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Riding The Ray of Hope or Tito’s Revenge?

The Rays won Game #163 with David Price on the mound, and ‘underrated’ Alex Cobb is set to take on the Cleveland Indians for the one game playoff. Cobb’s been awesome since pretty much June. In his one start against the Indians he shut them down. which was also way back in April.

The Indians are putting their hopes in the arm of Danny Salazar, with all of 10 career MLB starts. Salazar has never faced the Rays, or the Red Sox, or the Athletics. He faced the Tigers twice, and struck out 10 the first time and blanked them for 6 innings the second time.

My theme has been pitching, and it’ll be interesting to see if Danny Salazar can have the Non-Cueto type of outing. The bats behind him are impressive. There are 10 players with at least 10 home runs on the year. However, Nick Swisher is notoriously terrible in the postseason. Will he finally break his own curse?

The Rays are also battling their own curse, of sorts. They need to prove that this core of players can not only reach the World Series again, but win it.

So which way will this go?

I’m going with the Rays knocking off Tito’s Revenge. It might be a pitching duel, but the youth of the Indians will do them in, ultimately.  Nick Swisher will continue his tormenting postseason failures.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME EXTRA BASEBALL?

Hell Yeah.

 
Who’s going to win tonight’s Game 163 – Texas Rangers or Tampa Bay Rays?
 
Martin Perez is going for the Rangers, and has faced the Rays once, tossing 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R. 
 
Meanwhile, David Price is 1-4 in 8 career starts against the Rangers with an ERA of nearly 6.00. He didn’t face the Rangers this season.
 
The Rays have a pretty good bullpen, but the Rangers ‘pen has 3 guys with sub-2.00 ERAs and the highest ERA of the ‘pen regulars is 3.03. 
 
I think pitching always wins, but there is another factor.
 
The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz, who hasn’t faced MLB pitching since August 4th when he was suspended for being a cheating bastard. He owns David Price, but I think if he’s in the starting lineup, he’ll be chewed up by Price due to the layoff. I think Martin Perez will get knocked around a bit, because he’s 22 years old, hasn’t pitched in a game like this, and youth rarely beats experience.
 
Between Perez and Cruz, I think the Rangers are overmatched.
 
So, I think the Rays win this because they have a capable bullpen(though not as good as the Rangers), and I think they score early to set the pace. 
 
Starting Cruz is a mistake.
 
Of course, when he hits 3 homers and smashes the Rays, you’ll all have to pretend I never posted this.

Get On Your Bike, and Go.

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Beginning on April 1st, I started biking every day. I will bike every day through at least April 30th, and probably beyond.

Why?

Why not?

I first rediscovered biking in June of 2010. I had biked a little bit before then, but it was when my fiance gave me a map of New York City outlining various bike routes that I really took to it. I bought a bike for myself on my 22nd birthday, and didn’t do too much with it. Between 2003 and 2010, I think I put 100 miles on it. Starting in June of 2010, I ventured out into the city streets. I was unemployed, and trying to find ways to break the monotonous daily grind of looking for work. Since then, I’ve biked more than 1,600 miles. Almost all of them in the NYC area. 

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I started carrying an old camera with me, snapping photos along the way. Some came out blurry, but some have ended up in frames. Almost all of them taken while riding.

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I like riding because there is some seriously cool shit to see that I wouldn’t otherwise experience.

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I also think there’s a similar feeling that I get that gym rats might get. Adrenaline? I’m not sure, but that might be it. Why else would I put myself on a bike for 20 miles, 3 days in a row?

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I’ve been to so many areas of Brooklyn and throughout NYC that I never would have visited otherwise.

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I’ve been on the Brooklyn Bridge too many times. It’s crazy trying to battle pedestrians. I try to mix it up with some of the other bridges. They’re all unique, that’s for damn sure, from a cycling view.

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The Manhattan Bridge might be my favorite. It’s straight up and over.

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The Williamsburg Bridge is a sonuvabitch. There’s an incline, then it levels out briefly before a second incline. Going downhill into Williamsburg is awesome, though.

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The Gil Hodges Bridge heading into Far Rockaway is nice, but if you have bikers coming your way, it can be a bit scary. It’s narrow.

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The 59th Street Bridge(AKA The Queensboro Bridge, AKA The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) is a great ride, but it’s so far away for me, I’ve only gone over it a few times.

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I think I may have lost my point along the way. I found “Live 2 Create” too great to NOT take a photo of. Positive graffiti?

I think my point is biking every day is easy, because it’s something I like doing. Think of all the shit we hate doing every day, but we do it anyway. Go to work, clean the house, do the laundry, …shower!

I first joined up with the 30 Days of Biking challenge as a way to get fit, and to mix up the day. It totally changed everything. I’ve biked in every month of the year, in almost every weather condition, and at temperatures as low as 3 degrees(once…in shorts. That was dumb.) and as high as 100+. I’m still riding my crappy Diamondback hybrid, but I’ve had to change a few tires along the way.

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I had to hide under a tree during an impromptu downpour.

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Besides Bunghole Liquors, is this the best liquor store name ever?

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This guy biked 28 miles on a big wheel.

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I’m about ready for bed, so here’s the last photo I took while biking in 2010, on October 4th.

So, who wants to go riding?

GET EXCITED

I will be posting about 30 Days of Biking in the next few days. April & September are the 2 30 Days of Biking months, and this will be my 4th attempt. I’ve completed it twice, by biking 30 straight days. The last time I did it, I ended up biking 45 straight days.