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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

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I was out of town for the second weekend in a row. This time to West Virginia to visit my mother-in-law and to breathe some mountain air. Bonus: you can pick up the Beckley, West Virginia newspaper on Sunday morning and read last Wednesday’s box scores! Reminds me of being a baseball fan back in the 80s.

Thankfully I had my phone nearby. I rarely had more than one bar because my mother-in-law lives deep in a holler, but it was just enough to keep up. But really: this is the last time I go anywhere for a while. I’m pretty sure I suffer from minor convulsions and stuff without a solid Internet connection and MLB.tv, so in my fortified — and wired — compound I shall stay.

Dodgers 3, Angels 2: The Jered Weaver vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup lived up to the hype, with each pitching fabulously. Kershaw pitched a bit more fabulously, however, and a bit longer, going the distance and striking out 11, helping the Dodgers avoid the sweep. Tony Gwynn, Jr. with the walkoff RBI single.

Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 0: The Jays sweep the Cards, taking the last one on a Ricky Romero four-hit shutout.  St. Louis has lost 12 of 15 and are 1-5 since El Hombre went down. I won’t retract my “the Cardinals can weather the loss of Pujols” rebop yet, but as a talking point, it’s officially on notice.

Brewers 6, Twins 2: In contrast, I’m feeling way more comfortable with my “I declare the Twins dead” talking point from a couple of weeks ago. Minnesota is back to its run-impaired ways, having now lost five straight, scoring a total of eight runs in those five games.

Yankees 6, Rockies 4: Ty Wigginton had two homers in a game for the second time in a week, but it was — as they say — in a losing cause. Notice no one ever talks about sucky things happening “in a losing cause?” It would be apt to say something like “Joe Schmo struck out twice and totally half-assed a grounder hit right to him in a losing cause,” but we never say that for some reason.  Oh well. On Derek Jeter‘s birthday, his fill-in, Eduardo Nunez, broke the tie with a seventh inning RBI single.

Buccaneers 14, Texans 10: See, it’s funny because they’re football team names that correspond with their local baseball teams on a day on which said baseball teams scored as though they were, in fact, football teams! It’s a clever juxtaposition! Aren’t I rich? A pill, I am! A pill!

Royals 6, Cubs 3: The first six Royals reached in the first inning, helping KC to a 4-0 lead that ended up being enough to win. In other news, my son has a Cubs cap, which he asked me to get for him because it had a “C” on it (his name begins with a C too). Yesterday he went outside to play and I made him wear his cap because it was really sunny out. He said “is it OK that I have a Cubs hat even though the Cubs aren’t very good?”  He’s 5 and does not really watch baseball at all, let alone follow it, so he would have no idea about how the Cubs do unless some kid on the playground told him that the Cubs suck while he had his hat on. This is what you’re up against, Chicago. Random kids 350 miles away are slamming you to random five year-olds. You cool with this?

Red Sox 4, Pirates 2: An error-filled game by Pittsburgh helps Boston avoid the sweep. Only one of Boston’s four runs was earned, so it’s not like the Sox bats are out of their mini-slump.

Nationals 2, White Sox 1: Phil Humber had a no-hitter into the sixth, but a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa in the seventh was enough for the Nats. With this game the John McLaren era ends for Washington. He finishes with a .667 winning percentage (2-1), which will probably have him at the top of the Nats’ leader board in that department for a long, long time.

Phillies 3, Athletics 1: Roy being Roy (CG, 8 H, 1 ER). An actual Charlie Manuel quote from after the game: “He’s pretty steady.” Gee, ya think, Cholly?  Jimmy Rollins went 4 for 4 and scored twice.

Orioles 7, Reds 5: Word to your moms, Baltimore came to drop bombs: three homers yesterday, nine in the series while scoring 17 runs. The O’s take two of three from Cincy.

