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Hump Day Thoughts on Sports – 7/25/12

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by Steve Farace

Allow me just a moment to discuss something very serious. Last week we all woke up to the horrifying news of the shooting that took place at the movie theater in Aurora, CO. Obviously here at, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I will not give a moment of publicity to the madman that committed this crime. There were heroes that died that night protecting their loved ones and there were miracles like the pregnant woman who escaped with no injuries. That woman gave birth to her child, but her husband is fighting for his life after being shot in the face. Please check out the Facebook page to read their story and donate if you can. There are many other stories of both courage and heartache. One of the great stories that came out of this situation today was how there are hospitals in the area that will not be charging the victims for their treatment. If this heinous act teaches us anything it is to live your life to the fullest because it is precious and you never know when it might be taken away from you. Thank you.

On to what has happened in sports:

Penn State got exactly what they deserved this week. They were hit from all angles because of the cover-ups of the sexual assaults that took place for years by Jerry Sandusky. Money was taken from them and statues were toppled. I can’t say it any better than Billy Corben did on his Twitter account when he said this:

@BillyCorben When I read about so-called “college football scandals” now, I add up how many children were raped. If it’s 0, then I don’t care.

There really is no other way to say it and really, who cares about all the petty stuff like tattoos and gifts. What happened at Penn State was unforgivable and shocking and Penn State deserved everything that happened to them. To read a more thorough article check out NCAA lowers the boom on Penn State by our very own Carlos Nazario!

The Yankees got the party started this year as it pertains to trades. They snagged Ichiro from the Mariners. What do you think about this move? I mean, Ichiro is 38 yrs old and has not been the hitting machine like he used to. So there are the negatives, but what about the positives in Ichiro’s move to the Big Apple? Well, he won’t be asked to do what he did in Seattle. He will be an outfielder that gets rest and will not be asked to hit lead-off like he did in Seattle. Who knows…it might revive him. Or maybe not.

Speaking of trades…how about those Marlins! First they traded away Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers and then in the bigger move, they shipped Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers. Fire-sale? Yes and no. Right now it seems as though the answer to that question is yes. The Hanley deal seems as though it was strictly a salary dump from a contract that they regret giving out. Well, it seems as though they did the same thing with Infante after he cooled off from a red-hot start to the season. Hell, I even had Infante on my fantasy baseball team for a week (or less). This seems to be typical for the Marlins and their fans seem to be very tired of it for the most part. I can’t think of another franchise in sports that does what the Marlins do. Josh Johnson could be next as he is rumored to be going to the Texas Rangers. Now, the reason I said it may or may not be a fire-sale is because the Marlins could take the money they saved by trading Hanley and get some more players during the off-season. Unlikely, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they do.

Back to the Yankees for just a second. A-Rod was hit by a pitch last night and as a result he has a broken hand and will miss 6-8 weeks. The Yankees broke the seal of the trading this year, but it looks like they now have a need at 3rd base. I’ve heard Chase Headley as a replacement, but we shall see what happens there.

The Mets are in a free-fall and it looks like it has finally knocked them out of the hunt this year. We all knew what this team was and that they over-achieved during the first half of the season. They have now lost 12 of 13 games and are coming off an 0-6 home-stand. They are heading to the West coast for 11 games in 11 days in a stretch that can’t get much worse than their previous 13 games. It was fun while it lasted, but in the words of Coach Spo – they need to stay the course.

That’s about all for this week! Hope your hump day is going well and that you’re on your way to an enjoyable weekend! If I missed something or if you’d like to battle it out on something you didn’t agree with feel free to leave a comment!

Talk to you guys next hump day!