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Friday, September 11, 2009
And That HappenedRockies 5, Reds 1: Jose Contreras had to leave the game in the third inning with angina or dropsy or consumption or whatever the hell it is that 86 year-old people get all the time. Didn't matter though, because at this point the Rockies could probably put the 1985 Hackensack Bulls in the lineup -- including both Richard Pryor and John Candy in their current conditions -- and still keep winning. Case in point: Jason Giambi, your starting first baseman yesterday. He hasn't played much since coming to Colorado, but against all odds he's done well when given the chance (1-3, 2B 2 RBI yesterday). When Giambi started hitting home runs with those mid-90s A's teams I used to get him confused with Matt Stairs. Now that his career is winding down and he's providing some fat guy pop off the bench, I'm starting to get him confused with Matt Stairs again.
Nationals 8, Phillies 7: The Phillies almost came back in the ninth inning, scoring five runs but falling just short. How much you wanna bet that Charlie Manuel is secretly happy that they didn't score seven that inning, thereby forcing him to figure out what to do with a one-run lead in the ninth?
Royals 7, Tigers 4: Four straight wins for the Royals. Four straight games in which Yuniesky Betancourt took a walk. Coincidence? Well, yeah, probably, but that doesn't make either of those things any less amazing.
Marlins 13, Mets 4: Yesterday Bud Selig, in response to a question about competitive balance, said "By the way, there have been teams with high payrolls and have drawn a lot of people who have been stunning disappointments." I wonder who he was talking about? The game story described the Mets as "listless." That's fine, but how are they fixed for hap?
Blue Jays 3, Twins 2: Another painfully small crowd in Toronto last night. No hockey to report. Hmmm, why might they not have drawn well . . . I'm going with Cirque du Soleil's Ovo, which was playing at the Grand Chapiteau at Port Lands. It is, after all, a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement, and that sounds way better than a late season Jays' game, doesn't it?
Braves 9, Astros 7: ESPN's little teaser feature had this game on the sidebar yesterday, saying "another solid pitching duel tonight, with Derek Lowe towing the mound for ATL." How the hell does one "tow a mound?" Toe a rubber maybe? And screw it, they were wrong about the pitching duel anyway: Roy Oswalt got bombarded for six runs on ten hits in two innings. Derek Lowe's tow truck must have broken down too, because he wasn't a ton better (5.2 IP, 9 H. 5 ER).
Angels 3, Mariners 0: John Lackey pitched a five hit shutout, striking out seven -- he got Ichiro twice, which is kind of amazing -- and walking one. Branch Rickey Award winner Torii Hunter hit a two run homer. Probably worth noting that this west coast game ended before the eastern time Steelers-Titans game did. Even better, it didn't end with the losing team not having a chance to play offense. I'd list all the other reasons why it was superior to football, but I'm going on a trip next week and therefore won't have the time to get to them all.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:41am
“Towing a mound.”
Using this to segue into some pedantry, here are some of my favourite recently seen misspellings that should have given their authors pause.
The author of the last one used the term in proper context so I am left trying to imagine how that spelling could have made any sense to him. Before Madonna was Madonna, was she a prima donna? I would think that she only became a prima donna once she became Madonna, i.e., post-Madonna.
Posted 09/11 at 07:39 AM
What? You don’t like a coin-toss determine the winner in case of a tie at the end of regulation time? Thought you would find this a boon for 13-inning Yankees-Red Sox marathons.
Posted 09/11 at 07:44 AM
Dennis Koziel said...
Tom Boswell ( not sure if he’s still with the Washington Post ) wrote a great essay years ago. Believe the title was ” 100 Reasons Baseball is Better Than Football.” Very amusing and well worth reading.
Posted 09/11 at 08:33 AM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
Chuck - You forgot using “impact” as a verb. The only thing that can be impacted is a tooth, and that’s painful enough.
Posted 09/11 at 08:58 AM
Are blue jays indigenous to Portland? Do they migrate south to Las Vegas?
Is baseball in Toronto in trouble long-term or can baseball survive/thrive in Canada?
Posted 09/11 at 09:02 AM
6. lose as loose. I see this one constantly, and it always bugs me.
Posted 09/11 at 09:24 AM
I remember life pre-Madonna. I wish I could go back to it.
