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Bronx Beat Down

Phil Hughes didn’t look to be horseshit today, his fastball was hitting 93-94 mph and he broke off a few biting curve balls, but everything was up and a couple of home runs by the Angels was enough to put the Yankees in a hole from which they could not climb out. C.J. Wilson looked relaxed and has an easy, appealing manner. When his center fielder made a nice catch, the replay showed Wilson break out in a wide, guileless smile. Oh, and he pitched well, too, mixing the soft stuff with a tight cutter in to the righties (after hitting the ball hard yesterday, Alex Rodriguez hit three weak ground balls against Wilson this afternoon). The Yankees left nine men on base.

This was one to forget even though it was a lovely day in the Bronx. The only thing worth noting was how well David Phelps pitched in relief. He gave up a run on one hit–a solo home run by Vernon Wells–worked quickly and threw the ball with confidence. His performance over 5.1 innings was worth savoring and it was nice to see him receive applause when he walked off the mound with two outs in the 9th.

Final score: Angels 7, Yanks 1.

Instead of dwelling on this one, check out these pictures I took this morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. The wife and I headed down early and the greens were amazing. So, this weekend gives salads, tuscan kale, and enough ramps to pickle.

And ramps! First week of ramps.

They’ll only be around a few more weeks. Time to get ’em while they are around.


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1 Eric McCauley   ~  Apr 14, 2012 3:44 pm

Dude, the ramps look great. We got some lettuce and other greens today, also some eggs.

As far as the game goes, Phelps was indeed the bright spot today.

2 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 14, 2012 6:52 pm

One thing about commenting this early in the season, it's obvious that 8 games a small sample size makes. However, sample size be damned! This is not nice to look at:

Cano: .229 .289 .314 .603 OPS
ARod: .226 .351 .387 .738 OPS
Teix: .188 .297 .250 .547 OPS
Grandy: 188 .297 .469 .766 OPS

Those numbers are almost impossibly bad.
4 such talented players ALL being so bad?

Yeah... it's very early..... but WHOLLY SHIT!

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Apr 14, 2012 7:16 pm

Hey Phil!

Objects in the rearview mirror, in this case David Phelps, are closer than they seem ...

4 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2012 8:00 pm

PhilthyPhil: career ERA+100, WHIP 1.305...in almost 450 innings. He's just not that great (but now awful by any means!)

Meanwhile, how about those Amazin's in Queens...?!

5 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 14, 2012 8:09 pm

5) Yeah, caught their last two games. Man, the Phillies just cannot hit.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2012 8:22 pm

(6) Going to be a good race in the NL East methinks. Very close. Boston laying the smack down against the Rays also interesting. Dogfight ahead as we expected..

7 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 14, 2012 8:39 pm

Oh, yeah, this season should be tough tough tough. But fun, too. Hoping Freddy G has a good outing tomorrow night.

8 randym77   ~  Apr 14, 2012 10:47 pm

Never had ramps, though I've been wanting to try them since reading this article. My usual farmer's market doesn't open until June. I might have to take a drive and see if there are any farm stands open yet.

9 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2012 11:07 pm

Is "ramps" short for something? Have they been around for awhile? Seems to be like a scallion. Is that close? Flavor like a leek?

Nehah, evah hoid of 'em.

Dictionary tells me it's a wild onion with a small bulb.

Do people eat takenoko (bamboo babies) in the USA? Great stuff. How about gobo (burdock roots)? Zesty source of fiber.

10 RIYank   ~  Apr 15, 2012 6:28 am

[9] Yes, similar to a scallion but garlicky. Not short for anything, just ramps.

I missed the game, but Hughes' secondary numbers look decent. The two homers is the bad part, and he got stung by an enormous BABIP (and you know how painful that can be).

11 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 15, 2012 1:05 pm

That was a weird game, though. The Yankees hit a ton of atom balls. I wouldn't read too much into it. Hughes also got victimized by a fluky play at 1st base by Texieria.

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