Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Demon Damon

No... Not this!   Uh, urp...

Yes!  This!  Johnny would be good! Though turf probably wouldn't help his knees and feet any. Still an older and Floridian presence on the team would be good; could coach Jennings in LF and make the pain of losing Carl to Boston ease a quadrillionth of an inch.  In fact, Johnny was an AL East jumper, when he went from RSox to Yanks, which really peeved the Boston fans. Not sure he's even been forgiven yet, by them. I was pretty sure he'd be ambivalent bigtime about suddenly becoming a Yankee, but he was formidable and easy-going and seemed not to have any emotional problems about it... and looked way better as a non-idiot. I'm liking this idea more. Yanks going back to Damon is another in their step-backward pattern. The time for that was when Bernie Williams wasn't welcomed back. I wonder if the Yankee organization is bi-polar?  Esp. now that Rays have got Dave Eiland, the mysteriously-fired NYY pitching coach. What's up with that?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cli Flea ... better NL red than AL blue

I read a story the other day that the Phillies were talking to him and then I knew he'd go there. Why? Because he'd already been there & won. And he liked it there. And the NL is easier on him than the AL. And he could get out of HOT Texas and stay out of HOT NYC. It's not always about the money. Sometimes it's just location, location, location. Okay, Brian, now what?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Andrew? Stuart? Rays? Anything? Soon? Anyone?

I know times are tough and money's tight, but, come on already! No new guys?!?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Seven Year Pitcher??

WTF?   How about we just trade Brian Cashman??

I didn't think it would go down like this! Sh*T!

"The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have closed a seven-year, $142M deal with free agent Carl Crawford. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is also reporting the deal. If true, it's a shocking turn of developments in the Carl Crawford saga. As recently as Wednesday, the Red Sox were barely a contender while the Yankees and Angels were considered front-runners. The deal would make Crawford the highest-paid outfielder of all-time and the contract is the ninth-biggest in MLB history. Crawford hit .307 with 19 HRs, 90 RBI, and 47 steals in 2010."

Joe Lemire over at SI writes: "Not only do the Red Sox claim the offseason's best available position player -- pending a physical, he comes at the princely sum of $142 million over seven years, the richest contract for an outfielder in history -- but they also keep him away from their competitors, seemingly without the competition even chiming in serious opposing bids."

Hmmm... looks like I might have had a premonition! (last line)

Here's my top 10 emotions on hearing this news.
  1. Crap. This sucks.
  2. Congratulations, Carl. Seven years is a long time and $142M is a lot of money. You earned it.
  3. Carl's too nice to play in Boston.
  4. Thought he was going to Angels. Torii too.
  5. Too bad he's still in the AL East.
  6. SI thinks this was a win-win -- get a great player while screwing the Yankees.
  7. Epstein beats Cashman and Friedman.
  8. This almost ruins baseball for me. Maybe I'll become a Marlins fan, because then you have no hope, no fear of success, no players, no crowds, nothing that can break your heart (Wayne Huizenga saw to that when he dismantled the Championship team like he was selling off worthless shares).
  9. I always try to get Carl on my fantasy team, but I refuse to have any Red Sox on my fantasy team. How am I supposed to reconcile these two absolutes? (Ans: Give up fantasy.)
  10. Carl doesn't look good in red.
  11. Crap. This sucks.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jason Bartlett either is or isn't going to San Diego.

"A trade sending shortstop Jason Bartlett of the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is off, at least for now, because the teams couldn't finalize the deal, sources tell ESPN.com.  The Rays' trade for a pair of young pitchers is in limbo, but it's not dead, sources said. Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, a pair of right-handed pitchers, would go to the Rays."  Prop up the sagging bullpen, maybe find a closer. I liked you, Jason... you were the bomb in 2009, then bombed in 2010. What a crummy week you must be having.

So Long, 'Los!

Gonna miss you .126% of the baseball season next year!  (No, I really like you, man, you are one great first baseman, but too many swings, not enough swat! Hope you do great in Chicago!)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

So that's what it was! (Derek's Dreams)

Keith Olbermann (sportswriter) gets the backstory on Derek's crummy year (hint: it happens to all of us).  Apparently, he's analyzed the current market and finds it crummy for the Captain.

And She-Fan Jane is the bomb, creating her own Yankee reality to influence the current real reality ;-)


Ok, looks like it's a done deal... according to today's New York Post.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Revamping

Team revamping makes me anxious. I've developed emotional attachments to certain players in certain positions in certain uniforms in certain cities, surrounded by certain team-mates. It's like a re-org at work. It's like moving to a different time zone. It's like a friend getting married and being less available to you.

Which is one reason I like my fantasy teams, where selections are team-independent. Like when Curtis Granderson was a Tiger and no one knew about him, he anchored teams for me for several years. Ditto Rays. Last year I had 2 teams in the playoffs, this year, only 1 (OUTTA HERE!), which surprisingly was auto-generated, not hand-picked (how else would I have ended up with Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto?) RAYS RULE, which was over-loaded with Rays, underperformed seriously, like their namesake, because the small ball didn't translate into points for me. Also because I fielded essentially no team on Rays days off.  Dalians, who killed last year, tanked in 2010, but I messed with the lineups constantly, which reminded me that "past performance is no guarantee of future earnings."

An interesting feature of fantasy teams is selecting by "liking" vs "respecting," i.e., picking players you like vs players with great stats or streaky hotness. Liked players do worse, unless they're Longo or Grandyman, or Zorilla. Got Swisher on the Dalians and he really helped... surprised me, in much the same way his fitting in with the Yankees surprised me.