Tigers 8, Diamondbacks 3: Detroit wins on the day Sparky Anderson’s number was retired. Somewhere — wherever Sparky’s soul resides — he probably told someone that Don Kelly was the next Tom Brookens and that Tom Brookens should have been the next George Kell. Which, if you followed Sparky’s career, makes total sense. A seven run eighth inning sealed it for Detroit. Jhonny Peralta was 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Mets 8, Rangers 5:  Jose Reyes had four hits and scored three runs because he’s pretty much unstoppable this year. Dillon Gee rebounds from a not-so-great start to win his eighth game with six solid innings.

Padres 4, Braves 1: It’s not every day you score four runs off Johnny Venters. In fact, it’s no day until yesterday, but the Padres smacked this year’s most unhittable reliever around for four on four hits and a couple of walks to rally in the eighth inning. Damndest thing was that Venters almost got out of it with no one scoring, but the Padres plated all four runs with two outs.

Giants 3, Indians 1: Last time we saw Madison Bumgarner he was allowing the first eight Minnesota Twins hitters he faced to reach and score. This time: he struck out 11 Indians and allowed only one run in seven innings. I guess he was well-rested this time out.

Mariners 2, Marlins 1: The go-ahead run scored when Marlin’s reliever Steve Cishek threw a wild pitch with a runner on third during an intentional walk. Holy schnikes! Best part: with the reason for the intentional walk now gone, Jack McKeon had Cishek actually pitch to the batter, who had been given three of the four balls for the walk already. Cishek struck him out. I don’t approve when pitchers come back to the dugout after a tough inning, punch something and break their hand, but in this case I think that would have been an acceptable behavior for Cishek.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    The Yankees won and continued their stranglehold on 1st place in the AL East. Before I get 30 thumbs down I’m just kidding about the stranglehold comment. Actually it’s more like a tenuous hold on 1st place and it is just 1/2 game. But the Yankees have been able to combine some pretty good pitching and plenty of offense since being swept by the Red Sox the early portion of the month going 12-4 during during that time.
    At this point the Yankees are holding their own in a very tough AL Division while waiting for some key starters and roll players to return (Hughes, Colon, Jeter, Chavez and perhaps even Marte). There is still a lot of baseball left and much can happen. That’s just my opinion.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      seven more thumbs down to go! :-)

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        30-13 = 7?

  2. Reggie's Bush - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Jose Jose Joseeeee

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Ricky Romero got his first career hit driving in 2 runs. He provided all the run support he needed in order to win his shutout. Nothing from Old Gator yet as his Marlins found another way to lose. I went to “The Queen’s Plate”, Canada’s top horse race yesterday, but could not bring myself to bet on a 50 to 1 long shot named “One Big Gator”. I did bet on a filly who was named after The Marlins. “Inglorious” was the second choice and paid $11 to win. I left very happy.
    Doc Halladay will get a very warm welcome when he visits Toronto next weekend.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM

      For me, nothing less than a sold out ball park will be acceptable for the return for the return of the Jay’s greatest pitcher. Loved the reaction of Ricky’s fellow pitchers after his first big league hit.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        Me too boys; lookin forward to the Philthy’s in TO, A LOT & the return of the Doc is just the sweet ice cream on the delicious cake that is The Beaver Boys vs The Dykstras…mmm cake & ice cream…

        ANYWAYS, is no one going to go to e-print with the words traditionally used at these moments? Because, of course, Ricky Romero did indeed (wait for it…wait for it…) help his own cause. The swing was not pretty; a sort of Jeteresque pull-the-hands-across-the-body swing, but it got he job done. The reaction of the other starters was pretty funny, too. Reyes’ ‘throw-Ricky’s-first-hit-ball-to-a-fan’ fake out was so smooth I had to watch in slow mo to make sure he actually kept it and used a deke.

        And best of all? It was the sweep! Thus the Beaver have made a 5 – 4 record out of this swing so far. Detroit next. I’m not really expecting much, but here’s hoping the New Kid gets his first win.

      • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        Absolutely Smoked by the Jays, which may not be as rewarding as Smoking a Jay, but nonetheless Cur et al, certainly have something to crow about, or squawk or whatever Jays do.

        Missing Pujols is the obvious excuse, but in reality we are particularly weak vs. lefties right now. Getting Freese back, after a long absence will help, as will the switch-hitting Punto, but it is Craig’s(as in Allen), that we really miss. It is tough to overcome Phat Albert’s busted wrist, when the reserves are also shelved.

        Our starters, while not awful, are suffering from the one big inning malady which seems to be contagious. Westbrook in particular has been sub-par, and his outing Friday was borderline ugly. He has a reputation as being a second-half hurler. Dude it is getting close to the second half! Plus, in Pujols’ absence both Holliday and Berkman seem to be pressing, both swing for the fences, I guess as compensation. Fellas, take it easy, and take what they give ya.

        On the bright side our bullpen took a decided turn for the better, thankfully, or the series vs our Canadian brethren would have been more lopsided than it was. Our weaknesses have been exposed, and we need at least a split vs. the O’s and Rays. Perhaps a road trip will be good medicine. As Chief Old Lodge Skins so poignantly proclaimed in “Little Big Man”, “Sometimes the Magic Works, and Sometimes it doesn’t”. Right now it isn’t. Sky Father, bring us some runs.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        Blue Jays do impressions. The one’s round here mimic magpie and squirrel calls. Last year, when we had a sparrow hawk nesting in the neighbors tree, they would imitate that. I don’t recommend smoking one; the feathers stink. Roasted with pine nuts, juniper berries and stuffed with bread crumbs and sage is nice, though. Or something.

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      I’m out of town – Texas, to be exact, doing some research high up in a library facility with a panoramic view of the hill country on a campus unfairly populated with an astonishing number of ridiculously beautiful women wearing shorts, thongs and tight t-shirts. I am delighted to report that mid-calf cowboy boots have fallen into fashion oblivion among the female of the species, at least hereabouts. Those of you with sadomasochistic streaks may regret that but, well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Meanwhile, the travails of my hapless Feesh seem far away when the humidity is so much lower.

      I beg to differ with my boreal bud, PC. The Feesh lost last night’s game exactly the same way they’ve lost about a dozen or so games already during the past month: they scored their one totemic run, then dared the other guys to top that. The other guys did. How they did it is nearly irrelevant at this point. A wayward pitch or throw is hardly the most original idea since the wheel, you know? Now if Cisek had thrown it into the outfield instead of to the plate, that would have been real man-bites-dog (which also happens to be the English title of a great, sick-funny, Belgian crime film that you simply must see).

      I would like to point out that Anibal Sanchez, who is defining a whole new Webster’s subset of definitions for “hard luck,” pitched yet another great game while his teammates snoozed at the bottom snug among the kelp holdfasts, gesticulated anemones and plodding sea urchins and expelled an occasional methane bubble from their collective cloacas as the lunch buffet made its way through their abdomens.

      Also, I thought I’d mention that the Curmudgeonly Undead has taken to referring to Logan Morrison as “Twitter.” Really. I guess that’s easier than trying to remember all five syllables of his name. My only issue with it is the same I have with Twitter in general: it reminds me of the noise made by the giant grasshoppers in Beginning of the End, a film that gave me nightmares when I was a kid and interfered routinely with my wet dreams.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Are you at UTSA by any chance? Your description of the student body sounds vaguely familiar. My other guess is Texas State in San Marcos. When I lived in Texas it was 75% female, and when the weather got hot (April through October) the views along the river were my idea of heaven, as hundreds of lovelies would sunbath while I’d float on by.

        Anyway, Feesh and A’s matchup starts tomorrow. I think the A’s will take 2 of 3, as your boys appear to be even more inept than mine. Care to wager a Blue Bottle on the outcome?

