Monday, October 10, 2005

Ervin's Magic Lets Us Enjoy ALCS

In what had to be the best feeling since Game 7 of last year's ALCS, the Angels did something that seemed so improbable early on in the game.

When Colon left, I thought it was over. I thought the Yanks got the biggest lucky break ever. Moose had looked sharp in the first, and who knew what this kid Santana had? I thought the Yanks would destroy him. And they did give him some trouble early, getting 2 in that inning. But here we are, eagerly awaiting the Scott Schoenweis series.

The Junkees, like so many times in the regular season, could not get that big hit. They had their fair share of opportunities come their way, but couldn't get it done. A-Schmuck and Shemp were the culprits here. How about A-Rod's double play in the top of the 9th? Very MVP-like, right Yankee fans? Even a Junkee fan would rather see Big Papi in that spot, and A-Rod proved it once again.

And Moose hasn't had a clutch postseason performance since Jason Giambi had long hair and a goatee. The guy is not a reliable big-game pitcher. He has his moments, like game 1 this year, or his relief appearance in game 7 of the '03 ALCS, but Moose is no sure thing. So much for the $19 million.

K-Rod did not have it tonight. He left a lot of hanging curves over the plate. But the Junkees, though they made us sweat, could not get the big hit. And when Erstad made a great stab for that final out, that ensured that the only Junkees (or, should I say, ex-Junkees) starting the next few nights would be Contreras and Pettitte.

Wait till next year, Junkee fans!!!!! The curse of Jeff Nelson lives on!


The Yankee Despiser said...

I'm listening to John Sterling on the postgame.... he sounds like his grandmother just died.

mouse said...

Man, that clutch DP from A-Rod just made my October. Hope he and the rest of his Junkee teammates have a nice long and cold winter.

phil said...

At one point during the game, Fox put up an infographic saying that A-Rod, Matsui, and someone else (Sheffield?) combined this series for .222 with one home run and three rbi.

A-Rod also had a crappy play at third letting a hit go into the outfield for no apparent reason. With his play this series, I'd also rather have MVPapi sitting on the bench.

Michael Leggett said...

"The Coarod" lives on. It's shorthand for "The Curse of A-Rod."

A-Rod is a "POP", or "Pile On Player", as he only contributes with a big lead. Yet, in any game, when close, he contributes next to nothing.

Looking much-thinner, Giambi contributed more.

Yankees SUCK!"

Yanks fan said...

At least the Yanks played 5 games they weren't swept away in the hot air emanating from Boston most of the year.

Manny Ortiz said...

Yankee fan: for $210 million, you're happy with making it to game 5 of the playoffs? What are you, a Padre fan or something?