"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Let's Eat Two

Yanks at Wrigley. Cliff’s got the preview.

Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF
Freddy Garcia RHP

We do the rootin’:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: The Paupered Chef]


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1 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 1:41 pm

And remember pitchers -- run base to base. No first to thirds, please.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 17, 2011 1:58 pm

Oh Gosh, Chien-Ming...

3 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:10 pm

Happy Friday, all! 2nd full day of summer and there's a Yanks-Cubs matinee.
Praise be to Mo.

4 TheGreenMan   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:12 pm

Man, I love New York. But Chicago is right there when it comes to hot dogs. Mmmmmm....mmmm!

5 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:13 pm

The musicians in the house got to check this out. My uncle emailed it to me today. Supposedly Little Richard as a young boy killing the piano in a movie. Confirmation?


6 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:23 pm

[5] Caldonia!!! Louis Jordan, is my *favorite* entertainer of all-time!

stride piano is hard. yeah, that kid was playing. great stuff!

7 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:25 pm

today's game is apparently on both yes & mlb network, neither of which i get. i figured it would be on wgn, but...nope. ah, is alright - i have too much to do, anyway.

perhaps tomorrow fox will air it in my part of the country and i can catch some before my gig. if not, i hope to watch some sunday night...


8 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:26 pm

Can we start this game over? I feel like the first two batters weren't ready.

9 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:27 pm

[7] I'm watching on mlb.tv.

The Wrigley faithful booed A-Rod when he came to bat. Just to provide you with some atmosphere.

10 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:27 pm

Our old friend Glenallen Hill hit a homer onto one of those roofs acrsoss the street. Man!

11 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:28 pm

Yeah, you didn't miss much that inning, anyway. Half inning.

Go Freddy!

12 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:31 pm

Oh, come on, Fred.
I hope this isn't going to be One of Those Games.

13 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:33 pm

Passa Mike Quade.

14 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:34 pm

Yep, One of Those Games.

15 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:34 pm

Curtis fucking butchered that one.

16 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:34 pm

Oh wait, this is an afternoon game? Rats.

17 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:36 pm

Watching Nunez make terrible plays each day make Jeter's D seem a little better.

18 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:38 pm

Freddy's thinking, "Oh, okay, like that, huh?"

19 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:40 pm

um, this isn't a good start. guess i'm glad i can't see the game...

RI - was it you that said Kim looked good in purple yesterday? lohud has a pic and...yes - she most certainly does! then again, she looks good in anything! : )

and that was funny about where i was AT. ugh. i was administering technique and reading finals to my college students - snare drum and drumkit.

20 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:41 pm

Yeah, I'm back to not liking Freddy Garcia.

21 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:42 pm

An ivy catch. Nice. Now score some runs.

22 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:42 pm

The Constant Gardner strikes again! Ivy League, baby.

(Brett reeled in a scary-looking drive right at the ivy-covered wall, thelarmis.)

23 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:43 pm

[19] I know, I half expected you to chime in right away that she looks good in anything.

Do you object in general to stranded prepositions, or is it just that dialectical "where you at?" that particularly gets you?

24 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:45 pm

Where are you going to?
Also terrible.

25 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:48 pm

[24] What about this?

That's not something I'm familiar with.

26 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:48 pm

Aha, I've figured out a little more why Kay's game call bugs me. In addition to using "driven" far too often, he always employs the passive voice: that one is punched to short, that is driven to center, that is looped to left, that is served to right, etc. Lazy, boring cadence.

27 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:50 pm

[23] i imagine she also looks good OUT of anything! ; )

[23][24] yeah, that's bad, to too.

it's mainly the "at" thing that gets me. as a kid, i didn't know of the saying "where it's at" meaning "cool", as it was outdated in my youth. that's almost acceptable in a vacuum, but the asking of questions with "at" at the end, is just brutal. it really makes my skin crawl.

it's not AT anywhere. it's simply: "where is it?" period, the fucking end.

28 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:54 pm

[26] I don't agree, but I believe we have discussed this before (though not in connection with Kay particularly).

This might be a day when it's better to banter about syntax than about baseball, huh?

29 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:56 pm

[26] We discussed the passive voice (the passive voice was discussed)? I don't remember (it is not remembered).

30 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:56 pm

[29] Sigh. That was for [28].

31 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:56 pm

C'mon Freedy!

32 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:58 pm

[29] Indeed. There was some disagreement over whether "there is" sentences are in the passive voice. (The verdict: technically no, but they share the feature that bothers some people about the passive voice.)

