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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts happening. Kind of like when Ash heard that tape of the professor reciting passages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. If Logan Morrison starts calling his bat his “boomstick” and decapitates a possessed Giancarlo Stanton, we’ll know that there is some serious stuff going down.

Dodgers 5, Padres 4: L.A. sports the best record in baseball at 9-1 following a walkoff RBI single by Dee Gordon. Weird triple play in this one. Runners on first and second and Jesus Guzman squared to bunt. He thought it was foul as did the runners, none of whom moved. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis fired to third, it went around the horn to second and first and everyone was out. Kind of b.s if you ask me, as the home plate umpire held his arms up as though it were a dead ball at first.

Cardinals 10, Cubs 3: Matt Carpenter only has playing time because everyone on the planet is injured, but he’s making the most of it. He’s hitting .409 with 10 RBIs in 22 at-bats on the young season. Yesterday he hit a homer, a triple and drove in five. Jake Westbrook allowed only four hits in seven innings.

Braves 7, Brewers 4: Atlanta lost its first four games but has won its last five. Chipper Jones hasn’t played much, but he’s contributed each time he has played, hitting a three-run homer in this one. Brandon Beachy gave up only three hits and an unearned run in seven innings.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 2: The Jays put up a seven spot in the sixth inning to turn this one into a laugher and averted a sweep by the Orioles. Kyle Drabek had his second strong start in a row.

Reds 8, Nationals 5: Joey Votto doubled in two in the 11th to help the Reds avoid a sweep in Washington. Grand slam for Ryan Ludwick.

Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Nothing like winning three straight over a division rival while scoring 31 runs to make everyone feel better about everything. Patriots Day game early today during which the Sox will go for the sweep. In other news, Ralph Branca threw out the first pitch. The ghost of Bobby Thomson stole the sign that was relayed to him and smacked it over the left field wall. Don DeLillo is writing all about it as we speak.

Phillies 8, Mets 2: Cole Hamels strikes out ten in seven innings, helping the Phillies avoid the sweep. Ty Wigginton drove in four, three of which came on a bases-clearing double that broke the game open in the eighth. The Phillies now start a ten game west coast swing.

Tigers 5, White Sox 2: Rick Porcello gave up one run in seven and two-thirds and Gerald Laird went 3 for 4 with a homer. Believe it or not, Porcello’s win was the first W notched by a Tigers starter this season.

Indians 13, Royals 7: The Indians scored 32 runs in a three-game sweep of the Royals, reminding everyone who thought the Royals were a sexy pick this season that they really don’t have the pitching to do it. Unless you count Mitch Maier, who now leads the team in ERA. Travis Hafner murdered a baseball in this one, sending it some 456 feet, which was one of the longest homers in the history of Kaufman Stadium.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2: Yet another game yesterday in which the winner avoided a three-game sweep. Trevor Cahill allowed only four hits, all of them singles, and only one run in seven and a third. Chris Young homered and drove in three.

Rangers 4, Twins 3: Texas scored three in the eighth, capped by a Josh Hamilton two-run bomb. Hamilton has four homers on the season and his 16 for 41. The Rangers lead the AL with an 8-2 record.

Pirates 4, Giants 1: Pittsburgh snaps a five game losing streak. Garrett Jones homered, described in the AP game story as “Jones pulled a solo home run over the right-field arcade.” When it landed it hit a guy who was pounding the l-r buttons on Track and Field so hard  he couldn’t hear the crowd noise, then it bounced over to the other side of the arcade and rolled under the Dragon’s Lair machine. Which no one ever really plays because we all feel like it’s rigged.

Yankees 11, Angels 5:  Jerome Williams got shelled out of the gate, the bullpen didn’t help and the Angels slow start continues. Raul Ibanez absolutely destroyed a baseball in the bottom of the seventh, putting it up in the upper deck on one of the longest homers ever hit in new Yankee Stadium.

Mariners 5, Athletics 3: Remember back when the Mariners and A’s used to play teams besides each other? I don’t. Brendan Ryan hit a homer. I don’t remember that happening too often either.

