We have equality everything, why not religion too?

A TINY bit. Next, he won’t be the only one jabbing a finger toward the heavens after a successful slant route. It’s a fact that as the get bigger, do the onfield gestures. Nobody raises their hands to the sky August ’cause not even God gives a shit about the preseason; that’s when He vacations with J. Blige. Regardless of who gets a confetti shower and embroidered shirt after the Super Bowl, is still going to be thanking the Lord for lead blocking. And for liking him more than Jon Kitna.. —— Cameron Frye:, or the notorious G.O.D. could probably care less about. you’re not the Super Bowl because of – you’re there because the West sucks and they needed a team to represent your Duke Johnson Jersey division. If a group of retarded helmet kids had a better record than the Cardinals, they’d be there. But you do have Leinert there – you’re not that far off. had as much to with your success as he did when Mystikal wrote ‘Shake Ya Ass’. Actually, that’s not true. We all know J.C. was a big ass. Growing up Catholic, I’ve had suspicions on whether or not there was a God.

I mean, if there was a God, would Dwayne Bowe Jersey have played the entire instead of gallivanting around with and a bum knee and talking to Canadian radio shows about his homemade aspercream. If there was a God I wouldn’t have gone to prom stag and woke up naked & hung over from a night of binge drinking Parrot Bay some seedy motel room next to someone ‘s date. And most importantly, do you honestly think would let a team with a 9 record participate the Super Bowl? If you want me to be convinced there is a higher power, let Leinert play next ; then I’ll believe there’s a God and know he has a sense of humor too. —— : Church and State, God and Country, Piety and Pigskin? Why not? The Lord’s Prayer was read on the White House steps during the inauguration of our new President. Statesman invoked blessings from the heavens for our country and president. And if anyone can use a few blessings, it’s Barack Obama. Think of it this way, wasn’t our little country founded by a bunch of scared, hungry immigrants who fled their own lands because of religious oppression? Doesn’t every one of our nation’s most sacred documents and most famous speeches contain some sort of spiritual recognition of bequest? why wouldn’t we it the greatest American past time; sports. We’re religious peoples. Okay, a MANY religion religious peoples. I ‘t necessarily mind seeing a player spike a touch down and drop to his knees and throw his hands to the heavens as long as it only lasts a brief moment. But seriously, wouldn’t it be freakin’ amazing if there was a little equality?

We have equality everything, why not religion too? How about someone doing a post-game presser and thanking Satan for amazing tackle that splays a player out unconscious? Wouldn’t that be awesome? Thank you oh Dark Lord for laying waste of opponent. Or how about thanking Mercury for the speed to run a race past 3 non-believing runners. I’d like to thank Thor for the power of the Gods that I might press that 800 lbs and not crush spinal column. What happened to those religions? They were fun. No, we’re down to just a few popular deities. Put your hand your pocket and pull out a dollar. Does it not say In God We Trust? Maybe it should say In God We Believe? We’re told to be thankful for the little things that come our way each day. Sometimes those little things are the things we have worked our lives to achieve: a home run, a touch down, a game winning goal. When we have something other than ourselves, we remember to thank something higher. It’s not a bad thing.

I think he communicates great with players

PEORIA, Ariz. — When Chip Hale took over as manager of the D-backs last, he knew the first thing he had to change was what was then a culture. It’s the same for Green, a Hale acolyte and Arizona’s third-base coach last, who’s now taking that same approach his first year managing the Padres. The Padres have had Colin Wilson Jersey one winning since 2007 and haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. Green is their third manager less than a year. Chip has been a profound influence life; I’ve never been shy about saying that, said Green, just as the Padres took the field for their fifth workout under the new manager at the Peoria Sports Complex on. He was first manager professional baseball, he was a coach of mine the big leagues, he managed me Triple-A, and he hired me on a League staff for the first time. His work ethic is unmatched. He gets after it every single day. Those things I’ll take from him, and there is a large dose of other things I’ll take from other people. • Training: | | Hale was a third-base coach the Majors under with the D-backs and had the same position with the Mets under Collins. Before managing Arizona, he spent three years as ‘s bench Craig Smith Jersey coach Oakland. Add six seasons of managing the Minor Leagues and Hale was ready to hit the managing. He quickly earned the respect of the players and turned around a team that lost 98 2014 under Kirk Gibson by 15 wins. Likewise, Green comes to San Diego with a similar goal if not the same level of experience. At 38, he managed four years the D-backs’ system and only has had that single big league under Hale as a coach. Green could be a good one. ‘s going to be a great manager, Hale said after the D-backs finished their workout at nearby Salt River Fields. I had him when he came out of Kentucky, and right away you could see he was interested all aspects of the game. He was a leader on the field, like having another coach. And last year, he did a wonderful job for us.

