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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

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Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future.

I spent the weekend in New York and got in late last night. As soon as I did, the Osama Bin Laden news broke. Between travelling, missing all of yesterday’s games and than watching the news reports, transfixed, there was little time — and frankly, little desire — to recap yesterday’s games.  Indeed, even baseball fans understood as the news spread that this was bigger than what was going on down on the field. Check out the reaction in Philly during last night’s Mets-Phillies game, from both the fans and the players and managers. Sometimes I really love my fellow Americans.

Below are the scores. Feel free to make the comments a discussion thread for the weekend’s games. Or feel free to talk about other things.

Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3
Padres 7, Dodgers 0
Athletics 7, Rangers 2
Marlins 9, Reds 5
Royals 10, Twins 3
Pirates 8, Rockies 4
Orioles 6, White Sox 4
Angels 6, Rays 5
Astros 5, Brewers 0
Red Sox 3, Mariners 2
Nationals 5, Giants 2
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Braves 6, Cardinals 5
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Mets 2, Phillies 1

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - May 2, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    I actually learned the news from the ESPN radio broadcast and the USA chants from Citi Field (I Think it was.). I am not from America (Though I am a citizen now) and I felt a sense of pride.

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - May 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM

      *Chase field, shows how much I was paying attention. Which is odd because the game was a great pitching duel.

      • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        Citizens Bank Park

  2. paperlions - May 2, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Last night, Philly fans made it a little bit harder to hate them….but only a little. 😉

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - May 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Oh it was Chase field, my mistake.

    • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      For the latter part of the game, we weren’t just Phightins Phans. We were fans of America. And this was justice delayed, but not denied.

  3. uyf1950 - May 2, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    First and foremost before any comments about the games it’s important for all Americans indeed all decent people to give thanks to all those who worked tirelessly over the past approximately 10 years in the pursuit of the terrorist Bin Laden…and to be thankful that all of the American soldiers involved in the action last evening are safe and came through it uninjured. God Bless America

  4. Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    I found out while watching the philly game, and while I am pleased I am not happy and don’t really know why that is. I expected to have different feelings on this day. Maybe I’m just grouchy as I type this from my sick bed….

    • uyf1950 - May 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      While I’m sorry you are not feeling well and hope you get better soon. Could it possibly be that part of the feeling you are having is because your Phillies lost to the lowly Mets?

      Get well soon, my friend.

      • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        UYF, now that’s the first time I have ever seen you take a cheap shot, And I enjoyed it very much. LOL! And thanks, this is what I hope to be the last day of a bad weekend. BTW 2 out 3 ain’t bad.

      • uyf1950 - May 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        Jonny 5, my friend. Actually I wasn’t trying to take a cheap shot. I thought you would get a good laugh out of it and it would cheer you up. I guess I’m not as good at humor as I thought. In any case I’m glad you’re feeling better.

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 2, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      Jonny- I thought I would be more conflicted, but I have nothing but pure joy over the death of another “human being.” I don’t think it makes me a savage to celebrate the death of a mass-murderer who would rejoice if my family was harmed.

      • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        I agree ya big drunkard. I expected to be elated, maybe it’s because I know there will be a long time before this conflict ends? I think anyone who celebrates this has every right to do so,and I applaud it.

        Just remember all the joy expressed by “others” when the attacks happened.

      • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        Jonny, I seem to be full of a whole lot of other people’s feelings last night and today. Like Orel Hershiser said, I got goose bumps when I heard the chants break out. Like Craig and Gator, I didn’t think the death of another human being would ever make me feel good, but this one showed me that there was one exception—though I am justifying the break with the fact that that scumbag was not human at all, but evil incarnate.

        And, like you, I’m tempering my elation with the knowledge that this ends nothing, and also means everything could get worse with no head at the top of the snake.

      • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        I got goosebumps too, But It could have been the Tylenol wearing off. While this satisfies me, I was surprised by my own lack of joy which I thought I’d feel on this day. This was one more victory in an ongoing war.

  5. uyf1950 - May 2, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    I have a couple of comments. First I want to say I watched the Mets/Phillies game on TV last night, and I have to ell everyone within shouting distance that Bobby V is absolutely terrible. He should NOT be allowed to do broadcast games. .