UPDATE 12/9/10:  I may have just answered my own Carl Crawford / Boston dilemma. Support the man, not the team. Ok.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Go-Go Gold Gloves 2010

First base: Mark Teixeira, Yank
Second base: Robinson Cano, Yanks
Third base: Evan Longoria, Rays
Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yanks
Outfield: Carl Crawford, Rays

Nice.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ch- ch- ch- changes...

11/8
ESPN non-tenders Joe Morgan and trades Jon Miller to radio.

11/4
Yanks re-sign Girardi.
Rays no-option Wheeler & Willy Aybar.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SF in 5! Well, that was unexpected....


And yet very well deserved. Pitching was awesome, hitting just enough to win. Way to go, guys!  (Pat the bat showed he's still a gnat...)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wish I'd known this sooner...

How to synch your tv picture with your radio sound, by-passing Buck McCarver.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

SCHADENFREUDE!

Struggling San Francisco left fielder Pat Burrell was benched for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night....
Burrell has eight Ks in nine at-bats in the World Series and is 0 for 9 overall. He has 19 strikeouts in 38 at-bats this postseason. He said after Game 3 he wouldn't blame Bochy for making a change....
Source: AP
 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Now my season's really over

It felt pretty much over after the Rays lost to Texas, but hope sprang eternal that the Yankees would rise to the challenge they successfully avoided when they clinched the Wild Card spot.

That said, here's my story. We were on a gig in Dallas, call it 1996, when the Yankees met the Rangers in the post-season (ALDS, I think). Got tickets to a game, amazingly enough, affordable too, and donned my Yankees shirt, which always travelled with me.

Ranger fans were coolly welcoming. Referring to a late-season incident at Yankee stadium when some Yankee fans threw batteries into right field while the Rangers were on defense, one Texan asked me why they would do such a thing. I was embarrassed to be associated with such slugs, but well aware that they could easily have been native New Yorkers like myself.  Since there is no defense for that, I said, "Well, I'm really sorry they did that. But I will tell you one thing... they must like the Rangers, because for teams they don't like, they usually throw bricks!"  I was making a joke, but the guy looked at me like I was from another planet, which, having just spent six months in Dallas, I knew that I was.

Then, after the Yankees had won the game and clinched whatever contest it had been, on the way out to the parking lot, someone said to me, "Good luck in the Series... we'll be rooting for you." 

I was floored.  Stopped and turned and asked why on earth he'd be rooting for the team that had just beaten his team.  "You always root for the guy that beat you, because then you figure that there was a reason that your team lost... the other guys were unbeatable."

So that was a lesson in sportsmanship I'd never have learned in New York. There, if someone beats you, they are your enemy for life, never to be supported. The Texan way actually made sense.... and since they beat BOTH my teams this year, I'm hoping they smash the Giants.  Ok. Rangers in 5. (Oh, yeah, and make a screaming fool out of Pat Burrell while they're at it.)
 

Still. Not sure I'll be watching any of the games. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What She Said...

Oy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NO MO

Cli flea.

OK. Rays in 5. Yanks in 5. Phillies in 6.

Rays will win today.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

GO LONGO!


And.... all is forgiven, Carlos!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

RAY, RAYS!

GET YOUR MO GOING!

Finally, we saw some Ray baseball. CC the Great -- 2 awesomely good catches... you win the web gems all by yourself tonight! -- and boy, were you robbed by those balls called strikes by the idiot ump).

And 'Los -- that first at-bat made me think no one would give you a contract this year, but look at you! CLUTCH CARLOS COMEBACK... all is forgiven. Your posture at the plate after your liner was totally different, showed complete confidence, which has been missing for quite a while in your stance.

Jaso, Zobie, incredible catch by Bartlett to end an inning... this team made great defensive catches.... and a couple of Texas bobbles didn't hurt...

It's good, guys, you didn't peak too soon!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hmmm... buy Game 5 tix @ 9 am, play Game 3 at 5 pm. Wonder if I should...



October 7, 2010

Postseason Ticket Opportunity

Dear Rays Fan,

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By entering the Rays Postseason Ticket Opportunity, you've also registered for the chance to purchase tickets to potential Rays 2010 League Championship Series and World Series games to be played at Tropicana Field, should tickets be made available. Drawing dates for future series have not yet been determined, but you will receive an e-mail if you've won the opportunity to purchase tickets to those games.

If inventory remains for Division Series Home Game 3 that may be played at Tropicana Field, they will be made available to the general public exclusively on raysbaseball.com on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. ET.

Thank you for participating in the 2010 Postseason Ticket Opportunity.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Really Not What I Had in Mind... Game 2

T over TB: 6-0. C.J. who? Big game flames. All ofers, minus Rocco.

Still, NYY over TC: 4-2. Andy dandy, Sandman super.

Need replay NOW. Shouldn't be allowed to toss managers in playoffs. Stupid hubris.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not What I Had in Mind.... Game 1

T over TB:  5-1.  Price/Lee: One v. good, one v. much better.

Still, NYY over TC:  6-4. CC shaky, Sandman super.
Need replay NOW. Ball was caught, obvious, on tape. Stupid.

John says: "Good thing we didn't drive 7 hours and get crummy seats for this game!"

He's Ba-a-ack....


Evan L... Mr. RockTober!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rays Win, Rays Clinch, Yanks Run Wild

Yay, yay, and yay!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Yes! Yes! Yes! And Yes Again! RAYS RULE!

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Rays beat O's, DPrice-is-right's 3-hit shutout, gorgeous, if boring game, 5-0, in which Carlos Pain Ya actually hit a home run, after some Joe Maddon personal batting coaching.   So did the Mighty Carl.

