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And That Happened: Monday’s playoff highlights

Oct 9, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

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Cardinals 12, Nationals 4: Just sayin’, teams that lose their starting pitchers early due to injuries are 2-0 this postseason. If I’m the Giants or the A’s tonight, I hope for Ryan Vogelsong and Brett Anderson to get hurt. The Cardinals blast the Nats, with two homers from Carlos Beltran. About whom, some guy from Long Island probably thinking right now, was merely trolling the Mets from 2005-2011.

Orioles 3, Yankees 2: If you’re a closer, it pays to have a short memory.  Random observation based on watching Jeter misplay a couple of balls during last night’s game and, for that matter, watching two decades of Yankees playoff games: Jeter could drive his car through a crowded school playground, mowing down three score students with multiple fatalities, and whoever is covering the story would talk about how, normally, he’s such a great driver. They’d then describe the tragedy in the passive voice with terms like “the car just went into the kids near the swing set, there. Tough break for Jeter, who normally does not commit multiple acts of vehicular homicide.”

  1. royhobbs39 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    New York papers: “He may not have hit all the children, but the clutch Jeter definitely hit the ones that he needed to when it counted.”

    Sabermatrician: “But what about the kids that were out of his range?!? Sure his percentage of take-outs was high, but you are only talking about the kids who were right in front of him. What about the kids he didn’t even go for?”

    • cur68 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      The Official Scorer: “Hits to the front of Jeet’s Bentley, so damage repair bills sent to the families of those responsible.”

    • indaburg - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Brilliant.

  2. kmgannon - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    That, sir, is the best description of the media’s collective swooning over Jeter that I have ever read.

    • delawarephilliesfan - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      The media have moved on to Bryce Harper, Craig’s latest Man Crush. Though I don’t think the Harper one will last as long as the Jeter one (not a knock on Harper, more the fickleness of the press)

      • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        Are you kidding, the NY media will never move on from Jeter, he will continue to have never done a single thing wrong long after he is dead.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Fair enough — moved one wasn’t the right choice of words. They shall never move on, just add

      • bravojawja - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        When Jeter dies, he’ll just come back. That’s why he wears “2” on his jersey.

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    The Orioles welcomed October baseball back to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The rain did its best to dampen the festivities early — again — but the crowd was in no mood to play along. Tonight, both teams shortstops decided the best course of action was to introduce a little randomness into the baseball equation as JJ Hardy pulled out his seldom-used Official Keystone Cop Halloween Costume (size medium), and Jeter did his best JJ Hardy impression. Perhaps JJ was distracted with the overwhelming paperwork required to patent a new “go home!” sign, to be used by third base coaches around the league? Surely it’s time to replace the silly and confusing windmill with something a little less coarse, and more dignified.

    Ah, entropy awaits

    Still, we love our JJ SS, and many Baltimorons even managed to not boo Jeter *too* lustily. No, those jeers are reserved for Tex. Shortstops are beloved here in Charm City. Adrian Beltre too.

    OPACY is a glorious place for October baseball and it’s tensions and pressures. We O’s fans love it and miss it. I for one always learn something new when watching baseball in October. For instance, I didn’t know you could just run in circles around the catcher at home plate when you’re dead-to-rights out! Why we don’t employ this tactic at every base is beyond me.

    Either way, our other JJ (size large) came out of the bullpen to raucous applause in the ninth inning and locked the door on the Yanks. Perhaps he’s hustling those Yankees? Nicely done Jim. We hope to see that version of you in NY!

  4. bucsfan17345 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Craig, so much for that sweep you predicted, I read that bias article about Yankees being better at every position but catcher. how about centerfield, left field and at shortstop. just keep doubting us and will keep taking Care of business.
    Go O’S

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      Jeez, do people even bother reading who wrote what? If you’re going to rag on some rag on the Actual author, Drew I think.

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

        See my last reply knucklehead. My response was to those other knuckleheads agreeing with Drew, not so much to Drew. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. even if it’s the wrong one.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        There was no such indication that this comment was meant as a general comment. You’re not going to worm you way out of that with a such weak excuse. This one was SPECIFICALLY addressed to Craig. Re-read the above. Thanks for playing though, with more practice you should improve your reading skills.

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        “Jeez, do people even bother reading who wrote what?”

