In the summer of 1999, I remember seeing Tony Gwynn play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Deigo. My father took me to the game and I remember him saying he was on his quest for 3,000 hits. At 9, I still knew that meant something big so I always remembered his name. Later that summer he captured his 3,000 hit against the Montreal Expos in the 1st inning. Dan Smith was the pitcher. The Padres only won 79 games that year, a season after they reached the World Series. Tony Gwynn would retired 3 years later already solidified as "Mr. Padre". He will forever go down as one of the best hitters to play in the big leagues, and he had his own style. I would like to thank Mr. Padre for his contributions into my baseball history. Rest in Baseball Paradise.
This game was real conflicting for me. As a black man I don't want to see any country from the Mother land lose but I live in America, so I have to go with the home team. This was a great game though, probably the best of the Cup so far. We have seen 41 goals in the first 14 matches, a World Cup record, and Dempsey's was the fastest.
This was much needed win for the moral of the American squad being they have lost to Ghana in the 2010 and 2006 World Cup. I was most impressed with how the U.S team strapped down while Ghana was giving them everything they had in the 2nd half. It wouldn't be until the 82nd minute when Ghana's Andre Ayew knocked one in to tie the game. 4 minutes later a substitute, John Brooks, used a textbook header to score the game winning goal. Ballgame.
Looking at the numbers, this was a ugly game that the U.S was supposed to lose. The only thing they beat Ghana in was fouls. Like I said, their defense was impressive. As you can see they lost the possession battle by a large amount and the shots also. It seemed like Ghana had the ball the entire 2nd half but they struggled to capitalized. United States really stood like a wall in front of the goal and worked as a unit. At one point I thought they were allowing Ghana to gain so many possessions just to prove they could stop them.
They can not play like this against Germany or any of the powerhouses if they really want to win the Cup. They will see the field again until Sunday to face Portugal, who suffered a 4-0 loss to Germany.
*Jozy Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in the 23rd minute. He will be examined Tuesday morning. Portugal is without there best defender, PePe, because of red card foul vs. Germany.*
The outright favorite of the "Group of Death" showed the world how dominate they really are. They really constricted Portugal, making forget that Ronaldo was there. A lot of the experts have been saying that without Ronaldo, who came into the Cup with a leg injury, they are averaged at best. As of now that look to be true or Germany could also be that good. I don't know who performance look more dominant, theirs or Netherlands 4-0 of the defending champs.
The O's can't suffer another loss in this series if they want to gain some ground on the Blue Jays. I still think no matter what its still early in the season where anything can change. Plus our best batters haven't got hot yet, and I'm very confident at some point they will catch fire. And attention to the AL EAST, can we please not give the Rays life?