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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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Mets 9, Marlins 1: How about this Jacob deGrom kid? He follows up a seven inning, zero run performance against the Braves with a seven inning, one run outing here. Plus he [altogether now] helped his own cause by hitting what we would have called the Game-Winning RBI if it was the 1980s and we still tracked things like Game-Winning RBI. Then we’d go watch “Alf” or “Night Court.” Or do some coke in our Wall Street office or posture against the Soviet Union. I dunno, I was just a kid then. That whole decade blurs together for me.

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4: Madison Bumgarner gave up four runs. But he also drove in four runs, so I guess that’s OK. A grand slam for a pitcher. Don’t see that very often. Well, unless it’s Madison Bumgarner. He’s done it twice this year. It’s the first time a pitcher has done it twice in a year in 48 years. Oh, and Buster Posey hit a grand slam too. It’s the first time each member of a battery hit grand slams in the same game in the history of Major League Baseball.

Brewers 11, Cardinals 2: The Brewers arrest a seven-game skid and reclaim sole possession of first place. It was a 19-hit attack, led by Elian Herrera, who had five hits, including a double, and scored three times. Carlos Martinez had a forgettable game, giving up four runs in four innings and getting yelled at by the umpire for tossing his bat in frustration. Take a few days off, Carlos.

Nationals 10, Phillies 3: Jayson Werth homered and knocked in four. Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in two. Ian Desmond drove in two without a homer. If you extend that pattern out long enough you run into a Zeno’s Arrow situation, I assume. Not gonna check, though. I already clicked out of the box score.

Braves 10, Cubs 7: Chris Johnson hit his third homer in two days, accounting for three of the runs in Atlanta’s four-run third inning. The Braves and Nats finish the first half tied for first place. Washington is one better in the loss column.

Royals 5, Tigers 2: The Royals avoided a four-game sweep thanks to a five-run seventh inning. Still, they blew an opportunity to gain ground on the Tigers and hit the break six and a half back.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 0: David Price, who is still a Ray for some reason, shut ‘em out over eight. It’s his fourth win in four starts. Toronto is skidding into the break, having lost eight of ten.

Reds 6, Pirates 3: Kris Negron hit a three-run homer — his first ever — and Todd Frazier added a two-run shot. Frazier is in the Home Run Derby and you all are totally sleeping on him. He’s grip-it-and-rip it. Giancarlo Stanton is the safe bet, but I bet Frazier does really damn well. You heard it here first. And if he does poorly? Hell, I’ll just delete this comment. I have total control of this website.

Indians 3, White Sox 2: Yan Gomes drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. Then, since he’s from Brazil, the White Sox scored seven straight goals off of him.

Red Sox 11, Astros 0: Remember when Clay Buchholz was dead back in May? Well, he’s back to life now. Three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. Brock Holt had five hits including a leadoff homer. Boston wins four of five heading into the break. Still nine back, but at least now their mini-vacation will be more pleasant.

Athletics 4, Mariners 1: Sonny Gray was on point once again, allowing nothin’ but an unearned run in seven and two-thirds.

Angels 10, Rangers 7: Mike Trout doubled twice and drove in four. He’s hitting .310/.400/.606 with 22 homers, 73 RBI and 10 stolen bases. And he’s younger than 14 of the 50 guys in yesterday’s Futures Game.

Twins 13, Rockies 5: Two homers for Brian Dozier. Maybe don’t sleep on him in the Home Run Derby either. It felt weird being in Target Field for baseball all day yesterday while the Twins were in Colorado. It was like having a party when your parents are out of town.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Four Dodgers pitchers combine to toss a four-hit shutout. I am picturing Bud Black throwing a bag of bats into the showers and telling his Padres hitter “it’s a miracle we got four.”

Orioles 3, Yankees 1: A rain-shortened win, featuring a Chris Davis two-run homer that was hit several hours before the rain shortened it. I’m sure Major League Baseball loved that the man of the week, Derek Jeter, is going to be getting to Minneapolis so late — or early, whichever — and be tired for all of the festivities.

