And I had tonight all planned out, too – Husband was so POSITIVE that the Rangers would make little leaguers out of the Cads tonight – I mean CaRds that he promised to deal with kidz/Dogz so I could go to Mama’s and watch the Last Game Of 2011.
But the school nurse called me at 11 telling me that #2 Son had a temp of 103 – kind of didn’t surprise me much because he didn’t throw his usual customary fuss about going to bed last night and he wasn’t real too particular hungry this morning, which isn’t like him. So by the time I got there, convinced them to get me #1 Son as well – you know twins, they share everything but blame – got them to the clinic, got the medicine for their strept throats, Mama had called me to say that the game was called due to possible rain. So it was good timing and yes I know that #3 Son is most likely to get the strept too, but I’m already prepared.
So actually, it is a good bit of luck for me, not just TLR, who has an extra day to find the brains he misplaced a couple days ago.
As for the Cards, Berkman is hitting, but hitting singles and he struck out to end Game 5 with 2 on (shades of Carlos The Jackal for the Mets in 06 – or was it 07 – who cares?). Uncle Albert did exactly nothing with his bat to help the team win in any game except for #4. AND he supposedly called that bizarre botched hitnrun. AND screwed up his fielding, partly causing the Game 3 loss. Not like Uncle at ALL. Only Cardinal player who has been acting like a WS caliber player is Chris Carpenter – and for a few games, David Freese.
Have I forgotten to include that the supposedly ace Saint Looey bullpen has looked bad? Or that Matt Holliday has been awful?
And TLR? The old goat is sounding senile. Really. As much as I dislike that guy, he’s had 2 games in which I swear he was flat out crazy. The bullpen phone thingy – sort of reminds me of the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” – is almost too stupid to be believed. THREE stupid ass sac bunts, all those leftyelfty rightyrighty thingys finally caught up to him..
The media hasn’t stopped laughing and for once, I agree with him. My favorite, courtesy of Joe Posnanski:
Here’s what we know happened. In the eighth inning, with the score tied, Tony La Russa picked up the phone and asked for Marc Rzepczynski to begin warming up. But here’s where it gets tricky. That’s all bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist heard. But La Russa would say afterward that what he actually SAID was that to get Rzepczynski AND Jason Motte working… he then noticed that only Rzepczynski was warming up. He then picked up the phone and called Lilliquist again to get Motte working. Fortunately, we have a recording of that conversation:
- La Russa: “Hey, I told you to warm up Motte.”
-Lilliquist: “You want me to buy you a yacht?”
- La Russa: “Yes, that’s right, warm up Motte.”
- Lilliquist: “Where am I going to come up with that kind of money?”
- La Russa: “I don’t think it’s funny at all. Warm up Motte.”
- Lilliquist: “You see a swam of dots?”
- La Russa: “Yes.”
- Lilliquist: “Guess what?”
- La Russa: “Hey, man, there’s a game going on here. Just do it, all right? We’ve got a game to win.
- Lilliquist (to Lance Lynn): “Hey, start warming up.”
However, TLR and his shenanigans outdrew NFL football on BOTH Sunday and Monday!!!! So THERE all yew media sportspersons always stating that football is so much more popular than baseball!!!!!!
I know I’m supposed to be rooting for the Rangers, but I just can’t – I just can NOT root for any DH containing team (which is NOT the same as rooting FOR any TLR containing team, mind), BUT I sure am rooting for Mike Napoli. The underdog.
I’ve been hearing about Napoli for a good several years from internet friends who root for the Angels – LOTS of screaming and yelling about how good he is and how the manager doesn’t like him for some reason and prefers to play a guy who hits like a NL pitcher. He should have been the full time starting catcher, yet only caught maybe 40% of the games – had a great bat, but Scoscia, a former catcher who was good defensively AND offensively, for some reason, didn’t like his defense. So he gets traded straight up for Vernon Wells, a grossly overpaid outfielder who, to be nice about it, was one of the worst hitters in the DH league this year. (Now, I most certainly DO remember all the screaming about how the Blue Jays HAD to sign their homegrown star to a mega contract in, like 08, and they did and he promptly proved it to be a stupid signing, but all non-Yankee/RedSox/Phils teams are now under pressure to sign their homegrown FA ready megastars to huge contracts – see Joe Mauer – which usually prove to be a BAD idea. Makes me wonder what is going to happen with Uncle, but I digress…)
Anyway, the minute the Blue Jays get Napoli, they trade him to Texas for a middle reliever, so THEY didn’t think real too much of him neither. Not sure why – he’s a CATCHER – he came up in 06 and had OPS+ of 110, 107, 147, 120, 115. Once more, he’s a CATCHER. He wasn’t Brian McCann with either bat or glove, but he was only slightly below league average in fielding and apparently, there weren’t pitchers who didn’t want to throw to him. The manager just didn’t like him. Odd thing s that the guy the manager DID like, Jeff Mathis, hits like Wandy and isn’t a better defensive catcher. Maybe it’s because Napoli was a 17th rounder in 2000 and Mathis was a first rounder in 01. Stuff like this doesn’t surprise me.
Anyway, Scoscia, after FINALLY getting some serious shtt for trading him away (cmon, you don’t REALLY think it was Reagins’ idea, do you?) had to defend himself and he’s saying stuf like how catching dint come natcherill to Napoli, or some such garbage. Yes, Napoli had a career year, but it wasn’t like he wasn’t miles better than Mathis every other year.
Makes me wonder if Chris Wallace (17th round, 09) tears it up in AAA with bat and glove next year, if he’ll get any sort of chance against Jason cASTRO, first rounder, beloved of Ed Wade, who can’t hit ML pitching.
And speaking of Astros, still no final word on whether us fans have any chance of keeping our team – hope is getting fainter by the minute. And Bud Selig couldn’t care less if no one goes to the ballpark, it doesn’t matter to him or any other owner. They make money and LOTS of it anyway because of revenue sharing and MLBAM. Fans are not important.
So anyway, here’s hoping that Lance tears the over offn theball tomorrow night, the Cards win and force a Game 7. Just to have 1 more game, you know. Then I hope the last game goes 25 innings and we’ve got pitchers playing center field.
Just for fun….