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Friday, January 18, 2013

Lindbergh: Breaking Down The Craziest Half-Inning In Television History

As if Mets games weren’t shambolic enough, Ben Lindbergh inspects a baseball scene in CBS’ “Elementary” with a few cheapshots at Dusty Baker.

The story of how the Reds recorded those final three outs on Elementary is a mystery that requires an investigator of Holmes’ skill to solve. But since I’m the only investigator available, I’m going to give it a shot. Let’s break this crazy baseball down.

The game is afoot.

Well.

That’s it, we’re done. It took four games against two teams over a span of 448 days, but we’ve accounted for everything. And it’s not surprising that the Mets couldn’t score, because their opponent(s) used three pitchers (in five appearances) and 20 defenders to record the final three outs. The complete cast:

P: Michael Stutes, Bronson Arroyo, Matt Maloney
C: Carlos Ruiz, Corky Miller, Devin Mesoraco
1B: Ryan Howard, Joey Votto
2B: Chase Utley, Brandon Phillips
SS: Jimmy Rollins, Orlando Cabrera, Paul Janish
3B: Michael Martinez, Scott Rolen, Todd Frazier
LF: Raul Ibanez, Jonny Gomes
CF: John Mayberry, Drew Stubbs
RF: Domonic Brown, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey

Greg Franklin Posted: January 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mets, phillies, reds, television

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   1. Gamingboy Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:18 PM (#4350058)
Reminds me of similar stuff like this, this and this. And I believe I remember reading something once on actual games that ended like "Casey at the Bat".
   2. Meatwad Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4350066)
The bigger mystery is how the Mets managed to record any outs on defense
   3. attaboy Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4350073)
I wondered, while watching the replay, how is it possible that a team, up by 2 runs in the ninth, allows a lead off HR and, after an out, has the audacity to issue an intentional walk? The out in between is inconsequential to me, how many teams, having just given up a HR in the bottom on 9th, ahead by one, issues a walk to either of the next two batters (assuming the first batter doesn't hit an extra base hit). Other than when Mr. Bonds (Barry, not Bobby) was at bat, I doubt this exact scenario has played out in the majors and so I know this entire thing was a TV show!! imagine that, it was make believe!
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4350076)
And I believe I remember reading something once on actual games that ended like "Casey at the Bat".


Strikeout on three pitches? Yeah, I've seen games end like that before.
   5. Obo Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4350079)
What awful television.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4350084)


Strikeout on three pitches? Yeah, I've seen games end like that before.


No, as in, games that ended 4-2 after the first two batters of the bottom of the 9th were out, then the next guy had a single, and then there was a double, and THEN the final batter struck out.
   7. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:52 PM (#4350088)
What awful television.
CBS: Watch an Episode with Mom and Dad, You'll Like It, Come On

The writers couldn't look up the game log to one game? Or better, they couldn't choose a sport that plays games during the winter?
   8. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4350091)
Sherlock Holmes is not a ####### wizard, people! Argh. It's so frustrating when writers just make him omniscient and psychic.
   9. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4350096)
The writers couldn't look up the game log to one game? Or better, they couldn't choose a sport that plays games during the winter?


Actually, I found the explanation for why the game situation was the way it was fairly understandable.
   10. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4350103)
It's probably a sign that I'm getting old but I enjoy a bunch of CBS shows. Well, by a bunch I mean 3; Person Of Interest, Elementary and NCIS. I watch How I Met Your Mother but just out of desperation at this point.
   11. HowardMegdal Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4350107)
This was an enjoyable way to wind up the week. Really liked this piece.
   12. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4350119)
Elementary is only entertaining because of Jonny Lee Miller. His version of quirky-British-snobby-know-it-all is fun to watch. It's a basic crime procedural, but I'm not watching it for that reason (just like I don't watch "Castle" for the drama).
   13. ASmitty Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4350124)
Castle and Elementary both employ the relatively successful "Quirky male lead + hot female lead + crimes" formula.

My mother adores NCIS. Both my parents love Person of Interest.
   14. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4350130)
Castle and Elementary both employ the relatively successful "Quirky male lead + hot female lead + crimes" formula.
There's nothing about Nathan Fillion that isn't hot.
   15. smileyy Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4350131)
[8] Isn't that just Clarke's Third Law? That he has such an amazing ability to discern tendencies, situations and outcomes from remote details that he can make those sorts of predictions and be right?

I realize that's dialed up about 9000x for TV.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4350133)
The writers couldn't look up the game log to one game? Or better, they couldn't choose a sport that plays games during the winter?


In episode 2F09 when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
   17. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4350134)
's probably a sign that I'm getting old but I enjoy a bunch of CBS shows.

Oh yes, I'm really old and I watch CBS all the time....CSI, Criminal Minds, CSI:NY, Elementary, Big Bang Theory....
   18. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4350155)
I was expecting a retrospective on the top of the 8th in this game.
   19. bobm Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4350211)
FTFA:

"Here's how it all went down," said Robert Doherty, Elementary's creator, writer, and executive producer. "The script came first. So the script and that scene as written-that's where we started from. And so the goal was first to seek out permission from Major League Baseball and from the Mets organization to use footage."

As long as that footage matched what was described on screen, the producers weren't picky about which game-or games-it came from, Doherty explained. "As far as why there are different plays from different games, it was really about finding footage that would match the dialogue, as opposed to changing the dialogue to work with the footage that we had." [...]

Theoretically, the games selected could have come against any opponent; as Doherty said, "God knows there's enough Mets outs."


Note to producer: the Mets' problem is the proportion , not the number, of plate appearances that are outs.

   20. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:40 PM (#4350322)
I watch How I Met Your Mother but just out of desperation at this point.

Boy howdy, you and me both
   21. Austin Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4350382)
I liked that Ben did the legwork to find out firsthand - from two sources! - why the show made the choices it did. Most articles of this type are left as pure speculation, not just because of laziness but because it's probably more fun to leave the facts out of it. But it was nice to see a real explanation for a change.
   22. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: January 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4350483)
I watch How I Met Your Mother but just out of desperation at this point.

Boy howdy, you and me both.


Me three. I gave up on HIMYM years ago; not only do I not care who Ted's kids' mother is, I expect in the final episode he'll simply say, "Actually, you have no mother, kids. I grew both of you in a test tube, 'cuz we can do that in the future!" Then they kill the SOB. The end.
   23. Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: January 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4350530)
Castle and Elementary both employ the relatively successful "Quirky male lead + hot female lead + crimes" formula.

Ditto the Mentalist (if you like Theresa Lisbon.)

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