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ALDS Tigers-Yankees Game 1 Liveblog: POSTPONED

Sep 30, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

Yankees' Sabathia waits to catch fly balls during workout day before their MLB American League Division Series against the Tigers begins in New York

10:24: Live blog over, kids. Back to some normal posting. And “Ghostbusters.” The boys just got arrested and the EPA man is going nuts. Enjoy!

10:21: They’ve postponed the game. Same game time tomorrow, but it will still be Game 1, picking it  up in the 2nd. Sunday will be Game 2 at 3:07PM. No day off, Monday in Detroit.

10:17: Worth noting: because of the rules changes from 2009, they won’t just scrub this game. Playoff games that are suspended have to be played to their conclusion, so they’d pick it up again in the third inning with the score tied 1-1.  No word on whether they’ll suspend it yet, but it’s still pouring in New York. Looks grim.

10:13: Sigourney Weaver in her Zuul phase: pretty important to me when I was, like, 11 years-old. Just sayin’.

10:00: Gozer was very big in Sumeria. Big time.

9:52: People at the ballpark tweeting that it is pouring even worse now. After they took the tarp on and treated the field. This is awesomeness. They may bang this game. Which kind of throws a wrench into this liveblog, but hell, I’ll stick with “Ghostbusters” until it’s over if that’s what it takes.

9:48: Also, even if Ecklersley is saying something that is 100% truthful, his manner is of the man you meet at a semi-seedy bar who has all kinds of theories about how the government is out to get you and stuff.

9:46: David Wells talking about how long you can go after a rain delay. He has always been a conundrum for me. Obviously didn’t take care of himself. Like, at all.  But he was a durable mofo.  If Kruk didn’t say that line about “I ain’t no athlete, I’m a ballplayer,” Wells would have eventually said it himself.

9:42: Tarp is off. They’re treating the field. But the radar is icky. We may be with “Ghostbusters” for a while. “That must be some cockroach.”  “Bite your head off, man.”

9:37: Commercial for the “Footloose” remake. We needed that like we need a “Ghostbusters” remake. Oh, wait

9:28: “Type something, will you? We’re paying for this stuff.”

9:24: “Ghostbusters” is on VH-1 right now. So, like, someone tell me when this ballgame starts again. Until then, there is no baseball. There is only Zuul.

9:16: I wish this was a Braves game on TBS in the late 1980s so they’d show “Two Mules for Sister Sarah” during the rain delay.

9:09: And the tarp is out.

9:04: They gotta get the tarp out there.

9:02: Ugh, really coming down now. Just what everyone wants from the Sabathia-Verlander matchup: a long rain delay that puts A.J. Burnett in the game.

9:00: Verlander threw 25 pitches in that first inning. That’s definitely a pattern the Yankees would like to see repeated for a few innings.

8:58: End of 1. Tigers 1, Tigers’ defensive indecisiveness 1.

8:57: And it’s pouring rain. The rich people behind the plate pretty much sprinted back to whatever luxury digs they have back in rich person land.

8:55: And we’re tied. Looked like they could have gotten Jeter at home. I’ve got this notion that defensive miscues will cost the Tigers a game in this series. These aren’t egregious or anything, but they’re giving me the willies.

8:53: Eeek. Looked like Cabrera had the easy out at second base. Oh well.

8:52: Anderson called Avila “a good catch and throw guy.” Which he is, but it’s worth noting that Jeter’s on base because Avila could neither catch nor throw strike three.

8:48: Jeter probably stuck out on purpose in order to reach. Totally professional move on his part.

8:43: Top of the first over: Right field porch 1, Yankees 0.

8:41: Delmon Young homer. Caught by a guy from Geneseo — on the sweatshirt — who looked a little too happy to be catching an opponent’s homer.

8:39: Also: Anderson likes to call lineup slots the “___-hole.”  Often. That will not get old.

8:36: I like Brian Anderson as an announcer, but someone should tell him that Alex Avila is not a rookie.

8:34: I like the Nissan truck commercial. I don’t like Deion Sanders commercials. That is all.

8:30: TBS promo: “Legends are born in October.”  Which I suppose means that nothing legendary will happen in this game. Night folks!

8:23:  Hey, Halladaysbiceps is back!  Welcome back, sir.  Comments just got more … interesting.

8:22: Cal Ripken and David Wells in the studio show have me sayin’ “man, that’s some BALD.”  Eckersley, however, has his hair feathered like the wings of a majestic bird.

8:20: A reader asks on Twitter: “Don’t bosses typically hire people to do things like liveblogging for them?”  Hurm.  Good point. And I’m guessing all the other HBT bloggers are off getting their Friday night drink on.  As always, I’m a sucker.

8:13: Come on in. Sit right down.  Get your refresh button good and loose, because I’m going to be live-blogging this game. LIKE A BOSS.

  1. cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    “2 mules for Sister Sarah” eh? What they should play is Justice League of America re-runs. Then we’d see who we have to thank for all this rain. Actually we know who we have to thank for this rain, don’t we Craig?

