Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Few Notes From The World of Baseball

Every now and then I like to do a link dump. These are generally items I think are interesting, but which I don't want to waste a lengthy post on. And I find baseball to be the perfect sport for this. So let's get to it, shall we...

Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos has quite the negative reputation as the guy who has ruined one of baseball's great franchises -- that usually comes from those people who forget that the Orioles were once the St. Louis Browns. For those not familiar with Angelos' reputation, just think of him as the American League version of Drayton McLane. Only there's one slight problem. The guy seems to have turned over a new leaf, and before Monday's season opener, only two players on the Orioles roster had ever met the guy. (h/t Baseball Musings). I'm pretty sure that even the Astros clubhouse guy has met Drayton. Hell, I worked on the DiamondVision and I met the guy.

The Dallas Observer (sister paper to the mothership) has a blog post on the Texans Rangers Opening Day on Monday. The Rangers defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-1. For the first time since Opening Day in 1989 (that's got to be what he meant since Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game for the Rangers in 1994), a Rangers starting pitcher tossed six scoreless innings. Kevin Millwood did so this year while Charlie Hough did it in 1989. And the Rangers had 15 hits, which tied their Opening Day record that they set in 1982.

Not only did CC Sabathia get beat up quite badly by the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, but the Yankees' new savior didn't get any strikeouts. That was the first time in 110 outings that he's gone without a strikeout.

And to close things out, here's a picture of the wife of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Cole Hamels. Her name is Heidi Strobel, and some of you may recognize her from Survivor and the pages (nsfw) of Playboy. (nsfw)