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M’eh, Could Be

A cold, rainy night in April does not equal much baseball fun, for the players or the fans in the seats. Such was the scene tonight in the Bronx but any discomfort was eased by a quick pace. The game zipped along, lots of strikeouts, and the Yanks held a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning. With a man on first, CC Sabathia was called for a balk by the first base ump. It was hard to detect, even after looking at a couple of replays. The pitcher certainly didn’t think it was a good call and when Sabathia gave up a single that tied the game, his frustration grew. He had a chance to turn a double play soon after–after already starting two earlier–and botched the throw to second. He got out of the inning without giving up another run and as he walked off the field the camera showed him saying that most fragrant of baseball words: “Horseshit.”

That was just the start of the real horseshit but the Yanks were on the good side of the stink. In the bottom of the seventh, they scored three runs on no hits–three walks and an error by Adam Jones. With two outs, the O’s center fielder went back on a well hit ball by Vernon Wells, tracked it down, and began to blow a bubble as the ball arrived and clanged off the heel of his glove.

The cycle of horseshit was complete in the eighth when the O’s put the first two men on base and then hit into a triple play. Cano fielded a ball on a short hop–it looked at first as if he’d caught it on a line–flipped to Nix at short for the first out. Nix and Youkilis ran down the lead runner for the second out and then the trail runner was caught between first and second. Youk threw to Overbay who then threw the ball to second for the triple play. The infielders jumped in the air and smiled as they ran back to the dugout. Rich men overcome with spontaneous, childlike joy.

A few hours after learning that Jonathan Winters is dead, the was appropriately knutty.

Mariano got the save as the Yanks steal one from the Boids. A fine way to beat the cold.

Final Score: Yanks 5, O’s 2.

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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 12, 2013 9:43 pm

Jose Reyes out with what looks like a bad ankle injury..I've always liked watching him play, that's a tough one. People who think these guys don't care and just collect paychecks should look at Reyes' reaction to this.

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 12, 2013 9:44 pm

[1]Grr..forgot to conclude with '..look at Reyes reaction and the Yankees joy at the triple play. These guys love baseball."

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 12, 2013 10:04 pm

[1] Man, I just watch the replay. What a freaking terrible slide by Reyes. Too bad for him. Yikes Great, cold win tonight for the good guys.

4 RIYank   ~  Apr 12, 2013 10:40 pm

Also: tied for first. For what it's woith.

5 thelarmis   ~  Apr 12, 2013 11:26 pm

watching the triple play highlights over and over and over. sooo cool every time!

and, yeah...pyouk.

6 thelarmis   ~  Apr 12, 2013 11:42 pm

btw, i watched El Nino *crush* - yes, crush - a game winning, extra inning homerun for the braves. no cheap shop. i couldn't believe it. good for him!

7 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 13, 2013 12:03 am

BTW, do yous guys still hate Youkilis? That is shaping up to be THE move of the off-season. So glad he's playing for us. Easy to root for.

8 The Hawk   ~  Apr 13, 2013 7:00 am

Youkilis sans facial hair is already eminently less hateable. Playing on the Yankees, and then playing well, well ... makes it very easy not to hate him. Then again it was one of the few things I was looking forward to, so maybe I'm biased. But he's nuts and I love it.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 13, 2013 8:12 am

They say Reyes will be out 1-3 months. Aie.

10 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2013 8:28 am

Dang, looks like I missed a heckuva night, but I was out at my first Mud Hens game of the year -- sweatshirt + winter coat and long johns + flannel lined pants. 2-1 victory.
Cold and a brief misting shower, but it was a good relief from dealing with a winter filled with pneumonia.

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