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!

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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!