Saturday, October 29, 2011

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT...

Well, the National League's version of the Yankees won the World Series.
If ony Tony LaRussa could be the new Robin Ventura...

Friday, October 28, 2011

THE THING THAT WOULDN'T DIE

That was a great ballgame.
Game 7 of the World Series will be tonight.
Those freakin' Cardinals won't die.
St. Louis was down to their last strike of the season - TWICE - and each time they found a way to comeback.
David Freese hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th to beat Texas
10-9.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RACKAPALOOZA

Game 6 of the World Series was rained-out.
The HBWHOF is almost ready to wrap-it-up until Spring Training.
Last week's RACK-OFF! has resulted in our first-ever unanimous winner!!
Racks on the Rocks was completely dominated by Contestant #1 who took 100% of the votes!!!!



That's the last RACK-OFF! of the 2011 season. What a way to end it!
Don't worry, the HBWHOF is not going to leave you empty-handed.
I've got a special treat.
Here's British Bombshell Lucy Pinder in the newest edition of NUTS...








Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WIN ONE MORE

The Rangers beat the Cards 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
C'mon, beat those Cards!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

IT CONTINUES...

The Cardinals SMOKED the Rangers 16-7.
Albert Pujols went 5-for-6. He hit 3 homers. He had 6 RBIs.
He tied Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson for the most home runs in a World Series game.
The Cards lead the series 2-1.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

RACK-OFF!

This week's RACK-OFF! is Racks on the Rocks.
You know the drill. Place your votes in the box in the upper, right-hand corner...

Rocks #1



Rocks #2

RACK-OFF! WINNER

The winner of last week's RACK-OFF! was Adrianne Curry's Laptop Rackage which garnered 56% of the popular vote...

HO HUM

Wind chill and a possibility of rain for tonight's October classic.
Gee, go figure!
There's no Yankees. No Red Sox. No Phillies. No Cubs (Once, again,
go figure!).
...And because there are no big market teams in the Fall Classic - the television ratings will probably hit an all-time low...
The HBWHOF is, obviously, pulling for the representative from the American League.
Go Texas!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PRINCE WILL GET A KING'S RANSOM

The World Series begins tomorrow. Game 1 is Wednesday at 8:05 PM.
C.J. Wilson vs Chris Carpenter from Busch Stadium.

Where do you think this guy will go? Are the Yankees going to be in the bidding? New York already has a $180 million first baseman in Mark Teixeira. Fielder will probably get more than that...he's a 27 year old, moonshot-beltin' free agent and his former team can't afford him...

Monday, October 17, 2011

SPORTS KINDA SUCKED THIS WEEKEND

Golly gee, what a crappy weekend!
First the Tigers got eliminated by the Rangers.
Then, on Sunday, the Lions lost their 1st game of the season.
The 49ers beat the Lions 25-19 and the postgame coaches-handshake turned into a minor skirmish.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was a bit too pumped for Jim Schwartz' liking when they exchanged pleasantries after the 49ers win. Schwartz chased Harbaugh back toward the tunnel and players on both teams got involved in some shoving.
Supposedly, Schwartz was upset about some expletives that accompanied the Harbaugh handshake and slap-on-the-back.





Then, to wrap-up a brutal weekend, the freakin' Cardinals are going to the World Series!
St. Louis beat Milwaukee 12-6 to eliminate the Brewers.
I hate the Cards and everything they stand for...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A ROUGH NIGHT

Imagine getting beat-up by your "little brother" over-and-over...
MSU beat Michigan 28-14.
That's 4 years straight, man!
Can you say "Quadruple Paul Bunyan?"



The Detroit Tigers 2011 season has come to an end.
The Texas Rangers clobbered the Tigers 15-5 to win the American League pennant.
There's no need for me to go into the miserable details...I'm sure no one wants to re-live the nightmare. Suffice it to say that the Tigers had an excellent season and the Rangers deserve to be in the World Series...and, hopefully, win it.
I can't stand the St. Louis Cardinals...and Texas has NEVER won a World Series. They were on the losing-end last year when the Giants captured their first WS in 56 years.
It's Texas' turn to win the whole enchilada! They've been stymied for A LONG TIME - they began as the Washington Senators, became the Minnesota Twins in 1961 and, finally, the Texas Rangers in 1971!
Nelson Cruz was the ALCS MVP after cranking 6 homers and 13 RBIs over the 6 games!
Miguel Cabrera went YARD twice!
Great season Tigers...Good luck Rangers.




Gratuitous Rangers chicks pics...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TWO BIG ONES

Two BIG games on tap today, kiddies!
Tonight: Max Scherzer vs Derek Holland at 8:05 PM



Today: Michigan vs Michigan State at 12:00 PM
FOX Sports Girls Lauren & Allison showing their allegiance...




Miranda Kerr just finished a new lingerie photoshoot for Victoria’s Secret...



Have I ever shown you pics of Miranda Kerr jogging with Heidi Klum - from the HBWHOF archives?




