Maiden Voyage

This is my first foray into the world of blogging. I don’t know if that makes me a dinosaur or not, but as they say in the cliched world of sports it is what it is. I pitched for 9 seasons in the big leagues and a few more in the minor leagues. I spent six years with the astros and currently serve as the tv analyst for their road games. I’m here to talk ball and whatever else makes sense.

Clemens_1 Last night i had the pleasure of watching the Clemens- Maddux match-up at Minute Maid . It is remarkable what they have been able to do. They are not merely clinging to their past, they continue to excel and in Rogers case dominate. The rocket could easily be 5-0, but has absolutely no run support. A soccer team would put more points on the board for him. It may be that the hitters are becoming so aware of their struggles with him pitching that they are pressing and not having good at bats. "We never score for Roger" may  becoming a self fulfilling prophecy. Of course the club has struggled to score runs no matter who is on the hill, so its more likely a case of a team that is iBerkmann a funk. The return of Lance Berkman will clearly help and if the starting pitching continues to pitch at such a high level than this team can turn it around. One thing  I can say with confidence is that Garner, Bagwell and Biggio will not let this team stop competing.

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Dear JD:

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Hey JD, welcome to the world of blogging!

JD:
As an Astros fan out of area (in Maryland), I think I might not be grasping why the team’s offense is so woeful. I feel like this team is getting unbelieveable starting pitching and solid relief, but not help on the other side of the equation (even with Berkman being back). Do you think this issue will be addressed now the Bags has been placed on the DL or will the team try to get by with same cast of characters>>Lamb @ 1st, Palmeiro and Vizcaino filling in the OF and IF respectively. Clemens ERA is 1.10, Pettite 3.33, & Oswalt 4.02. These pitchers only have 8 WINS to show for the output in 22 starts. I tired of seeing the team give games away. I just don’t get it. Maybe you can lend some insight.

THANKS FOR THE BLOG.

AARON OF A’s ARSENAL

A FRUSTRATED ASTROS FAN

Hey JD,
This is great! Donn didn’t realize Timmy was getting so big. Looking forward to reading every posting!

Bevy

Name the pitcher who gave up the only home run your older brother ever hit after little league

The pitcher who gave up the only home run his older brother ever hit would be Jim Deshaies. I believe it was the summer of 1979 in Fort Covington New York.

Yes, Steve. You are right on.The next two times up he struck me out on some really nasty curve balls. The moral victory for me was the fact that he did not throw that 90 plus miles an hour fast ball. Just like the one I deposited over the center field fence at the fort.

JD:

Welcome to the internet and the 21st Century!!!

Congrats on the great pro career and the transition into Broadcasting.

My question is:

Is it true that you are the second best pitcher in the Deshaies line? Rumor has it that there is a tall thin 13 year old Righty who is mowing ’em down in the Jersey Shore Leagues?

Plus there is some old guy with bad knees limping around humming “Glory Days” by Springsteen.

Hi JD,

Not to take anything away from Larry Dierker, but you do a fabulous job doing the tv play-by-play. I much prefer your commentary because I like your sense of humor. (and heaven knows we’ve needed that the last few months…) Anyway, any chance we’ll see you most of the time, or are the two of you splitting duties?

Thanks

Birthday wishes to JD. June 23, 1960. How time flies !

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