Historic plays

After two rained out games, to be played at a date yet to be determined Yankees are playing baseball. This was a mad crazy game. First I was angry and freaking out, then I was freaking out happy, then I was freaking out, and I can’t really describe my emotions.

~~ Yankees 5, Orioles 2 ~~

With score 2-1 Yankees, in the seventh inning the first base umpire called a balk on C.C. This lead to my first freak out, which lead to online outrage which included me posting pictures of Stevie Wonder and stating he was the umpire in the game. This call, which was clearly WRONG, moved Matt Wieters into scoring position. Gameday says: On-field Delay, this was everyone going up to the umpire and telling him, you’re wrong man! C.C. did not move, so how could that be a balk? Now that Wieters was in scoring position, he scored. Now the score was tied and I was pissed.

The next inning with the bases loaded Vernon Wells hits a long fly ball and Adam Jones runs back to catch it, like he always does, he always catches the ball, it wasn’t going over the wall so no runs, except he dropped it Franky, Youkilis and Pronk (don’t ask me where Hafner got that nickname, I didn’t give it to him) score, as I’m yelling at my TV, “YEAH JONES! KARMA IS A BITCH!” No idea why I said that. And that is all she wrote.

Or is it? This is baseball, there is no fat lady but one team has to get 27 outs and the game doesn’t end till then. So in the top of the eighth when Manny Machado hits into a 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play. That doesn’t quite describe it, the description in Gameday doesn’t describe it:

Manny Machado grounds into a triple play, second baseman Robinson Cano to shortstop Jayson Nix to third baseman Kevin Youkilis to first baseman Lyle Overbay to second baseman Robinson Cano. Alexi Casilla out at 3rd. Nick Markakis out at 2nd. Manny Machado out at 2nd.

Even the recap which goes into detail doesn’t truly describe it. It doesn’t catch the “Why” from the fans watching, the “Huh” as Youkilis throws across the diamond to Overbay and it certainly doesn’t convey the wonder and excitement of the moment. There was no mention of me jumping up and down and punching my pillow. Oh and the screaming and laughing. There was a bunch of that. And no this could not happen with any other team because no other team has Robinson Cano. Cano told Nix to throw to third and when Overbay threw to Cano he thought he had screwed up, that there was no way Robbie could catch it. But Robbie is the best second baseman in the MLB, maybe in the history of the game! Ahem. He caught it in time to tag out the runner. The Yankees ran off the field jumping and laughing like little boys.

Mariano comes in to end the game. Shuts the door they say, what door? What do they mean by that? And now this is all she wrote.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Game 9
Yankees 5-4 (0.556)

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Meanwhile, down in Georgia

It didn’t take long for the new playoff rules to spark controversy. Instead of the old way where the team that has the best record aside from the division winners plays in the Division Series, there is a one-game playoff, I guess between the next two best? I haven’t really explored it since the Yankees won the AL East and all is right with my world. One of these games was between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. I personally wanted the Braves to lose, I always want the Braves to lose (spits on the ground, pays a fine).

In the 8th inning the Cards were up by 3, the Braves had runners on 1st and 2nd, the Braves shortstop hit a pop-up to left field. The ball dropped between the Cardinals shortstop and the outfielder, bases loaded for the Braves – except – the umpire ruled Simmons out, citing the infield fly rule. As I understand it, the infield fly rule was instituted to protect the runners, players would let the ball drop then pick it up and get 2 force outs instead of just one out from catching the ball. Here’s rule, copied from SI.com

“An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort[emphasis added], when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.

When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “[emphasis added] Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.”

The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.

If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.

Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder— not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.

When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence.”

I’m certainly not a baseball guru, or even a baseball geek, but from my reading of the rule and the play, it seems to me the rule was misapplied, the runners didn’t benefit and the reason the ball was not caught was apparently there was a misunderstanding between the two players as to whose ball it was. There is no way of knowing if this affected the outcome of the game, the Cardinals were up by three and would probably have won anyway. All this has really done is just create controversy and shown how classy Braves fans really are.

They threw trash on the field. Cups, bottles, pizza boxes, basically anything they could get their hands on. The umpires congregated in the middle of the field, out of reach and the players hid in their respective dugouts. The Braves manager said he was “a little disappointed” with the fans who threw things on the field. Did the fans not realize the problems that could cause for their own team? The grounds crew came out and cleaned up the field. The Braves went on to lose the game and Chipper Jones said good-bye.

Now I’ll bid you adieu, and just say, “Stay classy Atlanta” 😛

Another Solo Game

This was another game that I got tickets to at the start of the season on a special deal. I got just one ticket because normally Kasey can’t make it to night games during the week. I don’t feel guilty about going with out since on occasion she goes to games without me. However the last game I went to alone I was bothered by the guy next to me. I had originally said harassed, but thinking back on it, bothered is a better word. This game was a different experience.

