And That Happened

Red Sox 3, Twins 1: Varitek homers twice and gets run for getting up in the ump’s face arguing balls and strikes. I can’t criticize him; I like to go home early on days on which I get a lot done too. Mike Redmond, Terry Francona and Ron Gardenhire were also ejected, and I picture all four of them pounding the Budweiser together while watching the rest of the game on a plasma TV in one of the clubhouses. Oh, and the Captain is now at .248/.320/.541, which is more than respectable for a guy who was basically in a coffin this time last year.

Indians 2, Rays 1: The Rays were just swept 4-0 by one of the five or six worst teams in baseball, which I think relieves us all of the obligation of pretending they are one of the five or six best, as we have been since last year. And it could have been worse: thanks to a nearly three-hour rain delay, the Rays were spared from further embarrassment at the hands of a rookie starting pitcher who had an ERA of 17.55 entering the game. As it was, young David Huff shut Tampa Bay down for four innings, with a random assemblage of Cleveland’s bullpen fodder coming in to finish off the job.

Orioles 5, Tigers 1: Let the record reflect that on this night, Greg Zaun joined (1) Chuck Diering; (2) Mark Belanger; and (3) the Earth, without form and void and darkness upon the face of the deep, as the last things which preceded an appearance of God in Baltimore.

Dodgers 2, Cubs 1: Another day, another multi-hit game for Juan Pierre. Randy Wolf was the real story, though, as he goes seven strong innings giving up a single run. The bullpen got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the win. Bobby Scales was sent down to Iowa on Wednesday and called back up yesterday because Ryan Freel went on the DL. Despite being jerked around, dude hit a homer, so the fairy tale continues.

Diamondbacks 5, Braves 2: Danny Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking out eight and now has a K/BB ratio of 71/9 on the season. He’s pretty good.


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Alex K
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Alex K

On Omar you forgot “Doesn’t curse, and robs drug dealers”. But I can’t really complain, I love me some references to “The Wire”

Kelly
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Kelly

It must suck to finally be called up from the minors (Andres Blanco) and stand in the box in a tight situation thinking, “Hey! Randy Wolf doesn’t know anything about me!”

And then you proceed to see three of the exact same sweeping curveball which you swing at in the exact same manner, coming no closer than 5 inches to actually hitting the thing. 

Advanced scouts.  They work sometimes.

Rob²
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Rob²

It’s worth noting that on May 31, 2008, Jason Varitek went 3-4 with a double and an RBI.  His seasonal splits at that point were as follows:

.272/.353/.470 (12 2B, 6 HR)

By July 1, those splits had fallen to:

.222/.304/.373

As happy as I am for J.V., let’s just say that the jury is still out, and plan to revisit this question in six weeks.

Hoppers
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Hoppers

OMAR COMIN’!!

kranky kritter
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The only quibble I have with the ejections is that I think an ump should be prepared to let one quick emotional outburst on a big play late in a close game go. Bailey really looked out, so Redmonds initial reaction was understandable. Give the guy a short chance to dial it back, tell him it was a very close play and you made the call. Then eject them if them persist. Granted, if a first-game green rookie ump decides not to exercise forebearance, I totally get that. I bet it was already pre-decided that the first guy to get… Read more »
Andrew @ TLC
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Andrew @ TLC

As far as the Orioles go, it’s interesting to see a team with by my count now 6 rookies (Wieters, Reimold, Hernandez, Bergesen, Berken, and Uehara) plus Roberts, Jones, and Markakis try to “grow up” as a team together.

They aren’t exciting (those rookie pitchers are in for a rude awakening), but they are interesting – so long as they aren’t playing the Yankees or the Red Sox.

Adam
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I was going to weigh in on how Mike Redmond has no business going crazy on that play; it was as close as could be, and even with my VERY strong anti-Red Sox bias, I thought he was safe.  But then I was distracted by the “wO’s is me” discussion.  Here’s a team in a great ballpark that routinely draws 12,000 people a night, except when their opponent is from within a 500 mile radius.  Then they moan when the park is 75% full of said opposing fans.  Walk around the Harbor when the Red Sox are in town and… Read more »
Jeff V.
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Jeff V.

“George Sherrill:  At the beginning of the year the O’s scoreboard operators tried to give him the nickname “The Brim Reaper” (because of his hat, dontcha know).  Unbelieveably, it didn’t stick.”

Actually that was Sherrill’s doing with a logo and everything. 

The Judge hitting homers in three games in a row isn’t noteworthy?  The O’s tying a record from flippin 1890 isn’t interesting?

Keep in mind that Hernandez, Bergesen and Berken are not the Big Three, the ones with real potentional are still on the farm.

