Major League Baseball playoffs

They’ve been pretty cool to watch here and there this year.  Out of the ALCS and NLCS teams, I don’t have any problems with any of the four.

Since Oakland was already eliminated by Detroit in walk-off fashion, I will start with those two teams.

I like Oakland because they have former USC pitcher and 2002 American League Cy Young award winner, Barry Zito, who was also Mark Prior’s teammate at University High in San Diego.  I also like Mark Kotsay who played for a few years with the San Diego Padres and went to Cal State Fullerton.

The Detroit Tigers don’t really have any players I’m a big fan of.  What’s amazing is their turnaround from almost losing 120 games in the 2003 season to be the World Series-bound American League champions.  I give a lot of credit to Jim Leland who’s been there before when he took the Florida Marlins to the World Series title in 1997.

Now onto the National League:

I like the Mets because they SWEPT THE DODGERS!  What made it even sweeter was the number of former Dodgers that are currently on the Mets (Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca (Mike Piazza and he are the only Dodgers I’ve ever really liked), Jose Valentin, and Guillermo Mota) were able to stick it to their former team…and get the job done in LA!!!

The St. Louis Cardinals is a team with several former Angels.  Even though the Cards are the Cubs’ biggest rival, I don’t mind supporting them.  Albert Pujols is simply awesome!  He’s a monster (in a good way) and I think he’s the best player in baseball right now.  From what I know, I have heard that he’s also a solid Christian and is involved with quite a few charitable efforts off the field.  The former Angels on the Cardinals I like are Jim Edmonds (who made the best catch I’ve ever seen a clip of while he was an Angel…I also model some of my golf swing after one of his older swings where he wouldn’t really step with his right foot, but just turn it inward and then forward as he swung through), David Eckstein (the X-factor, this guy is a gamer!!!  he’s only 5’6″ or so but has done quite well for himself, he hit a home run tonight in the Cardinals 12-5 loss against the Mets which evened their series at two games apiece), and Scott Spiezio, who started the Angels’ miraculous comeback in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series!

What is the most exciting play in sports?

A) Walk-off home run (walk-off means the batter hits it which results in his (or her) team winning the game)
B) “Hail Mary” for the winning touchdown
C) Buzzer beater in basketball
D) Last-lap pass to win an auto race
E) Soccer shootout
F) Hockey shootout
G) Other – Please specify what you think

I would argue “A” because it starts with the crack (or ping) of the bat, a determination/hope that the ball will travel far enough for the home run, and then witnessing it clear the wall to win the game do it for me.

As much as I hate to re-live it, here’s the Dodgers’ comeback against my NL West Champion Padres on September 18, 2006.

Here’s Nomar with another walk-off home run, a grand slam no less, against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 24, 2006.

I’ve always been a fan of Nomar since he was among the trio of awesome American League shortstops in the late 1990s/early part of this decade.  I never was a big Alex Rodriguez fan.  I can’t stand Derek Jeter because he’s a Yankee even though he has the same birthday as me (June 26) and I wore #2 on my baseball jersey (I liked #2 because it was Al Unser, Jr.’s race car number from 1996 to 1999…I also figured it was cool to be #2 to #1 Jesus Christ).  Plus with Nomar, you can call him “No-MAH!”

Yesterday, I went to Dromo 1 with Matt Quan (Xanga: mattyq) and his old roommate, Justin Sebe, who I hadn’t seen for about two years and whose birthday is tomorrow (we think).  Matt qualified and finished 3rd.  I qualified and finished 4th.  I’m not too sure what position Justin qualified and finished in.  I had the 2nd fastest best lap of the race at 25.086 seconds.  I turned that lap on the 10th lap of the race (14 laps) which I like seeing because even though I tired as the race progressed, my lap times were still getting better.  The best lap of the race was a 24.265 set by the winner who left all of us in his dust!  I passed Matt for 3rd place lap 12 going into turn 3 because he was being held up by the 2nd place kart.  I gave 3rd place right back to him on lap 13 when I spun in turn 2 trying to take a more protective line even though Matt had settled back into cruise mode after I made the pass.  I still had a great time racing clean with Matt and it’s good to know we’ve still got it!  We’re about even in the times we’ve run in terms of where we finish relative to each other.  Matt finished the highest out of the three of us the first time we ever went on October 26, 2002 (Game 6 of the World Series between the Angels and Giants).  After that, I think I placed better the next two or three times.  There were some parts of the When all is said and done though, Matt was the winner (for you l337 folks – “t3h w1nn4r”) this time!

