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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

FIRE MEL ANTONEN: THE PICTURE OF BITTERNESS AND DECEIT

Mel stepped in it today on Charley Steiner's show saying:
  • "John Smoltz told me that 1 inning pitched in October is like 2 innings pitched in the regular season."
Charley agrees, & being the only 1 on the station who'd bring up the obvious, he does. Charley says:
  • "That brings up again the remarkable performances of Mariano Rivera."
Antonen is horror struck and tries to change the subject:
  • "Well, the Yankees have depth." AFTER HE SETS UP HIS OWN POINT WHICH IS COMMON SENSE ANYWAY, ABOUT SMOLTZ' REFERENCE TO PITCHING IN THE POST SEASON, HE DUMPS ON MARIANO.
Charley has started to catch on that every "writer" will dump on Mo, so he clarifies,
  • "But I mean you mentioned the post season pitching and that's what Rivera has done so much of."
Now, Antonen is desperate, so he throws out some lies:
  • "Well, Torre never uses him more than 60 or 70 innings so he's always well-rested. He's good and everything, but the Yankees have a lot of back-up for him. He IS RESTED." Emphasis his, with anger as well. And you think there's no bias? MEL, MARIANO LEADS THE MAJORS WITH 69.0 IP BY LATE INNING RELIEVERS. THE ONE WHO SHOULD GET A REST IS YOU.
Charley changes the subject. Why do you allow people like this to keep their jobs? Antonen has just said THE OPPOSITE of the truth. If anything, as anyone WHO'S NOT TOTALLY OBSESSED WITH THE YANKEES AND THEREFORE DETERMINED TO LIE ABOUT MARIANO knows, Rivera has typically been OVERUSED.
  • 2006 to date, with 69.0 IP, Rivera leads both leagues for late inning relievers (Mel, did you see Farnsworth the other day? Really great back-up).
  • 2005 regular season, Rivera had 78.1 IP.
  • 2004 regular season, 78.2 IP, 12.2 IP post season=91.1 IP total.
  • 2003 regular season, 70.2 IP.
  • 2002 -injured part of the year--only pitched 46.0 reg.--SEE 2001
  • 2001 96.2 IP, 80.2 regular season, 16.0 post season
  • 2000 regular season 75.2, post season 15.2= 91.1 IP total
  • 1999 regular season 69.0, post season 12.1= 81.1 total
RESTED, MEL? This is how he rested in bringing his team from behind to win the pennant in 2005, you moron:
  • In September 2005 HE SAVED OR WON 6 1-RUN GAMES IN A 2-WEEK SPAN IN A BRUTAL PENNANT RACE.
  • HE PITCHED 3 DAYS IN A ROW TWICE IN THIS 2 WEEK PERIOD, 6 OUT OF 8 DAYS, FORCED IN DESPERATE SITUATIONS TO MAKE UP FOR BLOWN LEADS BY THE OFFENSE OR BAD RELIEF IN THE BULLPEN.
LOOK IT UP, MEL, PRINT A FRONT PAGE APOLOGY AND RETRACTION. THE REASON YOU STILL HAVE A JOB AT ALL IS THAT BASEBALL FANS ARE TOO LAZY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT YOU. P.S. Enjoy your hallowed Baseball Writers awards voting--if it's not cancelled due to lack of ethics of people like you.

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3 Comments:

  • I couldn't agree more. I was just watching the espn show "you can't blame..." tonight and the subject was putting blame on factors other than Bobby Cox for the Braves losing all of the post season games during their streak of post season appearances.

    The show was entertaining. As a life long Braves fan (used to go to Braves games when I was a kid in grade school watching greats like Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and Phil Niekro) I enjoyed reminiscing about the glory days for Glavine, Smoltz, Chipper and Maddox. But when they got to reason #2, they went too far. Reason: the fans. The most blatantly rude and untrue statement was made by (guess who?) Antonen when he said that the Atlanta area sports fans were unappreciative of their teams. One quote was "they (Atlanta fans) don't care about anything..."

