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    My hubby has Verlander on his fantasy team, so I've been following him more this season and was happy to hear that for him. He's a cool kid

    (not to mention the 43 points he gave my husband LOL!)

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    I have to say at heart I am a total Indians fans! My grandpa had 2 jackets, one for the Browns and one of the Indians, thats it! He always wore one of the two so he was a lifelong fan and I follow in his footsteps.
    If I cheer for any other teams it has to be the Red Sox and the Padres. I was born and raised in San Diego and went to lots of Padres games. I am a die hard Tony Gwynn fan and miss him to this day. My bf's family is mostly from New England area and therefore DIEHARD Red Sox fans!! I also cheer for the Sox all the time but I am still cheering that much more for by beloved Indians!!
    I am proud to say I am a Grady's lady! I WILL be the next MRS. SIZEMORE, much to the dismay of my boyfriend, lol!

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    Sosa got his 600th!
    I've always been a fan of Sammy but even more so now that he's a Ranger!
    Getting lost will help you find yourself.

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    The Giants have just fallen apart, hopefully they'll pull it back together.

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    2007 All-Star Rosters

    American League

    Starters

    Pos Player B/T
    C Ivan Rodriguez, DET R/R
    1B David Ortiz, BOS L/L
    2B Placido Polanco, DET R/R
    3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY R/R
    SS Derek Jeter, NYY R/R
    OF Vladimir Guerrero, LAA R/R
    OF Magglio Ordonez, DET R/R
    OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA L/R

    Pitchers

    Pos Player B/T
    P Josh Beckett, BOS R/R
    P Dan Haren, OAK R/R
    P Bobby Jenks, CWS R/R
    P John Lackey, LAA R/R
    P Gil Meche, KC R/R
    P Jon Papelbon, BOS R/R
    P J.J. Putz, SEA R/R
    P Francisco Rodriguez, LAA R/R
    P C.C. Sabathia, CLE L/L
    P Johan Santana, MIN L/L
    P Justin Verlander, DET R/R

    Reserves

    Pos Player B/T
    C Victor Martinez, CLE S/R
    C Jorge Posada, NYY S/R
    1B Justin Morneau, MIN L/R
    2B Brian Roberts, BAL S/R
    SS Carlos Guillen, DET S/R
    SS Michael Young, TEX R/R
    3B Mike Lowell, BOS R/R
    OF Carl Crawford, TB L/L
    OF Torii Hunter, MIN R/R
    OF Manny Ramirez, BOS R/R
    OF Alex Rios, TOR R/R
    OF Grady Sizemore, CLE L/L

    National League

    Starters

    Pos Player B/T
    C Russell Martin, LAD R/R
    1B Prince Fielder, MIL L/R
    2B Chase Utley, PHI L/R
    3B David Wright, NYM R/R
    SS Jose Reyes, NYM S/R
    OF Carlos Beltran, NYM S/R
    OF Barry Bonds, SF L/L
    OF Ken Griffey Jr, CIN L/L

    Pitchers

    Pos Player B/T
    P Francisco Cordero, MIL R/R
    P Brian Fuentes, COL L/L
    P Cole Hamels, PHI L/L
    P Trevor Hoffman, SD R/R
    P Jake Peavy, SD R/R
    P Brad Penny, LAD R/R
    P Takashi Saito, LAD R/R
    P Ben Sheets, MIL R/R
    P John Smoltz, ATL R/R
    P Jose Valverde, ARI R/R
    P Billy Wagner, NYM L/L

    Reserves

    Pos Player B/T
    C Brian McCann, ATL L/R
    1B Derrek Lee, CHC R/R
    1B Albert Pujols, STL R/R
    1B Dmitri Young, WSH S/R
    2B Orlando Hudson, ARI S/R
    2B Freddy Sanchez, PIT R/R
    SS J.J. Hardy, MIL R/R
    3B Miguel Cabrera, FLA R/R
    OF Matt Holliday, COL R/R
    OF Carlos Lee, HOU R/R
    OF Aaron Rowand, PHI R/R
    OF Alfonso Soriano, CHC R/R

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    Re: Baseball 2007

    I'm so excited that JJ Putz made the All Star team!!! I'm glad that he's finally getting some recognition outside of the Pacific Northwest!

    Unfortunately it's all been overshadowed by Mike Hargrove resigning suddenly, in the middle of a winning streak no less! I'm a huge Mariners fan and have never really liked Hargrove but I am surprised and a little sad that he resigned, considering the success the Mariners have been experiencing lately.

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    That was certainly a shock to hear about Grover. Being an Indians fan I hated to him leave Cleveland.
    The Official Site of The Seattle Mariners: News: Seattle Mariners News
    07/01/2007 6:33 PM ET
    Hargrove resigns as Mariners skipper
    McLaren named manager, will begin tenure on Monday
    By Jim Street / MLB.com

    SEATTLE -- When Mike Hargrove realized he couldn't give his players what he asked of them, he decided there was only thing he could do -- resign as the Mariners manager.

    And so, with the team on a seven-game winning streak going into Sunday afternoon's series finale against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, the organization announced that the 57-year-old skipper would be managing his final game with the team and bench coach John McLaren would become the full-time skipper, effective Monday night in Kansas City against the Royals.

