THE A-TRAIN RANT 8.0!!!

It’s been such a long time since I have ranted that I might just do a HUGE rant for this one! But let’s go!

This rant is sponsored by…

THE ANGRY REDBIRD!!

  1. Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants winning their 2nd championship in 3 years. How sad it was for Miguel Cabrera who has just recently suffered the Carlos Beltran Syndrome. The Carlos Beltran Syndrome was made in 2006 after Beltran struck out in the 2006 NLCS freezing on a called third strike that ended that series. When you get frozen on a third strike to end a World Series…everything that was done that season almost meant nothing. Sorry Mr. Triple Crown.
  2. Pablo Sandoval isn’t in the same league as Albert Pujols, Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson. But what he did in Game 1 was better than all 3. And I hate that. That’s just the homer in me.
  3. St. Louis Rams fans should be satisfied about the 3-5 record, forget what happened against New England in London. Yeah they gave up a couple of games and should have a winning record…but remember these are the Rams.
  4. Steven Jackson should be traded…time to give up the golden goose. YEAH I SAID IT. Tired of defending this dude.
  5. Sam Bradford finally has an offensive coordinator that will be back next season. Just need to work on the…offense.
  6. Jerry Jones needs to give up his job as general manager of Dallas. Tony Romo needs to give up his starting job as quarterback. Does the name Marc Bulger ring a bell? Jason Garrett needs to just be an offensive coordinator.
  7. Atlanta Falcons are 7-0. Guess what? BIG DEAL. Win a game in the playoffs, then you can celebrate. While you sitting there saying that I’m a hater. Let me put some truth in your minds. Last two playoff games the Falcons played, they lost to the Super Bowl winner. Having one of the first round byes doesn’t get a team to the Super Bowl…teams that constantly play get you there. Don’t believe me…ask the last two champions.
  8. If Lance Armstrong is banned from cycling, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa need to be banned from baseball.
  9. Stephen A. Smith did not say the N-word…meaning he’ll keep his job on First Take.
  10. Cari Champion is the sexiest sportscaster on TV. Find me one better. And I’ll disagree with you.
  11. No hockey, sorry fans. You got the hardwood or the gridiron. Suck it up.

Well so much for the huge rant…might do another one this week. Stay tuned. Some NBA is in store…The Association coming soon.

The A-Train

 

LEAVE ALBERT ALONE…THANK YOU!

Ok, people of St. Louis! SERIOUSLY! SHUT UP ABOUT ALBERT! All of this constant derogatory bashing about him is really getting old. Even though I can appreciate a good joke (If I see one), but the man did what he was supposed to do. The Cardinals’ front office where doing what they were going to do. Which is…NOT PAY HIM! So don’t get upset at him when he was supposed to get a well-deserved paycheck from the team that he helped in 11 seasons get to 3 World Series and earn 2 championships. Funny though, I haven’t heard the same damn mess about Jack Clark, Mark McGwire, Will Clark (in his brief time), and other superstars that have left the Cardinals to go to other teams. Give “the mang” his respect! Some of the media IN OUR AREA is dogging the crapola out of him…FOR WHAT? What did he do to you, except leave.

I have learned in sports that loyalty from athletes is pretty much dead. You will hardly ever see an athlete for a particular team play with the same team for their entire career. Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams is a good example…but even I don’t believe he’ll be around next season. Athletes are trying to better themselves just like you and I. Yep, we are the ones that pay their contracts. If that’s the case, we wouldn’t go to the sporting events or wouldn’t watch the games. But guess what, we do. We’re stuck and have to get over that.

Albert performed very well here in St. Louis. Granted to you hardcore baseball fans that love the little things, Albert didn’t do those things as good as you hoped. Believe it or not, those fans knew what they were getting when he made the team back in 2001. He was a decent base runner, terrible outfielder, and (in my opinion) crapola 3rd baseman. Played 1st base and became a much better fielder. Now, you can’t sit here and tell me his offensive numbers weren’t amazing. Tell me the last time a man of his caliber hit .300, 30 HR, and 100 RBIs in 10 consecutive seasons. I’LL WAIT. Remind you, he did this for the Cardinals. Not the Yankees. Not the Red Sox. Not even the Cubs. Something that not even, as the old-timers and most fans love the most, Stan “The Man” Musial ever did. He did this for the “best fans in baseball.”

