Get the popcorn.June 30, 2004: Following a 13-6 loss at the hands of the Orioles, Royals star Carlos Beltran lets loose in the post-game conference when asked about a potential third trade. In the rant, Beltran says "They (MLBPA) never asked me whether I was ok with the move. Not to San Francisco, not to Chicago. I don't think they asked Zach (Greinke) about it either. It's bullshit. If they cared about player wellbeing like they are supposed to, then why wasn't I called to see what I thought of the move? Why wasn't Zach? Both teams agreed, and all of us players were ready to go. I don't think this is good for the game." Upon discovery of the MLBPA's practices in handling the trades, more outrage is sparked.
Good News Beltran, we're in July, so a trade wouldn't be so blatant tanking.June 30, 2004: Following a 13-6 loss at the hands of the Orioles, Royals star Carlos Beltran lets loose in the post-game conference when asked about a potential third trade. In the rant, Beltran says "They (MLBPA) never asked me whether I was ok with the move. Not to San Francisco, not to Chicago. I don't think they asked Zach (Greinke) about it either. It's bullshit. If they cared about player wellbeing like they are supposed to, then why wasn't I called to see what I thought of the move? Why wasn't Zach? Both teams agreed, and all of us players were ready to go. I don't think this is good for the game." Upon discovery of the MLBPA's practices in handling the trades, more outrage is sparked.
This is great. Small nitpick, but you misspelled Peoria and Jameer Nelson. But it was greatI will do the rest of the top 10 for the NBA Draft
Ernie Johnson: So here comes the new expansion NBA the Charlotte Bobcats and their pick as let’s see what they have in store for 3rd overall
“With the 3rd pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Charlotte Bobcats select Josh Childress from the University of Stanford”
Mike Tirco: So the rumors that we heard that the Bobcats were interested in him turned out to be true and Childress goes 3rd overall hoping to be the first player to make some what of a impact in the history of the new Bobcats franchise.
“With the 4th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Atlanta Hawks select Loul Deng from Duke University”
Ernie Johnson: So Loul Deng who recently had a bit of a stock boost ends up going 4th overall to the Hawks as they hope for him to be a replacement for Rasheed Wallace in Atlanta
“With the 5th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Chicago Bulls select Ben Gordon from Connecticut University.”
Ernie Johnson: Now while Ben Gordon may celebrate being a member of the Bulls for now that might not last long because according to our own Jay Blias there might be a trade soon explain more Jay
Jay Blias: Thanks Erine yeah we are expecting the Bulls to trade this pick of Ben Gordon to the Bucks for whoever they pick at 7 and expect the Bulls also to give away their 2nd round pick and Jamal Crawford to Milwaukee in this deal.
Ernie Johnson: Wow Jay! They are seriously about rebuilding in Chicago if has been tough for the franchise since Jordan left for good in 99.
“With the 6th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Clippers select Devin Harris from Wisconsin University.”
Ernie Johnson: Well the Clippers get someone who could very well replace one of their top shooters of the past couple seasons in Qutien Richardson and it’s Devin Harris. Don’t expect any trades of this pick.
“With the 7th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Milwaukee Bucks select Shaun Livingston from Perioa High School in Perioa Illinois.”
Ernie Johnson: Well don’t expect Livingston to be here for long as he will probably be shipped off to Chicago soon for Ben Gordon but for time being he will enjoy being a member of a the team who drafted him.
“We have a trade to announce the Chicago Bulls have traded the draft rights of Ben Gordon and their 1st 2nd round pick of the 2004 NBA Draft and Jamal Crawford to the Milwaukee Bucks to in return for the draft rights of Shaun Livingston and a 2006 1st round pick.
Anyways with the 8th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft the New York Knicks select Andre Iguodala from Arizona University.””
Mike Trico: Well guys I think the Knicks fans here like this pick! *The camera shows the Knicks fans in the arena approving of the pick.*
“With the 9th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Toronto Raptors select Andris Biedrins from the country of Lavita who last played for BK Skonto in Riga Lavtia”
Stephen A Smith: Now I know they have Shaq now in Toronto as their franchise Center and they extended him but Biderins is someone I believe that you can put in as a Power Forward in times when Bosh is not in the position of being a Power Foward so this pick makes sense.
“With the 10th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft the Seattle SuperSonics select Jammer Nelson from St Joepsh’s University.”
Mike Tirco: So the SuperSonics at Pick 10 end up with who was arguably the best player in college basketball last season and almost led his St Joepsh Hawks to a perfect season.
Stephen A Smith: I think with this selection Seattle has gotten their next big superstar in their franchise’s history.
Some really intriguing picks here. Obviously, Ovi to Columbus, and Malkin to Calgary. But also, the Avalanche getting their replacement for Roy, Krecji joining those strong Devils squads of the era, and the Canucks nailing the draft with Mike Green and Pekka Rinne, who is just too good right now. Also, Chicago missing out on Malkin, Wheeler, and Ladd must sting.June 26-28, 2004: NHL draft recap
Top 10 overall slections
Pick 1: Alexander Ovechkin (LW) - Columbus Blue Jackets
Pick 2: Cam Barker (D) - Chicago Blackhawks
Pick 3: Evgeni Malkin (C) - Calgary Flames
Pick 4: Blake Wheeler (RW) - Pittsburgh Penguins
Pick 5: Al Montoya (G) - Phoenix Coyotes
Pick 6: Andrew Ladd (LW) - Washington Capitals
Pick 7: Alexandre Picard (LW) - Carolina Hurricanes
Pick 8: Rostislav Olesz (C) - New York Rangers
Pick 9: Ladislav Smid (D) - Buffalo Sabres
Pick 10: Lauri Tokonen (RW) - Atlanta Thrashers
Other notable selections:
Devan Dubnyk (G) - Los Angeles Kings (12)
Cory Schneider (G) - Colorado Avalanche (24)
Mike Green (D) - Vancouver Canucks (29)
Brandon Dubinsky (C) - Ottawa Senators (55)
Alex Goligoski (D) - Tampa Bay Lightning (59)
David Krejci (C) - New Jersey Devils (62)
Alexander Edler (D) - Edmonton Oilers (86)
Anton Khudobin (G) - Boston Bruins (200)
Pekka Rinne (G) - Vancouver Canucks (256)
Mark Streit (D) - Chicago Blackhawks (261)