Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Carpenter Hammers Tigers

Chris Carpenter was masterful last night as he and his teamates blanked the Tigers 5-0. His line? Get a load of this...8 innings pitched...3 hits...55 strikes...82 pitches....and he faced only two batters over the minumum. The Tigers might have resumed play after their week off, but their bats haven't. And they find themselves down in the series 2 games to 1. Game 2 will be, weather permitting, and it doesn't look good, shortly after 8 tonight in the city with the arch. Jeff Suppan will face Jeremy Bonderman. Look for the Cards to go up three games to one in this World Series that has failed to hold any interest for me whatsoever. Not after Kenny Rogers' pathetic performance. Oh, and I do realize that he pitched seven tremendous innings after what was MORE than a simple washing of his hands. I saw that smear in Hi-Def, and it was a glistening oily reflective spot that if wiped on his pants' leg would have left a shiny ugly spot that was much more than dirt. And no fun for the ones who wash the uniform. But that never happened...it was just dirt from rubbing.......RIGHT. I'm letting this Kenny Rogers' idiocy go...for good. If there is a game six on Saturday, we'll see how effective he will be. I did mention in an earlier post that it is impossible for me to root for the Saint Louis Cardinals...for anything! You see, they were responsible for my first baseball heartbreak...way back in '67, when Bob Gibson, the best pitcher then, pitched three complete games in the seven game series, and what had been an unbelievable Cinderella-type season for the "picked to finish in ninth place" Boston Red Sox ended. As all things do. Yaz and Lonnie and company. Childhood bliss....shattered. But what a year it was from a team called the "Cardiac kids." They always seemed to pull it out...and Yaz had the most clutch year of them all, including our Papi. And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, number 8...Carl Yastrzemski. OK, OK, back to 2007. Enjoy game 4 tonight, and thanks for being here. And Yaz sure could play that Green Monster. Anyone trying to stretch a wall ball from a single into a double was out by 20 steps.....or more......take care.

15 Comments:

At 10/25/2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Rogers pitched really well, actually. He was incredible in Game Two.

 
At 10/25/2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I know...unhittable stuff that made it three post season starts in a row. Thanks for the comment. Keep visiting..please.

 
At 10/25/2006 1:45 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

In other news....Timlin signed for a one year deal. I know he was shaky this season, but I still love having him.

 
At 10/25/2006 3:04 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Anon..you are so right...globby blotch or not...we shall see on Saturday..if there IS a game six. I have to think there will be...we never know! Rebecca...I think, IF the Sox use him correctly, and way less than the 70 plus appearances he is used to, Mike Timlin will be a great 7th or 8th inning "get to the closer," whoever he might be...role. All this is a murky dream...and the off season should, and will be fun. Theo, can you hear me??? Tommy, Tommy, TOMMY.....oops, I went into the WHO.

 
At 10/25/2006 3:15 PM, Anonymous ZacharyA said...

Yeah, Timlin can be very valuable to the Red Sox, if he isn't seen in the ninth ( or even the eighth) innings.

As for Rogers, I'm actually more disgusted with the umpires then with the Gambler. Why did the umps hesitate to toss Rogers? Did they get stage-fright? I mean, regardless of what La Russa did or didn't do- the rules are the rules. Rogers needed to be tossed immediately.

 
At 10/25/2006 3:26 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

You know what I think? And thanks for your comment. I think La Russa HAD to be the one to initiate the process. For his team. He folded. Never spoke when at the least, he could have made Rogers think twice. And then maybe Rogers might not have been so precise. A little doubt goes a long way. And a manager's duty is to help his team. He failed......

 
At 10/25/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

But now, this Wednesday, I said I would not comment any more on the subject. Wow..I am fermenting like a keg of beer thinking about KR.

 
At 10/25/2006 3:34 PM, Anonymous Zachary A. said...

I agree that La Russa should have put up a protest... Some people say that he didn't want to embarass his friend (Leyland), therefore he was silent about the whole thing. If that's the case, the La Russa really should be fired ( I know that sounds radical, but what is La Russa's goal here- to win the Series or please his friend?)

BUT, if Ordonez' bat broke open and little balls or cork fell out, the umpire would throw him out of the game without a second's delay. La Russa wouldn't have NEEDED to come out an argue.

It should've been the same way with this "foreign substance."

 
At 10/25/2006 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More pitchers do it than not. It's really not that big a deal. You're kind of reacting like a dope, actually.

 
At 10/26/2006 6:55 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I disagree...just because it's a common practice doesn't make it right. If the umps saw something odd, they should have halted the game and checked out KR's left hand. Case closed....he would have been tossed like a salad.

 
At 10/26/2006 6:56 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Zachary...I checked out your blog...nice!

 
At 10/26/2006 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10/26/2006 4:57 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Anon, if you want to be nasty I'll give it right "f"-ing back to you...but sign your first name first.....if not, you're trash......

 
At 10/26/2006 4:58 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I have tried to be nice...what you say sometimes makes sense. usually!..your language does not..bye

 
At 10/26/2006 6:22 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Anon...here's why. I have readers who are under 16. Please watch the language....swearing is not necessary here...or allowed. Thanks, Peter

 

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