I have been meaning to post about this for a couple of days. Former Milton High School second baseman Bobby Scales got his first major league hit yesterday off reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. After 11 long years of only playing in the minor leagues it was great to see a former Milton baseball player who I once played with get his shot at big league pitching for the first time in his career.
Scales had garnered over 3300 minor league at-bats with 4 different organizations before finally getting his call up two days ago. To see him rock a solid single opposite field off Lincecum gave me the chills. Scales has always played for the love of the game and was always known as a "hustle" guy who always busted his ass. I feel great for him and I hope he can stay with the Cubs till the end of the season although that is in doubt when Carlos Zambrano comes back off the DL. He deserves it for gutting it out all these years. God knows I wouldn't.
But nevertheless this day in Sportscrack is dedicated to Bobby. You can check out his first hit and his great diving stop to rob a hit with this video from MLB. Scales now joins Kyle Farnsworth(fellow Milton grad), Michael Barrett, Nick Green, and Corey Patterson in a list of players I either played against or with during my non illustrious baseball career.
If you want to book me for an autograph show you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I think going to the Kentucky Derby at Churchhill Downs is one of those right of passages every sports fan should do. I've attended games in Wrigley, Fenway, and Notre Dame Stadium and lived to tell the stories. Unfortunately I have never been to the Derby. I've done Preakness many of times but have never gotten my ass up to Kentucky for the first leg of the Triple Crown. After seeing the mud wrestling above I think next year might be a good time to make my first trek. The infield is where all the chaos and fun happens. This year they had over 150,000 people (mind you mostly drunk) attend and their television ratings were the highest in almost two decades. Horse racing is alive and well. So is mud wrestling in bikinis. The mud wrestling video makes me proud to be an American. That and our insane tax system.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 1:06 PM
In between watching the Atlanta Hawks get run all over by King James in the playoffs and viewing the Braves lose yet again to the lowly stinkin' Mets I somehow managed to "accidentally" flip on ABC. And what do you fucking know it's "Dancing with the C-list Stars" on and my jaw literally dropped, hit the floor, came back up and kicked me in the nuts before I laughed out loud.... "WHAT THE FUCK IS JERRY RICE WEARING?" I finally found a clip of it so you can see the NFL Hall of Famer making a complete and utter ass of himself on national television. Fast forward to the 3:20 mark of the video...
They call it "Dance Center" but I call it "Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Center" hosted by Kenny Mayne. I know they were going for comedy but this is ABC. I honestly can't remember the last funny thing I saw on ABC other than the Presidential debates. Seriously Jerry, what the hell are you doing? I know that 80% of NFL players go broke within 10 years of retirement but the greatest receiver of all-time can't be hurting this bad for cash. Can he? I was just waiting for him to stand up and reveal the assless chaps he was no doubt wearing with two cartoon faces of Joe Montana and Steve Young on each cheek.
Not that there is anything wrong with that kind of behavior mind ya (covering my gay hate mail).
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:30 AM