Thursday, August 31, 2017

MLB Week 21 - A Catastrophe


 
By Dan Howard
Staff Writer
 
 
 
Record setting.

Incredible.

Tragic.

All those and several other adjectives could be used to describe the unbelievable amount of rainfall in the Gulf Coast region of Texas this past weekend. Our prayers are definitely with those residents. My carnal mind just simply cannot comprehend the concept of over fifty inches of rain during a five day span in one region. CBS Radio reported, on Tuesday, all the rainfall would have filled Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. That’s amazing.

I reside in Kermit W.V., a town on the western side of West Virginia that shares its border with Kentucky. The Tug River separates the two states. Kermit averages 44 inches of rain per year. The Houston area received more than that in five days.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MLB Weeks 19 & 20 - Halt and Catch Fire



By Dan Howard
Staff Writer



It finally happened.

My laptop died. Es ist kaput. It ceases to exist. At present time it is on its merry way to the recycler. Probably wind up as a soft drink bottle.

Good riddance, I’ve been having problems with that thing for months.

Since I don’t have the dough to rush out and buy a new one, I’m dodging the boss here at work to get these articles out, which is why I have to combine two weeks into one post.

It is nice to know that nothing has changed during the past two weeks. Despite the offensive productivity, especially in the last game at Wrigley Stadium (thanks Jeff Gordon), our Reds are still mired in last place while heading for a third straight ninety loss season.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

MLB Week 18 - Who's That Guy?



By Dan Howard
Staff Writer



It’s going to be very interesting how Microsoft Word handles this name I’m about to input.

Asher Wojciechowski

Just as I thought, my laptop caught fire.

What really bugs me is how MS Word puts a red line under a person’s last name. Don’t the software creators know that we’ll likely look up the proper way to spell someone’s name before we enter it in the program?

In a word, Wojciechowski has been impressive. Three wins with one loss, four walks and twenty three strikeouts, where have you been all season?

To date, he’s allowed nine home runs, three to the Toronto Blue Jays, three to the Los Angeles Dodgers, two to San Diego (last night 8/9) and one to the Washington Nationals. That’s a pretty impressive list. Look, many pitchers this season have been reduced to the fetal position by the Blue Jays and Dodgers.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MLB Week 17 - Adam Ruins Me



By Dan Howard
Staff Writer
@DaHermit16



I’m slowly becoming a fan of Adam Conover’s show “Adam Ruins Everything”. The show is based on the host, Mr. Conover, factually debunking several false ideas concerning certain themes.

One of my favorite episodes was the one about Christmas. I, myself, have conducted several studies about the commercialization of the most sacred holiday of them all, the birth of our Lord Jesus. There are many myths about a certain Santa Claus, of which I’ll not discuss in this baseball forum. Let’s just say “Google it.”

On his “Adam Ruins Football” episode, Mr. Conover stated that rarely the best football teams make the Super Bowl, and the percentages are even smaller in baseball. You know, he’s right.

From 1903 to 1968, the team with the best record in the National League and American League met in the World Series. Sometimes the team with the better record did not win the Series, as in the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 1954 Cleveland Indians, but neither team had to navigate two separate tiers of playoffs to get to the World Series.