Here’s to You Kid

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Junior was one of the great ones

Growing up in the 90’s, I’ve been fortunate enough to see many exceptional ball players in action.  Starting with future Hall of Famers, 8-time batting champion Tony Gwynn and the Iron Man, Cal Ripken.  As well as possibly the last 350+ winner in 18-time Gold Glover, Greg Maddux.  The top base stealer ever, Rickey Henderson.  A shortstop who literally back-flipped his way to 15 All Star selections.  I’ve seen the Bash Brothers, well, bash.  I cheered on the Big Hurt, watched a chubby centerfielder bring 2 World Series titles to Minnesota, and experienced Joe Carter’s dramatic World Series home run.  But, what easily stands out among all these players and amazing experiences is the man who revolutionized the sport, the man commonly known as Junior. Read more…

Training in the Spring

March 15, 2011 4 comments

Camelback Ranch - Home of the White Sox/Dodgers

The Sports Minion and the Sports Minette headed down to Glendale, AZ over the weekend to catch some Spring Training action.  The venue, Camelback Ranch.  The game, Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers.

This was the first Spring Training game in the history of the Sports Minion, and it will be a recurring occurrence each baseball season from here on.

For any baseball fan, Spring Training is a great way to see a future superstar, get excited for the upcoming season, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for home plate seats, which the Sports Minion did. Read more…

Derrick Rose is Amazing

If he's not MVP, I quit

There’s nothing more to say.  Derrick Rose is this year’s MVP.  That is all.

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2011 MLB MVP Predictions

March 1, 2011 1 comment

Mo Vaughn: The 1995 AL MVP, really?

With the 2011 MLB regular season about a month away, it’s never too early to start predicting the Most Valuable Player’s for both the American and National League.  The Sports Minion makes his case for the 2011 Most Valuable Player with his early predictions… Read more…

Pujols to Cubs: Sorry, but it’s still hot in Hell

February 22, 2011 1 comment

Pujols, a Cub? Please God No

Albert Pujols is the belle of the ball right now, with very good reason.  As I stated earlier this week, Pujols is one of the greatest ballplayers of all time & deserves an astronomical contract.  He’s as close to a Cyborg as any human could possibly be.

I still stand strong with other believers like ESPN’s Tim Kurkijan, that Pujols will remain a Cardinal, but am aware the North Siders are crossing their fingers St. Louis doesn’t pull the trigger.

Current ESPN commentator and Chicago native Michael Wilbon recently wrote about the possibility of Prince Albert playing at home in Wrigley Field.  Wilbon and many other Cubs fans I’m sure are thrilled at the possibility of having a future Hall of Famer join the roster, but it frustrated me on two different avenues. Read more…

Trout: the next Salmon?

February 17, 2011 4 comments

Trout may soon be a fish out of water

The baseball world is buzzing about #1 rated minor league outfielder, Mike Trout, who may or may not make his highly anticipated debut this season with the Angels.  Doesn’t it seem fitting that Trout would play for the Angels, a team once led by a player with another gill-bearing surname.  No, not Kevin Bass

In the last 10-15 years, the most notable Angel player has to be Tim Salmon, having played his entire career with the Halo’s.  Imagine if Trout, Salmon, and former all-star centerfielder, Chet Lemon were to bat 3-4-5 in the same lineup.  Salmon-Lemon-Trout, sounds like a delicious lineup.  It got me thinking about the other great food names in sports.

The Sports Minion decided to take the time to pay homage to some of the most savory characters in sports, and who were the most successful in the game.  Here’s our non-baker’s dozen… Read more…

Pay That Man His Money

February 14, 2011 6 comments

Albert Pujols is Half-Man Half-Amazing

I’ve never stated that I know how to run a franchise or have experience in negotiating professional athletes salaries, but how in the world don’t you give Albert Pujols whatever he wants.  I don’t care what the Cardinals have to do to keep Pujols on the team, but they need to do it.  It’s time to start collecting cash from any means necessary.  Start selling your own property, cars, first born childs, collect from your bookies, what have you.  Frankly put,  Pujols is the best hitter I’ve ever seen, and St. Louis needs to do whatever it takes to keep him there.  Read more…