Rewritethescene brings you a brand new segment we are doing called Sports Talk With J.R. Sports Talk, will be a bi weekly segment in which JR Wasilewski from Less Than Jake will talk talk to us about the latest issues in sports. In this weeks segment, JR talks about the Yankees, The NBA Playoffs, UFC 129, and more! Be sure to click ‘more’ to check our first segment out.
This was conducted on April 29th.
RTS Nick: So let’s talk about the Yankees.
JR: Right now, We are so lucky that Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon have thrown a couple of good games. We gotta hope that these old dudes hold up because if they old up… come on, bring it! I’ll give them The American League now, but there is still the Red Sox. They aren’t going anywhere. They just had a shitty start. If I remember correctly, the Yankees in 2009 were just at 500 when they were coming out of April and they won the World Series and 101 games. We’ll see what happens.
RTS Nick: What do you think about Phil Hughes?
JR: I’m not surprised. I think the kid has lost his thing. I actually have talken to Phil. In the beginning of 2009, I emailed him back and forth and he was doing well and I said, “I’m really stoked on how you pitch and I think you’re really awesome.” He took the time to write me back and it was cool. It never developed farther than that. I had always championed that guy. He had always reminded me of a young Roger Clemens with the Red Sox in the 80′s. He’s gritty and tough. He had the same look and the same delivery. He had the same fastball as him He can’t even hit the low 90′s now. That kid last year threw 94 before.
RTS Nick: Bro I know, I think he has Chuck Noblauch syndrome.
JR: It could be mental block. He’s kind of a emotional. He’s just a kid, he’s 24 years old! He was the number 2 guy this season behind CC Sabathia! That’s a lot of pressure on the dude and now he’s not performing. He’s given up home run after home run and that wears down on you. Then you hear the New York Media coming after you and then it’s a fucking story! Here’s a kid that no one predicted to do anything and now he’s on the “Grandest Stage Of Them All.” People are like, “What the Fuck!?” It’s only April. Lets see what happens in June or July. If he is still dead balling it, then hey, he’s Daisuke Matsuzaka that we didn’t have to pay $80 Million for. You know?
RTS Nick: Just remember he was a First Round Draft Pick.
JR: He’s a great pitcher. He has a great arm. Starting Pitcher. I’m more interested to see what happens because there is also that kid Manny Banuelosin down in the minors. I know right now they won’t bring him up, but in August or September, let that kid come up. Make him start in September. In the playoffs lets see if we can play him. We have a lot of depth talent in the minor leagues right now that you just don’t see because there is a fucking half a billion dollar pay roll on the field. *laughs* And at every right they should be playing every day. We’ll see what happens.
RTS Nick: If we had our current team in 2004, we’d be the best team in the the MLB. We would have [Kevin] Millwood, [Carlos] Silva, [Mark] Prior, Bartolo Colon and [Freddy] Garcia.
JR: I give it up to the scouting team for making this happen. Bartolo Colon in 2005. You look and see who you have on the team and these guys are my age. You look and see and these guys are given a second chance. Not only are they getting a second chance, they are getting a second chance with the Yankees. To win though the bats need to be moving and the way the bats have been moving, the team is set to fucking rank. It’s a weird team to watch and you shouldn’t even watch the team bat until the 6th inning when they get their timing down. Then what do you know, it’s 6 to 0.
RTS Nick: Exactly what happened yesterday.
JR: Yeah! Well, Edwin Jackson pitched himself out. It was a no hitter originally. He can’t walk 5 guys and expect to do anything! *laughs*
RTS Nick: The guy threw a no hitter in a 149 pitches though.
JR: Yeah, but do you see what happens when he gets into a high count in 3-1 or 3-0. He looses confidence in himself and he rushes himself. He’s not pacing himself. He has electric stuff but he doesn’t have the mentality to do something like that. He just got lucky to throw that no hitter. How many walks did he have at that no hitter? *laughs*
RTS Nick: A few. *laughs* Did you watch the two plays that kid from The White Sox made in the 9th in Right Field? I forgot his name.
JR: Brent Lillibridge. What are you going to do? That’s baseball. I sat there with my jaw in my chest like every other fucking Yankees fan. “We got this, it’s A-Rod. He got it? Now it’s Cano, aye! We got this! He got that too!?” We tip our cap because it’s baseball. We split the series. I don’t care, we only lost one series this year and that was against the Red Sox. We only lost back to back games once this year. We need to just Shut the Fuck Up and tell it how it is. We need to hope that everyone stays healthy. Even Nick Swisher got a home-run yesterday. We’re good. Brett Gardner has 3 home-runs so far! That guy doesn’t hit home-runs.
RTS Nick: How the hell does Gardner have 3 home runs right now and Swisher just hit his first?