    Are you kidding me? The Braves sold more tickets than any other franchise during those years. I know that the playoff sales were not good, but the main reason we did not go to many of the games during the latter years of Braves success (the town was baseball crazy for years in the beginning) was due to the fact that the Braves games were scheduled during the day on a weekday. I don't know if he has spent much time here in ATL but we work around here during the day in the middle of the week. When your team goes to the playoffs every year and usually lose in the first round, it makes it kind of tough to go ask for a day off from your boss to go see a baseball game. Not to mention the kids are also all in school during that time. The weekend games and night games were sold out every game. If the Braves went on to the NLCS and played during the day the ticket sales also were there.

    News flash Mel! This just in: The fans in Atlanta Do care about some things. One of them is education and the other is providing for your family. I know it would be hard for an elitist such as yourself to understand not being able to just go to the ballgame whenever you want. (stepping down from soapbox now).

    Anyway, I went to a few of those games during that time. Sure, there were some empty seats during that time, but I never saw one fan strike out or play uninspired baseball during the games that I watched or went to.

    We here in Atlanta demand that our teams win. We have been burnt over and over again by the team owners and disappointing player performances, on and off the field, for just aout every year since the mid 60's. That, my friend, does not reflect on the fan base. The fans ARE the reason the players are there and rich. Also, coincidently , the fans are the ones that buy, watch and read the material that pays good ol' Mel's house payment as well.

    Man I feel better. Thanks.

    By Blogger hardwareDJ, at 10:41 PM  

  • I couldn't agree more. I was just watching the espn show "you can't blame..." tonight and the subject was putting blame on factors other than Bobby Cox for the Braves losing all of the post season games during their streak of post season appearances.

    The show was entertaining. As a life long Braves fan (used to go to Braves games when I was a kid in grade school watching greats like Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and Phil Niekro) I enjoyed reminiscing about the glory days for Glavine, Smoltz, Chipper and Maddox. But when they got to reason #2, they went too far. Reason: the fans. The most blatantly rude and untrue statement was made by (guess who?) Antonen when he said that the Atlanta area sports fans were unappreciative of their teams. One quote was "they (Atlanta fans) don't care about anything..."

    Are you kidding me? The Braves sold more tickets than any other franchise during those years. I know that the playoff sales were not good, but the main reason we did not go to many of the games during the latter years of Braves success (the town was baseball crazy for years in the beginning) was due to the fact that the Braves games were scheduled during the day on a weekday. I don't know if he has spent much time here in ATL but we work around here during the day in the middle of the week. When your team goes to the playoffs every year and usually lose in the first round, it makes it kind of tough to go ask for a day off from your boss to go see a baseball game. Not to mention the kids are also all in school during that time. The weekend games and night games were sold out every game. If the Braves went on to the NLCS and played during the day the ticket sales also were there.

    News flash Mel! This just in: The fans in Atlanta Do care about some things. One of them is education and the other is providing for your family. I know it would be hard for an elitist such as yourself to understand not being able to just go to the ballgame whenever you want. (stepping down from soapbox now).

    Anyway, I went to a few of those games during that time. Sure, there were some empty seats during that time, but I never saw one fan strike out or play uninspired baseball during the games that I watched or went to.

    We here in Atlanta demand that our teams win. We have been burnt over and over again by the team owners and disappointing player performances, on and off the field, for just aout every year since the mid 60's. That, my friend, does not reflect on the fan base. The fans ARE the reason the players are there and rich. Also, coincidently , the fans are the ones that buy, watch and read the material that pays good ol' Mel's house payment as well.

    Man I feel better. Thanks.

    By Blogger hardwareDJ, at 11:00 PM  

  • A wonderful comment from a lifelong Braves fan who doesn't need a fly on the wall such as Mel Antonen dropping in from on high. Especially when he's somehow benefiting from fans he's misrepresenting. Congratulations on the win tonight.

    By Blogger susan mullen, at 11:58 PM  

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