I think he communicates great with players. He knows the game as well as anybody. With all that mind, Green was hired by the Padres on Oct. 29 after exhaustive search, and he is following behind a pair of well-liked managers Black and Pat Murphy. The Padres underperformed last, 88 and finishing 18 behind the Dodgers the National League West. They were 32 and six behind the Dodgers before the of 15 when management decided to pull the plug on Black after eight-plus seasons. The spiraled downward after that. Green came knowing he had some work to do and fences to mend. He spent a lot of time the offseason talking to of the players. In the early going, they like what they’re hearing. ‘s been great, said Tyson, the right-hander Green quickly made ally by naming him the Opening Day starter. He’s super organized and very intelligent. He’s working hard out here and he’s really challenging us. We’ve always had great people here San Diego and it’s always been a good vibe the clubhouse. The fact of the matter is we weren’t a winning ballclub. We have to overhaul the culture if we want any success here for the term. Green is a University of Kentucky graduate finance and, like Black, is one of the rare big league managers with a college degree.

His D-backs pedigree runs this deep: At Kentucky, Green was a teammate of Webb, one the top pitchers club history, and the D-backs selected Green with their 24th-round pick the 2004 Draft. Green played for Hale Rookie ball and then again as he bounced back and forth between the big leagues and Triple-A Tucson from 2004. Ultimately, Green played only 140 Leagues for the D-backs and Mets — 136 of them for Arizona — batting.200. He had 46 League hits. Similarly, Hale was a middle infielder who played 333 for the Twins and Dodgers, batting.277 with 159 hits. Green began climbing his way up the D-backs’ organizational ladder after retiring 2009 as a player, managing two seasons of Rookie-level ball and two more at Double-A before Hale became the club’s manager for the 2015 and brought Green back to the Majors as his third-base coach. Like Hale last year, Green has hit the running hard, trying to make the most of this opportunity. When asked specifically what it meant to change the Padres’ culture, Green said: What I learned this offseason when I spent a lot of time with these guys is that inside of them there’s a lot of really good ideas. You ‘t change culture by yourself or with one great speech on Feb. 24. Ultimately they forget that speech, but I told them to draw out the good things inside of them, to force them to take a measurement of leadership and ownership of this team. You change the culture when those guys who are out there stretching want to own the team, to be a part of something different, something that’s bigger than themselves.

Rookie T.J. Rivera rescues Mets in first start since Aug. 23

WASHINGTON — It took back surgery that ended Neil Walker’s season and a neck injury to Wilmer Flores for T.J. Rivera to get into the lineup Tuesday at second base. The rookie then rescued the New York Mets from what would have been a crushing defeat.

Rivera capped a three-hit, three-RBI night with a solo homer in the top of the 10th against Mark Melancon as the Mets salvaged a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

Rivera was starting a major league game for the first time since Aug. 23. He had won the Pacific Coast League batting title in early September before returning upon the completion of Triple-A Las Vegas’ season.

Farrell had 217 million reasons to configure the rotation so that Price is lined up to start the final game of the season if the Red Sox need a win to clinch a playoff berth or the division title. But principal owner John Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski have empowered Farrell since spring training to eschew salaries and contracts as a guide for making personnel decisions, and they aren’t about to change that policy now.

So Price had to earn his way into a Game 162 start — or, if the American League East-leading Red Sox have their druthers, Game 1 of the division series. And after three largely miserable months in which he pitched as poorly as he ever has, endured a proportional amount of criticism, brooded after his worst starts and tried to buoy his spirits by tweeting the sort of uplifting quotes that appear in fortune cookies, the $217 million man finally is pitching like the guy the Sox paid so handsomely to get this past offseason.