      • APBA Guy - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        OG, are you at UTSA by any chance? Your description of the student body sounds vaguely familiar. My other guess is Texas State in San Marcos. When I lived in Texas it was 75% female, and when the weather got hot (April through October) the views along the river were my idea of heaven, as hundreds of lovelies would sunbath while I’d float on by.

        Anyway, Feesh and A’s matchup starts tomorrow. I think the A’s will take 2 of 3, as your boys appear to be even more inept than mine. Care to wager a Blue Bottle on the outcome?

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        APBA: I’m in San Marcos. Yes, the riverbank. I can only imagine what, given the scenery, you were using as a mainmast for your spinnaker. They gutted that moldy but quaint Bauhaus brickhouse of a hotel at Aquarena Springs some years ago and made offices out of it, by the way.

        Okay, you’re on. If you make it to Macondo before I get back to The City I’ll stand you a custom coffee at the Luna Star, served as always by the lissome Brie.

  4. Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    I LOL’d @ the “Cubs hat”…

    Well, Boston is next, and not only do the Sox get to miss Roy, but they also get to face some fresh meat in Vance Worley. Lee , Worley, and Hamels are the guys to face Beckett, Lackey, and Lester. The day off kinda helps the Phillies here with Oswalt’s back going all Kapluey and all. They would have had to have used Lee, Worley, Kendrick if there wasn’t a day off.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      If they win the first 2 games, depending on what Atlanta does, I wouldn’t be surprised if they put Kendrick out there anyways. If he wins, great, if not, not a big deal.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        “Depending on what Atlanta does…”

        Seriously? Are you still worried about the division? Ugh.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        Why shouldn’t it at least be a consideration? Three months is a ton of time, and Roy Oswalt’s back issues show the lack of depth the Phillies had behind their rotation. Also, Atlanta is starting to get healthy. The Phillies were a lot later into the season when they got everybody back healthy and overcame just as big a lead to win the division last year.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        Kevin, it is simple…the Phillies are far and away a better and more talented team than anyone else in the NL East. Their pitching is better. Their hitting is better. Their fielding is better. They are better.

        And how does Oswalt’s back issue show any lack of depth? They kept him there because they stupidly thought he would get better. They have a guy pitching like a young stud in Worley. At this point, they can let Oswalt get better, provided he stays off bulldozers, and see what happens in September. When your team pitches Doc, Lee and Carlton 3 of 5 days, and can even skip KK when there is a day off, there’s no reason to worry about how Atlanta does…or anyone else in the division.

        Save your energy for worrying when the playoffs start.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        Because Worley is more fluke than stud, and the Braves’ pitching was just as good as the Phillies’ even before Oswalt went down. The Phillies have three aces and a whole lot of drek. As for the offense, the Phillies and Braves have been equally putrid, but the difference is Atlanta can reasonably expect Heyward and Uggla to pick it up. Where is Philly’s boost coming from?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        Kevin, you are a Phillies hater so I understand your frustration. But if you think the Braves staff is as good as the Phillies then I want some of what you are smoking. Doc, Lee and Carlton are all better than any of the Braves starters. Hudson and Lowe are eligible for AARP benefits this season, and they are pitching like it. Worley is pitching as good as Beachy. Both Jurrjens and Hanson have had injury problems while Doc, Lee and Carlton continue to churn out complete game gems.

        So keep on hating while the Phillies build their lead from 5 to 7 to 10 and beyond.

      • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Fior, the Phils are certainly finding all ways to win, and you can take pride in their accomplishments to date. However, the statement that their hitting is better than anyone else in the NL East, is borderline delusional. For instance, BA- Mets .258(5th), Phils .246(10th), or, Runs- Mets 337(6th), Phils 320(7th), or OBP- Mets .330(3rd), Phils .320(6th), or HR- Nats 72(6th), Phils 64(8th), and OBS- Mets .709(7th), Phils .693(9th).

