• Prison Break: The Final Break

    Posted by on September 1st, 2009 · Comments (1)

    I had a chance to view the Prison Break: The Final Break DVD this evening. Going into it, I was afraid that it was going to be a bit slapdash. However, having now seen it, I can say that’s not the case. As it began, I got the feeling that it was more in the mode of seasons three and four of the series rather than seasons one and two. But, then, there were moments in the storyline that were filled with tension – somewhat near what the viewer got in seasons one and two. There were not as many shocking twists and turns in this one as expected from a Prison Break episode. Yet, I’m very happy to have watched it. In fact, if you are a fan of the series, you owe it to yourself to view this one. There’s something in there that you didn’t get in the series finale that’s now a huge part of the overall Prison Break story.

    Prison Break: The Final Break

    Posted by on August 30th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Most who read this blog know that I’m a big fan of the series Prison Break that ran on FOX. Related, I have to confess that I’ve yet to see “Prison Break: The Final Break” on DVD. But, in case you’ve missed the skinny on this one, here are some reviews:

    DVD Review: Prison Break – The Final Break – Blogcritics Video

    ‘Prison Break: The Final Break’ review @ Examiner.com

    The DVD Lounge | Prison Break: The Final Break – Blu-ray Review

    When I get a chance to see this DVD, I will share my thoughts on it. In the interim, have you seen it? What did you think of it?

    Prison Break Series Finale

    Posted by on May 15th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    After four years of twists, and turns, and more twists and turns…it all comes to a close with…yes…you guessed it, twists and turns…and then joy and sadness.

    Wow.

    Has there ever been a better T.V. drama over the course of its first 81 episodes? Thank you Paul Scheuring, Matt Olmstead and the rest of the crew. It was one super roller coaster of a ride.

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 19 “S.O.B.”

    Posted by on May 1st, 2009 · Comments (1)

    Gotta give credit where credit is due. There was so much in this one that I never saw coming. Really good stuff. Makes you wonder if the rumor about the movie is true?

    FOX Cancels ‘Prison Break’

    Posted by on January 13th, 2009 · Comments (12)

    Via the Hollywood Reporter with a hat tip to WasWatching.com reader Tresh Fan

    [Fox Entertainment president Kevin] Reilly also confirmed that this is the final season for “Prison Break.” In addition to the remaining four episodes, there’s a possibility a couple more episodes could be shot.

    And, via the AP

    Fox TV is bringing “Prison Break” to an end after four seasons.

    The network said Tuesday that the drama starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell will begin airing its final episodes this spring. The series took a break after its December season debut and will conclude with about a half-dozen episodes starting April 17.

    Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told a meeting of the Television Critics Association that the decision allows the series to end on a high creative note.

    I feel like I’ve just been punched in the gut.

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 16 “Sunshine State”

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2008 · Comments (2)

    This was the best episode, to date, this season. Nice to see Dominic Purcell given a bigger role than he’s had for most of this season – even if we had to wait for the mid-season finale to see it happen.

    I nearly fell out of my seat when they said the show would return this Spring. The Spring? Why not the end of January? I checked to see when the show went on break and resumed in the past and found this:

    Season 1 went on break from November 28, 2005 until March 20, 2006.
    Season 2 went on break from November 27, 2006 until January 22, 2007.
    Season 3 went on break from November 12, 2007 until January 14, 2008.

    O.K, so, Season 4 ran into late December. I’ll give FOX that – and would suggest that February 2009 makes sense to start it up again.

    But, the Spring?

    What is that, March, April? Man, that’s too long to wait…especially the way things have been shaping up in the last few episodes.

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 11 “Quiet Riot ”

    Posted by on November 17th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Best episode of the season…by far.

    Actually, this one now makes this season DVD boxed-set purchase-worthy. Now, the bigger question remains…

    …with the episodes that follow this one make the series season-five-worthy? Or, will this be the end?

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 9 “Greatness Achieved”

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Let’s face it…Wade Williams is too good an actor to have kept going in the role he had this season. At the least, he goes out on a high note.

    I thought…for a minute…it might have been Mahone’s exit this evening. And, that would have been sad.

    Funny thing about this series…how they can make someone who was once the bad guy gain your respect and/or sympathy. But, hey, that’s good writing!

    Can’t wait for next week. How about you?

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 8 “The Price”

    Posted by on October 21st, 2008 · Comments (4)

    O.K., raise your hand if you were happy to see Roland get it. (By the way, my hand is up.)

    And, were you surprised to see Wyatt get nabbed so easily? How about Sara’s flashbacks?