33 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 2:58 pm

Aha, so THAT's what Frankie Cervelli is good at: teaching the other catchers how to throw the ball into centerfield.

34 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:02 pm

[32] Right, I remember. That was when Girardi was describing how "there was a situation in the press" or some such, conveniently obscuring his own agency in driving some or other controversy!

With regards to Kay's use of the passive when calling the game, it bothers me more inasmuch as his play-by-play is very repetitive and tedious. X is Yed. Over and over. The lack of agency is another consideration. How much more striking would be "A-Rod rips that pitch deep to left," rather than the 986th straight "That one is ripped..."

35 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:06 pm

Is it my imagination, or does Brett Gardner get a lot of high strikes called against him?

36 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:07 pm

[34] Sounds right, about the context. Okay, if it's repetition that's the issue, I'm on board with that.

37 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:10 pm

"This is the sixth spot in the order that he has batted in."

Yikes! Stranded preposition!

38 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:10 pm

Definitely a strike on Gameday, not close.

39 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:12 pm

[37] Passive and impersonal constructions tend to encourage stranded prepositions. Use the active voice, people!!

That was a strike, Swish.

40 seamus   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:13 pm

la bronx banter grammar policia

41 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:15 pm

The Score Truck is driven by no one. Wrigley Park is not a stadium the Score Truck is in.

42 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:16 pm

Freddy Garcia is not a pitcher that I like looking at.

43 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:19 pm

Garcia sucks!

44 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:19 pm

Where are all the Yankees pitching prospects that I keep hearing about?

45 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:20 pm

[43] Good, strong, active voice sentence. Short and punchy, and accurate too. Well said, sir!

46 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:20 pm

Well if I had to miss watching a game, this looks like the one to miss.

47 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:21 pm

The bullpen should be called to.

48 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:22 pm

[47] Punchy, to the point, passive voice, stranded preposition!

49 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:25 pm

Well, That could have been worse™.

50 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:26 pm

[37] there are a handful of songs that have a lyric similar to:

"in this life in which we live in"


51 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:27 pm

[48] you should start a band with your sons:

RI Yank and the Dangling Participles

52 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:28 pm

[50] Yes! "Live and Let Die". What else? (I always tried to hear that as "... in which we're livin'...", but no, it's not.)

53 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:29 pm

[51] I believe that you meant to write:

A band should be started that is called RI Yank and the Dangling Participles.

Or better:

A band should be started that is called RI Yank with the Participles Dangling.

54 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:29 pm

[52] exactly. Live and Let Die is the main culprit. then, i heard pretty much the same exact thing in 2 or 3 other tunes. can't remember which ones. i believe one was a metal tune (maybe Flotsam and Jetsam)...

55 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:29 pm

[51] I do have one son with an active voice, too. But we need a female lead for our big number, "In the [subjunctive] mood".

56 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:31 pm

[54] Yeah, it's right up there with my "favorite" song lyric pet peeve: rhyming a word with itself.

57 tocho   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:32 pm

is there a "no-hitter" going on?

58 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:33 pm

[53] Ahem, but those are not dangling participles. I think you meant,

Called "The Dangling Participles", RIYank started a new band with his sons.

The RIYank kids get proper grammatical instruction.

59 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:37 pm

[55] ah, instrumental music is always the way to go. you can quote Glenn Miller and get the point across. make sure you compose a classical piece and use lots of parallel fifths. if you need someone to chart out the material with TONS of syntax errors, i have the guy for you.

the cat that writes the charts for my chart reading class at a fucking music college has NO idea what the fuck he's doing. they're a complete mess. essentially, his musical sentences look something like this:

Garcia at leadoff walk, toffin my goster host; stolen base in balk at! Verf?!"

60 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:37 pm

[57] good work!!!

not anymore, haha! : )

61 ny2ca2dc   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:39 pm

This game is painful

62 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:39 pm

[56] melf. telf. crelf. omstinelf.

you said to rhyme words with "itself", right?!


63 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:40 pm

[61] yes, but the game thread is FUN!

64 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:41 pm

[58] yes, i know. but i was still thinking of Kim in (and out) of purple; hence, dangling participle.

i secretly, have always thought "dangling participle" would be a good band name. especially since "vowel movement" is already taken!

65 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:41 pm

I have a genuine question of song syntax (so we don't have to think about this steenkin' game), which is fortunately baseball-related. I don't know the answer. In our National Anthem, what is the object of 'watched'? To remind you:

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

What did we watch?

