I hope to help start your Sunday off right.
Blake Snell is giving me the good vibrations. He’s giving me the excitations. Good, good, good, good vibrations…
The beautifully ambitious, revolutionary, and symphonic song which heralded the start of a new era in music seems appropriate for Blake Snell, the latest pitcher that the Tampa Bay Rays have unleashed onto Major League Baseball. Watching the young man, after a rather disastrous first inning, settle himself–even strike out the side–at the mythical Yankee Stadium, well, what a sensation, what an elation. During an interview recorded prior to the game, the kid said his idol growing up was Alex Rodriguez. He was most excited to face him. How fantastic is that? Facing your childhood idol in your major league debut. I can’t even. Gotta keep those lovin’ good vibrations a-happenin’… This song is perfect.
The Rays lost the battle, 3-2, to the Yankees, but I have lots of reason to smile if Snell is the future of my team.
The arms race will help us win the war. I may have 99 problems, but a pitcher ain’t one. Gardner with the walk-off homer. Sterling with the call at about the minute mark: Gardy go yardy. Listen only if you hate life and want to die.
Is he, you know, a little slow, to put it delicately? Bless his soul. If I knew he had some sort of disorder, I would be patient with Sterling then because I know he can’t help being the way he is. No? He’s just really annoying? Ah. Just checking. Someday, I won’t hold back and I will tell you all how I really feel about John Sterling.
Funny story, my son had a potty accident at the exact same time that walk-off happened. So the Yankees won and my son shat his pants simultaneously. Yep, yep. Seemed apropos. #momlife
Both the Braves and Cubs, our polyamory practicing professor’s favorite teams, lost tonight. To her I say, don’t worry, baby. Everything will turn out alright.
Well, everything will be okay for the Cubs in 2016. Eventually things will be okay with the Braves, but it’ll be awhile.
The Reds finally awoke from their slumber and used their lumber versus the Cubs, winning 13-5. Momma said they’d be days like this. In case your momma didn’t tell you, I am telling you right now. There will be days like this. You just have to move on. The funny thing is that Lackey had a no hitter going for a little bit, but then completely fell apart, finally taking his first loss of the season, allowing 6 runs in 5 2/3. Eugenio Suarez, Adam Duvall, Scott Schleber, and Joey Votto all hit homers in the winning effort.
The Braves look at the Reds in awe because they have a total of 3 home runs as a team this year. The entire team.
This, and a team .OPS of .590, does not bode well for their future in 2016. I’m sorry, Barves fans. I really didn’t realize it was this bad. I won’t pick on you so badly. I remember the lean years for my team too. I’ll still pick on your team, but more gently.
Let’s see what is happening out west. I wish they all could be California pitchers like Kenta Maeda (via Japan).
He flirted with a no-no tonight. Yeah, I dig the Los Angeles pitcher. Since his debut: Maeda (4-0), lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.36. Wrap your head around that. The Dodgers won 4-1 over the Rockies. Maeda vs. Arietta would be a fun match-up. Make it happen.
How good is Maeda? His four start debut is phenomenal and historical. Beyond belief. The best ever. He has allowed only ONE run in four starts. UNO. That’s it. It’s impossible to sustain, but goodness, my.
“Since 1913, 76 pitchers have begun their careers with four consecutive quality starts, but Maeda is the only one to allow only one earned run. Dave Ferriss of the 1945 Red Sox allowed two runs; Wayne Simpson of the 1970 Reds allowed two runs; Stu Miller of the 1952 Cardinals allowed three runs and Steve Rogers of the 1973 Expos allowed three runs.”
Have I mentioned I’m a fan? Yep, I’m a fan. I’m totally geeking out over here! Maeda faced Nolan Arenado AND Trevor Story last night, and he didn’t give up a home run. That alone is the stuff of legend, really.
Trout finally seems to be TROUT again, after a slow start.
I love Pet Sounds. It proved that pop music could be transcendent and ambitious. It makes me very happy, as does Trout hitting because it means that all that is right and good in this world is where it should be.
“He actually surprised me early in the year with his struggles, man. He surprised you with the hits that he got. Balls weren’t blistering off [his bat], but he got the job done. And right now he’s turned it back around and he’s the old Trouty again.” — Hector Santiago on Trout getting back on track, reaching base in 11 of his last 16 plate appearances to put his slash line at .302/.408/.508
Last night, the Angels–I will spell them correctly, they have earned it–played against the King. Felix Hernandez recorded a bit of history of his own, surpassing Randy Johnson for his team’s record in strikeouts. The Angels won, 4-2, on the strength of Trout’s bat.
Oakland, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?????? Josh Donaldson. That is all. I would honestly love to know. Why? Why? You gave him up for practically nothing. He seems determined to make you not forget it either. Also, quit trying to hit him on purpose. You were the dummies. Blue Jays win, 9-3, because they have Josh Donaldson and you don’t.
I know there’s an answer, Billy Beane.
I’m taking my kiddos to Honeymoon Island Beach early this morning, so the recap is a condensed one. Please fill us in on what happened in your ‘hood. Please don’t forget your song. You get points deducted otherwise. 🙂