    Lastly, is it just me, or, does it seem like Michael Scofield is eating a lot better these days now that he’s on the outside?

    Prison Break, Season 4, Episode 6 “Blow Out”

    Posted by on September 29th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    At the start of this season, for Prison Break, I had my concerns about the direction in which the series was heading. But, I hung in there with the third, fourth and fifth episodes that aired after Labor Day (when the first two episodes of this season were run back-to-back).

    Those subsequent episodes, that aired before this evening, sorta/kinda gave me what I was looking for…yet there was also enough there to keep me on guard…and keep my aforementioned concerns warmed.

    In fact, coming into today’s airing of episode six, I was somewhat mentally prepared to find Michael Scofield wearing swim trunks, on water-skis, getting ready to jump over a shark in a tank full of water.

    Guess what? It never happened.

    In fact, this evening’s episode was right on point in terms of bringing the twists, turns, and suspense that you would expect from an episode of Prison Break. The scenes with Wyatt and Mahone were great. (The casting of Cress Williams as Wyatt may be the best thing that they’ve done this season. He’s great.) And, now we have Gretchen and T-Bag together. Lastly, you just know something is coming down the pipe with Roland Glenn…

    Good stuff.

    Prison Break, Season 4, may not be up there with the first three seasons of the series (yet) – but, it’s starting to look pretty good after what I saw today.

    Prison Break, Season 4

    Posted by on September 5th, 2008 · Comments (9)

    I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a bit of a Prison Break junkie. Since we were away at Cooperstown, I recorded episodes one and two for season four – which aired on Monday – and I finally got to watch them last night.

    To be candid, I’m a little bummed with what I saw…and it seems like the writers, etc., are getting a little lazy about the show in its fourth season.

    Example One: The removal of Michael Scofield’s tattoo. Yes, the ink had more to do with seasons one and two – and probably ate up too much time to have it put on before each filming session. But, that tattoo should have stayed on – because it’s a reminder of everything that’s come first in the storyline.

    Example Two: At the end of season three, there was a lot of effort around Fernando Sucre’s story – and getting him locked up in Sona. And, how did they pick that up in season four? With an “Oh, by the way, Sucre’s out. There was a fire and everyone escaped” – and that’s it.

    Basically, that’s my beef with how season four kicked off. It’s like season three (as were the two before it) ran with a nice, long, slow boil to bring you to the end of the storyline for that block of shows – and it set the tee for where the next season should begin…and get you ready for another installment of the arc.

    But, instead of picking up season four where season three left off, and then doing another, nice deliberate, unfolding of the next wave of the story, season four starts off with “O.K., season three ended here, and, yadda-yadda, a lot of stuff happened. Yeah, trust us, it did. But, we’re not going to show you. And, now, for season four, we’re all the way over here. And, by the way, watch this: bang, bang, bang. Now, a bunch of other stuff just happened and we start our story from here.”

    I’m also not sure if I’m thrilled with them (meaning the powers behind the show) taking the cast of main characters and turning into some sort of Ocean’s Eleven crew now on a quest to get Scylla.

    Now, for what it’s worth, it did seem like episode two of season four did have some elements of suspense. And, that’s good. But, I’m very interested in seeing how the show goes from there. I hope this all doesn’t mean this season will be the end of the line for what was an excellent show.

    Prison Break

    Posted by on August 5th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    I’ve been a “Prison Break” junkie since Day One of the show…back in 2005.

    In fact, I’ve seen all 57 episodes (to-date) as they’ve aired on T.V. – without exception.

    And, recently, I’ve started rewatching them, on DVD – from the beginning. (I’m currently up to Episode #29.) So, I can share that the show is just as good, the second time around.

    I’m guessing that I caught the escape/chase serial bug back when I was a kid…watching “The Immortal.” There’s just something about Prison Break that draws me in…like a moth to a flame.

    Season 3 of Prison Break will be out on DVD next week. And, Season 4 starts on T.V. with a two-hour episode on September 1st.

    If you’ve never seen the show, I think you’re missing something. But, it’s not too late to catch up…Season 1 and Season 2 are out there on DVD.

    I only suggest this because the series is very good – and, yet, it seems like its audience is growing smaller. And, you know how that goes…as the numbers get smaller…that’s usually the end for the show. In my opinion, that would be a shame for a show like Prison Break.

    Prison Break?

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2005 · Comments (1)

    From MSNBC today:

    Brian Cashman is flittering around the batting cage at Yankee Stadium, making small talk with Alex Rodriguez, cracking jokes with Joe Torre, slapping Ruben Sierra’s back. “Loosest I’ve seen him in ages,” says one longtime associate, eyeballing the New York Yankees’ general manager admiringly. If outsiders didn’t know any better, they might mistake Cashman for a prisoner who has passed his parole-board hearing and is counting down the days until he is freed.