 And, oh yeah, Yankees clinched too. Both teams got T-shirts that said "Playoffs" & "Post-Season" since neither won an actual title. (Did they discontinue the T-shirt that said "WILD CARD" as being too loser-ish??)  Both teams got champagne, which they persist in shooting off from the front of their bodies, which I find rather, umm..., distracting. 
WSJOnline says: "Empty LaBatt Blue beer cans littered the floor in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre. Empty bottles of Henkel champagne piled up in a trash can. And players donned hats that summed up the night's achievement, reading, 'Playoffs 2010.' "
Minneapolis Star-Tribune says:  "There's nothing like it," said Bruce, who repeatedly got doused with bottles of Korbel champagne and 24-ounce cans of beer in the [Phillies] clubhouse.
Always a bit troublesome for me when both my teams clinch, but it's trouble I love. Still, since I can watch every Rays game on TV because I live in FL -- and drive 5 hrs to St. Pete when the spirit is willing -- and can only listen to the Yanks on radio (which is still wonderful), I have a way more visceral connection to TB. Also, younger and cuter and less full of themselves.

Predictions:  Yankees have to go with the 3-man rotation again: CC, Andy, Hughes; the new guy is too new.  Burnett is too fallable; Vasquez already in the pen, with Joba. I just don't think they can sustain, unless the hitters hit all the time.  Rays, on the other hand, have an over-supply of excellent starters: Price, Garza, Shields, Davis, Neiman. Their hitters will have to wake up a bit more, nice if Evan heals properly and in time.  Now, when the Rays get to meet the Phillies... well, the Oswalt- Hamels- Halladay- Blanton- Kendrick gang is still kicking some bigtime butt, so it'll be a fight to the end. Can't wait!
Oops! We did it again!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whew!

">Ray Stubblebine/Reuters
Better now. And here's one major reason why. Rocco Baldelli, who basically didn't have a team all summer, caught this nearly-out, completely impossible line drive, not quite over the fence. Gracefully, making it look easy, which it isn't and wasn't. It was his first time in right field all year.  And then he hit a single and got on base. Then he scored. Then he said, "Damn, I used to be really good at this game!" And then he remembered why we all loved him and missed him when he took ill and was traded to the RSox, in that order. 

I vaguely remember being snarky when the Rays got him back.... when?  Looks like July 19th, when I whined, "Not the Big Bat I was hoping for..."  {"But if you try sometimes,... you get what you need..."}  Yeah.  Then they got Hawpe. So. Whine no more...

The other odd bit in the accompanying article was the sly assertion that "there is a sense..." (who exactly?) that a Yankee wild-card might be preferable, so the NYY would probably play first against the Twins -- missing some of their big guns -- instead of Texas, the 2nd surprise team of the year (Jays first), that's been beating everyone, and who especially swept NY bad a couple of weeks ago.  So the Rays, as winners, would get Rangers, who I think they mostly split with, but damage was done. Still, it's fall and it shouldn't be so freaky hot in Arlington. That Hamilton & Murphy, feh.

Price & Sabathia getting to be a real item. Someday, David will be as feared & respected as Goliath. Maybe he already is. I love this guy. Stay strong, stay healthy, dude. You're destined for greatness.

In other notes.... Upton was really good in very many ways, including obviously caring. Didn't miss Pena much. And the two guys who didn't get actual hits, took one for the team to get on base, Sean & Shoppach, I think.  Cannot imagine this team without Crawford and without Soriano. 'Los, though I love him, is replaceable.  Others, no. I wonder what Carl will do. Please, no RSox.

Waiting to exhale....

waiting....
waiting...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dan the Man!

TWO TWO-RUN HOMERS TO BEAT THE YANKEES!  WAY TO GO!


And as for Derek Cheater.... Instant Karma's gonna get you, Gonna knock you right on your phony HBP.... Video acting is here.

Big Game James? Great big game!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Man, Sox Now White

And, oy, Rays!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

See CC

Crawford's home run into the right-field stands made him the eighth player since 1900 to get at least 100 homers, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases in a career. The others are Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor and Tim Raines.
"When you get into elite company like that, it feels real good," Crawford said. "You feel real proud about the stuff you've been able to accomplish. ... It just makes you want to see how far you can go." 

Oh, and .... real nice catch B.J.
 

Dancin' Dan Johnson!

As soon as the Rays called him up this year, I got him for my RAYS RULE! fantasy team.... and dropped him several weeks ago for non-performance. Happy to see him hit this amazing walk-off HR in the bottom of the 10th, sticking it to the RSox & keeping even with NYY. Need much more. Wonder if this Hawpe dude has anything left in the tank... will know next week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Good for you, Johnny Damon!

Follow your dreams, follow your heart, and keep away from nasty RSox.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Roger, Roger, Roger...

whyfore art thou, Roger?  Hard not to think you did.  Wishing you didn't, but understanding why you might have.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

RAY GUNS!

Pitchers duel, playoff possibilities, Pena percolates, Sean & his shirt, CC & the wall, Bartlett toss to 2nd, "Shoppach throws two men out and they're both Elvis Andrus!"

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shoppach Hits Grand Slam and Solo Homer

Ahhhh, now that's more like it!

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Shoppach (right) celebrates with teammates Ben Zobrist (left) and Sean Rodriguez after Shoppach hit a 4th inning grand slam off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.

That's what I'm talkin' about....

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.  A-Rod, who became the youngest player to reach 600 homers on Aug. 4, slammed a 412-foot homer off Sean O'Sullivan in the 6th inning, a 419-foot shot off Kanekoa Texeira in the 7th, and added a 439-foot drive in the 9th against Greg Holland that landed in the left-field fountains. It was his 4th career 3-homer game, the first since April 26, 2005, against the Angels.