My point is, just respect the guy. Whatever he did outside of the game is his business. If he treated you indifferently then that was on you, innocent or not. I never got a chance to meet him, sorry, I wasn’t blessed with opportunities. That’s life, I got over it. So can you, the irate Cardinal fan. Yeah you can stick it to him that he’s not in the postseason or he had an off year, but trust and believe, he’ll be back and until then I’ll cheer for the man. Because he is still a great player and I enjoyed his time here. I can’t wait till the day he returns to STL…whether you boo or cheer, I’ll stand up and applaud (in my opinion) the BEST CARDINAL EVER. I SAID IT! Cards management…YOU RUINED IT!

This special A-Train Rant is sponsored by…

THE ANGRY REDBIRD!

THE A-TRAIN RANT 6.0!

What’s good! After a wild weekend of fun, excitement and atrociousness. I want to start this “END OF THE WEEKEND” rant with a little fun and excitement, yet reality. Then I’ll give a piece of my mind to a certain Cardinals player.

BOOM!

  1. The St. Louis Rams have a great defense, I applaud Jeff Fisher for his defensive scheme, 9 sacks said a lot against Arizona QB Kevin Kolb on Thursday night. Hope Mr. Kolb found his teeth after that game.
  2. Now while the Rams have shown promise to getting over .500 for the first time since ’06, they still haven’t won a road game yet. Convince me, then I’ll yell, “We going to the Super Bowl this season!” I should make a bet.
  3. To the Atlanta Braves fans (at Turner Field)…if you want to throw things on the field, throw them at your own damn team! Their defense was THE reason they lost that “one-game playoff.” Either way it went, that “infield-fly” rule wasn’t going to save the season.
  4. Speaking of the Braves, Chipper Jones played his final game as a MLB player. Funny thing was he knew the Braves were going to lose to that game…WEEKS BEFORE the playoff game. Damn fine way to go out on the bottom!
  5. This year’s baseball playoffs are PURE CRAPOLA! And I stand on that. Even if the Cardinals win it all again, this format to the playoffs is a piece of sh**.
  6. Bud Selig loves to ruin the game of baseball. That’s all from that.
  7. Cam Newton is starting to understand what a sophomore slump really is…at least I think so. Losing to the Seahawks shows you that..(CLEARS THROAT) THE NFC WEST IS THE BEST! Everybody else, just get over it.
  8. Looks like my prediction about Alabama beating the tar off Mizzou by at least 35 is really coming into play. I might watch just to see what happens. Mr. Pinkel, you have one more year left. **WAVES**
  9. Hey Green Bay Packer fans…the Rams are better than your team.
  10. RGIII…how does it feel to be knocked on your ass at home. I told you that you were going to get it. Welcome to the NFL.
  11. Long live Chuck Pagano!!!
  12. 3 teams in the SEC are in the Top 5…waiting on the hatred once again from fans outside of the S.E.C.
  13. If Miguel Cabrera doesn’t win the AL MVP in a landslide, all the voters should give up their voting rights…to the fans.
  14. After all of this, I have to talk about the St. Louis Cardinals. **Sighs** First off, congrats for getting to the Division Series.
  15. Finally…MATT HOLLIDAY SUCKS, HE’S NOT CLUTCH AND HE NEVER WILL BE! Cardinals paid this ridiculous idiot of a player over $126 million, and got completely suckered by Scott Boras. Yeah, he hit a home run in the Wild Card game…the Wild Card game. Yet, when the chips are down, he plays just like he has played previously…horrible. Oh, everybody else played like crap from the 7th inning on in this series against the Nationals but I want to focus on the $126 million DOUCHE. For those that don’t remember, this is the same guy who couldn’t play a Game 7 in last year’s World Series, because he was “hurt.” Now for a guy that is 6’4″, 230 lbs, and has received hitting advice from (get this) Mark McGwire. He should be the best damn player on this team, he should be driving in runs like Miguel Cabrera did. He mustered 102 runs batted in this season, which is great, but you and I know he’s much better than this. So you telling me, the fans can’t get the guy who batted .340, hit 36 home runs, and drove in 137 runs back in 2007??? The fans can’t get it. Yet, some imbeciles want to say he’s clutch. You wouldn’t know that truth if it slapped you in the face. Now let’s go back to all of those fans that said, “Oh, we don’t need Albert Pujols anymore.” AND “Let him rot in Anaheim.” AND my personal favorite, “F*** Pujols.” They could sure use that in the lineup right now especially after the man who has taken his spot in the lineup is supposed to be…that guy. What a joke. Yet, I’m cheering for him. Thanks for suckering me, Matt. You are doing a tremendous job.
  16. When is hockey coming on again?