        Perhaps the Philadelphia area school systems teach differently, but in Ol’ St. Lou we were taught that 3 is higher than 2, 5 is more than 4, and 10 is better than nine etc., you get the gist.
        Just so I know, what measurement were you using to support your notion that the Pheelies were
        in a class all their own, offensively, in the NL East?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        Well, Jurrjens and Hanson have been pitching at least as well as the top of the Phillies’ rotation, as their numbers bear out. The Philly rotation might be a bit better (mitigated by the loss of Oswalt), but the Braves’ bullpen has been by far the best unit in baseball this year. That’s why, overall, the Phillies have a 3.05 ERA to the Braves’ 3.10, a 3.10 FIP to the Braves’ 3.12, and a 3.33 xFIP to the Braves’ 3.32. But yeah, their pitching is soooooooooooo much better.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Potatoman, in the words of the great Walter Sobchak, “YOU HAVE NO FRAME OF REFERENCE!!!!” I was really discussing the Phillies skills versus their only true competitor in the NL East, those Atlanta Braves, when I went ballistic with my comments that the Phillies have better hitting, pitching and defense.

        I will grant you that teams like the Mutts and the Gnats have scored some more runs and have better batting averages than the Phillies and the Braves, but really…would you rather be rooting for the Mutts/Gnats “offensive dominance” or the Phillies/Braves and their “pathetic” offenses? Even I, being the #1 Tomahawk chop hater in the Delaware Valley would have to concede that I’d rather be a fan of them this year than the Mutts and Gnats, although if you asked me which team has the best chance of unseating the Phillies this decade, I would say the Gnats and not the Braves.

      • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        Fior, just a little commenting advice, “Say what you mean.”

    • APBA Guy - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Let me add a few words of praise for the Phightins, and for J5 in particular, for calling the A’s series: 2 of 3, all close games. Nicely done! Readers from Friday will recall I had it a likely sweep for the Phils, with an outside shot of one game for the A’s. Jonny had it pegged cold, no dissimulation, no hesitation.

      The A’s did get one game as San Diego native Trevor Cahill outdueled fellow San Diego native Cole Hamels in Game 2.

      It was particularly cruel yesterday that Oakland born and Alameda resident Jimmy Rollins clubbed the A’s into submission. My girlfriend watched the first inning with me and after the Phils got 2 she said “Game over” and went and did something productive while I endured the futility of watching the A’s flail and wail against the Doc. Every year Jimmy holds baseball clinics in Alameda and at his old high school (Encinal), which has to be fabulous for those kids.

      Having now played the Yanks, Red Sox, and Phils, and having lost handily to all 3, the A’s provide an excellent barometer for comparison. My feeling in watching the Phils was that the Sox match up best to them. The Yankees can really hit, and Len and Uyf can call me out on this if they want, but the Sox and Phils have better rotations and defenses. The Phils defense is shockingly good. Or quietly good, since it isn’t talked about as much. But it’s the old Earl Weaver theory of strength up the middle: Chooch, Utley and Rollins, and Victorino. They made every play. Nothing flashy, no behind the back, just every play. Similarly the Sox defense is excellent, with better corner OF defense than the Phils, but Salty isn’t in the same class as Chooch behind the plate.

      The Yankees bullpen is better, I think, mainly because of Mariano. He’s still so solid at the end. But in a short series, pitching and defense is the formula. And even though nothing is guaranteed, one team can get hot etc, for this year so far I see the Sox and Phils in the Series as the most likely outcome.

      Which of course makes this Boston v. Philadelphia series so intriguing. I’ll be watching as much of that as I will of the A’s at home to the Feesh, in between trips to Wikipedia to decipher OG’s comments.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        I humbly accept the thumbs up, But I was just playing the odds. And in Baseball that’s going to win more times than not. See 90%, maybe more of the series against the Phillies have ended up 2-1 this season. Looking at WPct it also leans that way, so with a team like the A’s I figured to go the safe bet.

