Cincinnati Reds

STRIKE-BMC READY TO CARRY YANKEES BACK TO THE POST SEASON.

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The New York Yankees already had a nice one-two punch in the bullpen. Dellin Betances was the bridge to closer Andrew Miller and a Wild-Card berth was secured after two non play-off seaons. However the Yankees secured free agent Aroldis Chapman, the man with the 100 m.p.h fastball, this past off-season.

Chapman being added to the mix has people excited as they see the 7th-9th innings as being a lock and the key to further success as the Yankee front office attempted to make up for a starting staff that is not a sure bet collectively.

The triple threat of Betances, Miller, and Chapman have come into spring training with a nickname already. They will be known as Strike-BMC. And why not. Between these three last year 347 batters whiffed and walked backed to dugouts in disappointment. Miller is interested to see Chapman and how this will all play out.

“I am curious to see him pitch, I have been in the American League and I haven’t seen him pitch at all.”

Miller shared.

This unit is being compared to the Cincinnati Reds Nasty Boys” bullpen of 1990 that consisted of Norm Charlton, Randy Myers, and Rob Dibble. One player has a unique view of comparision. Paul O’Neill, who played on that team.

“It’s a little different because everyone expects it,”

O’Neill recalled,

“The Nasty Boys came about as dominant during the season.”

But comparisons aside, there is one thing these current Yankees would like to duplicate from that Red Menace staff and thats a World Series championship, something the Reds went on to capture in 1990.

CUETO COMPLETE GAME PUTS ROYALS HALFWAY TO TITLE

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The Kansas City Royals made it two for two at home Wednesday Night at Kauffmann Stadium as they defeated the New York Mets 7-1 to take a 2-0 lead in this best of seven series.

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The 2015 World Series spotlight was focused on one man this time. Johnny Cueto, of the Dominican Republic, the pitcher who the Royals added via trade as the hired gun that would put them over the top in this, their second straight appearance in the Fall Classic.

The 29 year old fireballer from San Pedro de Macoris, started his career in 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds. By 2011, he had steadily moved up the depth chart, finishing 2010 at 12-7. He pitched in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies and went five innings, giving up a lone earned run in a loss to Cole Hamels.

He was rewarded with a four year contract at $27 million dollars. However injuries kept him from claiming titles as his pitching style, similiar to Luis Tiant of the 70’s and early 80’s, continued to befuddle batters.

In 2012, Cueto went 19-9 with a 2.78 E.R.A. and pitched the opener against the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, but eight pitches in, he strained his back. He missed his next start.

2013 was a repeat as injuries limited him to 11 starts. His performances continued to be top notch, provided he could take the mound. He was entrusted with the start against the Pirates in the Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh. He was rocked and lasted only 3.1 innings.

Cueto came into his own with his first 20 win season last year becoming the first Red pitcher to do so since Danny Jackson in 1988. He was second in the Cy Young voting.

Entering 2015, Cueto gained his 1,000th career strikeout. But in July, Johnny was traded to Kansas City and threw a shutout in his debut. However, Cueto struggled the rest of the way and it spread to the postseason where he was average in Game 2 vs the Houston Astros. But in the deciding fifth game, he rebounded, striking out eight and retiring the final 19 batters.

He continued to struggle in the ALCS as the Toronto Blue Jays roughed him up for eight runs in a third game loss. But as the 2015 World Series began, the Royals won a 14 inning thriller in the opener and needed a strong starting performance the following night. Cueto responded. He was the first AL pitcher to win a complete game in the World Series since Jack Morris in 1991.

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The man who went 11-13 in 2015 and even would see his brother confused for him in the postgame, won’t be misidentified soon as he outdueled the Mets phenom Jason deGrom and held the New York outfit to one run, only two hits, with four strikeouts in a complete game gem. This win allows the Royals to take a commanding lead into CitiField tonight and allows Kansas City the luxury of only needing to win one out of three to return home with command of the series, provided they don’t clinch in New York. If so Cueto should be ready to pick up the spare and for Kansas City, their first championship since 1985.

What You Didn’t Know about Charlie Sheen

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The always controversial and sometimes tigerblood winning actor of Spanish and Irish descent, Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez. Growing up, his actor father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez also known as Martin Sheen, had bought him and his brother, Emilio Estévez, a Super 8 camera to make home films with their friends and other future actors Tom Cruise, Rob and Chad Lowe, as well as Sean and Chris Penn.

It wasn’t long before Sheen decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor himself. After a few uncredited roles in films that his father starred in, Sheen earned his stripes in films like “Platoon” and “Wall Street” in the 1980s and “Major League” and “Being John Malkovich” in the 1990s.

However, the Hollywood lifestyle started to plague Sheen and he fell into the trappings of drugs. By 1998, he was hospitalized for a cocaine overdose, which stalled his movie career. After going into rehab, Sheen started the 2000s strong by becoming an incredible television presence.

In 2000, Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox on “Spin City” and later won a Golden Globe for his role as Charlie Crawford. Shortly afterwards Sheen had his own sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” and he received several more Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. By 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, making nearly 2 million per episode.

Despite his professional successes, his home life was a mess and eventually threatened his career. After three broken marriages, losing custody of four children, a broken engagement and accusations of domestic violence and  drug abuse, Sheen had a public breakdown. In 2011, he called the creator of Two and a Half, Chuck Lorre, derogatory names after his third failed attempt at rehab resulting in him getting fired from the popular show.

After finding out that he was going to become a grandfather by his eldest daughter in 2012, Sheen started getting his life back on track. He scored another hit show with “Anger Management,” regained temporary custody of his twins from his third marriage and was allowed to visit his two daughters from his second marriage.

Not only has he refocused his life on his children, and grandchild, but he has been and continues to be personally involved in several charities. He has raised and given money towards AIDS research, he  hosted a charity for rescue workers of the 9/11 attacks and he donated money from his “Truth” tour for the Japanese Earthquake relief fund. Also he donated the largest cash sum to the USO ($1 million) and started to raise awareness and funds for The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support.

Fun Facts

  • Charlie Sheen is one of the few recipients of the rare Aids for Aids Angel Award (AFA Angel Award)
  • Sheen is a published poet
  • He has appeared on film with all of siblings, his father and ex-wife Denise Richards
  • He initially dreamt of becoming a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Sheen is responsible for actress Winona Horowitz changing her name to Winona Ryder

 

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