I’m done. More to come soon.

Thoughts? Concerns? Ideas are welcome. Please reply below.

Thanks.

The A-Train…aka The Mad Redbird

A-Train’s 2012 MLB All Stars…Part 2

Alright, I gave you last night. Here is part 2, now with the American League All-Stars for manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers.

NOTE: All stats are up to date as of 6/28/2012

Catcher – Joe Mauer (Twins) – I don’t see too many people other than Mauer (maybe Mike Napoli of the Rangers) to be starting the game here. The guy is still an amazing hitter batting .321, of course the home runs are down (3) but he’s still worthy of an all-star berth despite his Twins being in last place in the AL Central. I would be surprised if Mauer is not the starter in KC.

1st Base – Prince Fielder (Tigers) – I smell the arguments of this pick heavily because Paul Kornerko (White Sox) is probably the best 1st baseman in the American League. Plus he is also on a 1st place team but I still dig Fielder’s numbers (.301 AVG, 12 HR, 50 RBI) and he’s still solid despite the Tigers being in 3rd place. I mean Albert could make some noise to get in the game. I hope so. But not to start the game. I choose the Prince of Detroit here.

2nd Base – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – What can I say? Another awesome season for Cano and he’s clearly the favorite for the start here.  How do you past up his .308 AVG, 18 HR and 41 RBI? You can’t. Unless you’re a hater of the Yankees. I choose Cano.

Shortstop – Derek Jeter (Yankees) – This may be the last hurrah for Derek Jeter but he’s still one of the best players to ever put on a Yankee uniform and it will continue as he makes another All-Star appearance. Even though the numbers don’t seem to be all-star worthy (.305 AVG, 7 HR, 25 RBI)…fans and haters alike can’t help but respect Jeter’s game. He’ll be at the #6 position in KC.

3rd Base – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – Cabrera is still one of the best hitters in the game of baseball today. Despite moving back to the third to make room for Fielder, he’s still solid (.304 AVG, 15 HR and 60 RBI). On the verge to another .300/30/100 season, Cabrera is a fan favorite and should be playing at third come that Tuesday night.

Outfielder – Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – Two-time home run champ finds himself in the lead again (with 25) in that category but also has a paltry .237 average to go along with that. He will still find his way into the outfield in KC because of that home run power. Even though I really don’t dig an all-star who bats under .260 to get in the game, there is no other outfielder (other than Josh Hamilton) that has come close to the kind of power numbers that Bautista has. So I will have to give him this one.

Outfielder – Josh Hamilton (Rangers) – Despite his shortcomings, Hamilton still knows how to put a show for the fans and he’ll be in KC to start for the All-Star game. The AL leader in RBI with 67, slugging a league best .647, in addition to tied for the AL lead in HR with 24 showcases that he is a true and definite all-star selection by the fans.

Outfielder – Adam Jones (Orioles) – He is one of my favorites, I enjoyed playing with him on MLB: The Show on PS2 (I have upgraded since then) because he’s (IMHO) a dynamic player and future superstar and I believe that his time is now to soak in being an all-star. I would be very upset if he doesn’t start the game. An all-star back in 2009, the 26-year old Jones is indeed having one of his best seasons (.299 AVG, 19 HR and 41 RBI) and should see another all-star berth for the emerging, young and talented Baltimore Orioles.

Designated Hitter – David Ortiz (Red Sox) – I would be shocked if Adam Dunn (White Sox) is the starter here, even though he has 24 home runs (which is tied for 2nd in the American League with Hamilton), he also has that .216 average and that is not acceptable to start in the game. Really I think he’s going to be snubbed of being on the roster. Sorry. I dig Ortiz’s numbers (.309, 21 HR, 53 RBI) and he should get the nod. I think the Manager Ron will choose Edwin Encarnacion will back up Ortiz…this is a breakout season for him (22 HR, 54 RBI with a .286 average)

Those are the choices. Good luck to the rest of the all-star selections even if some of mine don’t make the team. I’ll be surprised to get 2/3 of both teams right. But here are mine. Check them out. Debate about them. That’s what they are there for. Have fun.

Hope you enjoy the All-Star Game on July 10th. One day before the birthday!!!

The A-Train