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The players give their reaction to Citi Field compared to Shea Stadium

August 8, 2011

Every single player around the league has been saying they don’t like Citi Field because of the dimensions or because of the feel that Shea Stadium could never have. Here is what Chipper Jones had to say about the difference:

“Citi Field is a lot bigger than Shea; it doesn’t affect me as much as it affects Wright and (Jason) Bay and those guys,” said Jones, who will return to Atlanta’s starting lineup tonight following knee and quad injuries. “At Shea there was a jet stream out to right-center. I’ve seen David tattoo balls here that sometimes get caught that would have been home runs at Shea. It’s funny to see those guys lace a ball off the wall and get to second base and look at me, like ‘Damn!’ It can be frustrating.”

He also said this about the Citi Field’s atmosphere compared to Shea’s:

He dragged his sore quad and surgically repaired knee one more time into Flushing, and the new place was something of an unpleasant reminder about how the romance and aura of the venue had flown. “Not the same atmosphere,” said Jones, who named his son after Shea. “The fans were right there on top of you. It’s a little more laid-back now, the same thing in Atlanta. You can still yell at the fans. But you got to scream a lot louder.”

Chipper is right that Citi doesn’t have the same feel that Shea ever did but I think that it all has to do with winning. Whenever Chipper would come to Shea, the Mets were always putting up a good year or trying to take the Braves out of contention. Now, the Mets have been so bad they can’t even compete with the Braves. They have had difficulty winning series after series. As for the stadium dimensions, they are completely different than Shea and they were made that way so pitchers couldn’t give up so many home runs just like the big one in 2006 that Aaron Heilman gave up in the NLCS. Overall, I think his points are very valid and I think you could see a change with the stadium and with the team. In a few years, the atmosphere will be back to where it was in Shea when you saw tons of magic. But one thing that won’t change is that Chipper Jones will always be a Met killer…

Video: The Sports Cycle Update

June 5, 2011

Check out my new summer feature, The Sports Cycle update. It is Sports fans guide to highlights, news, and information you need every single night. Check out today’s post and come back for more…

Quote of the Day

February 14, 2011

Via Tweet Deck:

#Braves reliever Peter Moylan on going from 248 lbs to 225:

“I had to, I was fat as s— last year. There comes a time when you look at yourself and go, alright, time to stop…. It doesn’t come off as easily as it used to. I worked my ass off, now it’s off. Hopefully I can keep it off during the season.”

“I walked in yesterday and got on the scales and it was not 225.3, it was 223 on the money. I couldn’t believe it.”

This quote is just hilarious because Moylan is so honest and sincere about his weight. He comes all out and tells everyone that he needed to lose the weight to pitch better in the MLB. Surprisingly, I have to agree with him. The reason is because as a submarine thrower, you do not want to have extra body fat to prevent you from leaning down on your wind up. I believe with the weight loss this season, he will be even more effective this season than he was last season. Now that the Braves are without manager Bobby Cox, they need to change this guy to a 7th or 8th inning guy rather than a right handed specialist…

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2010

It is the fourth of July and nothing gets better on this day than America’s greatest pastime baseball. 

The heart of Red, White and Blue

Here are the starting pitchers for today’s games:

Sunday July 4
Game Time Team Name Record
1:05 p.m. ET OAK Vin Mazzaro (3-2, 4.25)
CLE Fausto Carmona (7-6, 3.68)
1:05 p.m. ET SEA Cliff Lee (7-3, 2.45)
DET Jeremy Bonderman (4-5, 4.36)
1:05 p.m. ET TOR Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.50)
NYY Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.58)
1:35 p.m. ET BAL Brian Matusz (2-9, 4.90)
BOS John Lackey (9-3, 4.46)
1:35 p.m. ET NYM Hisanori Takahashi (6-3, 4.24)
WAS Craig Stammen (2-2, 5.13)
1:35 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.19)
PIT Jeff Karstens (2-3, 4.46)
2:10 p.m. ET TB James Shields (6-8, 4.76)
MIN Nick Blackburn (7-5, 6.02)
2:15 p.m. ET MLW Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 2.56)
STL Adam Wainwright (11-5, 2.34)
2:20 p.m. ET CIN Mike Leake (5-1, 3.30)
CHC Ted Lilly (3-6, 3.12)
3:10 p.m. ET SF Matt Cain (6-7, 2.93)
COL Jason Hammel (6-3, 4.32)
4:05 p.m. ET HOU Brett Myers (5-6, 3.61)
SD Wade LeBlanc (4-6, 3.25)
4:10 p.m. ET LA Chad Billingsley (6-4, 4.25)
ARZ Dan Haren (7-6, 4.56)
5:05 p.m. ET FLA Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.84)
ATL Tim Hudson (8-3, 2.37)
8:05 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.58)
TEX Scott Feldman (5-7, 5.48)
8:15 p.m. ET KC Anthony Lerew (1-1, 3.63)
ANA Joel Pineiro (8-6, 4.23)

…There are a ton of really good games on the list here ranging from Florida vs. Atlanta, Dodgers vs. D’Backs, and Brewers vs. Cardinals… 

…But the best to me has to be the Mets vs. Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. To play baseball in the nations capital with all the excitment of Strasburg and the way the Nationals have played the last few days. This is a given best game of the day! Everyone should watch and enjoy this game today and honor America… 

Nationals wear the colors on their head when they take the field today

My suggestion for fans is to eat a ton of Hotdogs and Hamburgers and open up a can of brew and Thank America for having one of the greatest pastimes…Baseball.