Saturday, July 06, 2013


And the Yankees are nothing like it. First they can't win for losing, now the bloops and the breaks are falling their way.
Andy Pettitte fought his way through 6+ innings, and then the Yank's strong bullpen took over, anchored by the master, Mariano Rivera.

Every time NY brings in a new player, they start off by acting like an all-star. A couple of days ago, it was Luis Cruz, today in was Eduardo Nunez, who didn't look at all rusty.

The umps were as inconsistent as usual. In the fourth, Oriole catcher, Taylor Teagarden stole 2nd base...except the umpire called him out. In the 8th, Chris Davis struck out looking and left the plate shaking his head as though the umpire missed the call. That one the umpire got right. Earlier in the at bat, however, Robertson threw two pitches that were clearly strikes, as shown by replay, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals missed both of them. Davis really had no beef coming. Anytime you can have a five-strike at-bat, you should count your blessings.

On the medical side, another Yankee went down today, this time it was David Phelps following Jayson Nix, who hit the list on Wednesday.

They boys in the booth said that Vernon Wells is learning first base, which is probably a good move since there is no real backup for Overbay. Theoretically, it should be Travis Hafner, but the only thing he could play in the field is one of the bases.

Rivera notched his 76th save against the Orioles. I'm sure when he retires, Oriole manager Buck Showwalter will volunteer to drive him home for good.

The squads for the All-Star game were announced today. The American League looks imposing with the likes of Chris Davis, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Jones, etc. Unfortunately, most of the starters will probably only get one at bat. This format is awful. 21 position players, 14 pitchers and the managers try to get them all into the game. First they try to make it relevant, then they set up rules that basically make it an exhibition game again. Silly, silly, silly. My feelings on this are well known, so you'll hear no more from me.

" Brad Stevens said he was “absolutely humbled” by the opportunity to coach the Boston Celtics. If he’s humbled now, wait until he spends a season with NBA prima donnas."  -- Janice Hough
"According to an ESPN survey, media polls are wrong seven out of 10 times"  -- RJ Currie
"The Minnesota Twins gave Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera a chair made of broken bats as a preretirement gift on Wednesday.The Miami Marlins, not to be outdone, reportedly presented Rivera with a superchair made out of all the empty seats from their stadium.  -- Joel Petterson
"A Canadian athlete has been suspended for doping in the ever competitive, physically challenging, grueling sport of Curling. Wait... what?”  -- FARK.Com
"Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez exposed his backside in a homemade Internet video: “Remember the good old days when Mark’s biggest embarrassments occurred on a football field?”  -- Greg Cote
"Plans were announced for a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel starring the original cast. In this version, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play Major League Baseball umpires."  --  Brad Dickson
"Minor-league pitcher Brian Read of the Seacoast (N.H.) Mavericks had to have surgery on Monday after a chunk of hot dog got lodged in his throat during a seventh-inning-stretch eating contest.Read apparently took his batting coach’s advice to choke up waaay too seriously."  -- Joel Petterson
"New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton caddied for PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer last weekend at the Greenbrier Classic. It worked out fine until Payton kept suggesting trap plays."  -- Scott Hanson
"Nebraska football landed two top players from Missouri, which is now known as The Show Me Where All Our Recruits Went State."  -- Brad Dickson


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