Fifty-fifty

We played fairly inconsistent over the last two games on Saturday. In our first game, thanks to a pretty bad miss on my part, we gave up four points in one end, but stayed tough, scoring three back in the next end, and eventually coming back and holding on for the win. In our second game, I had a bad shot that cost us a bit, but we had a chance to tie in the 7th end, but our skip came up short of the house on his last shot and we only scored one point. In the 8th end, we came out and frustrated the other skip. We played three perfect shots in a row, drawing right down to the middle, where the other team could not get us out, behind protection from a guard. They finally got rid of the guard, but our skip missed the chance to put it back up pretty badly. They took advantage and cleared us out, but we still had a chance for a miracle shot. Our skip threw it darned near perfectly, but we just barely nicked a rock and spun away harmlessly, putting us down to defeat. We still stuck together and played pretty well, though inconsistently, even if we didn’t end up with anything to show for it.
My baseball team, on the other hand, was a complete debacle. While we somehow managed to scrape by for the first 6 innings to stay within 5-4, the floodgates opened in the 7th inning through a combination of the opposition’s good hitting and bumbling errors on our part (myself included, as I threw away a bunt attempt by our first baseman). We just haven’t had our regular lineup available most of the season, and we’ve paid for it. Unfortunately, I have to miss next week’s game, which will probably put our team in a bigger hole, as we are playing the “play-in” game for the playoffs.
The Indians suck. That is all about that.
The Giants are sneaking up on Dallas. They (knock on wood) could be 6-2 after playing Miami in London this week, going into their bye week followed by a rematch against Dallas.
The Spartans were lucky they didn’t get their butts handed to them worse than they did. Unable to run the ball, and unable to stop Ohio State’s run, they were fortunate to time all-out blitzes on OSU’s QB to stay close in a game they had no business winning. They still have to win two games against Iowa, Michigan, Purdue and Penn State to have a chance at a bowl game.

Yeah, That Sucked

How many times could the Yankees get multiple men on base and not score? Ridiculous. As much as you can criticize the decision to pitch Wang on short rest (and I heard rumors this morning that it wasn’t Torre who made the decision), their hitters just flat out sucked in key situations.
First inning: first and second, one out. A-Rod strikes out, Posada lines out.
Second inning: Bases loaded, one out. Damon fouls out, Jeter reaches on a near extra-base hit, Abreu flies out. One run.
Third inning: Man on second, one out. Matsui grounds out, Cano flies out.
Sixth inning: After Cano homered, first and third, one out. Fly ball gets you within 3. Jeter grounds into double play.
In all, the Yankees were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, and every batter left at least 2 men on base. You can’t win playing like that, and it’s hard to pin it on the manager too, even though Steinbrenner certainly will. And maybe it is time for a change…

Johnny Damon (!) Saves Yankees Season

Of all the possible heroes you could have listed for a Game 3 scenario, you’d probably have said Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, even Alex Rodriguez before you even came to Johnny Damon. But Clemens went out early (too bad his career pretty much ended like that), Jeter went 0-for-4 (and only has one hit in the series), and A-Rod, despite breaking his hitless streak, didn’t actually bat in any key situation. Instead, it was Johnny Damon who hit the key three-run homer, and Philip Hughes who came in for Clemens and held the Indians scoreless until the 7th inning when he passed the baton to Joba and Mo, who closed out the win. If nothing else, at least the Yankees can now say they didn’t get swept like the rest of the Division Series matchups.
Ellie went to a class at the zoo on Saturday morning, and we decided on a zoo theme for Evan’s first birthday. Lisa is already going to town with the theme ideas (lion cake with coconut mane, Chunky Monkey ice cream, etc). It’s still hard to believe he’s turning one in less than a month!
Our baseball team was short-handed again yesterday, which ended up hurting us in the field, again. I played shortstop and catcher, and had a decent game. I walked three times at the plate, and struck out once after a great full count battle where I fouled off four pitches before he froze me on a borderline back door slider. With two outs in my last at-bat and down by one run, I walked, stole second on the first pitch, stole third on the second pitch, and got stranded 90 feet from tying the game. The opposing pitcher was smart and pitched from the stretch with me at third base so I couldn’t steal home.
Is it seriously October? The forecast is for 90 degrees again today (it was 90 yesterday too), and it’s not going to get cooler until Wednesday! You’re not supposed to have to run your AC in October!

Chance Encounter with Joe Torre

Last weekend, I mentioned that we went up to Baltimore to catch the O’s-Yankees game with my cousin. The next day, he took a walk down to Starbucks for some coffee, placed his order, and went over to wait, when he heard a familiar voice. Joe Torre was there, ordering a hot chocolate! And here I thought he was a tea guy, but maybe that’s an October thing. He proceeded to chat Joe up, shaking like a school girl the whole time. He told Joe to be sure the guys pounded Sabathia and Carmona, and Joe asked if my cousin was available to pinch hit. Uh oh, they could be in trouble.
Well, at least Joe probably won’t pull his ace pitcher after 6 innings and 85 pitches so that he can be ready to pitch on three days rest IN A GAME THAT IS NOT GUARANTEED TO TAKE PLACE!!! Nice job Lou.

Baseball Playoff Preview

So, I did okay with my baseball predictions. I really don’t know where I got the Rangers from though, but if the Padres win tonight, I’ll have gotten 5 of the 8 teams right. Not bad for a March prediction. Happily for the Nationals (but not the Mets), they exceeded my prediction by a full ten games, and seem to have a better manager than many thought, if not much else.
The playoffs (not counting the tie-breaker game today) start Wednesday, with the Red Sox against the Angels, and the Yankees against the Indians on Thursday. The Cubs will play the Diamondbacks and the Phillies play the winner of the Padres-Rockies game.
If last year showed me anything, it’s that momentum means two things: jack and shit. Last year, the Cardinals backed into the playoffs and went on to win the World Series. This year, the Rockies (if they make it) are the hot team, but play the Phillies, who also got hot to overtake the choke job Mets. On to the predictions.
I’ll go with the Angels and the Yankees in the first round, and the Phillies and the Cubs. In the World Series, I’ve got the Yankees (I hope) beating the Phillies, but that is obviously my bias. The Angels are playing well, and could win it all as well (I don’t see an NL team winning this year).