  1. spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Matt Carpenter, 10 RBIs in 22 ABs, yet no place to play. And when Allen Craig comes off the DL next week he will drop down a spot on the depth chart. I would say something like “Life isn’t Fair”, but he is playing Baseball in the Bigs so that isn’t really appropriate.

    • paperlions - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      Yet, for some reason everyone thumbed down my pre-season comment about Carpenter being both a better fielder and hitter than Skip. Not unlike Craig, Carpenter has hit at every level through the minors. He doesn’t have a lot of raw power, but he sprays line drives all around the park and typically takes really good ABs.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        You certainly didn’t get a thumbs down from me. Last year watching him in Spring Training I knew it was only a matter of time before he was succeeding in the Majors. I pointed out to my girl friend who joined me for a game, that he carried himself like he belonged, and that he was destined to make the parent club. I was a year off in my prediction, but he is raking now. I just do not know how we are going to get him enough plate appearances, but I like the Cards chances vs the AL in their parks during inter league play. Just imagine the Cards line-up with Craig at 2B, and Carpenter in the DL.

        Jesus, my fingers cringe even typing the letters DL. A palsy sets in and I get the yips as if I will be tasered by my keyboard for producing such a foul assemblage of letters.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Simple solution, just keep typing DL when you mean DH, and avoid the Disabled List at all costs (a smart move).

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Thanks for the correction, but rather than admitting to a brain fart, I am going with some internal neurological feedback mechanism exerting itself.

  2. spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Particularly when guys like Josh Gibson never got that chance.

    • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      OK, I am breaking a self-imposed rule. Never have I responded to others “thumbs-downing” one of my comments, cause I could give a rat’s ass, but could someone please explain to me how 4 people could possibly decide that lamenting the fact that Baseball fans across American missed out on seeing Josh Gibson play deserves a thumbs down, particularly on a comment about the results of Baseball’s celebrated Jackie Robinson day?

      • paperlions - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        I got nothin’ Spud, would have been great to see such players play in the majors.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Unfortunately there are still racist, bigoted idiots in this world, and a few still frequent this blog =\

        Also, there are obviously some people who give thumbs down just for the commentor’s name, not even the content of the post.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        Thanks, Church, I know we often disagree, but who believes it isn’t criminal that Josh Gibson never got to compete against the game’s best players?

  3. kiwicricket - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    On paper, the Tigers have arguably the worst defense in the history of the world. Didn’t do too badly over the weekend, Cabrera made some nice plays.

    Ken Harrelson’s commentary needs to be euthanized.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Ken Harrelson needs to be euthanized.

      FTFY.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Put

      Ken Harrelson’s commentary needs to be euthanized.

      On the scoreboard! Yessssss!

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    A hearty Toronto cheer goes out to our former closer Kevin Gregg. When he entered the game for Baltimore, the score was 3 to 2. There were 2 runners on base and 2 out. By the time Gregg got the third out, the score was 8 to 2. Forget those boos Kevin. We love you.

  5. proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    The Angels are now 3 & 6 after spending big in the off season. Kind of reminds me of the big spending Red Sox of 2011.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      I suppose you were expecting Pujols to tear it up out of the gate spending his whole career in the NL without any kind of adjustment period. Speaking of the 2011 Sox, remember how Gonazalez started last year? Took him about three weeks to find his groove and then he started to go off. Wouldn’t surprise me if Pujols does the same thing real soon.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM

        after spending*

      • paperlions - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

        I don’t think the adjustment is related to facing AL teams; he has torn up the AL during inter-league play his entire career. If there is an adjustment period, it is more likely to be related to changing organizations for the first time in his career. New people, new place, new everything.

        If he is pressing, I don’t think struggling will help him get over that. He’s not used to struggling. He’s used to making quick adjustments and killing the ball. Starting last year, he has had bigger holes in his swing that he had before and he is swinging at a lot more balls out of the zone than he did before.

        Time catches up to everyone. How and when it does is hard to predict. Some guys maintain their peak for a long time, some drop off slowly, some fall off a cliff…and which trajectory a player follows isn’t really related to how high their peak was.