  1. baberuthslegs - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Total control eh? Then you can add the edit function so many keep asking for… right?

    • clemente2 - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      There’s control and then there’s god-like powers. He only has control. Don’t confuse him with requests for miracles.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        Or Bain Capital.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    “David Price, who is still a Ray for some reason, shut ‘em out over eight. It’s his fourth win in four starts.”

    He’s still a Ray because the Rays are 19-11 over their last 30 games. They have 11 games before the trade deadline, and 9 of them are against crappy teams (the Twins, Red Sox, and Brewers{2-8 in their last 10}). 9 games back in July is nothing for the Rays. Heck, 9 games back in SEPTEMBER is nothing for the Rays. Ask the Sawx!

    They came into the year expecting to win. Now they are. They dug a deep hole, but they are clawing their way out. They had 60% of their starting rotation on the DL, having to give 22 starts to Eric Bedard and Cesar Ramos. Now, they have a stretch with enough off days where they get to start their top 4 of Price, Archer, Odorizzi, and Cobb. Jeremy Hellickson was optioned to AAA yesterday because they will utilize a 4 man starting rotation.

    They lost Zobrist, DeJesus, and Myers to the DL. Zobrist is back, and on fire. Myers had his cast cut off Friday. The team is hot, and getting healthy. Oh, and Kevin Kiermaier is tied with Edgar Encarnacion for 36th in all of baseball for fWAR. He’s only played in 48 games though. Your ROY ladies and gents, the 4th Ray in 7 years, with a runner up thrown in as well.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Kiermaier is very good.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      All true.

      For perspective, that 19-11 record is a .633 winning percentage. No team has such a winning percentage for the season. If they continue on that pace the rest of the way, they’ll finish with 85 wins. They have to pass 7 teams to get the 2nd WC spot, and hope that Seattle plays below .500, all just to tie for that spot. They could win the division if they play .633 ball the rest of the way, no other team steps up, and Baltimore goes 32-36 or worse.

      Even with everyone healthy. That is still a very tall order. Especially because you can’t expect the things that went right the first half to keep going right and for nothing else to go wrong.

      • hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Nothing went right the first half for the Rays, but here they are.

        The Giants blew a 8.5 game lead over the Dodgers in 12 days. The BrewCrew blew a 6.5 game lead in 10 days. The Orioles were a 42 and 39 not too long ago. Then they went on a run. When they come back down to earth, the Rays are there to pounce!

        You are right in that it’s going to be a tough fight, but what if the Rays go 8-3 leading up to the trade deadline, and the O’s go 4-7? Do you sell at 6 games back with 2 months to go? I doubt Friedman does. If he turned down the package the A’s were offering because he thought the Rays were still in it, then he certainly still believes the Rays are still in it. He’s a realist, so if he believes, and Joe Maddon believes, then who am I to argue with them.

        The Rays have 3 of the top 19 starting pitchers according to fWAR.
        http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=al&qual=y&type=8&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=&age=&filter=&players=

        Most of that comes from recent performances. If not for terrible bullpen efforts, this team would be even better. I consider the Rays buyers at the deadline. They will certainly try to upgrade the bullpen, and I bet it comes today or tomorrow.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Oh, I am not saying they should give up. The Cardinals last WS championship came after being down 10 or 11 games with a month to go, then being down 2-1 to the Phillies and 3-2 to the Rangers…..I’m just saying that with such a scenario right now and the Rays’ financial constraints, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him traded at the deadline…..but if they keep playing well, they’ll do just as well or better trading him after the season is over.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Kiermaier playing out of his mind went right. While he may continue to do so, there is no reason to expect him to hit far better in the majors than he ever did in the minors.

        When he played, de Jesus hit much better than his career average, so did Sean Rodriguez. Jennings, Zobrist, Loney, and Joyce had all hit close to their career averages. The only offensive disappointment has been Longoria. That is an awful lot going right at the plate.

      • hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        If they go 0-5, they sell for sure. But they came into the season expecting to keep Price all year. It’s going to be tough for sure, but they are making up ground. They were 14.5 out a month ago.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        I am rooting for them….just by default, I root for Baltimore, Toronto, and Tampa every year….plus, Tampa plays baseball that is fun to watch…and it is always good to see organizations that use good process get good results….plus, if they don’t trade Price, that increases the likelihood that Taveras stays a Cardinal.

    • maddog11896 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Brewers are a crappy team? They may be on a skid, but I’m pretty sure they still have the 2nd best record in the NL

      • hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Would you rather play a team that is 2-8 in their last ten, or 8-? Would it matter if I told you 1 team had a .552 winning percentage, and the other had a .448? To me it wouldn’t.

    • indaburg - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I like your optimism, hittfamily. :-) Give me some of that kool-aid you’re drinking.

      I think Friedman was waiting because one, he knows teams in contention will get more desperate as the deadline gets closer. I also think the powers that be want to see what this team can do in the next two weeks. If there is some miracle (we need massive help from the O’s), pull back. I think 85 games can win the AL East this year.

      I love me some Kiermaier (not bad for a 31st round pick!) and if he continues his current pace of production, I agree that he should be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year but there is some guy out in Chicago, Abreu, who is pretty darn good.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Craig, I bet you had long flowing locks like that in the 80’s right? Watching Alf waiting for the perm to set up right?

  4. doncorleone17 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    My Mets looking good. Let’s see if they can compete during the 2nd Half of the season if we can at least compete we maybe have a chance but it’s the Mets they find a way to mess up I hope it plays out differently this time around.

    • gregbeau - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      As always seems to be the case, the Mets begin the second half after the ASG with a west coast road trip where, in the past, they always went immediately into the tank and ended their hopes. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen this time but I have that sinking feeling again.

    • dondada10 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Firing Hudgens seems to have worked. They’re not striking out as much and they’re driving the ball. It turns out you can’t ask every player to get to two strikes then attack.

      Lucas Duda looked like a fringe ball player a few weeks ago. With this new approach he’s looking like an extension is in order.

  5. chill1184 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Jacob deGrom originally drafted as a shortstop who then converted to a pitcher and was projected to be relief pitcher, not a bad turn of events.

    The first half of MLB is over and I would have to say that the biggest surprise in the NL is the Brewers. Nobody expected the Brew Crew to perform this well and be the top dog in the NL Central at this stage of the game. Biggest disappointment would be the Pirates however even saying that they’re a disappointment its a stretch since they’re right in this race.

    Biggest surprise in the AL is the Blue Jays, again not many predicted them to do much after last season. Biggest disappointment would be a tie between the Rangers and Rays

  6. karlkolchak - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    That first write up is quite appropriate since Jacob deGrom looks like he plays in an 80s hair metal band.

    • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      naw, Jacob deGroom is the nephew and main character in Disney’s 1987 classic three musketeers remake. His uncle d’Artagnan doesn’t think Jacob will amount to anything more than a wash boy, and Jacob has a crush on Brandi, Cardinal Richelieu’s daugther (don’t ask, its a Disney movie).

      Somehow he wins over the girl, then saves france.

      Good job Jacob.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Starring Judge Reinhold!

  7. nbjays - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Unfortunately Craig, your leader line for this post on the front page is incorrect… thanks to Smug Bud and his idiotic ASG rule. Looks like “This time it counts” trumps “The last baseball that counts for a few days.”

  8. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    There was a fan worried about attending away games in home gear a couple days ago. Just wanted to say I greatly enjoyed Citizens Bank Park, though I have no idea what to do with the Phillies mug. (Tried to give it away, but everyone had one already). The park is well laid out, easy parking, nice views, several play areas for children (also walk-through thingies that mist you on a hot day), pleasant staff, friendly fans, good ballpark food, couldn’t ask for a better time, though the game was a bit of a snooze. Yes, they boo Jayson Werth, but the heart is going out of it. I was in the upper deck on the RF side, and I didn’t hear bad language and there were NOT a lot of drunken boors around me–in fact, there weren’t ANY drunken boors around me at all, just families with kids and for some reason a lot of teenage girls.

