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The Magic Word

I got one word for this game: Horseshit.

Nova was horseshit, the hitters, after the first inning when they got a couple of horseshit hits which led to what turned into some horseshit runs, were horseshit. Crowd was horseshit. Skreech and Snuffleupagus in the YES booth were horseshit. Hell, I was a steaming pile of horseshit watching at home and that’s before my cousin the Mets fan called and I was horseshit enough to complain to him.

The final was Baltimore 11, New York 5. I’d recap it for you but I’m too horseshit to do it much justice (not that it deserves any).

I’ll leave you with this from Kevin Kerrane’s wonderful Dollar Sign on the Muscle:

Any baseball talent, body, body-part, effort, action, player, team, city, or scouting assignment can be horseshit. The term covers everything but the world of words–the world of stories, explanations, and scouting reports–at which point bullshit takes over.

A real sentence spoken by a scout discussing a former colleague: “His written report was all bullshit, and that’s when I knew he was a horseshit guy.”

Bullshit can be a verb; horseshit can’t. (A sentence like “Don’t horseshit me would make no more sense to a scout than to a nonscout.) Novices sometimes elide the word into horshit, but the veterans get that first S down deep in the throat, with the tongue at the back of the palate, lots of air whistling past the lower teeth, and then they follow through for full emphasis. horsse-shit!

The word is popular throughout baseball–with players, managers, umpires, and executives.


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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:48 pm

It's time for Cashman to hold a team meeting and go all Ozzie Guillen on the boys. Yeah... we have injuries. But the Sox played .500 ball with 3 starters and their 2 Aces playing like shit.

This team needs to show some backbone and man up.
These games are becoming unwatchable.

2 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 10:05 pm

And somehow, @bindergirardi managed to NOT use Joba in this completely low-leverage blowout ...

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 1, 2012 12:58 am

Horrible game. Good thing the better half wanted to watch gymnastics. o/t A.J. Burnett's line vs. the Cubs. 9 ip 0r 1h 2bb 8k's. Not too shabby. Also, how about a friggin' win tomorrow afternoon for fuck's sake!

4 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 1, 2012 1:01 am

[1] Yes. Perhaps a public rant from Hank or Hal, then a Cashman sit down. Something. Anything.

Remember the old days when The Boss would go ape shit? They would always win at least the next game, as I remember it.

For the record. Girardi, was none too pleased with Ivan in his post game comments.

5 RIYank   ~  Aug 1, 2012 6:32 am

Nova is very likeable despite the fact that everyone knows perfectly well he isn't really good.

For a little perspective:

AJ Burnett almost tossed a no-hitter last night.

Josh Beckett is day-to-day after an evening of back spasms.

And Gore Vidal is dead.

6 ms october   ~  Aug 1, 2012 8:16 am

yea that game can really be summed up as horseshit.
this is beginning to feel more like a downward ascent then just a bad blip. obviously that can change pretty quickly, but with the preponderance of al east games the rest of the way, they need to turn it around pretty soon.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 1, 2012 8:42 am

It really hurts because of blowing a 5 runs lead.
But looking at our lineup, our odds of a Win weren't great.
It's not to make excuses, but 10 days ago, we had both ARod and Teix in our lineup. So we have lost our #3 and #4 hitter. That's gonna hurt any team.

Let's hope Teix's injury is minor and has no lingering effects.
The bottom line is we really can't stand another injury to any of our starters.

There were at least 2 plays in LF that Gritner would have made. IbanJones have done a good job filling in, but we are still hurting some from not having Gritner. While ARod's bat hasn't been great this year, for some reason, when he is not in the lineup, we are a different team. If he is not back healthy for the PS, we aren't going very far.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 1, 2012 9:09 am

6) I think it's more of a blip.

9 flycaster   ~  Aug 1, 2012 9:39 am

If he is not back healthy for the PS, we aren't going very far.

Let me summon up my best Jim Mora: Playoffs! Playoffs? You talkin'....Playoffs? We just need to win a GAME!

10 rbj   ~  Aug 1, 2012 9:48 am

Granted, it was September, not late July, but the 2000 team managed to stumble into the playoffs. What's needed is for some role players to step up.

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