        I think he’ll be fine for a few years. But I would be surprised if he was a serious MVP candidate more than two more times in his career.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        Good point. Fact is, as you said, there is always an adjustment period in cases like this. I don’t think anyone expected him to go Matt Kemp on the AL right away.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        I got a chance to see more of Pujols this weekend, and he looks fine. For the first half of 2011, he got into the habit of spinning off his heel, clearing his hips too early, it took him awhile, and he rectified the problem, busting out with a great second half.

        He might be pressing a little, but it is neither time nor the AL that is his current problem. And any team or pitcher who believes otherwise is in for a soon to be realized shock.

  6. randygnyc - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Ibanez has already earned half of his 1.2 million dollar salary between the few big hits/homeruns he’s already hit. This from someone who didn’t want him. He’s made every hit and RBI count.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      If Girardi plays it correctly, we have our best DH setup in years.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Good to see the Sox bats finally come alive. Hopefully Ross can keep up the good work while Ellsbury is out. His swing is made for left field in Fenway.

  8. urfinished - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Love this feature. Any way you could add the winning and losing pitcher at the end of each blurb with updated record?
    Example…
    Blue Jays 8 Orioles 2
    Blurb on game.
    W- Drabek 1-1 L Matusz 0-2
    Thanks!

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Please proceed to MLB.com or consider home delivery of a local newspaper

      • urfinished - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        I’m looking for a page where all recaps are listed with the winner and loser. I know about 50 gamblers who would love this feature rather than toggling back and forth from boxscore to recap. It’s impossible to watch every game so a recap with pitchers of record on one page is nowhere to be found.
        So a newspaper or mlb.com wouldnt have that. But thanks for the two cents internet tough guy. Go read the boxscores by yourself nerd.

      • cur68 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        Now, now, mind yer manners. I know for a FACT that Len has a time machine (built into an orange, late ’60s GTO, too, not some goofy DeLorean). Be nice to him and he can provide updates long before they happen. Also, this is ATH: that info you want is right there, one click away on each pitcher name. Another thing to know, IF you plan to come round here often, is that Len, like Ricky Henderson, has tenure. Hell, he might even have fifteenure, so insulting him isn’t likely to get the nice Mr. Clacaterra to throw you a bone (much as I like the idea, though. Pity it would mean lots of extra work for Craig, so I don’t see it happening. Someone’s gonna have to click back and forth through pitching stats, even if it isn’t you).

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Internet tough guy……..internet tough guy//////kind of grows on me. Put into consideration as a 4th alias. Thanks for the defence cur but I was usually known for being kind of nice to rookies.
        Must have been insensitive in this case as I don’t normally hang around with Sky Masterson or Nicely-Nicely

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Take it easy on the guy, Len and cur—he has probably been a (pie) lover for a long time. He hasn’t yet been informed that CAKE is the true dessert of life.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        Ur, where can I go gamble against you?

    • kiwicricket - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      I don’t think you understand the greatness that is ATH. It will remain the same, or there will be riots on the streets, and even less work will be done in the morning by it’s followers.

      • urfinished - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Alright…I’ll be nicer. His comment was uninformed and maybe I shouldve been more thorough from the beginning. I think it would be hard to argue he wasnt trying to act like a cool guy on an internet forum though so I had little patience. Either way…fair enough.
        The fact is I participate in a pretty decent size gambling community and to have a blurb like that followed by the pitchers would serve as a basis for who was responsible for the scores (or lack there of) in each game. All of that on one page would be brilliant. I just started checking this and it is very helpful and the best I have seen of this nature. So you will see me again most likely.
        Having said that, I know a lot of guys who would think It’s helpful info. If it is overly difficult to add, I understand. It was just a suggestion. I had no idea this site was steeped in such tradtion…you guys are a tight bunch.
        All the best.