    Hmmm, Brian Cashman doing a Michael Scofield? What about the rest of the cast?

    Could Giambi be Lincoln Burrows? Kevn Brown as Haywore Patoshik? A-Rod as Fernando Sucre? Gary Sheffield as John Abruzzi? Mo Rivera as Charles Westmoreland? Big Stein as Warden Pope?

    And, of course, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino gets to play T-bag Bagwell.

    Clemens Attempt To Break From His Prison Without Bars

    Posted by on December 27th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Hey, if Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell can keep on staying alive, why not the Rocket?

    First, some recent Clemens news. From the Star-Telegram

    Roger Clemens is either an idiot of Michael Vick-ian proportions, or he’s telling the truth about not taking steroids.

    My hunch is it is the former.

    If Roger wants a flying Fig Newton of a chance of being in Cooperstown, it had better be the latter.

    You see, there is a natural order to athlete screw-ups: Do whatever it was you should not have been doing, get busted, publicly apologize (entering rehab optional, depending on the crime) and watch as a very understanding public forgives just about any gaffe, big or small.

    When problems arise is when a prolonged deny-and-lie is introduced into this equation.

    The whole “sincere” apology tends to feel a little slimy when it follows a prolonged period of deny, deny, deny and is issued only after the initial denial is proven undeniably to be a lie. The court of public opinion has a statute of limitations for coming clean.

    Or, in the case of steroid users, admitting you were not.

    The window already has closed for Clemens, who has been steadfast in his denial of steroid and HGH use since the Mitchell Report had an eyewitness placing his butt on the receiving end of a juiced syringe. Originally, he denied via a lawyer statement, upgrading to an agent statement and a YouTube video in recent weeks.

    Next up: 60 Minutes and Mike Wallace.

    It used to be, back in the day, just sitting across from Wallace could make a squeaky clean CEO sweat and a dirty politician cry. In fact, 60 Minutes was the show nobody wanted calling them for an interview because their interest probably meant you were guilty of something, and they had you nailed.

    Is this the same Wallace and 60 Minutes? Who knows?

    There is much skepticism, especially in New York, where it has been noted that Wallace is both a Yankees fan and friend of Clemens. He had better go high and tight with his Clemens questions, starting with how the trainer is standing by his story and how he already has been proven reliable with Andy Pettitte.

    What we know now suggests Clemens is lying.

    He is an idiot if he is and he has a lot of convincing to do if he isn’t.

    That’s not exactly a bucket of love for the Rocket there from one of his hometown newsies. Related to Clemens, the Times today (among many other sources) is reporting:

    Roger Clemens’s lawyer has hired private investigators to try to challenge the credibility of Brian McNamee, the trainer who told federal agents and former Senator George J. Mitchell that he had injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, a lawyer familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

    The investigators may have a tape of McNamee contradicting what he said about Clemens, the lawyer added, although it was unclear whether the tape predated McNamee’s interviews for the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The lawyer was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the case.

    To me, it’s pretty clear what Roger Clemens is doing here – he’s making a Pete Rose play. And, considering how close Clemens and Rose are, in terms of their personality, it does not shock me.

    For those who don’t remember, “The Dowd Report,” released in 1989, said that Pete Rose bet on baseball. This is much like “The Mitchell Report,” released this month, that said Roger Clemens used PEDs.

    For 15 years, Rose kept saying that the Dowd Report was not true – and that he never bet on baseball. It wasn’t until 2004 that Rose came clean on the subject.

    I expect Clemens to do the same – he’ll keep his fight going for as long as he can. And, then, someday, maybe as late as the year 2022, perhaps he’ll come out with a book or something telling the true story.

    After all, what does Roger have to lose here? The court of public opinion has already made up their mind on him – he’s guilty. If he fights that, and loses, he’s still guilty – and all he’s wasted was time. But, if by some miracle, by protesting, he can win over some people, maybe it works out in his favor down the line? Maybe, in a few more years, we find out that just about every “Hall of Fame” type pitcher, who’s thrown in the last 15 years, has used some sort of PED? Who knows? But, if that happens, then Clemens is just one of the crowd – as opposed to being the PED Pitcher Poster Boy – and then it’s a better time for Roger to fess up.

    Hey, it’s a reach. But, again, at this point, what does Rocket have left to throw out there?