    C’mon, dude, do the right thing….

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      I’m watching Slap Shot…God Bless DVR…greatest invention ever.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM

        Gears of War 3 for me.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        North Carolina v Duke in college soccer for me. In the 2nd overtime. Exciting game.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

        UNC/Duke, what channel?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        It was on Fox Soccer Channel. It is over now. Ended in a 2-2 draw. Ugly incident at the end of regulation saw a UNC player sent off.

    • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      re; “Type something, will you? We’re paying for this stuff.”

      Apologize to Aquaman will you? We’re all paying for that stuff you wrote.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    If anybody is up early tomorrow morning, at 7:30 on ESPN2 Everton and Liverpool square off in the Merseyside Derby. Always an intense rivalry.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      By then, this game may be in the 8th inning.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM

      Then on Sunday, at 11 AM on Fox Soccer Channel Arsenal square off against Tottenham in the North London Derby. Also on Sunday, although interested parties will have to find an internet link for this, Fulham (featuring American star Clint Dempsey) takes on Queen Park Rangers in another London Derby. Should be an interesting, though less high profile, match. Fulham fans think QPR fans are a bunch of thugs, while QPR fans think Fulham fans are stuck up pansies.

  3. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Is it me, or does the talent at the TBS desk seem very second rate after watching the MLB network all season?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM

      Eckersley was pretty good the couple times I caught him on NESN. He seems to be intimidated or not forward enough to get in some conversation over Wells and Ripken. The other guy on this panel is about as useless as a third tit.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        I am not digging the announcers either. Obviously I am a huge Smoltz fan, but he seems like a robot on TBS as opposed to the funny dry wit she displays when calling the rare Braves game.

        And Daring is laughable at best. All announcers are masters at stating the obvious, but it is all he has going for him. And the he has the personality of a rake.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:59 PM

        Your right though – Eck isn’t that bad. But Billy is the better Ripken as an analyst and I thought Boomer would be more outspoken.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    This rain delay is the reason these idiots should start the night games at 7:00PM and the day games earlier during the playoffs. This game started @ 8:37 and will conclude @ probably 4:00AM in the morning with this rain. And they always wonder why they lose young fans over the last 20 years on a national level.

    • phenom - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      Yeah, my kids just went to bed, pretty much because of this delay. They’ll be ready to watch tomorrow, and we have a World Series rule in our house – kids can stay up to watch WS games as long as they’re watching. They’re 8 and 6, and love the game.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        Sorry to hear that. I understand your rule. Kids need their sleep. That’s what angers me. These games should be on earlier because of this. It has always angered me. But, they need to maximize prime-time dollars. Sickens me. Sorry your kids have to be a victim of this multi-decade problem.

  5. dcswamp - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    The Shining on BBC America…No Beer and no TV make Homer Go ..something…somethin

  6. Ralph - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    This is ridiculous. I’m 2 miles from the stadium in Astoria, Queens and it only just started raining, and it’s just a drizzle.

  7. dcswamp - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    The MLB employee who decided to start this game should be given a pink slip…”this would have never happend if Bud Selig were sitll alive.”

    • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      Gee, weather reports were wrong. what a surprise.

  8. cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Jeez. Aquaman really saved it up for his revenge, eh? Sigh. Might as well go work on chapter 4 some more. According to some it is “seriously deficient in proof”. %^^*& proof…

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      Listen, cur, Aquaman doesn’t control the rain. He isn’t powerful enough. Superman used his super cooling breath, froze a lake, and dropped it from 30,000 feet over Yankee stadium.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        Dude, those superhero types are thick as thieves. You think Supes dong this for the laughs? Ok, well Craig did earlier this season make allusion to the fact that he Craig thinks Batman, that no-talent in a cowl, is better than Supes, so yeah, Supes could be gettin’ his frozen breath on for this outta sheer spite. But really? He’s doing Aquaman a solid. Probably Aquaman promised him some hot mermaid action if comes through. Hence Aquaman needs appeasing.

        Personally I’m a big Batman fan, but lets face it, when Batman wants to get his vengeance on he’s gotta go train with Liam Neeson for like 10 years before he gets it up. Not Supes. He’s ready to roll right outta the womb. Hence it’s safe to insult the hell out of Batman. Superman and Aquaman, though, those “Born-Supers”; they tight. Ditto Thor, Wonder Woman, or any of your legit all-mighties. But Hawkeye? Total dweed with a bow. See? Nothing happened. Hulk? Weellll,… Hulk you leave alone.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

        Superman is superior to all, cur. Out of the womb or not, it doesn’t matter. Superman will kick all ass. Batman is a wannabe.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

        I’m a wannabe. I respect and admire all wannabes. I respect and admire Batman. But you can safely insult him. Not so much with dudes who have dominion over the heavens and the earth and the deep blue sea, though. Just ask Ulysses. Just ask Craig, if he can hear you through all the water in his ears.

  9. natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Joe Torre just said it’s postponed. Game 1 will resume tomorrow night, Game 2 on Sunday. Unless it rains tomorrow night.

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