      • cur68 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        Well jeez, if you’re gonna reply all classy like, maybe you’re too good for us? Fact is, all gambling aside, the notion’s a pretty good one. I’d like it, and I don’t gamble. Maybe, if Craig’s in a giving mood, he might run with it? The only thing is, all the argufying that would take place. We got the Luddites with the stats, the saberstat-heads, and the people who like both on this thing. It’d be a running bitch session each AM, in season, as to what stats should be cited. Wins/Losses & ERA wouldn’t be good enough, see? The pro-WHiP corwd would demand equal air time and then start an internal argument that they want more/different stats while simultaneously griping with the Luddites. Where would it all stop?

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Sorry for some unintended slight, the reason was I prefer the breezy, uncluttered, snarky overview Craig gives us in this daily forum.
        Besides, the Cardinal Commandment was not broken.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Actually Drabek is 2 & 0 with a 1.42 ERA. The ERA for Matuz was inflated by Gregg’s ineptitude.

  9. Francisco (FC) - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Kind of b.s if you ask me, as the home plate umpire held his arms up as though it were a dead ball at first.

    I saw the replay and the ball hit the ground behind home plate. That’s supposed to be a foul right? In any case fair or foul, THIS is why we need expanded replay. After all the Umpires felt strongly enough about it that they needed a quick chat over it. Fifth umpire in the booth could have radioed the crew and told them they &*%($* up.

    • RickyB - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Doesn’t matter that the ball originally hit in foul territory. When it spun back into fair territory, it was a fair ball. Doesn’t change the fact that the umpire screwed up by raising his hands to indicate a dead ball, whether an HBP or a foul ball. Reminds me of when an umpire called a runner safe but signaled out, so the runner was out. Manager came out to argue, but the umpire said, “The fielder heard safe, the runner heard safe, but 40,000 people saw out. So he’s out.”

      • icanspeel - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Yeah the main issue is the umpire raised his hands signaling foul, so the runners didn’t even attempt to run and were still standing on their respective bases. I am curious what his defense is of that play though.. because it turned out to be a fair ball after the fact.

    • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Unlike you Francisco the Umps do know the rules. That said, your judgement might be better.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      When the ball initially landed in foul territory, umpire Scott properly called it foul, this is usually when the fielder would “knock it foul” and end the play. However, the ball rolled – without being touched – into fair territory, at which point catcher Ellis picked up the live ball and started the around the horn triple play. When Ellis picked up the ball in fair territory Scott then properly called it fair.
      .
      Was it “fitting and fair” to the Padres?
      Probably not, but who said life was fair.
      .
      Was it properly done according to rule?
      Definitely.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Not exactly Jimbo. The ump had no business raising his hands indicating a foul ball. He shouldn’t make any signal at all until someone touches the ball or it stops rolling. This is what lead to all the confusion.

        MLB needs to address home plate ump duties. They have plenty to do calling ball and strikes, and plays at the plate, all the rest is better decided by the other 3 umps, things like HBP, fair or foul balls around home, and especially checked swings.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        The home plate umpire calls fair or foul up to 1st and 3rd bases, probably since forever. If you’re looking for a change in this, according to the glacier like pace exhibited by the nabobs in authority, your grandchildren may have to champion your cause.
        .
        As for Scott? IDK-WTF, guess that comes under the fairness doctrine.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        You are correct about the home umps call prior to the ball passing first or third, but still the ball is not “foul” until it stops moving, doesn’t matter where it hits first, unless it happens to graze the bat, batter, catcher or ump. So much like when a runner slides home and misses the plate, the ump should not make any call until the runner actually enters the dugout or is tagged out or beats the tag and touches home plate.

        Hard to know who has a better “angle” on batted balls as they approach first and third base bags. Ideally the home up probably does, if he gets his fat ass in line with the baselines rather than lollygag behind the catcher’s box. But on some smashes that could be tough.

        One simple remedy to the rapidly diminishing quality of umpiring would be to make transparent the league’s grading of the men in blue. With enough demerits, institute a probationary period, followed by a demotion to AAA, eventually down to Little League if necessary.

        The power of the Umpire’s Union is always suggested as a hindrance to the above policy, but if player’s perform poorly, they can be demoted, released or suspended and their Union is just as powerful.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      The runners should have attempted to advance regardless. They are in no danger of being called out if the ball is in fact called foul or a HBP.

