Is this really happening? Are the Royals and Astros really in the playoffs? And facing each other? The two biggest losers in recent memory having both enjoyed three consecutive 100 loss seasons, on prime time TV, in October! Who to hug? Bud Selig or the sewer? Both, dammit!
Where did Chris Young come from? I had no idea he was a Royal or still pitching for that 6 feet 10 inches matter and facing Jose Altuve at 5 feet 7 and the announcer says it’s the largest height disparity in playoff history and so what’s the largest in regular season history Mr. know it all announcer? Some 8 foot giant we all missed? with a stand in Eddie Gaedel stunt man at the plate?
This is the same Chris Young who pitched for the Padres I think, like 15 years ago or so it seems. He’s the guy who went to Harvard or Yale or something and he cupped the ball and did something strange with his body, a contort or gyration of some sort and 45 years before any of this happened, Sandy Denny joined Robert Plant and sang vocals for Zeppelins Battle of Evermore.
And so up to the plate walks Jose Altuve who is listed as 5′ 6″ which makes him one inch taller than Freddi Patek and well, I can’t think of anyone smaller that ever played major league baseball, except that Veeckian Vaudevillian Eddie Gaedel and except maybe Yogi Berra, may he never rest. But lo and behold, the same place where I took the other measurements- Baseball Reference – lists Berra at 5′ 7″. They also list Berra’s first game as September 22, 1946 and well, Berra passed away on September 22nd this year and I don’t believe in coincidences because it makes everything so dull and sober.
I think it was the 6th inning. Altuve hit a single to center field off Young.
Josh Lewin is hands down or in my case hands up with praise, my all time favorite announcer. I think he does Mets games on the radio now, but he did Rangers games for TV for close to 10 years.He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at a young age and well, his mind is a bit like a conveyor belt or a massive buffet with metaphors and anecdotes galore and he speaks so fast with a great cadence and a laugh that puts a smile on my face. I was upset when the Rangers fired him in 2010 and happy when the Rangers lost in the World Series that very same year and then again in 2011. In all my sabermetric wisdom, I blamed their failure to win big games on the firing of Lewin.
Speaking of not winning big games, will Clayton Kershaw join the Pirates and A’s and Rangers in a separate Hall of Fame wing called – can’t get over the hump?
As great as Kershaw is with that lollipop curve and Craig Counsell batting stance equivalent while pitching from the stretch, arms way up high-touching the sky, changing speeds, introducing new pitches throughout the game, ERA and WHIP titles, CY Youngs and Kershaw’s post season record now sits at 1-7 after last night’s loss to the Mets and Jacob deGrom.
There are probably still some people who don’t like it when boys wear their hair long, so maybe they don’t like Jacob deGrom. What I like about him is that he offers fans another way to like him. How about a name that begins with a small letter and includes a big one in the third slot? And if that doesn’t warm your toenails, then maybe his 13 strikeouts last night will, in his first ever post season performance, a 3-1 win over the Dodgers and yes, Krrrrrshaw, Kshaw, Kshaw, Kshaw…..a broken record.
There are so many baseball teams playing in the post season. I remember when there were two leagues, four divisions and that’s it, that’s all. Now we have 10 teams out of 30 that make it and I don’t need a chart on my wall or maybe I do?
The Blue Jays lost the first two games of their series against the Rangers and this is real bad for Canada because if the Blue Jays don’t win a World Series real soon, we will be forced to watch highlights of the 1992 and 1993 World Series all winter long again. I wish I was in Chicago because there was no TV when the Cubs last won a World Series.
I hope there is a hidden vault of soon to be released Yogi Berra-isms.