Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Tuesday's dead

Spent the two days following the end of the Baltimore Comic-Con taking some mental health time out of town, which was fantastic on several levels. Besides getting to watch both the Yankees and Phillies complete their ALDS sweeps of the Twins and Rockies, respectively, I got to go bowling, and also check out some bookstores.

The baseball was fun, though the Yankees weren't exactly challenged. For all that the Twins made a great comeback -- aided by the Tigers' Mets-in-2007-style collapse -- the fact is that winning the AL Central is tallest-midget territory, and this was something of a mismatch. It didn't help that the Twins practically gave the games away. Yes, one umpire call seriously screwed them, but five minutes later they had the bases loaded and nobody out and didn't score. That ain't the ump's fault.

For a team that allegedly "does the little things right" and is a "fundamentally sound team," the Twins sure fucked up an awful lot. On one of the many baseball blogs/sites I follow, someone said that referring to a team as fundamentally sound is like saying that a woman has a great personality. It's a way to say something nice in order to follow Thumper's advice.

Anyhow, it was great to see that Alex Rodriguez -- who rather unfairly has had a "postseason choker" label stuck on him thanks to subpar performances in his most recent outings, conveniently ignoring a) his postseason performances with the Mariners and b) his performance in the 2004 ALDS and the first three games of the 2004 ALCS -- was the Yanks' big performer, with Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixiera doing their part on offense and defense and stellar pitching performances all 'round.

Now let's see if they can repeat this against the Angels, who were kind enough to sweep out the Red Sox....

As for the NL game, the Rockies deserved to lose for one reason: manager Jim Tracy left Huston Street, a right hander, in to face Ryan Howard with two runners on and the entire season on the line. Against righties, Howard is Willie Mays; against lefties, he's Willie Bloomquist. That situation was tailor-made to bring in Joe Beimel, a left-hander, and he didn't do it until a batter later, when Howard tied the score with a hit. Street is the closer, but just being called one doesn't make you one, and the closer pixie-dust that managers think is imbued just by putting a scarlet C on the player's cape doesn't actually exist. The division series proved that pretty handily, what with Joe Nathan, Jonathan Paplebon, and Street all screwing up at important moments.

Anyhow, I'm back home now -- off to the dojo tonight for regular class, fighting class, and a black-belt promotion review class. Vootie....
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