“It’s a night I’ll never forget,” said Rodriguez, whose barrage helped the Yankees maintain a two-game lead in the American League East over the Tampa Bay Rays. “You just don’t do things like that very often in a career. For me, it was nice to carry the team for one night. These guys have been carrying me all year.”

Nice of him to notice.

Monday, August 9, 2010

If we can only just get out of Canada....

and remember how to apply bat speed to ball speed and have good doctor visits and not over-freakin' think everything and remember who you were and how it felt in 08 and 9=8, maybe some of this misery can move on down the line. On the other hand, Susan Miller is pretty sure there's a planetary configuration this week that's totally messing with everyone's everything, so I'm holding that thought.

Monday, August 2, 2010

See CC steal

Carl Crawford reflected on the significance of stealing his 400th base Saturday night. He is one of seven players to reach 400 before his 29th birthday, joining the likes of Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb. "It's always a good feeling when you reach a milestone," said Crawford, who turns 29 on Thursday. "When you're in the same conversation as Ty Cobb and Rickey Henderson and guys like that, it's definitely a big honor."

Carl Crawford avoids Derek Jeter’s tag for his 400th stolen base. Only 6 other players reached 400 before age 29: Cesar Cedeno, Ty Cobb, Vince Coleman, Eddie Collins, Rickey Henderson & Tim Raines.

New Ray-for-a-Day

Tampa Bay Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson says he'll be calm for debut - St. Petersburg Times.  New Ray-for-a-night Jeremy Hellickson, has gone 12-3 in the minors. Joe's using him to give the starting rotation an extra night off. What a great idea, nice reward for taking the Yankees 2 out of 3.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Matt Joyce: 1 guy, 3 runs, 1 win


Joyce, Jaso, Pena... done deal. Nice follow-up to his grand slam last week.

Alex still waiting for 600. No one much caring. Too bad, dude. No more savior, just another roidoid. Personally, I think they ought to be allowed to take whatever drugs they want. If you don't want to, don't. But if you do, your would-be salary is either capped or reduced, vis-a-vis guys playing clean. Drugs would have to be stated and records would be asterisked. Hall of Fame would be dis-allowed. With enough rewards removed, everyone might choose to stay clean.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Matt Garza throws Tampa's 1st No-Hitter!

Go, Garza!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Peña reading this blog?

Or did his agent have the $$$$ talk with him?  Or maybe Maddon mentioned in passing that Reid Brignac was showing some (imagined) aptitude at 1st base this season...

Not the Big Bat I was hoping for....

but I do love me some Rocco!


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rocco Baldelli is getting back on the playing field. The outfielder and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a minor league contract Monday, and he was assigned him to Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League.

The 28-year old rejoined the Rays as a special instructor during spring training. He had been taking batting practice and participating in drills before most Tampa Bay home games. Baldelli has been rehabbing an injured shoulder this year and has not appeared in a game. He missed the 2005 season and most of 2007 and 2008 due to injuries and a medical condition that sapped his energy.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE A GIRL AWARD

July 16th

WINNER: Los Pena

This guy cannot hit - his current batting average 0.201 !

Last night he struck-out three time (swing poorly). The last time the bases were loaded with "no" outs and the game tied in top of eight.

MEMO TO JOE: Put Zilla on first base and Joyce in right field.

HomeRun

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Strange, but perhaps true...

Almost certainly, the Yankees just clinched the Pennant in A.L. East. Memorials are a motivator. Oy, and the Rays are next into the Stadium after this break. Damn.

RIP, George

Monday, July 12, 2010

RIP, Bob

Oh, no, you can't catch me....!

Carl avoids tag from Indians 3rd baseman and goes on to score, skipping the rundown. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Price? Priceless!



10 K


K K K K K
K K K K K 

Do my eyes deceive me?

An 8th-inning 2-out single from Pain Ya? To advance the runner?  Wha?

Bottom of the 8th: Hideki Okajima starts the inning for the Red Sox. Carl Crawford lead-off Home Run (8) to right. Evan Longoria popped out to second. None on with one out. Willy Aybar walked. Runner on first with one out and Gabe Kapler due up. Matt Joyce pinch-running for Willy Aybar. Gabe Kapler fouled out to catcher. Runner on first with two outs and Carlos Pena due up. Carlos Pena singled to right. Runners on first and third with two outs and Sean Rodriguez due up. Substitution: Robert Manuel enters the game for the Red Sox with runners on first and third and two out. Sean Rodriguez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

So here's my idea...

Sell Carlos for mega $ (if still possible... his bubble burst not unlike the housing market) and pay Carl Crawford two salaries & keep CC in TB.

In other news, no one else is mentioning that Upton got messed up when his brother & the Diamondbacks came to town & Mom & the whole family showed up. Whatever sibling rivalry or psychodrama goes along with being an Upton bubbled up from the unconscious & affected his play. He was great at the start of the season, his shoulder more healed this year, then began spiralling down after Justin signed his mega-bucks contract. That Sunday, while everyone was watching the brothers compete, BJ forgot to hustle. This is all psychological. Then the hammy? Yeah, okay, whatever. Zobie seems to be doing fine in center, though BJ at his best could have been another Granderson or Hunter. Stick a fork in, you're done. Gonna miss you, BJ!

Just checked the Rays' active roster and noticed Dioner Navarro is no longer on it. I feel bad, because he was terrific in 2008, hitting & catching & tossing guys at 2nd. Then he lost it. Jaso & Shoppach are a creditble pair... had Shoppach on my Dalians team last year & he did quite well for me. It's so nice not having to change the channel when the catcher bats.

