Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
"With the Twins and White Sox both under .500, the Royals have only 18 more games against teams with winning records, six with the Yankees and 12 with the top three teams in the West.
Leaving out its games against KC, Minnesota has only 12 more games against winning teams. They're done with the top teams in the East. And they have 13 left with the Tigers and 15 with the Indians" (Diamond Mind).
"Who deserves the start in Seattle's third base race?"
"I'm not a big fan of Bud Selig being commissioner," he said. "It's not right. You want a non-biased person running the game. You don't want someone who's going to do what's best for the players. You don't want someone who's going to do what's best for the owners. You want someone to make decisions on what's best for baseball.
"How fair is it to have an owner as commissioner? 'Oh, but he's not an owner. His daughter is,' " Boone said, sarcastically. "Yeah, right. That's the No. 1 thing that's wrong with the game."
Surrounded by reporters in the U.S. Cellular Field press box later in the evening, Selig said he wouldn't comment on Boone. But with his passion rising as he spoke, Selig did take dead aim at Boone's words and what he felt was their inappropriateness.
"For years, owners were critical of their players, of other owners, of the union, the heads of their union," he said. "I told them 10 years ago, 'That's one thing people are offended by.'
"We don't do that. We've come to market a game. People are here to be happy. And so people commenting, particularly on things they have no clue about, it's just not worth my response" (Stone, Times).
"The one thing we've found in all our polls, with all the labor unrest of the last 20 years: People are tired of hearing about it. They don't want to hear about us. They don't want to hear about the commissioner, the players association. The focus is on the game. Why would you do anything to disturb it? Until we learn that lesson, and learn it well, we are going to have problems."
"It was a question that was asked, and I was honest about it. ... When we're gone 50 years from now, this game will still be here, because it's bigger than all of us. I just want what's best for the game."
"His (Boone's) comments show a very unfortunate lack of understanding as to what the game is all about," DuPuy added. "To impugn the efforts of the commissioner over the last 11 years is ludicrous. We're trying to market the game to fans, and his comments show ignorance."
"I know a bunch of people who would be glad to rip a lot of people. The guy who's paying his way into the ballpark, frankly, doesn't care."
Just one question: can you explain your ranking system
briefly. I want to know how you can rank the phils and
astros above sf and oakland. thanks and keep up the good