June 17, 2004

Loving Rivas (and shutting up about it)

I have decided that, as long as Luis Rivas is hitting like he is right now, I won't say a negative word about him. I don't expect this to last very long, but I certainly wouldn't mind if he continued like this for, say, the next 10 years or so.

He's hitting .538/.538/.846 since coming off the disabled list and is up to a semi-respectable .279/.305/.434 on the year (the average MLB second baseman is hitting .271/.332/.402). Basically, if he hits, I shut up, because I have nothing against the man aside from his established levels of ineptitude from 2000 until about two weeks ago.

While we wait for Rivas to cool off, please head over to The Hardball Times to read my column for today. It deals with a wide range of topics, including ...

- Richard Hidalgo

- Belly buttons

- Bobby Crosby

- Joe Mauer

- Brad Pitt

- Richard Pryor


- The new King of ESPN.com

- The old King of ESPN.com

- Superman

- Johan Santana

- Golf, sort of

And I might be missing a few things. As you can tell, I had a lot on my mind. Go check it out ...

The Hardball Times: News, Notes and Quotes (June 18, 2004)

See ya Monday ...

Today's picks:

New York (Vazquez) -160 over Los Angeles (Weaver)

Tampa Bay (Halama) +210 over Arizona (Johnson)

Total to date: -$2,620

W/L record: 104-140 (3-2 yesterday for +125.)

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