Nice to be back in 2nd place -- need to kill more Sox today.
RAY PLAYER WHO PLAYS LIKE A GIRL

July 5th

WINNER: Matt Garza

He walked the first three batters he faced in the first, allowed five
runs in four innings, and generally had NO command of his pitches.
Without the super defense in the outfield, he would have given up
10 runs or fill-in the ............... !

How is the weather in Durhan NC ? Garza will look good in a Bull
uniform with his Abe Lincoln "stash" !

HomeRun

Monday, July 5, 2010

RAY PLAYER WHO PLAYED LIKE GIRL AWARDS

July 4 th

WINNER: No award

The Ray played OK for first time in a month. Most phases of the teams
play (hitting timely, relief pitching, and especially defense) was good.

GAME NOTE: Ray second baseman go hard right after a ground ball.
He backhands ball, plants poorly, and throws wildly to first-SAFE! He
should have toss ball to shortstop and shortstop fires to first - OUT.
Where is my resume !

HomeRun

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Two Rays as All-Star starters for first time




  • For the first time in team history, the Rays had two players elected by the fans to the All-Star Game -- Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria. In addition, David Price was selected through the players vote.





RAY PLAYER WHO PLAYS LIKE A GIRL AWARD

July 3rd:

WINNER: No Award

To much pre-4 th of July drinking. But, I got my mask, shin guards, and chest protector on for the start of todays game.

HomeRun

Saturday, July 3, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE GIRL AWARD

July 2nd

WINNER: Joe (dump those designer glasses and you can manage better) Madden

Joe allowed Price to throw 144 pitches - Too many !! Read my lips Joe 100 pitches max. Maybe you need bifocals.

HomeRun

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE A GIRL AWARD

June 30 th

WINNER: Baltimore Orioles !

The birds continue to play very poorly. They will complete
the season in last place keeping the Rays out of the cellar.

Thanks Baltimore

HomeRun

Sunday, June 27, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE A GIRL (2 YEAR OLD) AWARD

June 27 th

WINNER: B.J. Upton

Not hustling on fly ball hit to centerfied. They teach players (4 years old) in the T-Ball leagues to alwasy hustle when you are on the field.

What was the dust up about with Long and B.J. ? If I were GM of Rays, B.J. would be released today. Zilla can play centerfield.

HomeRun

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Well, a no-hitter is a no-hitter, but still...

I felt the misery of not seeing my guys lay down a chopper to short center, just the one, and the hypnotic draw of a previously kind-of-okay pitcher (who got his post-sesason chops with the Rays in '08) going for the no-no. The announcers didn't mention it, that I heard, till the ninth inning; I'd been hoping that a long at-bat for Arizona would get inside his head on the bench & cool off that crazy throwing arm, but no such luck. The cavalry didn't gallup in. In fact, all their first-pitch swinging is getting on my nerves. Still, the Rays getting no-hit for the second time this season, and once last year seems a bit much. There are way worse teams this should be happening to. And, yes, my 3 fantasy teams, overloaded with Ray-guys, are tanking this week. Still, this guy over at Sports Illustrated thinks it's simply random. I'm not sure the sample he's studying is large enough, but no-hitters are a pretty rare event. Still, twice in a season? Nasty.

Friday, June 25, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED A GIRL AWARD

June 24th

NO AWARD - someone has to work. Good idea playing 12:00 Thursday. There is no one watching the "GIRLS PLAY".

HomeRun

Thursday, June 24, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE A GIRL AWARD

June 23, 2010

NO Winner, the entire team played like a girl.

Longoria ALL STAR 3rd man - NO WAY. With men on base he has
not had a hit in three weeks!

HomeRun

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

RAY WHO PLAYED LIKE A GIRL AWARD

June 22 award:

Winner: Joe (Where is my computer I need to change pitchers) Madden
His poor strategy in ninth inning (trying to steal second) needing one
run to tie was terrible. He ("blew-up") a possible game winning rally.

HomeRun

Vuvuzelas May Have Cost Marlins a Game

Vuvuzelas May Have Cost Marlins a Game

Monday, June 21, 2010

Totally Insane Game from Hell: Rays v. Marlins, Sat. 6/19/10

My honey decided to do something terrific for me for vacation -- well, several terrific things, actually -- and bought us tickets to see the Rays play the Marlins, yes, outdoors, at what I like to call Joe Robbie Stadium. Since we'd previously had problems with finding the car in the rain after the game, we were prepared with ponchos and photos. ========>
He spent a bundle and got us 5th row aisle seats, right behind the netting at home plate... awesome view, waiters standing by to bring you overpriced dogs and such to your seat, and enough other Rays fans nearby to help with cheering. Oh, yeah, they'd scheduled fireworks and two famous merengue musicians for the post-game show. Oh, yeah, and Marlins mgt were giving away free vuvuzela horns, long black sticks, made in China & advertising some Miami company, to the first 15,000 people who showed up, in honor of the horns they blow in South Africa during World Cup games. Well, I knew we were leaving before the merengue began, and I thought the noisemakers would be like those thundersticks or cowbells that other teams give away. Well, wrong-o.

