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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Say It Ain't So, David

At a time when Red Sox fans should be proud of the recent Hall of Fame induction of Jim Rice, we get a black cloud over Fenway Park today. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for PEDs in 2003. At this point Manny doesn't surprise me with anything anymore, but Oritz? I really should be less shocked. I really should. It makes sense. Ortiz is a prime example of a steroid player. His career was average at best before his free agent signing with the Sox in 2003. His career then escalated into stuff of legend. His performance in the 2004 playoffs needs no explanation. If he didn't step up in the ALCS, the curse might not have been broken. He had two walk-off hits in games 4 and 5.

Ortiz was never a hall of famer, but he was still a star. Where does it end? Who will be next? At this point, they should just publish that list from 2003. Who really cares now? This era has been tarnished. I still think one of the major culprits of this whole debacle is Bud Selig. He wants credit for being the commissioner who saved baseball, but did he really save it? Rather his actions of letting steroids go by the wayside, ruined it. I simply shake my head in disappointment.

I do want to end this post on a positive note. It's nice to see Jim Rice inducted into the Hall of Fame. At a time when baseball is a sport that makes fans question the legitimacy of the game, it's nice to see one of the great sluggers of his era, get his due respect. He did it the right way (take note David and Manny). His season in '78 when he won MVP was one of the best. He led the led in league in homers, RBI, hits, triples, and slugging percentage. His 406 total bases were the most since Joe DiMaggio with 418 in 1937. That's amazing.

Rice in his first year of eligibility garnered only 29 percent of the vote. In his final year, he made the 75 percent to get elected. His stats stayed the same, but the game changed. And it changed for the worst.

Catching Up with Films

Where have gone Mikey Filmmaker? I've been meaning to do a new post for a week or so and just haven't made the time to do it. Considering that it's the summer, I just haven't really been in the mood to write in this thing. I don't think my three readers minded that much. And if you did, then my sincere apologies.

It's almost August and the Oscar season is slowly taking form. With 10 Best Picture nominees, I really need to do a new updated predictions post. Haven't seen too many films this summer, but that should pick up soon. I just used my 500 fandango bucks that I won last week for the first time. I'm going to try to hit the theater up again next week before I head back to LA next Friday. Only time will tell, but for now let's take a quick look at two films I did recently hit up.

Public Enemies: This film was not as bad as some said. Definitely not going to win Best Picture as I predicted back in February, but should make the final 10. I have a soft spot for gangster movies and I do predict this should make my top 10. Had some Bonnie and Clyde references, which I didn't mind. Though, I do wish that Johnny Depp was more of a bad ass. He was an anti-hero without an edge. Marion Cottilard was great and she is quickly becoming one of the best working actresses today.

The Hangover: I waited a while to see this film and it was as good as billed. I think this is especially funny for anyone who has been to Vegas and got wasted (i.e. me). While I didn't wake up to a tiger in my bathroom, I didn't remember very much from the night and if I lost one of my friends I probably would have no clue where the hell he was. The film at times was a little too over the top, but it didn't really bother me. The cast was really with four un-established actors, but I can see at least Bradley Cooper getting an opportunity to star in his own film. Easily the best comedy of the year and one of the best in years.

I plan to hit up (500) Days of Summer and Funny People next week. We'll see if I can pull it off.