Random thoughts while watching a battle for 2nd place
Dustin Pedroia is faster now than when I saw him in the minors a few years ago. Back then I clocked him at 4.6, running hard (I think he was trying to beat out a DP). Tonight I got him at 4.0 on a grounder to Jeter. The previous inning I had Ellsbury at 3.8. I hesitate to say good things about any Red Sox, but Dustin totally kicks ass, a complete ballplayer and the best position player from the 2004 draft (only ones close are Stephen Drew and Hunter Pence, at least after checking rounds 1-10.)
Congratulations to A-Rod, for tying the Mick in homeruns.
Vladimir Guerrero will not be an all-star. Josh Hamilton has passed him in the voting. Hamilton absolutely deserves the spot, and Vlad is not having quite the season we're accustomed to, but of the 3 vets who always got the AL spots, Ichiro, Manny, and Vlad, Vlad is the one who least deserves to be bumped off for new blood.
3 Angel pitchers make the squad, K-Rod, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. A year ago Ervin and Joe were battling for the #5 starter spot. Last winter they were trade bait, I think one or the other would have gone to the Marlins in the Miggy Cabrera trade. Now they are both All-stars. I don't think we'd be in first place right now if we had made that trade. We'd have a huge hole in the rotation (just look at how Moseley/Adenhart handled the Lackey fill-ins), no Howie Kendrick, and no first base vacancy to move him to after he struggled at third. Way too much to give up for a fat, overpaid, .820 OPS DH.
I do like it when ESPN is forced to leave the Red Sox-Yankee game in the background, and acknowledge the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays.