Baseball in the Modern Day

July 31, 2006

It has been a long time since a baseball player started his career and ended it wearing the same uniform. These days, players are traded with surprising frequency. Chances are high that your favorite player will get traded during his career. But knowing it can happen doesn’t make it easier when it does eventually happen.

The Cubs made two deals today. One sent a legend, Greg Maddux, to LA and the other sent my favorite player, Todd Walker, to San Diego. I’m sure it makes the team stronger, but I’m quite sad inside.

Greg Maddux is a future hall of famer. He started the season 5 and 0. The rest of the season didn’t go quite as well, but part of the problem was the offense and lack of run support. I am very surprised the Cubs traded a veteran pitcher considering the number of starts that the rookies have made. It is an opportunity for some more young guys to get an opportunity, but the team has struggled with the inexperience of the young pitchers and now they have one less veteran.

As for Todd, I was a Todd Walker fan before it was cool to be a Todd Walker fan. He was invaluable to the team this year. When D Lee went out with a broken wrist, Todd filled in admirably. He played a great first base. He has a consistent bat and held his own defensively this year. He has a label of being a defensive liability, and I have seen him make errors, but I suppose I have blinders on when it comes to Todd and was able to forgive him those mistakes.

When it comes down to it, baseball is a business and this is the nature of that business. Business can’t be personal. But I’m a fan and being a fan is ruled by emotion. I wish both players a lot of luck, but personally, this makes a disappointing season even more so.


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Summer Reading Part I

I am surprised by how little I have read so far this summer. But what I have lacked in quantity, I have made up for in quality. Well, not really but I have read some fun stuff:

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – fantastic! This book is a must-read for mystery lovers. I love the movie and was amazed by how closely the movie followed the book. Reviewers of this book always comment on the dialogue, and I can see why -it was witty, fast-paced, and the expressions were fantastic. This book is a one of a kind. I will definitely read another of his books, The Thin Man, which is another favorite movie. I am also interested in reading Raymond Chandler who writes in a similar style.

Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll – fun! This is the second installment of Ms. Berdoll’s sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The book is written in a different tone (Ms. Austen being very proper and innocent while Ms. Berdoll incorporates a little more passion and heat), but the spirit of the characters is the same. I had some trouble getting into this book, but then started to enjoy it. I felt that the book was a little wordy which sometimes got in the way, but it was a fun read, not hard on the brain.

The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler – pure brain candy! After reading historical fiction, I was interested in a quick, easy read. I was amazed that the book was written in the 70′s because it reads like it was written yesterday. Dirk Pitt is a fun character – a man who can (and does) do everything. If you’re looking for a quick adventure, pick up a Dirk Pitt novel.

The book that I’m currently reading is:

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – funny! This is a travel book about Australia. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and I’m struggling with the lack of plot. But Mr. Bryson has great insights and observations and I am really enjoying his sense of humor. I’m about halfway through.

As you can see, my taste in books is varied. Hopefully one of these will spark your interest. Check back in a couple weeks for Summer Reading Part II. And check out Bill’s blog for his summer reading update.


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