Good morning, babes. Happy Jackie Robinson Day. Today will be a leaner, but not meaner version.
I promised myself I would keep today’s recap short. Please don’t let me be misunderstood.
I love doing this. I love going to work and having one of my doctors ask me, “What happened last night in the game?” And my response is, “What game?” 🙂 I can tell them about any team. They laugh and shake their heads at their crazy baseball loving nurse. In addition, chatting with you guys is absolutely one of the highlights of my day. Sometimes, on a bad day, it is the highlight of my day. Sadly, I have had a few bad days recently, which is making a move to my beloved Dunedin on Saturday necessary, spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the most beautiful beach, Caladesi Island (please stay away from this beach–even most local residents have never been here, and I like it like that. Empty, pristine, and all mine.) I will be one mile from the Jays’ practice facility @nbjays.
Your kind, supportive words on my rantings: thank you so, so much. I cannot express fully how much they mean to me. Fuck, who is chopping onions at this time of the morning? Asshole.
Anyhow, my move means that I am going to be extremely busy the next few days and the recaps will be that much shorter. I was told to do only east coast games and fuck the west coast because you are assholes for playing out there, heh. No, I won’t do that. I love Vin Scully, and I like our brethren team with the cool unis on the other bay with a shitty stadium. The west coast cannot help being wrong about time–despite what noted astronomer and rapper B.o.B. thinks, the earth is not flat. The problem is I have a hard time half-assing anything. I don’t know why I go extremes. Don’t worry. I will be back and loonier than ever in a couple of days. I just have to get some boxes unpacked and a new bunk bed made. I call the top bunk.
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it, baby. Will you recognize me? Will you call my name? Or will you walk away.
Don’t look now, but the Phillies have won 4 of 5, bolstered by their pitching. Yes, this baseball season is a nascent as… I don’t know, think of something really, really young. Like a newborn baby. Like that. Still, it’s better than anyone thought the Phillies would be at any point this season. Team pitching ERA is 2.50, and they have held their Opp. Avg. to .185. You are going to win some games if you do that. Why yes, that is the best in the majors, since you asked. Yes, it’s true. Vince Velazquez and the Phillies blanked the Padres yesterday, 3 – 0: 9 IP, 16 Ks. Hat tip. This team is on fire.
This is the official BWW: Braves Win Watch. Did the Braves win yesterday? No. Moving on.
Seriously, I won’t shortchange Bryce Harper. The MVP became the youngest to 100 bombs, and his team smacked down the woeful ones, 6 – 2.
See you later, indeed. Booyah. He is amazing. He has never hit a grand slam before yesterday in the majors? Really? Is that true? It’s early, I haven’t had coffee yet. Did I hear correctly. Yesterday was Bryce’s momma’s birthday. Happy birthday, momma!!! Your boy can play.
Suzanne Vega is an alumna from my alma mater. FYI. I like her. Bryce is not left of center, but he’s out there somewhere. Who isn’t.
TWW: Twins Win Watch. I am such a hack. I just did that joke! I don’t care. 🙂 Nope, they didn’t win either. I love the two people who visit our website regularly who are fans of the Twins and the Braves, but I am having so much with them not winning. At this point, you root for the ineptitude. .082 with RISP. Ervin Santana pitched well, but Plouffe (another fun baseball name!) was his only source of run support, so there ya go. Mat Latos with the win, 3 – 1. Psssst. Chicago. The White Sox are 7 – 2. Chicago World Series? We have a long way to go, but that could be fun.
Speaking of ineptitude, what’s up with my boy Archer? Three straight shaky starts. He looked fine in Spring Training, but something is clearly the matter. The Rays need to right this pitcher. This season will go nowhere quickly if he is not fixed. Cleveland downed the Rays, 6 – 0. I think he just needs some TLC.
The Cubs beat the Reds in their typical gaudy fashion, 8 – 1. They sweep the Reds and lead the majors with most wins, 8. They scored 5 runs in the 8th. If someone wants to play the lottery in Chicago, I’d put money on 8. Hammel with the W. Cubs run differential is like a trillion. I’m rounding.
I am running out of time, so the rest of the scores, I will just do a quickie. Quickies in the morning are good too.
Tigers 7 – Pirates 4 (Cole grazed by a ball off his head, but was okay. Phew!)
Cardinals 7 – Brewers 0 (Jaime Garcia’s 4th career shut-out, 13 K, 1 hit. Sexy.)
Blue Jays 4 – Yankees 2 (Josh Donaldson!!! 5 HR so far. Goddammit, Beane, dafuq were you thinking? Thanks for unleashing this beast onto the AL East. Dick.)
Rangers 6 – Orioles 3 (Rougned roughnecked the Orioles.)
Royals 6 – Astros 2 I am running out of time, but seriously, you have to see this play. Statcast has Escobar at 19 mph. My top speed is like 9 mph on a treadmill for like 5 seconds before I die and say, “Fuck this.” 6 mph is more comfy. 19?!?!?! WOW.
Dodgers 5 – D’backs 2 (Enrique Hernandez, Puig, and Gonzalez provided the offense. This was the sole game I watched yesterday. So comforting to hear that voice before bedtime.)
Time to get ready for work. And with that, I leave.
John Hughes was the best. Except for Lana, every one of these songs appeared in one of his movies. I’ll do another post with his soundtracks. There are too many great songs.
So, what did I miss? I know I missed a lot, because work had a busy schedule. Nurse 4 Life.