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Buck Rampage Archive: June 2007 Archive

Jun
29
2007

Big Night

Getty Images Last night turned out to be a pretty busy night. Not only did one of the most anticipated NBA drafts in recent memory take place, but Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run and Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th career base hit. That's quite a night full of highlights right there.

There weren't a whole lot of surprises in the draft last night. Oden went first, Durant went second, Kobe went nowhere. Teams stayed pretty conservative with their picks but some teams did pull the string on various trades (i.e. Ray Allen, Zach Randolph, etc.) The draftees haven't proven anything professionally as of yet so I'll talk about a couple fellows who have held their own against top level competition for many years below. The NBA isn't necessarily my forte so I'll leave the heavy lifting to Jack.

Getty Images Big Frank Thomas became the 21st player to join the 500 home run club last night against the Blue Jays. To add some icing to the top, Frank was also ejected from the game in the ninth. Frank and his theatrics, you gotta love it. To me, it's actually somewhat surprising that it took Frank this long to get to 500 homers. In the mid 90's he was well on his way to 500, averaging just over 30 homers a year and then the injury bug hit him. Towards the end of the 90's and into the new millennium, Frank had quite a few injury problems that slowed his pace. If he was able to stay healthy and follow the 30 dingers a year clip he would have joined the club sometime in 2005. But 500 isn't what it used to be with Sammy and Griffey right around 600 and A-rod, Thome, Ramirez, and Sheffield all knocking on the door of 500.

AP Photo Little Craig Biggio made a big splash last night also collecting his 3,000th hit while going 5 for 6 against the Rockies. Biggio is the 27th player to achieve this milestone and is also the 9th player to get every one of those hits with only one team. After the momentous occasion, Biggio dragged long time teammate Jeff Bagwell onto the field to share in the revelry. Unlike the 500 club, the 3,000 hit club is more exclusive among active players with only Barry Bonds within striking distance (104 hits shy) in the next season or two.

So are these two guys now locks to make the Hall of Fame after reaching these epic milestones? I would say that they both will be called upon by the Hall, but Rob Neyer isn't so sure. He's sure of Biggio(ESPN Insider)making it but not quite so sure that Thomas (ESPN Insider)will make it due to the fact that the 500 club has been somewhat overrun as of late. But seeing as none of us here at the Brigade get a vote, I suppose it's pointless to worry about. 

 You can contact Buck Rampage at buckrampage@gmail.com.

 




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Jun
25
2007
Maroth Shines, Cards Lose
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Mike Maroth had a helluva game in his Cardinals debut on Monday night against the New York Mets. Maroth went 7 1/3 innings allowing one run on two hits. Maroth also picked off two runners, slapped a single, had a successful sac...
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Jun
22
2007
Cardinals deal for a real Starting Pitcher
By Buck Rampage  |  Comments (8) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Buck Rampage Archive
The St. Louis Cardinals continued their wheeling and dealing ways today making a trade with the Detroit Tigers for Mike Maroth. The Cards will be giving the Tigers “players to be named later” in return which usually means that a team didn’t have...
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Jun
21
2007
Damn Good Steak, Damn Good News
By Buck Rampage  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Buck Rampage Archive
I was on travel for work this week in the New England area. I’ve been there a few times and have mostly enjoyed my time while I was there. Probably the first thing you notice upon arriving are the locals accents. It’s...
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Jun
18
2007
Weekend Shenanigans
A shortened and late version of Weekend Shenanigans is being presented to you all this week. There's a couple of reasons for this; 1) I didn't get home from a Tool concert last night till 4 AM and just...
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Jun
15
2007
Wells Gone Dry
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The problem with making decisions is that they always affect other people. Sometimes in good ways, sometimes in bad ways. Regardless, decisions have to be made or nothing would ever get accomplished. Tony La Russa is faced with such...
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Jun
14
2007
Don't Get Sucked In Again
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Adam Wainwright threw so well last night against the Royals that he decided to just underhand it to the plate to give them a fighting chance as shown above. BUT, I'm not going to fall for this again, I...
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Jun
13
2007
Yes to No-No's
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After seeing that Justin Verlander threw a No-Hitter against the Brewers last night, the question of why we, as baseball fans are so enamoured with No-No's flashed in my head. The only reason I could think up in that instant was...
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Jun
11
2007
Weekend Shenanigans
For those of you that noticed, I was MIA this week. That was because I was on travel for work. I absolutely love being on work travel, there's nothing more fun or captivating (picture sarcasm oozing from the page)....
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Jun
3
2007
Weekend Shenanigans
Pujols loves Minute Maid Park – To my surprise, the Cardinals climbed into sole possession of the NL Central this weekend. The surprise comes from the fact that they are still six games under .500. But whose to say that...
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Jun
1
2007
I Could've Kicked Pierzynski's Pansy Ass Too!
When you can’t run, field, throw, or catch there’s only one thing left to resort to and that is fighting. Word is that Larry Rothschild (above) bribed Zambrano with a twinkie and 40 free hours of AOL to not fight...
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