And We Say...Lets Go Mets Remix
I remixed Lucas Prata and Dave Brody's song and added sound clips from SNY. I hope all Mets fans enjoy it.Here is Dave Brody's site. He wrote the song for Z100 and the Mets. http://myspace.com/z100brody1I used audio from SNY broadcasts, with Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Howie Rose and Ron Darling.http://www.sny.tv/Lets Go Mets!
The Rant-April 24, 2006
Dan Galway and John Greenberg break down the future stars and busts of the NFL in The Rant's annual NFL Draft Preview. The tradition of a draft preview started with Dan and Sim Lucien, the creators of The Rant, three years ago. Tune in to hear a breakdown of all the positions and top prospects.
Penn State's annual spring football game, the Blue White Game, was played this past saturday, April 22nd. This is an MP3 of the whole ComRadio podcast, if you want to listen. I called a football game and did color for the first time in my life from the end of the second quarter on. Overall, it was a lot of fun. Enjoy.
Head over to http://bluewhitepodcast.blogspot.com/ in order to listen to the game.
The Rant-April 17, 2006
On this version of The Rant, Dan and Jon start with a discussion of whether or not Rudy Gay and Tyrus Thomas are ready for the NBA as well as if Larry Brown will ever get the Knicks back to prominence. They also give their take on the NHL's most exciting division, the Atlantic, in which three teams were within one point of each other with one game remaining. To wrap up the show, the boys highlight two key baseball series to watch this week and talk about what ticks them off with two, 30 second rants.
The Rant-April 10, 2006
On this edition of The Rant, Dan and Jon start off by discussing the recently completed Masters as well as Phil Mickelson's status in the golf world after winning his third major championship. They also touch on the recent news on two former Penn State football stars, Michael Robinson and Tamba Hali, as well as their respective places in the upcoming NFL draft. The show ends with a recap of the first week of the baseball season, including 3 surprise teams and 3 dissapointments so far.
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Apparently, this works with Yahoo Music Engine as well. I don't know much about the program, so I can't help you out there.
Major League Baseball Preview-American League East
In my second installment of a six part series, I preview the AL East:
American League East
New York YankeesIt's another year and another big name free agent for the New York Yankees. While not as big as the makeover of their cross-town rivals, the Bronx Bombers added some nice pieces in Johnny Damon, Kyle Farnsworth and Octavio Dotel. Damon should help their offense, an offense that scored 886 runs and was second in the American League in that category. Adding him to a lineup that includes Jeter, Sheffield, Rodriguez, Giambi, Matsui, Posada, Cano and Williams, the Yankees have a legitimate shot to score 1,000 runs this year. It's pretty safe to say that their offense won't be a problem, and come midseason their bullpen should be in good shape as well. Mariano Rivera is still, in my book, the top closer in all of baseball. Adding Farnsworth and Dotel, two good set-up men, to the mix and filling out the pen with Mike Myers and Tanyon Sturtze in middle relief turns this weakness from last year into a borderline strength. The weakest point of this team is its starting pitching. I think Randy Johnson will go back to winning 20 games this year, and Mike Mussina always seems to be solid, but after that there is a huge dropoff. Sean Chacon and Chien Mien Wang were fantastic for the Yankees last year, but would you bet on both of them repeating their performance? My bet is that one does (probably Wang) and one doesn't. The fifth slot in the rotation will fall to whoever stays healthy between the often injured duo of Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano. Pavano just has the look of a player that won't succeed in New York, and both the afformentioned pitchers are extremely overrated off of a couple good seasons and many mediocre ones. I think the offense will be strong enough for the Yanks during the regular season, but in a playoff series I wouldn't feel as confident. They should, however, win the AL East by 2+ games.
