I was excited to be back at the United Center Wednesday night. Mainly, I was thrilled to get my first look in the flesh at Marty Brodeur.
To see one of the greats of all-time between the pipes is like seeing a Pedro Martinez or Greg Maddux pitch.
Brodeur has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships, is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a two-time gold medalist and a 10-time All Star. To say he’s the best ever in goal is no stretch.
Brodeur, unfortunately, left the game in the second period with a bruised right elbow. And to make matters worse, the Hawks lost 5-3 to a New Jersey team that ranked dead last in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, I’ve been fortunate to see numerous greats pitch at Wrigley Field. Just in the past few seasons I’ve caught Pedro, Glavine, Oswalt, Lee and Halladay. But a few others I’d like to see remain.
Here’s my list in no particular order: Johan Santana, David Price, Ubaldo Jimenez, Felix Hernandez. Who else should I add?
It’s easy to get caught up in baseball’s numbers, to forget just how talented major league players are — even those .230 hitters off the bench.
It’s easy to forget the human side of the game, the importance of leadership, the need for team chemistry.
It’s easy to forget that statistics tell us only part of the story, not the whole.
It’s easy to see how sabermetrics, zone ratings and slugging percentages can mislead teams like the Cubs to sign a Milton Bradley vs. a Mark DeRosa.
And, of course, it’s easy to laugh at the notion that a 40-year-old Jim Edmonds can still pick’it in center field or hit home runs better than that 24-year-old prospect can.
Teixeira’s walk-off reminds me of McGwire’s record breaking shot on September 8, 1998.
Big Mac powering a sinking line drive over the left field fence at old Busch for No. 62.
What’s funny is how both these guys are so well known for their majestic home run blasts, yet coincidentally, their most important ones barely cleared the wall in left field!
Twins put up a valiant effort Friday, but they’re toast in this series.
The Yanks have too much talent, and all the momentum, to let a 2-0 lead slip away.
I figure Boston; on the other hand, can still rebound from an 0-2 hole against the Angels.
Some sweet sounding chin music from Bob Howry
There’s a place in sports for a little showboating now and then.
A fancy strut after a game-winning HR, some celebratory fist pumps after closing out a tough ninth inning…I’ve got no problem with that.
The catch is, knowing the appropriate time for such behavior.
One thing I appreciate about baseball is its unobstructed path to player retaliations.