JR: Because Brett Gardner is a better player than fucking Carl Crawford! I’m telling you right now. Everybody thinks I’m crazy, but Brett Gardner is a better player than Carl Crawford. He’s a better bat. He’s better on the bases and he’s a better defensive player. He is just better. That is why we did not go after Carl Crawford last year. Carl Crawford is fast and he’ll steal more bases than Gardner, but Gardner will attempt just as many. I’ve been stoked on Brett Gardner for a long time. He’s a fucking fighting player. He worked to get on that team. He reminds me of Johnny Damon on the way that he plays. He the way he just hacks at baseballs. He can be there 0-2, and he’ll get a walk out of it.
RTS Nick: Speaking of Damon, how upsetting is it that Manny Ramirez got busted for steroids again?
JR: I think it’s just sad because here is a guy that in this generation, has arguably the sweetest right handed swing. Maybe A-Rod has a little bit of a more natural swing, but Manny swing is so effortless. He’s such a character and I hated him as a Yankees fan, but I fucking respected him. He did great things for the game. Then he got out like a chump. It sucks. How upset should I be? It’s every dude from this error. Everyone does it. I’m not offended like all of these sportswriters. I just think he’s fucking retarded. I’ve heard stories about Manny when he was on the Red Sox where the Red Sox would call him and be like….”Manny. You have to pick up your paychecks. You have a dozen paychecks in the office.” But, for me to think he doesn’t know whats going into his body where his trainers are like “Take this.” Course. I hate to be that guy, but when you look at the Mitchell Report you see all these fucking people on it and they are all Yankees. You never heard any Red Sox names.
RTS Nick: Mitchell had an association to the Red Sox.
JR: Mitchell owns part of the Red Sox. I always thought that was interesting. Whether or not it’s a conspiracy, but David Ortiz’s name finally came out and so did Manny’s. Oh funny. *laughs* What do I think about Manny though? I think he is a great baseball player. He just went out like chump like Roger Clemens. Barry Bonds, same thing. Just fucking admit that you did something. Look at Andy Pettitte, he admitted it. Look at Jason Giambi, he admitted it. People forget when you just admit to something. When you fight it and make a whole fucking stink about it, then that’s just as bad as saying that you are guilty. If you are guilty, just say that you are guilty and move on. I’m glad that Manny has never taken a swing in the new Yankee Stadium. That guy fucking killed it against us. He was the worst Yankee killer. Look at the numbers that non-Yankee members had in the old Yankee Stadium. Look to see whose on top of the list. Manny Ramirez was and he crushed the Yankees. Crushed them every time. The Killers were Manny, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek. Those 3 players could all die, and I would be alright with it. *laughs* Those guys won the world series. Johnny Damon was a great player. Trust me, he was clutch as shit, but those 3 dudes killed us. I can’t wait till Varitek retires. Seriously. I can’t wait! I hate him. I hate his fucking guts. Same way Red Sox fans hate Jeter.
RTS Nick: I felt the same way about Pedro.
JR: Yeah man, Curt Schilling too. I hated his fucking guts. Great player. Gutsy ass player and he named his kid fucking Gehrig. He was a Yankee killer. He beat the Yankees a couple of times!
RTS Nick: Do you believe people convicted of steroids deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?
JR: That’s not really my call. I think the Hall of Fame are a bunch of old sticklers. I these bastard writers that are allowed to vote are going to die in the next 15 to 20 years, when lot of these guys are going to be eligible. Time is going to tell. What do I think? The only thing I saw from steroids was that it revitalized the dead game. People started paying attention when McGwire and Sosa were at that home run chase. Then it was Barry Bonds going for Hank Aaron’s record. All I saw was that it made dudes who made a shit load of money, get what the fans wanted and that was to make them play on the field. All you do is get them on the field faster. When used as a proper way, I think we should all use steroids. I know I have when it was prescribed by a doctor. Was it steroids hitting those baseballs out of the fucking ball park? No. It was the dudes. It put asses in seats though. It has been a corrupt game for ever and ever. The sport is filled with Bull Shit. Should those dudes be put in the Hall of Fame? Yeah. Then you should put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame!
RTS Nick: Pete Rose gambled, He should be in the Hall of Fame! Come on. That’s bullshit.
JR: Well he gambled on his own team. When you bet on your team that’s just… ugh, I don’t know. But is it worst than doing steroids. I don’t know. It’s bullshit.
RTS Nick: Still he’s the all time hits leader.
