Friday, July 23, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy is Tony Womack

Yankees 10, Royals 4. Excuse me, but Alex Rodriguez homered Thursday, his 599th career long ball, and is on the verge of becoming the seventh player in history to hit 600 home runs.....(crickets).......(louder crickets). I think the milestone deserves respect it just isn't getting. I mean, the guy is only one of the 15 or 20 best baseball players of all time and he's about to hit his 600TH HOME RUN. "No, Derwood, we'd rather talk about Carl Pavano's fourth complete game of the season, even though he pitched in 145 2/3 innings in FOUR SEASONS with the Yankees. And Rodriguez also took steroids, even though everybody was taking them, including Carl Pavano!"

That concludes this brief edition of Whining and Ridiculous & Slanderous Accusations.

Nationals 7, Reds 1. I really thought Livan Hernandez had died two years ago. That's not meant to be an insensitive comment directed at the Hernandez family, I actually thought I remembered hearing about a mountain climbing accident or something. But he's alive, 79-years old, and pitching complete games in 2010. Thursday, Hernandez had his second nine-inning start of the year, throwing 72 of his 102 pitches for strikes as the Nats salvaged a split against Cincy. Also alive: Adam Kennedy (2-for-4, BB, RBI).

Redsox 8, Mariners 6 (13). John Lackey, the ugliest on a really ugly Boston team, had a no-hitter going through 7 2/3 innings. A fellow Yankees fan and I pulled out a Josh Bard rookie card (estimated value: 4 mustard packets), rubbed it a little, started talking to it-"duck snort to right-center field"-and sure enough Bard snorted to RCF. Ugly guy loses no-no. Then in the ninth, Bill Hall happened. With Boston up 6-4, Jack Wilson, facing the 5th-ugliest Redsox Jonathan Papelbon, hit a double play grounder to shortstop, but after Marco Scutaro flipped to second for the first out, Hall's throw landed in Edmonds, WA and the tying runs scored. Unfortunately, Seattle reliever Garrett Olson is horrible and the lefty allowed a two-run double to equally-horrible Eric Patterson, and us Yankees fans had to settle for Lackey's night being ruined. Good enough.

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