The last two times I went in July I had best laps of 24.672 and 24.405 seconds.  What happened?  Turn 4 was made a lot tighter (I had to get off the gas instead of being flat out) and it gave me fits the whole time.  I also wasn’t driving as well as I usually do because I brushed the wall quite a few times in qualifying and the early laps of the race.  I just never got into “the zone.”  I can’t believe how sore I felt after our race.  It was definitely the most sore I’ve ever been after one race at Dromo.  Keep in mind I’ve done two consecutive races back-to-back on a couple occasions and didn’t come close to feeling as beat as I did.

After we were done, we had dinner at the Yard House at the Irvine Spectrum.  I had the Penne with Roasted Chicken and a few glasses of water.  We also had some onion rings and cocunut shrimp.  That was a great dinner!  I hope I can make pasta like that one day!

The first Bowl Championship Series standings of the 2006 college football season were released today with USC in the #2 spot behind the Ohio State Buckeyes and ahead of the Michigan Wolverines.  We’ll see how well the Trojans finish the season and if they can stay in the #2 slot in the BCS, or as some college football fans call it, the BS standings.

The message given today at church from Revelation 5 was awesome!  It totally reminded me of the Newsboys’ song “He Reigns”.  I used to have it in .wma format before I tanked my own hard drive last December.  Right now, I only have it in m4p format when I bought it off iTunes I think in late 2004 or early 2005.  Otherwise, I’d have it playing in the background.  Chris Tomlin’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is still pretty awesome though, don’t you think?

Pastor Jackson said imagine how loud a packed football stadium gets with roughly 100,000 people. Let’s look at God’s Word below (courtesy of!  Imagine how LOUD verses 11 through 14 would sound!  If you have the song “He Reigns”, let me encourage you to listen to it right now and CRANK UP THE VOLUME!!!   “Agnus Dei” would be AWESOME here too!  I think I will try to post it to my web space for ya’ll to listen to!  Fellow lefty Mac Powell knows a little thing or two about rockin’ & rollin’!  For those of you who can’t automatically hear it, you can listen to it here.

Revelation 5 (English Standard Version)
The Scroll and the Lamb

 1Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”  

 6And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song, saying,

   “Worthy are you to take the scroll
   and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
   from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
   and they shall reign on the earth.”

     11Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

He Reigns
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir

It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns

Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground
Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist
Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples
None rings truer than this

And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard
‘Cause all the powers of darkness
Can’t drown out a single word

When all God’s children sing out
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
All God’s people singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns

Agnus Dei/Worthy
Alleluia, Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia, Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns

Holy, Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy Is the Lamb
Worthy Is the Lamb

Holy, You are holy
King of kings, Lord of lords
You are holy
Holy, You are holy
King of kings, Lord of lords
I worship You

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

4 responses to “”

  1. spagetystwauce says :

    AHAHA. Real Chicks Drive Stick. how coincidental. after i got my car i put that in my myspace profile. i guess she thinks the same way i do (or i think the same way she does) =D.

  2. spagetystwauce says :

    to answer the poll i would say C) Buzzer beater in basketballbut i guess thats prolly cause i watch basketball the most

  3. udonoogen says :

    the bears/cardinals game was pretty insane tonight. leinart did really well and the cardinals shouldve won but the kicker choked. i would have to go with “B” or “C” … but i qualify that only when i’m rooting for the team that makes it. when the other team wins by a buzzer beater or hail mary it metaphorically stabs me in the heart.

  4. kaumama says :

    too bad you weren’t in fairway… ted preached the same passage and showed a minute clip of greatest moments in sports history. all those glorious moments combined pale in comparison to the worship that awaits us in heaven. i’m sure you would have appreciated that clip more than anyone else.

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