JPNese 7/12

The Barons continued to disappoint as they wrapped up the first half on the road.  A three game sweep of Montgomery capped a six game winning streak that had started at home against Mississippi.  The M-Braves got revenge by gaining a four game sweep to bring the Barons back down to Earth.  This is the reason I cannot get my hopes up anymore about this season.  The Barons show signs of competitiveness, then flop.  They are now an awful twenty-seven games under .500 for the year and 7-12 in the second half.  Five games back of the division leading Mississippi.  I've lost track of many more games I have to endure before the season ends.                                                                                                         

Although there were several players who hit well during the pre All Star break road trip, the results were still mediocre at best.  Of course, the pitching staff surrendering forty-four runs in seven games certainly put the pressure on the offense.  Needless to say, I did not miss them while they were out of town.  I am well aware of the fact that the Barons are still in the hunt for a second half crown, there are 51 games total left in the season.  But, to win, you have to sustain some semblence of success and have some luck.  The Barons have no luck and cannot maintain any momentum regardless.  A six game winning streak turns into a poorly played four game losing streak.  It's up and down, but mostly down.  And that has made for a long season.  I love baseball, but I hate hoping for the season to end.  Can the Barons have a magical turnaround like the parent club has had and win twenty-five out of thirty?  I think the season so far speaks for itself.

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On a brighter note, I got to enjoy Barons season ticket holder batting practice this past Tuesday.  Is this the power hitting lefty bat the White Sox so dearly crave, or am I just another Mark Kotsay?  Perhaps Jeff Buchanan can give some analysis on my potential.  They were using a pro style pitching machine, so the ball was everywhere.  It was difficult to make any consistant contact.  Hey, I'd be a perfect fit for the Barons.  Even at 29 years of age, I can still live the dream, or just look absolutely pathetic trying to hit a 45 MPH baseball.

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I'd like to give a shoutout to Barons clubbie Jeff Perro.  I got a chance to chat with him and get to know him the other day at batting practice.  I had a lot of odd questions for that I was always curious about and he answered them all for me.  He also told me about what it's like to be a clubhouse attendant and how he got into the business.  Thanks for the knowledge, Jeff!  Well, the Barons will return home Wednesday for what may be the beginning of a hell of a run to the playoffs, or just to the end of the season...until next time...

 

Cheers,

          JPN  

(Pictured above, me sucking. Click on the Thumbs to view full size.)

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