Friday, April 4, 2008

In Yankee Stadium, it can go all wrong so quickly

Various and sundry ponderings on Game #3:

Cold hands aren't soft hands: Alan Ashby went on at length on the radiocast last night about the poor fielding by the Jays (especially by Aaron Hill), and how the cold temperatures might be contributing to their inability to field the ball cleanly. We're not sure if that explains Scott Downs' Riverdance routine fielding Johnny Damon's sacrifice bunt eighth, which would lead to the Yankees scoring the winning run. But we're hopeful that someone shovels some coal in the furnace at the Rogers Centre and gets those hands warm, toasty and reliable in time for this weekend's series against the Red Sox.

David Eckstein is grittily and scrapily trying to make us love him: Little X, who Blair notes will have his work cut out for him in winning over the Blue Jays faithful, got the engine of the Love Train started with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored and one driven in. Which is good and all, but we'll still be among those at the former SkyDome hooting and cheering for John McDonald when he's introduced as part of the starting lineup tonight.

Frank Thomas shouldn't SHOULD be losing his shit over that: We'd need for Jon Hale to rev up the Pitch F/Xulator 3500 to confirm it, but it looked to us like the three borderline pitches that Thomas took in his at bat last night were all strikes, so he shouldn't be breathing fire from his nostrils because home plate ump Bill Miller finally got the call right. (UPDATE: Scratch that: Hale is already on it, and he shows that called third strike as being almost half a foot inside. Yikes.)

Powder Blues! Tonight!: Shaun Marcum cinches up the retro gear and squares off against aging knuckler Tim Wakefield. Wakefield's always pitched well against the Jays (15-10 lifetime, 3.86 ERA and 3-2 in 2007 with a 3.86). Last April, he pitched a gem in April under the dome, although to be fair, Jason Phillips was hitting seventh that day, which says something about the state of the team's lineup at that point.

Bring on the Massholes!: We're totally ready to rumble this weekend. Which is why it's good that we read the Drunk Jays Fans' Guide to Home Openers, specifically the bit about avoiding physical confrontation. We wouldn't want to descend to the level of your typical Red Sox fan, although we're secretly hoping that there are a few of them that get rowdy and obnoxious, if only because we'd like to catch it on video and share it with y'all.

12 comments:

Joanna said...

Did you see the interview with Thomas afterward, when he was still all up in arms? It was a complete bullshit call. And I know fairs fair and everyone equal, but don't they usually give the veteran the benefit of the doubt over the young pitcher?

Tao of Stieb said...

We think that the umpires like to play to the fans, especially in Yankee Stadium and Fenway.

Because they're a bunch of fat glory whores.

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me how bad pitchers are at anything other than pitching. How fuckin hard is it to pick up a god damn bunted ball?

Tao of Stieb said...

Downs kinda runs like a duck, doesn't he?

Navin Vaswani said...

downs is dope. he'll bounce back. we allowed only 8 runs in 3 games against the Yanks. that's something to build on. the starters were great every night. the pitching came as advertised. once the hitting gets going, this team will be alright...

i so am getting into a fight with some massholes tonight...

Tao of Stieb said...

In spite of the 1-2 split in the series, the Jays played well.

Still, if 2008 is really going to be the year that they go over the top, there can only be so many moral victories.

jawn said...

I love going to see games against Boston.
The last few games, we pick out a group of loud, obnoxious Red Sox fans and follow them around the stadium, yelling at them until the first pitch.
It's funny. They get so worked up. Dummies.

Darren Priest said...

I was chuckling (as much as possible in a Gravol-induced stupor) at how unenthusiastic the coaches were about getting in Frank's way.

Frank Thomas' eye is so good he should be allowed to call his own balls and strikes.

Navin Vaswani said...

you're right, as always Tao. moral victories can only be won during the first three weeks of the season. i'm sick and tired of the "what-if's" and the "we played well, but..."

it's time to put up, or go home...

BUT still, fuck the yanks and the bosox...

J.R. said...

Honestly, I don't what Frank was thinking, he needs all plate appearances he can get so he gets the extra year added onto his contract.

Anonymous said...

Tao,

Where were you tonight? If not at the game you should have been hosting the live blog.

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