  10. Alex K - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    When talking about killing baseballs Hanley’s home run from yesterday has to be mentioned. As Lar (I think) put it yesterday on twitter, “Hanley hit the ball well over the 418 mark on the too tall wall in center.”

  11. uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    The only thing I can say for sure after just 9 games into the 2012 season for the Yankees. Is that they have the exact same record as they did in 2011 after 9 games 5-4. And that in 2011 they wound up winning 97 games and finished in 1st place in the AL East last year. As for the rest of this year, who knows.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      After 9 games, every team in the AL East is either 5 & 4 or 4 & 5. The rest of the season could be a Magical Mystery Tour.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        True.

    • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      The Yanks still need starter help, maybe Pettit can help there. The Men in Pinstripes are better then in 2011 though, with a bull pen that is developing into what is arguably the best in baseball. That said, they need to be cause the Rays, Jays and O’s are also improved, and the Sox will always be tough, and may make some moves to improve later.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Pretty much spot on, one of those (or possibly two depending on the angels) is going to have a really good year and still miss out on the playoffs.

  12. cltjump - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    It’s so good to see the Braves actually lay down some run support… Keep it up, Bravos!

  13. sportsdrenched.com - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    An outfielder pitching; an opposing player hits one of the longest HR in stadium history; a team that was struggling at the plate gets healthy; and a three game sweep at the hands of a beatable divisional opponent.

    Just the Royals bein Royals

    Good news is, the Royals get to face Verlander tonight. That should go well.

  14. natsattack - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Go to sleep, Craig!

  15. Old Gator - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The Hanster washed that idiotic orange dye out of his hair and it was as if Samson had gone to Men’s Club after leaving Delilah sleeping with a bag over her head. That’s fine. I wouldn’t want to risk contracting whatever women who are attracted to that kind of look must be vectoring. Anyway, he crushed that dinger over the 418 marker and it landed in that odd little zone behind the fence that actually looks something like a hair transplant program in its early stages. I don’t know if this also means he’s finally been able to rid himself of Scrooge McLoria’s accursed .342 amulet at last – or just that he finally got up his nerve and threw it into the volcano on Martinique while R A Dickey was drawing off all the attention on Kilimanjaro in January, and the horrible thing just hasn’t found its way back to his nighttable yet. In any case the Hanster appears to be coming around.

    Infante had the first dinger, though, and it was a wonder to watch Tommy spring to life in all of his naff glory. There was a quick TV shot of the Astros watching the spectacle from their dugout and the shaking heads and sick grins were about evenly distributed. Yeah, and go home to your merely stupid choochoo train now that you’ve seen what real tastelessness is all about, boys.

    Earlier in the game the Feesh managed to waste a one-out triple by Anibal Sanchez, of all people, with a popout by Reyes and a strikeout by Bonifacio. At that point, seventh or eighth inning I think, I shut off the radio in disgust and threw Friendo his biweekly mouse. When I came back the Feesh had the bases loaded in the 11th and the Hanster was up for his second moment of truth of the game. Peeng! A moment of elation was followed by a moment of anxiety at the thought of Heath Bell warming up, but then, blessedly, I realized that the Feesh were playing at home.

    A day off, and then that notorious commyooneest operative and Feedel-loving chingarera Slobbering Ozzie returns from exile, presumably chastened and rededicated to bringing the flag home to Macondo Banana Massacre Field. One or two squeaks of protest have been met with yawns; I think that group that’s opposed to circumcision would draw more protesters to the park if they called for a demonstration at this point.

    • jwbiii - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      I am very disappointed that MLB.com does not have a clip of the Exploding Plastic Gaudy. It would be far more amusing that Ramirez’s routine MF-9 turned game winner by the drawn in outfield.

      • jwbiii - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        There’s about 1/2 second of it here. That ball was crushed.

      • jwbiii - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Uh, here
        http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?tcid=mm_mia_vid&c_id=mia

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        If you click on that link, stay for the postgame interview. I never realized that Joey Cora was a hobbit.

    • Alex K - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Hanley crushed a couple of balls to straight away center this weekend. He looks to be in a really good place hitting right now.

