Today is the Mrs. 5-at-10's birthday. She is... well, she is awesome. (See how we pulled out of that one? Nice, huh?) Programming note: We're stopping by for a visit with our good friends at SportTalk today around 4 p.m. We'll be around there for a couple of hours.
Let's get to it. From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...
Driver Boris Said, right, talks with a crew member during a practice session for the Gram Am Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
He Said, She Biffle
Our man Boris Said has always been a favorite of the 5-at-10 for a couple of reasons: Dude’s name is Boris, which is cool; He looks like El Guapo, the leader of the Mexican Banditos in “Three Amigos,” which is an underrated comedy; whenever he is quoted in newspaper stories, it goes, “Blah, blah, blah,” Said said, and that’s entertaining to newspaper people; and Said never shies away from speaking his mind.
After Marcos Amrbose won some race named for some sort of snack dip Monday, Said stole the headlines by calling out Greg Biffle.
“He wouldn’t even let me get out of the car. He comes over and throws a few little baby punches and then when I get out, he runs away and hides behind some big guys,” Said said. “He is the most unprofessional little scaredy-cat I’ve ever seen in my life. He wouldn’t even fight me like a man after. He needs a whooping, and I’m going to give it to him. He won’t hide from me long. I’ll find him.
“I won’t settle it on the track ... but he’ll show up at a race with a black eye one of these days.”
Get you some Biffle; you can’t be first but you could be next, Boris Said might have said.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, left, gets hugged by teammate Jason Heyward, after driving in the winning run with a two-run base hit in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 in Atlanta. Atlanta won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Freeman at last
Braves rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman is having a big-time season. A Rookie of the Year-worthy type of season, in fact.
His two-run single with two outs in the ninth Monday off Giants closer Brian Wilson’s beard was the type of moment that makes sports fun. Atlanta’s millionaries bouncing around like 12-year-olds; San Francisco’s millionaires pouting like 12-year-olds. Hey, adolescent fever... Catch it.
Anyhoo, Freeman’s solid single to center jumpstarted a celebration and lifted the Braves to a five-game cushion over the Giants in the wildcard race. Good times indeed.
Sidenote: After working a pressure-packed inning during the dog days of summer, any guesses on how bad that chin sweater Wilson’s fashioned smells? Here’s saying that he gets his own seat on the team plane.
Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome rounds the bases after hitting his 600th career home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, August 15, 2011 in Detroit. The homer was a three-run shot that gave the Twins a 9-6 lead over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
If history falls and no one notices does it make a sound?
Jim Thome on Monday became the eighth player to hit 600 major league homers. Has there ever been a quieter chase for a major milestone, especially considering that almost half — Bonds, Sosa and A-Rod — of the 600-club have an asterick next to their careers? Way to go Jim.
We talked earlier in the summer about some of our favorite numbers in sports, and baseball is flush with them. There's 3,000 hits and the 56-game hitting streak and 300 wins.
Has any renowned number fallen more than 500 homers, and in turn 600 homers? Of the eight players, six have done it in the last decade with Thome and Ken Griffey Jr. joining Bonds, Sosa and A-Rod and the founding partners of Aaron, Ruth and Mays in the elite club.
Thome's chase for 600 seemed to be as noteworthy as a walk-off sacrifice fly. There were highlights and some celebrations, but it kind of caught us by surprise. Granted, Thome hit 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats and that limited the anticipation, but think about all the hoopla that Jeter's chase for 3,000 got by comparison, and remember that there are five times as many guys (41) in the 3,000-hit club than there are in the 600-homers club.
Yes, Jeter is Jeter and plays in NYC, and Thome has bounced around some, but still.
Chicks may dig the long ball, but apparently history prefers the singles.
Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman, left looks on from the sideline during the second half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game against LSU in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
This and that
— Texas A&M had a news conference Monday saying they were not going to join the SEC. In related news, the 5-at-10 will hold a news conference sometime this week to announce we’re not joining the United Nations nor Young Republican Women. Glad we got that off our chest.
— Did we read this right, Georgia stud freshman Ray Drew hurt his shoulder falling off a scooter on his way to church Sunday? That may be the exact story, but that just sounds like the lead in to an Eddie Haskell-type story.
— Chris Johnson wants more money. (So does the 5-at-10, by the way.) The Titans want Chris Johnson in camp. (So does the 5-at-10, by the way.) Let's make this happen all the way around. There, that's settled.
— Speaking of running backs, anyone else think it's somewhat strange that after an erratic career with the UT Vols, Arian Foster is now one of the top three running backs in the NFL? Yeah, we do to.
Do you think Jim Thome is a first-ballot Hall of Famer?
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...