First my seats, I was sitting in the last row in the Grandstand. This is kind of my favorite row, I like looking out over the stadium and having no one higher than me (can you say “Princess”?). Then the man to the right of me was there with his daughter, not that he didn’t say a work to me, but he was in total Dad mode and his attention was focused on her. The guy on the other side of me was with his significant other (wife, girlfriend, date) and was an Indians fan (BOO), but he wasn’t obnoxious, I actually couldn’t tell for sure until about halfway through the game, and then they left about the 7th inning or so.

Weather. It was nice, no rain by the time the game started. It was very windy and I was worried about the temperature, but while a little on the cool side, I never got cold enough that I felt like leaving.

Promotion: I got a cool Yankee t-shirt free! Well, it’s a night shirt now. And it’s HOPE week. I kind of like HOPE week. I think it’s cool.

Game: Phil was pitching and he was back on his game. 8 shut-out innings and he got run support! This brings his record to 8-6. He was assisted by a catch that wasn’t. Another umpire error. A-Rod hit a home run. Ever since someone mentioned to me the Yankees wins and home runs, whenever a player hits a home run I think, “There’s the ballgame. Yankees are going to win.” In this game. like in other games, the team seemed to come alive in the 9th, I’m talking about the Indians. All four runs were scored in the 4th inning. Cory Wade was kind of off his game. No reason to boo him, well anyway, Sori came in and saved the game.

Since this game: Yankees swept the Indians. Wednesday CC was put on the DL with an adductor strain and will probably miss his next two starts, then in the fifth inning of the game Andy Pettitte got hit in the ankle. Diagnosis: fractured ankle, he’ll be out about 8 weeks. Now for our starting pitching we have to rely on Freddy Garcia and Adam Warren (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). I’m not expecting miracles, but unlike some other commenters, I also don’t think the Yankees will crash and burn. Garcia has been pitching well lately. I don’t know Warren, but the reports are he has been pitching well. Russell got run over by the Indians first baseman and now is out with back stiffness, he says the collision didn’t aggravate it but hmmmmm I wonder.

On a personal note, Wednesday I tried for a second time to go to a Brooklyn Cyclones game. This time I made it through the ceremonial first pitches. Then Sarah had to leave her mood had plummeted and the panic attack was heading toward major meltdown. Which happened in the Coney Island subway station. Horrible day. Then today was a horrible game and a tough loss. Some times it seems like the media is trying to start trouble between the players and managers with their questions. Then everyone gets on twitter and starts tweeting what they thought about this and that and what he said. It drives me crazy.

Last thing. Some people keep track of their ‘records’ attending games, so I went through and counted wins and loses for me. I have have stats through 2010. !0 wins, 4 losses. In 2011, 10 wins, 5 losses. So far this year, 8 wins, 3 losses.

And that’s all, going to bed now.

Umpires and Red Sox: Who do I hate more? ~ June 9

~~ Red Sox 8, Yankees 3 ~~

After a 3 hour and 27 minute rain delay the game started. Sabathia versus Beckett. Another pitcher that likes to hit Yankee batters. He hit Jeter, then he hit Alex (in the hip!). Then a half inning later, CC hits Ortiz.

Here is why I hate umpires, nothing was said to any of the Red Sox pitchers, in any of these games. CC hits Ortiz and the umpire is right out there, warning the benches. Then Beckett hit Granderson, after the warning. Did anything happen to Beckett? Was he thrown out? NO. That’s because Umpires have complete control, they are the little GODS on the field and there is no accountability. They don’t get fined for bad calls, they don’t get fired, NOTHING.

CC pitched good, then in the seventh the Red Sox got 7 runs. I am sitting here just waiting for this game to end. It has been a rather disheartening day, Joba has a torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow making Tommy John surgery and a 10- to 14-month absence imminent. Possibly out for the year, and just when I was starting to like him. 😦

Phil Hughes has reportedly been throwing at 92 MPH, but he will have to go to a rehab assignment before he can come back and pitch. 😦

Russell Martin’s back is still bothering him, but an MRI showed no damage. Still he has missed two games. I’m blaming Jon Lester for hitting him with a pitch, that started it all. I can do that, this is my blog.

Red Sox are still ugly.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Friday, September 10, 2010 ~ I really, really, really hate umpires.

Right now the game is tied at 5-5 and it is the 13th inning. The game would have been over in the 9th if not for a horribly blown call by the second base umpire. Horrible horrible mistake he made, even the Texas announcers said it.

The Red Sox game, which started 2 hours after this game is over already. I have to get some sleep. More later.

This is why I hate umpires

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa 😛