It’s Not My World But It’s The One That I’m Enjoying At Present ….. !

It’s Not My World But It’s The One That I’m Enjoying At Present ….. !

Well due to the fact of Hurricane Irene depriving me of the chance to travel up to the nation’s capital for the formal unveiling and dedication of the MLK monument on the Mall in Washington , DC , my weekend was spent at home. With the girlfriend having traveled off to the West Coast for a family emergency , for myself it would be one where I would be left to my own devices . That meant scouring the sports pages to peruse what was happening in the world and how it all pans out in terms of the environments there .


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In baseball the divisional races seem to be taking on a life of their own , with some simply being up for grabs while other are all but over bar the shouting . Certainly the wildcard races haven’t really left us with a great deal of intrigue at all. Although there’s the idiocy within the local market here that the Tampa Bay Rays will somehow be able to overcome their six game deficit to the New York Yankees and gain that AL wildcard berth . One could attest to the fact that the teams are looking to play themselves into contention and in some cases out of contention .

With the recent moves made by teams concerning their postseason ambitions it’s clear that a number of teams that are of of the belief that they can make a run at their divisional foes . That now seems to be the case with the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers within the AL Central . With the respective managers Mike Sciocsia and Ron Washington leading the charge for both the Angels and Rangers .

If anything for the Los Angeles Angels the play of Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver have been stellar , as have been the rest of the team . It’d be remiss of me to suggest that the Rangers are good enough to run away with the division make a return to the World Series after last year’s escapades .

While Michael Young is viewed as a player who’s said to be in the declining years of a productive career , this season if anything , Young has proven to be the catalyst for this team not only by his presence but also his veteran leadership. And while Elvis Andrus , Adrian Beltre` and Josh Hamilton are seen as the star players on this Texas Rangers’ roster , were it not for Michael Young I seriously doubt that the team would be leading the AL West and playing with such command .

One of the major stories during this baseball season has been that of future free agents Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers and Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals . Both players whose contracts expire at the end of the year are seen as the most desirable unrestricted agents coming to the market in 2012. The thirty one year old Pujols …” the face “ of the Cardinals and perhaps that organization’s second best player when one considers the Hall of Famers associated with the team over the years. Albert Pujols has made it abundantly clear to the front office and GM John Mozeliak that it is his wish to remain a life long St Louis Cardinals’ player. Pujols remains the one constant and draw on this team and while there’s no denying that many of the team’s active records and historical records could well be surpassed by the player . The off-season deliberations between Albert Pujols and the organization could be very interesting indeed. The All Star slugger wants to be compensated befitting a player of his worth and whether or not that is a seven year or ten multi million dollar deal remains to be seen. Many prognosticators are suggesting that the player may well be looking for a deal that is northwards of $200 million over eight years .

Albert Pujols (5) of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against Michael McKenry (55) of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 25, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …….

Averaging out at $25 million a year one doubts that the St Louis Cardinals would seek to financially hamstring themselves to such a long term commitment . But then again the team salaries seem to be escalating for the big market teams while those mid to small market ball-clubs seem to be struggling to remain amongst the fray. If Pujols were unable to commit to an offer from the St Louis Cardinals then it would appear that there would be a number of teams vying for Albert Pujols’ services. Amongst those thought to show an interest would be their divisional rivals the Chicago Cubs who’ve long needed some star appeal and real offensive productivity within that ballclub. The team itself having seen the upheaval with the firing of GM Jim Hendry by team owner Tom Ricketts are now looking for a change of direction both on an off the field of play.

Prince Fielder five years younger than Pujols , is seen as a player whose best years are ahead of him, as the 27 year old first baseman on the Brewers’ team . The Milwaukee Brewers have seen their years of highs and lows within baseball with little postseason success in recent years . It has been a cautionary tale for this organization and the present ownership group after they assumed control from the Selig family.