JR: It’s entertainment. I understand there are kids that look up to these guys as their heroes, but everyone is human and no one is perfect. I guess if Derek Jeter did steroids and he was convicted of it, I would turn in my Yankee hat. I would stop watching baseball. I gotta think that there is one dude that did it the right way. If there is one, that means there has to be many. Back in the 70′s Quaaludes and uppers to stay awake. If you look online, there is a guy who threw a fucking no hitter on acid. Look up “no hitter on acid” on youtube. It’s the best story and you would loose your mind. It’s a true story. He was on the Pittsburgh Pirates. They weren’t doing steroids, but those motherfuckers were doing acid. Come on man.
RTS Nick: Have you read Jose Canseco’s Juiced?
JR: Nah I don’t read those books. The only sports novel I have ever read was the Joe Torre novel where he talked about A-Rod. I don’t read a lot of sports literature. I watch a lot of ESPN. I go to some websites too, but nothing to crazy. I’m a fan. Whatever I don’t watch music, I watch in sports.
RTS Nick: With Juiced though, everything Canseco has said, everyone thought it was a lie. Everything he has said has been correct though. Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire. I believe Juan Gonzalez and Pudge Rodriguez has done steroids now.
JR: The thing with Jose Canseco though, it seems like he did for the money. he wasn’t doing it to vilify the sport. He was doing it to snake some money. He was also the dude that was giving that shit out to everybody. He then got caught. Then of course he became the whistle blower. Those guys had muscles on top of muscles out of their necks. Look at McGwire’s rookie card and then look at a picture of McGwire in 1995. In a 10 year span, he went from the size of Francisco Cervelli to the monster that he was. Come on. I may have been born on a Tuesday, but it wasn’t last Tuesday. Of course they were fucking juiced. It was the entertainment value and no one really cared except for the sportswriters. They were the ones that were appalled. They were the ones that were sitting there watching the game. Give me a break. No he’s not Mickey Mantle and he never will be Mickey Mantle. These guys talk about ghosts like they are fucking giants. Mickey Mantle was a boozer too. I think he died from a relation of the alcohol that he threw into his body. His quote was “If you want to be someone cool, don’t be like me.” All these guys can fucking suck it. They put dudes on the fucking pedestal. Mickey Mantle was a pile of shit. I have his fucking number tattooed into my body, but that guy was not a good guy. He wasn’t good to his family nor his kids. What he did between the lines, is what should count. He came in wasted all the time. Another one was [David] Wells getting bombed at the bar and then coming into the game and passing out in the bullpen. None of these guys are perfect.
RTS Nick: I think we’ve talked enough about baseball. Let’s change this up to the draft. The first round was yesterday. Any surprising picks?
JR: I didn’t really watch it. The draft is fine for me is because I get to see who goes where, but get them on the field! Come on. Everyone was so excited for Reggie Bush. See you later alligator. New kid is coming to town. Look at Matt Fucking Leinart. Wasn’t he top first round. What has he done?
RTS Nick: The guy would have been a number one pick if he left his junior year instead of his senior year. He won the Heisman that year.
JR: The draft to me is another bloated parade of bullshit. The NFL now is trying to make fans believe that they will actually have a season next year.
RTS Nick: There won’t be a season next year.
JR: Yeah there will. There is to much money involved. Trust me, Jerry Jones has a fucking billion dollar stadium that he wants to put asses in. The Giants/ The Jets just opened that stadium in New York. Do you think they don’t want people in those seats? There is going to be a season. There is just to much money for there not to be a season. If they let the players in, there’s gonna be a season. Now it’s just how much do the players get out of this. Will they get the money that they feel they should get? They are trying to talk about how they can talk about how to start the season 3 weeks late and still make the Super Bowl. To much money involved. It’s like saying that Nascar is going to stop. Yeah.. No it won’t! *laughs* They’ll find a way to get it back. I’m more concerned about Basketball. Football ticket prices are so fucking outrageous now.
RTS Nick: What are your predictions for the NBA Finals?
JR: I think that Oklahoma City is the team to watch. Durant is right on. He’s scoring 30 points a game. With him, Westbrook and Perkins. They can match up with the Lakers. They are younger and the Lakers are kind of old. The Lakers just got beat up by a team that is good, but isn’t that experienced. Chris Paul is a little dude too.
RTS Nick: New Orleans are not a playoff team.
JR: Not yet, but they are getting there. I watched Emeka Okafor when he was in UConn. He was good. Chris Paul is good too. The thing is, I think Chris Paul is going to end up on the Knicks next year.
RTS Nick: The Knicks… Really? So we’re going to be the next Miami Heat?
JR: Don’t you want it to be?