        How about Moscoso and Worley? I was floored by the dual no hitter going 6 until Worley gave up a hit, followed by a proud Philly moment as he got a nice round of applause that confused my wife. After I explained “why” she said “isn’t that what he’s supposed to do?” Ahhh geez, Phillies fans kill me sometimes when they can’t remember what it was like before great pitching came to town.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        J5, I was in Disney World relaxing after 5 days of living hell with temperatures around 100 with the heat index watching that game between Worley and Moscoso and I have to admit it…by the second inning, I was snoring so loud, you could hear me sawing wood over the Fantasmic Fireworks. As I said in a post somewhere else today, Other than the two starts where they dicked around with him, Worley has had 4 lights-out starts this season. I like the Mohawk man and think he will do quite well learning from this staff of Aces.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        APBA and Jonny, I’ve never been as enthralled during such an offensive shutdown as I was at the Bank on Friday. I’ve never been as excited to watch nothing happening on the field. There were also some impressive flashes of the leather that night. Only about a handful of people left prior to Francisco’s hit. The place went absolutely nuts.

        (Of course, on the flip side of that, traffic was insane getting in and out. Jonny, you were there, right? ‘Cause there was a car in front of me with Jersey tags, so I automatically knew it was you.)

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        Chris, You know, as excited as I am to see Worley do just awesome, and agree he’s got crazy potential with the guys in front of him giving him great advice. I can’t help but to be reserved in my excitement. It’s happened too many times when batters learn a pitcher, and what he can do, they can get destroyed. Sure, when you have to face 2 aces and a Worley, who will you study? I’m not saying, I’m not as excited as the next guy so far, I just wouldn’t be shocked if after some face time, batters start hitting his pitches. But until that day comes, if ever? G-damn, that boy good…

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        Ha!! Lol, not me. I hang in the lot after the game anyway. I beat the mad rush home by not being a part of it. I’m only about 20 minutes away without traffic. With traffic, it’s an hour. So I chill until the coast is clear then get going.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        As I told APBA on Friday, the Bus is good—so far anyway—but it depends on which one is there, which happens all the time with the young guys.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Tigers regained sole possession of first place in the AL Central. Given that Justin Verlander can’t pitch everyday, we’ll see how long it lasts.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      Don’t be so concerned, Michael. The Twins are dead, Indians are swooning. White Sox never keep their play consistant, KC has Frenchy, so what can stop the Tigers?

      • Detroit Michael - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        The Tigers are fully capable of stopping themselves! They look like the favorites now in a weak division, but Cleveland and Chicago certainly both have shots still.

  6. kopy - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Oh, poor, naive Craig getting fooled again. You say the Twins are dead, again, and I say they had a long road swing against 2 NL division leaders. The next 20 out of 24 are played in Minneapolis and will be the true litmus test.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    And that happened- yesterday Yankee Stadium- Bernie Williams hit a double followed by a Tino Martinez home run to lead the Bombers to a 2-0 victory, David Cone takes the loss.
    In the interest of historical accuracy, unlike the MSM getting their story wrong about 3 Yankee managers in attendance, What is Yogi, chopped liver.
    Gene Monahan was rightfully lauded for 49 years as trainer with parting gifts that looked like “The Price Is Right” on steroids.
    Split award for “Biggest Toad in the Puddle” (not to be confused with THE FAT TOAD) has David Wells using his credentials as a Shriner’s Converntion organizer to try to Out-Sterling poor John with glad handing, and Jorge who was allowed to don catchers gear and double-time it because Jeter wasn’t there to help dispense refreshments.
    I truly love Old Timers Day, oh, and then we had 8 1/2 innings of baseball, hit a few home runs and remained in first place.