66 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:42 pm

is does make sense that a guy who's name is "fuck you, dome" plays (most of) his home games outdoors in the daytime...

67 ny2ca2dc   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:44 pm

66) I always thought of it as "fuck you, do me". Some kind of crazy love hate relationship encapsulated right there

68 ny2ca2dc   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:46 pm

65) the broad striped flag is what we're watching, peaking over the ramparts to see it?

69 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:46 pm

OK, we're going to get a couple of runs this inning.

70 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:48 pm

[67] I always thought of it the way thelarmis does, but yours is better. I mean, way better.

71 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:51 pm

[67] oh my god, that is fucking *amazing*!!! and, good lord, do i feel like a fucking moron for not EVER seeing that. i pride myself on silly word game type shit and just never ever fucking saw that. you RULE! wow, do i feel dumb. at. glaif. indeezer.

72 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:53 pm

[68] That's one possibility.

One problem with it is that if you think carefully about the story, you have to conclude that (as far as I can work it out) we did not see the flag at all at that point -- viz., during the perilous fight. Then suddenly the rocket's glare and the bombs lit up the flag, and it was inspiring.

73 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:54 pm

Sigh. Curtis waves like a flag...

74 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:55 pm

Or not.

75 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:57 pm

[69] if by "runs," you meant crap...then, yes.

76 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:59 pm

[73] a single flag, like an 1/8th note. or - 2 flags, like, say, a 1/16th note rest?

77 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 3:59 pm

[75] Ah, as in, "I got the runs on my last vacation in Mexico."

78 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:00 pm

[76] Six Flags, for your amusement!

79 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:00 pm

[71] It's always been "fuck you, dome" for me also, too.

80 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:04 pm

[65][68] The flag is the object of all the seeing and hailing in the first verse. I think you have the song's "story" somewhat wrong.

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

Notice: the flag is visible at dawn (oh say can you by the dawns early light), but it was also visible at night because of the rockets (the rockets red glare...gave proof through the night that our flag was still there). In effect, the whole verse is about how the flag was still flying throughout the night and day despite the ongoing perilous battle.

81 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:05 pm

I wish we could see the Score Truck by the dawn's early light, or by the rockets' red glare.

82 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:07 pm

this is ridiculous, cousin larry.

the bats must be in the score truck, which apparently got stuck on the Major Deegan...

83 ny2ca2dc   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:08 pm

Did anyone not expect this kind of performance against this junk balling scumbag? Perilous is my blood pressure as this game proceeds.

84 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:09 pm

[77] exactly!

[78] that would be difficult to notate.

[79] glad i'm not alone!

85 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:12 pm

[83] not really. but, he's definitely not a scumbag. really good guy who's had a lot of serious health conditions (cancer, heart). certainly a junkballer, but threw a lot of innings and had a 108+ ERA for a decade...

86 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:12 pm

OK, time to crack open the local brew, Radeberger Pilsner. I do love that beer in Germany is cheap and comes in 500 ml bottles.

87 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:12 pm

Uh, Fred... I know they say "just throw it to the bag", but it is traditional to be sure a teammate will be at the bag.

88 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:13 pm

Yep. That bunt may warrant:


89 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:13 pm

[80] On the story:
Right, it's about how the flag was still flying all night. But, I believe, part of the story is that it was flying while we could not see it. This is why it's worth mentioning that we hailed it proudly at dusk (which is what I think the second line means). We saw it and hailed it at dusk, and then we couldn't see it and it was kind of demoralizing and scary, and then the glare and the bomb-bursts lit it up and it was really awesome and morale-boosting. (I think your first question mark is extraneous, by the way -- that's the middle of a sentence.)

I think I have a syntactic argument that the object is not the flag, too, but I find this part very confusing.

My alternative hypothesis, by the way, is that "the perilous fight" is the object. (Some people think it's the ramparts, but this is semantically implausible.)

90 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:14 pm

Come on Nuñez, you're supposed to let that throw sail into CF!

91 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:15 pm

"quality" start. and, really, it is. he can still continue and save our pen. fred's been alright. our offense is "teh suck" today.

nice to have a catcher that can throw...

92 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:16 pm

[86] Prost!

93 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:17 pm

[89] Syntactic Argument

this is also an excellent band moniker for you and your boys. or, at least, the debut album!

94 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:18 pm

[89] How do you explain that the rockets gave proof through the night that our flag was still there? It seems pretty clear that the flag was visible all night because of the rockets. And then it was visible (still) when the sun came up.