The noise was deafening and painful. The kids, of course, started blowing before they'd even climbed the ramp. So did many of their parents. So did the guys who'd been tailgating -- or not. Saw some with a beer in one hand, a horn in the other, not sure which to put in their mouth first.  Something about the timbre, the tone, the note, the reflection of the sound off the empty seats... it was LOUD! PAINFULLY LOUD! So loud the tv and radio broadcasts were nearly untelligible. So loud the players wore earplugs during the game. So loud that on the way out, the usher said "Good night, thanks for coming, address your complaints to Guest Relations." If we could have gotten our money back, I would have left. There was one guy, a Rays fan, there with his wife & 8-year-old son, so he had 3 horns. Several times, he blew them all at one time. Another time, he blew one into another into another. Another time, he blew one into the Rays cowbell noisemaker he'd brought, making a really loud noise that echoed off the metal and bounced backwards into my ear. And you can't tell anyone not to blow these things, because they'd been given out specifically for people to blow on!

So when I heard on Baseball Tonight that in the 9th inning, Fredi Gonzalez had a mis-communication with the umpire about his lineup card and the wrong guy batted and Joe Maddon caught it and complained and the batter had to sit down, I wasn't surprised. There was no way to hear anything! You had to lean into someone's ear just to say you were going to the ladies room. Oh, yeah, sitting right in front of us was a woman and her father. She arrived already wearing earplugs and he was completely deaf, but no worries... they signed to each other!!  So once the game was about to start, the announcer came on & urged us all to have fun, only blow the horns at the right time, and not to blow the horn at any appropriate times, although not mentioning when those would be.  Didn't matter... they blew the horns when the Marlins were batting AND when the Rays were batting AND when the girls were dancing, and especially when the organist played his little chant songs.
This was a delegation of government and baseball officials & their families from the Dominican Republic. One of the ministers threw out the first pitch. (That actor from Burn Notice threw out the other first pitch.) But why were all these people milling around on the field right in front of the Rays bullpen? My team couldn't see anything or warm up or play catch or whatever. Scanning the field, I saw two guys -- 1 Ray 1 Marlin (both fish?) -- meeting at 2nd base. Ray Ben Zobrist had gone out to say hi to former-Ray Jorge Cantu. They chatted and smiled, then gave two distinct man-hugs before parting, each walking back to his respective dugout. That's Ben in the photo, walking back from seeing his friend.  And when Marlinettes strut their stuff directly in front of the opposing team's dugout. What's up with that? A big sexy psych-out?

I had a moment during the national anthem. A young girl sang, maybe 11 or 12, with a terrific voice, did a great job, hit all the hard notes and didn't bend "Free" out of all recognition. She wore a t-shirt with a big red, white & blue peace symbol on the front and when she sang "bombs bursting in air," several fireworks flares shot up from the stands. The crowd cheered wildly. Since the flares represent bombs, I had a real downer moment and began to cry. Then I looked at her peace shirt, watched her stick her right hand in the air in a peace sign as the crowd applauded, and wondered what kind of courage do you need to be a kid and do that at a baseball game? 


So imagine you're at a baseball game and there are announcements, then music when a player is announced, then organ music, and crowds yelling and whistling, and then an icing of random hornblowing over it all. That's why I'm calling it the Totally Insane Game from Hell.

More here and here.  Not too many photos as my battery died in the 2nd inning.

Other highlights included finding my friends Kim & Dan at the game with the baby, and the idiot heckler two rows behind me -- louder even than the horns -- who, when lanky AL pitcher Jeff Nieman (who probably hadn't batted since high school) came to the plate as the 9th hitter, screamed at Volstad to, "...Throw him a strike.... he's got a strike zone as big as a Buick!" And later, to the way struggling Carlos Pena..."Hey, you weigh more than your batting average!"  Nasty!

Oh, and here's how we survived (which is more than Fredi Gonzalez did, as of today) -- handmade, homemade earplugs, fresh from the hot dog stand. Tore a napkin into thin strips, rolled it up, and stuck 'er in. J moistened his, but I took mine straight. ==========>

Sunday, June 20, 2010

RAY PLAYER WHO PLAYS LIKE A GIRL AWARD

June 20th

NO Award

Watching the US OPEN making sure my karma causes Tiger to lose

HomeRun
RAY PLAY LIKE GIRL AWARD

June 19th
Triple Winner: (Longoria, Bartlet, & Pena) for making consecutive fielding errors allowing the Marlins to tie game.
Runner Up: Crawford for getting thrown out attempting to steal second base two times & spoiling game winning rallies.

HomeRun
HomeRun announces a new major baseball award which will rival the MVP award !

The award is: Ray Who Played Like A Girl

June 18: Garza
Winner Garza who threw 71 pitches in 1 & 1/3 inning (should have thrown 10 pitches based on 100 pitches per game) & allowed 7 earned runs. (ERA for game 65.5)

Runner Up Joe (Always Play the Computer Odds) Madden for not taking Garza out sooner.
By the way will someone check Joe's RAM, I think he needs upgrade.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

AKI? Really? For A-Rod?

Interesting that this blogger thinks the Yanks should grab the recently-sent-down from the Pirates Akinori Iwamura. His knees were shot when he slid into 2nd for the Rays in 2008, and seem not to have come back after surgery. But he does play great 2nd & 3rd, could be a contact hitter if he was with a decent team {whispering} in case Alex can't play...

WORRISOME... WORRY SOME MORE....

After Friday's debacles:
 New York Yankees      41     26    .612      -- 
 Tampa Bay Rays         41    26     .612     --    
 Boston Red Sox          41    28     .594     1.0
 Toronto Blue Jays       37    31     .544     4.5    
 Baltimore Orioles       18     48    .273     22.5    
 
When the Yankees and Rays both lose, to keep a tie in the AL East, woo-hoo. What I don't like to see is the Sox in there. Even with DiceK on DL, they got Papi back on the juice, and a couple of guys who can catch, but still, nada, IMHO. Rays have got to get back on track... thought Bartlett's return would do that, but Garza down in 2?? WTF?!  Only good news tonight was that I have Stanton on 2 of my fantasy teams and he rocked!
The Rays look to break their losing streak Saturday night when they play the Marlins again. Jeff Niemann (6-1) will toe the rubber for the Rays, and square off against Chris Volstad (4-6) at 7:10 p.m. We have great tickets for this game... row 4 behind home plate and for that amount of $$, I want to see the RAYS RULE!

