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CC Donuts

I was in Los Angeles last week. Stayed in Hermosa Beach near the PCH. Driving everywhere was hard to get used to, but satisfying in a way. On one of those drives past a strip of indistinguishable donut and taco jernts, I spied CC Donuts. The kids were asleep in the back and otherwise unable to operate cameras, the wife was busy with something or another and I had a choice: whip out the phone and snap a pic while doing 45 in slightly dense traffic or let it go and deprive the Banter readers of the perfect picture for a CC shutdown start. I got that phone in my hands and started to look down away from the road, but then I thought better of it. I put the phone back down and watched the sign trickle past my peripheral vision. Meant to go back but never did.

So of course CC would be balls-out awesome in Cleveland tonight as he blitzed the Indians for seven shutout innings. His fastball was hard and always found uncomfortable locations. And his breaking stuff was filthy. David Cone mentioned in the booth that his sliders that were strikes started out looking like balls and the balls started out looking like strikes. It was a great observation, and it was all set up by the fear of the fastball. It made the hitters twitch early to protect against the heat and left them vulnerable for the slop. How vulnerable? Eleven whiffs, ten swinging. The Indians managed to get two runners on base three times, so CC responded by striking out the side in all three of those innings. That’s not shutting the door; that’s slamming it and breaking all their fingers.

The lineup went nuts tonight, making up for a two-game brown-out. Derek Jeter got two hits in his first two times at bat – a dribbler and a booming double. I became very excited because I am going to the game on Thursday and a big night tonight would make that game very interesting. Jeter got four more shots at making Thursday THE day, but came up empty. I figure he needs at least two more hits tomorrow to give me a chance in Hell.

Curtis Granderson continues his assault on my senses as he lined one homer and launched another and was pretty much running around the bases every time I looked up. He scored three times, the other Yankees scored six other times and strolled into the bottom of the ninth up 9-0. The Indians got a pair of garbage-time goals to make the final score 9-2.

CC Sabathia isn’t on the All Star team, and I guess I don’t really care and I know he wouldn’t pitch anyway. But if he’s not an All Star, what’s the point of the thing? Sure, maybe six other pitchers might have had slightly better starts to 2011, but ask the NL hitters if they’re happy or sad they don’t have to face him. I’d take Verlander, Beckett, Weaver, and CC and be pretty sure I got the best pitchers in the league. Oh well, maybe the Yankees can use his absence from the 2011 All Star team in their negotiations with him when he opts out of his contract. Maybe they can knock five bucks off the billions they’re going to pay him.

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1 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 5, 2011 10:53 pm

Next time I'm in the area, I'll see if I can remind myself to look up the address of CC Donuts and go snap a picture.

Meanwhile, I think tonite's game would have been a lot different if Carlos Santana hadn't dropped the relay throw at 1st on Frankie Futility's sure-thing double-play grounder in the 2nd.


2 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 5, 2011 11:07 pm

I'm not mad about CC and Robertson not playing on the All Star squad. They are the best and most reliable arms on the Yanks not named Mo, so it's less wear and tear on our staff in the long run. Sure, it would have been nice if they were voted on, but that's insignificant to their role on the Yanks and their ultimate goal. It's a relief, actually.

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 6, 2011 12:59 am

CC wouldn't have pitched anyway, so I'm not too displeased about his non-selection, but the Alabama Hammer isn't going to have nearly the chances to get to go to an ASG and he really deserves the chance this year.

4 Hank Waddles   ~  Jul 6, 2011 2:41 am

[3] I think I'm probably coming late to this, but the Alabama Hammer? That has to be just about the sweetest nickname I've ever heard. I think there's still a shot he gets in. All-Stars will begin dropping like flies in the next few days, so there may be a spot or two opening up on the roster.

5 Hank Waddles   ~  Jul 6, 2011 2:43 am

[0] One quick thing. As much as people like to make fun of Californians for attaching definite articles to our freeways (i.e., the 405, the 10, etc.), it's never the PCH. Just PCH, please.

6 Ben   ~  Jul 6, 2011 7:11 am

Who's the Alabama Hammer? Great tag.

7 Eddie Lee Whitson KO   ~  Jul 6, 2011 7:13 am

[0] I was in Hermosa Beach last weekend too, stayed at the Beach House right on the strand. Nice to be back in the hood, having lived there for 10 years. Not too much has changed, though Pier Ave has gotten a bit of a face lift. All good.

Carsten Charles, what a force.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 6, 2011 8:53 am

6) Robertson, I think.

9 RIYank   ~  Jul 6, 2011 8:54 am

Yes, D-Rob, of course! From Alabama.

10 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 6, 2011 9:04 am

[5] wouldn't that be like saying "i work for the federal bureau of investigation," but then "i work for FBI." ? i think you guys should at least attempt to keep the logic consistent out there...

11 Crazy8Rick   ~  Jul 6, 2011 2:08 pm

[3] David Robinson, the Alabama Hammer?? That's pretty cool. How 'bout even shorter: The Bama Hama! By the way great write up Jon! I especially loved the way you described CC's win as "That’s not shutting the door; that’s slamming it and breaking all their fingers." Go Yankees!!!

12 Bama Yankee   ~  Jul 6, 2011 2:22 pm

Alabama Hammer....I like it. Who came up with that? It's a good nickname for Robertson (I also like the variation "Bama Hama" or maybe just "Bama Hammer".
For the record, the state bird down here is the Yellowhammer. Also, the Crimson Tide fans do a cheer at the football games that ends with "Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give 'em hell Alabama"

13 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 6, 2011 2:23 pm

[0] I need to add Felix in there in the last paragraph in case this recap is ever used against me in a court of law.

[11] thanks!

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