Friday, October 14, 2011

A BIG WIN

JV came through.
Justin Verlander pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowed 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and struck out 8 Texas batters.
The Tigers beat the Rangers 7-5.
Yesterday, I was lamenting the lack of hitting by the Detroit lineup...on Thursday night, the Tigers racked-up 10 hits. Ryan Raburn, Delmon Young and, even,
Alex Avila went DEEP! Young hit two!! Detroit was hitting so well that, in the 6th inning, they cranked a single, double, triple and homer - in order! It was the 1st time four consecutive batters on one team hit for a "natural" cycle in a postseason game!! How's that for HOT bats!!!
With Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit unavailable, Leyland used Phil Coke as his closer. Coke got his first career postseason save.
It was a HUGE win for Detroit.
The one dark spot was they, again, refused to intentionally walk Nelson Cruz???
The result - Cruz hit his 5th home run of the series!!!!
The Tigers stay alive and head back to Texas.
Game 6: Max Scherzer vs Derek Holland at 8:05 PM on Saturday.

Guess who was the first guy to the top of the dugout steps, after Alex Avila hit a home run?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

A MUST WIN & THE STATE OF THE NATION

The Texas Rangers lead the ALCS 3-1.
The reason: Detroit's NOT hitting.
The Tigers are getting great pitching. On Monday, Max Scherzer went 6 innings. The game was tied 3-3 until Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam in the 11th inning.
On Tuesday, Doug Fister pitched a 7 1/3 inning gem and kept the Rangers potent lineup in the dirt all night. The Tigers won 5-2...because their hitters couldn't do anything with Fister's sinkers. On Wednesday night, Rick Porcello went 6 2/3 innings and the score was, once again, tied 3-3 until Nelson Cruz cranked a 3-run homer to give the Rangers a 7-3 lead.
Verlander keeps getting rained on - so he can't get a quality start.
So, Detroit starters went 6, 7 1/3 and 6 2/3 innings over the last 3 games and allowed a total of 7 earned runs. Over those last 3 games, Texas starters went
2 2/3, 5 2/3 and 5 innings and allowed 9 earned runs.
Clearly, the Tigers' starters are kicking ass!
So, Detroit has the better pitching.
Over the past 4 games the Tigers have accumulated 28 hits...the Rangers have put up 39 hits!
Last night, the ONLY dude in the Rangers' lineup without a hit was Adrian Beltre - and he's got a legitimate excuse since his legs are black & blue from Fister's bullets fouling off his stems!! Last night, Austin Jackson, Delmon Young,
Don Kelly, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta and Ramon Santiago put up ZEROS!!
When half of your lineup goes hitless, you're not going to win a playoff game.
The Detroit bats need to wake-up.
...and you can't blame the losses on Leyland because he's made some remarkable decisions. Most managers wouldn't even have put Brandon Inge on the playoff roster after the anemic season he endured. Last night, Inge went YARD to keep the Tigers in it through extra innings! Leyland also stuck with Al Alburquerque, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 7th inning!!
Detroit MUST win their next 3 games - or their season is over.
This afternoon: Justin Verlander vs C.J. Wilson



They're going NUTS in Boston over the state of the Boston Red Sox!
Francona's gone. Now, Boston GM, Theo Epstein, is packing his bags to guide the Chicago Cubs. New reports claim that Red Sox starters Josh Beckett,
Jon Lester, and John Lackey sat in the clubhouse drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games while their teammates tried to salvage their season in September!!
It gets worse - Francona lost control of the club. He was living in a hotel after his 30-year marriage collapsed. And now...David Ortiz is talking about leaving Boston to play for the Yankees!!!
Oh, how I wish I was at the Roisin Dubh (The Black Rose) in Boston, sitting at the bar with a pint, wallowing in the cries of anguish...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RACK-OFF!

Today we've got a faceless RACK-OFF!
The RACK belongs to Adrianne Curry. You kids remember her? She was the first winner of America's Next Top Model and she WAS married to Peter Brady (Christopher Knight) from The Brady Bunch.
Adrianne is very fond of sending pics of her rackage via TWITTER.
Here's her latest - it's Laptop Rackage...




...vs Beach Bikini Rackage...

A TIE!

Geez, low voter turnout for RACK-OFF! last week!
Also, the voting ended in a dead heat - a tie between the always-popular
self-portrait...



...and the pose-for-the-sneaky-boyfriend...

TIGERS CLAWING THEIR WAY BACK

How about Dougie Fister?
7 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, no walks and 3 Ks for a 5-2 Tigers win.
Fister was pounding the strike zone with sinkers all night long. Adrian Beltre, in particular, took a beating because he kept fouling Fister's pitches off his legs. Beltre took one off the shin, thigh and knee - he got beat-up!



Austin Jackson went 3-for-5. Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Victor Marinez hit homers.
V-Mart strained his ribcage(oblique?) after going DEEP and it was evident when he, gingerly, rounded the bases.



Game 4: Today at 4:19 PM - Rick Porcello vs Matt Harrison.