        Not directed at this one person, directed at “people”. Seems to me you were making a sweeping generalization about more than one person making this statement, therefore reverting back to your comment on my last post after the O’s win where you said the same thing. So obviously, I felt inclined to reply on behalf of bucsfan and the rest of the “people” you refer to.

        But I guess it’s my fault for assuming that bucsfan is a person and not “people.” Damn public education got the best of me.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Yeah, I wrote no such thing. And the word you’re trying to use but clearly don’t understand is “biased.” That’s the adjective. “Bias” is a noun.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        “Yeah, I wrote no such thing. And the word you’re trying to use but clearly don’t understand is “biased.” That’s the adjective. “Bias” is a noun.”

        Spell check, grammar check, usage check – all weak stuff. And a lot of Chutzpah coming from the guy who wrote about the “Redding Phillies” – then magically made that goof disapear

        You correctly pointed out you didn’t predict sweep, the rest is non-sense (I think he understands what the word “bias” mean, he just used the wrong form)

      • Alex K - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        This seems mean-spirited, Craig. It makes you seem like a bully, which I’m pretty sure you’re not.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Why do people get so butt hurt when anyone predicts that their team won’t win? Who cares? Around the world there are writers that predicted every possible outcome for every series, you know why? Because in a 5 game series every possible outcome is possible, with none of them being particularly unlikely.

      Every reasonable person that watches baseball understands that when two good teams play each other, the “favorite” has about a 55-60% chance of winning….being wrong when you predict something in baseball is going to happen daily.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        “Butt hurt”….Seriously? That term needs to be eliminated from popular nomenclature.

      • indaburg - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        Well, dr, what would someone say if their butt if in fact hurt?

        I like it when the pundits don’t pick my team to win. Then there’s no pressure on my team.

  5. qbcoach9 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    hahaha best Jeter coverage analogy I’ve read…

    also why does the word Jeter autocorrect to heterosexual on my android? lol

  6. darthicarus - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    I believe this Jeter analogy makes up for the peeing article from yesterday, well played Craig.

  7. stoutfiles - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    It would help if Jeter didn’t exaggerate every play he makes. For instance, every ball hit to his right he has to make a jumping throw. The media is fooled into thinking routine ground balls are Top 10 plays.

  8. biffnasty - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Jeet has earned it.

  9. bucsfan17345 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    sorry you are right it was drew

  10. qbcoach9 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Craig, why respond to negative comments? You’re a writer who has their articles posted to PST. Of which, most of your colleagues don’t come off as eloquent. It should be beneath you to sink to that level and come off as pompous by belittling a guy who doesn’t know the difference between bias and biased. You know, especially since some of us here would sell a nut to write for an acclaimed blog about sports. In the words of one of my favorite TV spots…COME ON MAN!

    • kiwicricket - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      If it won’t germinate and you can’t eat it, what value might this particular nut have?

      • qbcoach9 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM

        Its a Chinnut…you’re probably familiar

  11. Innocent Bystander - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    I’m still not sure what happened in the first inning because the announcers refused to use the words “doubled off” and “Jeter” in the same sentence. Everyone ignore it…maybe the fans at home will just see the extra out dot lit up and not ask any questions.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      I thought they just charged ARod with making two outs.

  12. kiwicricket - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Listening to David Wells is like having to endure the fat obnoxious guy next to you, in a crummy bar you shouldn’t be in, but just stopped by because it’s really hot, you fancied a beer and wanted to catch a bit of the game. Conundrum.

  13. rockthered1286 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Let’s not forget the greatest part of last nights O’s game: Sager and his attire that would make don Cherry blush. But the best part was when he said OPACY was the loudest venue he’s been to in 15 years. Impressive.

    Also note-worthy is Bucks chess match at the mound. He plans to bring in Matusz to face Swish who is 1-20 something against him. Cano at bat to be intentionally walked so Buck bring in Matusz to IBB Cano first. Why you ask? Buck knew he had to throw at least one pitch so if he waited til Swish was up, Girardi could’ve PH. Buck avoided this by bringing Matusz in early, forcing Girardi to show his hand. THAT’S how you mange a playoff game.

    BUCKLE UP BIRDLAND!!

  14. Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I have no horse in this race but it would be nice to see Thome get a ring before he retires…

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