Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Starting Lineup

I hope I wasn't the only one who stayed up to watch the last out of The Mid-Summer Classic early this morning.  Although Sean Combs ran his version of the New York City Marathon in a faster time (4:14 vs. 4:50) it was still one of the best and most memorable all-star games in recent history. After they finally got done announcing every baseball player who ever lived things began to pick up a bit. 

The first few innings were completely dominated by the hurlers.   Neither team even got on the board until Matt Holliday went oppo in the Top of the Fifth.  J.D. Drew countered in the 7th with a two-run laser of his own to tie the game.  Then things began to get interesting as the fans treated Papelbon like he was on The Gong Show even though the run he gave up was unearned. He most likely needed a police escort(or maybe just a Ford Escort) to get out alive. Thankfully for Paps the AL was able to score a run in the bottom half of the 8th to square the game up and give The Gringo fans a chance to see the Panamanian Devil in action in the 9th and 10th.
Once the contest went into extras it became a game of defensive plays, both good and bad. Miguel "Bissel" Tejada made some unbelievable plays at short to make up for Dan Uggla's lousy play at 2nd. Look for Uggla to win the ESPY for best impersonation of a Toreador. After some camera shots of Commish Bud Selig drooling in his luxury box and a few more stellar innings of pitching the AL finally broke through in the 15th to score the game winner on a sac fly by Michael Young. As great a game as this was I was happy to see it end as I knew I had to wake up  in about five hours to go to work.  I had visions of Selig calling the game a tie and forcing the 7th game of the Series to be played on a neutral site using 10 batters for each team(pitcher and DH) but luckily Brad Lidge was just as tired as I was and wanted to go home.

Big Ups to the Mexicutioner for reppin' KC with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

1 comment:

TheBigTicket said...

On the board. Good work. That mexicutioner was ill last night. I thought for sure he would find a way to channel his inner Jeremy Affeldt gas can punting abilities.

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