The Seeker

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Something’s Brewing pt. 9

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All is right in the baseball universe as of this very moment.

I wrote last summer that Ron Roenicke’s disciplined and stragetic approach is a difference maker when it comes to winning high-pressure ballgames.  This afternoon’s actions proved it.  Knotted at 4-4 with one out in the bottom of the sixth, the Brewers broke the game open with a safety squeeze.  Just like in pt. 4, it was Jonathan Lucroy laying down the beneficial bunt.  Though my man Earl Weaver would have cringed at the notion of playing for one run, the tactic worked–not just in plating the winning run, but in opening the floodgate to score 4 more runs in the inning and putting the game out of Arizona’s reach.  The relief pitching I was plugging yesterday stepped in, and it was lights-out.

If things continue like this, the Brewers can wrap this whole thing up Tuesday night and prepare for the National League Championship Series.  I’m holding my breath until then.  Figuratively speaking.

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Over in the junior circuit, I’m starting to believe that God loves the damn Yankees.  Not only did weather intervene to take Cy Young gonna-be Justin Verlander off the mound in a game in which the Tigers had already jumped on CC Sabathia, but it was quite apparent that there was divine intervention at work during the bottom of the ninth this afternoon.  There really is no other explanation for world-beating closer Jose Valverde choking up 34 pitches, 2 walks, 2 earned runs, and a home run.  Thankfully, the Tigers already had a substantial lead.  Nonetheless, the Yankees still threatened late.  With two out, Robinson Cano popped a ball foul that would have ended the game… but the Tigers catcher slipped on the on-deck circle when he was about to catch the ball.  He slipped right on the damn Yankees logo!  Isn’t it obvious that if the Tigers want to advance, they have to beat the Yankess AND God?

There is, however, one other thing we know about divine intervention that figures prominently into this affair:  God helps he who helps himself.  The Yankees couldn’t help themselves enough this afternoon, so I can only conclude that God grew bored and let them find their own end, which they did.  That, and maybe he remembered that the damn Yankees sold their souls to the devil in order to win all those World Series championships.  I swear it’s true.

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My three post-season objectives were all accomplished today.  Like I said, all is right in the baseball universe at this very moment.

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Written by seeker70

October 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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