Potential Breakout: Robinson Cano
Potential Dud: Kyle Farnsworth
Potential Bounce-Back: Randy Johnson
Boston Red SoxThe Bosox open 2006 after an offseason filled with change and controversy. Theo Epstein stepped down, and the Red Sox still made trades without naming a GM. Then, Epstein came back to Boston towards the end of the offseason. Not to be outdone, Manny Ramirez asked to be traded for the gazillionth time, and for the gazillionth time, was not traded. Last but not least, for the second time in two years a Red Sox icon leaves Boston for a New York team. Last year it was Pedro Martinez to the Mets, this year Johnny Damon traded in his locks and Red Sox Jersey, and went to the arch-rival Yankees. To fill numerous holes created by departures, the Sox acquired Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett from the Marlins, signed Florida's former shortstop Alex Gonzalez, and traded for Cleveland's Coco Crisp as well as San Diego's Mark Loretta. Besdies Damon, they also lost shortstop Edgar Renteria, 3B Bill Mueller and backup backstop Doug Mirriabelli. The strength of this team is still the hitting, as Crisp should do a pretty good job replacing Damon. Renteria did not have a big year last year, so they won't lose that much offense at short stop, and at third they could either upgrade or take a hit depending on which Mike Lowell shows up. Any team that has a decent supporting lineup and a core of Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek is going to score a lot of runs. Don't look for them to fall too far from the 910 runs they scored last year. The Red Sox starting pitching is also pretty good. The 1-2 punch of Schilling and Beckett, assuming Schilling is healthy, is a formidable one. The back end of the rotation, Wakefield, Clement, and Wells is decent and rounds out an overall above average pitching staff. The place I feel that Boston wil have problems is in the bullpen. Keith Foulke was injured most of last year, and terrible when healthy. He is the X-factor for the Sox. However, if he stays healthy and becomes the closer he was prior to 2005, the bullpen looks better, and Boston has a legitimate shot at the division. Without a legitimate closer, the Red Sox don't have a shot.
Potential Breakout: Josh Beckett (to an elite starter)
Potential Dud: Julian Tavarez
Potential Bounce-Back: Mike Lowell
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays were probably the only team in baseball with more change over the winter then their division rival Red Sox. New to town are A.J. Burnett, Troy Glaus, Lyle Overbay, Bengie Molina, and B.J. Ryan...all established Major League Baseball starters. Leading the charge out of town were Miguel Batista, Orlando Hudson, Corey Koskie, and Dave Bush. Overall, the Jays look like a very solid team, but there are still a few doubts in my mind that they can put it all together in 2006. Their lineup is very good, and would probably be one of, if not the best in any other division in baseball. The problem is they play in a division with two of the top offenses in the big leagues. Despite this, look for big contributions from Alexis Rios and Aaron Hill to complement the usual numbers from Overbay, Glaus, Shane Hillenbrand and Vernon Wells. The lineup won't be a problem, and the starting pitching shouldn't be either. The staff is led by perennial all star and Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. With the Jays revamped offense, look for Roy to win around 20 games. Gustavo Chacin will try to follow up on his great rookie season in which he won 13, and one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, Josh Towers, will try to improve on his 13 wins and 3.71 ERA. The fifth starter will either be Ted Lilly or Scott Downs, but the key cog to the Jays staff is A.J. Burnett. The former Marlin has yet to prove he can win consitently or consistently stay healthy. If he does, the Blue Jays will have one of the best starting staffs in the big leagues. The Jays also have the best overall bullpen in the division, and one of the best in all of baseball depending on whether B.J. Ryan reamains the dominant closer he was last year for the Orioles. Relievers are hard to predict a lot of the time, and Ryan only has one year of experience shutting the door. Scott Schoenweis is very good situational lefty (they batted a measely .188 off him last year) and both Justin Spier and Jason Frasor can pitch in the setup role. Overall, the Jays are a very solid club and have the potential to put it together and win the division. However, a more likely scenrio would be the wild card. It may be a little too early early for the baby birds though; just give them a year to gel.
