Baseball Crank
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October 11, 2004
BASEBALL: Dodgers Down

One entertaining moment from last night's game was during the confrontation between Eric Gagne and Albert Pujols in the 9th; it was a fine illustration of the focus that has made Gagne such a lights-out closer. Pujols fouled a ball viciously off his foot, and was hopping around in agony - and while he's writhing in pain, Gagne calmly steps forward, takes the ball and talks to his catcher without paying Pujols the slightest notice. Then, maybe two pitches later, Gagne throws a curveball that sails up and in just above Pujols' head. An accident? Maybe; not too many people throw a curveball as a purpose pitch, especially one that was almost a wild pitch with a man on first. But for a guy who's still in enough pain that he's barely able to plant his feet, the curveball sealed the deal as far as making Pujols uncomfortable in the box, and he hit weakly into a double play shortly thereafter.

Other thoughts: Man, the Astros outmaneuvered themselves in using Brad Lidge for only 2/3 of an inning and leaving Russ Springer to take the loss; does someone at FOX Sports stay up at night thinking of annoying ways to distract from the game? The dirt-level "Diamond Cam" is silly enough, but that "Scooter" guy explaining things reminded me way too much of the paperclip guy from Microsoft Word; Game Two of the Yanks-Twins series was the first time Mariano Rivera blew a save in the postseason without costing the Yankees a series.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:25 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Rivera's blown save in game 4 of the 1997 ALDS did not cost the Yankees the series, unless it is contended that it lead to game five which the Yankees also lost.

This year's blown save was the first time Rivera blew a postseason game at Yankee Stadium.

Posted by: Eugene at October 11, 2004 10:41 AM

I like the different view the diamond cam gives, but scooter, yeah, he needs to be taken out back and put down.

Posted by: Clay at October 11, 2004 10:51 AM

I hate that *&#&! paper clip!

Posted by: Chris at October 11, 2004 1:26 PM
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