This season we have seen the Brewers simply smash their way to success leaving all else in their wake , especially within the NL Central . They’ve distanced themselves from the St Louis Cardinals and now have an eye on the postseason, as they prepare for the divisional series. For Fielder , Ryan Braun , John Axford and the players on this roster who’ve made hay while the sun shines this has been much more than a fortuitous year for the ball-club. Team owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin have a major decision on their hands as they seek to make an offer that doesn’t do irreparable financial harm to the organization.

The pay structure of the Milwaukee Brewers has to be held in check given the limited resources of the ball-club as a whole . Prince Fielder knows that he has a choice to make at the end of the year that will provide him with long term security no what the outcome of the choice made by the player or front office . What may well matter is the financial weight of the contract offered to the player in terms of its worth . Are the Milwaukee Brewers in a position to make Prince Fielder the highest paid player on the roster and what might be the seismic shot sent across the bow of the game ? How will that decision be viewed by the general managers and team owners around the league ?

I am not so sure that Prince Fielder can be deemed a person said to be worth in excess of $20-$25 million a year no matter what length the period of the contract offered to the player . But herein lies the idiocy of the game today , a player such as Vernon Wells this year will be paid in excess of $26.5 million for an unproductive and lackluster season with the Los Angeles Angels .

Having not taken much interest in the NFL preseason I have to admit that the latest results have not really come as a great surprise ! . Certainly if the teams are said to be seeking consistency during these preseason games then for the San Francisco 49ers their games if anything have been an indication of the sheer ineptitude in terms of the play offered by the quarterbacks on the team .

Team general manager Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh may well have hastily made the decision to announce that his regular season starter would be Alex Smith .

For those of us who have witnessed the productivity of Smith over the years , we can all attest to the fact that the player has had his moments but when it has mattered most he has struggled to show any real command or the trust of his teammates . In the preseason once again, it has been more of the same from the five year veteran and it is becoming extremely hard to understand how it is that the player was taken first overall in the 2005 NFL Draft .


Alex Smith (11) of the San Francisco 49ers roles out to pass against the Houston Texans during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images …..

From my own perspective given the travails of the 49ers during the preseason I do believe that this team will struggle over the course of the regular season ! For Jim Harbaugh , his coaching staff and in particular quarterbacks’ coach Geep Chryst this will be a year during which their mental psyche will be tested by the play of Alex Smith. It has been the player’s inconsistency but more so the fact that during his time in the NFL at no point of his career has the coaching staff remained constant. The staff of the Forty Niners has been changed more often than that of a newborn baby’s diapers on a daily basis. If Geep Chryst can keep things simple not only for Smith but also his primary backup Josh McCown then there’s no reason to believe why the team cannot be competitive over the course of this season . But as of now that remains a big “if “ in the minds of not only the fans in general but quite possibly also the Forty Niners’ coaching staff , themselves.

With the off-season moves made by the 49ers and the draft choices it would be easy to suggest that the team is back on the road to being competitive within the NFC West . Although the division may well seem ripe for the taking , with teams such as the Arizona Cardinals , Seattle Seahawks and St Louis Rams all vying for overall supremacy. I do feel that NFC West has and always remain a division where there’s more uncertainty bound to happen than any fan could hope to wish for. It has been the inconsistency of the teams over the past few years that leads me to believe that trying to predict an outright winner of the division is akin to playing “three card Monty” !

Alex Smith will have to justify the faith shown in him by Jim Harbaugh this season , if not then I can see his NFL career coming to an abrupt end with him being jettisoned by the organization. Given the fact that he was so highly touted and taken as a number one overall pick , I am now beginning to wonder what it was that the front office saw in the player that originally that convinced them that he had the makings of NFL quarterback ? Anyone care to hazard a guess and provide us all with an answer ?



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What thoughts if any do you have with regard to the points raised within this article ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts and as always thanks for the continued support !

Alan aka tophatal ……..