    Jayson, by the way, said this about how he gets treated in Philly.

    The first time I ever heard a good Werth-less chant was sophomore year in high school, in a basketball game. I poured in 35 that night. So I’m always up for a good ‘Werth-less’ chant.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    That Sunday night game, which shouldn’t be scheduled in the first place, was “completed early” due to rain (5 innings). Which serves ESPN and MLB right, but had to be really annoying to the players who want to get home for their break. When they said about 10:45 that they “might” re-start the game at 11:30 and they “might” have an hour window before the next batch of storms was when I cut it off.

    • nvl004 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      it was really annoying for us fans at the game

    • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      I don’t understand why they couldn’t resume today, its a mutual off day for both teams. (as is tomorrow, the next day and the day after that)

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        I am pretty sure that the only games ever resumed after the game becomes official are tied games, and that is by rule. They wouldn’t ignore MLB rules for cases like this one…otherwise, why ever call any game after < 9 IP? If you can make up an entire game, you can finish a partial one.

        FWIW, I would have no problem with eliminating the idea of rain-shortened games and always resuming the game and playing it to completion.

  10. bronxbomber213 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Yankees are the worst team in the MLB when you factor in the $450 million spent in the off season! At least the Lineup with Wells, Stuart, Nix, Overbay, Nunez etc last year would show some life and battle I mean hell they were in it til the last week of the season! These overpaid pansies they have now are on their way to 75 wins and being out of it by the middle of August! But don’t worry the Manager says “I believe it will turn” but I’ve heard that week after week after watching this pathetic offense put up 3 runs a game if they are lucky! There’s no dancing around it this is the product that we a fan get after a massive spending spree; Average pitching, Averge defense and below average hitting!

    • aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      When Ma-kun got injured… I quit watching them, what a horrible season this year.

      • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        TRUE FAN!

      • aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        XD XD!! Not only that!! I almost failed my 1st exam in History class (again), cause I kept on watching when I shouldn’t, LOL.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Failing history is not acceptable.

      • aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        My adviser is a horror :-(

      • renaado - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I’m done tutorin you… You’re the only one who keeps pacin out in our group, if you can’t cope up then go find yourself another one.

      • aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Don’t be mad, I still passed. It’s not like the end or something ;-)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        I will be monitoring you on this now. :P

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Don’t be too concerned histro. Most history classes are really heritage classes.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Not mine!

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Yes mam. I believe that.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    The Feesh crapped out of the first half with a meeserable road trip during which they went 3-6 with four straight losses to finish up, batted under .200 with RISP, ran up a collective ERA in the mid-6.00 range and scattered cerebroflatular fielding moments and TOOTBLANS the way Hansel and Gretel scattered birdcrumbs. They find themselves a season-worst six games behind the strange attractor, which continues to follow its accustomed annual elliptical orbital path further and further beyond manual means of optical detection, and a daunting 7.5 games orf the pace.

    Yesterday, Goggles trotted out of the boolpen to open the home eighth and balloon a four run deficit into a seven run deficit without recording an out. What is this clown doing here? If he didn’t punch his ticket to DFA-land with that performance, you have to start seriously asking whether the team hasn’t officially given up on the year off the field as well as on it. What does it say when you bring in a proven loser when your The only guys who had good weeks were Adeiny Hechavarria, who’s pushing a .280 BA and has shown signs all season of finally having learned to hanfle the bat on a consistent basis, and Marcell Ozuna, the power hitting center fielder who should be a left fielder and who bats sixth behind the cleanup hitter with one home run all season and the first baseman who’s been swinging a toothpick since the end of May.

    Craig may think the Iron Giant is the safe bet for the home run derby but the way he’s been swinging the bat lately – .221 and no home runs during July (his last one was on June 26) – he might finish the derby pitching to the other guys.

