it escalated. After taking into consideration approximately 40 minutes
into the game between the Yanks and Rays tonight the fact that I
probably should of saved yesterday’s headline to describe this
miserable one at the Trop instead of yesterday’s at Kauffman [which now
seems like skittles and rainbows in comparison], I’ve settled for
pushing myself to express how painfully dredful this game was in the
worse possible way I can [partially because it’d make me feel better and mainly because I can].
The man still claiming to be Chein-Ming Wang:
… and actually, awful doesn’t even begin to cover it.
The Downright Criminal:
Take your pick. We have:
– The siiiiick Willie Mays type play that robbed Nady in the second.
– The play by Crawford to rob Swish of a double bagger, which clearly established the game as utterly unfair in the 6th.
– The multiple defiant pop ups from hell that just would not give the Yanks a break.
– Cody Ransom’s presence.
– Carlos Friggin Peña.
The Hilariously Awesome:
the mere use of the word awesome, you should already know who I’m
talking about: Nick Swisher. Because 1). Wang was so splendid 2.) the
Yanks brilliantly don’t have a long man and 3.) the pen was luckily
already running low on ammo, the mastermind was forced to bring out his not so secret weapon: DJ Swish a.k.a. Stun Gun [that will be his new nickname] to pitch the 8th:
The moment I saw him on the mound was the moment I finally appreciated my
blessing of being uncontrollably compelled to watch all 9 innings of every game I sit
down for, no matter how disastrous. I swear, that was the single most
hilarious thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. Not only did he do his job tonight [knocking one over the fences], he did the pen’s too… Nick Swisher was the man.. now, he may very well be Jesus.
hilarious as it was, how sad is it that Swish was the only guy who did not allow a run tonight and actually notched a K off Kapler, all while topping out at the high 70’s, while the fellas who get paid to pitch allowed 15 runs?
Comparison of the ERA’s Tonight:
One more aspect of Nick Swisher’s awesomeness: the fact that he took
the time to tip his cap to Carl Crawford following that play listed
under The Downright Criminal that robbed him in the 6th. Great guy.
I swear, I’ll never get used to the Rays as contenders. From last place
to American League champs in a the span of a year and
suddenly Rays fans fill their ballpark and dare to chant [rather loudly]
“Yankees Suck”… You know baseball ain’t what it used to be when those [formerly] bullied start to punch back.
– As per Pete Abraham – Swisher’s post game interview:
To also add to The Awful list: the deaths of both Harry Kalas &
Mark Fidrych.. I don’t know what is with tragedy’s stranglehold on
baseball so far this season, but I hope this the last of it.. Rest in
peace to both men.
On Deck: Payback.
P.S. Just watched the 8th over again on the encore on YES [because I have no life] and three more hilarious things I noticed: First) Swish was actually hitting the edge of the strike zone a few times.. could really teach Veras a thing or two.. Second) [Something Abraham also mentioned] Swish was shaking off Molina, despite Molina not holding up any signs.. and Third) Tony Peña was trying so hard not to cry from laughing, lol..