43 minutes ago
|May 1, 2012|
I mean, this past weekend I was trying to teach myself this song Rondo Capriciosso, a song I played in piano recitals probably 20 years ago. I was so young that I still measured a song's impressiveness by virtue of how many pages it was, not unlike how the measure of a book's sophistication was how many chapters it had.
(Not me, obviously. But basically by the time I got to the part at the 5 min mark, my fingers all but said, "You are outside of your mind, foo'.")
Old people can't text. Middled aged people can. Parents fall into neither category, because parents as a rule will never understand texting, whether it's how to technically send a text, or whether it's what constitutes appropriate text content.
|I can see it, sort of.|
To be fair, it wasn't a HORRIBLE outing if you just look at the number of hits he let up. But if you look at where the hits landed, then yeah, pretty horrible.
"I'd better tell you something. You're a grown man. What you do with your personal time is your own business. I got it in the back of my mind, that girl's bad luck. I love her. But I believe that bad luck has a way of rubbing itself off on other people."
- Buck gets his 1000th win against a team he hasn't been able to beat in any of the 5 meetings this season.
- Matusz ended his 11-month losing streak. He had been 0-12 with a 10.47 ERA in 14 starts since, the longest active losing streak in the majors. Nick "I look like a hamster and am roughly as mobile as one" Johnson doubled to end an 0-for-29 skid at the start of the season.
- Nunez, after being Bugs Bunny in the outfield yesterday, misplayed a ball in semi-retarded Poppel fashion.
- The Yanks loaded the bases for Arod, who fouled out to the catcher on the first pitch.'
Is this something they learn from their PR reps? What's with the AJ Burnett-esque penchant for being all chipper after getting shelled?
Seriously, I feel like pitchers post-mortem interviews always fall into one of a couple of buckets:
1) "The Mike Mussina"--Blaming the umps for a bad call that somehow was so disruptive it made pitcher incapable of performing effectively.
2) "The Idle Hands"--Acknowledging the ineffectiveness but implying that he thought he was doing everything right so he is just as perplexed as everyone else as to why his pitches weren't going where he wanted them to.
3) "The AJ Burnett" --The insistence that he was great and everything went exactly as planned.
4) "The Adrian Gonzalez" --Divine intervention. God's plan.
5) "The Mo"--Reminder that he's not a machine and he is in fact human and will give up runs.
6) "The Yankee Excuse" --How is anyone expected to really even pitch against a line up that stacked?
See, but none of those are what I want to hear. Ok, maybe the God's plan one is kind of hysterical. It's not that I want an apology, but I want to see the pitcher beating himself up over it. Big time.
I mean, not in a Donnie Moore way of course, God no. But in a Scottie Smalls kind of way.
I'd be a lot my sympathetic if a pitcher said, "There's nothing that can be said about what I did here today, that is any worse than what I already think myself. What happened on the field today makes me feel like less of a man. I hold myself in contempt and encourage you all to do the same."
But really what I'd like to see is Andy Pettitte back in the rotation. Hughes is not going to regain his stuff. It is in fact a little like human relationships, in the sense that once there are chinks in the armour, there's no going back.
There's no ignoring them, and there's no way to repair them. All you can do is decide whether or not you're going to work extra hard to make it work despite the pitfalls. Or whether it's time to admit defeat.
Let's hope Nova keeps his own streak going today. And if possible, let's focus on the positive. We didn't get shut out. Granderson hit a home run. Two of the O's runs came off the bats of ex-Yankees* (I don't know how this is a positive, exactly). And no one died.
*Nick Johnson and Betemit. Chris Davis has another (C. Davis. Would have been cooler if it were Chili.