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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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Twins 5, Yankees 4: CC Sabathia was one of many pitchers who were dominant on this night — the big man shut out the Twins on two hits over seven innings — but his bullpen betrayed him. Rafael Soriano, to be specific, who loaded the bases on two walks and a single when he came in for the eighth. He was pulled after one more walk gave the Twins their first run and was replaced by Dave Robertson, who promptly allowed a bases-clearing double to Delmon Young. Mariano Rivera did his job in the ninth, but Boone Logan walked the leadoff batter in the 10th and then gave up two straight singles for the loss.  And if you think this will be brushed off as a mere bullpen blip by the New York media, know this: Soriano bailed from the clubhouse after the game before the press could talk to him. The New York media doesn’t like that:

I can’t tell you how Soriano will handle his implosion. He bolted the clubhouse before talking to reporters, leaving his teammates to answer for his mess. Nick Swisher, Dave Robertson and Boone Logan all stood by their lockers like men and took accountability for their part in the loss. Soriano can’t say the same.

Jo-no-show-Mo?

Indians 3, Red Sox 1: But hey, for as bad as it is in New York, at least they’ve won a couple of games so far. Boston — anointed by everyone as the 2011 World Series Champions — is now 0-4 after being stymied by Josh Tomlin on a cold night in a near-empty Progressive Field. Tomlin gave up one run on three hits in seven innings. Terry Francona after the game: “It’s not a lot of fun, but I don’t think anyone is going to feel sorry for us.”  That’s for damn sure. Indeed, I think we’re one more loss before the Soxenfreude reaches maximum levels.

Mets 7, Phillies 1: Cole Hamels didn’t last long, allowing six runs on seven hits in two and two-thirds, including two hits to Mets pitcher Chris Young in a single inning. He then left the game to a chorus of boos from baseball’s allegedly most loyal fans. Which I’m sure will be explained away by my Phillies commenters as “passion” or some such. Which it may be, but it seems that the “loyal” and the “passionate” titles are often at odds.

Brewers 1, Braves 0: Yovani Gallardo was rough stuff, allowing only two hits — one in the first inning, one in the eighth — while shutting out the Braves on a mere 111 pitches. The Braves were less overpowered than completely and utterly flummoxed, seemingly unable to get anything approaching good wood on Gallardo’s stuff. Derek Lowe was nearly as good for the Braves, but with the way Gallardo was going, he could have shut ‘em out for another two or three innings if he had to.

Rangers 3, Mariners 2: Alexi Ogando didn’t figure he’d be starting this year, but he took the ball in this one and pitched six scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. For Seattle, Michael Pineada acquitted himself well enough in his first major league start. I mean, he at least kept the Rangers from hitting any homers and that’s better than Boston could do.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 0: Jhoulys Chacin was sharp, shutting out the Dodgers on five hits over seven innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Ianetta homers did most of the damage for Colorado, who accomplished no mean feat in beting Clayton Kershaw.

Cardinals 3, Pirates 2: A couple of RBI for the Cardinals as they beat the Pirates. As usual, it was Regis’ fault.

Padres 3, Giants 1: The champs are reeling like Rocky Balboa in the first Clubber Lang fight. Aaron Harang did exactly what he hoped he’d do upon coming to Petco Park: pitching confidently in a pitcher-friendly environment, knowing that all of the fly balls he’s prone to allowing won’t fly over the fence like they did in Cincinnati. He allowed only one run on six hits, struck out six and walked two.

Angels 5, Rays 3: Tampa Bay is keeping Boston company at the bottom of the AL East, remaining winless after Jered Weaver gave them nothing through six and two-thirds. For the Angels, Jordan Walden‘s debut as closer was exactly what Mike Scioscia wanted: he set the Rays down in order for the save. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez are now a combined 2 for 27 on the young season.

Blue Jays 7, Athletics 6: Yunel Escobar provided the heroics with a two-run homer in the tenth, but the Athletics’ porous defense continued to be a problem for the men in green, as they blew an early 5-0 lead. Oakland has nine errors in its first four games, and this was a team that was supposed to have a pretty decent defense. Well, Kevin Kouzmanoff is a weak link and his miscues were central to the Jays’ four-run sixth inning, so let’s just forget I said anything.

