Went to the Rockies game yesterday vs the White Sox. I was there at 5 for batting practice and had a line drive of the bat of Rios go right to me. I would of caught it if it wasn’t for a guy stick his glove in front of me and somehow miss it. Adam Dunn hit one right over the officeliquidator.com sign.
So the pitching matchups for the night were Jimenez vs Buehrle. It was 2-0 Sox early until the Rox came back with a couple HRs and it was tied 2-2 in the 7th. In the bottom of the 8th, Colorado had the bases juiced with only 1 out. They grounded into a DP and wouldn’t score. In the 9th, the closer for the Rockies Houston Street was in. Quickly it was 1st and 3rd with nobody out. Somebody hit a shallow fly ball to right and the fielder threw a rocket to the catcher. The Sox runner would of been out by a mile if the throw hadn’t short-hopped the catcher. The Sox would score just one and it would be enough to win the game. Here’s the final scorecard:
Well the Rays lost a close one today and the Reds made sure “Complete-game James” wouldn’t get his 4th CG in a row today. The game probably would be tied in the 9th 3-3 if Maddon took out the laboring Shields. I made up a word for the act of a manager not taking out the pitcher in time. That word is “neverlearnitis”. Managers in this league could manage for their lifetime and still would never learn to take out the pitcher when he is obviously tired. It seems that a MLB manager is smart enough to realize that when his pitcher is cruising through 6 innings and then in the 7th when he walks 3 batters in a row, it’s time to go. This is directing towards managers in general, and NOT towards Joe Maddon (who I think is a great coach). Maddon actually is pretty good at taking out the pitcher compared to some of the managers I’ve seen over the years. Some notable victims of the “Neverlearnitis” disease, are Terry Francona, Joe Gardenhire, Brad Mills, and much more. Neverlearnitis would of cost the Rays 2 games in a row if it wasn’t for Longo’s heroics. Hopefully this won’t hurt us again this year. I’m pretty confident it won’t. The Rays are off tomorrow and then are facing the struggling Cardinals for the weekend.
In the beginning of the season Yankee’s pitcher Bartolo Colon had a stem cell infusion. Stem cells are cells that can repair most damage tissue in the body. Since this stem cell infusion, Colon has been putting up the best numbers on the Yankee pitching staff. The last 5 years Colon’s health has just been getting worse and his arm has just been aging. Now he is having a 2005 like year. This brings up a couple good questions. First, is this a performance enhancing drug? MLB says it’s not, but that’s controversial. Stem cell infusion is ultimately a legal, less dangerous alternative for steroids/HGH. Steroids are usually used by players to mend injuries quicker. The stem cell infusion has done exactly this for Colon. Another question that comes to mind is if there’s any other players using this stuff. Pretty likely it seems. MLB is already investigating to see if Colon was given any PEDs. I think they might soon investigate if this to see if this will be legal in baseball or not. This is an interesting story to follow and I probably will look more into it. My opinions on this are closed so far, but I was very fascinated when I found out about this.
Yesterday was my first day in the new, gorgeous Yankee Stadium. We probably picked the best day to go to a Yankee game because it was the 65th Old-Timers Day. Yogi, Goose, Tino Martinez, Bernie, Lou Pinella, Joe Torre, Whitey Ford, and many more were all in attendance. Here’s a pic of them lining up:
After about 2 hours of introduction and a huge salute to Gene Monahan, the game everybody was waiting for was underway. The Old-Timers were split into 2 teams; Bombers and Clippers. The only runs of the day were on a 2 run tater by former Ray, Tino Martinez down the right field porch.
Then the game started and you know who I was rooting for. Yes the Rockies! It was looking good in 5th inning when Ty Wiggington (former Ray!) and the Rox were up 3-0 and Nicasio was perfect through 5. But unsurprisingly, NY started raining HR’s. 1st Swish right by our seats, then Posada into the bullpen, and then Teixeira capped off the derby with a HR to take a 6-4 lead. Too bad the Yanks and Bosux had to win on Sunday. But at least Longo and the Rays won to keep the division the same. TB can gain a half game on both teams tonight. Here’s a pic of me outside the stadium in my Rays gear:
The Rays sweep the series in Houston and capped it off with a wild bomb fest today. Since Friday, Evan Longoria decided that ditching the batting gloves would solve his hitting struggles. Suprisingly, this has done beyond anything he imagined. Longo went 8-14 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI’s.!! Coincidence? I think not. I don’t believe that not using the batting gloves is actually affecting his hitting, I think it’s the mental aspect of it that’s actually giving him the boost. Since Evan is confident that this new technique will get him out of his slump, he is more confident and relaxed at the plate. Longo was not the only struggling Ray to start to get hot this weekend. Upton also went on tear, although he didn’t need to change anything. B.J. feasted of the Houston pitching staff, going 5-12 and belting a big HR in each game of the 3-game set. If these 2 guys stay hot, the Rays might be the new Beast of the East before you know it. Hitting is the only thing that has been holding the Rays back from reaching the division summit. Comment and say what you think about Longoria’s new strategy and why or why not you’re considered with Jeff Niemann. Click below for a wrap-up of the game:
Rays keep rollin’, I’m in NYC and I’ve still been on top of my Rays. Going to Yankee Stadium tomorrow, it’s Old timers day there tomorrow!! Go Rockies!!! I’ll post pics of the game tomorrow and hopefully I’ll catch a Cargo HR ball!
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