Oh, yeah, and would someone please just shoot the Orioles and put them out of their misery?

Friday, June 18, 2010

TIM HUDSON
CAN I SAY MORE?
HomeRun

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, "If only Casey could but get a whack at that —
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat;
For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile lit Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt.
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped —
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one!" the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted some one on the stand;
And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said "Strike two!"

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!"
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer has fled from Casey's lip, the teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.


Originally printed in The San Francisco Examiner (June 3, 1888)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

OK "LONG BABY" !

OK "LONG BABY" !

So you want a 20 $MM contract ! Striking out with men on second and third in the 8th needing two run to tie will get you a $10,000 contract with the LAST STOPVILLE LONESOME DOVES. You will like it there, ball travels good in desert at 120 degrees C or 393.15 K

Enjoy, PBR's are .50 cent (not the wrapper).

HomeRun

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baseball Girls Gone Wild

Ok, baseball girls:

Get a 150 mL beaker, 10.5 mLs KNO3, and a new nick name for David Price. How about wilde pitch or while pitch or pitch wild or wilder pitch or gene wilder pitch or tamer RAY pitch.

Triva: Karl forker's brother played for what MLB team ?

Another HomeRun

It's a HomeRun!

Now blogging for Baseball for Girls, stepping up to the keyboard, here's HomeRun, a mild-mannered professor of science, baseball expert, and Rays phan(atic) in N. Florida.  We're friends and I invited him to share this space. He gone!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Absolutely Spectacular

running catch in right field for out #1, then an even more spectacular 1-short bounce throw to the plate, way early for Jaso to tag Hanley Ramirez trying to score from third.  This HAD to be a web gem. ZOBIE! THE BEST!

 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ga- Ga- Gallaraga

Term Limits, Please!

How long are we going to have to let this Bud Selig idiot rule baseball.... from only an owner's point of view? This guy brings nothing to the table. This guy has no heart and no soul. This guy thinks it's better to let a verifiably wrong call stand than to allow the reality of the rarity of the perfect game. He could have fixed -- oops! -- changed it; he has the power. Now he's just embarrassed himself again. Idiot.

Read 'em again, fool!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Noisy Night Is Something Marlins Look to Forget


Jun 20, 2:02 PM (ET)

By TIM REYNOLDS MIAMI (AP) -When Florida outfielder Cody Ross arrived for work Sunday morning, he grabbed a bright yellow vuvuzela from his locker and sent noise blaring through the Marlins' clubhouse. 


One day after horngate, the Marlins could laugh about it. A little bit, anyway.
 

Saturday's 9-8, 11-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays will be remembered for the overwhelming din created by 15,000 air horns distributed to fans in World Cup-themed giveaway, as well as the possibility that the noise caused confusion between Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and plate umpire Lance Barksdale - who got their signals crossed on what became a costly botched lineup change in the ninth.
 

Still, Marlins president David Samson beamed over the promotion, pronouncing it a clear success. "It was absolutely outstanding," Samson said Sunday. "I got two e-mails from older people and we moved their seats because it was loud. To give you an idea, that is the least number of e-mails for things that go on during the course of a game that you could possibly have." After Saturday's game, Marlins players had different views.
"Awful," Ross said.
"Brutal," second baseman Dan Uggla said.
And on Sunday, Rays manager Joe Maddon - who had said the horns should be banned by baseball - wasn't backing down, either. "They're annoying," Maddon said. "There's cool things and there's very non-cool things. That's a non-cool thing. ... You could even almost attribute the mix-up possibly last night, if there was one, to the fact that it was so loud."
 

The horns given out Saturday were about half the size as the vuvuzelas that provide the constant - some say annoying - buzz from the stands at World Cup matches. Nonetheless, they packed such a noisy punch for the Marlins and Rays that players and umpires quickly popped in earplugs, and conversations even in the dugouts were nearly impossible. "I'm always into some crazy ideas myself," Maddon said. "I would just put that into the column that it didn't quite work."
 

It might not go into the books with the same infamy as 10-cent beer night did in Cleveland in 1974, or the giveaway baseballs that turned into giveaway projectiles and prompted a Dodgers forfeit in 1995, or the gold standard for baseball marketing debacles - Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in 1979.
 

Still, there's a good chance the horns have blared for the last time at a Marlins game. "There was some thought put into it, some foresight," Marlins vice president of marketing Sean Flynn said last week. Clearly, the Marlins didn't see this coming. 

Perennially one of the worst-drawing teams in baseball, Florida often turns to promotions in an attempt to boost ticket sales. Some are hits, some are misses, and others are messes, like the pompom giveaway last May on a breezy night - countless shiny, silvery strands blew off the toys and landed on the field throughout the game, making it seem like tinsel on the world's flattest Christmas tree.
 

"I never knew anybody complained about the field being loud," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said in Washington on Sunday. "They're not Tiger Woods. ... Baseball is supposed to be played with a lot of noise."
 

Whether it was the horns, the visit from an in-state rival or the Merengue concert afterward, the Marlins drew twice as many fans Saturday as they had for games earlier in the week when the Texas Rangers were in town. "I guess it was a gadget to get people out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday. "Sometimes the fans are so loud in the ballpark you wish they would just calm down. Seriously." 