    In other news, Americans are now free to return to ignoring backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball completely until the next world cup, when it will again become fashionable to pretend to give a flying fark at a rolling donut about it again.

    • NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      You have half a sentence there (What does it say…) and who is Goggles? We have a “Goggles,” his name is Tyler Clippard and he’s on the All-Star Team–which is a whole ‘nother story.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Thanks for catching that, Gnatslady. Yes, the sentence should read “What does it say when you bring in a proven loser when you’re only down by four runs and have no credible closers left to face in the ninth? Isn’t that a little bit early to be giving up?” I think I got distracted in the middle of cutting and pasting that sentence and forgot about it.

        Goggles is Kevin Gregg. He wears safety goggles onto the field, like he was coming in to grind pipe instead of peetch. If he had jaundice, he’d look like one of the minions from Despicable Me.

    • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      I’m on board with the soccer description, OG. It’s been nearly 100 years that soccer has been the game of the future in this country. And somehow it always stays safely in the future.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Heh, yeah – along with the future itself. Coincidence?

    • sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      For two weeks, I was into soccer for real. I understand a lot more about it. Tim Howard is truly a national hero. And then the US was gone, and moreover the offense was gone. As someone who loves pitchers’ duel, I want to keep an open mind about 0-0 games. And as a citizen of this tiny blue marble, I really do want to understand something that almost everyone else on the planet loves. But it always comes up short when it seems like the objective of the sport is playing for a tie.

      Still, it was interesting. And we got a lot of great Wright Thompson essays about South America. That counts for something.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        That’s okay. I’ll continue not to become interested in backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball for any stretch of time, and enjoy essays about South America by people like Paul Theroux, Jorge Luis Borges and Eduardo Galeano.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        You have the advantage of actually being able to read the original Spanish for the latter two gentlemen, though.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        In the sense that I can read what they really wrote, but both are available in translation anyway. Anyway, the local powers that be hate Galeano because he’s a leftist. They lump him right in there with Castro, Chavez and Ozzie Guillen.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        I should read him then.

    • renaado - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      The World cup is more like of an event, like watchin Manny Pacquiao fight for an example.

      • aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Yawn… ZZZzzz…

    • nbjays - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      My bad, Gator… I thought backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball was played in the NBA.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        I thought it was tennis.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        No one plays ping-pong anymore?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      That Mets pitcher looks like some hippie freak! Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  12. historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I’m not saying anything except: which Tigers starting pitcher helmed the lone loss against the Royals (hint: his ERA is higher than Phil Choke’s)? :(

    • philliesblow - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Said starting pitcher looked great the first 6 innings, but things fell apart rapidly in the 7th. Funny how taking 3 out of 4 feels like a bit of a let down when the lone loss is the last game of the series.

    • drewzducks - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      The Curse of Kate Upton. His priorities seem to have changed.

      • NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Yeah. Because no other pitcher in history lost velocity/stamina as he got older.

      • drewzducks - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Sorry, but in less than two seasons his ERA+ has nearly half of what it used to be and his WHIP has increased 50%. That’s both extreme and pretty sudden.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        It’s not the girlfriend!

      • Reflex - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Again, while that may be true, what prompts people to blame the girl automatically? Why is it even a joke? Do people blame the guy when female athletes fall off their peak?

      • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        The Kate Upton argument is so absurd it’s fun. Have any of you seen pictures of the wives and girlfriends of any other players in the league? I gave up the somewhat unfortunate habit of rating women on their looks many years ago. But, were I to take it back up, I’m not sure Kate would make the top ten of the small sample I have seen.

        I think that the whole thing would die away altogether if it was not so much fun to troll CERTAIN PEOPLE on this blog.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        As far as rating women, Kate Upton inhabits that zone in which, like quantum mechanics, the differences in degree are so minuscule that it is only the taste of the observer which materially affects the outcome.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        I CANNOT WAIT until we have boyfriends to blame!

        /stomps foot

      • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Point taken, OG. She does qualify as attractive, even among the large crowd of Playboy Playmates, fashion models, celebrities and plain old college cheerleader types that seem to end up married to these baseball players.

