Tagged: Marlins

For NL, Higher Expectations Bring Same Result

And that result would be this:

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Over/Under an eternity next time National League wins an All Star Game?

Side Notes:

– Hope it wasn’t just me who felt like baseball was dying with the odd “this is the last game that will ever be played” sort of feel to the pre-game.. essentially set it up to be anticlimatic. Producer must receive mid-season Overkill Award.

– Pretty weird, yet cool, to see Major League ballplayers starstruck for a change, during  their meet and greet with the President.


That fly swatter himself/leader of our nation, Barack Obama, was called on to toss
the first pitch in this All-Star Game.. and he did so with White Sox
gear.. in the home of the Cardinals.. bold. However, just in
case you  didn’t detect it from the boos Mr. President, the sea of red
and white in St. Louis didn’t appreciate the lack of bipartisanship..

This was a needle to the retina.


Was hoping to see a monster shot from Teix during the ASG, but apparently no one was allowed to take it over the wall at Busch.

– Charlie Manuel has some killer managerial tactics.. The guy still has me wondering how you choose to intentionally walk any guy in a lineup literally
full of All-Stars. The walk served up in the 8th robbed Victor Martinez
of an at-bat in the game, while the guy after him, Adam Jones, drove
in a run with a sac fly.. the run that happened to win the game.


Explanation needed as to why the national broadcasts are always the
worst.. Do we not endure enough sportscaster stupidity, Boston a**
kissing and Yankee salary criticisms throughout the year? Just sayin’.

Your Quick Bit Of Hilarity: Mo nailing down the save.. for none other than Jonathan Papelbon.. and he wasn’t even the one who truly
saved it for Pap, as Crawford’s catch in left robbed what would’ve been a
game-tying home run. MVP honor well deserved.. “Winning pitcher” label
in this one, not so much..


National League, your time will come.. when Mo
retires.

– Lastly, the all angles feed by MLB/Fox was seriously the greatest thing in the world since Red Mango:

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Just about fell in love with it..

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On Deck:
The second half of the season.. A 10 game homestand in store for the
Yanks, beginning with a three game set against Detroit, following the
next two off days. It’s that time again.

P.S. No Derby post because.. it was unquestionably lame. Did we all really want ‘roids banned in baseball?

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Taking Care Of Business

Here’s a radical concept for ya.. stress-free baseball..

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I don’t know how the Yanks managed to follow a series that ended exactly the way it shouldn’t
have with a game that went exactly the way it should [despite no A-Rod,
no DH, a limping Capt’n and youth, their weakness, on the mound for the Marlins],
but thank you.

Side Notes:

– First on the agenda.. Alex.
Right about now, I would question/criticize Girardi’s overdue move to
finally bench A-Rod like everyone and their mother understandably was doing tonight, but I took a second to digest it.. and I’ve come to
the conclusion that Joe G. really has zero say in when Alex Rodriguez
does or does not play. Given the fact that Alex’s ex-wife stayed as
long as she did with him, despite his multiple acts of infidelity made public, and
the fact that A-Rod still scored a hefty contract with the Yanks,
despite all threats given by the organization that he would, under no
circumstances, be dealt with after the opt-out ordeal.. it’s pretty
obvious Alex is quite a persuasive dude. Girardi may be the manager,
but when A-Rod says he’s playing, he’s playing.. and apparently, when he says he isn’t, he isn’t. As for A-Rod’s timing.. pretty clear he’s attempting to limit his chances to choke in front of his family.

– Sean West, sorry you had to be the kid the Yanks realize they need to tee off against, but tough luck.


Andy with a great outing and a double and ribbie to boot. Got my dose
of hilarity watching him round the bases.. and so did the bench:

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I seriously love interleague play.

– Probably obvious, but LandShark Stadium is weird and massive, and sounds like someone should sell naming rights.

– Swish needs to double up his intake of Red Bull.. and fast.


Been a while since I could look forward to the 8th inning and it’s
infinitely great to have a guy who can do his job back in the bullpen,
but who’s the bright guy giving Brun physical appearance advice? Going
baldy and now the porn star ‘stache? Really? Look, Big G barely pulled it off last year. Though the “Support The ‘Stache” campaign and ‘Stache Day
at the stadium was pretty funny.. it’s been done man. Tattooing Macho
Man on your forehead would probably give you more cool points.. Just a thought.


In other news, Papelbon attempted to make things clear today regarding
one of his many trivial attempts to make headlines, this time
surrounding his willingness to play in pinstripes when his contract
expires, by stating “I don’t want to go (expletive) play for the
Yankees”.. Haha, like we’d ever let him.

