5. Any day now, Derek Jeter will become the 28th player in major league history to achieve the 3,000-hit milestone. His pursuit already has garnered more publicity than the other 27.
Please, oh god of baseball (and all things ESPN), let it happen already!
4. Can't we just bronze Albert Pujols and put him in the Hall of Fame right now?
3. I can't remember ever seeing a lamer effort at preventing a home run than the one turned in by White Sox centerfielder Alex Rios on Wednesday. He took his time pursuing Eric Hosmer's sky-high deep fly off Edwin Jackson and never even jumped as the ball bounced off the top of the wall and over the fence to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in a game they'd win 4-1.
How bad was it? Even the biggest homer in all announcing, Hawk Harrelson, ripped him.
Rios did manage one hit, lifting his batting average to a robust .216. Hey, what do you expect from a guy only making $70 million?
One thing's for sure: Had Rios -- not Dewayne Wise -- been playing center field for the White Sox on July 23, 2009, Mark Buehrle wouldn't have pitched a perfect game.
2. I don't envy the Mets when it comes to dealing with Jose Reyes.
As he's showing this season, when healthy he is one of baseball's most dynamic, valuable players.
Far too often, however, Reyes is not healthy. In fact, he's out with a tweaked hamstring right now.
How can the Mets afford to sign such a fragile dude to the nine-figure contract he'll demand as a free agent this offseason?
Then again, given their talent level, how can they afford not to?
1. Five years ago, Aramis Ramirez and first-year Cub Juan Pierre were high-paid players in contract years. Both were so awful in the first third of the season that they condemned the team to abject failure.
Both players went on to perform well when the pressure was off and earned ridiculously rich new contracts after the season.
Flash forward to 2011. Ramirez and first-year Cub Carlos Pena are high-paid players in contract years. Both were so awful in the first third of the season that they condemned the team to abject failure.
Now that the Cubs are approximately 1,000 games out of first place and the pressure is completely off, both Ramirez and Pena are smashing the ball all over the place.
What a surprise.
The biggest myth in all of baseball is that Aramis Ramirez is a good clutch player. Truth is, he's one of the biggest chokers in modern history.