Tagged: Ballgames

Giambi a negative influence on the game?



Perhaps if you use steroids, every HR should COST your team a run!

Just your basic 11-run ninth inning

There must be … 50 ways to lose a ballgame (and the Royals know each one)

Cleveland – Top of 9th Score KC 7, Cleveland 2
Mike MacDougal pitching for Kansas City
M MacDougal relieved A Burgos.
C Blake doubled to left.
G Sizemore doubled to deep left, C Blake scored. (7-3)
C Crisp singled to center, G Sizemore scored. (7-4)
J Peralta struck out looking. (1st out)
T Hafner doubled to deep right, C Crisp to third. V Martinez singled to left, C Crisp scored, T Hafner to third. (7-5)
R Vazquez ran for V Martinez. R Belliard safe at first on error by shortstop A Berroa, T Hafner scored, R Vazquez advanced to second on play, R Vazquez tagged out at second attempting to advance on play. (7-6) (2nd out)
J Liefer hit for B Broussard.
J Liefer safe at second on error by left fielder C Ambres, R Belliard scored. (7-7)
A Boone doubled to deep left, J Liefer scored. (8-7 Cleveland)
J Gobble relieved M MacDougal.
C Blake intentionally walked.
G Sizemore singled to right, A Boone scored, C Blake to second, C Blake scored, G Sizemore to second on error by right fielder E Brown. (10-7)
C Crisp walked.
J Peralta homered to left, G Sizemore and C Crisp scored. (13-7)
T Hafner struck out swinging.
11 Runs, 8 Hits, 3 Errors (7 runs scored AFTER 2 were out!)

Devil Rays “10-2” blow big leads

From 10-2 up to 20-11 down … AGAIN!

"The 17-run turnaround matched the largest victory after trailing by eight runs in major league history. The Devil Rays led the Cleveland Indians 10-2 before losing 20-11 on May 5, 1999."


One can only wonder if the Rays will go into a "4-corners offense" the next time they go up 9-2.  It might be like "Speed 3", in which Lou Piniella has to keep the team from reaching a 10-2 lead, or else they’ll explode.

LaTroy stars in new “Wagner”ian opera

Where is Lee Smith when you need him? (Phi. 3, Cubs 2)

(my comments in italics)

"Phillies closer Billy Wagner (1-0) earned the victory by getting four consecutive outs after giving up Derrek Lee‘s go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth."

(serious thought here: runner on 3rd, 2 out, up 1-0 in 8th … do you pitch to early MVP Lee?)

"Hawkins (1-3) relieved starter Mark Prior in the ninth inning and the Phillies loaded the bases on singles by Pat Burrell and David Bell and a one-out walk to Jose Offerman."

(cue loyal butler Alfred, "excuse me sir … its Commissioner Gordon for you … you’re needed at Wrigley Field immediately … its appears the Pyromaniac is at it again")

"Pinch-hitter Placido Polanco then lined a pitch back to Hawkins, who made the catch and threw to first base to try to double-up Offerman. But his hard toss hit Offerman’s helmet and skipped deep into the stands, allowing pinch-runner Jason Michaels and Bell to score."

(1. LaTroy obviously flunked dodgeball in summer camp as a child.  2. Philly fans might have hoped that LaTroy had "concuss"ed Offerman, given that this nowadays very poor man’s Lenny Harris is taking up a precious roster spot.)

Caption time!:

Cxc10105062236 "Bombard: Run Jose … before he finds another ball to hit you with!"

Rams top Bengals on late TD

Reds take 9-3 lead over Cards into top of 9th, turn it over to David "Inclement" Weathers for some  garbage time work.  And, what does Weathers do?  And when he can’t close the deal, what does Danny "Overturned" Graves do on top of THAT?



This is why the Cards are 16-8 and defending NL champs, and the Reds are 10-15 and treading water.

“Homer at the Bat” – real-life edition

"The Simpsons" fans out there may well remember the classic "Homer at the Bat" episode


….. in which Mr. Burns bets $1,000,000 that his company team can beat a competing plant’s team. In order to do so, he replaced the regular company team with new security guard Roger Clemens, new janitor Wade Boggs, lunchroom cashier Ken Griffey Jr., and other new employees like Steve Sax, Don Mattingly, Ozzie Smith, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco, and Mike Scoscia. The game is won by Homer getting knocked unconscious by a pitched ball with the bases loaded and the score tied in the final inning …

Well … back in August 2004 I was invited to join a friend for the New Britain Rock Cats game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (yes, those are the REAL team names). New Britain trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the 7th (and final inning) … when ….

New Britain Bottom 7th
– Maza, L bunt single to third base.
– Scanlon, M lined out to 2b.
– Jones, G singled to center field; Maza, L advanced to third.
– Kennedy, B walked; Jones, G advanced to second.
– Pitcher DeJong, J relieves Pitcher Vermilyea, J.
– Torres, G hit by pitch, RBI; Kennedy, B advanced to second; Jones, G advanced to third; Maza, L scored.
– Watkins, T hit by pitch, RBI; Torres, G advanced to second; Kennedy, B advanced to third; Jones, G scored.

That’s right … not one, but TWO CONSECUTIVE BASES-LOADED HBP to win the game!

Now THAT’S what I call *BASEBALL*

– leaps to the top of my statistical oddity witness in person baseball moment list, ahead of the back-to-back inside-the-park homers