Monday, August 31, 2009

We Gotta Get It Right Back To Where We Started From

If there is one thing Dodger fans could learn from this season, it would be the fact that no matter how bad you may be doing at one point, it won't always be like that. With the game on Saturday against the Reds, we saw the Dodgers getting back to the winning form that they used to have. The starting pitching was a little rough, but it has been all season.
The game started off with Manny hitting a 2-run home run to drive in Rafael Furcal and make the game 2-o L.A. Mark Loretta added to this total with an RBI in the second inning. Then before you could even blink your eyes the game was 4-0 L.A.
Then came the third inning.
It started off fine, until the Reds came to the plate.
Dodger pitcher Charlie Haeger managed to give up four runs (Two of which were home runs) in the span of the bottom of the third inning. And by this time he only had one out. So veteran Jeff Weaver was sent in to get those dang outs and end the endless inning. If you are going to watch this game on tivo, I recommend fast forwarding to the seventh inning. With the game at 5-4 Dodgers after a Rafael Furcal solo shot, the Dodgers blew the game wide open and reminded Dodger nation that yes, it is possible for them to score runs. The scoring started with a Juan Pierre RBI to make it 7-4 Dodgers. Then came Matt Kemp's 3-run home run to make the game 10-4 Dodgers. Then to put the icing on the 6 run cake, Orlando Hudson hit a solo smash to make it 11-4 Dodgers. This was the final score as the Reds were not able to retaliate.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We've Only Just Begun!

Finally! The Giants played their first pre-season game of the season on Monday vs. the Carolina Panthers. Here are my thoughts from the 24-17 Giants victory.
1. Having Osi Umenyiora back is huge for the defense. They missed him last year and now that he's back he is going to make everyone around him look better.
2. The receiving core is going to be better than people will think. Domenik Hixon and Sinorice Moss looked better than expected and showed the ability to consistantly catch the ball.
3. The running game is still at a top notch level. They aren't going to miss Derrick Ward.
4. Eli Manning looked good, but didn't have to do a lot. Most of his snaps consisted of handing the ball off.
5. Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden had good moments, and they had rookie moments. Neither one even came in the game until the third quarter however.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just Got PAID!

This post is dedicated to the newly rich Eli Manning. Yesterday Manning agreed to a contract extention that is reportedly worth $ 97 Millon for six years. Honestly, I'm glad they got this out of the way. It's nice to not have it hang over your head throughout the season. Did I honestly think he would become a free agent? No. He's the franchise QB and the Giants aren't about to let him go anywhere. Now the only thing that Eli has to do is make himself worth all this money. Now ideallically, it would be nice if he were to prove himself worthy of all this by winning a championship, but let's be realistic. The G-Men have a tough schedual and there is a lot of unknowns with the recievers. So, I think in the long run he will prove he's worth what he's being paid. I just don't think that it's going to show instantly.