Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Super Bowl

Like most of baseball, Blue Sox Baseball took off Super Bowl weekend. I enjoyed the game, but think that instant replay has taken a lot of the momentum out of the game. Whenever there's a big play, you have to say, "hold on, you know that one will be reviewed." I hope they don't bring replay to baseball beyond the home run calls that they instituted at the end of last season. On the plus side, it's nice to know that the call was right in a big game. Man, how many penalties were called? That had to be some kind of record.

On the baseball front, the Reds signed catcher Humberto Cota to a minor league deal. Cota has already served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. (And yet no one will take a chance on Bonds?) He'll be 30 in a few days, and hit .319/.342/.493 in AAA last year. Not a bad line, but it was only 37 games. Minor league catcher Ryan Jorgensen retired, so the Reds must have decided they needed some organizational depth. Hey, somebody has to warm-up all those pitchers in spring training. Speaking of which, bullpen catcher is probably the worst job in baseball for a player. But I would sacrifice body parts to have it. Cota may make the team ahead of Hanigan so that Hanigan can start every day in AAA. For the big club, I don't think it matters that much if Cota or Hanigan backs-up Hernandez.

1 comment:

VeniceLover said...

Let's see if we can draw a connection between your last two blog entries, Dave. You don't want to bring instant replay to baseball, yet you seem to love to be able to record and replay your favorite programs on DVR. What if you have to get up to take a wizz? No problem, we can replay it on DVR. What if you missed that glipse of Jennifer Anniston's cleavage? No problem. We can toss out the red flag and call for a replay, even if it means slowing down the action by bringing a temporary halt to whatever it is you're watching. I realize that I'm comparing apples to oranges, but I found the juxtaposition of these two blog entries interesting. There are some things you/I/we like to be able to replay on our t.v. sets to make sure we got it right, but in sports, we don't like the idea of calls being changed by anonymous booth officials who have the power of replay at their fingertips. Personally, I like the idea of limited replay in baseball. I would never want it to be used for balls and strikes, but under certain circumstances, I would rather a game that's in the balance be determined by the 'right' call, even if it means taking five minutes for a replay. And in the immortal words of Forest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that."