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My Bud Selig Interview

Got ya reading!  We both know that Bud Selig would never agree to an interview with me or any other blogger, so I present the questions that I would ask him.

Bud, thank you for joining me today.

Under your watch baseball has grown leaps and bounds, what in your opinion is the reason for it?

The 1998 Home Run Derby between McGwire and Sosa is credited with saving the game after the 1994 Strike, How do you sleep at night knowing both players were juicing during it?

You openly didn’t care about steroids until the U.S. Government hauled you up to Capitol Hill. Can we just call you a hypocrite now?

I’m going to name you a list of players who have made boatloads of money for the game, tell me what they have in common?  Piazza, Bonds, Clemens, Palmiero, McGwire, Sosa, Rodriguez, Braun, Ortiz, Ramirez.  And Bud you can’t say steroids.

Why can’t we have instant replay in baseball?

Am I wrong in assuming the witch hunt towards Alex Rodriguez has everything to do with keeping the media off of your back for your string of awful decisions in regards to Instant Replay, the All Star Game, Contraction, World Baseball Classic?

Umpires are downright awful as of late, any chance of you saying something or are you afraid of their union?

How does your ego feel that you are trying to cement your legacy as commissioner of baseball?

Thanks for sitting down with me.  As usual after hearing you talk I need to go and talk a shower.

 

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot lunacy

The Hagueside by Jim Hague

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First, let me start out by writing that it has been way too long since I’ve added a blog. It’s been over a month. A lot has taken place in that month. Avery Johnson was fired as coach of the Nets and replaced by my long-time friend P.J. Carlesimo (although P.J. probably doesn’t want that association out there). The Giants and Jets failed to make the playoffs. Christmas has come and gone. We rang in a New Year and let’s face facts, after what we all endured in 2012, we can definitely say “Good riddance.”

Between the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in places that I adored as a teenager into adulthood, like Point Pleasant, Belmar, Sea Bright and Manasquan, places on the Jersey Shore that may never recover, to the horrific story of those innocent little children in Newtown, CT, 20 of whom were murdered and the rest terrorized, 2012 was not a year to remember.

On a personal note, I survived three hospital stays and five surgeries. I lost my beloved brother-in-law, as well as several other good friends. I won’t forget memorable people like Jay Costello or Shawn Feeley anytime soon. Let’s just say that we can easily turn the page on that nightmarish year.

Now, we’ve come across the first sports controversy of 2013. The National Baseball Hall of Fame held its recent balloting for players to be inducted and remarkably, not a single baseball legend earned the 75 percent of the votes needed for induction. It was the first time the voting failed to produce a single inductee since 1996.

If I was fortunate to have a vote for the Hall of Fame, there’s no question that I would have voted for four people hands down. My ballot would have been cast for Barry Bonds, Roger ClemensMike Piazza and Jack Morris.

Let’s address each one. Bonds and Clemens should be absolute no-brainers. Bonds won an astounding seven MVP awards. The same for Clemens with Cy Young Awards. They were two of the most dominant performers baseball has ever seen.

But they both were left off of nearly two-thirds of all the ballots cast by the the Baseball Writers of America. And why? Because both have been found to have used anabolic steroids or human growth hormones during their stints in the big leagues.

My feeling is this: Both Bonds and Clemens were Hall of Famers before they were ever introduced to “The Juice” in the late 1990s. Both had collective bodies of work worthy of induction before they ever saw a needle.

Now, I personally despise both people. Bonds is the second worst professional athlete I’ve ever dealt with in my 30-plus years as a sportswriter. One time at Shea Stadium, Bonds went out of his way to totally humiliate me and about eight other writers, trying to do our jobs, waiting to get a quote.

Bonds had a handful of the cardboard boxes used to carry hot dogs and drinks to your seat at a ball game. He then proceeded to place these boxes in a square around his locker and told the sportswriters, including yours truly, that we couldn’t step inside the boxes to get to him, that we had to ask Bonds the questions from behind the boxes.

When we stupidly agreed to his rules, Bonds then got up and disappeared into the visting team’s lounge, never to be heard from again. We were duped by a classless jerk. He treated everyone with the same disdain, including his own teammates.

