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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Posnanski; Life Without Jeter

There was the public humiliation of Alex Rodriguez… There was the definition of insanity* decision to just keep pitching Jose Valverde… There was the latest surreal heroics from baseball’s latest surreal hero, Raul Ibanez, who, if I’m getting this right, is five-foot nothing, 100 and nothing, hardly a speck of athletic ability, he had come out of a field of corn with things to settle, he had studied the way the Italians raced bicycles so he could find his own identity, he had just lost to the Soviets 10-3, he had trained hard running on the beach, trained hard pounding meat in a meat locker, trained hard by washing and waxing cars, he understood non-linear thinking, he considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth, he took pride in never going down, and he walked into the poolroom with his leather satchel and just wanted to win for all the small schools that never got a chance to be there, just wanted to abide by what is written, just wanted to score four touchdowns for his little brother, just wanted to say he loved Brian Piccolo, just wanted to bring his racially split community together, just wanted to escape from the camp, and so he never went down, would not accept the intentional walk, he swung away, and he hit the home run against the lights, he hit the shot over the water, he pulled away in the match race, he bent the shot around the goalkeeper, he did not lay off the high one, he ...

“So what’s the story of the night?” the question went.

“Delmon Young,” panelist and former pitcher David Wells said.

Exactly, see the … I’m sorry, wait a minute, what? Delmon Young? Because he hit a home run? Because he hit the ball that Nick Swisher misplayed? Delmon Young? That’s like saying Johnny Two-Times was the star of “Goodfellas.” ...

Back here on Mother Earth, the talk was [Derek] Jeter … and the talk was a eulogy.

I’m gonna go get the obituaries, get the obituaries.

The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: delmon young, derek jeter, game recaps, joe posnanski, playoffs, tigers, yankees

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   1. Shock Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM (#4269529)
Why do people keep blaming Swisher for not catching that ball? If he'd caught it, it would have made the announcers squeal and it would be on all the highlight reels this morning. You can't have it both ways.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4269552)
Because it was a catchable ball.
   3. Shock Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4269558)
Oh I fully agree. That's not my point. My point is that every single time a player leaves his feet and catches the ball, everyone goes crazy about it. We either have to accept that not every diving catch is a highlight-reel play, or else not blame Swisher for missing this one. I can't stand it being both ways.
   4. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:33 PM (#4269759)
Swisher didn't leave his feet until after the ball passed him. He didn't need to leave his feet at all to make the play.
   5. Shock Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4269787)
I bet you guys that tonight, in one of the two games, someone will make a catch similar to the one Swisher should have made and the announcers etc will act like it was a magnificent, gold glove play.
   6. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM (#4270156)
It's possible for a play to be a nice play yet also be a play that should get made. Beltran in the first made one such play tonight. If the outfielder doesn't have to leave his feet or crash into anything it should be caught. Swisher didn't have to do either, he simply misjudged where he should put his glove.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4270281)
It's possible for a play to be a nice play yet also be a play that should get made

What about the Jackson play on the Chavez blast into the gap? That was a very nice play. He seemed to have a line on that the whole time, but whilst it was unfolding, I was thinking, oh that's a gapper for sure.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4270306)
Swisher should have caught it, seeing as how catching balls hit to the outfield is a primary job requirement. That being said, you won't see very many balls hit harder to the opposite field than that, and thus it didn't surprise me that he missed it. That was an absolute laser, and it's unlikely Swisher sees that kind of ball hit his way more than once a season.

   9. Dale Sams Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM (#4270488)
I bet you guys that tonight, in one of the two games, someone will make a catch similar to the one Swisher should have made and the announcers etc will act like it was a magnificent, gold glove play.


Should have caught that one tonight in foul territory too.
   10. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM (#4270530)
Cornflake says he lost the ball in the lights. You can believe him or not, but if he's being honest, #### does happen, even in Game 1 of an ALCS ...
   11. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4270617)
It certainly looked like he couldn't see it. That has got to be scary when a guy hits one that hard in your direction and you can't see it.

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