    • kopy - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

      That’s a comically poor choice of words about the Yankees’ head trainer receiving gifts “on steroids” as a pension.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Oh, I dunno. I bet Len knew EXACTLY what he was doing there. The dude knows, man. He KNOWS. I wouldn’t bet against Len knowing just who shot JFK, too.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        kopy- Actually, it was considered by myself to perhaps be misconstrued. Over-the-top and on steroids are synonymous in current use. I respect Gene Monahan’s work over the years and KNOW he didn’t pass them out in the locker room, however a person with his sports medicene backround would have had to have strongly suspected which of his patients did use them. He kept the code of the clubhouse, which is fine with me
        So, I did use the more incinderary term but in an ironic, triple-negative way. Or comically poor intentionally but not over-the-top

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        In a southwestern city , not even as big as Milwaukee at the time, on an unseasonably warm afternoon in late November, a large plane condescends onto a small runway….,….,…Oh, thanks for your support, cur.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Hey, no prob Len. You just give me a 48 hour head start when my name eventually comes up on the “Targeted” list, kay? Just enough time to find Jessica Alba and make known to her my intentions. Then let the chips fall where they may….

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

        cur- Just don’t go all Nicholas Cage on me here. You can have your dalliances for a while, but I’ll disappear at the end, and I don’t like trite sequels.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Phillies score 5 runs and take two of three from a very tough pitching staff from the AL West. Now come the Red Sox, having played down to the lowly Padres and Pirates going 1-4 after a 14-2 stretch against the likes of the Rays, Yankers, Jays and Brew Crew.

    Amazingly, the Phillies only have the advantage in one of the three games, and it isn’t even the one with an ace pitching. I would call Beckett/Lee and Lester/Hamels a wash while Worley/Lackey is absolutely in the Phillies favor and anybody who says differently are wearing their “Red Sox” colored glasses.

    I’ll be there tomorrow night in the Hall of Fame club rooting for a good pitching match-up, which probably means a 12-10 game where both starters are out in the 5th inning.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      I actually think Lackey is going to do better for the rest of the year than many think. His peripherals have been very good since he returned, even if the results have not matched up.

      That said, I’d take Lee over Beckett and Hamels over Lester right now.

      That said that said, Boston’s offense is far superior.

      That said that said that said, it’s in Philly.

      So who knows. Should be fun!

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        I agree that Lackey has been better, but Worley has been lights out in 4 of his 6 starts this year. His two bad starts were when they were dicking around with him in the rotation. Now that Oswalt is back on the bulldozer, I think we will see this kid shine. Maybe not against the potent Sox lineup, which is clearly the best in baseball when healthy.

        I was trying not to be too much of a homer when I called Beckett/Lee and Lester/Hamels ties…sure, I would take Lee and Hamels over the other two for the season…but for these games, I see the match-ups being even.

    • 24missed - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      I can’t wait to see the Mr. B and Mr. L match-up. That ought to be interesting.

      But, by far the one that has to be seen and read about and youtubed about and all is the Lackey match-up. Here’s hoping someone has pulled him aside and given him consequences for his behaviors.

  9. addictedzone - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    The Marlins have signed Roseanne Roseannadanna to be their new radio play by play person. This way they have a logical and trademarked line with which to end the broadcast each and every night:

    “Well it just goes to show you, it’s always something.”

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      And her alter ego can reply “never mind”

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Emily Litella

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      The way things have been going, if the Feesh really want to deliver the message of the month, they ought to sign Royal Dano, that tall guy in the black suit from The Right Stuff who went around telling the freshly minted widows that their husbands would be coming home in a pail.

  10. pauleee - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Angels woulda, coulda, shoulda swept the Dodgers this weekend. Yeah, Walden pitched like dogmeat, but in the bottomof the 9th Gordon was out twice, first at second when he overslid the bag and Aybar blocked his knee from contacting the base and at home, which was the closer play, but I still think ws callled incorrectly. Wouldn’t the back of the glove count just as much as the front?

  11. natstowngreg - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    We’re in the top half! Woohoo!

    And, as a bonus, we have the Braves’ fans looking in their rear view mirrors. Remember, objects in your mirror may be closer than they appear.

    Last time the Nats visited Disneyland, Frank Robinson and Mike Scoscia almost got into a fight. That would have been a classic.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:52 PM

      Oops, this was supposed to go under the rankings post. Give myself a thumbs down.

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