    Welcome To Prisney Land, Fish

    Posted by on December 16th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Just for kicks and giggles, I watched the pilot of Prison Break tonight (on DVD).  Every time I see Stacy Keach, I think of Brian Sabean – and vice versa.  Is that just me?

    Starring Michael Scofield As Sheriff Woody

    Posted by on June 29th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Took the kids to see Toy Story 3 (in 3D) this evening.

    It was sort of like Prison Break for the young ones with a happy ending. Seriously, there were people clapping and crying at the end.

    What I mean to say is…this is a very good one. You’ll laugh and you’ll be touched – and it’s not just for kids. I was glad that I saw this one.

    24, Lost, Or Something Else?

    Posted by on May 24th, 2010 · Comments (11)

    I have to confess that I’m a fan of the recent TV escape/chase serial cliff-hanger shows. Prison Break was the all-time best at this for me. But, I was also into Journeyman, Jericho and The Sarah Connor Chronicles – before the plug was pulled on them. And, I recently got into Fringe and Human Target.

    However, I must also share that I’ve never, ever, seen a single episode of “24” or Lost – and, with both of those shows now going, I’m wondering if I’ve missed a good one. I’ve heard many praise these shows…but, I just never got around to them.

    If I were to start watching one of these that I missed, now on DVD, which would be the best one to watch – “24” or Lost? Or, is there something else, not mentioned here, that would be a better pick?

    Fringe

    Posted by on October 16th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    I enjoy watching the show Fringe on FOX. I say “enjoy” because I enjoy it – but, I wouldn’t say that I’m addicted to it, the way I was with “Prison Break.” In any event, the thing that I like most about the show is the character of Agent Olivia Dunham. I love the real-feel to her character. And, there’s a sense of strength that resonates in actress Anna Torv’s portrayal of Dunham that I find very admirable. But, it wasn’t until I saw her on the Emmys that I knew she was Australian. Now, that’s acting skill – since there is no trace of an accent in Dunham, etc., and she sure passes, in character, as being American. (Sort of like Hugh Laurie in “House” – hiding his British accident.)

    Where this show goes, from here, I dunno…but, chalk me up as a fan of Anna Torv, from now, for sure…

    Osbournes: Reloaded

    Posted by on March 31st, 2009 · Comments (2)

    OMG. It’s Springer on crack.

    Shows like Journeyman and Jericho get the quick hook. Prison Break gets jerked around as well – so much, in fact, that it leads to its end. But, shows like Osbournes: Reloaded are given a chance…go figure?

    I haven’t seen anything like this, well, since this…

    Under Dog Lady Ch. 9

    Getting Hooked

    Posted by on February 15th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Yesterday, we gave our kids, who are almost ages 5 and 7, Dungeons & Dragons – The Complete Animated Series on DVD. For a show that first ran way before they were born, from 1983 to 1985, it still grabbed their attention. Each time they finish an episode, they immedately say that they want to watch another one. Being a Prison Break junkie, I can appreciate them getting hooked by the escape/chase serial bug. It must be a human nature thing?

    Sorta like being a diehard Yankees fan, huh? Once you get a taste, you’re hooked, and you just can’t get enough…

    I Really Don’t Care Who’s Dancing On ABC…

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    …you just cannot top The Sarah Connor Chronicles/Prison Break Monday-night double-header on FOX.

    Take this evening, for example. Did anyone really see this coming with Riley and Self? I’ll take those twists over Cloris Leachman and Warren Sapp’s turns…every Monday, without fail.

    September 15th vs. The White Sox

    Posted by on September 15th, 2008 · Comments (8)

    I only caught bits and pieces of the first part of this game – while we were getting the kids ready for bed. And, come 8 PM, it was time for The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break. So, in my house, score this one: FOX 1, Alfredo Aceves 0.

    I did catch the tail-end of the post-game on YES shortly after 10 PM.

    When I was watching early, I saw the whole thing with Tony La Russa. I have to confess that, animal rights efforts aside, I always thought that La Russa was a bit of a horse’s rear-end. But, the fact that he went out of his way to come see one of the final games at Yankee Stadium impressed me. I mean, if there’s anything that Tony La Russa doesn’t need in his life…it’s to watch a baseball game on his off-day. And, yet, there he was…attaboy Tony.

    Congrats to Mo for career save #479. I swear…the dude is just an absolute freak. As much as we, as Yankees fans, appreciate Mariano Rivera (and we do!), it’s probably not enough. Years from now, we’re going to look back at his career and say “Did that really happen, or, were we dreaming?”

    Nice little win for the Bombers today…but, with Boston winning, our tragic number is down to four. The Yankees should have that “x” next to their name by the end of the week…if not sooner….

