Thursday, October 13, 2005

Win One for the Kippur

Merry Kippur, everyone. Easy fast, take it slow. Let's move on.

By now you've seen the play, you've heard the arguments, you've made up your own mind. And if you have your own blog or some other media outlet, chances are you're writing feverishly about the outrageous injustice in Chicago last night. So I'm here to say: Shut up. Seriously, shut up -- these things happen all the time.

This is the universe in balance, the karma gods evening out the beisbol world. The Angels got EVERY call in the Division Series, every single one. They got the Cano call on the neighborhood play when he "came off the bag," they got the famous Cano Inside the Basepath call in the deciding game, and what nobody talks about is how they got about 15-20 balls and strikes calls that the Yankees' pitching staff didn't get. Would they have won that series anyway? Maybe, most likely. But calls go for one team one night, and the other team the next night. That's just the way it goes.

Disputed calls are part of the postseason, period. This wasn't Game 7, it's only the second game. You know what you do now? You fly home, you go out there and you beat the fucking pants off the White Sox so this call doesn't matter. That's what champions do. They take the bad with the good and they play to win the game. You play to win the game. Mike Scioscia is a great manager and I'm sure he's saying that right now: Don't let this beat you. We shall overcome!

The bad call made for some hilarious post-game press conferences, though. My favorite was the brief session with home plate umpire, Doug Eddings, along the crew chief and the supervisor of officials. This was basically a carbon copy of the old Saturday Night Live skit with John Goodman, when he plays Referee Pitman, and the press just kills him on the bad calls he makes. What a classic sketch:

  • Are you totally blind, or just legally blind?
  • Were you watching a different game while you were officiating? Like, on a little mini-TV, or something like that?
  • I saw the last game, and I just want to know, do you find it helpful to keep your head up your rear end? I mean, why during the game? It seems that during the game you want to have your head, you know, out and in the open air so you can see the plays. I mean, is it comfortable, or is it for the warmth, or what?
  • Hi. Great show, Ref. My boy and I were wondering what it's like for you to have no soul. And, also, what do you use to fill up your body where the soul would be? Now, is that human excrement, or dog excrement?
Man, I love that. So let's just move on, shall we? Can we skip the 10 Jim Caple columns where he tries to be funny and misses badly?

(Meanwhile, Jim Caple, what a fucking lickbag. Has anyone ever tried to cash in on being a Yankee-hater more than this shitface? OK, we get it, you have a small penis and you hate the Yanks for no reason whatsoever, thanks. Try writing an article without bashing people that are so much better at their jobs than you are at yours. You are the lowest form of journalist -- and I hesitate to even use that word -- in the country, and should be ashamed to call you a senior writer. Go away.)

Yeah, um, so let's just move on, please. Kippur it up, Jews.

Slack Link of the Day: Do you like Rick Dees or Casey Kasem? What do you like more, CDs or 8-Tracks? Blockbuster flicks or indies? Chipotle Bob sent over the answer.

Slack Ridiculousness of the Day: "Hollywood sources confirmed last night that Sylvester Stallone has agreed to star in the sixth installment of the Rocky saga."

Slack Song of the Day: I posted this one before, but I really think it's one of the better songs on the planet. Hoobs put the Live Art version on a freshman year Redrum mix and we must have listened to it about 10,000 times in college. Plus, I randomly chose this one from and it might be the best version I've ever heard, including an awesome extended intro.

So check it, check's Bela Fleck and the Flecktones with Stomping Grounds, from September 19th, 1997 in Brandywine, MD.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger ethan said...

"what nobody talks about is how they got about 15-20 balls and strikes calls that the Yankees' pitching staff didn't get."

halle-fallujah! i thought i was the only one thinking this. now, i don't know how many calls the yanks were squeezed on, but i do know that as long as it's consistent, there's not much to say. but when a friggin ROOKIE (elvis santana) is getting the corners but the best southpaw of all time isn't, something aint right. that ain't right! america's like a big titty woman, and everybody loves a big titty woman! (there's no chance anyone reading here saw this movie i suppose)

the other thing i was thinking about last night was at what point does sosha (definitely the correct spelling) get tossed? can you delay a game, 10-20 minutes trying to plead a case? i'm not saying he should have been thrown out, just wondering in a hypothetical situation how long does a non-violent manager get to make his case before it's simply annoying and delaying the game.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Since I was in a bar with a bunch of Johnny-come-lately White Sox fans, it made my night 100 times more enjoyable, so I'm fine with it. It was high comedy.

