Unluckly Star Wars pilots

I know this is a little off topic, but the staff at Sully Baseball decided to pay tribute to the pilots in the original Star Wars trilogy who got shot down.

These brave pilots bit the dust taking on the Empire.
Let’s honor them by seeing their faces as they blew up.

Porkins (AKA Red 6) shot down by Death Star Cannon Fire. He didn’t eject and he didn’t pull up.

John D (AKA Red 4) shot down by TIE Fighters. He didn’t watch it that he had one on his tail.

Tiree (AKA Gold 2) was the first Y Wing pilot shot down during the Death Star trench run.

Dutch (aka Gold Leader) shot down by Vader in the Death Star trench run. He didn’t stay on target.

The awesome Gold Five informs Red Squadron of the Tie Fighter’s attack strategy after pulling out of the Death Star trench. You see Vader is right behind him and in a moment, Gold Five will be toast.

Red 12 (whose face was never seen) is taken down by Darth Vader in the second Death Star trench run

Red 10, who kinda panicked when the Tie Fighters were closing in and urged Red Leader to fire before he was in range, is shot down by one of Darth Vader’s wingmen. His explosion sounded especially painful.

Red Leader has his engines shot out by Darth Vader and yells as he crashes into the Death Star surface.

Biggs Darklighter (aka Red 3) gets shot down by Darth Vader and Luke’s best buddy bites the dust… poor guy. He thought this whole thing was going to be like Beggar’s Canyon Back Home!

Dak, Luke’s gunner, has his harpoon gun blow up in his face. This on the day he felt like he could take on the whole Empire himself!

If he was still alive after this, he was squished by the Walker’s foot.

(Thanks to Mike Barrick at TheForce.net for pointing out I had missed Dak.)

Zev (AKA Rouge 2) gets shot down by a Walker in the Battle of Hoth. Poor guy. He rescues Han and Luke earlier in the film and THIS is how he gets repaid??

Red 3, an A Wing Pilot flying over Endor, has no idea that two Tie Interceptors are about to wipe him out

An unnamed X Wing pilot (AKA The Black Pilot) is shot down after blowing up a Star Destroyer reactor

A Y Wing Pilot (AKA the guy with the bad ass Bat Insignia on his helmet) is shot down by TIE Fighters and crashes into a Star Destroyer

An unnamed X Wing pilot gets shot down inside the Second Death Star’s Super Structure by TIE Fighters.

Green Leader is shot during his attack run on the Super Star Destroyer. He managed to crash his A Wing into the Bridge, which just lost their deflector shields and caused it to crash into the Death Star, taking poor Admiral Piett with him.

You are all worth a salute.
And for those of you who thought this was in bad taste… these are actors, Star Wars is a movie and it didn’t happen.

Back to baseball.

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How many All Star selections do I agree with?


The All Star selections this year have been some of the strangest and bringing around the most controversy of any year I can remember.

With each roster at 35 players, there really shouldn’t be any MAJOR controversy. The top players should be in there and the arguments should be over fringe players.

Alas, this year there are some whoppers of omissions, including Joey Votto, who I had as the starting DH for the National League, and Paul Konerko and Kevin Youkilis, who are both having amazing years.

Now all three are on the “pick the final player” poll (or whatever it is called) but they should have to sing for their supper. They should be in, no questions asked.

Some players that got in that I didn’t pick I have no problem with… Matt Thornton, Phil Hughes, Jose Valverde… all having nice years.

And I didn’t include David Ortiz nor Victor Martinez on MY list, so I guess you can’t accuse me of excessive Red Sox bias!

But I’m not saying anything that isn’t taking up hours of talk radio time right now.
I suppose that’s why I listed my All Star Roster ahead of the release of the real rosters.

That way I can show it wasn’t second guessing. (Although I forgot that Troy Tulowitzki was on the Disabled List. Whoops.)

So let’s see which All Stars I agreed with and which ones I didn’t.

American League All Stars that I picked as well

(The players voted in by fans)

ROBINSON CANO, Yankees
CARL CRAWFORD, Rays
VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Rangers
JOSH HAMILTON, Rangers
DEREK JETER, Yankees
EVAN LONGORIA, Rays
JOE MAUER, Twins
JUSTIN MORNEAU, Twins
ICHIRO SUZUKI, Mariners
(Pitchers and Reserves That I Also Picked)
ELVIS ANDRUS, Rangers
ADRIAN BELTRE, Red Sox
CLAY BUCHHOLZ, Red Sox
JOHN BUCK, Blue Jays
MIGUEL CABRERA, Tigers
TREVOR CAHILL, A’s
TORII HUNTER, Angels
IAN KINSLER, Rangers
CLIFF LEE, Mariners
JON LESTER, Red Sox
ANDY PETTITTE, Yankees
DAVID PRICE, Rays
MARIANO RIVERA, Yankees
C. C. SABATHIA, Yankees
JOAKIM SORIA, Royals
VERNON WELLS, Blue Jays