The reference, of course, was to a June 8 start in which Price muted the San Francisco Giants for seven innings before giving up a solo homer to little-known rookie Mac Williamson. And that’s how it went for Price through the first half of the season. He gave up five or more runs in five of his first 16 starts, and when he did pitch well, somebody named Mac Williamson was there to ruin everything.

It all began to turn for Price on July 28 in Anaheim. He blanked the Los Angeles Angels for eight innings of what turned out to be an excrutiating 2-1 loss on Hanley Ramirez’s throwing error in the ninth inning. And although he melted down in the seventh inning five nights later in Seattle and gave up six runs (three earned) in only five innings on Aug. 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Price seemed to be gaining confidence.

Reflecting on Tim Tebow’s farcical, ill-fated season with the Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Tim Tebow memories came flooding back Thursday morning upon hearing the news that he’s signing a minor-league contract with the New York Mets. My first thought: Sal Paolantonio will be doing a stand-up any minute now.

Amid the negativity and resistance to Tebow’s being handed a uniform and given an opportunity to take his shot, the natural question is: Why?

Why is it such an affront to the baseball community for a team to take a flier on a 29-year-old mega-athlete who can run a 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds and hit a baseball 450 feet (albeit in batting practice)?

And what’s so abhorrent about that pursuit generating interest in the game and selling some extra tickets in spring training or Tebow’s first minor league stop? Is Tebow fatigue so rampant and ingrained in the sporting consciousness that we’re not the least bit curious in seeing how this story plays out?

I get it: The chances of Tebow ever making it to the majors are roughly equivalent to that of Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor becoming Facebook friends.

Tebow hasn’t played organized ball since 2005, so he’s 6,000 at-bats and hundreds of hours of backfield development time behind the curve. During his two-hour audition in Los Angeles last week, Tebow looked rigid and mechanical in the outfield and displayed a throwing arm that was surprisingly weak by former Heisman Trophy quarterback standards.

Tebow looks imposing in a form-fitting T-shirt, but that 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame (with 7.3 percent body fat) isn’t doing him any favors. He’s not busting through the line anymore in pursuit of the goal line, so he might want to pare back on the weightlifting.

Jon Lester dazzles as Cubs reach 40 games over .500

CHICAGO — Jon Lester has been there before, more than anyone, in fact. Thirteen times he has taken a no-hitter through at least five innings, most among active players. And every time it happens, he’s thinking the same thing as everybody else.

“You go through the first inning, you think no-hitter,” Lester said. “Anybody that tells you different is lying to you. Every time you go out there, you know when you haven’t given up a hit.”

Save for one errant pitch to San Francisco’s Hunter Pence in the seventh, Lester dominated the Giants on Friday, working quickly and efficiently all through a complete-game three-hitter, a 2-1 victory that pushed the Chicago Cubs 40 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1945 season.

Lester had retired 18 straight and allowed only a first-inning walk when he faced Pence with two out in the seventh. Pence reached out and hooked a ball into the second row of the bleachers near the left-field foul pole.

“It was terrible,” Lester said of the mistake pitch to Pence, making you think that despite the mostly terrific 101 other pitches he threw, that was the only one he was thinking about.

That killed the no-hit bid, but Lester wasn’t done riding out a low pitch count. He pitched around the Brandon Crawford double that followed, Trevor Brown’s one-out two-bagger in the eighth and Pence’s two-out walk in the ninth. Lester got Crawford looking to end the game. Easy.

But as good as Lester was Friday, he was quick as usual to point out the missed brushstrokes on what everybody else sees as a masterpiece.

“I think the big thing is them being aggressive,” Lester said. “I wasn’t able to throw the ball where I wanted to at the beginning, as much as later in the game. Them being aggressive kind of helped me out a little bit. I was able to keep the ball down and keep the defense active today, so that was good.”

It was Lester’s 14th career complete game, and he needed just 102 pitches to do it, the fewest yet. And while he didn’t end up with his second career no-hitter, he did become a 15-game winner for the seventh time in his career. He allowed one run or fewer for the 17th time this season, the most in baseball. And in doing so, he joins teammates Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks in what is shaping up to be a wild chase for this season’s Cy Young award.