Gonzalez and Barksdale probably would have appreciated some more calm from the stands. Gonzalez went out to make changes before the ninth, and his card was clearly marked in the Florida dugout - Wes Helms batting third for Hanley Ramirez, a pitcher (it just said pitcher) in the cleanup spot for Jorge Cantu, and Brian Barden batting ninth in the customary pitcher's spot. But when Barksdale reported the change to the Tampa Bay dugout, he had Helms ninth, Barden third.
 

Barden summarily batted out of order, erasing a leadoff walk with the game tied in the ninth, and Gonzalez was thrown out for pleading his case. "It's an embarrassing thing and it's an unfortunate thing," Gonzalez said. "But whether we won the game or lost the game because of that, I don't think so."
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AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston and AP freelance writer Pete Kerzel in Washington contributed to this report.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mighty Casey

It was just a week or so, Yanks/Mets on ESPN?, that Alex Rodriguez got up to bat in the ninth inning with bases loaded. He is never a sure thing, not like Jeter, or Lou Pinella or Tino Martinez or even Paul O'Neill. I turned to John and said, "There will be no joy in Mudville." "No?" he queried. And indeed he struck out with the bases loaded, didn't break the game wide open...

And yet, just yesterday, got up and got it done. Nice 4-run home-run. And just a couple of days after he nearly killed a guy with a line drive. It's not easy being thee.

Temporary League Switch...


The Phillies were playing the Marlins over the holiday weekend, so we'd had plans to go with Susan D, since her friend got discounted tickets because she was singing the National Anthem. Well, the Nova Southeastern Chorale was singing the National Anthem, and they did it quite well, when the game began, over 30 minutes late due to a slow but steady rainfall.
 
The game was not much to write home -- or blog -- about (fish lose 3-2), and our seats were sort of crummy (section behind visitors bullpen... I think I saw Lidge).  They don't let you bring umbrellas into the stadium (SunLife, this year), so I was wearing a turquoise hooded poncho over my NYY cap (no pix, luckily) and sitting on the wet bench, till I remembered the paper towels in the ladies room. What a bore! That's why they want a stadium with a roof -- because it always rains.  So they'll get one and then wonder why they still have no one at games. But that's another rant.

This one has to do with the fact that the chorus trudged in from the field, found their spouses / friends / wet seats, and began drinking. And what do you think happens when non-baseball-watching choristers in their cups do for fun during long slow games?  You're right if you guessed, "They sing show tunes!"

The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Annie, My Fair Lady....  it was a freakin' walk down Tin Pan Alley. Susan D gave this one group the hairy eyeball and muttered something litigious under her breath, but I kept focused on the game, what there was of it. Actually, some nice hits & catches, but not nearly exciting enough to drown out the singers. I hated to feel so curmugeonly about it, but, you know, no one was joining it!  I declared a complete game in the middle of the 7th inning, so we stretched our way back to the car, which we found with the aid of a cell-phone picture we'd taken during daylight. Good thing, too, because the big balloon doll landmarks I'd ID'd had been snugly packed up in their nighttime closets and once again the direction of the car was lost.

The next night, same place, same time, Roy Halliday threw his no-hitter. Now that would have been fun to see and I'd have had no problem shushing the singers. But by then, we were on the boat.
 




Thursday, May 27, 2010

No big whoop...

it's just the fall-off of their previous high. Too bad about the Boston sweep, but it's nothing. Except this guy comes into the store every day to gloat in my face about it. He thinks baseball players are all overpaid and that Joe D & Lou G & Da Babe were the be-all and end-all. To which I say Jeter Puey & Zorilla!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Finally....

It's really too bad they have to eat those millions of dollars they spent on Pat Burrell, but at least we won't have to see him strike out three times a game any more. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good-bye.


Welcome, Hank Blalock. I love you already.


Excellent game on national tv today. Nerve-wracking because it was a Mariner no-hitter for 4 innings, but then Evan broke the spell and the goose eggs, the Rays tied it up in the bottom of the 8th, Shields struck out 10, and Willy Aybar hit the walk0ff HR. Very interesting game.


Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good-bye. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Away we go!

Great start for the Rays on a western road trip, beating Seattle, return of Navvy (who hit), and Burrell, who doesn't. Zobie in center, BJ benched, and Evan... I'm wondering if he can and will out-rod A-Rod in 20 years. Too bad the games end so late...

Update 5/6: Swept Mariners, ended with a shutout. Set new records for run-differentials and won/lost numbers. Team ERA of 2.27; won 4 in a row, now at 20-7, leading both leagues. What a cool team! Too bad no one pays attention to them; they only get on national tv when they play the Yanks or the Sox. Still, I get to see them every night. Gotta go check my fantasy teams... I killed tonight!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Who's in first? Rays Rule! AL East breaks open!

AL East         W  L    PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK  HOME ROAD (4/20)

 Tampa Bay 10 3   .769 - - 8-2 W7 3-3 7-0
 New York 9 3 .750 0.5 - 8-2 W4 5-1 4-2
 Toronto 8 6 .571 2.5 2.0 5-5 W1 3-5 5-1
 Boston 4 9 .308 6.0 5.5 3-7 L5 1-6 3-3
 Balt      2 12 .143 8.5 8.0 1-9 L1 0-6 2-6

What a difference 2 days makes!

AL East         W  L          PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK  HOME ROAD (4/22)

Tampa Bay 12 4 .750  -     - 9-1  W2  3-3 9-1
New York  11 4 .733  0.5  - 8-2  L1 5-1 6-3