So, What Did I Miss? (5/25/16)

It was an unusual day. I was able to come home for a two hour lunch which meant afternoon delight for me. Baseball! My boys were playing the Feesh.

I don’t think they were talking about sneaking in a baseball game in the middle of the afternoon.

It was cool though. Odorizzi got his first major league hit because he plays in the league that prizes its pitchers and wants to keep them from hurting themselves doing stupid pointless things like hitting and running. Oh, yeah, and the one that is likelier to give you an outcome other than an out. Shockingly, Odor did not make an out and he was super thrilled. I was too, like I would be if my 4 year old got a single. Soooooo cute! Look at the big boy! He looks so unsure holding that bat. Did he gulp before the pitch?

He got a hit all by hisself. Momma is soo proud of her little baby. Oh, yeah, it’s brilliant strategy that us dumb dumb American Leaguers just can’t understand. That double switch when your pitcher is throwing a gem. It’s awesome. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen one. I can’t wait to get back to playing in our own league. The Rats manage to salvage a game in Dirty Miami, 4-3. Ichiro, Stanton, Fernandez, and Ozuna make that team watchable. Any fan of this team–I pray for  you. Loria is a piece of shit.

Bienvenido a Miami. I never seen so many Dominican women with cinnamon tans, mira, this is the plan…

I would never live in Miami. Don’t get me wrong. I have an awesome time when I go. Dancing, drinking. It’s New York City with palm trees and pretty beaches. I prefer my laid back  west coast bay, less polished, rough around the edges. I would take ugly Tropicana over that hideous vomitus that is Tommy in centerfield at Marlins Park. Nobody sings songs about my bay, probably because Tampa sounds like a feminine product. I asked when I first moved here, are natives called ‘Tampons’? No, I was told. Clearwater sounds nice though. Agua clara, conjures up pleasant images.

Oh, I was wrong! They do sing songs about Tampa Bay! I found this little gem…

“Tampa Bay gonna make you go down down down”… I am dying laughing. 

I sometimes go into Youtube wormholes. I found this old story about a Marlins and Cubs fan. I never saw it before. This is cool.

Is Miami fan single? He’s cute.

Wow, I have really digressed. Let’s see what the Cubs did. Wow! Cubs 12-Cardinals 3.

Another smack down. Pirates 12-D’backs 1. Polanco drove in a career high 5 runners. “I’d like to thank my teammates from placing me in a position to drive in 5 runners. I could not have done it without their help.” I don’t know if he said that, but that would be my quote if I did that.

Nationals 7-Mets 4.Strasburg vs Harvey Part Deux. Strasburg 2, Harvey 0, although Strasburg doesn’t know how many outs are in an inning. Three.

Also, oh what catch!

Yankees 6-Blue Jays 0. The Yanks are back at .500 for the first time in a month.

Red Sox 8-Rockies 3. Has anyone noticed that Jackie Bradley Jr. has a 28 game hit streak? Just me?

Brewers 2-Braves 1.Scooter Gennett did something.

Tigers 3-Phillies 1. Verlander looking vintage, although the Phillies can’t hit worth a damn.

Mariners 6-A’s 5. I was up late watching this one. It was a rough loss for Oakland. They had the game. At one point, up 5-2. Then the Mariners mounted a comeback and walked off with the win on a 2 run Leonys Martin HR. Remember when you guys were in St. Pete and mounted a Valencia led comeback a couple of Sundays ago? Yeah, it sucks doesn’t it? I empathize.

This was one of my dad’s favorite bands. The Dodgers were his favorite team. Today would have been his 68th birthday. 

The Dodgers destroyed the Reds, 8-2, at home. Also there was this, Puig benched for lack of hustle: 

Giants 8-Padres 2. I still haven’t figured out what kind of shark he is..

Rangers 4-Angels 1. Mazara provides the bulk of the offense.

Astros 3-Orioles 2 (13). Astros walk off, Correa broke slump.

Cleveland 6, White Sox 2. A flaw. He’s not perfect. Chris Sale gave up 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings.

I need to sleep a little bit before work.

And this one too, so many pretty songs.