Royals 7, White Sox 6: As usual, Melky Cabrera was the offensive hero. He was 3 for 6 with 3 RBI, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 12th. But screw Melky, the real heroics came from the Royals’ bullpen once again: six innings of shutout ball.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2: The Feesh win it with a Donnie Murphy bases-loaded single in the 10th. The runner who scored — All-Star Omar Infante — reached base when Jayson Werth dropped a pop fly in right.  The Marlins had a bunch of chances to put it away before then, but until Murphy’s hit they were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position. So, no, it wasn’t an altogether pretty night of baseball in Miami.

Reds 8, Astros 2: The Reds keep rolling, extending their record to 4-0, which is their best start since the wire-to-wire Reds of 1990 began the year winning their first eight. This one was just about over as soon as it began, when J.A. Happ walked the ballpark. His actual quote after the game: “They definitely took some quality pitches.” Yeah, well, that’s just your opinion, man.

Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 5: There are still dead-enders who think pitcher wins matter. They never explain how games like this fit into the calculus. Cubs reliever James Russell came into a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. He struck out Russell Branyan and then gave up a two-run single to Willie Bloomquist of all people, blowing the Cubs’ lead. Chicago took the lead back in the bottom of the inning, however, and Mike Quade sent Russell out for the eighth allowing him to vulture the win. James Russell just knows how to win, baby!

  1. largebill - Apr 6, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    While Russell is a good example of how pitching wins can be silly, the Sabathia no decision is an equally valid example. 7 innings of two-hits and no-runs allowed. He leaves with a four runs lead and in line for the win. Nothing changed about his performance and yet the permanent evaluation of his effort went from W to ND. If at the end of the year he is credited with 19 wins it will be viewed as a lesser performance because a reliever had a bad outing. A reliever I sadly have on my fantasy team. A reliever giving up 4 ER early in the season has a magnified affect on your ERA.

    • ditto65 - Apr 6, 2011 at 6:41 AM

      He shoulda finished the game.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM

        I think the mix of thumbs up and thumbs down are due to confusion over whether you’re being serious or sarcastic.

        Someone actually went back and looked at it, and the difference between the average number of innings starters used to log (going back to the ’60s) and the number of innings they log today on average comes out to two additional outs.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM

        That is, per game. Not total per year.

      • bigharold - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM

        No way “He shoulda finished..”

        Sabathia was over 100 pitches at the end of the 7th. Unless he get a 123 inning he’d have been in the 120 pitch range just to get through the 8th. Way too early in the season for that type of outing.

        The Yankees should’ve won last night but letting Sabathia go much longer would have been poor managing. Not to mention that just about any BP, let alone this Yankee BP, should be able to hold a four run lead for six outs.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      A RP making $9 Mill a year can’t have an outing like that, then run from the media. NY isn’t TB…plain and simple.

      It’s too bad something like this happens to a fan favorite team like the Yankees

  2. heffmessina - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    Soriano’s fault for blowing the game and bolting but he never should have been in it in the first place. He pitched the day b4 and it’s a 4 run lead. Now Freddy Garcia pitching today and Rivera and Soriano have both pitched 2 days in a row.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    I thought that the Red Sox were going to win more than 100 games this year.

    • bigxrob - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      they have 158 games left, so it is still possible, unless my math is wrong.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM

        Possible but not likely.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      There’s still 158 games left, right?

      Seems a little early to write off a team with that much talent. The ’98 Yankees stumbled out of the gate and it turned out okay for them in the end.

      • iftheshoefits2 - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM

        I knew the 1998 Yankees, and these Red Sox, sir, are no 1998 Yankees.

        Oh, they still could win 100 games, but I really doubt it with the pitching in the AL East.

