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It’s All-Opinions Day

They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:

Give umpire Jim Joyce credit for later admitting he blew it, but ruining Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga’s perfect game on the final out Thursday night was still the worst call in recent baseball history . . .

Even if it was close, and it really wasn’t, don’t you give Galarraga the benefit of the doubt under the circumstances? . . .

The most important name nobody knows going into the NBA Finals is Tom Thibodeau. He’s the Celtics’ defensive guru of an assistant who is certain to be some team’s new head coach in the next few weeks . . .

If Boston wins this series, it will be because it is clearly the better defensive team, and Thibodeau will be the reason . . .

The only worry about Kobe Bryant in this series is that he’ll be TOO pumped up . . .

Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old Wonder Boy who will be the first overall pick in Monday’s Major League Baseball Draft, is the best, young, power-hitting prospect I’ve ever seen. Check him out on YouTube and decide for yourself. The kid’s bat speed is incredible . . .

Stephen Strasburg and, in a couple of years, Harper will make the lowly Nationals’ one of the game’s hottest gate attractions . . .

Assuming, of course, Scott Boras doesn’t ask for the moon to get Harper signed . . .

Speaking of the draft, it could be huge for the Angels, who have five of the first 40 picks, after losing John Lackey and Chone Figgins to free agency. They get the 18th, 29th and 30th choices in the first round. Too bad they couldn’t find a ready-made first baseman on the list . . .

Most baseball people expect Eddie Bane and Co. to concentrate on pitching, with almost everyone guessing Pasadena prep star Dylan Covey could be one of their picks . . .

Is Thursday’s Dodgers-Diamondbacks game over yet? . . .

I will block out the broken down version of the last two years and remember Ken Griffey Jr. as The Kid, probably the greatest natural talent of our generation and a cinch first ballot Hall of Famer . . .

Now let’s hope struggling  Trevor Hoffman takes a hint from Griffey and also retires . . .

You think the Phillies’ horrendous offensive slump is bad? Think how I feel. I have Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth on my fantasy team . . .

The NCAA’s infractions decision on USC is supposed to be announced at any moment now. But then, we’ve been saying that for weeks, haven’t we? . . .

Doesn’t all the Phil Jackson debate come down to this: If the Lakers win, he stays. If they don’t, he probably goes . . .

Count me among those who think “Friday Night Lights” is the best sports TV series ever . . .

In the least compelling Belmont Stakes in recent memory, Ice Box is the logical favorite, but watch out for Preakness runner-up First Dude if no one presses him on the pace . . .

You’d never know it looking at his glum demeanor, but Jeff Van Gundy is a riot on those ABC playoff telecasts. Who knew he’d have a sense of humor?  . . .

I still chuckle every time I remember all those columnists who wanted to trade the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp . . .

I mean, legitimate five-tool players don’t come along every day. When you find one, the last thing you want to do is trade him . . .

I know the San Diego Padres are still hanging around first place in the NL West. I just don’t know who all those people are in their lineup with Adrian Gonzalez. . .

Even with a 6-1 lead, the Angels’ Scott Kazmir couldn’t get through six innings in Kansas City. The guy is your basic five-inning starter . . .

Al and Tipper are separated, and Bill and Hillary are still together. I guess sports isn’t the only thing that’s tough to figure . . .

— Steve Bisheff

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5 Responses to “It’s All-Opinions Day”

  1. Steve, as someone who has lived in the Kansas City area, I can honestly say that Don Denkinger’s call in the world series between the Cardinals and the Royals still tops the list. Regarding the Angels draft, will signing amounts influence who they choose? And, are Bill and Hillary really still together?

    • Denkinger’s call was definitely more important because it was in the World Series. This one seems more heartbreaking to me. Just imagine being the pitcher. Don’t know if signing amounts will affect whom the Angels choose. Boras is always a factor, but then, they took Weaver and he was a Boras guy. And yes, technically, anyway, Bill and Hillary are together.

  2. Right on Steve. Joyce admittedly blew the call that robbed Armondo Galarraga of his esteemed place in baseball history. Even if it was a tie base, which it wasn’t, Joyce owed the pitcher some tiny benefit of the doubt.
    It was heartening to see the slack the Chicago organization cut Joyce once emotions cooled. By all accounts Jim Joyce had a stellar career up to this moment. In the pit of his stomach his life’s work will be defined by this one event. How many of us would want our entire lives to be judged by one blown call?: The stupid, meaningless affair;the word spoken in the heat of argument that can never be taken back. Joyce owned up to his grievous error of judgement. Let’s hope for his and his family’s sake that he can move on having made the best call he thought he had, even under the circumstances.

  3. Joyce should have been thinking before the pitch “perfect game here, anything close, runner is out” end of story.


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