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By Dennis Miller
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor ...
The Way I See It
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor to be given the opportunity to write a blog for the Kirksville Daily Express and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
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By Dennis Miller
June 12, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Contrary to what the idiot who writes this blog told you the St. Louis Cardinals did not play Monday night. The did however begin their three game series with the New York Mets last night by winning decisively 9 to 2. Michael Wacha picked up his first major league win and pitched very well. The Cardinals and Mets continue their series tonight, (I checked to make sure) before wrapping up with a game tomorrow afternoon. The Cardinals then head to Miami to play the Marlins.
I failed to mention on Monday that Jake Westbrook had his second successful rehab start on Sunday and is expected to rejoin the team on Friday. I would suspect that Tyler Lyons would be sent back to the minors once Westbrook is activated. I have not actually heard or read that but that would seem to be the most logical choice. Lyons pitched well his first couple of times before struggling his last two outings. Keep in mind though that he was called up from Double A Springfield and I think that taking that into account he has pitched extremely well.
The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are stuck on 3 to 2. That was the score of Monday night’s game which the Royals won and last night’s game which the Tigers won. I was able to catch the end of last night’s game and it doesn’t appear the Tigers are the same team they were last year. They are leading the AL Central but that isn’t really saying much. The Royals simply can’t or don’t hit. They had an excellent chance to win the game last night in the bottom of the 9th but stranded a runner at second while their three best hitters all either struck out or grounded out.
Somebody forgot to tell the San Antonio Spurs they were supposed to roll over and play dead and let the Miami Heat win their second NBA title in a row. The Spurs totally dominated the Heat last night in a way that few teams have. The Heat struggled on both ends of the court and although it was 43 to 42 whenever I started watching it that was as good as it would get for the Heat who would go on to be outscored by almost forty points. Game 4 is on Thursday in San Antonio and if the Heat lose that one they will be in serious trouble. The Spurs currently lead the series 2 games to 1.
Yesterday had to be a very tough day for LeBron James who not only had his second bad game in a row while the Heat were getting hammered by the Spurs but James also had to deal with the tragedy of ESPN talking about someone other than him. The folks in Bristol spent considerable time yesterday talking about Tim Tebow who signed with the New England Patriots yesterday. The move which had been rumored for a while is in my opinion a good one for both Tebow and the Patriots. Tebow needs structure and a solid organization to thrive and he will have that with the Patriots. The Patriots have a solid backup to Tom Brady and also someone who is versatile enough that he could possible be used at other positions. I don’t know how likely that is to happen but Tebow is very athletically gifted and the Patriots have shown the ability to get the most out of the players they have. Tebow is widely ridiculed for his time with the New York Jets but that in my opinion is unfounded as it was an impossible situation for him to be in. The Jets were in total disarray on and off the field and they in my opinion signed Tebow because of his popularity and not because he fit into their system or they head any idea what to do with him. His mistake was going there in the first place, the rest of what happened is entirely the responsibility of the Jets in my opinion. I didn’t buy into all the Tebow Time hype when he was with the Denver Broncos but he did lead them to the playoffs and one year with a dysfunctional team like the Jets is not enough to take all that away. He never had a chance with the Jets from the day he got there.
While I was wasting my time watching the NBA Finals the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were literally fighting it out at Dodger Stadium. It appears the issues began when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit the Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch. Zach Greinke then retaliated against one of the Diamondbacks players which should have been when it ended. However, Ian Kennedy who was pitching for the Diamondbacks then hit Greinke and that’s when the Tuesdaynight fights started. Both benches cleared and several players and coaches were eventually ejected as the fight spilled all over the field and almost went into the stands. One of the coaches ejected was Mark McGwire who was seen screaming at the Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson as well as their third base coach. Obviously these events caused a roid rage for McGwire and he had to be physically removed from the field. I suspect that several players and coaches will be fined and suspended over the fracas. I don’t remember Greinke having these types of problems when he was with the Royals but this will be the second brawl he has been a part of since signing with the Dodgers. I of course missed the whole thing and will have to see if I can find it on YouTube or something.
We’ll be back on Friday with a look ahead to all of this weekend’s sport action plus whatever else we can find. Thanks as always for checking out this blog and please do the same for all the blogs on this site.
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