I had only a few times to interview Clemens, so my feelings about him are more relegated to his actions on the field, throwing the ball at undeserving opponents, throwing the broken bat at Piazza in the 2000 World Series, then tried to say he thought the broken bat was the ball, which made no sense, because if it was the ball, why didn’t he then throw it to first base and not at Piazza running up the line. He was just a hateful athlete.

However, I feel both belong in Cooperstown. They compiled enough of a resume to get there before a syringe touched their bodies. The steroids prolonged their careers and turned their careers into something never before seen by a player or a pitcher. It’s unfair to give them their just due.

In the case of Piazza, he is the greatest hitting catcher to ever play the game. Sure, he’s a personal favorite, because he’s the best position player in the history of my favorite team, the Mets. But his statistics as a catcher are not matched by anyone inducted or who have played since. Piazza is also deserving of his spot.

So why did Piazza not earn induction? Some suggest that there have been hints that Piazza took steroids, but all of that is based on rumor and innuendo. It’s never been proven. He wasn’t indicted like Bonds and Clemens, yet there is some cloud of controversy swirling above Piazza’s head. It personally makes no sense to me.

The player who got closest to getting the necessary 75 percent is Craig Biggio, who fell 39 votes short of induction. Biggio is a very nice player who got the 3,000 hits that used to seal a one-way ticket to Cooperstown. But Biggio was a .280 lifetime hitter who was never the best player on his own team. He deserves it over Piazza? That idea is simply laughable.

The one next in line is one of the best big-game pitchers of my lifetime, Jack Morris, who keeps inching closer and closer to induction, but he failed to get the votes once again. Morris is a Hall of Famer, no question.

True, this was definitely the deepest and most talented Hall of Fame ballot of my lifetime.Jeff Bagwell and my friend Tim Raines, who I worked with for two years when he was the manager of the Newark Bears, are both worthy candidates. When you add the steroid kings like Bonds, Clemens, Rafael Palmiero, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, that’s a lot of guys to consider.

So that’s the biggest reason why no one got the 75 percent. I can’t see how Biggio would gain induction over Piazza. If it’s because there’s a hint and rumor about steroids, then that’s ludicrous.

It sure makes for a very empty induction ceremony in Cooperstown come July.
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The NHL has ended its lockout and players are coming back to hit the ice this weekend for a shortened training camp. The teams will play a 48-game schedule and everything will be back to normal.

Or will it? Will the fans simply accept that they were kept away for three months, while the players and owners bickered over millions?

It’s the second time in eight years that the NHL season was tampered with because of a labor dispute. The entire 2004-2005 season was wiped away because of an owner’s lockout or a players’ strike, call it what you want.

Do hockey fans forget about the greed and avarice and welcome the players back with open arms? It’s going to be very interesting to see.
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And thanks for your patience with me as I produced another blog.

Miss What’s Brewin

We decided to name official ambassadors for What’s Brewin and have named them the Brewettes.  Meg Carreiro is the first official of the Brewettes, follow her on Twitter @MrsCervelli

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What makes you, you? – My smile, my nervous laugh, my love of the Yankees

If you could play any sport professionally what would it be? For what team? What position would you play?

Baseball.Yankees.First Base.

What are your hobbies?

Watching baseball. Traveling. Going to Broadway shows. Going to matinee movies alone. Baking cupcakes.

What do you look for in a guy?

Someone smart, that can teach me things. Someone that can make me laugh. Someone that understands & supports my profession. Someone who treats people right. Someone who knows what they want in life and goes after it. Nice smile. Nice eyes.

What dating advice would you give What’s Brewin in Sports readers?

Be honest. Plain and simple, the other person is always going to find out. If you were trying not to hurt them, and they find out, their going to be more hurt. If someone is going to hurt them so you try to hide it, you shouldn’t have done it!

Who is your biggest athlete/celebrity crush?

Athlete: Josh Hamilton … Cervelli … Posada … Mike Mussina … Dan Blackburn (what ever happened to him?) … Urijah Faber.

Celeb: Jeremy Piven. Adrian Grenier. Josh Hartnett. Tim Lopez. Taylor Hanson. Constantine Maroulis.