    On to the Yankees game. Nova had his 2nd quality start in a row this time going 6 1/3 innings and giving up 2 ER. The bullpen did it’s job as well and Mo Rivera got his 10 save in 25 games. He’s now tied for the ML lead in that category. The Yankees today start a 7 day road trip in Mo-town which for those of you that may not be aware of it was appropriately named after Mo Rivera.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      I have to disagree with you about Bobby V. I think the guy, along with Orel, are very informative. He’s a condescending jag off, but he knows his stuff. And he was 100% right about J-Roll…how the hell do you throw him a 3-2 junkball when the guy on deck is leading the league in RBI??? Orel backtracked and said he agreed later on, but at the time, Orel was fine with it…saying “Don’t give in to Rollins here”. I did think that was kinda lame of Orel, but what else would one expect I guess.

      • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        Didn’t Orel also mistake Philly’s fans as Booing Raul, when they really were doing their RAUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLL!? Which is going to end rather soon if he doesn’t get his stuff together real soon. I’m not as patient as Charlie and he’d be platooning with Mayberry as of last week if I had the choice.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        No, I think that was Bobby V who said the fans were booing, but I could be mistaken. Orel said he thought they were saying RAUUUUL, which they obviously were, but I’m so used to commentators ripping Philly fans that it doesn’t even bother me anymore.

        I agree about Ibanez, but I guess they are hoping he does the same thing he did last year when he got hot after a very sloooooow start.

    • uyf1950 - May 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      Chris – he may know his stuff. But he’s boring as hell to listen to. The entire night I don’t recall any change in the inflection of his voice. Everything is in monotone. It’s like listening through stereo headphones with only one side of the headphones working.

  6. bigxrob - May 2, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Does the Whitehouse still have the “Mission Accomplished” sign?
    If so, maybe they should get that out of storage today.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      We’ve still got Al-Zawahari to go. He was the nuts-and-bolts guy. We’re not done yet by a long shot.

  7. sasquash20 - May 2, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    God Bless America and our bad ass troops! USA! USA! USA! I love it Philly. Oh and the ball park wasn’t Chase or Citi it was Citizens Bank Ballpark you putz. Please bring this moment up when you dog us for being bad fans. And please bring it up every time like you do with the booing of Santa(drunkered), and Irvin (crack head showboater). Thank you. God its awesome to be from the best country on the planet. USA! USA! USA! USA! Take that you terrorist bitches!

  8. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Great news that is much more important than baseball. In vastly less significant news, Drew Silva reported yesterday that baseball writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram went on the DL.

  9. cgraydonhudson - May 2, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Happy about a targeting killing? I guess I see why you gave up on the law profession if trials aren’t your bag. And just exactly what does this have to do with baseball again?? Is this a mandate from your NBC corporate masters? The only thing missing from those “celebration” pictures circulating everywhere is Bin Laden’s body being dragged through the streets. That would really show those savages what democracy is all about, wouldn’t it? Bring the troops home. Now.

    • bigxrob - May 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM


    • Craig Calcaterra - May 2, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      Sorry, there are some things that are bigger than baseball. And if you don’t understand that, there’s no helping you.

      And I don’t apologize for my feelings on this matter. At all.

    • Paul White - May 2, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      All credit to the troops who are defending this guy’s right to be an unmitigated asshole.

    • cliffleesbeard - May 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      This is Craig’s article, you have to choice to read. Why don’t you just skip over it if it is such a big deal to you?

    • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM


      • paperlions - May 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM


      • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM


    • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Happy about THIS target killing, yes, since, you know, he was involved and instrumental in the targeted killing of thousands of innocent American lives in New York, DC and around the world. And don’t forget the London attacks. And the Madrid attacks. So, yeah, I’m have a little joy about the death of this one “human being” last night, though I don’t look at it as that. It’s the death of a scumbag who rejoiced at the murders of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

  10. Chris Fiorentino - May 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Weirdly, I kinda feel the same as Jonny5 above, and I don’t think it has anything at all to do with the Phillies losing(I fell asleep before the game even ended) as I don’t feel any different now than I did when I got a text from my brother saying Bin Laden was dead.

    I don’t know….it’s not like I didn’t know anyone who was killed on 9/11. I had a very close friend, as well as some people who I was familiar with through work killed that day. And it also isn’t as if I don’t think about 9/11 from time to time…I do. I think it has to do with the feeling that I wasn’t waiting for this to happen…it just kinda happened. I am sure if I were at CBP, I would have been chanting USA USA and I would have had goosebumps and would have been hugging Mets fans too. But sitting in the mancave alone…I don’t know.

