Logo himself, Harmon Killebrew.

MY PICK: KIRBY PUCKETT

 NEW YORK YANKEES

Ballot:
-Yogi Berra
-Joe DiMaggio
-Lou Gehrig
-Mickey Mantle
-Babe Ruth

Jesus Christ.  I hate the fucking Yankees.

MY PICK: BABE RUTH

 OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Ballot:
-Dennis Eckersley
-Lefty Grove
-Rickey Henderson
-"Catfish" Hunter
-Reggie Jackson

As the man himself said, rather modestly I think, "This is Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey."  Stolen Base King, I'll put you through.

MY PICK: RICKEY HENDERSON

 SEATTLE MARINERS

Ballot:
-Jay Buhner
-Ken Griffey, Jr.
-Edgar Martinez
-Jamie Moyer
-Ichiro Suzuki

I was really torn on this one.  In the end, Junior Griffey's defensive heroics propelled him over Edgar Martinez.  But if Ichiro has a couple more Ichiro seasons, this is his category to lose when they do this thing again.

MY PICK: KEN GRIFFEY, JR.

 TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

Ballot:
-Wade Boggs
-Carl Crawford
-Roberto Hernandez
-Aubrey Huff
-Fred McGriff

Hahahahahahahahahaha...HA!  HA!  HA!

No, wait.

HA!  HA!  HA!

Okay, almost done.

HA!  Ha.  Ha...

If Fred McGriff wins, will he thank Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills video?  "This is the instructional video that gets results!"

MY PICK: AUBREY HUFF

 TEXAS RANGERS

Ballot:
-Rusty Greer
-Ivan Rodriguez
-Nolan Ryan
-Jim Sundberg
-Mark Teixeira

Nolan Ryan should get a few votes because he was a Ranger when he pummelling Robin Ventura.  But the best hitter, and best player, for the Rangers isn't even on this list.  So it's time for a write-in vote.

MY PICK: JUAN GONZALEZ

 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Ballot:
-Roberto Alomar
-Joe Carter
-Tony Fernandez
-Pat Hentgen
-Dave Steib

Good to see Dave Steib get some love.  I've always thought he's one of the more underrated pitchers of the 1980s.  (One of the more underrated pitchers of the 1880s?  Tim Keefe.  You ever hear him mentioned?  He only got 300 wins!)  I'm trying to be civil in this whole thing, but I have one thing to say, from the bottom of my Phillies-loving heart - Joe Carter, I hate you.

MY PICK: JOE CARTER

Current Mood: lethargicsluggish
Current Music: "Shake Ya Tailfeather", Nelly; shuffle, dude!

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From:urgent_farewell
Date:July 22nd, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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Oh my god LJ Cut mother fucker.
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From:campana
Date:July 22nd, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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i can't believe they left ken "digger" phelps off the cleveland list.
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From:shauntkuter
Date:July 22nd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Hee.

(If you don't get the joke.)
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From:koolwater
Date:July 22nd, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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This post was in definite need of a LJ cut... and what do you think will happen with mr kenny and stephanie... i smell trouble just waiting to happen....
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From:shauntkuter
Date:July 22nd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't know...my guess is violent sex, followed by a very emotional (and very physically damaging) confrontation.

Whatever happens, I need to be out of the goddamn house, preferably with a drink in my hand.
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From:koolwater
Date:July 22nd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
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If i was there, i would definitely be out of there with a drink right beside you... yikes. anyway, good luck.
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From:lyricallibra21
Date:July 22nd, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Make an LJ cut....for God's sake!
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From:mpetelle
Date:July 22nd, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I am disappointed they didn't put Shoeless Joe Jackson for the White Sox. He is my favorite player of all time.
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From:shauntkuter
Date:July 22nd, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I was surprised at that as well. Especially since he played pretty sterling defense, and Baines was a DH.

By the way, who do you think is the best pitcher in White Sox history? I would go with Wilbur Wood.
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