Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 2, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has really stirred things up. He said Asian players are treated better than Latinos in the Major Leagues. For one thing, Asians get translators, the Latinos don't.
* The Colorado Rockies set a record against the Cubs Friday night when 11 straight batters got hits. They won the game 17-2. The next night Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado completed the cycle (single/double/triple/homer in the same game) with a game winning homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Rockies completed the sweep by making a game-saving homer-robbing catch yesterday in the 9th. Oh the joy of being a Cubbies fan.
* The Jets spent last season telling the world that cornerback Darrelle Revis is the best thing since sliced bread, so naturally Revis wants to be paid like he is. He's now officially a holdout.
* 59! Golf's Holy Grail. Stuart Appleby won the Greenbrier Classic with a 59 yesterday. Just the 5th PGA player to ever record that record low number.
2. Trading Places
Hey, thems are the rules. The trading deadline was Saturday and traditionally that's when the haves get "hav-ier." The Yankees picked up 3 players, the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels and Rangers got starting pitchers. And the Braves, Cards and Padres helped themselves as well. Nobody did anything wrong, yet the gulf between the haves and have nots in baseball continues to widen. And if you live in New York and you see the Yankees wheeling and dealing and you root for the Mets, it's particularly disheartening to see your favorite team just sitting on their hands.
3. Going Camping
It's a good week for football fans. Training camps have opened. Although it's not quite the same as baseball's spring training. In late January, baseball fans love hearing "2 weeks til pitchers and catchers." I've yet to hear anybody in July go "whoopee, 14 days til punters and kickers." And don't you love those training camp previews all over the newspapers? I looked up last years preseason predictions on SI.com. They had the Patriots beating the Packers in the Super Bowl. As for the real Super Bowl matchup, the Saints beating the Colts? Neither was supposed to make the playoffs. So enjoy football training camp everyone, just keep in mind, just 196 days until pitchers and catchers.
4. Fire Sale
True story. The sales staff for the Miami Heat sold out all their season tickets. What was their reward? They all got fired. With the seats all sold, who needs 'em?
5. The Law of the Jong-il
Word out of North Korea is that the national soccer team and their coach have suffered severe criticism for having the audacity to embarrass their county by losing all three of their World Cup matches. Everyone was gathered up at the People's Palace of Culture. The coach really got it for "betraying" Kim Jong-un, President Kim Jong-il's son and presumed heir apparent. One report said the coach was sentenced to hard labor as punishment.
Hey, Kim Jong-il expects greatness because he is one of the world's greatest athletes. Just ask the state run media. According to them, he routinely scores 3 or 4 holes in one every time he plays golf and he's bowled perfect 300 games. Come to think of it, the media should have just reported those soccer losses as wins and saved everyone a lot of trouble.
Happy Birthday: Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. 44.
Bonus Birthday: The most nominated best actor (8 times) never to win the award, Peter O'Toole. 78.
Today in Sports: Yankee captain Thurman Munson dies in Canton, Ohio practicing take offs and landings in his small plane. 1979.
Bonus Event: A penny for your thoughts. The first Lincoln penny is produced. 1909.