    I hope I don’t sound un-american or anything, but to be honest, I just don’t care about Bin Laden all that much. I’m glad he’s dead, I truly am. And I am sure if I had lost a loved-one on 9/11, I would be glad to have the closure. But from the outside looking in, I think it is being very overblown. To me, it’s a not a “where were you when..” moment as Orel was saying. 9/11 is that moment. JFK’s assassination is that moment. Every space shuttle disaster to me are those moments. Killing Bin Laden, while great, is not really that moment. At least not to me.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      I agree with you, Chris.
      As someone with a close friend who barely escaped lower Manhattan on 9/11, I am pleased at this news but feel that the was on terrorism is far from over. This took a lot of time and effort on the part of our military and intelligence corps, but hardly puts an end to it.
      Similarly we all will continue to have lost some of our American freedoms of mobility and communication which will not be restored because of continuing threats that are left in the wake of Bin Laden’s regime. These forces of evil did not all die with him.
      And one thing that strikes me strange is, while the CBP chants were spontaneous, patriot, and truly heartfelt, I can not understand the crowd that showed up a Ground Zero last night. For some reason being in that place to celebrate seems eerie and morbid.

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        Len, and anyone interested in the human dimension of 9/11 – especially what happened to the folks who actually lived in the neighborhood – after the toxic dust settled, I strongly, strongly recommend this remarkable book: Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero. Best 9/11 book I ever read, and the first book chosen for the future 9/11 commemorative bookshop at the 9/11 museum being included in the rebuilt WTC.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        Thanks, Gator.Ordered it from amazon, maybe it will curtail their magic computer from putting so many camera deals on my recommended page.

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM

        Len –

        Yeah, you must have hit the “look inside” tab and gotten hooked by the writing from page one. I would invite everyone who notices this thread to try that – just “open it up” on Amazon via the link and read the first few pages. That happens to a lot of folks I’ve recommended this book to – it’s a subject they just don’t want to think about anymore and then Josyph’s prose nails them. It’s beautifully written and very powerful. Lots of shit you never imagined went on. Let me know how you like it.

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I’ve read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
    Mark Twain

  12. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Did Fox News really report that “OBAMA” Bin Laden was killed? I do not get Fox News; however, if the photograph I saw is accurate, Fox News is sure screwed up. As a Canadian, I am still pissed off that many Americans still think that the 911 terrorists crossed the border from Canada. In fact, the 911 Commission proved that all of them flew in from Europe.

    Congratulations to US Intelligence and the US military.

    • gbsimons - May 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      What I saw when flipping through the channels last night was that Fox and Fox News showed on the screen “Usama” Bin Laden had been killed while everyone else showed “Osama” Bin Laden. I’m not sure why this was the case.

      • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        The FBI has/d him listed on their 10 Most Wanted List as “Usama.” It’s kind of like Qaddafi and Al Qaeda all seemingly have as many spellings as letters in the name.

    • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Hey, canadian, yes, apparently they did, both in headline and recap of the address. There are a few other links to fails on here, too.

      Also—and I can’t believe that I haven’t said anything before this today—kudos to JSOC and the troops that pulled this off. You are true heroes. Thank you for all that you do.

      • proudlycanadian - May 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        It is my understanding that in their excitement, other news organizations initially made the same mistake. Congratulations to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        I know that there were a few instances where the names were transposed (as exemplified by the other links on the page/writeup I linked to). That said, FOX gets very little leeway on stuff like that, based on a lot of the rest of their schtick.

  13. phukyouk - May 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Yanks Won, Mets won, Bin Laden dead…. Pretty good day for NY

    • Phillies Homer - May 2, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      Ha… as I was watching the game last night I thought that the Phillies should just let the Mets win. To really let New York embrace the day!

      And then the Phillies put Kendrick in and I was like, touche’ Philly, touche’.

      Although Kendrick has been pretty impressive as of late…

  14. sportsdrenched - May 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I actually found out on FB, while watching SNB. But I flipped to a news station before the USA Chants broke out.

    I understand the killing OBL is largely symbolic. But, it as much a PR disaster for the terrorists as it is a PR Coup for the United States.

    This sends a message: If you are a terrorist you are not safe in Pakistan anymore.

    OBL has been an enemy combatant of US for 20 years. It’s good to close that book. I’m not so much happy about the death. I’m happy for the US Forces, CIA for accomplishing a goal they’ve been seeking for a long time, and a goal that they’ve taken a lot of crap for not accomplishing.

