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Yanks 2, Mets 1

Couple of Gents watching the game from the Caesars Club at Citi Field.

“It’s so cozy and comfy in here it’s easy to forget there’s a Stadium outside,” one said to the other.

Meanwhile, Sam Borden has the latest on Javy Vazquez over at Lo-Hud…

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1 NYYfan22   ~  May 22, 2010 1:30 am

AB, I've questions about something you wrote in the game thread:

Legendary local scorer, Bill Shannon sits five people down and it is an honor to be near the man let alone having the pleasure of listening to him score a game. He is a gregarious man with a wonderfully distinctive voice and way of speaking–he’s a direct descendant of Damon Runyon’s New York. Enough to keep me sitting in my seat and enjoying myself for a minute.

So I'm wondering... He actually calls out each official play? Verbally? As in, “Catcher Rod Barajas grounds into double play. Four-six-three. Pagan out at second base”? Also, is he the official scorer that the gamecallers are always referring to? Thanks man. Great pics!

2 Cliff Corcoran   ~  May 22, 2010 1:56 am

The official scorer announces plays that are in doubt (hit/error, wild pitch/passed ball) or not obvious (the scoring on a run down, for example). He also gives the official pitching lines after pitchers come out of games and announces the final totals. He doesn't announce each play. And, yes, he's the one and only official scorer. He's the man who decides what's a hit and what's an error etc.

Alex, great work tonight.

3 NYYfan22   ~  May 22, 2010 3:05 am

Thanks, Cliff. That's awesome that he's in the pressbox with the writers. I don't know why, but I just assumed that the official scorer would be in a lonely, dark compartment sandwiched between the scoreboard operator and the organist. With a cape.

4 cult of basebaal   ~  May 22, 2010 3:49 am

Missed the last 2 innings, glad to know that we closed it out.

Congrats to Russo on his first 2 hits, hopefully this means Coffee Joe will give him a chance for a while ...

5 Sliced Bread   ~  May 22, 2010 8:04 am

what Cliff said Alex - great work, high quality blogging, sir.

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