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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 21, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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It’s August 21. On this date in baseball history, Babe Ruth became the first major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs as the Yankees beat the Browns (1931), the first Little League World Series tournament was held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1947), Brewers closer Rollie Fingers became the first player in major league history to record 300 career saves as Milwaukee topped the Mariners (1982), and Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball was sold via auction for over $750,000 (2007).

Your Saturday box scores:

Cardinals 0, Cubs 3

Brewers 11, Mets 9

Reds 3, Pirates 5

Indians 1, Tigers 10

Rangers 2, White Sox 3

Red Sox 4, Royals 9

Dodgers 6, Rockies 7 (13 innings)

Yankees 4, Twins 9

Mariners 0, Rays 8

Giants 5, Astros 7

Phillies 5, Nationals 0

Diamondbacks 1, Braves 8

Orioles 8, Angels 9 (12 innings)

Blue Jays 1, Athletics 5

Marlins 1, Padres 14

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    The Gods of Baseball are perverse. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox got whupped. Both teams have pitching problems going into the playoffs.

    • dailyrev - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Been watching those Canadians the past couple weeks and they’re a few parts away from actually contending, yes even in the AL East. And Morrow gets this year’s prize for best use of Twitter, apologizing to the fellow he gave the 98mph nose job to.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      proudly, I’m happy to see that on a day when the Blue Jays lost to Oakland 5-1 your comment is about the pitching issues confronting the Yankees and Red Sox. Two teams that are approximately 13 games ahead of the Jays and that both have so far winning in season records over them. Keep up the good work.

      • paperlions - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Because that 5-1 loss is a valid argument against the claim that the Red Sox and Yankees have pitching issues?

        This is just one of many reasons that Yankee fans are annoying, the fact that the Yankees are better than Team X has no bearing on the validity of the opinions of fans of Team X on the Yankees….who do most certainly have pitching issues.

        Good up the good work (assuming here that your job is being an arrogant ass).

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        Leave uyf1950 alone!

      • uyf1950 - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        paperlions, would you like another reason why Yankee fans may be annoying and perhaps me in particular? It’s because they root for a team that while non fans like to criticize for a myriad of reasons they wish their teams and owners were more like them. Paperlions I don’t know or care what team you are a fan of but may be I’m not the one that’s arrogant may be you need to look in the mirror. Your reply to my post speaks more about you then it does me.

        BTW, while your at it should you reply to this comment. Perhaps you could explain to my “arrogant ass” as you put it. What “Good up the good work” means.

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        UYF1950: The working definition of sentimentalism (“cheap sentiment” beyond the ambit of the literary discourse) is “an excessive response to an inadequate stimulus.” You have, therefore, just been subjected to an expectoration of cheap sentiment. Here’s a little anecdote to illustrate the point:

        This particular teapot tempest recalls a halcyon afternoon in the summer of 1961 when I was visiting my big Yonkiss fan of a grandpa in his Alphabet City apartment, sitting in the little bedroom with a window facing the alley with its clotheslines (full body underwear with the tushy hatch hanging open for better drying) and watching the Yonkiss play one of the afternoon games teams did play back then on his old wood-console composite radio/TV set with its smartphone-sized black and white screen. No air conditioning, just an old oscillating fan with a compromised bearing someplace that occasionally emitted something between a whine, a squeak and the “help me! Help me!” cry at the end of The Fly. No peanuts, no hot dogs (trefe!) but we did have my grandmother’s ambrosial sweet-tangy chicken fricasse with unborn eggs, or her equally mind boggling choluptches (stuffed cabbage, for the unchosen), or on lighter days, when there was no fleisch on the menu, deviled eggs and garlicky eggplant salad with sweet apple and raisin kugel with whipped cream – no, not from a can, from a bowl and whisk – for dessert, and big chunks of her homemade caraway cornmeal ryebread or egg chollah and real coke bottles full of Coke chilled in a real ice box.

        And we’d watch the Yonkiss with Red Barber and Phil Rizzuto and the sublime Mel Allen (there never was, and never will be, another voice like his) calling the plays. Now my grandfather couldn’t speak much English and his glutinous Russo-Romanian patois made whatever English he could speak indecipherable to anyone without one of those Dick Traski wristwatch decoders, but he would call the plays – “Hiss goink t’ bont – vhy bont vinyur leedink bafife rons, hah?”) ahead of the broadcast team, and he was nearly always right. Anyway, this was a season when the Yonkiss were going to win 109 games, take the AL pennant by 8 games (against a Detroit team that won 101 freaking games itself and could snap off the ass of any team on the field today, mind you, but was fishing in October in 1961). There wasn’t a question about it, even in the dead air of that brutal September heat in that little stuffy room in Nyork where the underwear hanging from that fifth floor walkup clothesline across the alley never so much as fluttered at its cuffs even once. The Yonks were playing Baltimore and they had already won something like 105 games. I think they’d clinched a week or so before. They lost a close game. My grandfather threw his hands up over his head, snapped off the TV in utter disgust, and stalked out of the room snarling, “The Yonkiss stenk!

        He left half of his kugel sitting on the nighttable. I finished it off.