        I think the argument drops back to a variant of General Ripper’s explanation of Purity of Essence in Dr. Strangelove. However, in real life, I think we all find we have the capability to multi-task.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Women sense my power, and seek the life essence….but anyway, my idea of a true “trophy wife” is a plaque-mounted head on the wall with a piece of duck tape across the mouth.

        Your turn, Histy…

      • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I love it. That is exactly the image I get when someone says “trophy wife.” :-)

    • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      just come out of the break beating the angels. that is all i ask

  13. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    I may be a youngin’ or a “whipper snapper” as some of you would call my generation, but I do know one thing for sure: it’s A.L.F not Alf. As in Alien Life Form. Go on, IMDB it. And yes I did enjoy A.L.F in my younger days. Says a lot about a person.

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      IT was ALF. There were never any periods between the letters. I know this because I had two college friends who would religiously watch this show after getting high, and laugh their fool heads off.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Touche.

  14. sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I loved Night Court. Of course, I was in my teens, and suspect it has aged as poorly as the GWRBI.

    I hold out no hope that the Mets will sneak into actual contention. But is it fair to say that the Mets might now have not just enough starting pitching to contend next year, but also to start trading some of it for bats? Is there reason to think that maybe they have a offense now? Things feel good for the moment. I will take that any time.

    • hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Being a bailiff for Night Court was like being a drummer for Spinal Tap.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Didn’t know bailiff’s spontaneously combust, too.

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    O’s/Yanks game got washed out. I imagine that as the midnight hour approached and everyone was looking at their airline tickets, they all just decided to call it a game and go on their way. The rain actually started to let up and the field was playable, and I imagine if it wasn’t already so late and the day before the break they would have come back and finished this one out. Give ESPN credit on forcing a 8pm game the day before the break.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      How often do you hear this now:

      “A homerun by Davis! That is exactly what he needs to break out of his slump!”

      Only to be followed by another 2 for 20 with 10 K’s.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        That’s hilarious I had the exact same thought last night as he launched that home run. It was pretty impressive though, low low and way away and he just nicked it, but it just kept on flying.

      • bronxbomber213 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Actually the pitch was inside and low to him and he inside outed it to leftwhich is more impressive in my opinion!

  16. sportsdrenched - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Speaking of 80’s. Jacob deGrom looks like if he were joined by Barry Zito and a guitar in the dugout between innings that they could strum a hair band ballad.

    Anyway, I hate that people call the All-Star Break the “halfway” point in the season. Most teams have completed game 94, which is MORE than halfway through the season. And, since some of you seem to care about this stuff. I figured that out after being educated in a public school system.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Thumbs up for the public school reference.

  17. dondada10 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Alf this and Night Court that. Good for you. I watched “Out of This World” in the 80s. It’s the show that demonstrates how promiscuous people were back then as an Earth woman had a one night stand with an Alien and as a result has a child with just enough powers to get through high school.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092423/

    • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Why didn’t all you people watch the A-Team like normal folks????

      • nbjays - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        I pity da fool who didn’t watch the A-Team…or MacGyver… or Magnum P.I…. or Airwolf… or Knight Rider… or Family Ties… or Miami Vice… or The Fall Guy… or Cheers… or Hill Street Blues….

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I love it when a plan comes together.

      • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        ….or Soupy Sales…or Me and the Chimp…

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        OG: where I live they show the Soupy Sales show! It sucks, but it’s nostalgia.

  18. hittfamily - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    So MadBum has just as many homers as Billy Butler at the allstar break. The Royals starting IF +DH has 26 homers. There are 3 players with that many or more. YEESH!

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Year 8 of The Process!

  19. tmohr - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Get a haircut, kid.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      At least tie that long hair up in a pony tail. It’ll still piss of the straight and narrow world but it would look better under a cap.

  20. aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Ren,noooooooo!!

    /sob… :-(

  21. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Doin’ coke in some Wall Street office: LOSERS!

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