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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
And That Happened: LCS EditionAngels 5, Yankees 4: Girardi, on the decision to replace Dave Robertson with Alfredo Aceves:
Joe Girardi: The bullpen goes up to eight. Look, right across the board, eight, eight, eight and...
Phillies 5, Dodgers 4: Um, L.A.? You're supposed to have the good bullpen. Bruntlett scored the tying run, but let us all remember that it was Matt Stairs who drew the walk that called for a pinch runner to begin with. Matt Stairs is the best. 3-1 Phillies. I hate to cut this short, but I have a long day of "See! I told U! No 1 believed in us! We're the champs, dood! Your stupid 4 picking the Dooshers to win anything. Get a new job" comments over a the Blue Network. And they'll still come when I write a piece talking about just how sharp the Phillies are right now, and how well-managed and confident they are and everything.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:02am
Also, in a valiant effort to pile on, no matter what happens in the rest of the series, the Yankees are not handling the Angels “fairly easily.”
Some great baseball all around, though!
Posted 10/20 at 12:09 AM
The Dodgers wish that was the final score, Craig.
I wonder if the two-out, game-winning extra base hit in the ninth to win 5-4 qualifies as some sort of revenge by the A’s distant cousins for 21 years ago.
Posted 10/20 at 12:23 AM
If I have any energy left after griping about the Yankees offense I’ll try to get worked up over the bullpen management. But I have a feeling the offense will do me in.
Posted 10/20 at 12:40 AM
A twelve-inch high model of Stonehenge then descended from the ceiling behind Girardi…
Posted 10/20 at 12:40 AM
Kevin S. said...
Even Kay and Singletary were criticizing him. You know it was a bad decision when the YES men won’t be yes men.
Posted 10/20 at 12:56 AM
For the record, I would never hold your obvious NL East biases against you. I, for one, would never, ever pick the Braves to win anything. This said, I was at this game (hello, wedding present!) and it was everyone you could ask for in a ballgame. Other than short, of course. LOVED IT.
Posted 10/20 at 01:00 AM
APBA Guy said...
I’ve been waiting for the bullpen mismanagement to catch up to Girardi. I know his guys are conditioned to certain roles and situations and all, but if the game is on the line and Aceves is your pitcher, twice, vs Ervin Santana, you will lose.
Posted 10/20 at 01:23 AM
You do yourself a disservice by reading and responding to idiot commenters, Craig.
Posted 10/20 at 04:27 AM
Michael Caragliano said...
Jeremy beat me to it, sorta… eight is the new eleven.
Posted 10/20 at 06:53 AM
There are so many Items of Idiocy to pin on Joe (“Put me in coach” “OK”) Girardi from last night.
Posted 10/20 at 08:09 AM
It’s like, how much more black could the 11th inning be? And the answer is none. None more black.
Posted 10/20 at 08:44 AM
As a father, it’s your responsibility to NEVER admit you don’t know something, even when you clearly don’t. “Dad, why is the sky blue?” “Because the color of the ocean is reflected in the sky.” So when I got, “Dad, why is he taking Robertson out?” I toyed with “Because he bet on the Angels” or “He forgot how many times he had visited the mound”, and I sincerely wish I would have thought of Craig’s “He wanted everyone to get a turn”. Instead, a childhood ended last night. (ok, he’s 16, but give me some dramatic license.) “I don’t know, son. I just don’t know.”
Posted 10/20 at 09:04 AM
I wasn’t watching at the time: why did Girardi bring in (lefty) Damaso Marte to pitch to Figgins (one batter) to end the 7th, then replace him with (lefty) Phil Coke to pitch to Abreu (one batter) to start the 8th?
Posted 10/20 at 09:11 AM
I don’t know, Joe. I just don’t know.
Posted 10/20 at 09:22 AM
(Not That) Tom said...
I’ve told them a hundred times: put Mariano Rivera first and Puppet Show last.
Posted 10/20 at 09:43 AM
Since it’s almost 11 AM EDT and I haven’t seen this ATH on the Blue Network, I’ll take it that this post is for mature audiences only, or you were reserving the aforementioned server space for the spitball segment.
Posted 10/20 at 10:59 AM
Mode:Theif and Lair said...
ding, ding. we have a winner.
Posted 10/20 at 12:33 PM