Hizouse
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Hizouse

For anybody who didn’t click on the Greg Zaun link above: it’s totally worth it

Ben2009
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On two games: Twins/Sox: The home plate umpire was a “vacation ump,” a minor-leaguer w/80+ games of MLB service who, quite clearly, was looking to make a name for himself.  I have no idea why Redmond was tossed.  Unless he bumped the ump, and no one has claimed that he did, it appears he was tossed only for arguing the call at home.  The ump has to be bigger than that – it was an extremely close play and, even if the call was correct (and I’m not sure it was), the ump has to expect and be able to… Read more »
johnnynebraska
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johnnynebraska

Sherrill really came up with that on his own?  Maybe he should have used that time to learn how to pitch to righties…

wO is me!  However, I don’t really think anyone can still say that Angelos is the worst owner in baseball, at least with Brian Sabean, Jeffrey Loria, and the CF in DC around.  He’s been staying out of the way now that MacPhail is here, and it’s starting to show.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

re: the Zaun site:  Holy Crap.  If aliens came from outer space and saw that site first they’d think he was a demigod or something. At least until the Rush song kicked in.

I’m putting up a link to that at NBC.

johnnynebraska
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johnnynebraska

…and yes, I do know that Brian Sabean is the GM of the Giants, not the owner.

Hollywood Joe
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Hollywood Joe

re: Zaun site

every time I am feeling a little overwhelmed by life, I just go to gregzaun.com and next thing I know I am bringing my Z-Game to everything I do

thanks Greg!

Andrew @ TLC
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Andrew @ TLC

Happy Matt Wieters Day!

Rob²
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Rob²

Actually, I think Fred Marsh was at 3B immediately prior to Robinson’s debut.  (He took over in the field in the top of the 9th.)

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1955/B09161BAL1955.htm

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

I bow to your superior Retrosheet-Fu, Rob.

APBA Guy
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Look, as someone who grew up going to Memorial Stadium, went to the second game at Camden, all while living in Northern Va, I have a soft spot for the Orioles. But seriously, saying Angelos isn’t the worst owner is still pretty thin. Check the crowds at Camden. Trust me, if the A’s played in anything that looked like Camden, there’d be twice the people the O’s are drawing. Still, it’s an interesting debate, is Angelos worse than Lerner? Is Lerner as bad as he is because he sees how bad Angelos is and figures he can’t be any worse,… Read more »
Ron
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Ron
I was watching the Twins/Red Sox games, and all the ejections were warrented. Redmond can’t turn around and scream at the umpire that way after the play. It was a close call and ‘replays were inconclusive’. That’s why the rule book states it’s a ‘judgement call’. Gardenhire should have let it go, but was looking to get tossed because he had been on the umpire all day about balls/strikes. Beckett should have been the one to go. I could hear what he said on television, and it wouldn’t get him in the church newsletter. Varitek did the right thing by… Read more »
Grant
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Grant

Happy Wieters day!

johnnynebraska
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johnnynebraska
Craig – I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half now.  I absolutely love it.  It is one of the first sites that I hit each morning and you give me an insightful and informative look at all the games and goings-on in the major leagues.  You are an awesome human being and I absolutely adore your writing style.  Keep up the awesome work. But seriously. What the hell do you have against the Baltimore Orioles?  Every day I read ATH the write-up of the Baltimore game either only makes mention of the mistakes that the… Read more »
Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
Johnny—you’re right, I tend to give the O’s short shrift. I don’t know why. I have no animus against them and it’s certainly not part of my game plan to be mean to them. It just seems like most nights I can’t think of anything particularly interesting to say about them. Maybe it’s because, beyond Adam Jones and Nick M., I just don’t find their roster terribly interesting.  Not the best excuse in the world, I know, but when I put these things together I basically take a five minute look at the box score and scan the game story,… Read more »
johnnynebraska
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johnnynebraska
Fair enough, Craig.  I can understand thinking that the O’s are pretty blah, but Baltimore is filled with a crazy cast of characters!  In fact, Nicky is probably the most boring one!  Here are some phun phacts: Gregg Zaun: http://www.greggzaun.com.  ‘Nuff said! Aubrey Huff: I met him a year ago at a bar.  His wife is extremely hot and absolutely out of her mind, and he is as much of a jerk as he looks. Luke Scott: Uber-Christian who carries a gun. (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/rumors/post/Baltimore-s-Luke-Scott-is-a-weapon-carries-one-?urn=mlb,76515) Jeremy Guthrie: A Mormon!  How crazy! Melvin Mora: He seriously has like 9 kids and actually drives… Read more »
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