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Michigan Seems Like a Dream to Me Now

Joe Girardi just made another pitching change. He’s penciled in NOBODY to start for the Yankees on Saturday. But he’s probably not going to leave him in very long.

Thank you, Detroit Tigers. We may not have much these October nights, but we sure have you.

Happy Elimination Day, Metsopotamia and all the ships at sea. Enjoy the rest of your postseason in peace.

23 comments to Michigan Seems Like a Dream to Me Now

  • I will only rest when the Cardinals finish their task in Elimination Week…

  • dmg

    halfway home, we’ll be there by morning.

  • Kevin from Flushing

    Woooooooooo!!!!!

  • One down, one to go. C’mon Carpenter!

  • Joe D.

    Hi Greg,

    During the fourth inning was listening to the game on the radio. When Posada got his hit, Sterling’s call was either “ARod rounds third, he scores” or “ARod rounds third, he’ll score” so I immediately thought the Yanks had cut the lead in half.  But then a second later Sterling says “no, he’s held at third”.

    Though I did not see the play, it was obvious ARod made a turn past third but was not heading home as Sterling led us to believe, so instead of calling the action as he saw it, Sterling called the play as he assumed it would be.  Now, throughout the remaining Yankee half of the inning, Sterling repeated over and over that ARod would have been safe.  When the inning ended with Rodriguez stranded at third, Sterling made the point that a mistake had cost the Yankees a run.

    In the ninth inning I finally saw the play that ARod was held up on. It seemed the center fielder got the ball in his glove just after ARod had cut the base. Was that enough time for him to certainly score, I don’t think so. Could he have scored, yes, but a good throw could also have gotten him. So with only one out, it seemed to be the right decision. If ARod was cut down, then there were two outs.

    The real mistake, of course, was Sterling telling listeners ARod had or was about to score and I think he was therefore only trying to cover up his own mistake by pouncing on that point the rest of the inning (BTW, Suzyn Waldman made not comment about it one way or the other). 

    But of curiosity, would Rodriguez have most likely scored had he not been held up as Sterling professed?  I would like to know what really happened on the play.

    • Joe D.

      Revise that last sentance. Meant to say “I would like to know what others thought would have happened on the play.”

  • I agree with your assessment – it was not at all guaranteed he would’ve scored. The wishful thinking approach to radiocasting (see also: “It is High, it is far…”) does everyone a disservice.

    The lesson, as always: John Sterling is an idiot.

    • Joe D.

      Totally unprofessional, even for those who practice the wishful thinking approach. And then to use the airwaves not to fairly assess the play but to just cover up one’s tracks on a botched call is sinking even lower.

      Had Sterling been describing the action properly it is my hunch he would have not talked in such absolute terms about ARod’s chances and make Rob Thompson his scape goat, which in itself is a lousy thing to do.

  • Jacobs27

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7069719/2011-alds-alex-rodriguez-days-dynamic-offensive-force-over

    A-Rod is easily one of my least favorite players on my least favorite team, so he can continue to pile up as many K’s in key situations as he likes. But at least, as his comments in this article show, he’s no Tom Gl@v!ne.

  • Jacobs27

    Although, I do think it’s kind of ironic that A-Rod claims he would pay to have at-bats like the one against Benoit in the 7th, when, in fact, no one is paid more than he is to have them.

    I don’t suppose he’d consider giving some of it back? Maybe he could make some friends like in this ludicrous Mastercard commercial:
    http://adland.tv/commercials/mastercard-new-friends-yankee-fan-2011-30-usa

    I have a feeling he’s gonna need ‘em.

  • Will in Central NJ

    Greg, I say be careful, Frank Cashen’s bowtie is really a camera…

  • Joe D.

    Francsca just said that ARod took a terrible turn around third and would have been easily out at home plate so the decision to hold him up is a non-issue.

    Took a John Sterling with no concept of the game required on a professional level to insist otherwise. No wonder Suzyn Waldman stayed out of it and let John go on with his rantings.

  • eric b

    “Sheadenfreude”—Hilarious. Yes, I caught that one, Greg. Very clever

  • JerseyJack

    How perfect was it that A-Roid struck out to end the game !?!!

  • Lenny65

    Every year I pretend not to really care, but when they’re done I realize I do care. Thanks Tigers!

  • Dave

    Took 167 games into the season for us to get what we wanted…another Not the Yankees vs Not the Phillies World Series. Go anybody!

  • Florida Met Fan Rich

    Top nine teams with the highest payrolls are OUT of the playoffs!

    Go Beer Makers vs Bengals!

  • DonHahn1

    Greg and Jason, looking forward to your next post, I understand the delay, hangovers are tough on the creative spirit. Oh yes, there is joy in Mudville today!!!

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