Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Phil Miller, my colleague on the TV project I am working on, and I sat on the ground next to a plant and a plug in Chuck Yeager Airport at Charleston, West Virginia and recorded today's podcast.
It is hard to beat today's technology!
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
In today's Podcast, my wife and I break down some horrible uniforms, like the Astros and White Sox unis above.
Which ones remind her of Logan's Run and which ones remind her of The Six Million Dollar Man?
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In today's Podcast, I break down the World Baseball Classic... which sucks.
I have a few suggestions of how to fix it and I explain why the World Series is the true championship of the world.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I recorded today's podcast while watching my kids play in the front yard.
I talk about the Robert Andino being traded and the Blue Jays hiring John Gibbons. And at one point my son Matteo wondered if the Cleveland Indians were named after Native Americans or people from India.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
By every way the honor has been evaluated for generations, this star has hit all of the right spots and would receive the award without controversy.
But these are different times.
There are not only new young faces to contend with but new ways of evaluating excellence. The old standards seem to have been thrown into the dumpster and discarded as old fashion, uncool and no longer with merit.
Talent and performance are judged differently and challenges all of the old thinking. In the face of a changing world, the old standard won but the writing is on the wall.
People will be looking at talent through different glasses and judge excellence by an entirely new criteria.
Am I talking about the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player vote?
Or am I talking about the 1969 Oscar for Best Actor?
This year it was Miguel Cabrera who did all the things that in past years would have made the MVP discussion a debate of who would finish second and third.
He won the Triple Crown.
His team made the playoffs.
Cabrera's Tigers overtook the White Sox while Cabrera was on fire.
Boom. Open and shut case.
His average and OPS were comparable to Cabrera.
His on base percentage was superior. He hit for terrific power and stole bases.
Plus his defense was exceptional. (The fact that he didn't win a Gold Glove was insane.)
Plus he towered over Cabrera in WAR.
I don't get WAR. No two people seem to calculate WAR the same way. I hate WAR as a stat because it is subjective. But I digress. Trout's case is compelling without that vague stat.
So you have the new mindset clashing with the old.
The 1969 Oscar ceremony was very similar.
Old time Hollywood was being overtaken by new talent and a new attitude. The Oscars still honored big spectacles and traditional stars.
During the counter culture peak of 1968, the Best Picture Oscar went to the very safe musical spectacle Oliver!
In 1969, everything was pointing to John Wayne winning his Oscar.
He had never won before and he might not ever get a better shot than True Grit.
It was everything an Oscar performance could ask for. He was a big star in a physically challenging role, all the while showing a sensitive side to go with his rough exterior.
It was the big crowd pleasing blockbuster that Hollywood could crank out with one eye closed, or behind a patch in the case of True Grit.
But new talent and a new kind of filmmaking was emerging and getting harder to ignore. Just a few years prior, The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde won a few major awards, challenging the old style of films. (The baseball equivalent of Felix Hernandez winning over a 20 game winner despite barely having a winning record.)
Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy was going to take on Rooster Cogburn.
(Never confuse male whore Joe Buck with Fox Sports' Joe Buck. Or at least try not to.)
To make the race even more interesting, Joe Buck's pimp, Ratso Rizzo, was nominated as well. Anyone watching the movies saw that what Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman brought to their roles was more exciting and more complete than John Wayne's.
Look at Hoffman! He was the kid in The Graduate and he transformed himself into a totally different role. What range!
And like Mike Trout, Voight' s performance seemed to come out of nowhere for a new comer and he commanded the screen with emotional depth and humor.
It was a new kind of movie and new kind of performances. And with a new criteria for judging excellence, they towered over even John Wayne.
So what happened?
The Oscars had the same result as the MVP. The old school won. And frankly, I am glad that John Wayne won an Oscar. He may not have deserved it for that movie, but a movie star of his quality should have a golden guy.
In a similar manner, Miguel Cabrera won the MVP. There was no way that Sabermetrics were going to trump a Triple Crown. Not yet, at least.
Just like there was no way that Voight and Hoffman were going to deny the Duke his Oscar. But what happened after that?
The new Hollywood's stars began to take over and the old stars and their acclaim took a back seat to a new way of thinking. Midnight Cowboy wound up winning the Best Picture Oscar. Actors like Gene Hackman and Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn started winning the acting awards. The old kind of Oscar films faded away for a time and a new measure of excellence evolved.
So maybe this was the last gasp of the old guard the same way that John Wayne's Oscar signaled the end of a different era.
Looking back, Wayne's performance does not carry the same resonance of Voight and Hoffman. It isn't even the best Oscar nominated performance of someone playing Rooster Cogburn. (I found Jeff Bridges' performance in the Coen Brothers remake to be more compelling).
Maybe Cabrera's award will have the same feel with retrospect.
And Mike Trout supporters take heart: Both Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman went on to win Oscars before the 1970s were over.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In today's Podcast, author Jeff Polman is my guest.
We talk about the Marlins and Blue Jays' trade while he is nearly eaten by dogs.
He is the creator of the blog Mystery Ball '58 and the author of the book 1924 And You Are There!
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
In today's podcast, I talk about the Rookie of the Year award. And I compare Mike Trout's award with The Coen Brothers winning the screenwriting Oscar for Fargo.
Trust me. It makes sense.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
In today's Sully Baseball Daily podcast, I describe why I will never be a big NFL fan because of how I spend my Sundays. Then I question the sanity of the Colorado Rockies for hiring Walt Weiss to be their new manager.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 09, 2012
Actor P. J. Marino stopped by my house the other day and our conversation became the Sully Baseball Daily podcast.
We talked baseball, his moving away from Boston before it became a hotbed of movie making and why people told him as a little leaguer that he wasn't as good as his dad.
Here's P. J.'s acting reel.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
In the latest Sully Baseball Daily podcast, I talk about robo-spam on my comment page and warn GMs against signing B. J. Upton.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
It's election day, and I am doing the Sully Baseball podcast in West Virginia again.
I talk about voting, moving baseball back to Montreal and other topics while trains and leaf blowers go on around me.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 6, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
On today's podcast, I complain about not being able to use my iPhone and I also warn all MLB general managers against signing any free agent this off season to a long term deal.
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - November 5, 2012