    Meanwhile, how ’bout those Mets? They’ve lost 3 games off their lead since Wednesday. Wouldn’t it be something if they provided some October humor again this year? Sure helps to deal with the stink/sting of this Yankees season.

    Gone Farming

    Posted by on July 16th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    I’ll be heading over to Staten Island this evening to watch the Baby Bombers take on the Batavia Muckdogs.

    I’m looking forward to checking out guys like David Adams, Pat Venditte, Mitch Abeita, Luke Greinke, Dan Brewer, Brad Rulon, Ray Kruml, Josue Selenes, Michael Lyon and Addison Maruszak…

    If you also happen to be at the game, and see someone there who you think is me, please do say hello.

    Update, 7/17/08, 8:29 AM ET: It usually takes me around 80 minutes to get to Richmond County Bank Ballpark – were the S.I. Yanks play. It’s 40 minutues from my house to the Outerbridge Crossing and then about 40 minutes to get to the park, find a parking spot, etc.

    So, for this 7 pm game, I left my house at 5:15 pm – thinking that would give me 25 minutes to spare. Ah, the best laid plans…

    However, there was an accident that closed one lane on the Outerbridge – and traffic backed-up…and then some. From 5:50 pm until 6:30 pm, I basically sat on the highway with my car in park (most of the time).

    I was working the buttons on my X-M pretty hard – being in the car by myself, bored out of my mind. Heard some good oldies…from Ini Kamoze, Green Day, Chumbawamba, Sir Mix-A-Lot…thank goodness for X-M.

    Based on my rate of “speed,” I figured it was going to be around 7 pm by the time I made it to the bridge. And, then, by the time I got over the bridge and to the game, it was going to be close to eight o’clock. That means I would have been arriving around the fourth or fifth inning. So, it was time to abort the plan. Once I crawled up to the last exit in New Jersey before the bridge, I did an about-face and came home.

    In place of the game, I grabbed a couple of slices of pizza on the trip back and then watched an episode of Prison Break on DVD. (I started re-watching the first season a few days back. It’s still awesome – even though I watched them all when the first aired.) Hey, when life gives you lemons, right?

    So, my apologies to anyone who was at the game and who wasted some time looking for me. I wasn’t there. Looks like I missed a good one too.

    September 17th vs. The Orioles

    Posted by on September 18th, 2007 · Comments (1)

    I only saw pieces of this game. I picked it up in the bottom of the 1st – when the Yanks were down 2-0. Then, after Mientkiewicz tied the score, I had to switch to the most exciting hour in television – Prison Break. I got back to the game just in time to see Hughes lose his stuff in the 6th – and then see Gator, Eiland and Hughes spend forever in the dugout working on Phil breaking his hands from the stretch. Geez, I hope the hands-thing doesn’t become an issue for Hughes in his next start…where it gets into his head and becomes a block or something.

    I was pretty gassed last night – and since the O’s are so bad these days, I felt safe leaving the game early and going to bed. The last thing I saw was Posada getting robbed at second to start the 7th – so, I missed Farnsworth melting in the 9th. It’s a sin on him that Rivera had to come into this game.

    Good win with the Tigers losing a close one. Seeing how bad the O’s really are now, the Yankees better run the table on them this week and the games that follow.

    Yankees magic number is now nine. Anytime it’s under 10 with a dozen games to go, is great. Looking good….

    Nine Hours Later

    Posted by on February 19th, 2007 · Comments (19)

    I’ve been unplugged to the Yankees scene for the last nine hours – thereabouts – since the news broke on A-Rod’s press conference today.

    I had the brakes done on my car. We took the kids clothes shopping. There was a quick stop to the supermarket. We went out to dinner. Once we got back home and the kids went to bed, I watched Prison Break.

    Being busy, there was no time to reflect on the news of the day in Yankeeland. But, now, I can focus on what happened.

    Thinking about it, I cannot buy into the notion (that some have) where Alex Rodriguez should be applauded today for being “honest” and “unscripted,” etc. His disclosure in this press conference today was totally calculated, in my opinion. Here’s what A-Rod is probably thinking:

    I’ve lived with this “relationship” (or lack thereof) for three years now and I want try and shake it up. If I “out” it, then, one of two things will happen. Either way, by “me” coming out with it, now Jeter is in the spotlight. I served it up and it’s his turn to volley.

    As team “captain,” Jeter should choose to make “it” go away (by forgiving me for the Esquire thing and loving me again). This way, I’m the hero by giving “it” up and getting the ball rolling towards making a change.

