Where have all the clutch performers gone? We needed guys to step up today, and no one seemed to deliver. We didn't help ourselves - 8 walks and a hit by pitch - 2 scored. Can you guess the final score? 7-5 bad guys. Did our freshman SS make an error, yeah - but even still, we had two outs with only one run allowed and it ballooned into a 6-run fourth inning. Pitcher's need to be able to get an out - one single, solitary out, in a row. They've gotten one out in a row thousands of times in their baseball lives. We threw up 0's all day (except for a solo HR in the B6), and had a chance at the end. It just wasn't meant to be today.
Got a big one tomorrow at 3pm. Big is actually an understatement. Lose, and the season is over. Win, and live to play another day. Whoever is tougher tomorrow will prevail. Backs to the wall, fight your way out. We need to deliver the first punch, right in the mouth, early on.
Yankees won both - 1-0 in the suspended game from yesterday (Jeter hit a HR 399' to left center). The bullpen patched together the shutout. In today's scheduled game, they won 3-2, behind a Nick Swisher HR to right field. Mariano closed out both games, earning saves in both, his 9th and 10th of the year.
Boston finished off a surprising sweep at The Trop, beating the Rays 11-3 behind Adrián Béltre's 6 RBI.
The Magic are up 13 on the Celtics with 8:59 left in the game. Celts lead the series 3-1. Maybe Dwight Howard read my blog and decided to grow a pair and play like a man - he's got 17 points, 7 boards, 5 blocks, and only 1 foul. Go Dwight Go!
Big one tomorrow. Act as if.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Montana is home to four minor league baseball teams: Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of Cincinnati Reds); Great Falls Voyagers (Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of Chicago White Sox); Helena Brewers (Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of Milwaukee Brewers); Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of Arizona D'Backs). These four teams make up the North division of the Pioneer League. Because I love logo's, here they are (MiLB):
Ten points of emphasis that are running through my mind this morning:
- MAAC Tournament. Game one at 3pm vs. Canisius. Game one is ever important in a double elimination format, and I think we'll come out loose and ready to play. We're the #4 seed after all, and we have nothing to lose. Everyone else is supposed to be better than us, all we gotta do is play the game hard, have a little fun, play some defense, pitch well enough to keep us in the game, and score more runs. That formula translates to wins. That's pretty evident.
- A Mosque at Ground Zero? I don't think this is something that NYers should have to deal with. I was watching Channel 5 and there was a debate on it and all three on the panel said it wasn't a good idea. The money ($100 million) is being funded by Islamic countries, and how the hell do we know who this money is coming from? It also serves as a reminder of that grim day on September 11, 2001. "I don't deny anyone a church or a mosque, but if I were to walk by that mosque, I would think of my son's plane," Hanson, of Easton, Conn. (NY Daily News). I am not against it either, but the fact remains that almost 3,000 Americans perished in the 9/11 attacks. NYers did a great job of coming together and bouncing back, but they don't need any more reminders. Not 100' from where Tower 1 once stood.
- DWTS winner announced. I'll be honest, I watch this show but generally don't pay much attention. The Bruno guy is hilarious though, and I look forward to hearing his comments. Nicole Scherzinger beat out figure-skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN's Erin Andrews. Not sure if this was a shocker or not, but either way, I'm looking forward to seeing this Bruno Tonioli guy again.
- Phoenix Suns tie series with Lakers 2-2. I hate the Lakers, as I've stated before. What won them the game? Simple, their bench, which was non-existent in the first three games of the series. The Suns bench scored 54 points last night (76 previous three games). Good for you Phoenix, take the series. I don't need another Celtics-Lakers finals.
- 2014 Super Bowl at Meadowlands Stadium. Good to see a Super Bowl being played in a cold weather state. Bloomberg said it, this region is a great place to come to. NYC is an awesome place and I know people from all over the country attend the Super Bowl every year, and many probably have never been to the NYC area. Bob Golic is saying that weather shouldn't be an issue in the biggest game of the year, but in 2007, Super Bowl XLI was played in the rain down in Miami. It's cold in February, sure, but why not. Why the hell not? Good for you NFL, now let's hope the Giants or Jets are playing.
- Yankees woes! A.J. Burnett finally settled down and was throwing a good game - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K and 75 pitches before the rains came and washed out the game against the Twins. His last three starts before last night were a mixed bag. He got rocked vs. Tampa on the 19th, pitched well vs. the Twins on the 14th, and was tattooed by the Red Sox on the 9th. I hope he uses it as something to build off, because his stuff is way better than he's showed the past few. The Yankees, however, are 6-3 in games he starts. Still waiting for a 10+ strikeout game.
- King beds. At home, me and Lindsay and Nathan share a double bed. After sleeping in this king bed in the hotel last night, it brings me back to my thoughts whenever I stay in a hotel - king beds should be mandatory. It's like sleeping in an in-ground pool. The thing is huge. Maybe it's the hotel bed idea, that they are always so comfortable (except at a Days Inn).
- "Future gay terrorists." This is stuff that shouldn't happen. A soldier is under investigation after a video was posted on Facebook. The video showed two children who were asked, "Are you going to grow up to be a terrorist?", to which the children gave thumbs up. Chances are they didn't understand English, but seriously, are you that stupid that you'd: 1. say something so ignorant to two kids, and 2. post it on Facebook? Stupid ass.
- Flying anytime soon? Here's a few tips to securing some cheaper airfare. 1. Very few seats are ever on sale - when you see a low price deal, book it. 2. Tuesday is the best day to shop for airfare, at around 3:00pm. 3. Friday and Sunday are the most expensive days to fly, so plan accordingly. 4. Book at least two weeks in advance, maybe even three weeks. Here's a test I just did on Southwest Airlines - if I wanted to fly from NY to Denver: in 5 days, $311; in 12 days, $219; in 20 days, $189. 5. Pack a carry on bag. Baggage fees suck. 6. Fly midweek. Have a good flight.
- Back to the Bronx. Some local news from the Bronx. This morning, two parents are under arrest after leaving their baby in a parking lot near 161st St. Both parents say they thought the other had the child. Maybe they thought there was a Yankee game that the kid wanted to see.