Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tony's Take

3-in-1 time at Tony's Take. I'll make it brief but a few things I want to touch on -

1) There hasn't been a trade in our fantasy league since 5/1! Not since the Ervin Santana for George Sherrill swap (nice one Hoosier) have two teams come together with a little ante. I know I've thrown a couple feelers out there but haven't gotten anywhere past the exploration point of talks. So what gives? Do the owners in this league prefer to just take flyers on free agents off the scrap heap instead of crafting a blockbuster. No reason to answer #9, we all know your strategy.

2) Manny was suspended for 50 games right? So why does he get to start his rehab assignment today. I think a suspension from the league should be a suspension. Meaning no minor league games, no workouts at the ballpark, no entry into the clubhouse. If he wants to stay sharp during his suspension then he needs to go find some high school field to take BP. If he then needs a rehab stint it starts after the 50-game suspension. Baseball is too lenient on these offenders who test positive.

3) Oh yeah, Donald Fehr....don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out!!!

4) At what point during the season do you look at your respective teams off-season acquisitions and label them "bust"? I'm just wondering as I look at Milton Bradley .247 hitting line and 16 RBIs and we're 70 games into the season. Just can't help but wonder if the Cubs would of done the smart thing and signed Bobby Abreu (.292, 35 RBIs) for a pittance of the cost where they might stand today.

OK, that was 4 items but it bears repeating...Donald Fehr.....go suck an egg!!

3K

20 comments:

Linc said...

During my early struggles I tried to work a trade or two but found the asking price too rich for my blood.

Example, I inquired about the availability of Gordon Beckham right after he was called up and was told I could have him in exchange for Chase Utley.

It is my guess that once a couple teams fall out of contention it will spark some trade activity.

As a cheap plug, I am looking to move Jason Motte (3 yr), Chris Davis (3 yr) and Kevin Gregg (2 yr).

Edward said...

3K, I always pegged you as a pro-labor democrat given your upbringing in the Bridgeport area but I see you are more closely aligned with the north shore, business-owning Republicans. Welcome to the club my friend.

PG said...

3K shows his true stripes from time to time. His blue collar charade is sullied by the french cuff shirts, Land Rovers, and bottle service he so enjoys.

To answer 3K, yeah, the trade market has been barren. A lot of the time I think the contract years get in the way (for better or worse). As far as I'm concerned, my feeling is this is the team I have drafted and I want to put a little faith in them before I decide to ship them to Mudville.

Don Fehr is gone, now all we need is for Allen Selig to hit the bricks.

Cornholers said...

I'm neither pro-labor or pro-corporate. I'm for the everyman, running his own business, taking care of his own issues and not receiving help from the unions or the government. That's right, we're the guys who get screwed. The small business owner. Fehr was a thorn in the side of the progression of MLB, and a enabler of the CBA and drug testing.

And to clarify the Beckham for Utley offer. I had offered draft picks and a PTBNL out of a list of 6 players. In essence is was a 3-1 trade that Linc never countered on.

PG said...

Yeah, he's for the everyman. You know, the young suburban professional who drives a luxury SUV, goes to Vegas with 4 grand in his pocket and doesn't think twice about it, has a plasma the size of the Berlin Wall, a soundsystem that would make George Lucas cream in his pants (Cable guy voice), golf's in exotic locales (including Maui, Mexico, Arizona).......

......you know, your average, everyman.

SwinGERS said...

Wow, someone's doing all right....

PG said...

Oh yeah. Mr. 3000.....

...He has been known to cure narcolepsy, just by walking into the room. He’s a lover, not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.

....stay everyman, my friends.

Cornholers said...

I didn't say I AM the everyman, just that I'm for the everyman. I have no compassion for some of these laborers and their $65/hour salary. Or these government fat-cats and their paid healthcare.

I pay for everything I have with the money I earn. So what if I expend some luxuries on myself, I also pay nearly $35,000/year for healthcare so don't think I have it too easy.

If Obama wants to impress me he can fix that.....(eddie murphy voice) you wanna impress me...take the wheel mother fucker!

PG said...

Are you calling me and The Ger government fat-cats? HAHAAHAAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Cornholers said...

You fat-cats with your luxury seats at sporting events, jerseys of every player in town, talking up the foot soldiers for your place in line at the Dupage County fair. I know how you guys roll...

SwinGERS said...

Love the DuPage County Fair drop in...hahahahahahah.

PG said...

Hey Ger, I think that was lobbed at you....HAHAAHHAHAAHAHAAHAHA

And for the record, the only person with luxury seats at sporting events is Fenway Ed.

Cornholers said...

That's only because Fenway Ed is the Forrest Gump of sporting events. I swear that kid pops up at every event. So I'm watching the NCAA Women's Softball Finals and there's Ed sitting behind the Arkansas dugout. Amazing!!

PG said...

SHUT UP!!!! He was not!!!

He sent me a picture from the Mets new ballpark. He must be doing an east-coast ballpark swing.

Edward said...
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Edward said...

First of all 3K - if you are against unions and for less government intervention you are a classic Republican. Just accept it and move on my gas-guzzling friend. Watch out, now PG will get you to attend a fundraiser for the future Republican candidate to run against Mayor Daley (don't think we forgot about that one).

As for my attendance at sporting events, yes I have been fortunate but keep in mind that our season tickets for Cubs and Bears are in the cheap seats surrounded by the true working class.

As for my current excursion, I have been working in NJ for the past 6 weeks on a project for a former colleague. This week the schedule has lightened up so I took the opportunity to check out CitiField last night (3K tried to send you a pic but was having difficulty sending from my phone). Tonight I am going to watch 3K's and PG's former high school teammate in the Atlantic League All-Star Game. Can anyone say Armando Benitez? There is a pre-game celebrity softball game with Queen Latifah as an honorary coach. I just hope to be done in time here to catch it!

When I have a chance to catch my breath I will write up a guest blog entry with my thoughts on CitiField and the game.

Edward said...

And no, I was not at the Softball World Series. If I wasn't working on this project though I'd probably be in Omaha right now with my uncle at the championship.

SwinGERS said...

BTW, tickets to see Los Lobos at the DuPage County Fair are available...that's how we roll.

Cornholers said...

Enough said.

As detailed Fenway Ed will spend more time in the next 48 hours determining his strategy to watch Queen Latifah play in a celebrity softball game in the Atlantic League then he will on any other item.

I won't proclaim myself a Republican until I hit my next tax bracket. At that point you'll probably hear me screaming from the rooftops for a Republican Congress. Heh.

Edward said...

Sad to say there might be some truth to that 3K! Hey if anyone was hiring right now I wouldn't be so easily distracted. Now if I only had the ability to focus more on my pathetic, weak, constantly injured fantasy team...