"I could watch video of Griffey swinging all day. It's like baseball porn." - C. Trent Rosecrans
2008 Reds Record When I Attend: 9W - 5L
2009 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 2L
2010 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 0L
2011 Reds Record When I Attend: 0W - 1L
Harang, he seems sane
Without looking at the numbers, I'd go with Harrang. I know it sounds totally homer, but I think he's got a smoother delivery and certinally has a much more stable mental state. I like fire and passion but Zambranno just doesn't know how to keep himself under controll.
Maybe the numbers will make taking AH over CZ look silly, but just on the surface, Harrang by a landslide.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
Zambrano is pretty darned overrated. At this point Zambrano's raw stuff is translating to less K's than Harang. The main difference between the two guys is that Harang has far superior command, and that's the difference.
Thom said something which makes me think why Harang is under rated.
He mentioned Harang just seems to roll out every time 7 IP, 2 ER.
However the fact that Harang hasn't seemed to put out that 9 IP, 0 R, 10 K performance in a while leads me to think he's been overlooked. When he has had a performance like that, he often hasn't gotten the win, (Cleveland when they won in 12, and another game which I'm forgetting.)
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
In today's age of ESPN highlight reels and 60-second sports segments on the news it is the one flashy play or spectacular game that gets the attention.
The casual fan thinks the pitcher that throws a no-hitter is a great player while being unaware of the guy that produces a quality start every time. The guy that makes a catch while diving into the stands is a better fielder than the guy that makes difficult plays look easy.
That is why poor fielders like Derek Jeter win Gold Gloves.
That is why below average players like Ryan Freel are so popular.
This is the era of style over substance.
This is the era of flash over consistency.
This is the era of image over reality.
Aaron Harang goes out every 5th day and gets the job done like he is paid to do. He makes it look easy most of the time. He makes excellence seem routine.
If he wants to make himself a star he should pump his fist after every strikeout. He should sprint back to the dugout after stopping a rally. He should stalk around the mound like a crazy person. He should insult other players in the postgame interview. He should throw beanballs. If he did these things he would win awards, make more money, get endorsement deals and be a superstar. He chooses instead to lead this team by example. Maybe someday the rest will follow.
Well said, AD.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
I had to laugh tonight at the caller to Paul Daughtery's call-in show that proposed an outfield of Hopper, Freel, and anyone else. Freel was the main guy. "Everybody in Cincinnati loves Freel." Wow. It's the perception of playing hard whether or not you accomplish anything by doing it. Delete 70 HR's and 200 RBI's from the lineup, but By God hustle and be unseccessful doing it and you are loved.
Harang, OTOH, just does the right things without flash in a manner that doesn't call attention to himself and all the love goes to Freel and Hopper who couldn't make any other starting lineup in either league.
I just shake my head.
Best post I've seen in awhile AD.
That is one grandoise manifesto, AD.
"This is the era of...!"
And look at what WK signed Harang for.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
Harang has finally gotten some notice after a very very good year last year. His problem is that he isn't flashy, doesn't have over powering heat, doesn't have mental meltdowns on the mound, and lastly he plays in cincinnati. If he played in a big market city and put up the same kind of stats he would be a cy young winner. Instead he plays in cincinnati where players are more enamored with Freel flying into walls that a pitcher who pitches well every night.