Who’s your girl crush?

Angelina Jolie circa Mr & Mrs Smith. Mila Kunis

What is your dream job?

Actor. Or Clubhouse report for the Yankees.

If you found $20 in your pocket, what would you spend it on?

Probably food, ketel and tonics, or beer.

Favorite Team?

Yankees

Favorite Player?

Yogi Berra

Favorite TV show?

Still on TV? Probably Sons of Anarchy currently, it changes quickly however.

Favorite Holiday?

N/A

Favorite Movie?

Almost Famous. The Lion King. A Bronx Tale. The Sandlot. Serendipity. Anchorman. Knocked Up. I Love You Man. The Muppets.

Favorite Food?

Chicken Provenzal from LaLa’s Argentinean Grill in LA

Is there anything you think people would be surprised to know about you?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

If you could have any superhero trait, what would it be? 

The lasso of truth.

What makes a woman sexy?

boobs, butts, brains.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I’ll never tell 😉

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t just leave your life up to fate, you’ve got to turn it around before it’s too late. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. Yes the best advice I’ve ever received come from songs and movies.

Where is one place you’ve always wanted to travel?

Italy

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Cell

If you could have dinner with anyone in history living or dead who would it be?

James Dean. Yogi Berra. Marylin Monroe. Hitler (with a guard to keep my non Aryan ass safe ) I am interested in figuring out why he hated everyone so much, what happened to him to make him that way. He is a sick man, I don’t agree with what he did, but I want to try to at least somewhat wrap my brain around it.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Smokers.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Married with Children.

How do you blow off steam?

 Gym. Break shit. Mosh pits.

What is the most played song on your iPod?

Beautiful Disaster Jon McLaughlin. I Want To Save You Something Corporate. Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s. Penny & Me Hanson. The Fearless Must Endure Jasta feat Zakk Wylde.

What song immediately gets you up on the dance floor?

I Want You Back. Jackson 5. ABC. Jackson 5.

What’s Brewin in Sports 2012 MLB Predictions

The time has come again for us at the What’s Brewin in Sports Radio Network to make predictions for the upcoming 2012 Major League Season.  Obviously since we are fans these will probably be wrong so don’t hold us to them.

Brew Keeler Rosie Wassel
AL East NYY NYY NYY BOS
BOS TB TB TOR
TOR BOS BOS NYY
TB TOR TOR TB
BAL BAL BAL BAL
AL Central DET DET DET DET
KC CLE CLE KC
CLE KC CWS CLE
MIN MIN MIN CWS
CWS CWS KC MIN
AL West TEX TEX TEX LAA
LAA LAA LAA TEX
OAK SEA OAK OAK
SEA OAK SEA SEA
AL Wild Card BOS LAA LAA TEX
LAA TB CLE TOR
ALDS NYY-DET NYY-TB NYY-DET BOS-DET
TEX-BOS DET-TEX TEX-LAA TOR-LAA
ALCS NYY-BOS NYY-DET TEX-NYY BOS-LAA
NL East MIA ATL PHI PHI
PHI PHI WSH ATL
WSH WSH ATL MIA
ATL MIA MIA WSH
NYM NYM NYM NYM
NL Central PIT STL STL STL
CIN CIN MIL PIT
MIL MIL CIN MIL
STL PIT PIT CIN
CHC CHC CHC CHC
HOU HOU HOU HOU
NL West SF ARZ SF LAD
ARZ SF ARZ SF
LAD COL LAD ARZ
COL LAD COL COL
SD SD SD SD
NL Wild Card ARZ PHI ARZ STL
PHI SF WSH SF
NLDS MIA-PIT ARZ-PHI STL-ARZ PHI-SF
SF-PHI ATL-STL SF-PHI ATL-STL
NLCS PHI-PIT PHI-STL STL-SF PHI-STL
WS NYY-PHI PHI-DET TEX-STL PHI-LAA
NYY DET TEX LAA
WS MVP Rodriguez Fielder Beltre Pujols
NL MVP Posey Upton Kemp Kemp
NL Cy Young Strasburg Hanson Halladay Halladay
AL MVP Cano Cabrera Hamilton Bautista
AL Cy Young Lester Verlander Verlander Sabathia

FREDDIE COUPON: LIAR WITH NO PEERS

Liar, liar, pants on fire
The incomparable lying Freddie Coupon

The incomparable, lying windbag known as Freddie Coupon showed up at the Mets’ training facility in Port St. Lucie Monday to offer his state of the Mets address.

