Two and a Half Men…

As if Alex Rodriguez hasn’t done enough to fill the tabloids this year, now comes word that he shops at the same place as former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. 

Of course, I couldn’t help but think of Charlie Sheen. 

On TV, Charlie plays a morally corrupt bachelor with too much money…kind of like A-Rod. 

He drinks excessively, and doesn’t worry about the impact on others when he opens his mouth.  He’s the last person you’d want to depend upon if you needed help.  He likes expensive clothes, albeit bowling shirts, but they are still expensive…again like A-Rod.  He’s compulsive, a womanizer, and has yet to act his age.

The similarities between A-Rod and Charlie Sheen a/k/a Charlie Harper are uncanny…

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My only question…

If Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira are two men, what does that make A-Rod?

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One difference between A-Rod and Charlie…Charlie’s funny…

ALFRED MANUAL MARTIN, JR

The other day, Jane Heller questioned my choice of Billy Martin as my all-time favorite manager.  Billy was someone you couldn’t live with, but couldn’t live without.  His fiery, combative style always eroded ownership confidence very quickly.  But the guy was simply a winner.  He loved the Yankees with a very strong passion, and he was his own man.  Every time he was re-hired as a Yankees manager was a great day for me…every time he was fired was very sad.  I always wondered what the start of the 1990’s would have been like had Billy returned for a sixth time. 

To most people on MLBlogs, Billy Martin was a long ago figure.  Perhaps many do not even know who he was.  But I did, and I will always remember him… 

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YANKEES WIN STREAK OVER

I am definitely on the bandwagon of those who feel Rays pitcher David Price is destined for greatness.  I have been all along, but today only reinforced why the guy has so much promise.  Four scoreless innings, three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

 

The Yankees lost the game, 5-0, ending their 9-game winning streak.

The Yankees also re-acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Chicago White Sox, but he most likely falls behind Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Cash in the catching pecking order.  With Cervelli most likely going back to AA Trenton, Stewart just fills catching depth at AAA Scranton.

FAVORITE TEAMS

There was great feedback regarding how everyone chose their favorite teams.  Every story was very interesting, and I appreciated the ones that gave insight into all four major sports. 

I am all over the board.  I have been a fan of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Vikings since childhood.  I grew up in Iowa, and Fran Tarkenton was my favorite QB, so following the Vikings was easy.  Years ago, I was listening to The Musers (George Dunham and Craig Miller) on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas and they said if your state didn’t have a professional team, you were in a “free agent” state.  So, I guess I took free agency by its most literal sense given that my favorite teams are scattered across the country. 

In basketball, I am a fan of the Phoenix Suns.  I lived in Phoenix for eight years, and my two children still reside there.  I can’t say there is any one player that attracted me to the team.  I liked the ownership, which was headed by Jerry Colangelo at the time, and it was easy to follow the team.  I attended a number of games while in Phoenix, and today I am a big fan of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire.

 

In hockey, I am a fan of the San Jose Sharks (as you may have noticed on this blog from time to time).  Although I am presently living and working on the East Coast, San Jose is home.  I have meant to extend my thanks to Julia for her Boston Bruins being so gracious as to send Joe Thornton to the Sharks a couple of years ago.  Thanks Julia!  ;)  When I get home, you can be assured that I’ll be hanging out at the Shark Tank.

Have a great week, everyone!  J

P.S.  This is my 61st blog, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t dedicate this one to Roger Maris…

 

 

6 Comments

Scott – you are welcome for Joe. I wonder if you will still be feeling “the love” if my Bruins meet your Sharks in the Stanley Cup finals. And the Phoenix Suns? I’ll have to introduce you to Celtic Country when you are in Boston! ;-)

A-Rod. I really don’t know what to say about him anymore. I am at the stage where I almost feel sorry for the Yankees. I wonder what George Steinbrenner thinks of all of this? And Billy Martin! Yes, I’m old enough not only to know who he is, but to also remember him managing the Yankees. And getting fired by them. And getting hired by them! lol – Those were the days. They were simpler then weren’t they.

Roger Maris is a fine choice for blog #61!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Charlie is more entertaining, funny and hasn’t posed with mirrors. :)
My daughter will be happy to know there are other Shark fans out there!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Just a quick word on A-Rod. He’s not the only ballplayer to hang out with hookers, married or otherwise. I was on the road following the team. I saw plenty of things I’d never put in the book. I’m starting to agree with Ken Davidoff of Newsday that his colleagues in the media, who say the players’ personal lives are off limits, are using a double standard in this case. Oh, well. On a happier note, I love that you tipped your cap to Roger Maris. I have his autograph and it’s a treasured possession. And I agree about David Price. He’s going to be scary to face. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Rays will keep him in the minors a little longer!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I don’t watch Two and a Half Men, but based off your description, I’m starting to think they based Charlie Sheen’s character off A-Rod…

Also, I didn’t much appreciate seeing the Sharks beat the Avalanche tonight… Of course, whenever I think of the Sharks, I always think of Mike Ricci and his weirdo face. Since I’m not much of a Sharks fan, I’m wondering how Claude Lemieux is doing back in the game…
Emily
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JULIA – The Sharks seem to be re-capturing their early season magic, so hopefully it will translate to post-season success. It would be great if the Sharks faced the Bruins in the finals.
CANUCK – Your daughter knows hockey! She’s backing a great team! Of course, my kids are Phoenix Coyotes fans, so I can’t get any support from them…
JANE – More than anything, I am tired of the A-Rod stories. I tried not to delve to deeply into the latest controversy, as I don’t really want to know the details. And I agree that he didn’t do anything other players haven’t. But I wish the A-Rod stories would go away…I don’t want to hear about him until he’s ready to pick up his glove and play some third.
EMILY – I’ve always respected the Avs, and it is great for hockey when they are winning. As for the Sharks victory, I am glad to see them finally getting back on track. Lemieux is currently hurt, but I am not sure that I am fully supportive of his return to the NHL. But I suppose it’s his toughness that the Sharks wanted more than anything.
Thanks,
Scott

Scott – that was an awesome poem that the kids in Julia’s class wrote for you. It’s really amazing how kids can brighten up a day!
Have a happy rest of your Monday!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

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