Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 4, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
2. Burn Baby Burn
How confident are Yankee fans tonight? The truth is, not very. Desperate for a win, they hand the ball to A.J. Burnett to save their season. A couple of stats. He has the highest earned run average of any regular Yankee starting pitcher. Add to that he's given up the most homers and the most walks. Get the picture? The Yankees gave him a big fat contract because he showed flashes of brilliance. If the Yankees are to live for another day, he had better show more than that. By the way, another big money guy, Alex Rodriguez is the only Yankee starter without a hit in the three games. Top 5 subscriber A.M. suggests, "Maybe he needs a new nickname...O-Rod." Ouch.
3. Punch and Judy Hitters
Some interesting numbers have emerged from the just completed baseball season. Numbers like anemic batting averages, fewer homers, and less scoring per game. You have to go back to the late 80s and early 90s to find such limited output. Is the one-word answer steroids? Or is it steroids and amphetamines? Baseball people claim the pitching has gotten better, but which came first, the drug test or warning track power?
4. Next Question
Andy Roddick got dumped in the first round at a tennis tournament in Beijing yesterday. Andy (ranked 15th in the world) called the loss to South African Kevin Anderson (ranked 31st) unacceptable. Apparently Roddick felt the same way about a question he was asked in the post-match news conference. He was asked what he thought of retirement and after pausing he told the reporter, "I think you should retire." Other reporters applauded. Roddick up and walked out. The media session turned out to be more entertaining than his match.
5. Plain English
My new hero is the Associated Press editor who sent out a style guide for sportswriters who are covering the baseball playoffs. In part it reads, "Better to say a player hit a home run, rather than he 'walloped' or 'blasted' or 'cracked' it. Home runs are also homers, but avoid calling them 'dingers,' 'jacks,' 'bombs,' 'taters' and 'four-baggers.' In short, avoid hackneyed words and phrases." I've always subscribed to that theory. Now if we can start working on sportscasters who insist on "going yard."
Happy Birthday: Hall of Fame linebacker for the Giants and Redskins, Sam Huff. 77.
Bonus Birthday: Annie Savoy. Bull Durham's Susan Sarandon. 65.
Today in Sports: Bums no more. The Brooklyn Dodgers finally win a World Series beating the Yankees in 7 games. 1955.
Bonus Event: "Ward, I'm very worried about the Beaver." Leave it to Beaver debuts on CBS. 1957.
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