April 4, 2008
#10 San Francisco Giants 222-263 (.458, last 3 seasons)
#9 Los Angeles Kings 58-83-21 9 (.358, last 2 seasons)
#8 Milwaukee Bucks 54-102 (.346, last 2 seasons)
#7 Memphis Grizzlies 42-115 (.268, last 2 seasons)
#6 Miami Heat 13-62 (.173, this season)
Is this the same Miami team that won the NBA Champion only 2 years ago? The answer, obviously, is no, but talk about a fall from glory. This team went 2-15 in the month of March, 2-10 in February, and an even worse 1-11 in January. To be fair this team has been banged up this season including superstars Dwayne Wade and Shawn Marion, but also to be fair, this team will be remembered as one of the worst in the league in a long time.
#5 Miami Dolphins 7-26 (.212, last 2 seasons)
#4 Kansas City Royals 245-399 (.380, last 4 seasons)
#2 Oakland Raiders 16-71 (.184, last 5 seasons)
#1 Pittsburgh Pirates 552 -742 (.427, last 8 seasons)
What do you think of my list of worst franchises? What’s your list?
April 1, 2008
There were some very good baseball games on today’s slate, the best of which was probably the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Atlanta Braves 12-11 in twelve innings. The game went back and forth and just didn’t seem to want to end. Another great game was the Brewers versus the Cubs, at least minus the first eight (scoreless) innings of the game. Starters, Ben Sheets and Carlos Zambrano, pitched some great ball, but when it came down to crunch-time in the ninth inning it was a completely different story. Two of the most under-achieving pitchers in baseball took the stage.
You guessed it, Eric Gagne and Kerry Wood. In the top of the ninth-inning Wood gave up three runs to the Milwaukee Brewers, as they took the 3-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the same inning something extraordinary happened. Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese native and cousin of competetive hot-dog eater Kobayashi, came up to the plate. The setting seemed electric as the entire crowd sang in chant, “Fu-ko-do-me”, and on the fifth pitch of the at-bat he hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Too bad for the Chicago Cubs that they still lost, 4-3, and still won’t end their World Series drought of exactly 100 years. Don’t feel bad Kerry Wood, you aren’t the reason…at least entirely.
My personal pick for the World Series champion this year is the New York Mets. They are pretty good and if anyone has a chance to dethrone the gross Yankee-Red Sox duo than it’s them. So, come on, Johan Santana, don’t win the World Series for yourself, or your team, or even your fans – do it for the Yankee haters.