Happy July Everyone
As evidenced by my Twitter timeline, I was at the Orioles game last night. Heather and I had an awesome time and good seats. It was great. The only problem was the drive home. We kept driving in and out of a severe thunderstorm and it took 3.5 hours to get home. It sucked. But the Orioles won, and Jim Johnson got his 100th career save. Chris Davis hit home run number 31, an Orioles’ record for homers prior to the All Star Break. Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also homered. Brian Roberts finally returned to the line up and the roar from the crowd when he came to the plate was awesome to hear. One of the only good players through the rough times in Baltimore and he will always be a fan favorite. The game got scary at the end, but the Orioles were able to pull it off.
Since I was driving most of the day, I wasn’t able to see the second most important game of the day, the Confederations Cup Final. Joe tweeted at me about the David Luiz save.
That’s what center backs do. always have the goalkeepers back. @gregdanchik
— Joe Meola (@brosephmeola) June 30, 2013
I found the video on my phone. My jaw dropped. That was insane. Unbelievable effort by Luiz. Now, I think that play may have been demoralizing to Spain. Since I didn’t watch the game, I can’t say for sure. However, I would think that Luiz making that save and Neymar putting away a goal 4 minutes later probably put Spain in a hole, mentally and physically, that they could not overcome. Brazil added another tally late to seal their 3rd straight Confederations Cup championship.
Chris Paul agreed in principle to a deal with the Clippers. I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. Once the Clippers traded for Doc Rivers, there was no way he was going anywhere. So, one of the two big 2013 free agents has made his decision. Dwight Howard, obviously, has not decided what he wants to do. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone given the fiasco in Orlando a season and a half ago. I think he is going to sign with the Rockets. James Harden and Howard should be a good combo, but will Howard be okay playing second fiddle? I am not sure what Houston is thinking, but personally, I think Harden is a star and should be the main man in Houston. I want to see how they play together, if Howard does go to Houston.
I also want to see if Rajon Rondo gets traded to Dallas. I read somewhere that the Mavericks were going to make a run at him with Shane Larkin as the main piece of a package. If the Celtics are all in on the rebuilding process, they may want to make this trade for Larkin and a couple first rounders and whatever pieces make the money side of things work. I bet the Celtics could also dump a contract or two on the Mavs in a trade like this. I think Bill Simmons would want it to be Gerald Wallace.