My problem isn't so much with the call. As you said, bad calls happen. But the Ump has to be clear on what the call is. I love the Edinger interview:

"In my interpretation, those are my strike three mechanics, not my out mechanics. I never called him out, I just did my normal swinging strike move."

I wonder if he works on his moves in the mirror.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger ethan said...

that's especially funny since swing third stikes don't require any move.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Too true. I meant Eddings, just had Edninger on the brain since the Bears cut their kicker (Doug Brien) today.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

No one has mentioned my take on the situation so I'll post it here. I think Eddings thought Paul caught the ball, called AJ out, and then saw AJ run down to first. Well, this all happened in a matter of about 3 seconds. So when AJ reached first there was a pause where no one knew what was happening anymore. Eddings's brain told him: batter runs to first when there's a dropped 3rd strike so there must have been a dropped 3rd strike. And then he called him safe.

So what does this mean? Not much. I just think we can stop looking into how Eddings' call should be interpreted. Rather, he just had a brainfart and, being that he's an umpire, has to stand behind that brainfart. It was just one of those perfect storm situations where someone other than the umpire dictated the call and the umpire was powerless to stop his own reaction to what he had apparently seen.

It also means that if the Sox go on to ride the momentum and win the series in 5, AJ should be the MVP without a doubt. That's the savviest play I've ever seen. Too bad he's a total douchebag...right, Tomko?

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Jasmine said...

Ethan - you call yourself a whore?

At 11:35 AM, Blogger ethan said...

jasmine - um...what?

donnie - while that's true, it's bad that when he got help none of the infield umps could make the call. another thing being overlooked is that josh paul could've just tagged aj to be sure, or at least picked up his glove and turned to show eddings. that way he would've made eddings make a call right then. i'm not placing a lot of blame on paul since it seemed clear he caught it, but he could've remedied the situation with a few different actions.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Doug Brien is a loser...good thing he got cut. I wish pain on him, Clubber Lang style. Paaaaaiin.

Donnie, I agree completely with your analysis. He got called out, but the ump changed it once AJ started running to first. He got confused, that's it. Whatever, like I said, it's so early in the series that this really shouldn't be a factor.

It's a heads up play by can't fault him for that. It's brilliant. It's the same thing as pretending you're hit by a pitch, only better.

Ethan, good point on Scosscia perhaps getting tossed. 45 minutes later...

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Jasmine said...

If I see Ethan I'm gonna bust a cap in his ass.

Get it now?

At 12:26 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

cano got screwed on the strikeout/basepath thing, but on the tag, he was off the bag pretty clearly, it wasn't even close. I realize that the same non-tag would often be overlooked, but it's still ridiculous, and one of the things I hate most about baseball.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

John, but that's the accepted rule in baseball...and it's fair. They do that because they don't want guys getting injured for the year on a silly take-out slide. It's basically the baseball equivalent of the football rules that protect the QB.

Here's why it was a bullshit call -- You can't call something 99.44% of the time and then call it another way in the playoffs, in a big spot no less. That's just not cool. That can't happen.

By the way, it went under the radar that the Cano "off the bag" call was ruled by Joe West, who made the "inside the basepath" call as well. Money on the series? Yankee hater? Cano hater? Joe West, dead.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Jasmine said...

Ok Ethan, now I feel weird. Weren't you quoting Head of State?

At 1:56 PM, Blogger ethan said...

jasmine - heh. you gonna buy some meat or what?

At 2:04 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

Ace, I know what you're saying, but I hate the rules that protect the QB too. And the reason I hate it is because it was clear that he was off the bag, then you have to argue about something that is clear. I agree they should be consistent and especially in the playoffs, but I just have a hard time arguing that it's ok when we all know his foot was way off the bag, and that's why I hate it so much, it shoudl be called that way all the time. It's pretty simple, foot on the bag - out, foot off the bag - safe. The way it is done instead of that simple way just opens up this can of worms, where people can justify arguing with something that everyone knows was technically the correct call.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger ethan said...

"I just have a hard time arguing that it's ok when we all know his foot was way off the bag,"

whoa whoa whoa. maybe you're thinking about the marcus giles play (who was clearly way off). cano's call was only known to be true after instant replay - real time it was mighty close, and those close ones should always go the same way (out), similar to the typical out call on a bang-bang play at first.

i still think it was just a case of an ump wanting to make a big call in a big setting.

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Greg said...

Speaking of umps wanting to make big calls in big settings... I believe that Eddings was also the jackass earlier this year that made Biggio come back after being hit because he didn't try hard enough to move (somewhat acceptable), and then followed him up the line yapping when he flew out to end the same at bat (obviously not acceptable)...

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