    Or, if Jeter wants to remain “thick” about it, then the spotlight will continue to burn on him – since I’ve disclosed “it” and now he’s taken no action or made further bad moves. This way, he’s the bad guy and I’m the martyred victim. Again, I look good.

    Don’t get me wrong, Derek Jeter is not without fault in this issue. Jeter, post-Esquire, is clearly playing “Michael” to A-Rod’s “Fredo.” And, once Alex joined the Yankees, Jeter should have probably let it drop.

    Nonetheless, with today’s move, Alex Rodriguez threw Jeter under the bus. In Tampa tomorrow, Derek Jeter is going to have a very bad day with the media and it’s all because A-Rod decided to break this news on the very first day that he arrived to camp.

    Alex could have disclosed this to the press at several points this off-season. And, that way, it would have been old news come camp-time (and not be a team distraction).

    But, Rodriguez held it until his first day in camp. Why? It was the biggest bang for his buck in terms of media coverage. And, again, the more media, the bigger the spotlight created and the more pressure on Jeter to respond or deal with what happens if he does nothing.

    This move today was all about A-Rod trying to make A-Rod look better. It was not an effort taken solely with the aim to be honest. It’s another “A-Rod Corp” PR-move. The only thing different this time, as compared to his Yankees past to date, is that Alex is actually trying to make himself look good by making someone else’s life uncomfortable – meaning Jeter.

    If you think about it, tying back to the Michael and Fredo reference, the whole thing between A-Rod and Jeter does somewhat read like a Mario Puzo novel up to a point.

    A-Rod rips his buddy Jeter in Esquire. (Like Fredo tried to kill his brother Michael.) In response, Jeter cools towards A-Rod – making his life tough in New York. (Like when Michael disowned Fredo.)

    I’m guessing that Alex read Puzo’s book (or saw Francis Ford Coppola’s movie) and knows what happened to Fredo in the end. So, seeing the parallel between fiction and his own situation with Jeter, he thought, “Screw this, I’m not going to just sail out on to Lake Tahoe and take my chances, I’m going back on the offensive – when I get down to Spring Training, I’m going to make this Jeter’s problem and not my problem.”

    Stone, cold, and calculated.

    Of course, maybe his agent and/or wife came up with the idea for A-Rod? That’s very possible.

    And, I would bet that Jeter is seeking counsel with his trusted mentors at this moment as well. And, again, thanks to A-Rod, “this” story will continue tomorrow at Camp Jeter…

    A simple game of self-respect.
    You flick a switch and the world goes off.
    Nobody jumps as you expect.
    I would have thought you would have had enough by now.

    Guess again.

    April 29th vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on April 29th, 2006 · Comments (0)

    There are many things that one could focus on from today’s game – Damon’s power and hustle, Unit’s issues, Sheffield’s injuries – but, to me, here’s the most important thing:

    With a win tomorrow, and if the Devil Rays can beat a tired Curt Schilling, then the New York Yankees will head into the month of May, and a two game series in Fenway Park, tied for first place with the Boston Red Sox. Sure, there’s a few moving parts to this plan – but, it’s not impossible.

    Yankees-Sox on Monday. Damon’s return to Boston. And, first place at stake. Wow, what’s a fan of Prison Break to do? Actually, it’s a no brainer. Really. I did say it was Yankees-Sox, right? There will be a whole week following the Fenway games to watch Prison Break on tape.

    And, for those worried about the ol’ “I hate it when they score a ton because that means they’re going to hardly score at all tomorrow” thing, check out (going back a bit) each time that the Yankees scored at least 13 runs in a win. What happened each time on the next day? (Note: We’re only using dates where there was a game the very next day.) The results:

    4/3/06 – Won 15-2. Next day, lost 4-3.
    9/13/05 – Won 17-3. Next day, won 6-5.
    7/4/05 – Won 13-8. Next day, won 12-3.
    5/14/05 – Won 15-6. Next day, won 6-4.
    4/18/05 – Won 19-8. Next day, lost 6-2.
    9/18/04 – Won 14-1. Next day, won 11-1.
    8/28/04 – Won 18-6. Next day, lost 6-4.
    8/19/04 – Won 13-10. Next day, lost 5-0.
    5/27/04 – Won 18-5. Next day, won 7-5.

    Just three times (out of 9 times) did they struggle to post some runs. Thus, there’s little reason to sweat about Mussina not getting any run support tomorrow. (And, don’t forget, the Jays’ Gustavo Chacín has an ERA of 5.11 heading into the game. That will help some as well.)