I think the oject has to be the flag. Take out the extraneous words and you are left with: Can you see what we hail, whose stripes are streaming? Answer: The flag!

95 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:18 pm

Just not their day. : /

96 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:19 pm

Yawn. Just a typical 5-6-3 ground out.

97 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:19 pm

High strike to Gardner!

98 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:21 pm

2 hits. 2 Modamn hits! For fuck's sake!

99 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:22 pm

I'm probably in the minority here, but as much as I have grown tired of GBA at Yankee Stadium during the 7th inning stretch, I find it less annoying than asshole celebrities leading TMOTTBG at Wrigley.

100 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:24 pm

[99] i'm not a fan of either.

but, beer. yes, thank you, please!

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101 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:25 pm

okay, i'm out.

hopefully, me leaving will cause the yanks to score eleventy runs and win the damn game!

102 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:25 pm

I missed the first five innings. I suspect that was a good thing

103 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:26 pm

[102] yes. you might wanna miss the rest...

well, then again, maybe it was my fault and you'll be the good luck charm!

104 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Damn, Robbie. Sick play.

105 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:29 pm

Yawn. Just a typical 1-4-3 groundout.

106 thelarmis   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:29 pm

freddy's really done his job today.

bats are sleeping.

ok, i'm leaving again...

107 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:32 pm

[94] Hm, as I recall, there are two flags, one seen in the glare and the other seen by the dawn light. This is hard to work out, because Key is thinking of 'the flag' partly in the abstract, so that each object counts as the same thing. But wouldn't it be weird to ask if you can see what we watched all night? I mean, of course you can see that. So, it isn't the flag that we watched.
Yes, I agree that you have the skeleton of the sentence there. But I think that 'watched' fits in like this:

through the perilous fight (which, by the way, we watched over the ramparts)...

108 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:34 pm

I really liked the signing of Andruw Jones as a BUOF, but he has been stinkorific lately.

Yay, Swish!

109 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:40 pm

[107] But wouldn't it be weird to ask if you can see what we watched all night?

No, not given the rhetorical context:

Look at that flag boys---do you see it waving there in the morning light? By gum, she was waving all night. You see it?! Let's roll!

As for "perilous fight" as the object of "watched," of course it can't be proven one way or another. However, I think that your argument is weaker on the grounds of stylistic consistency. Key uses two relative clauses (what, whose). It doesn't seem to "fit" that he would employ an implied relative pronoun ("the perilous fight [which] we watched").

110 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:40 pm

Please don't turn that awful slider swing into a habit there Curtis.

111 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:41 pm

Grandy also has not looked so grand the last couple of days. I hope he's not slipping back into his historic ways v. LHP.

112 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:44 pm


113 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:45 pm

The Score Truck was just driven in!

114 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:48 pm

Wow, the zone suddenly got small.

115 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:49 pm

K < Rally Killer.

116 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:50 pm

[109] Yes, it could be that. It's just that 'watched' seems like it has to be without interruption, while the point of "Can you see?" seems to be that there was a period when the flag wasn't visible. It's not decisive, for sure.

True, those two relative clauses, restrictive ones, are parallel. And it could be that "we watched over the ramparts" is a further restriction, as in, "those stars and stripes we watched over the ramparts (through the fight) were streaming so gallantly..." But the other parse is, "those stars and stripes were streaming gallantly through the perilous fight (that we watched over the ramparts)." That doesn't seem less stylistically consistent.

117 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:50 pm

[115] K = HR...

118 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Damn, I have to go. Curses. Well, thelarmis' departure produced a run, maybe with both of us gone they'll score two in the ninth.

Here's hopin', but not watchin' or wavin'...

119 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Fuck Reed Johnson.

120 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:00 pm

[118] That came about because I got home and am watching now. 2 more please.

121 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:03 pm

Good ab, Jorgie. Bollocks!

122 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:04 pm

What at AB there Jorgie.

123 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:06 pm

I'm sort of surprised no PR for Martin, though I guess the lead runner is not as important here.

124 rbj   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:07 pm


125 Just Fair   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:07 pm

What a bore-ass game. : (
Other than the thread where we were at.

126 monkeypants   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:08 pm

Hoo boy.

127 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 17, 2011 5:10 pm


128 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 6:03 pm

My [118] tactic failed. I am no chessmaster.

129 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 8:13 pm

Adrian Gonzalez is ridiculous.

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