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(1) TORONTO, CANADA – AUGUST 28: Desmond Jennings of the Toronto Blue Jays of the Tampa Bay Rays during MLB game action August 28, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Rays would go on to defeat the Blue Jays 12-0 . Photo by Brad White/Getty Images …..

2 Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson looks on as Jose Bautista (19) of the Toronto Blue Jays walks off after striking out during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays August 28, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Brad White/Getty Images …….

(3) ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 25: Albert Pujols (5) of the St. Louis Cardinals flips the ball to first base at Busch Stadium on August 25, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 8-4 . Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images ……

(4) Albert Pujols (5) of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against Michael McKenry (55) of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 25, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …….

(5) MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 28: Corey Hart (1) of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by Prince Fielder (28) after scoring a run during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on August 28, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers would go on to defeat the Cubs 3-2 Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images …….

(6) MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 28: Prince Fielder (28) of the Milwaukee Brewers catches the baseball from Zack Grienke (13) as Starlin Castro (13) of the Chicago Cubs dives back to the base at Miller Park on August 28, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 3-2. Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images ……..

(7) SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 27: Chris Culliver (29) of the San Francisco 49ers returning a kick off gets tackled by Shiloh Keo (31) of the Houston Texans during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The Texans won the game 30-7 . Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images …….

(8) Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Houston Texans during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images …….

(9) SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 27: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers roles out to pass against the Houston Texans during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images …..

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NB : In the Forty Niners most recent preseason game they suffered a decisive 30-7 loss to the Houston Texans .

Author: tophatal ...........

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15 thoughts on “It’s Not My World But It’s The One That I’m Enjoying At Present ….. !”

    1. Chris Humpherys

      You’re being overly optimistic and that’s to your benefit but I think that comes down to the fact you’ve got caught up with that 12-0 win over the Blue Jays . The team (Rays) simply are not good enough to erase the deficit to gain the AL wildcard berth .

      They’ve been way too inconsistent and their month end schedule isn’t as easy you might think . They’re 6 1/2 games back of the Yankees for that wildcard berth and I think it’s naivete’ on your part to think that the Yankees are about to play themselves out of contention . Look at the team stats of both within the AL and you can see what I think they won’t make it ! If they’re to prevail they’ve got to do much better than that ! The Rays rank 12th of the 14 teams in offense but luckily enough it has been the pitching of late that has assisted them where they rank 2nd overall (team ERA) within the AL.

      tophatal …………….


  1. Harbaugh had better come down off his high horse about making Alex Smith his starter this upcoming season . I know that the coach may well have the chance of pursuing a qb once the teams start to cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 . So he may well be able to pick up someone that will complement this team as a whole . But he sure as hell can’t continue to think that Smith will be his best option not based on the preseason play of the player and others aspiring for that starting role as the quarterback .

    Olivia Paige says she doesn’t believe that Alex Smith is as good as Jesse Palmer but she’s also of the opinion that they both suck anyway !

    tophatal ……


  2. San Fran is dead in the water. The Angles can’t beat Texas. The Rangers are in the drivers seat. Still I can’t wait for the NFL to start for real.


    1. Bobby Gee

      The San Francisco Giants can only now prevail if the Diamondbacks implode or the Braves do the same thing as it relates to the wildcard berth .

      With regard to the Angels as long as they’ve got Mike Sciocsia managing that team then I won’t count them out ’til the final day of season . And given the fact that the Angels and Rangers face each in the final week of the month makes for a great deal of intrigue and suspense at this juncture given the current margin between the two in the AL West .

      Either way Fielder and Pujols will get paid , if not by their current teams then most certainly by another ballclub in the league .

      tophatal ……….


  3. Personally, I would be worried to give Pujols or Fielder a huge contract. Pujols is aging and at some point he will be on the decline. Fielder is a fat , out of shape first baseman who will no doubt have longevity issues if he does not get himself into shape at some point in the next couple of years. I highly doubt that he will do that. These two guys are going to get paid big time but it’s all good as long as it isn’t my team being hamstrung by a massively overpriced deal.