      • heynerdlinger - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        They might not be the 1998 Yankees, but the 1998 Yankees weren’t the 1998 Yankees after 5 games either. As memory serves, they started off lousy and almost fired Torre within the first two weeks of the season.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        These are the times that try men’s souls. The ’86 Mutts got off to a rotten start too and wound up winning 108 games and leading the NL by something like 19 games. Wait till all the cylinders begin clicking synchronously. The AL East this season still looks like a Boston autobahn to me.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      Only fools think a team will win 100. It takes an insanely talented team for that to be your baseline.

      I think the 95 wins most people had them at is still possible, but certainly less likely as well than when the season began.

      Still think this is a very good team that will at the least challenge for a playoff spot. And I *know* it’s just a four-game stretch, as meaningful and meaningless as one at the start of the season, but it’s definitely more painful when it’s the only stretch you’ve seen.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Obviously I meant “as meaningful and meaningless as one in the MIDDLE of the season,” but today my fingers are 0 for 2.

    • bigharold - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM

      That 100 game win is Nation speak. But, it’s calculated like dog years, .. not quite 7 per bur you get the idea.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

        No, it’s mediaspeak. It’s the Phillie fanbase that thought (and probably thinks) they had a 100-win team.

  4. phukyouk - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    5 games in and its girardi being girardi. soriano was off…. its going to happen. but putting in Robertson instead of Mo for the last batter of the 8th was just stupid.

    • bigharold - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      Going to Mo for a four out save would have been dumber. It way too early in the season for that call.

      Giradi actually handles the BP a lot better than he’s given credit for because he keeps everybody in the mix. The last two seasons he done a good job of finding out what each guy can handle. This is the time of year for that. If there was any criticisim at all it should have been that he did start the inning with Robertson but even that could be argued. Giradi needs to get Soriiano acclamated to the 8th inning set up role. After last night was it an issue with Soriano being used too much in the early season or is he actually not well suited to that slot. If it’s the latter than the Yankees have problems. Either way the Yankees need to find out.

      • phukyouk - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        i dont know if going to Mo for 4 outs is a big deal to be honest. and yea its only game 5 so who cares anyway but this is Girardi’s MO and i have a feeling we will see this a lot. bad BOP management.

      • aburns77 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        totally agree, Mariano is 42 and throwing him in for a four out save for an early April game is a sure-fire way to ensure he won’t be healthy and rested for the postseason. I don’t take issue with Girardi’s use of the bullpen for the most part last night, although I don’t like bringing Robertson in that spot with the bases loaded because the guy is not exactly a control artist (around five walks per nine) but brining in Soriano was the move to make to see how he can use him going forward.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        I wouldn’t have gone with Mo for the 4 out save. Way too early in the season and he’s pitched twice already. However, wtf is up with Girardi and having Robertson warm up every game? I’ve only been able to watch a few, but Mike Axisa of RAB has tweeted he’s warmed up in at least 4 of the first 5 games? Are they trying to blow his arm out a la K-Rod and the mets?

        Robertson should have started the 8th. Should have let Soriano and Mo have the day off, or maybe have Soriano pitch the 9th.

  5. Matthew Flint - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    So you’re saying Phillies fans shouldn’t boo Hamels for getting rocked. Anyone that does a poor job should get booed. He was horrible last night, and the fans let him know it. If you don’t want to get booed, do a better job. How does this show that we are not loyal? You’ve got to be pretty damn soft if you can’t take a little constructive criticism.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      I don’t think you know the meaning of the term “constructive critcism”, my friend.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:28 AM

        Nor do I know how to spell it. Or, at least, my fingers don’t.

      • Rooster Amaro - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM

        “He said you gotta compare Philly to like a big brother…some days he’s gonna like you and some days he might not like you, but he still loves you, and it’s all about what you do and how you do things…but it’s always having the support, no matter what.” – Sixer Evan Turner on the advice Ryan Howard gave him about Philly fans.

        Howard, and most other Philly players, understand Philadelphians as fans. The problem is, nobody outside of Philly does, so we get ridiculed for being big ol’ meanies.

      • Matthew Flint - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        How not? We don’t get to sit down and talk with Cole after he blows up in an inning. The only way fans have to show their dissapointment is to boo. It has nothing to do with him personally, nor does it mean we have given up on him. It is simply our way of showing a player how we feel about their performance at that given time. Why people don’t understand this is beyond me. How else can fans show displeasure with the product they paid to see?