On Deck: A.J. on the mound tomorrow to face Josh Johnson, who’s sporting a stellar 2.76 ERA and 6-1 record to match. Pitching duel?

Yeah.. Baseball Gods Still Run Shiet..

.. and they rather cleverly tag-teamed with Mother Nature this time to prove it. Add this series loss [to a team 18 games behind in their division in the middle of June] to the.. surprises
of the Subway Series and you get their point. Don’t underestimate the
level of their cruelty [or count your wins before they’re in the
books.. or something like that..]
. As if winless against Boston so far
this season wasn’t enough, we must witness this:

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Thanks.

Side Notes:

– New schedule proposal: 20 games against the Mets next year, how ’bout it? At least then the Yanks could play crummy baseball and still win the games.

– I swear Adam Dunn = Seth Rogan + Wheaties/’Roids.


Congrats to Francisco Cervilli for becoming one of the few in the
game to make a great play that could very well be labeled a blooper at
the same time. Most hilarious dive for a ball ever.


Also in the category of stellar plays is Gardner’s catch and crash.
Can’t even bow down enough to the effort [and overall grittiness] being
displayed by Brett The Jet. That collision last night really didn’t look pretty. Not a moment’s hesitation from entire team to jog out to center when he went down. The kid is vital.


In the category of “about damn time” is Bruney’s re-return and Jose
Veras’ disappearance. No offense to JV, but that DFA was a long time
coming.


I’d still love to know why this lineup can’t, for the life of them, hit
rookies. The opposition can pick any random AAA arm out of a hat and
put him on the mound if they want a win against the Yanks these days..
and hey, look, a rook is on the mound for the Marlins tonight.

On Deck: Pettite
will face a 23 year old by the name of Sean West to start a 9 game
interleague roadtrip. Though the Yanks will probably continue to make
young guns looks like Cy Young, pitchers bat in NL parks.. and one
might just slip.

Some pics from Tuesday’s game, if interested:

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Okay I lied.. that was more than some.

P.S. Almost forgot.. first homerless game in the Bronx this season last night. Never thought it’d happen.

USA vs. Netherlands In Gamer: Brink Of Elimination

          Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the USA game against Puerto Rico
yesterday.. but being both American and Puerto Rican, it was kind of
hard to choose a side, so before it went down I simply said whoever
wins, wins [though I kind of wanted P.R. to get the W, to further embarrass D.R.]… but now with the U.S. set to take on the Netherlands,
who have already pulled off an “upset” in this Classic, in a win or go
home game today, I’m thinking I should host an in-gamer for this one. Hope all you
US Americans can join.

Game Time: 7:15 ET

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Game Notes:

7:13: Chipper has been scratched.

7:43: 1-2-3 inning for Oswalt.

7:55: Bases loaded…..

7:58: And the U.S. only gets one run on the board.

8:02: Greeatt DP started by Rollins.

8:10: Could they emphasize the use of the mercy rule on yesterday’s game any more? I think the embarrassment has been made clear.

8:11: Ouch.. good tag to nail Braun at second.

8:14: 2 Run bomb by Rollins.. 3 – 0, U.S.

8:25: Schoop’s reaction to his K, before it was even called a K, was kind of funny.

8:54: Oh yes.. Oswalt gets out of the inning, sitting down Jansen with a K, and keeping the Devilish Dutch off the scoreboard.

9:03: Rollins.. again.. drilling it, this time for a triple.

9:06: Another triple.. Roberts, the fill in, is now a hr away from the cycle.. I can understand why the Dutch wanted to protest his name in the lineup.

9:18: 6 zip after 4.

9:19: Love the MLB ’09 The Show commercial.. hehe..

9:29: Bases loaded.. no outs……

9:30: Woah.. weirdest successful throw to the plate I’ve ever seen.

9:37: … Might we see another mercy rule game today?

9:53: Dunn hits it to the moon. 8 – zip.

10:07: The Netherlands manage to get on the board with one.

10:23: .. Okay.. the Dutch get another one.

10:25: Rooi gets one thrown behind the back.. and now some tension.. both sides warned.. things are getting interesting..

10:33: Score now 8 – 3 .. The Dutch better not have another upset stored in their arsenal.

10:49: 2 outs away from the Dutch’s elimination.

10:52: And game over. Team USA moving on.

P.S. I officially turned 18 this past Thursday, so I can now proudly say I am able to sign any legal document without parental consent.. so Yanks: hook me up with a contract.

P.P.S. Scored tickets to the 3rd game in the first series at the new stadium.. am I excited much? Mmm.. yeah.