Odd that Zack Greinke, who has had anxiety issues in the past, should be the one in the middle of the latest embarrassment to civility that baseball players seldom display; but they they do, it gets beyond ugly!
A local fan called in to suggest to Mike Francesa that they should adopt a baseball rule similar to hockey and basketball (hockey's third man in rule) and basketball's "no one leave the bench" rule. However, if thought out longer, you can easily surmise why this isn't fair with baseball. In baseball, unlike almost any other sport, the batter (and a baserunner or two or three) are the only teammates out on the field, insuring they are outnumbered should the benches be blocked from defending their teammates. That is innately unworkable.
Don Mattingly, with certainly 20-20 hindsight, pointed out correctly that in a tie game with nobody out and a full count on the batter, what possible logic could be applied to suggest the hit batsman was in any way intentional.
We all saw a similar play this past week in Cleveland when, following a Yankee bomb, Kevin Youkilis was drilled high & tight. Perhaps is is years of inuring to this pitcher crap that he wisely chose not to incite a riot, instead just pausing for effect, then taking his base. The young umpire, despite the grousing of even the Yankee commentators, presciently launched the "so & so" and MLB has given him an 8 game suspension as a result - fair deal!
What about future confrontations - does MLB kowtow to the "Roman Coliseum" mentality and allow these potential economic disasters to continue? They have been given proposals. Why hasn't any commissioner acted?
The Yankees and Indians were rained out for the 2nd straight day and Cleveland resident Gunther Gatsby came prepared.
"Brought my pole and some bait to the game just in case. Caught me a big ol' lake trout right in the stands!"
More games have been postponed due to this annoying weather that won't go away.
"Lookie that! That fella there is a nice one! To catch a fish at a game is special. Why the Tribe has been so bad for so long I may just start bringing my pole every time!"
Yanks are back home tonight to face the Orioles.
At the beginning of the year you probably heard everyone talking about how the Yankees were going to stink up the league this year. Were those stories true or were they just myths?
We decided to call the MythBusters to find out. When we realized we had no way of contacting them, we just found two other morons and asked them instead.
Jacko Stevens and Bunker Carlson are two low life's who don't know what the word myth means, but we feel they could have answers.
"Well in order to find out, I set up a balloon filled with gasoline and hair spray. Then I released it into the air and shot at it with an arrow on fire."
Did you find anything out?
"Nope, missed the balloon with the arrow, when I shot it up in the air." said Jacko
Did you come close to it?
"No, because the balloon was on the ground. Gasoline and hairspray filled balloons don't fly very good." said Jacko
Okay, but does that have anything to do with the Yankees sucking?
"No not at all. Me and my friend Bunker at just morons. I don't know what the hell I am doing and why I filled these balloons. I am an idiot." he added
There are several categories of records: season, league, MLB, post season, World Series, consecutive, longevity, etc., but I will concentrate only upon regular season records.
No one is going to touch Mantle's 18 WS homers because no teams, not even future Yankee teams, have or will have even the opportunity to break it. Ditto probably for Yogi's WS records.
Playoff records can change with the wind, such is the nature of this relatively newer form of post season play.
But regular season records have stood the test of decades of play, changing strengths (pitching vs hitting), changing longevities - when players made 10K per year, they partied hard - when they make millions per year, however immoral that kind of lucre that is, if you take care of yourself and play just two more years, that's another child's college education .. even at Fordham!
Honorable mentions that could be broken at any time:
4 HRs in one game or consecutively - when Lou Gehrig raised the HR per game bar to four in 1932, it has been said that he almost skipped four homers and went right to five! As the Yankees pounded the Philadelphia Athletics 20-13 that day at Shibe Park (notorious bandbox), Lou launched his would be fifth homer over the center field fence where Al Simmons leaped to snare it. And with the dozen plus such repeats of the four homer game, it might be only a matter of time before someone finally nails it. It's a great record, but it can be had at any time, if the "stars" are right.
Hall of Fame 3B Wade Boggs began his career with the Boston Red Sox, then abandoned them to play for the arch rival Yankees. In 1996, Boggs rode a horse in celebration around Yankees Stadium after winning the world series. Then he tried to wear a Tampa Rays hat on his Hall of Fame plaque after he played 5 games with them (the Hall of Fame decided he should wear a Boston hat)
Now Boggs is bitter that the Boston Red Sox haven't retired his number.
"He's a turncoat." Yelled Red Sox fan Billy Chowder. "He's a no good traitah! Toss em in the stinking Ocean!"
The attention craving Boggs ...
"I'm so sick a hearin about him!" Chowder interrupted. "Tell em to take his hair plugs and shut the heck up!"
The Red Sox, and Red Sox nation have spoken.
No truth to the rumor Boggs has offered the Yankees $500 to hang his jersey next to Babe Ruth's.
A toll-free phone number that the Yankees used during the 2008 and 2009 seasons for tickets is now a phone sex hotline.
“Welcome to America’s hottest talk line,” a recording says, according to the Post. “Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press 2 to connect free now.”
Could this be where ARod has been hiding out?
"I think it's great." Said one sleazy looking guy. "It beats watching them lose. They stink."
With the price of Yankees tickets to a Yankees game these days, looks like no matter which number you call, you get screwed.
Yuk yuk yuk
After a Florida woman claims to have found a Goldfish Cracker with religios imagary, a New York City resident is claiming to have something better - a popcorn kernal that bears a striking resemblance to Jesus.
"I like to pop popcorn." Said Shifty Lemmings, a 33 year old busboy. "I pop pocorn while watching Yankees games. I like it with extra butter. Anyway, i'm eating some popcorn last night,watching the Yankees win. Suddenly I look down and there it is. A miracle!"
Lemmings presented what he claims to be the religious kernal.
"I have seen the light! I call it Popcorn Jesus!"
We mentioned that it looked like a picture cut out of a magazine and covered with butter.
"No its real! I will be happy to take Popcorn Jesus on major news networks. If anyone wants to do a reality show based on me, that's cool too."
We're not sure what Shifty has is a miracle, but the Yankees did win last night so you never know.