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        I would submit that the notion of feeling it essential to voice your displeasure at allegedly being ripped off for your ticket price on a particular Tuesday night during the first week of the season, while totally permissible, is something less than “loyal.”

      • Matthew Flint - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        I think that sitting there and not saying shit about your team getting embarrassed shows that you don’t care. I think we will continue to differ on this because I see loyalty as ALWAYS caring. Everyday, no matter what the stakes.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        Matthew……just because you’re not being a raging loudmouth doesn’t mean you don’t care…….booing this guy on his first start of a very very very long season is kind of jumping the gun…….are you going to jump on the lineup’s back for a relatively poor night? maybe you should send Charlie a letter demanding your money back? ……..I hope you don’t wonder why Philly fans get a bad rap……folks like you who mistake passion for paranoia and then try to justify the garbage by getting away from the aesthetics of the game and making the decision to look at it as mere entertainment…….you’re contradicting yourself….

        My passion will involve me not wearing the particular shirt I wore last night during games because i’m a superstisious screwball…..

        And Ari, dude, i’m a believer that they’ll crack 100, but that’s not the point, winning the world series is the point……so stop drinking all that hater-ade……..it’s still early chief

      • Matthew Flint - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        No I get it, I just hate that that all other fans believe that booing is jumping ship. I generally don’t boo, but I don’t care if people do when they are displeased. They are booing the performance, not the player. It happens in every sport, in every town. Get over it. I would see it as motivation if I was out there. Does Hamels deserve it, probably not. But did that third inning that he couldn’t get out of deserve it, absolutely. It was terrible, and the fans expressed their dissapointment. I have no problem with that.

      • jkcalhoun - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        It’s enough to demonstrate where your rooting interests lie by the way you respond to positive events. Having witnessed that response, just about anyone would take it for granted that you always care about what happens and that you are “displeased” by negative events.

        Which is to say, silence also has meaning.

      • kcq101 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        I was at the game and I clapped as Hamels walked off the field (out of both respect and relief that I didn’t have to watch it anymore).

        I don’t think the ‘boos’ were uncalled for, however. It was his worst outting since he started with the Phils. He looked bad each of the innings he was out there, getting deep into counts. He allowed the pitcher…the pitcher… to hit him twice in one inning.

        With that being said, a rare good point was brought up on 610 WIP this morning: Would we have booes either Halladay and Lee, or even Oswalt, for a similar performance?

        Cole’s perceived persona by the public is California-boy Cole, whereas Halladay and Lee are methodical, militant generals of the mound. I think this has a lot to do with it.

        All considered, in what other manner, Ari, should the fan base have provided “constructive criticism”?

      • aburns77 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        I understand the notion that you paid for your ticket you’re entitled to boo, however I have to agree with Ari that booing is a bit unseemly and not particularly constructive because it serves no practical purpose. Sure as a fan you’re frustrated that these highly salaried players aren’t performing, but I don’t see how booing will compel them to work harder or perform better; these guys are in the position they are because they’re fiercely competitive and don’t need a bunch of ingrate fans booing them to light a fire under their ass. That’s not the say that I’m advocating protecting these guys, but if their on your team you want them to want to play for you and I don’t see how booing them after one lousy start or a couple of bad games helps that.

      • sportsdrenched - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        I’m not going to get on Philly Fan for Booing. Booing is apart of sports, take it or leave it. Being vulgar, throwing things, and puking on LE Daughters is a reason to get mad at Philly Fan. (or any fan)

        If I were at Kauffman Stadium last night I likely would have been booing and riding Hochocinco the entire evening. Yet, KC Fans get a pass because we get to watch so much losing.

  6. phillieshomer - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    What irks me is that, yes… maybe about half the stadium booed. But, the other half, including those above the Phillies dugout stood up and gave him an ovation.

    Yet, nowhere in any article will you hear about that.

    • norraist - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      As a Mets fan, I know I was standing and applauding too.

  7. heyblueyoustink - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    It’s way too early to be trying to pile on anyone was my point……..maybe they should just go ahead and trade Hamels to the Astros for Myers based off of one performance, right?

