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Rich’s Diamond Thoughts

Posted by Rich Stowe on May 2, 2011

I was going to call these posts Rich’s Golden Thoughts because my thoughts are pure gold, but then I decided they’re even better than that, so I went with diamond! Just kidding. They’re called Diamond Thoughts because they’re random thoughts that pop into my head about baseball. I’m hoping to present these to you as often as I can, so come back often to check them out!


Hey Yankees fans! Yes, I’m talking to you. Well, not all of you. Just the ones that for whatever reason think the Yankees are going to trade Jesus Montero and get anything less than a pitcher of Felix Hernandez or Jeff Weaver ability. The Yankees will not trade Montero for a pitcher over 30 years old, any pitcher that is not at minimum their current team’s ace or any pitcher that spent any significant time on the disabled list last season or this season. Montero is not a free agent and they will not lose him if they don’t promote him to "The Show" this year, so there’s absolutely no need to trade him for just anyone. Who cares if he isn’t progressing as well defensively or Hughes may have a significant injury. With CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova the Yankees are sitting in first place in the American League East; do they really need to dump Montero for just any 32 year old, number 4 starter with injury concerns?

What is up with the Cleveland Indians? Don’t they realize they’re supposed to fight for the bottom of the American League Central and not be leading the division? They’re playing out of their minds and taking full advantage of the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins not playing well. I for one am happy for them. The Indians are one of the oldest franchises in the American League and deserve to have a shot. Here’s hoping they can continue playing this way through September.

Does anyone need to tell the Colorado Rockies that it’s only May and not September? Baseball fans have become accustomed to them playing average all year long and then turn it on in September on their way to a playoff berth. I’m not sure their fans or baseball fans would be able to handle a full season of the Rockies in first place! First the Indians are playing well and now the Rockies. What’s next, cats and dogs playing together?

Here’s hoping Roy Oswalt’s return to the Phillies is a success. He left the team last week after his home and town were ravaged by tornadoes….again.

Was it weird for anyone else to see New York Mets fans and Philadelphia Phillies fans agreeing about something last night? Of course, I’m referring to when the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death spread like wildfire through the crowd. The sight of Mets and Phillies fans high-fiving each other and chanting U.S.A! in unison was fantastic. To the men and women of our Armed Forces and especially the Navy S.E.A.L. team that took him out. Thank you for everything you’ve done over the last 10 years and what you will continue to do in the future. The security and safety of this great country is in your more than capable hands. If you see a military member, current or a veteran, remember to thank them, that is all they truly ask of us.


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