Thursday, August 09, 2012

A WIN IS A WIN matter how sloppy it looks.  McGehee missed an easy grounder, Cano kicked one away and Teixeira screwed up a ground ball. Sabathia was inconsistent and  Robertson didn't look overpowering but he was the victim of some bad breaks. The hitting was fine. I was glad to see Granderson moved down in the line up, but I still want to see Ichiro batting 2nd, even though he does look like he's lost a step running the bases.
Sometimes I think Girardi makes moves because he's tired of sitting in the dugout. Unless Sabathia had a sudden attack of heartburn, there was no good reason to take him out. I believe that Robertson and Soriano should always start an inning and shouldn't be brought in in the middle. This was just another example of Girardi over-managing. He must think he's the 2nd coming of Tony LaRussa.

"I don't think it's deflating." Of course not. No team is bothered when they score 9 runs and still can't win the game. Valentine has gotten a vote of confidence from the General Manager and the owners. That can spell the kiss of death. About 30 years ago, George Steinbrenner SWORE that Yogi Berra would manager the Yankees for the WHOLE year, "...come hell or high water." Yogi lasted 16 games.

Can things change very much in that space of time?  It's possible. After the 1st 50 games, Baltimore and Tampa led the AL East and the Yanks were 2 and a half back. Now the Yanks are 4 and a half in front. That's a 7 game swing, so you have to keep playing hard. On the other hand, Boston was last, 3 and a half out and now they are 4th but 10 games back. So it can get worse, too.

Country/Western music star Randy Travis was arrested by the Dallas Police on Tuesday night, after crashing his Trans-Am. It was reported that he was drunk, naked and combative. And you wondered how they come up with country music songs.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball against the other American team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. The match seemed one-sided and I would like to say that Misty and Kerri beat the pants off their opponents, but...nah, too easy.

"Bobby Valentine just said he thinks his Red Sox are a playoff team. And Josh Beckett is thinking, “Hey bro, how much of my beer are have you been drinking?”  -- Janice Hough
"In Olympic equestrian competition, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter won silver. I'm a little suspicious of favoritism because she didn't use a horse."  -- Brad Dickson
"NBC apparently showed a "wardrobe malfunction" in women's water polo, where a Spanish player's nipple was briefly exposed. In related news, ratings for women's water polo jumped 50%"  -- Janice Hough
"So far China has won the most gold medals, ladies and gentlemen. The Chinese athletes can't wait to get home and show the medals off to the kids who made them."  -- Conan O'Brien
  [When they're not busy making Olympic uniforms - CP]
"A dozen swimming events have already been completed in the Olympic competition. I wonder where they got the name "Speedo." It doesn't sound like a bathing suit, it sounds like a breakfast cereal for meth addicts"  -- Craig Ferguson.
"I wouldn't say one man seems to be dominating Summer Olympics coverage, but NBC now stands for Nothing But Costas."  -- Brad Dickson


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