    • Matthew Flint - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      That’s ridiculous. My point is that they aren’t really booing Hamels, they are booing Hamels’ third inning. Not the player, the performance. Some players get booed as a player because they are poor human beings. Some players get booed over a poor performance and should take it in stride. Nobody thinks Hamels is any less of a pitcher because of last night (unless they’re idiots) but his track record against the Mets is horrible and at some point he needs to fix it. Having expectations that last night could’ve turned the tide and watching what actually transpired was disheartening no matter how you look at it.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        What’s ridiculous? That it’s too early to be piling on? No it’s not ridiculous to give some sort of grace period to these guys. They’re now 3-1. One horrendous inning in Game 4 does not a horrendous season make. Cole just needs to right the ship and mow ‘em down next time out.

        As for the trade for Myers, sure that is completely ridiculous. Happ, maybe, but definitely not Myers.

  8. indyralph - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Have you ever driven down the street and seem a dumpy old house with a “Beware of Dog” sign in the window? Sure, they have every right to have whatever dog they want. You might even consider it polite to provide warning that they have a mean dog. Hell, they may even be animal lovers. Or need it for protection. Doesn’t make it classy. It’s purpose is specifically to be uninviting. And if anything, it shows a complete lack of perspective of the general public’s desire to randomly wander onto their property. Sorry for the digression.

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      Better yet: why not glom one or two of those “Watch out for Rattlesnakes” signs from around some of the Indian ruins out west and stake them by your yard? Betcha that works better than dog warnings.

      In other news in and around Macondo this morning, Anibal Sanchez threw five-plus tough innings, the boolpen threw more or less competently, and the Feesh beat the Gnats. Those demure, classy, “loyal” Feelies fans are going to have a field day with Jayson Werth when the Gnats make it to the big ugly sterile-looking stadium by the banks of the DeLaWaare (and I say this only in the interests of being fair to the Tropicana Dump: it’s not the only architectual Gotterdammerung in baseball, after all).

      But I digress, too. Feesh boolpen didn’t allow a run but the peetchers collectively walked seven, reminding us that this team led baseball in walks last year. I speculate upon a hypothesis here that there exists – ectoplasmically, if you will – the karmic equivalent of a chromosome, so that even when non-tendering Will-Ohman-who-has-to-pull-his-head-out-of-his-ass or trading Andrew Miller with his deer-in-the-headlights mound gaze or Rick Vanden Hurk with his I-side-with-the-Prince-of-Belgium predisposition for balls in the dirt, the boolpen still just hates those outside corners.

      Afield, the Feesh decided to rest their Keystone Kops infield routines last night, which was helpful to the cause. On the other hand, as that 0-10 stretch with RISP indicates, without the Iron Giant somewhere in the lineup this team looks every bit as enervated at the plate as a lot of people predicted they would be when Scrooge McLoria, in one of those strategic maneuvers will study as closely as, say, Admiral Stark at Port Arthur, shipped Dan Uggla to a divisional rival in return for the celebrated utility player whose poise, agility and sure hands don’t seem to have made much of an impression on Hanley Ramirez or the clone rotation at third base yet.

  9. Jonny 5 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I can only speak for me. The first rule of being a Phillies fan is never defend other Phillies fans when they’re being asses. I couldn’t help but feel bad for Cole myself. I boo the people booing. BOOO! YA BUMS!

    • drunkenhooliganism - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      I agree. Hamels wasn’t anywhere near good yesterday, but it’s not like they were ripping the ball off him. Other than the line drive that Ibanez caught in the second, I don’t think the mets hit a ball hard enough to reach an outfielder. they hit a bunch of bleeders that made it through the infield. It’s part of the game, mets clearly outplayed the phillies, but he wasn’t shelled.

      The poor play on Reyes’ bunt and walking Pagan was bad baseball. The rest is a little bit of bad luck and a little bit of Cole not having his good stuff yet (hopefully that’s a yet).

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      It’s a damn good thing Cubs fans didn’t boo Russell and Yanker fans didn’t boo Soriano. “Cause then this post would be out of control.