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Yeah, he clubbed a couple on Saturday, atrocious game that it was, that went nowhere but you can see him finding his range.

        One thing about Tommy – the existing videos of the monstrosity in action look exactly like he always will whenever he gets set off, so on those odd days when you feel a jones to behold it in action you have plenty of options already. I doubt if even the cameramen at the Feesh home games are going to bother swiveling for a look once the spectacle becomes jejune with time. I am curious, though, about exactly who it is that’s charged with the awesome responsibility of pushing the button and setting him off when a Feesh batter dings. Might make a good subject for an unauthorized autobiography.

    • Gamera the Brave - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Gator, I do believe you are developing a soft spot for Tommy!
      It’s kinda sweet, actually.
      Unless you are still busy careening back and forth through Kubler-Ross’ 5 stages, and you happened to be at “acceptance” when you posted?…

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        I think I’m still mired in the Lacanian mirror phase, actually. That, and I can’t find my syzygy this morning. I think it sank inside one of my ventricles again, which means I have to stand on my hands and bang my head against the floor to get it out again. What a nuisance.

      • Gamera the Brave - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Gator, you have again compelled me to learn something new, damn you…
        So – When Tommy manages to look at itself in the mirror, it becomes self-aware, and its Ego forms at that time, via objectification? I am outside my comfort zone a bit, psychology and philosophy not being my strong suits, but given Lacan’s connection to Salvador Dali, I am happy that I managed a Dali reference just this morning. Even though it was an idea meant to supplant your “Tommy” moniker…
        Oh, and I don’t think I have thought of “syzygy” as an internal state, just as an alignment of planetary bodies… Advil time!

    • kiwicricket - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      “The Hanster washed that idiotic orange dye out of his hair and it was as if Samson had gone to Men’s Club after leaving Delilah sleeping with a bag over her head. That’s fine. I wouldn’t want to risk contracting whatever women who are attracted to that kind of look must be vectoring.”

      How this is even slightly connected to baseball is probably it’s greatest attribute.
      Outstanding.

  16. DaGooch1979 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Welcome to the (N)YS Upper Deck Club, Mr. Ibanez. Membership #4.

    A nice all around game by the Yanks. Nova pitched well and the bats came alive. Better than the game I was at Saturday.

  17. lewp - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I’m liking the way the Rangers are getting off to a good start…it’s a long season, but I like the trend so far.

  18. APBA Guy - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    What Craig didn’t tell you about the A’s /Mariners game:

    - Brendan Ryan’s homerun came on an 86 mph “fastball” from # 3 starter “My Man” Godfrey.

    - Godfrey allowed Smoak’s HR on an 83 mph “changeup”. Note 3 mph velocity difference between so-called fastball and so-called changeup. Note # 3 starter designation.

    - Ichiro smashed a ball off Fuentes and was thrown out by a full step. Pennington smashed a ball off League and was thrown out by inches. Ichiro has visibly lost a step, and this will hurt him on infield hits. Stats from last year back this up.

    - Seattle 5-2 against the A’s to start the year. A’s now travel to SoCal to face the so far tepid Angels. Why do I think the Angels will get well during this series?

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      “so far tepid Angels”….hope it continues that way.

  19. jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Sometimes when you are given a gift you turn up your nose with disdain. Yesterday the Redlegs were given a gift by 1st base umpire Everitt when he called Rolen safe in the first inning. Clearly out by at least a step, according to replay, Everitt was confused by LaRoche’s collision avoidance maneuver. This was the 3rd out. This gift was gratefully accepted when an ensuing walk, followed by a grand slam, put the Redlegs out in front 4-0. The Gnats eventually tied the score but lost in the 11th.
    .
    No replay, no recourse.

    • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Not only that but Ludwig got a break even getting another pitch to hit, when he clearly should have been called out earlier.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        yabbot arguing balls and strikes is an exercise in futility. Replay on base calls seems more likely.

  20. scatterbrian - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    klatu barada necktie

  21. bigsexy2288 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    What’s BS is the ump in the Dodger padres game didn’t call it dead!

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