The best way to have lost the division would’ve been for the Nationals to have won it. I hate that we lost last night, especially the way we lost — getting owned by yet another chump lefty who had a terrible ERA coming into the game.
Oh well. As deflating as that loss last night was, seeing DOB’s tweets that Friday night’s game is sold out is bringing my spirits back up again. Can’t wait for Friday.
In the meantime, here’s my guess for what tonight’s lineup will look like:
1. Johnson, CF
2. Simmons, SS
3. Francisco, 3B
4. Overbay, 1B
5. Baker, RF
6. Pastornicky, 2B
7. Hinske, LF
8. Boscan, C
9. Hanson, P
Actually, I bet that Bourn will start in CF so that he gets some more at-bats.
It’s now 27 months since the Blue Jays made the Braves’ day by trading for the talented but troubled Yunel Escobar. Well, it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time. In fact, it even seemed like a brilliant idea as recently as 12 months ago, after Escobar had finished hitting .290 with a .782 OPS and the best on-base percentage (.369) of any shortstop in the whole darned American League. But that was last year. This year? Yikes.
Guess who has had the worst OPS (.644) of any qualifying AL shortstop? Right you are. Yunel Escobar. And guess who has had the fewest extra-base hits (32) and created the fewest runs in that group? Yep, same guy. But this is one LVP candidacy that’s bigger and uglier than any numbers. Ask the people around this club who grumble that “Yunel Escobar finds a way to do something stupid every game.” Ask the scouts who use words such as “disgusting” to describe his daily lack of focus and commitment. Ask the baseball man who says: “I think he actually enjoys ticking people off with the things he does. He knows he ticks them off, and he does it anyway.” Or ask all the people he offended when he etched a homophobic slur into his eye black — and then acted as if he hadn’t done anything particularly offensive. So what we have here is a guy who has hit the LVP daily double: He’s been a lousy baseball player — and a worse act.
Sorry, couldn’t resist. Our side of that debate just won all the internets. *spits towards Toronto*. Punk.
Well, he’s been such a Web Warrior for Kimbrel over the past month that I have to forgive those oversights. Also, not sure if I’d put Fredi on the list, though I agree he’s improved. He started from such a very low place.
Stevie, I’m very seriously contemplating picking up Waterworld on blu-ray for 12 bucks. The folks over at High Def Digest say it’s “not that bad,” and I’ve always had a thing for apocalypse flicks and also watery expanse (I might be the only person who counts the water as a top three reason to watch Jaws).
I’m pretty sure we’re winning this thing come Friday.
Just listened to the podcast and…wowzers! I’m drinking the koolaid with one Han and mixing a batwing basilisk venom cocktail for the baseball gods with the other. Cannot wait for Friday’s game! Curt…dissin’ me twice?
As pumped as we all are about the post season I still can’t shake this “doom and gloom” feeling I have about Friday night. I don’t even want to watch it. It seems so wierd because for the state and city of Atlanta sports is such a good thing right now with UGA and the Falcons doing so well. I just can’t help to be skeptic and see the light coming down the railroad tracks….
On a different note. In the show you mentioned about Chipper’s leadership and demenor throughout the 2000′s and how it is now. Of course MOST (ha ha) of us mature as we get older, but I think it is different with Chipper. This is JUST a thought, but do you think that the recent separation from his wife has anything to do with this? I am not trying to get into his personal buisiness, but of course your home life can show up on the field. Please don’t bash me for bringing this up, but it is life. I think he has changed for the better no matter the reason and I am going to miss him.