i hadn’t watched a game in a long while when one stared me in the face Sunday. i was cable clicking around the stations. The Twins were hosting the white sox. it was the bottom of the ninth; 11-11 was the score. there were two outs and david robertson was on the mound. I thought he threw much faster? Maybe he did when he pitched for the Yankees? i was surprised by the large crowd considering the twins are so bad this year or they were the last time i checked. i think they had the worst record in baseball or maybe it was the braves?
there was about 25,000 people at the game, paid attendance, the announcers said. i like minnesota especially since they now play on grass and outdoors. it’s more than tolerable to stare at the grass cutting formations. It’s actually pleasant. i didn’t slip into a coma of relaxation but watching the last two or three innings must have dropped my stress levels. Byron Buxton looks like a great hitter, but he sure holds the bat kind of weird. The White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson said it’s all in the chin, that you can always detect a great hitter by the chin. He said Buxton had a great chin, not in a Milan fashion runway sort of way or at least i don’t think so. It’s in some other way, maybe having to do with his head on the ball, chin being still and what not.
The other Sox announcer – Steve Stone coined the game’s curtains as the immaculate Deflection. The white sox had scored two runs in the top half of the 10th or 11th and then sin of sins, their pitcher walked the two first batters in the bottom half. With two outs and the tying runs aboard, the batter hit a sharp ground ball that ricocheted off the pitchers shin or leg right to the shortstop who bare handed it and threw to first for the routine 1-6-3 immaculate Deflection and final out of the game.