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I just love this line.

Kay and Singleton were out to dinner in Baltimore, were spotted, and told (jokingly) to scram. Take a hike. The O's aren't big fans of NY's work. ( Crabcakes, football,and NY subordination! That's what Maryland does! That always bothered me, despite my galactic obsession with the rest of the movie. Since when does Maryland do football? Crabcakes and basketball would have made sense.)

An IM I received at 10:28 tonight:

"We are so awesome. Its almost like girardi wanted to give this game up or was willing to but we are just too good."

For the first three quarters of the game, it was what I had feared: the Yankees, all but guaranteed to steamroll the Orioles, were in dead heat with this cellar dweller, locked in a 1-1 tie. Trouble from the bottom. Always the most insidious of threats.

But I had nothing to worry about it, after all. The Yankees acted like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom, when he's under the Mola Ram spell...and then the 9th inning rolled around and a fire is lit under them to jolt them into consciousness--"Oh my God. We're in CAMDEN. Wait, is that a 3 or an 8? 3? We've only scored three runs in 6 innings? Wow. This is awkward."

And then...17 hits in the game, 7 runs in the 9th. Juxtaposed to CC's 9K, 1-run game. When you're in the position of wondering what's more impressive--your pitcher or your offense--it means life is good. It means you're a Yankee fan.

Star-divide

Other game notes:

  • Alex Rodriguez's 3-for-5 night delivered 4 invaluable RBIs. I really think the DSM-IV is going to have to list "Calling ARod a choker" among their symptoms for delusional mania and clinical insanity. Because while his BA is "only" .274, a significant number of his hits have been in critical spots. Today, those spots included two 2-run singles that broke open the 1-1 tie and then later put the Yanks ahead when down 3-2. Yeah, he's totally useless. Zero added value.


  • As my buddy pointed out in his IM, GIrardi seemed to be back to his old tricks of bobbing for bullpens--a game he created that involves clumsily grasping at relievers completely indiscriminatingly. In a 3-1 game, we're treated to the exciting-game-generating stylings of one Brian Bruney.


  • If "holds" is a stat, which I think is ridiculous, then there should be a stat for the opposite. Because if Bruney's going to continue to make us sweat with his every appearance, then his line score should suffer with an inflated "Unheld" stat. He "holds" leads like a guy spoons a chick: he knows he should be doing it and the hold makes her happy, but yet he does it as tentatively and noncommitally as possible to give him the option of slipping away.


  • ARod got his 2500th hit. It still counts in my book. I believe at least half the league's on steroids. But half the league doesn't hit the way he does. I mean, it's like Ortiz said of Bonds: "To hit the ball, the guy makes it look easy, but it ain't. I don't know how you can have that swing, consistently. I don't know how steroids can do that," Interesting perspective, Papi.


  • 6 BB for the Yankees. Patience is a virtue, indeed.


  • They left 11 runners on. And still scored 10. It's like thinking about the fact we still are leading the division, despite losing the first 8 games to the Red Sox.

  • 11 also is the number of game the Yankee have lost since the All-Star Break. 11. Out of 45. .755 winning percentage.


  • 7.5 is also the number of games we're up on Boston.


  • I get protecting Phil Hughes. Not to open up the Joba cesspool of debate, but no one was worried about him going from pitching 25 innings to 100+. ("Because he's a starter!") You know who else was a starter? Hughes. There's no need to blow his arm out, but sweet Christ, he's not made of porcelain. I know I'd have liked to see his filth a little earlier. And by filth, I mean his penchant for striking out the side.


  • When you think about it, Girardi's task of selecting a pitcher is comparatively easy when you consider that some poor guy in the YES department has the charge of selecting only one player of the game.


It's like Joe Esposito cantillates in the final scene of the Karate Kid:

You're the best around.

5 Comments:

  1. djhogarty said...
    One can blabber on all night long, at great length as you're prone to, and it's a stimulating and very entertaining read.

    When you start hitting the DSM-IV, well, that's just hot. Please stop. It's a ref too far, too high, too smart.

    OK, keep doing what you're doing. Love it.
    Crazy Yankee Chick said...
    Hahahaha thanks Dave. There's something wrong with me. I think. I didn't even think twice about the DSM-IV. I'm waayyy too intimate with it (from working on a schizophrenia treatment account). Ugh, sign I'm working too much? I dont know. The DSM is like the Wizard of Oz in my office. I don't know if I've actually ever SEEN one, but I know that whenever there's a question of referencing accuracy, it's "CONSULT THE DSM!"
    jimm ny said...
    Bruney "holds leads like a guy spoons a chick" thats hysterical

    hey if jiminy cricket was on your shoulder then you would be "crazy"
    and in need of DSM IV

    "Hughes rules" next year are gonna be a killer

    Girardi uses the "Bizarro Torre bullpen" instead of just killing one guy's arm(Proctor, Gordon, Mendoza...etc.).he spreads it around with not enough work for any of them. By the way Proctors arm was just dug up in the old stadium bullpen, so that blog must be an imposter...

    later
    jimm ny <--- not jiminy
    Matt said...
    Best movie musical montage ever.

    Gripp and I were at Brother Jimmy's a few years back and that tune came on. The place erupted.
    gripp23 said...
    Those were the days! For a while there they would play that song every night.

    It is awesome when they play it at Yankee Stadium after a great defensive play.

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