    The Sad Story Of Ron LeFlore

    Posted by on March 5th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Via the Toronto Sun

    In 1980, the Montreal Expos, on the brink of what would have been its first trip to baseball’s treasured post-season in franchise history, were sparked by speedy outfielder Ron LeFlore, the most successful base-stealer in the National League that year.

    “That was the greatest year of my career,” declared LeFlore, the ex-convict turned big league star who spent nine years in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers, Expos and Chicago White Sox.

    Today, the Expos are long gone, relocated to Washington D.C. and renamed the Nationals, and the 64-year-old LeFlore, who made his name and gained his fame with his legs, running fast and stealing bases, ironically limps from place to place on a prosthetic leg.

    LeFlore lost his right leg to arterial vascular disease in the summer of 2011, a result of his having smoked cigarettes since he was a teenager.

    “Sometimes I want to jump up and take off — but I can’t do that anymore,” LeFlore admitted over lunch the other day at a restaurant near his St. Petersburg, Fla., home.

    “I’ve got to worry about my balance all the time. I’ve got to watch where I walk. I can’t look off because I’ve got no feeling in my leg. I’ve got to be careful where I step.”

    Quite a change for a man who once ran around the bases — and through life — with reckless abandon, using heroin when he was 15 and ending up in prison, faced with a sentence of five-to-15 years for armed robbery when he was 21.

    At that point in his life, it is worth noting, LeFlore had never played one inning of organized baseball at any level — not Little League or high school or sandlot ball.

    Even before LeFlore was traded by the Tigers to the Expos for pitcher Dan Schatzeder after the 1979 season, his incredible life story, from youthful drug dealer and prison inmate to big-league star, had been celebrated in a book (Breakout) and a made-for-TV movie (One in a Million) starring LeVar Burton

    Nevertheless, LeFlore’s big-league playing career abruptly ended in 1983 when he was released in spring training by the White Sox. The previous season he had been accused of being out-of-shape, missing workouts and sleeping in the clubhouse. The last straw came late in the 1982 campaign, when LeFlore was arrested at his Chicago apartment in possession of amphetamines and an unlicensed gun. LeFlore claimed the pills and pistol belonged to somebody else and was acquitted. But the damage had been done.

    Unable to land a job as a coach in the big leagues, LeFlore worked as an airport baggage handler, went to umpire school, worked as an instructor at a baseball school, played in the now-defunct professional Senior League, and coached or managed in three independent leagues, including at Saskatoon in the Canadian League.

    Along the way, he admitted to being four years older than he had originally claimed, lost a 49-day-old child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, faced felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, and was arrested twice for non-payment of child support.

    “I’ve had some ups and downs,” admitted LeFlore, who now lives from month to month on social security and his baseball pension. The money he made playing baseball (never more than $700,000 a year) and the royalties from his biography and movie are long gone.

    At this four year peak, LeFlore and Davey Lopes were just as good as each other (during that same time):

    Rk Player OBP SB PA From To Age G R 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA SLG
    3 Ron LeFlore .363 243 2696 1976 1979 28-31 592 429 105 31 41 215 205 .310 .427
    4 Davey Lopes .360 199 2437 1976 1979 31-34 555 359 81 22 60 204 297 .268 .413
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/5/2013.

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    You have to wonder how good he could have been if he always played baseball and didn’t spend time in prison.

    May 31st @ The Indians

    Posted by on May 31st, 2009 · Comments (7)

    For quite a while, it looked like the Yankees were going to lose this one because they couldn’t touch Carl Pavano. And, for a Yankees fan, that’s an ugly turn of events.

    I’m not 100% sure where that places on the “turn of ugly events” scale? It’s not as bad as taking a shower in prison, and, for a brief moment, forgetting where you are and bending over to pick up a bar of soap off the floor. And, perhaps it’s not as bad as being forced to take your one-eyebrowed cousin with bad B.O. to your high school prom. But, it’s still a major harshing of your mellow…again, if you’re a Yankees fan.

    However, thanks to Jeter, Damon, Teixeira and a gaggle of Tribe relievers, the Yankees were able to knot the score, for the moment, in the eighth inning, and take the “W” away from the American Idle.

    Too bad the Yankees could not close the deal on this one.

    I know that many are quick to blame Gardner, Robertson, Coke and/or perhaps, to an extent, Hughes for this one. But, to me, those guys are all green and should not be counted on to do the heavy lifting in a game like this one.

    I have to go back to that eighth inning – right after Teixeira got that clutch double to tie the game. After that hit, the Yankees had a runner on second (Tex) representing the tie-breaking run – with their four and five hitters due up, A-Rod and Cano, and just one out. But, the two colossuses of clutch could not get the job done against the immortal Matt Herges…and that left the game tied until the ninth when it all came crashing down.