31 thoughts on “So, What Did I Miss? (5/25/16)

  1. “Odorizzi got his first major league hit because he plays in the league that prizes its pitchers and wants to keep them from hurting themselves doing stupid pointless things like hitting and running”

    But…But Bartolo Colon is fat and swings a stick, or whatever

    Be assimilated into the borg


    1. Colon… what’s he hitting? His OPS? 🙂

      Colon is also sheltered by a layer of blubber. Nothing can hurt him.
      I don’t mind him hitting because it’s a joke. It amuses me to see everything, including his jowls, jiggle. That doesn’t mean he has any business holding a stick.

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      1. Colon also made headlines yesterday when the story got out that he told the opposing team to “just throw it down the middle, I’m not swinging, my back hurts.” So, yea, um. Good thing we have no DH?

        So, now you can’t have it both ways. If watching a pitcher hit is so pure and integral to the game or whatever, then you have to be livid at Colon for giving up three guaranteed outs. However, if you say, “Well he’s just there to pitch, I don’t care about the rest.” Then, you are casting a vote for the DH.

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        1. I agree with your thesis, scouts. But I am not livid at Colon. Simple reason. I live for disaster and tragedy to happen to the Mets. I am very mean and small that way. I never really recovered from the Astros losing to that collection of sociopaths and drug addicts in 1986. It’s sad what a twisted and degraded person that has made of me.

          Another high point? Carlos Beltran at the plate. 2006 NLCS. Strike Three!!
          I’m pathetic.

          But I digress. Back on topic. If Colon played for anyone but the Mets, I would be livid. Pitchers batting forever!

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  2. Matt Harvey looked a bit like Matt Harvey for a while last night, but like the photos in Back to the Future, he started to fade in the 4th inning and was gone after the 5th, having surrendered five runs on eight hits, three of them home runs.

    There were a total of seven HRs in the game last night, accounting for nine of the eleven runs scored; even Ben Revere got in on the act. The Nats continue to weather Bryce Harper’s prolonged slump; he had a sac fly last night (first career RBI against Harvey) but wasn’t one of the five Nats to go deep. The slump is starting to wear on Harper, but so far he hasn’t had any embarrassing public outbursts over it; here’s hoping he figures it out soon.


  3. O’s lost a tough one. One they really needed. Can’t afford to waste gems by one of the two starting pitchers that are actually pitching worth a damn. Many Machado went home run. After a two week slump, he’s starting to heat back up.


  4. I just want to note that it cracks me up that Maybin is a hugger. Everyone’s hugging in the D now. Also, Zimmermann’s groin strain is mild thankfully. And if you haven’t seen the difference in Verlander’s stats pre and post engagement, it’s a damn argument for love.

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    1. Please. You’re only allowed to bring up a player’s relationship status if he’s doing worse after his love life improves. We can only irrationally blame women for things, not credit them. There are rules here and everything.

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      1. You’ll do anything not to give women credit for their baseball powers, won’t you? Well, see if I ever jinx a game for you again.

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        1. It’s Verlander’s conscience. After all these years of taking advantage, he is finally going to make an honest woman of Kate. 🙂

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  5. Robinson Cano hit his 13th home run of the year yesterday. Last year he didn’t hit his 13th home run until August 16th. I hope Andy Van Slyke enjoys not working in baseball for a good long while.

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  6. No brilliant analysis of the Jays/Yankees from last night. I started watching the game but two things quickly became apparent:

    1 – The struggling Jays hitters weren’t going to get jack shit from Eovaldi; and
    2 – Biggeth Dicketh wasn’t going to have a good outing.

    So after Beltran went deep to make it 2-0, I said “Fuck this!” and switched over to something guaranteed to put a smile on my face… namely the Cubs beating the crap out of the Cardinals.

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        1. You should come back to 91 with me. You can come back to 2016 just before game seven, or if you prefer the Hrbek – Gant cage match.


  7. I was about to head out just now for a late 1980s little league game when I saw that the 2016 Twins are playing an afternoon game.

    Win number 12 could be in the works. They’re ahead 3 – 0 and I think I can see how they can turn around the season. One of our guys hit a pop up which came down about 20 feet behind second base. The KC second baseman and center fielder let it drop between them while trying to figure out who had it. Next the pitcher threw the ball away on a pick off attempt resulting in a runner at third with no outs. That’s the style boys. Now all we got to do is sustain it!


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