Lester has been especially dominant of late. Over his past seven starts, the 32-year-old is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA. Only Hendricks has a lower ERA during that span. His 2.61 season ERA ranks fourth in baseball, joining Hendricks (first) and Arrieta (sixth) among MLB leaders.

“This is Jon Lester, the guy I known since I’ve been catching him,” said David Ross, who caught Lester for the 84th time Friday. “This is typical Jon. He’s going to go out and keep you within striking distance. He’s going to go out to the mound, and he expects perfection out of himself. And expect perfection when I’m catching him. He’s having a phenomenal year.”

“The cool thing for me is that when you’ve got this kind of lead this late in the season, guys are still not giving away [at-bats] late in the game,” Ross said. “Or you get down like the other night and still find ways to come back. That’s a sign of guys just focused on what’s going on, on the field. Nothing else.”

Forgetting individual accomplishments, there are strategic reasons for starting Lester in the playoff opener. The St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and these Giants are all in the bottom half of the league against left-handed pitching. Even the Washington Nationals rank just seventh against lefties. Starting Lester in up to two games in a best-of-five scenario makes all the sense in the world considering not much separates him and the righty starters on the team anyway. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked if he saw the strength in Lester facing their potential playoff opponents.

“Against those teams, absolutely,” he said. “He’s been really solid pretty much all season.”

And he has the experience of being a Game 1 starter. That’s not to say Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks can’t be good, but why put that kind of pressure on Hendricks and why not use a lefty weapon against weaker opponents as much as possible? Plus, most observers would agree Lester has been more consistent than Arrieta and deserves two starts in a series if it’s needed.

“You can’t prepare for the playoffs,” Lester said. “It’s a whole other season. I’m not looking past the next one.”

Lester is thinking of the next one because he desperately wants to reach 200 innings. That’s the statistic in which pitchers take the most pride. He has thrown 169 innings so far this season after his masterpiece against the Giants. And there is a level of trust there this season that might have been missing a year ago. It’s hard to argue with 15-4 and a 2.61 ERA.

clayton kershaw to pitch simulated game

DENVER — Clayton Kershaw is the headliner in an important simulated game scheduled for Tuesday at Dodger Stadium that could lead to his return to the starting rotation within the next week.

Roberts also indicated outfielder Andre Ethier, despite reporting steady progress during his injury rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga for a broken leg, is “a possibility, but unlikely” to be activated when rosters expand Sept. 1.

“When he’s ready to come back and feels like he can contribute, he’ll be back,” Roberts said. “It’s all contingent on ‘Dre and his leg. Right now it’s certainly improved. He hasn’t had any soreness. Every day he feels better and the recovery is getting better.”
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

“It’s easy to hate on him if you think that none of this is thought out and he’s just like, ‘I’m going to play baseball. I can do that,'” Ross said. “But remember that this is a guy who talks to kids all the time about chasing your dreams, about how you can do whatever you want to do if you put your mind to it and work hard at it.

“We need more people with that kind of attitude, frankly, so I applaud a person like that. Go for your dreams.”

Gerrit Cole was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to posterior inflammation in his right elbow, the club announced. The assignment was made retroactive to Thursday, so Cole is eligible to return on Sept. 9.

Cole had been scheduled to start the Pirates’ series opener against the Cubs on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Instead, he flew to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his sore throwing elbow. Shortly before Monday’s game, Pittsburgh put Cole on the shelf and recalled left-hander Steven Brault to take his place.

Cole informed the club after his last start that he “had a little bit of discomfort on the outside of his elbow,” general manager Neal Huntington told reporters over the weekend. Beyond that, the severity of the injury and Cole’s timetable to return are unclear.

In five starts following his first career complete game on July 27, Cole went 1-3 with a 6.08 ERA, allowing 41 hits with only 22 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

After allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday at PNC Park, Cole chalked up his mistakes to poor execution and an inconsistent delivery, but he couldn’t explain the cause of either. An injured elbow might help make sense of his slump.