  4. Chris Ross

    There’s going to be an owner or general manager in the league who’ll offer either of these players the long term financial security they want. We’ve seen it before with the likes of Wells , Zito and Alfonso Soriano . That trio in particular haven’t lived up to the perceived productivity it was thought that they could offer to their respective teams.

    Blame the league hierarchy and their cowering to the union for the recklessness now being shown as to financial stupidity and impracticality there is !

    Until Selig gets a damn backbone the game of baseball from a financial standpoint will continue to be a complete mess with there being the haves and have nots amongst the teams .

    Look at the earning power of the Yankees (YES Network) and Red Sox ( NESN ) compared to that of the Rays or Pirates as to the veracity of the situation .

    If the Rays and Pirates had their (Red Sox & Yankees’) earning power with their own respective cable broadcast outlets then they’d be a lot better off financially . But the ownership group of the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t that bright from a business standpoint despite their claims of being wealthy and financially astute .

    Bob Nutting and Stuart Sternberg on their best day couldn’t figure out what to do with a $50 bill in a room filled with hookers much less make their respective organizations financially profitable .

    tophatal …………


  5. The Yankees would have to suffer a Mets like collapse for the Rays to catch them and that ain’t gonna happen. Maybe next year.
    Pujols and Fielder will get paid, but I wouldn’t mortgage the future of my team for either one of them. Nothing over 3 years for Pujols and I would expect to get another 5 good years from Fielder and that’s about it.


    1. aero

      For me as it concerns both players would be their health issues ! Both Fielder and Pujols have had their recent health concerns has to play into any type of contract to either player . I’m in agreement with you , not more than 5 years for Pujols and Fielder at best not more than 6 years . But given the idiocy of the front office executives (GM’s) and owners in baseball just about any asinine thing could very well happen.

      It’s been the inconsistency of the offense and at times the pitching that has let the Rays down over the course of the season . However , one of the great revelations in recent weeks has been the play of Desmond Jennings . This kid is for real ! He’s going to be a really productive player for the Rays in years to come .

      Just two of Jennings’ biggest fans !

      tophatal ………………


  6. Sorry, but the NFC does suck……..I only liked the Niners under Montana and that other guy….since then………….
    Really, Smith never showed me anything of consistency from reports read and so on….but he isn’t as bad as Ryan Leaf and others.
    Remember Bradshaw sucked as a QB when he started


    1. al clements

      Yeah you’re right up to a a point but it’s not so much the NFC but there are some god damn awful coaches and teams within the conference . Never mind the praise being heaped on qb’s like Romo who hasn’t done a thing since he’s been with the Cowboys . It’s more the pageantry that surround the persona of the organization rather than their accomplishments of recent years .

      Not so hot ! Paris Hilton

      Drugs and booze may or may not kill Lohan but her acting career is already dead in the damn water !

      The day Alex Smith starts to perform at a consistently high level will be the day either Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton can be deemed intelligent . That ain’t gonna happen , not in this or their lifetimes .


  7. I’m surprised the Angels are still so close. It doesn’t seem like they’ve been playing all that good, but they’re right in it!

    I’m big on the brew crew this october. I have a feeling when they get knocked out, I might stop watching the playoffs…


    1. chappy

      It’s so deceptive but the team has been consistent but they seem to sit underneath the radar . Mike Scioscia isn’t a manager that one can underestimate as he always seems to get the best out of his teams .

      Jered Weaver is having an excellent season and looks as if he’s the odds on favorite for the Cy Young in the AL .

      The Rangers on the other hand had better not blink as that lead (3 1/2) could be eliminated within the blink of an eye given their schedule and that of the Angels .

      You can’t but be impressed as they’ve ( Brewers) been kicking ass and taking names ! So much for the Cardinals ……… no excuses there but there’ll always be someone caterwalling on about injuries concerning the team .


      tophatal ……… 🙂


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