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Former Red Sox great, Jim Rice, has proved that he has no idea what he is talking about. Rice went to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, site of the Little League World Series, to give advice to the stars of tomorrow.

His advice? Do not use today’s major leaguers as role models.

That’s actually not a bad idea. But then he seems to call out the wrong superstars.

“You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod, you see Derek Jeter … Guys that I played against and with, these guys you’re talking about cannot compare.”

He continues with, “We didn’t have the baggy uniforms. We didn’t have the dreadlocks. It was a clean game, and now they’re setting a bad example for the young guys.”

Really? Because we all know how baggy Derek Jeter’s uniform is, and how he lets his hair grow out like nothing. He’s just dirty looking, and only out for his own stats.

Then, when asked who are some current major leaguers that are Hall of Fame worthy, he says, Ichiro Suzuki (yes), Ken Griffey, Jr. (yes) and Jim Thome? Wait, you mean the same Jim Thome, who has less hits than Edgar Renteria? He doesn’t have 2,000 hits, no MVP’s, 3rd on the all-time strikeouts list, and a .229 post-season BA? Not to mention, Jim Thome is under the cloud of the “Steroid Era”. No great hitter, of the Steroid Era, will go without questioning. That includes Jim Thome.

Mr. Rice, you may want to go check yourself. Derek Jeter has been nothing but the model baseball player. If I had kids, I would want them to idolize Derek Jeter. And not because I’m a Yankees fan, it’s because of what he represents. It’s not everyday that you see a bi-racial superstar, who is as humble as can be, doesn’t cheat, and plays the game the right way.

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So, my original goal was to have all my friends come on and blog about what they wanted, whenever. Well one of those friends took that idea and created his own great blog, but I have another one who wants to add to the site.

Please, give a warm welcome to Sergio, who will be a constant contributor to TRSP. He will cover College Football, Boxing, Soceer, Dallas Cowboys coverage and anything else sports related he feels like.

Little bit about him – he is not Puerto Rican (hense the addition of “& Co.” to the title). Born in Maryland, he’s pretty much lived in Texas all his life. We’ve been going to school together and known each other now for about 7 years. If you want to contact him, we’ve got his Facebook right here.

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My Apologies

I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been real busy with school and finals lately, along with some personal issues. I just wanted to say that my 2nd round predictions, that were never posted, are looking alright. I picked Cleveland to sweep, Orlando in 6, Los Angeles in 5, and Denver in a sweep…so not to shabby right now. As long as the teams I picked to win come through for me, I’ll be happy.

I will be posting my Conference Finals predictions, as soon as the 2nd round is over, and I will be posting some Spurs off-season talk, and Yankees talk soon, along with random off-topic quick hits, just to keep myself busy. Lastly, I do plan on getting into Fantasy Baseball talk (since I’m an addict), and I also wanted to address the Manny Ramirez situation eventually.

Be on the lookout today or tomorrow for a new post.

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