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Yankees 7, Sox 5.

I think the following line from today’s Boston Globe just about sums it up:

After going 12 for 22 (.545) with runners in scoring position the previous three nights, [the Sox] went 3 for 15 (.200), leaving runners on second and/or third in the first, second, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

Tim Wakefield struck out five, but gave up five walks and a three-run homer to A-Rod. But the A-Rod homer was almost (ALMOST) worth it, because Rodriguez lost the ball in the lights.

Where is it?

Is it up here?

Up there?

Ball go up?

Dur!

He should take some pointers from Manny Ramirez, who pimped his own three-run homer in trademark Manny-being-Manny style:

Suck it, pitcherman

Note the flipped bat, airborne behind him, and the graceful extension of the arms. The torso is slightly twisted, while the right leg reaches back in an entendu position. Ramirez’s head is cocked slightly as he stands patiently in the batter’s box, admiring his handiwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manny then completed the movement by dropping his arms with a free, swinging motion, watching the ball deposit itself in the stands, and beginning a slow pas-de-chat around the bases. Note the expressive extension of the index fingers as he glissades past the dugout:

No, really. Suck it.

See, A-Rod. That’s how it’s done.

Tonight: Matt Clement goes up against Randy Johnson. Last time Clement was scheduled to pitch against New York, Sox skipper Terry Francona futzed with the rotation. Last time Johnson took on the Sox, he gave up 7 earned runs and couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning. Clement is 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA, while Johnson is 1-3 with an ERA of 4.94.

Barring a vintage performance by the Unit, I predict that tonight will be a whose-bullpen-sucks-less smashfest.

And I have tickets! Wahahaha.

8 Responses to “Uff-da”

  1. Suz Tolwinski says:

    Dear Ms. Green,

    You are quite right to commend Mr. Ramirez for his artful epaulement; as he stretches his limbs out into second-arabesque tendue, he effects the climactic expectation of a powerful yet light tour-jete. As he soars around the bases, he certainly reminds one of the classic Russians of the pre-Balanchine, Diaghilev era. I would have to agree with you that the general lack of subtle coloring in Mr. Rodriguez’s base deportment leaves one with a dubious impression of the theatrical integrity of his “dinger” (to use the parliance of our times).

    Yours,

    Ms. Tolwinski

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    glissade? entendu? pas-de-chat? Are these even real words?

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    Its true though – Manny’s PJ was classic.

  4. dan eberle says:

    Sarah,

    Awesome posting about the Sox-Yanks game. You’re right–the A-Rod moment was a great moment. So was Manny’s stylish homerun (which not a few yankees mentioned in the post game media session as being out of place…).

    Additionally, I love that you predicted the outcome of last night’s 8-6 defeat. The battle of “whose bulpen sucks less.” Although, I guess you could have gone further and just said the winner will be “whichever team’s starter can get through 5 innings.”

    Matt Clement. Matt Clement. Matt Clement. We should have traded you for a bag of balls from the Mariners when we had the chance in the offseason and kept Bronson Arroyo. What a blunder.

  5. Coley Ward says:

    Don’t forget to mention Webb’s masterful performance. Both pitchers went deep in this game. Both were dominant. Both are on my fantasy team. Justice.

  6. What seems incomprehensible to me, aside from the obvious pitching performances of Pedro and Webb, is how incongruous some of these numbers are. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game so when I first saw the box score this number, the number that immediately struck me was two – as in how many walks were issued by both teams. Combined. In a thirteen inning game. Ninety-two batters came to the plate. Two walked. Very odd. It seems to indicate a great deal of impatience from all of the batters – but it wasn’t the case, at least for the Mets hitters. Arizona’s pitchers threw 184 pitches during the game to the forty-five Mets batters who came to the plate. That’s a little over 4 pitches per plate appearance, which is pretty good. As a comparison, only 26 hitters in all of baseball average more pitches per plate appearance than that. And yet, the Mets only managed to post an OBP of .200 for the game (By the way, Arizona batters saw 3.28 pitches per plate appearance, which is pretty poor). The only way I can rationalize this is to go back to one of the many old baseball adages: “pound the strike zone”. Out of the 184 pitches that the D-Backs threw, only 57 were balls. Even more amazingly, the Mets threw 154 pitches, with only 47 balls – that’s one ball per every Diamondback that came to the plate. If you knew beforehand that you were going to get four at-bats in a game, and that you’d see only four balls the entire night with the rest of them being strikes, wouldn’t you be more aggressive than usual? And yet, both pitching staffs combined to strikeout a quarter of the hitters they faced. It’s strange. I always thought that there’s a point of diminishing return when it comes to “pounding the strike zone”. If you throw too many strikes, you’re going to get hit. It didn’t happen in this game.

  7. Coley – this is exactly why I don’t want Pedro. It’s 2004 all over again. He is always matching up against the other team’s ace….always in a tight one…..gets his work done, some k’s, scatters a few hits, walks none….but at the end of the day no W.

    That’s ZERO wins in May. 0. Goose EGG. Doughnut. Bagel. Zilch.

    Curt, on the other hand went 5-1 in May. Oh…and i don’t need K’s, WHIP, or ERA….I just need to stop playing Brett Tomko. So basically this is a wash….

    The fact is that wins are perhaps the hardest category to get. And I’m raking them in right now with Schilling.

    Prediction? By the time Curt rolls over his 10th win, Pedro is still stuck on 5. Heard it here first.

  8. Paul,

    Don’t you have a job or some other way to waste your time than calculate average pitches per at bat? Gracious.

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