American League Players I chose
but didn’t make the All Star Roster
ANDREW BAILEY, A’s
SHIN SOO CHOO, Indians
FELIX HERNANDEZ, Mariners
PAUL KONERKO, White Sox
COLBY LEWIS, Rangers
NICK MARKAKIS, Orioles
MIKE NAPOLI, Angels
JARED WEAVER, Angels
KEVIN YOUKILIS, Red Sox
American League Players that made
the All Star Roster that I DIDN’T pick
JOSE BAUTISTA, Blue Jays
FAUSTO CARMONA, Indians
NEFTALI FELIZ, Rangers
PHIL HUGHES, Yankees
VICTOR MARTINEZ, Red Sox
DAVID ORTIZ, Red Sox
ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
MATT THORNTON, White Sox
JOSE VALVERDE, Tigers
TY WIGGINTON, Orioles
National League All Stars that I picked as well
(The players voted in by fans)

RYAN BRAUN, Brewers
ANDRE ETHIER, Dodgers
YADIER MOLINA, Cardinals
ALBERT PUJOLS, Cardinals
HANLEY RAMIREZ, Marlins
DAVID WRIGHT, Mets

(Pitchers and Reserves That I Also Picked)

MARLON BYRD, Cubs
ADRIAN GONZALEZ, Padres
ROY HALLADAY, Phillies
COREY HART, Brewers
RYAN HOWARD, Phillies
TIM HUDSON, Braves

UBALDO JIMENEZ, Rockies
JOSH JOHNSON, Marlins
TIM LINCECUM, Giants
BRIAN McCANN, Braves
BRANDON PHILLIPS, Reds
SCOTT ROLEN, Reds
TROY TULOWITZKI, Rockies
ADAM WAINWRIGHT, Cardinals
National League Players I chose
but didn’t make the All Star Roster

HEATH BELL, Padres
R. A. DICKEY, Mets
JAIME GARCIA, Cardinals
DAN HAREN, Diamondbacks
MAT LATOS, Padres
MIGUEL OLIVO, Rockies
ROY OSWALT, Astros
COLBY RASMUS, Cardinals
STEPHEN STRASBURG, Nationals
JOEY VOTTO, Reds
BILLY WAGNER, Braves
JAYSON WERTH, Phillies

National League Players that made
the All Star Roster that I DIDN’T pick
MICHAEL BOURN, Astros
JONATHAN BROXTON, Dodgers
MATT CAPPS, Nationals
CHRIS CARPENTER, Cardinals
YOVANI GALLARDO, Brewers
MATT HOLLIDAY, Cardinals
OMAR INFANTE, Braves
EVAN MEEK, Pirates
JOSE REYES, Mets
ARTHUR RHODES, Reds
BRIAN WILSON, Giants
CHRIS YOUNG, Diamondbacks

I am voting for Joey Votto and Kevin Youkilis for the final roster spot… although with Youk going down we might have the sore sight of All Star Nick Swisher.

TO BE CONTINUED

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The 2010 Boston Red Sox… based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

There was a moment in the laboriously titled movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire where I just threw my hands in the air and couldn’t believe everything the filmmakers were putting this poor girl through.

She was beaten, abused, tormented, neglected and every unthinkable offense that a parent could do to their child was done to her.

And then towards the end of the movie as she was starting to find hope in her life, she finds out she has HIV.

I sat back when I was watching it and said “REALLY? She hasn’t gone through enough. This poor fictitious character needs THAT now?”

I know I am going to offend someone when I say this, but I had a similar reaction when I saw Kevin Youkilis go down to injury last night.

REALLY? We need to lose YOUK now?

The disabled list has Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Manny DelCarmen, Victor Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek and pretty soon Kevin Youkilis?

And to top things off they lose a pair of one run games to the Rays?

REALLY?
It won’t be long before Gabourey Sidibe is pitching for the Sox.