And after listening to this deceitful disgrace spew one falsehood after another over the years, I didn’t think he was capable of lying even more.

I was wrong. Freddie Coupon, who obviously and truly believes that loyal Met fans are both stupid and gullible, made like Pinocchio again and said that the Mets did make a $100 million offer to former franchise shortstop Jose Reyes, who took his freshly shorn dreadlocks and scurried to Miami, even though he wanted to stay.

Now, this latest claim comes on the heels of Reyes and his agent both stating after Reyes signed with the Marlins that the Mets never made a single offer at all. They were led to believe that the Mets had no interest in re-signing him at all.

But Coupon, who becomes more of a laughingstock than his beleaguered team every time he opens his trap, laid that bombshell on the media yesterday. It’s a flat out lie.

Then, he manages to throw yet another general manager under the proverbial bus, by saying that it was Sandy Alderson’s idea to cut the payroll by some $60 million and that the drastic dip in payroll had nothing to do the with the Bernie Madoff situation.

First, let’s address the claim about Alderson wanting to cut payroll. What general manager with any sense of sanity wants to actually cut payroll to put an inferior product on the field? Every GM wishes they had unlimited payroll to go out and sign the best free agents possible, not the bottom of the barrel dregs. It makes the GM’s job that much easier, knowing he doesn’t have to worry about every single penny when it comes to signing talent.

So does anyone with at least one brain wave still operating inside their noggin believe that Alderson actually asked Coupon and Coupon, Jr., the lying son who actually took a helicopter to the Knicks-Heat game last week, for a payroll cut? Seriously, does Coupon think we’re all that stupid?

If I’m Alderson, who was begged by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to take the Mets’ GM job in an effort to save the whole ridiculous franchise, I’m looking to bail out now, especially since my so-called boss just got out the team bus _ chartered, of course _ and drove it right over me.

I guess Freddie Coupon expects Alderson to be a loyal soldier. Coupon expects a lot of things.

Like he expects everyone to believe that the team’s financial woes have nothing to do with the Madoff investigation. You have to be kidding me. If there was nothing wrong, then why would Coupon be looking to divest and bring in other owners? Why would you have to cut payroll? Because you want to be fiscally solvent? That might work in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, but not New York, especially not when the richest franchise in all of sports is located right across the river from you.

Why does Coupon persist with the idea that there’s nothing wrong? A quick glimpse at the Mets’ roster and you see a team that simply cannot compete in the NL East, especially when everyone else in the division has improved and you’ve brought in immortals like Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco. It’s been a while since the Mets were this much of a non-factor a month before Opening Day. They’re destined for last place in the division by far.

Of course there’s something wrong, way wrong. If there wasn’t anything wrong, the Mets wouldn’t be in the state they’re in _ thanks to the lying windbag and his equally liar of a son.

Coupon said that he had received some investors who are putting their money into his beleaguered franchise, that there could be an influx of approximately $250 million with the new investors’ money.

But a quick glance shows that four of the seven investors are actually from Coupon’s stable. He’s basically doing the wise thing, taking some of the millions he receives in revenue from the SNY cable network and divesting that money into his team. SNY makes money, hand over foot, some $290 million in revenue last year.

And this way, Coupon is protecting himself as well if there is a settlement to be made in the Madoff case.

One last thing. The idea that the Mets lost $70 million last year is absurd. They didn’t lose $70 million, because no company could afford to operate at a $70 million deficit. They just made $70 million less last year than the year before. It wasn’t that they lost $70 million. Just made $70 million less. Big difference.

Coupon made a mockery of the whole proceeding by showing a wad of money, apparently all $5 bills, as a way of saying everything is all right.

“It’s OK,” Coupon said. “I’ve got fives.”

Is that supposed to be funny?