Potential Breakout: Alexis Rios
Potential Dud: A.J. Burnett
Potential Bounce-Back: Ted Lilly
The Orioles have really been a frustrating franchise in recent years. They have only won 90+ games once in the last 21 campaigns, and their last winning season and division title was in 1997 (the last year the Yankees didn't win the AL East in some fashion). Miguel Tejada obviously felt the same frustration this offseason when he demanded a trade. However, weeks later rescinded the demand and said he wanted to stay. He cited the lack of moves the O's were making to better themselves as the reason for his unhappiness. Baltimore didn't make any huge splashes in the player department this offseason, but they did acquire a big-time coach in Leo Mazzone. The legendary former Braves pitching coach should provide a boost for the O's staff, but his time in Baltimore will really be a litmus test to see how much the success he has had is in fact his "genius," and how much should be attributed to just how well the Braves' organization is run. The pitching staff does have potential. Rodrigo Lopez has won 14+ games 3 times in his career, Bruce Chen seemed to break through last year, Kris Benson has always had potential (something that Mazzone is great with), and Erik Bedard pitched great for the first three months of the season last year. In addition, Daniel Cabrera has some of the nastiest stuff in the league and pitched great all spring. The 24 year old could have a breakout year with the help of Mazzone. Baltimore's lineup is solid 1-9, although its a notch below the top three in this division. The additions of Kevin Millar, Jeff Conine and Ramon Hernandez to a lineup that already includes Javy Lopez, Melvin Mora, Brian Roberts, and Miguel Tejada should provide ample depth. However, the weakness of the birds is their bullpen. The only established reliver in the pen is Latroy Hawkins, who has a penchant for blowing big games. The organization is relying on second year closer Chris Ray to finish games for them. He did pitch well last year but he's untested, and that could come back to haunt Baltimore in close games. The Orioles seem to be a team with a lot of good parts. In another division they could be contenders to finish higher, but in the competitive AL East they're no better than fourth best.
Potential Breakthrough: Daniel Cabrera
Potential Dud: Kris Benson
Potential Bounce-back: Javy Lopez
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are one of the most interesting teams in the league. They're going in the right direction on offense, but the complete opposite, and wrong direction in the pitching department. They have one of the best collections of young hitters in the game. Carl Crawford continues to get better, and once the power comes he'll be a legitimate five tool player. Joey Gathright (.276, 20 sb in 71 G), Johnny Gomes (21 HR in 101 G), and Jorge Cantu (28 HR, 117 RBI) all had good season last year at young ages. Additionally, Crawford, Gomes, Gathright and Cantu are all younger than 27. This group makes up a good core, and they have more on the way. Delmon Young, the #1 prospect in the majors by many accounts, will be up soon, and after B.J. Upton figures out his fielding problems he should be a major addition to the team at shortstop. The Rays shouldn't have a problem scoring runs this year. Scott Kazmir and Mark Hendrickson are the only pitchers in this rotation that should rightfully starters in this league. Kazmir, the flamethrowing lefty, has a great future ahead of him. The same can't be said for the others; Casey Fossum, Seth McClung and Doug Waechter. Moving on to the bullpen, things only get worse. In addition to not having a legitimate closer, not one pitcher in their active bullpen had an ERA below four last year. Keeping a lead will be like walking through a minefied for the Devil Rays this year. Look for the offense to be improved, but the lack of pitching should keep the Rays once again in the cellar of the AL East.
Potential Breakthrough: Joey Gathright
Potential Dud: Aubrey Huff
Potential Bounce-Back: Mark Hendrickson
Picture Credit: Yankees:ign.com, RedSox:foxsports.com, BlueJays:tsn.ca, Orioles:bronxpride.com, DevilRays:tbo.com
The Rant-April 3, 2006
On this edition of The Rant Dan is joined by another Penn State student, Jon Greenberg. They open with a discussion on the contracts of Brett Favre and LSU men's basketball coach John Brady, and then move on to break down the chances of both Florida and UCLA in the NCAA national championship game. Finally, in honor of opening day, the boys close the show by giving their predictions for each of Major League Baseball's six divisions.