Let’s update the tally

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 25

April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
April 21 – 8-7 win against Texas. (The Red Sox were down 4-0 early only to win it on Youk’s 2 out 11th inning double.)
April 23 – 4-3 win against Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 3-0 lead but win it on Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk.)
April 24 – 7-6 win against Baltimore. (The Red Sox score 6 in the 7th and hold off a late Baltimore comeback attempt.)
April 26 – 13-12 win at Toronto. (The Sox blow an early 5-0 lead but hang on for dear life in a slugfest.)
April 27 – 2-1 win at Toronto. (Buchholz holds the Jays down for 8 but it takes a bases loaded walk in the 8th to go ahead.)
April 28 – 2-0 win at Toronto. (Daniel Bard wiggles out of trouble in the 8th to help Lester shut down the Blue Jays and finish the sweep.)
May 4 – 5-1 win against the Angels. (Juan Rivera misplays Jeremy Hermedia’s 2 out flyball into a 3 run game winning double)
May 5 – 3-1 win against the Angels. (Papi and Beltre homer and the Sox hang on despite squandering many potential rallies.)
May 6 – 11-6 win against the Angels. (Dice-K puts the Red Sox in a 4-0 hole before they even bat. The Sox bats respond.)
May 10 – 7-6 win against the Blue Jays. (Sox blow an early 2-0 lead, take advantage of some errors and hang on.)
May 18 – 7-5 win in New York. (Sox climb back from a 5-1 hole. A day after hitting a walk off homer, Marcus Thames drops a fly ball to start the winning rally for the Sox.)
May 25 – 2-0 win in Tampa. (Big Papi supplies all the offense as Papelbon wiggles out of a 9th inning jam.)
May 29 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Zack Greinke holds the Sox to one run, but they make it stick)
June 1 – 9-4 win against Oakland. (Lackey puts the Sox in a 4-0 hole but Victor Martinez goes 5-5 and the Sox score 9 runs late.)
June 2 – 6-4 win against Oakland. (Dice-K puts the Sox in a 3-0 hole before they come to bat, but come back thanks to Papi’s homer.)
June 8 – 3-2 win at Cleveland. (With Papelbon unavailable, Okajima, Ramirez and Bard hang on to make a winner out of Wakefield.)
June 19 – 5-4 win against the Dodgers. (Sox make 4 errors, blow a late lead and let Manny homer, but they win it in the bottom of the 9th on a Pedroia single.)
June 20 – 2-0 win against the Dodgers. (Dodgers blow an early bases loaded scoring opportunity and allow Buchholz to settle down for the win.)
June 24 – 13-11 win in Colorado. (The bullpen lets up 9 runs in 5 innings, but Pedroia homers 3 times including with 2 outs in the 10th to win a wild and stupid game.)
June 26 – 4-2 win in San Francisco. (An injury running the bases takes Buchholz out in the second, but the bullpen and Mike Cameron’s bat and glove win the game.)
July 2 – 3-2 win against the Orioles. (Wakefield gets the win and J.D. Drew homers twice, but it is Nava’s 2 out 8th inning bloop that landed between three fielders that breaks the tie.)

TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 24

April 6 – 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)
April 7 – 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)
April 9 – 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)
April 17 – 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)
April 17 – 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)
April 25 – 7-6 loss to Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 4-1 lead, leave the winning run on second in the 9th, let up 3 in the 10th and could only score 2 in the bottom of the 10th)
April 30 – 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (Tejada ties the game with a 2 out 8th inning homer and wins it with a bloop in the 10th)
May 1 – 12-9 loss in Baltimore. (Dice-K and Wakes get pounded, wasting 2 homers from Ortiz and an early 4-1 lead.)
May 2 – 3-2 loss in Baltimore. (Varitek is thrown at home trying to score with 2 outs in the 8th. Sox get swept in the 10th.
May 12 – 3-2 loss against the Blue Jays. (The Sox rally in the 9th comes up a run short and Kevin Gregg gets an ugly save.)
May 15 – 7-6 loss in Detroit. (The Sox blow a 6-1 lead and lose it on a 2 out bases loaded walk in the 12th.)
May 17 – 11-9 loss in New York. (The Sox come all the way back from a 5-0 first inning hole to take a 9-7 lead in the 9th… but Papelbon lets up a 2 run game tying shot to A-Rod and a 2 run walk off shot to Marcus Thames.)
May 21 – 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Big Papi’s bid for a game tying 9th inning grand slam is caught at the warning track.)
May 274-3 loss to Kansas City. (Dice-K walks the go ahead run in and lets another score on a wild pitch as the Royals no name bullpen shut down the Hot Sox.)
May 28 – 12-5 loss to Kansas City. (Sox blow a 3-0 first inning lead to be blown out in Fenway.)
June 3 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox lose a slugfest where two Boston runners are thrown out at home.)

June 6 – 4-3 loss in Baltimore. (Sox rally to tie the game in the 9th only to lose it on a small ball rally in the 11th.)

June 10 – 8-7 loss in Cleveland. (Sox blow an early 5-0 lead and then after rallying in the 9th to take the lead coughed it up with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th)
June 13 – 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. (Sox 9th inning rally comes up short)
June 22 – 2-1 loss in Colorado. (The Sox waste a solid Lester start and twice leave the bases loaded.)
June 23 – 8-6 loss in Colorado. (The Sox batter Ubaldo Jimenez around but Papelbon lets up 2 homers in the 9th to lose it.)
June 25 – 5-4 loss in San Francisco. (The Sox strand 11 runners in the last 4 innings wasting a solid Wakefield performance.)
July 5 – 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox spoil a 5-1 lead and 2 homers by Eric Patterson when Dice-K and the bullpen couldn’t hold down the Rays.)
July 6 – 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox bats go dead and Kevin Youkilis goes down to injury.)

All the way down to +1.

The Red Sox have to turn to Tim Wakefield… who are the Rays throwing?
Ahhh. Cy Young front runner David Price.

REALLY?

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