Thursday, March 16, 2006

Barry Bonds quest!

Despite being hounded by allegations of steroids use in two upcoming books and slowed by his knees, Barry Bonds is in midseason form at the plate. He is 7-for-9 with three home runs and a double in four games. In the lineup on back to back days for the first time this spring, Bonds homered for the second straight day and made a brief appearance in left field in the Giants’ 10-6 victory Wednesday march 15 over the Milwaukee Brewers. Now, it is just a question of whether his surgically repaired right knee is ready for the daily rigors of playing in the field is still moving gingerly on his right knee, which underwent three operations last year. Barry Bonds is still moving gingerly on his right knee, which underwent three operations last year. Bonds played in left for the second time this spring, leaving after his homer in the bottom of the second inning. After getting no chances in four innings in the field Sunday against San Diego, Bonds got a ball hit his way in the first inning. With the Giants able to use the designated hitter in only six games this season, Bonds will need to get plenty of time in left field if the team is going to complete in the National League West. Bonds has 708 home runs in his career, seven shy of passing Babe Ruth and 48 away from breaking Hank Aaron’s career record of 755. The way Bonds is hitting this spring, it might not take him long to move past Babe Ruth into second place on the all-time home run list, that if, if teams pitch to him when the games begin to count.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

South Korea proves unbeatable once again as they captivate another victory!

South Koreans captivated another victory over the USA team in the World Baseball Classic at the Angel Stadium. They shared this marvelous victory in the presence of large amount of audience recently. The team once again emerged as the only unbeatable team as it registered its victory with a brilliant score of 7-3.

Yeop Lee the first baseman hit another home run, his fifth tournament. Hee-Seop Choi slugged his first -- in a pinch-hit role -- and the Korea pitching staff stymied the best lineup it has seen so far in the 16-team tournament as Korea improved to 2-0 in Round 2 and 5-0 overall.

The Korea national baseball team is the national team of South Korea. This team participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000. The team was made up of exclusively proletarian players till 2000. The team included players from the Korean Baseball Organization and Korean players from Japanese Professional Baseball at the time of Summer Olympics in 2000. The team playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic also includes Korean players from Major League Baseball. In the Classic, the team played in and won Pool A. Now they are heading towards round two.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Iverson out, injured!

Allen Iverson was hurt near the end of the first half of Philadelphia’s victory at Memphis on Sunday. An MRI on Iverson’s ankle and foot on Monday revealed the foot was bruised and sprained. Iverson’s right foot will keep him out of the Philadelphia 76ers’ lineup for at least one game and possible three more. He will not play against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night and is doubtful for the Sixers’ upcoming three-game road trip. Iverson did not return after being carried to the locker room and left the arena wearing a walking boot. He is the NBA’s second leading scorer with an average of 33.2 points per game. Iverson drove to the right and took a shot from the right baseline as the shot clock expired on the play. Iverson said he was injured when he landed on some people sitting along the baseline after falling out of bounds. But when Iverson sat out the second half with a sprained right ankle, the 76ers took the lead in the final minute and held on to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 94-91. Chris Webber picked up the slack with 31 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high nine assists to lead Philadelphia, which had lost its last three games by a combined eight points. But without Iverson, the Sixers’ chances of climbing in the standings are very little. A seven time All-Star, four-time scoring champion and former league MVP, Iverson is averaging 7.4 assists and is shooting 45.2 percent in his 10th season in Philadelphia.