Re impact as a verb: Personally, I absolutely abhor it when announcers or writers speak of “plating” runs in baseball. “Plate” is a noun, folks!
Posted 09/11 at 09:50 AM
Only thing I’ve ever found funny about that show “My Boys” involves one of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan:
Main Character: [paraphrasing] ...all she wanted to do was spa all day and club all night.
Posted 09/11 at 10:25 AM
Re impact as a verb: Look people, the meanings of words change over time, and so does their usage. Especially the transition from a noun to a verb. Just as contact, butter, interview, etc. once transitioned from a verb to a noun, impact, as a verb, is commonplace now, and is perfectly acceptable, The reason is simple. Why say three words, “have an impact” when one, “impact”, will suffice and everyone will know exactly what you mean. Get over it.
Posted 09/11 at 10:44 AM
Scratch that, reverse it - contact, butter, interview, etc. transtioned from a noun to a verb. I believe the point remains valid.
Posted 09/11 at 10:48 AM
A Brewster’s Millions reference! Love it!
Posted 09/11 at 10:54 AM
I don’t mind the verb “to plate” when it’s used to describe the act of putting food on a plate. Or of course in the sense of depositing a thin layer of metal on something.
But “plating a run” doesn’t sound right.
And Jose Contreras strained a quad running the bases. Something that has been known to happen to young players. It’s not like he left the game because he came down with shingles or something.
Posted 09/11 at 10:58 AM
Aaron Moreno said...
“loose” “lose” is the only one that bugs me. Almost as much as grammar nazis.
Posted 09/11 at 11:06 AM
I’m not sure which argument is more tedious, the DH vs. no-DH debate in baseball, or the Prescriptivist vs Descriptivist debate in English grammar.
Posted 09/11 at 11:26 AM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
Is that what it says in your GED handbook?
Posted 09/11 at 11:50 AM
Now, are those flagrant or blatant misuses of the English language? I always get them confused.
Also, you can’t evacuate people from a burning building. To evacuate someone is to give them an enema.
Posted 09/11 at 11:59 AM
Actually, I graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, and yes, we are taught to be concise, rather than wordy, for efffective communication.
Posted 09/11 at 11:59 AM
Actually, I graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, and yes, we are taught to be concise, rather than wordy, for effective communication.
Posted 09/11 at 12:00 PM
Pete Toms said...
@ Moose - I’m not optimistic about the long term viability of MLB in Toronto. Rogers Communications Inc. is the most recent in a series of media companies -Fox, Time Warner, Disney - that ultimately found owning a baseball team is a pain the a** for a corporation. For a bunch of different reasons these teams produce better results if a super rich egomaniac is the owner. So…I think Rogers either runs it as “KC North” as Jeff Blair recently put it….or is there some super wealthy hoser who wants it? (I think they just lost that guy, Ted Rogers)...or does somebody but it to move it? (seems unlikely, Vegas, Portland, NJ?)
This is one of the lowpoints for Jays fandom. The team STANK after the 27-14 start. There is NO leadership at the top. Ownership is rudderless, Beeston seems the same, Ricciardi is a lame duck….somebody make some f****** decisions so this team can hire some people who can initiate a plan, whether that be as a bottom feeder, mid payroll…...whatever, just get your act together!
And while I’m ranting, what about Cito Gaston? I can’t figure it out. Chronologically.
1. Beeston (I don’t think Ricciardi had any more to do with it than I did) hires Gaston. I shrug it off because I think coaching/managing at the most elite levels is greatly overrated. The players decide who wins.
2. Under Gaston Jays play and hit WAY, WAY better. Coincidence? or did Gaston make them better?
3. 27-14. Ok, I think I learned something. I’ve changed my mind, managing is important at the big league level also.
4. The rest of 09, and it is AWFUL! So, the manager doesn’t matter? Does this just confirm the randomness of baseball?
Posted 09/11 at 12:04 PM
<i>Today while browsing the ever so beautiful interwebs, I came across something interesting about Shakespeare. Turns out that our second favourite William (after the one and only William Gates of course) invented over 1700 of the words we use commonly use, by simply turning nouns into verbs, adjectives into verbs, and so forth../<i>
Aarcraft = Shakespeare reincarnated?
Posted 09/11 at 12:05 PM