  10. cleverbob - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Cole is a big boy. He knows that it takes a thick skin to succeed in Philly.

  11. spudchukar - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Boo if you choose to its your dime, but the notion that you are transferring info to the booed upon is silly. One would have to believe Cole Hamels enters the dugout after being booed at his departure thinking, “Sure glad they are booing, otherwise I wouldn’t know they are displeased with my stinking outing”. It would be like parents telling their child, “Your mom and I are really displeased with your failing grade in Math”. “Oh sorry, Dad it never occurred to me you would be disappointed.”

  12. Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Yeah, some fans were booing—and they happened to be louder than the ones who didn’t.

    Cole’s been here for a few years now, so he knew what was going to happen. Especially after he 1.) gave up a leadoff hit to the pitcher, who also got another hit (off Cole, also) in the inning, 2.) gave up six runs in the inning, 3.) to the Mutts. The fourth ace hit the trifecta. The three aces before him lasted at least six innings in three wins. And his spring training wasn’t all that great, especially at the end. Ergo, he was booed.

    But the main thing was that he seemed to get a tad flustered during the inning, which he used to do all the time when he hit some sort of snag, be it perceived slights by the umpires or giving up bad hits. Last year, he looked like he’d gotten that under control. Last night, it looked like temperamental Cole was back.

    I wasn’t at the game. Had I been there, I might have booed a little bit, but probably not. Especially since it was just the fourth game of the season, the Phightins were 3-0 heading into the game and it was Cole’s first start (as the four-hole starter as well). If his next start goes the same way, who knows?

    As for tonight, Big Joe will eat the Mutts for a mid-evening snack.

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      Poor Big Joe. >urrrrrrrrppppppp<

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

        It’s all right, Gator—the trainers have Tums and stuff for the ensuing indigestion.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Yeah, that was a silly thing to say. I should have realized that if they’ve been eating horrible horsemeat and Velveeta sandwiches all these years, a Mutt snack probably wouldn’t bother them all that much. Mutts fans, training on Number 7 Line station pushcart pretzels and blissfully unaware that fifty years of Shea Stadium superfund sites on a bun are still working hard to find that one mutable gene somewhere in their digestive systems, haven’t worked up nearly as much resistance.

  13. cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Sorry to veer away from the Yankee/Philli/Sox angst fest but my Blue Jays played without their slugger, Jose Bautista (he became a daddy; a daughter), yesterday & won in dramatic fashion. As such the AL East now reads; Orioles, BLUE JAYS, Yankees, with the Sox & Rays clawing for the bottom. It likely won’t last but in the spirit of booing your star pitcher for one lousy start I’m gonna cheer the 3 of the teams I had the highest hopes for; WAY TO GO JAYS (& O’s & Rangers)! Great start boys!
    Also I’d like to point out that Girardi, Francona & Madden are taking some heat for mismanaging in their respective hometowns. I’m gonna do something different and tip the old blue cap to John Farrell, Ron Washington & Buck Showalter, the guys managing 3 of the teams I’m rooting for this season. They seem to know what their doing and it isn’t just tending their knitting. Can’t argue with winning.

    • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks for the update on the Batista “family matter”, glad that he got to be there for his kids birth, but can’t we mention the glorious day for him, “family matter” suggests something unseemly. What is wrong with “gotta go for a few days my wife is giving birth.” I’m sure everyone would understand and send him their blessings.

      • cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        I’m only guessing here spud, but I think it might be the writers respecting the fact that it’s Jose’s and the teams news to release. Adam Lind actually let the cat out of the bag on the radio yesterday (and may yet catch heck for it) and I’m too sappy about a guy having a daughter to lay off telling the planet about it. Whatever the reason sport writers are hold off I too found it irksome that it was put out there as a ‘family matter’. I thought his parents were sick or something. Is Jose a team guy, or what? He gets the birth out of the way now, so this can’t happen during the critical parts of the season. I’m sure he meant for this all to take place in the off season but he probably waited till he was sure the Jays were definitely out of contention before getting started on making babies. This explains why his HR production dropped off in August last season; he was on the job, morning, noon & night. Even the Manliest Man in the MLB needs to rest now and then. I do believe this may count as his 55th home run of 2010? A grand slam perhaps? He definitely touched all the bases.

