Daily Grind 8.9

Tyler Greene is finally gone, a great suggestion for the St. Louis Rams, and some more Olympic angst gets out.

Tyler Greene

Tyler Greene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cardinals

Hallelujah! The Saga is over. Tyler Greene has finally been ousted from the Cardinals organization. As if his lousy offensive production wasn’t enough, he makes a second grade error in the field last night and then calls out fans for booing him saying, “Don’t come to the game.” No Tyler, you don’t come to the game. Bye bye loser. Enjoy your time with the Houston Astros, where you will fit in perfectly with a team who has lost 33 of their last 37 games.

Having rid themselves of that mess, let’s look forward. We have a banged up middle infield right now, but losing Greene still improves the squad. Assuming Rafael Furcal, Skip Schumaker, and Allen Craig return to full health, here is the potential everyday lineup (at least what I would throw out there).

  1. 2B Skip Schumaker – .312
  2. CF Jon Jay – .303
  3. LF Matt Holliday – .321
  4. RF Carlos Beltran – .284
  5. 1B Allen Craig – .298
  6. C Yadier Molina – .316
  7. 3B David Freese – .308
  8. Rafeal Furcal – .267

That’s a starting lineup batting average of .301. That is one of the best lineups in the league. Not even the Reds or Pirates can stack up, perhaps even if you combined the two. Lance Berkman is seemingly done (I still love you Puma) due to chronic knee problems. And Jamie Garcia? If he shows even the slightest signs of batting practice material, please just disable him for the year. This team is so talented, and every measure needs to be taken to win now. Not making the playoffs is unacceptable. I don’t care that they won it all last year, this team is way too good to miss the post season. Thank god they at least realized enough to rid themselves of the Minor League All Star Tyler Greene. Good riddance.

Usain Bolt winning the 100 m final 2008 Olympics

Usain Bolt winning the 100 m final 2008 Olympics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rams

So everyone has heard about Usain Bolt saying he wants to play for Manchester United. Hello?! Can someone from the Rams front office get this guy to play some real football. Soccer is much harder to pick up and play professionally without a developed skill set, so it makes more sense for him to transfer to the NFL, where we have seen track stars have success in the past (see James Jett). I can see it now, (in Jamaican voice) ‘Ay Sammy, ‘ow far can you throw the ball mon?’ Then Sam Bradford heaves the ball down field as far as he can, and Bolt sprints to it, hauling it in for something unfamiliar to Rams fans, a touchdown. Even if that is the only route he runs, think about how much that spreads and opens up the field for underneath routes and Steven Jackson to maneuver.

I am not kidding here. Rams front office, please, just offer Bolt $2 million for a year. Don’t even bother trying him out; get him on the field in a Rams helmet.

The Olympics

English: Usain Bolt at the World Championship ...

English: Usain Bolt at the World Championship Athletics 2009 in Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I said before, the people competing are “athlete-lites”. I had a caller on one of the radio shows I produce, bitching about NBC showing to much beach volleyball, and not enough decathlon. Whatever. Then he said something that really angered me, “These are the best athletes in the world, and we can’t even get them on TV”. Dude, are you kidding me? The “best” “athletes” in the world? I can name 5 athletes that could compete in a decathlon tomorrow, and most likely steal the show.

  1. Larry Fitzgerald
  2. Calvin Johnson
  3. Patrick Peterson
  4. Derrick Rose
  5. Lebron James

Yeah. In fact, if you added those 5 into the competition now, I bet they would hold the podium, and you wouldn’t see any “athlete-lites” receiving medals. Show whatever respect you want towards Olympians, but please, don’t scew reality and put these people on an athletic pedestal. There is a reason you only watch them once every four years, because they aren’t that entertaining.

Keep grinding.

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