  15. stavromulabeta1 - May 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Ding dong the witch is dead!

  16. cur68 - May 2, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    I was traveling a bit, too. Away for 4 days and when I get back, what do I see? The Phillies & Mets in a tooth and nail lack of offense fest. The Phanatic was livelier. BV was not only dull, he was insipid. Kruk was funny. Then life intruded. Then I watched the press conference. Then I fielded calls from my family, some of them in NY. All I can say, it’s about time, but I wish they’d taken him alive. Unfolding like this and he’s ripe for martyrdom. A nice public trial with lifetime in prison would not only discredit him as a martyr but rehabilitate the USA’s image as a just country in the Middle East.

    He’d have cracked in prison. He was found in a mansion, has always enjoyed great personal freedom, access to his wealth, women (7 wives was it?), prestige, importance, a sense of being a great figure. Relegated to just another prisoner in solitary and he’d have been turning evidence as fast as he could to get some of that back. By doing so his legacy as a great revolutionary/martyr would have been severely eroded.

    Whatever, though. He’s dead. I won’t say I’m sorry to see the last of him. I fear, however, more violence in his name will occur.

    • Utley's Hair - May 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Seisenta y ocho, he never would’ve made it to prison.

      • cur68 - May 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        Yeah, you are probably right. They did get Saddam Hussien to public trial, though, so maybe. I just can’t shake the sense that killing him actually gives his cause momentum that it didn’t have. He was relatively despised by other Muslims, he was unwelcome in Saudi Arabia, his family had publicly disowned him (while privately supplying him) and his popularity in al quaeda was on the wane. His death reverses some of that.

        Alive and they can have shown him for what he was; little better than other cult figures like Jim Jones and David Koresh. Guys like that love the sense of being important; I bet that’s how he was eventually located. He couldn’t stand his leadership eroding, wanted some comfort, some ego building and to regain some of his stature with al quaeda. Someone ratted him out, likely someone with close ties to his organization. I hope the 25 million bounty comes with some stipulations (no terrorists or members of al quaeda).

  17. Reflex - May 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Like Craig I really didn’t think I could feel joy over the death of someone. But for some reason this one did it. When I heard the news I practically jumped out of bed and told everyone I knew. There is some part of me that wanted to feel guilty about it, but no, not in this case. Osama was flat out evil, in every sense and in every culture.

    I know this dosen’t end anything, I doubt he was directing Al Quaida much anymore. But it had to happen.

    I also don’t feel a trial would have accomplished much. It would have been accused of being rigged, staged, or just become a target for terror attacks. Honestly going down in a firefight was probably the best possible outcome for everyone, including Osama.

  18. thefalcon123 - May 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    With 9/11, USS Cole, the Embassy bombings, Mumbai train bombings, Istanbul bombings, Madrid train bombings, I would hesitate to give Bin Laden a score of “0”.

  19. frankvzappa - May 3, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    bin Laden has been dead for years, not sure why everybody is getting so excited now…must be the coming false flag attack, the ushering in of martial law, and the suspension of the constitution and all our rights…thats what all you morons are cheering for…

    • Reflex - May 3, 2011 at 1:17 AM

      Where did you get the tin foil hat? Do they come in other colors yet?

    • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2011 at 3:12 AM

      Damn…we came thisclose to making it through without your anarchist conspiracy theory dreck. THISCLOSE, dammit!!!!!!

    • thefalcon123 - May 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Rumsfeld: So, everyone understands right? We use remote controlled airplanes to fly into the World Trade Center, a missile for the Pentagon…and then what they hell, let’s crash a plane in bum f**k nowhere PA.

      Bush: Why don’t we crash a plane into Pentagon? Why use a missile? I mean, we’re using planes for the World Trade Center?

      Rumsfeld: It’s just easier to use a missile for that one.

      Bush: Umm…okay. So, we blame is on Saddam so we can invade Iraq…right?

      Rumsfeld: (Shakes his head). Dammit George, We’ve been over this! We blame in on Al-Qaeda, and then claim a vague, easily disprovable connection to Iraq, make up some crap about WMD and use THAT as an excuse to invade.

      Bush: But why! Just blame it on Saddamn!

      Rumsfeld: You just don’t get it. That’s too obvious. The more exploitable holes we leave in our plan, the more we’ll look like incompetent boobs and therefore incapable on conspiracy.

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