At the HBWHOF it's Recycle Day, so to celebrate here's Claudia Verela...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

YOU WIN SOME...YOU LOSE SOME

Well, one Detroit team was victorious on Monday.
The Tigers and Rangers were tied 3-3 until the bottom of the 11th when Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history to beat Detroit
7-3.
It was Cruz' 2nd homer of the game.
How nice is this for Detroit pitchers? After facing Hamilton, Young, Beltre and Napoli - they get to pitch to the HOT bat of Cruz! That's his 3rd dinger in the ALCS!!




The Rangers lead the series 2-0.
Game 3 tonight: Doug Fister vs Colby Lewis at 8:05 PM.

On a much brighter note - the Detroit Lions looked like world-beaters!
The Lions beat the Chicago Bears 24-13 on Monday Night Football.
The Lions are now 5-0 for the first time since 1956!!
Detroit made the Bears look pathetic. Chicago committed 9 false start penalties and Bears' QB Jay Cutler was sacked 3 times.
Jahvid Best ran for 163 yards, including an 88-yard TD!
Next Sunday: 49ers vs Lions 1:00 PM at Ford Field.



Monday, October 10, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE HOT BASEBALL WIFE HALL OF FAME...

BIG GAMES TODAY

We have a great afternoon/evening of sports to enjoy for our Canadian Thanksgiving: Tigers baseball and Lions football.
Game 2 of the ALCS was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Monday afternoon at 4:19 PM.
The Tigers also learned that Magglio Ordonez will miss the rest of the postseason because he re-fractured his surgically repaired right ankle!
Delmon Young is, already, unavailable for the ALCS with a strained left oblique. That's two pretty big bats out of the lineup...



Following in the footseps of the Tigers' playoff towels, the Lions will distribute 50,000 pink towels to the fans at Ford Field for tonight's Lions - Bears game on Monday Night Football.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will supply the towels as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month...


Sunday, October 9, 2011

SCHERZER WILL EVEN-IT-UP

The Tigers' bats were MIA on Saturday night.
The Rangers beat the Tigers 3-2.
...and WTF is with the rain? In Texas?? Two freakin' rain delays that totalled
1 hour, 50 minutes!
There's a raincloud following the Tigers! The rain delays were the first at Rangers Ballpark since May 24th!! This season the Rangers endured one of the hottest and driest summers ever in North Texas, including 27 games when the temperature was 100 degrees or more!!!
Justin Verlander didn't have his best stuff and the 2nd rain delay put him out of the game.
All 3 runs were charged to Verlander, who only pitched 4 innings. Rick Porcello, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry pitched scoreless relief for the remainder of the game.
Austin Jackson had the lone RBI and scored the other run on a wild pitch.
Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz had the 3 RBIs for Texas. Cruz cranked a homer off Verlander.
Both teams left 9 runners on base. The 3,4,5,6 hitters in the Rangers lineup are DEADLY! They're like the baseball equivalent of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli!!! There's some unbelievable power there...
Having said that - I still think Max Scherzer can neutralize those big bats and even-up the series for the Tigers tonight.
I'd like to, personally, thank FOX for bringing-in A.J. 'Douche' Pierzynski to help with baseball coverage...WTF???

Tonight: Max Scherzer vs Derek Holland at 7:45 PM.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

NL'S ALL SET...ALCS GAME 1 TONIGHT

Two more Game 5's.
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0.
Geez, who would've thought Roy Halladay would lose a game 5? Cards' hurler Chris Carpenter threw a complete game, 3-hit shutout.

ALCS Game 1: Justin Verlander vs C.J. Wilson at 8:05 PM.

Since this week's RACK-OFF! features mirrored rackage, I thought I'd post my two favourites...Lilly Robbins...



...and Brooklyn Decker...

Friday, October 7, 2011

TIGERS WIN...JUST LIKE I SAID

The HBWHOF is a baseball prophet.
As you all know by now - the Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees in
5 games.
Doug Fister got the win. Fister pitched 5 innings. During those 5 innings Yankees' skipper, Joe Girardi, brought 4 pitchers to the mound - Ivan Nova,
Phil Hughes, Boone Logan and CC Sabathia!
Fister allowed a single run - a homer by Robinson Cano.
Delmon Young homered again - his 3rd of the series. He became the first player in Tigers' history with 3 homers in a single postseason series!!
V-Mart drove-in the winning run with a 2-out single in the 5th inning.
So, before the series began, I called it in 5 games and picked Fister, Young and
V-Mart as the series heroes.
Yep, a freakin' baseball prophet.

Oh, by the way, the Tigers won 3-2 and head to Texas to play the Rangers in the ALCS.
The Big Potato whiffed A-Rod to take the whole enchilada...



He also sawed-off Cano...



Your series heroes...Delmon goes DEEP for #3...



V-Mart drives-in the winning run...



Doug Fister gets the 'W'...



The Tigers do my favourite thing: Make Yankees' fans SAD...



That's a shame...



...and I'd like to end this post with a little tribute...I'm the father of 4 wonderful daughters. Being a Dad is a full-time job. There is NO better Dad in baseball than Victor Martinez. V-Mart takes his son EVERYWHERE. I've chronicled their journey during the season. Enjoy the ride...