    Once Alex and Robbie let the air out of the balloon in that spot…I just knew that this one was going to be dicey…and could go either way…especially with “Cashman’s Bullpen of Doom” at the ready. It was just a matter of time…

    Cashman: I Wish I Could Tell You How The Rays Do It

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2008 · Comments (10)

    Via the Tampa Tribune

    As a kid, Andrew Friedman had dibs on the morning sports section so he could study the box scores. Well before he could drive, he still made a daily pilgrimage to Houston’s Astrodome and was passed off as a player’s kid because he hung around the home team so much.

    While refining a take-no-prisoners playing style during his teenage years, Friedman wrote Lenny Dykstra’s number on the back of his cleats and answered to the nickname of “Nails,” a tribute to the type of leadoff batter and center fielder he wanted to become.

    Everything about Friedman’s approach — everything in his life, really — spoke to his passion for baseball.

    So really, it’s not surprising that Friedman, 31, has become a Midas-touch executive vice president of baseball operations for the Rays, who open the World Series tonight at Tropicana Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.

    But in reality, despite his lifelong dreams, it happened by accident.

    Five years ago, he was on Wall Street, first as a rookie investment analyst for Bear Stearns & Co., where 15-hour days are considered the work of slackers, then as an associate with MidMark Capital, a private equity firm.

    He was making good money, closing deals worth millions, really going places.

    The only place he really wanted to be was at a ballpark.

    “Andrew once told me, ‘Crunching all these numbers every day, that’s fine, but it’s not where my heart is,'” said Steve Lipman, who was Friedman’s boss at Bear Stearns. “He’d ask if I knew anybody with one of the baseball teams. He said he’d wash the floors there, if that was the way in.”

    Then came an unexpected break in 2003. Through his investment-banking buddy, Matt Silverman (now president of the Rays), he met Stuart Sternberg, who was about to purchase controlling interest in Tampa Bay’s baseball franchise.

    The group convened at a diner near Sternberg’s home in Rye, N.Y.

    Sternberg and Friedman hit it off immediately. They talked for hours.

    “He had the same thought process I did,” Sternberg said. “I sensed his passion. His willingness to step away from a lucrative career meant an enormous amount to me.

    “Andrew isn’t afraid to walk through the fire to execute his game plan,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “How Andrew does what he does, I couldn’t tell you. Coca-Cola doesn’t give out its secret formula. But whatever he’s doing, it’s working.”

    Friedman played for a USA national team that toured China. He earned a baseball scholarship to Tulane, where his father also played, but a series of injuries ended his career prematurely. Friedman got his finance degree — on the advice of an Astros executive, actually — and was accepted into the two-year Bear Stearns investment program.

    “Financial boot camp,” Lipman said. “Not for the faint of heart. Andrew wanted to understand everything. He wasn’t just blindly following orders. That distinguished him from the other people he worked with in banking. He’s a go-to guy, very versatile.”

    Built For The Job

    Ultimately, that versatility attracted Sternberg.

    Sternberg heard about Friedman’s devotion to the “risk-reward” style of deal-making. At the same time, who knew Friedman once did skydiving over Las Vegas “just to see what it feels like,” and also hang-glided off the side of a mountain in Switzerland?

    Friedman was expected to add discipline and financial savvy, but who expected him to break down players like a grizzled scout?

    “Andrew sees things others don’t,” [Joe] Maddon said. “He’s more mature than I am. Here’s how I describe our relationship. He’s like my father and I’m like his son.”

    For what it’s worth, Dan Jennings and Chuck LaMar had a hand in getting the Rays where they are today too. So, who knows…maybe someday, say, around the year 2018, Friedman will be talking about Cashman’s replacement in New York…saying that he wished he knew how that guy was doing it? (This assumes the Yankees, by then, get some guys with a scouting background and let them call the shots for a few years…)

    Boston Media And BALCO News

    Posted by on July 15th, 2005 · Comments (2)

    Reports today, like this one, are all over the place:

    BALCO Laboratories founder Victor Conte Jr. struck a deal with federal prosecutors late Thursday that includes a four-month prison term and four months of house arrest in a case that sparked the biggest sports drug scandal in history, the Mercury News has learned.

    The case against Conte – the centerpiece of the government’s internationally publicized criminal investigation into steroids – looks to be resolved with a plea deal to two felonies, a short stay in a minimum-security prison, two years of probation and a fine.

    Of all places for Giambi to be in today, when this story breaks, huh? The Boston media is going to be all over him today.