RTS Nick: A bit. *laughs*
JR: Lets be honest. The Knicks haven’t done shit since the 90′s. I was a Celtics fan when I was a kid because it was the Larry Bird era. I watch Basketball now in a very non fan perspective. New York is almost at the playoffs though. We just need that dude who is like Chauncey Billups. That person’s name is Chris Paul and the guy has only a year left on his contract. I don’t think the New Orleans team is staying in New Orleans. They’re leaving. They are going to trade him away. They traded half the team to get Carmelo Anthony and now they should trade the other half to get Chris Paul. Then you should build it off from there. That’s a good 3 to build off of. The Heat vs. The Celtics though, that’s gonna be an amazing match up. It’s going to 7 games. I’m not sure whose going to win. If Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnet decide that they want to show up, thats a hard fucking team to beat. Whose going to cover Ray Allen with his 3 point? 11-18 for the other night. Whose going to stop him? They’ve been trying to stop him for years. I saw him play in UConn too. They’ve been trying to stop that motherfucker for ever and they can’t! Lebron hasn’t stepped up int he Playoffs. The only thing is now he has another guy in Dwayne Wade who has. Chris Bosh doesn’t count. That guy is doing fucking doing Car Dealership commercials. He’s not Dwayne Wade or Lebron. That guy is just lucky to be there. The only reason he is brought up is because he is underneath the basket. He’s lucky he’s brought up into the conversation. He’s not Kevin Garnet. No Fucking Way. You talk about the big 3 with Garnet, Allen and Pierce… and then add Rondo. That’s a tough team. All they have to do is put on the gear that the Celtics team put on, if they put it on, the Heat will be needing to keep up with them. Old guys or not, if Rondo wants to put up 30 points with a Triple-Double, he’ll do it. I’m gonna say the Celtics are going to win it if they can turn it on. It’s going to be close.
RTS Nick: With Celtics vs. Oklahoma who do you have winning that?
JR: I think it will be a battle. I think the Celtics will take it just based on experience. Depends on how hungry the Oklahoma team is though. We [Less Than Jake] were just add Oklahoma and the people love that team. It’s a great team to love. There’s nothing going on around there. People are stoked on Oklahoma.
RTS Nick: Do you watch MMA at all?
JR: I watch it sometimes. I’m not a big fan, but I’ll watch it. I also watch wrestling sometimes too. I’m not super passionate about it, but I’ll pay attention to it.
RTS Nick: Tomorrow is going to be UFC 129.
JR: I saw the commercial for it. Whose on it?
RTS Nick: George St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields for the Welterweight title. Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick for the Featherweight Title. Randy Coture vs. Lyoto Machida. And two others which aren’t as big.
JR: Machida is probably going to kick the shit out of him. Coture is pretty old. I can’t believe he is still fighting. He’s a tough old bastard. He’s like 44 or 45.
RTS Nick: He’s 47.
JR: See. I’m not saying that he can’t handle his own, but some of these kids are so big and so strong. Their condition are so good that there is nothing you can do about it for a while. The thing about the Ultimate Fighting is that you don’t need to scrap. Little dudes like Royce Gracie were the best ultimate fighters just because with just a floor game. When it becomes a wrestling match and a tap out match where they are looking for the submission, thats why I don’t believe in the bigger dudes winning. If you have a big dude vs. a submission dude, I’ll choose the submission dude. Big dude has to land some punches. The submission dude can usually take a few punches. If Coture can take Machida down and wrap him up, he’ll win. If he tries to brawl with these youngsters, he’ll lose.
RTS Nick: This is a historical event because it’s breaking the MMA North American attendance record with 55,000 at the Rogers Center in Toronto.
JR: Awesome. That is more proof that MMA has taken over boxing and that no one even fucking cares about boxing anymore. Til Pacquiao and Mayweather come to an agreement, no one is going to give a shit. Mayweather would rather be on WWF then fight Pacquiao and get beat.
RTS Nick: He actually was associated with WWE for a short amount of time.
JR: I know. He does that because he knows Pacquiao would kick the shit out of him. Dude, Pacquiao drinks his own fucking piss! Pacquiao could probably go into MMA and be fine. Mayweather, I don’t know. We’ll see. That would be the only boxing match that anyone would watch though. There are no superstars in boxing any more. Boxing is more of… well Boxing. *laughs* You don’t use your feet, you don’t go to the ground. It’s more civil.
RTS Nick: I wouldn’t consider Boxing civil. Look at Tyson.
JR: Well, Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off was unheard of up until that point. You never heard of Muhammad Ali biting Joe Fraizer’s ear off and they hated each other. Tyson is fucking crazy. I’ve paid $50 to watch the fight last 50 seconds. I saw when Buster Douglas beat him. Back in 80′s and 90′s there was nothing better than it.
RTS Nick: I think this has been long enough for our first segment.
JR: Yeah man, I should go back.
Sports Talk With J.R. will be back in two weeks with some more Sports Talk. Hope you enjoy and please leave your opinions in the comments!