Enjoy this weekend, because Monday the sports world will come crashing to a halt. You’ll be trying to get excited about the Home Run Derby (no one cares). We’ll be 3 days away from starting a British Open Championship that no American has a shot at winning, and if the NFL is going to try to steal the spotlight, they should wait until Tuesday to settle the lockout. Monday is probably slightly better than Wednesday, but they are the two worst sports days of the year. Unless you are a cycling fan, in which case, I’m sure the Tour de Blood Doping will have your attention. Before Monday, we’ve got a few things going on.
Will Derek Jeter get to 3,000 hits? It seems pretty likely. Unless he hurts himself, or teams figure out the Jeter shift (7 infielders–you read it here first), the Captain looks like he’ll make a weekend out of it. I’ll say I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve avoided a good bit of fawning over Jeter. Perhaps because it was already delayed by one DL trip, or maybe it’s just his declining skills in general, but it seems like we’re managing to not go completely overboard. It’s a lot of hits. But, Jeter’s career is already defined. He didn’t really need this milestone and for him it really just feels like a mark of longevity. At the very least, implement a short fielder against this guy. Mind games.
Shane Victorino to the DL, which is great news for the Pete Orr fan club. Will I remain confident in the Phils this weekend with Wilson Valdez and Mikey Mart in the lineup? Yes, I will. It’ll be interesting to see if the Phils let Mayberry hack away against Atlanta’s righties. It’ll also be interesting to see if they get this game in tonight. Word association with Pennsylvania’s radar map? Green. Yellowy-Reddish Green. Like I said yesterday, as long as they don’t start and stop, we’ll be fine. If it rains out, it rains out. The Braves will be back. Victorino can come off the DL on the 19th, so he’ll miss that Mets series after the break, but so will Jose Reyes. Phils getting lucky this year dodging some injured players.
John Daly took a 13 today in the John Deere Classic. Because it is Daly he needs to take at least a fifteen to warrant a separate post. I used to pull for Daly, but he’s got to hit the Pete Rose circuit at this point. Outings, autographs and that’s it until he’s eligible for the Champions Tour. His never-ending string of missed cuts isn’t doing anyone any good, but of course, he’ll be the British Open next week as a former champion. He could pull an Ian Baker Finch and choose not to embarrass himself, but this is JD we’re talking about. The upside is, Daly still managed an 81, which is a lot better than I could do if I carded a 13. Of course, if you read my post about making bogeys you’d probably assume I’d never actually take a 13–and you’re right.
Yao Ming retires proving once again that height as an advantage in basketball has a tipping point. The guy could pile up All-Star votes, I know that. How good was he on the court? You’d have to ask someone who actually watches the NBA. Or dust off a Sports Guy Hall of Fame pyramid.
All right, I’m going to go watch the lightning show. Everyone have a good weekend…maybe they will settle that dang lockout. In the NFL. If they want to move the NBA to Turkey, I’ll head down to the airport to wave goodbye.