  14. prionogenic - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I was at the Phillies game last night, there were not a lot of fans booing, especially not in my section. I think that it was a horrible performance by Cole, but it wasn’t like he got hit particularly hard, just a lot of groundballs that got through, that bunt from Reyes that wasn’t handled well, the passed ball… I don’t think the boos were called for, but I would certainly hope that Cole would pitch better in the future, booing won’t help that any

  15. APBA Guy - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    52 comments so far and it’s 9:00 am on the West Coast. Impressive.

    Speaking of panic: the A’s have 2 HR’s and 9 errors in their 1-3 campaign, with 8 more road games in the chilly AL Central before returning to the sun and rodents of the Mausoleum. Specifically, Kevin Kouzmanoff, he of the .679 OPS in 2010 has 3 of those errors, and trust me, at least 2 other miscues that could easily have been counted against him.

    The bullpen has been dreadful, with 3 members having ERA’s over 10.00. So early returns indicate an actual regression from last year. And with last Saturday’s “crowd” at the Mausoleum at only 15,000, any more of this and the attendance problem around the league that Olney reported this morning will be in full evidence upon the team’s return just as local TV ratings continue to rise.

    Still, there is hope. CoCo Crisp is not yet injured, Kouz and Barton account for 6 of the errors, and pitchers for 2 more, so everybody else has been very sure-handed. The bullpen has a track record indicating they will sort things out. And the starters ERA’s are incredibly low. But still, there’s that nagging worry about the offense. Two HR’s in 4 games…

    • cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      APBA; no worries man. Your boys woulda won weren’t for errors. They hit real well last night, I watched the whole thing. There are plenty of bright spots on your team when it comes to hitting. Defensively, though; not so much. The Kouz is definitely stone handed and your closer USED to throw hard, but I fear his stuff is unimpressive now. Another throw of the dice tonight for them and without Braden in the mix. Since my boys are sending Litsch to the mound and he throws like a school girl, I think your team will be competitive tonight especially as our slugger is off posing for pictures with his new baby. I think we have another 5+ runs on either side of this tilt to look forward to.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Thanks ’68. I’ll put the arsenic away, at least for now.

    • professor59 - Apr 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      Kouz is up to 4 errors, but tonight’s game hasn’t started yet…

  16. tomemos - Apr 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Craig, I’m no booer, but you’re comparing apples and oranges. The “most loyal fans” thing clearly means most loyal to the *team.* Booing the individual players when they let down the team would seem to fit a particular interpretation of that loyalty.

  17. xmatt0926x - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    The whole “most loyal” thing was a joke to begin with. It was based on ticket sales and how much the merchandise sells. Any winning team will have high numbers when the team is doing well. I am a Phillies fan and have no problem saying that the “most loyal” tag was laughable. I also never have understood booing a player outside of when a player obviously doesn’t hustle. Take Hanley Ramirez with the Marlins last year when he kicked the ball and jogged. That is a booable offense any day of the week. But booing a bad performance when the guy is trying his best? I never got that and it’s pretty moronic as far as I see it. But in response to Craig’s dig at the Philly fans, there will be a full house every night they play there this year and there will be about 16,000 in Atlanta whether they are in 1st place or last. You can book that. So Philly fans may not be the most loyal and they will boo (childishly or not) but they will be there every night and the stadium in Atlanta will be well over half empty for their games. Go ask the players what stadium they’d rather play in.

  18. macjacmccoy - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    It wasnt booing imo at Hamels it was at the entire teams effort in the inning. i was at the game and it was a horrible inning. Polanco didnt seemed to be focused or give to much effort at knocking balls down, Valdez didnt seem to want to be there. Guys werent chasing down balls like they should.

    Booing isnt just a sign of hatred towards a guy it can be a way of telling them ” lets go guys” we cant yell that out bc they wont hear us so we boo so they know we arent happy with there effort. I dont see anything wrong with that.

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