        But the thing is, UYF1950, to paraphrase Barry Goldwater, extremism in the pursuit of fandom is no vice.

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Paul Harvey……….Good Day!

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Why is it that Yankees and Phils fans so easily criticize other teams, criticize their own teams, but cannot tolerate outside criticism of their own teams and/or players?

        That’s really not fair is it. This only applies to some Yanks and Phils fans.

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        Wisch – Not entirely true, we mainly criticize the Yankees for their less-than-162-win seasons because all of us can manage better than the incumbent. Plus, we’re from New Yawk. What other teams, there’s that.
        Feelies fans can speak for themselves

  2. dailyrev - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Saw the end of Angels-O’s and had to wonder: didn’t this team lose a player last year to a broken leg amid the same sort of post-walkoff shenanigans? And if Fat Mike can’t keep this stuff under control after that happened, should he be managing at all? I mean it’s a simple message: OK, cream pies, gatorade showers, and other non-violent celebration is permissible. Otherwise, act like this isn’t the first game you’ve ever won. I’m fairly sure that guy I’m talking about was on the DL for a good piece of this season, and his leg was broken at home plate by his teammates around this time last year.

    • pauleee - Aug 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      Yes, last year Kendry(s) Morales was injured on a walkoff Grand Slam, and has not played since. A freak accident, unprecedented as far as I know, and something that hasn’t happened since, even though every team displays some variation of this celebratory scrum. On any given night.

      The Halos are inexplicably still in this thing and the win was rather unlikely after giving up 2 in the 12th, but by all means, let’s keep them from showing any emotions after gaining ground on the Rangers. Perhaps simple handshakes all around, followed by a cheer – Two, Four, Six, Eight, who do we appreciate? The Orioles, the Orioles, Yay!!!! – would have been more to your liking?

      Cream pies? What if Abreu likes cake?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Your Sunday Brunch Tweeter Report: Mantis Man went ohfer five for Nawlins against Round Rock – Buddha knows how many kalisches and donuts he scarfed off the buffet before the game, or if he was just favoring his groin (though to be fair, really, whom amongst us doesn’t? Oh…sorry, Padre Doyle…). But in any case his batting overage has plummeted to .188, leaving him .61 below the dreaded .249 Beinfest sentdown horizon and about six hits in his next ten at bats to go just to merit a look. Sunday Brunch Tweeter Report Bonus! Chris Coghlan, otherwise known as “2009 Rookie of the Year” Chris Coghlan, played his first game for the Zephyrs last night and went two for five with a pair of doubles, a run and a ribby. He is now batting an astonishing .400, which probably indicates that his knee is okay. Obviously, guys don’t favor their knees like they do their groins. Want proof? Oh, and Cur68, this is just for you. The owner of the Zephyrs is – are you ready for this? – Don Beaver.

    And now for the Feesh. Well, what can you say? Concluding our gossamer allusions to all things Canadian, the Feesh collapsed like the Grand Banks cod population last night (another object lesson in the consequences of failing to favor one’s groin). They couldn’t pitch – except for mopup man rookie Jose Ceda, who inherited the Padres when they were too tired from driving in fourteen runs on sixteen hits off’n his three predecessors to keep their heads up, much less favor their groins. The Teal Tooters have now sunk to twelve whole games beneath the strange attractor. Do they even know where it is anymore? I suspect that when they look up, they get dizzy, the way Tweeter gets dizzy when he looks up at .250. The Gnats are off on a breeze someplace, and the Mutts, though they’re playing not much worse than the Feesh, are pulling away anyhow. It’s getting so you wonder when Scrooge McLoria will conjure up his little black devils to option Larry Beinfest to New Orleans, and bring up Zephyrs GM Mike Schline.

    Just to give you some idea how badly things are going for Team Teal, next weekend is one of their so-called “Super Saturdays,” which always conclude with a memorial concert for the team’s 2011 playoff delusions. This coming “Super Saturday” the Feesh decided to pack all their good luck charms into one great show. It features Wyclef Jean, who is from Haiti – that cosmic vortex of good luck – and the
    latest forecasts are predicting that Hurricane Irene will be bearing right down our throats that evening.
    So it goes.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      OG – After three weeks at the beach favoring my groin, there’s nothing better than comin back to your Feesh stories.
      I can only imagine the cosmic vortex as something I’ve seen on the DailyMotion B&W long version of Inagaddadavida video.

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Dear Buddha, that song is even worse than I remembered it – and all I ever did was smoke hash and screw to it!

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        I like Slayer’s version better…

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      OG, every time I start to wonder why I’ve chosen to drop in to the feelie gossip column, I’m favored by one of your divine epistles(two today!).
      Thank you

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM


        De nada. But like the Good Book says, there’s bigger deals to come.

        Uh…perhaps I’m being presumptuous. You have read the Lankavatara Sutra, haven’t you?

  4. yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Other than his next needed start vs. the O’s, which he may or may not win, AJ will be deposited in the dipsy dumpster and that will be that.
    Cost of doing business.

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      AJ cliche’: Million $ arm – 10 cent head

  5. mvpolamalu - Aug 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    You forgot that this was the day the white sox used the midget in a game

    • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      Ozzie went out on the field?

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