    "It's just time for me to move on," Hargrove said. "I challenge my players every day to give me the best that they've got, 100 percent of what they've got that day, physically and mentally, because as I've said before to many of you, the big separator of this game between so-so players, mediocre players, good players and great players is their mental toughness and their mental ability to focus.

    "They've given me what they have every day, and I have never had to work at getting to that level myself, ever, until recently. I've found that I had to work harder at giving that same commitment to my bosses, and to my players, and to my coaches, and that's not right.

    "They deserve better, they're good people, there's a good thing going on here, and it's time for me to leave."

    But not before managing Sunday's game, which ended one of the best homestands in franchise history.

    Known as "Grover" by most of his players, Hargrove sat alongside general manager Bill Bavasi for more than 40 minutes, explaining the reason(s) for walking away with three months remaining on his contract and his team playing its best baseball of the season -- and perhaps his three-plus seasons in Seattle.

    "There are no dark, sinister reasons for this decision," he said during a hastily called press conference at Safeco Field. "This has been my decision, and I feel very proud of the job, and the work that we've done here, in the last three years. And when I say we, I mean we, because a lot of people have had an important hand in doing this, in getting this club and organization the way it is."

    Hargrove, 57, was named Seattle's manager on Oct. 20, 2004, and is fifth among active managers with 1,187 career wins, including 191 with the Mariners. He also managed the Cleveland Indians (1991-99) and Baltimore Orioles (2000-03).

    After the rebuilding Mariners finished last in the AL West during his first two seasons at the helm, this team was the hottest it has been during his tenure. The seven-game winning streak was the longest in more than three years, which made Sunday's stunning announcement even more baffling.

    But Hargrove has been contemplating this decision for a while.

    Bavasi disclosed on Sunday that he was told by Hargrove on June 20 -- following the team's sixth consecutive loss -- that a managerial change could be in the works.

    "Nobody should have to go through six-game losing streaks," Hargrove said. "Any time I see a team, unless it's the Angels, I feel bad for them. But the highs weren't high enough, the lows were too low. That's putting it about as simple as I can."

    The even keel that he had during the 34 years of his baseball career disappeared and he knew it was time to make a change -- no matter how drastic.

    "Originally I had told Bill and Chuck [club president Chuck Armstrong] that I would wait until the All-Star break to make a decision," Hargrove said. "As we got closer to the end of this homestand, I felt like I owed it to the players to announce the decision now rather than wait for the All-Star break, because, when [next Sunday's game in Oakland] is over, players have plane connections, and it's a real kind of chaotic time. I felt like this would be a better time for all of us."

    Efforts were made to talk Hargrove out of his decision, but to no avail.

    "I could tell 10 days ago that something was on his mind," McLaren said. "After wins, he wasn't Mike. I asked him and some of the other coaches about it and he said he was OK, but I could tell something was bothering him. I just didn't know what.

    "He never let on to me at all. We talked abut the team, what we needed to do ... as far as something bothering that would lead to this, he never let on."

    Hargrove called McLaren into the manager's office Saturday afternoon and broke the news.

    "It caught me off guard and the first thing I asked was if his health was OK. The second thing I tried to talk him out of it."

    Bavasi said the organization has mixed emotions about the sudden change.

    "We're real happy for him, but we're not happy about this one bit," he said. "This is not something that we were prepared for, that we wanted, and we did think we had him talked out of it. But also, all of us are big believers in people like Mike, who are in the position to do what the heck they want to do, to do what they want to do, and if you've ever been around his family, you'll understand why he might be doing this."

    Hargrove has agreed to continue to work with the Mariners as a special assistant to Bavasi, joining John Boles, Dan Evans and Ken Madeja in that role.

    Though Hargrove would not rule out becoming a manager at some point down the road, he said it was unlikely.

    "With five kids," he said, "I learned never to say 'never.'"

    At the same time, even he seemed surprised that he walked away from an unfinished job.

    "I never thought that it would end like this, I really didn't, and I'm grateful that it has," he said. "The last three or four days, every time I've walked on that field, I've been fortunate enough that our guys are playing really well, to walk out on that field, shake their hands, and believe me, I've taken in the sights.

    "This is about the players, this game is about the players, we're all here because of the players. That's the way it should be. Other than it being a special day because the sun is out, and it's Sunday, and it's a special place to be, we're playing baseball, and we can't ask for much more than that.

    "It's still a game. No matter how hard we all, including you guys, try to screw this game up, it's still a great game. The game hasn't changed, the players haven't changed, they're still good people. It has nothing to do with that. It's just an accumulation of 35 years."

    And those 35 years added up to this Texan riding off into the sunset.

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    Re: Baseball 2007

    Barry Bonds is probably my favorite player, but I thought everyone hated him, but somehow he managed to get enough votes to be an NL starter in the all-star game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsonator;2458796;
    Barry Bonds is probably my favorite player, but I thought everyone hated him, but somehow he managed to get enough votes to be an NL starter in the all-star game.
    I always felt that the "hate" for Barry Bonds was something the media put in the fans mouths. Not saying that he is liked all around by fans, but I think there is a large population that likes him. Personally, I love Barry Bonds but I know a lot of people that don't, and a lot that do. It does not surprise me at all the he is in the All Star game.

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    We're going to Comerica Park tomorrow!!!! Verlander versus Sabathia!!!! Mr. veejer, our daughter, my mother and I are all Tiger fans, and our son is an Indians fan. Should be fun!!!!

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