Prof: Hey, friends. This week is the one year anniversary of our little blog. We’ve had our growing pains over the year, no doubt, but we’ve also had a lot of fun times, too. I can’t speak for the rest of the writing crew here, but I hope that what we post makes you smile, or laugh, or think. Keep commenting, keep bantering, and keep being awesome, because without you Fan Interference couldn’t exist. And now, allow me to indulge in some of my favorite rock songs for today’s musical selections.
Scouts: I just wanted to add on to what Prof said above. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for all that you do. To the writers, thank you for taking the time out of your personal lives to share your insights with all of us. We do this as a passion and a hobby. No one is getting a dime and that really means something to me. The way that people have stepped up over the past year has really set me back in awe. To those that don’t have the time or desire to post and comment, well thank you very much. It’s your comments and participation that drives us. It means the world to me when you reply to any of my articles, even if it’s to tell me I’m stupid and way off base. To those that read and don’t comment. Well, we still love you too! We hope we are providing a worthwhile experience for you, and would like to encourage you to join in the fun and sign up and comment. We really are quite friendly around here. This site was started because of a growing trend that finally hit our previous home, where the comments and YOUR VOICE was getting left behind. Please participate, please be part of what makes this place unique and special.
In the last year we have had: 165, 444 views, 38,114 visitors, 613 likes, and 23,801 comments. I think we can best all those numbers in the next year and I look forward to what I hope to be many more years here at F-I. Thank every one of you for making this place possible.
Rangers 3, Mariners 6 – The Rangers have lost 4 of their last 5 and Derek Holland allowed 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Thankfully for them they have a massive lead in the division, so they can afford a little layoff. Adrian Beltre is one of the best things about baseball these days.
Phillies 4, Nationals 1 – Prof: Our friend FC mentioned that Ryan Howard seems to have found the fountain of youth, and at first I dismissed it as being a broken clock being right twice a day. But guys… Ryan Howard hit a three run homer last night. Whaaaaaat? By all rights, even with their B-squad the Nats should win this matchup. This is why we play over 160 games a year, y’all, because on any given day Ryan Howard will turn up and the Nationals will be lost without a map.
Brewers 12, Cardinals 5 – Prof: And here we are with yet ANOTHER inexplicable win. The Cardinals are fighting for Wild Card supremacy here, but when you lose by a touchdown to the Brewers? Wow. OK. Milwaukee went back to back with home runs in the second inning, but went HAM in the sixth. Fun fact: every Brewer starter got a hit. Among the notables were Hernan Perez, who went 4-5 with two doubles and 3 RBI; and Orlando Arcia (not to be confused with his brother Oswaldo), who went 3-5 with a homer and 2 RBI.
(On a personal note, I absolutely love this song and no one has ever seemed to have heard it. Also, the official video leaves out the weird electronic blurbs, which is my favorite part.)
Rockies1, Padres 14 – Just ouch. 7 runs in the third and Colorado only scored a pity home-run in the 9th.
Astros 7, Indians 10 – Prof: Carlos Santana – known as Carlos SLAMtana to the denizens of the Magical Land of Cleve – hit his 30th homer of the year in this win over Houston. When I was looking at the stats for this game I was floored by these ERAs from Houston’s side of the box score. David Paulino, who started the game and got the loss, ended up with an ERA of 12.00, but that’s not the worst one. Brady Rodgers left the game with an ERA of 54.00. Stex, my friend, I feel very sad for you.
Scouts: Jim Joyce presents a good case for expanding replay.
Rays 4, Yankees 5 – The Yankees have won 5 in a row and 7 of their last 10. They are still 2 back in the Wild Card but could be a well wild card by season’s end.
Reds 1, Pirates 4 – Prof: Ivan Nova is out here killing it for Pittsburgh. I bet Yankees fans wish they had him back. He pitched a complete game under 100 pitches – no Maddux, sadly – but that’s nothing to be mad at, especially with the Pirates having issues with their bullpen. Three runs in the first was all Pittsburgh needed, but they added an insurance run in the sixth just because.