Wednesday, April 30, 2008
If Trent can ride down the Scream Machine little Taz thinks that she can too.....
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Klesko, an All-Star in 2001 with San Diego, hit .260 last season with six homers and 44 RBIs in 362 at-bats for the San Francisco Giants. He played in only six games the previous year for the Padres because of shoulder surgery. The 36-year-old became a free agent following the World Series and didn't sign.
For his career, Klesko batted .279 with 278 homers and 987 RBIs. His best season was 2001, when he hit .286 with 30 homers and 113 RBIs.
He spent seven seasons with San Diego after playing his first eight years in the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves.
The news of Klesko's retirement comes after a February report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which Klesko told his former Braves' teammate Chipper Jones he was opting for retirement. Jones and Klesko played together in Atlanta from 1993-99.
Klesko did a hit this time and by the end of the 1994 season had proven he was regular player after hitting 17 homers and a posting a .907 OPS. He was a huge part of the Braves 1995 World Series run after hitting 23 homers and posting a career best 1.004 OPS in the regular season. More importantly Klesko hit 3 home runs in the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians which catapulted the Braves from bridesmaids to brides for the only time in the ’90s.
As an Atlanta Braves fan as a kid Klesko could have done nothing else in his career and I would have loved the guy. How often does your team win a World Series after all?
In Klesko’s last season with the Braves he hit .297/.376/.532 and with his 21 homers appeared to be a part of the teams future until he was traded away with Bret Boone to San Diego for Quilvio Veras, Wally Joyner and Reggie Sanders.
Those in the media gave us the perception that the Braves were getting the better part of the deal but the Brave fans knew that Klesko was a superior player to Sanders and while Bret Boone had not began to take his ‘roids he was still a better bet in the infield then Quilvio Veras. As for Wallyworld, Wally Joyner was nothing more then a bench player at this point in his career.
I’m not sure if Klesko was pressured or not in Atlanta but he seemed relaxed upon his arrivial in San Diego. Ryan would move to first base full time once in San Diego.
He immediately made the Braves regret his trade as Reggie Sanders was struggling to hit over .200 while Klesko mashed 26 homers, drove in 92 RBI and hit .283 with a .909 OPS.
The following season of 2001 marked his only All-Star appearance, a strike out and a RBI sac fly. Klesko would finish the 2001 season with 30 homers and topped 100 RBI for the only time in his career at 113.
The 2002 season was much of the same for Klesko as he topped .300 for the second time in his career and remained the force within the Padres lineup. He set a career best with 162 hits.
The Padres moved Klesko back to left field before the 2003 season, in order to get youngster Sean Burroughs in the lineup at third base and Phil Nevin at first. This was Bruce Bochey’s idea for injecting more offense into the lineup. While Nevin was a start at third the defensive ability of Burroughs was supposed to be something amazing thus the move across the diamond. Burroughs had been a highly thought of first round pick in 1998 but ultimately turned out to be a slap hitter who was known more for his glove then his stick.
Injuries then began to hammer Klesko. His number took a hit as he would hit just 21, 9, 18 homers over the next three seasons. In 2006 he played in just six games for the Padres, his last with the club.
His final season in the big leagues was spent in San Fransisco. Bruce Bochey had recently taken the Giants job over a contract extension in San Diego. Klesko hit just six homers in 116 games for the Giants. It was reported that the Boston Red Sox had interest in Klesko this winter but a deal never got worked out.
Ryan Klesko was better then we give him credit for. A career .279 hitter he smacked 278 homers and the man knew how to draw a walk posting a .370 OBP for his career. His .500 SLG speaks well about his ability to move runners around the bases as well.
The player most comparable to Klesko oddly is former teammate David Justice. Looking at their stats it’s easy to see that Justice had a few more homers but who would have known that Justice finished his career with an almost identical .279/.378/.500 line? Some would point out Klesko playing two more seasons but when you factor in a September call up in 1992 and four at-bats in 2006 it’s easy to see that these two are almost identical. Klesko played about 100 more games over the course of his career but Justice actually had 14 more at-bats.
Klesko ranks 90th All-Time in Slugging Percentage which is pretty impressive to me. While I know the numbers change I’m surprised at how many current players he ranks ahead of.
Perhaps the only disenchanting thing with Klesko is those injury riddled years from 2003-2006. Klesko missed over two years of big league time. _ Quoted from Behind the Dugout.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Ok, so I won't post about every game, but I have to tell you about the game Trent played last night. Somehow we have lost our "power hitter" but we have gained a defensive machine. Crazy as it sounds. I literally was sick to my stomach the entire game. We were playing our rivals the "Bulldogs." (Maybe it's just the name...) Even though we had just beat them 15-6 in the 7/8 Tournament we knew that it would be a close and nerve racking game. And it was. Normally there are no more than 6 innings in a game (or 120 minutes) At the end of our 6 innings it was tied 7-7. But noooooo the Bulldog coach just insisted that we play one more inning. So there we went to play the 7th inning. Defensively it was the best game we had ever played. There were pop ups caught and great decisions made all over the field. In the top of the 7th they had no outs and bases loaded. Wham. Right to Trent. He caught a line drive and then stepped on third for an unassisted double-play. Then noticing that the 2nd baseman was running toward him he takes off towards 2nd only missing the player by an inch. 1 more inch and he would have had an unassisted triple play. It was awesome. The player on 2nd was more than twice Trent's size and Trent actually should have out ran him. After the game I was praising Trent for the play and said "Man, Trent you almost had that kid @ second. " His response, " I know mom, its Cannon. He is my friend." So in the end Trent didn't make the play because he was his "friend." Boy, when you are out on the field, you have no friends.~~~TAG HIM.......
In the end we did in fact lose by 2 runs. Only if my kid wasn't so nice......
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Here is his class picture. I LOVE these pictures. They look like a bunch of Misfits.Funny.... (Except for Ms. Lyons~)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
A little boy asked his mother, 'Why are you crying?' 'Because I'm a woman,' she told him.
'I don't understand,' he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, 'And you never will.'
Later the little boy asked his father, 'Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?'
'All women cry for no reason,' was all his father could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, 'God, why do women cry so easily?'
'When I made the woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.'
'You see my son ,' said God, 'the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides.'
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Great team shot of the 1st and 2nd place teams! Go MUDCATS!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
My sister, Dee, got married! My other sister, Laurie, and I sang a song. We decided to stand behind the rows of people versus in front. But after the ceremony no one believed it was us singing and thought it was a CD playing. I guess all of those times singing together while we cleaned the dishes growing up finally paid off.