Random Thoughts

A mishmash of ruminations, conjured up on the road tonight listening to the Sox, Mets, and Yankees, all on Mr. Marconi’s invention.

  • Can you get insurance runs in the 4th inning?  Tonight Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano called the bottom of that inning, and with the Sox up 5-3 and a man on second Trupe called for Manny Ramirez to bring in some "needed insurance runs".  I was under the impression that at that point in the game they only qualified as more runs, not insurance runs.
  • A-Rod – great game.  How about some consistency, though?  A-Rod’s performance tonight will get all the headlines, but I’ll take Manny Ramirez’ last 10 days and their dependability over A-Rod’s nearly historic and isolated feat.  Still, quite a night by any measurement.  He’s no Mark Whiten, though.
  • Howie Rose on WFAN calls a pretty good game, but Gary Cohen is even better.
  • Speeding through Connecticut on the way back to Gotham, I tried to over/under the amount of lunatic postings YF made about A-Rod.  I pegged the number at about 4, and it seems that he hit the under, thank god for that.  Game not over yet, though, so he’s still got a shot at the over.
  • Are the O’s for real?  Looks like it (or, rather, sounded like it), but I have a feeling that their pitching ain’t built to last through the summer heat.
  • Watching games in HD is pretty amazing (kudos to YES and NESN for their efforts to bring us the games in 1080i), but nothing really beats the romance of a night drive and baseball on the radio.
8 comments… add one
  • Thank you Keith Foulke!

    Joe April 26, 2005, 10:42 pm
  • Is it just me, or am I more nervous than I ever have been watching a broken Alan Embree come in and give up hits to the first or second man he faces? I knew when Clement came out of the game that it was going to be a close game, then at 8 to 7 I knew it was over. I agree with the post about the O’s pitching staff. Good hitting teams are only going to get used to that slow junk they they throw over the outside edges. For the same reason most teams hit Wakefield the third time they see him, they will start to hit the O’s. I am really nervous about this bullpen. Is there a chance that when Miller gets called up, they will use Boomer out of the pen and keep Bronson in the rotation? With Texas in the near future, I really hope they are able to pull of the win tomorrow before heading there with their heads between their legs. Just my opinion. Go Sox.

    zimmerrolls April 26, 2005, 11:56 pm
  • Manny vs. A-Rod? Whatever. We’d rather have nine Jeters. Okay, eight Jeters and Andy Phillips. And a big-ass plasma screen.
    PS: Boomer in the pen? Good luck with that one Zimmerrolls.

    YF April 27, 2005, 8:47 am
  • Last thing I wanted to read after a solid win last night for the Yanks and a nice night for A-Rod is that the Yanks may be carrying 13 arms on May 2nd which could result in Phillips getting sent down. Last thing I wanted to read, but thats exactly what I read.
    But then again you have to consider the source, and the NY Post isn’t exactly the most reliable method to get a feel for what direction the Yanks are heading in.

    Hammy April 27, 2005, 10:08 am
  • If the Yanks go with 13 (thirteen!!) pitchers at the expense of Andy Phillips…
    I mean, wow, that’s some stupid roster construction on top of stupid roster construction.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 1:39 pm
  • Supposedly, and again this is the Post so consider the source, they are considering eating the remainder of Stanton’s contract to avoid this and keeping Buddy Groom as their spot lefty out of the bullpen. I don’t think this would be such a bad move, except for the fact I like Stanton, as I think it is unnecessary to carry two spot lefties at the expense of what I hope is the future at first base getting some major league at bats.

    Hammy April 27, 2005, 2:18 pm
  • Yeah, and Stanton, last I checked, has a pronounce reverse split. Which is to say he was better against right-handed batters than lefties. Not what you want out of a LOOGY.
    I’m a Stanton fan, too, but only of the late-90s to early-00s model. Now he seems a bit .. well .. done.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 3:34 pm
  • Finally finished grazing through the Daily News, and their Yankee Notebook is quoting Cashman as not ruling out taking 13 pitchers.
    Dumb dumb dumb. Twelve is bad enough.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 5:05 pm

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