He also vowed that he would own the Mets until he died. That was the worst news of all. Because as long as he continues to hold on to the Mets, the team is as laughable as he is.

He offered one last lie in his series of falsehoods: “I think we have a pretty good and a competitive baseball team.”

No, Mr. Coupon, you don’t.

Make no bones about it, the reason why Coupon is holding on to the Mets and every thing else is the fact that he still holds the right of emminent domain on the area outside CitiField. All the auto body shops and car repair businesses right outside the ballpark could be removed in a heartbeat if Coupon bought them all out, then took over the area and redeveloped it with shops, restaurants, commercial and residential areas. It has the potential to be worth billions. Coupon gives up the Mets and that right of emminent domain goes out the window.

He’s still seeing $$$$ flash across his eyes, even in a depressed real estate market. It’s how Coupon made his fortune in the first place. He knows real estate much better than he knows baseball.

But please, Coupon has to stop lying to us all. Enough is enough. You weren’t signing Reyes. Alderson didn’t ask for a payroll cut. That was your idea. And your team is in shambles and you have only yourself and the lying helicopter boy to blame. No one else. It’s your mess.

Can it be cleaned up? Not as long as Freddie Coupon is calling the shots and lying through his choppers with every single syllable that comes out of his narrowminded head.

As a member of the Met fan contingency, I can attest to one thing. We are not morons. We’re only morons if we head out to that mausoleum this year and watch Coupon’s folly.
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The Golden Eagle Warriors of Marquette are 23-5 and are currently ranked No. 7 in the entire nation. It’s really an unbelievable feat and credit has to be given to coach Buzz Williams, who could be Big East Coach of the Year if voters just forget about what has happened with Mike Brey and Notre Dame again this year. Despite the Irish’s two straight setbacks, Brey has done a wonderful job in South Bend this season, but he was both the Big East and National Coach of the Year last year. Can he win it again?

Yes, I’m offering praise to Williams, who I lambasted here a year ago. He deserves praise. I’m a big man. Literally.
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SportsGuyMike’s Today In Sports History June 22nd!

Today we have some baseball milestones & one NBA Champion.

1930-Babe Ruth ties a major league record by hitting five homers in two games and six homers in three games. The Yankee outfielder hit three homers in the second game of the
doubleheader yesterday, two homers in today’s opener and one more in the nightcap.

1930-Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in a game, Ruth hits 3 in doubleheader

1932-The National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Although some teams in the AL implemented digits on their jerseys on a regular basis a
few seasons ago, the Senior Circuit had refused to follow suit, probably as the result of the Cardinals being harassed by opposing players and fans when they wore numerals on their
sleeves in 1923.

1941-In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio’s sixth inning blast not only breaks
the major league mark, previously held by the Tigers, but also continues his own consecutive game hitting streak to 35 games.

1962-Boog Powell becomes first player to homer over the center field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles’ first baseman goes deep off Boston’s Don Schwall, who gives up the 469-foot shot.

1982-Phillies’ Pete Rose moves into second place for career hits passing Hank Aaron with his 3,772nd hit. The historic hit is a third inning double off of Cardinal hurler John Stuper.

1987-After spending over two weeks training to make a comeback with the Mets, Tom Seaver announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, in
which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.

1990-Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns

1994-Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30
homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners’ 70th game of the season.

1994-48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

SportsGuyMike’s Today In Sports History June 21st!

Some of the most interesting things around sports happened on this day. For Yankee fans all over the world, today was a very sad day in 1939 to say the least. Enjoy some of these other TISH bits.

1932 – Heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey. Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, exclaimed “We was robbed!”

1939 – Lou Gehrig quit baseball due to illness.

1942 – Ben Hogan recorded the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament. Hogan shot a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL.

1954 – Australian John Landy ran the mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. He was the second person to achieve the feat.

1963 – In St. Louis, Bob Hayes set a record when he ran the 100-yard dash in 0.09.1.

1970 – Tony Jacklin became the second British golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open golf tournament.

1997 – The Women’s National Basketball Association made its debut. The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57.

1999 – Pantera rode a float in the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Dallas. Pantera is responsible for the Stars’ theme song.