Game 2: So…

…pretty much all of my complaints and critiques before Game Two were wrong. And not just wrong, but comprehensively, even spectacularly so. Not only was A.J. Burnett crisp but Jose Molina kept him focused, and the timing of Jorge Posada’s appearance facilitated Pedro Martinez’s exit, and it secured the Yankees’ first World Series game win since 2003, and they head to Philadelphia in exactly the situation (1-1 with two southpaws ready to dominate Ryan Howard in that ballpark) even though I thought Sabathia would win and Burnett would lose. So I’ll just shut up for awhile.

But first: you think Ryan Howard had a tough night with four strikeouts and now six in nine at bats? Or A-Rod? Six in eight AB’s, without a hit? How about Brian Gorman? I wanted to wait to see the video, but live from behind the plate it seemed pretty clear that Gorman had falsely called “catch” on Johnny Damon’s dying liner to first in the seventh – leading to a critical Phils’ double-play. In the following half inning Gorman did it again, calling Chase Utley out at first on a 4-6-3. Kevin Millar, seated a few rows closer but about eight more farther away from the bag, called Utley safe, and the replay backed him up. Umpiring is ever more difficult as video improves, but when did the arbiters ever have a worst post-season than the current one? If you and your colleagues blew as many big decisions in as short a span, either you’d all be fired or your company would be out of business by now.

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Keith–

Re: your last sentence–Good idea.

@luisnbill – Re: Keith’s last sentence, it’s an even better idea for you. There are plenty of people willing to pay *Keith* to write, but the same can’t be said for you. Even when Keith makes mistakes, at least his writing is interesting to read.

@keitholbermann – Everybody makes mistakes, but at least you admit to them. Actually, you’re beating yourself up a little too much over them, if you ask me. “Comprehensively”? “Spectacularly”? Come on, it’s not like you sank the Titanic, or anything. LOL!

But there’s one BIG mistake I’d like to stop you from making: If you “shut up for awhile”, the rest of us will never forgive you! :-)

Hey Keith – don’t stop talking! Nobody gets it right every time. Even the most unlikely things, the ones we least expect, happen. If people were only allowed to talk when they got everything right, you’d be able to hear the crickets in New York all the way from Florida. That’s a whole lot of silence, right there!! :)

And it takes a lot of courage to come right out and say “I was wrong”. Not everyone has that kind of fortitude or integrity. That’s one of the hardest things we can do, admitting we were wrong, especially when you have people waiting to pounce if you so much as breathe funny (I won’t mention any names, but one of them commented here). Of course, the part that cracks me up the most is that those who are least willing to admit when they’re wrong always seem to be the ones who are the most willing to jump on everyone else. Reminds me of something… some saying about a mote and a beam…?

We all make mistakes – even me, and I’m perf… oh crap, I can’t even finish that sentence without reflexively peeking out the window to look for lightning. :)

Don’t stop doing what you do so well, please. I enjoy reading what you write, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the games. If I were in New York, I’d be there in the stadium with you. Okay, maybe not with you, but you get my drift.

There are always going to be those who will snap and snarl at your ankles, no matter what you do… so grab some shin guards, and keep writing. Some of us out here will always have your back. You deserve that much, at least. Thanks!

That call you’re referring to had me shouting angrily at the TV set. What really annoys me about umpires and referees (in all sports) is the way they’ll have a conference, and then let the bad call stand. It’s like the old saying, “One lies, the others swear to it.” It’s fortunate when bad calls don’t affect the outcome of a game, but too often, such calls do unfairly cause a team to lose. That really takes the fun out of a sport.

Too bad umpires’ jobs don’t depend on the accuracy of their calls. It’d be fun to watch the year-end “lowlights reel”, and see the worst offenders get suspended. Now, that’s one reality show I’d actually watch!

I appreciate what you write but come on, spectacularly wrong? Burnett was great (thank god) but he can and has gone the other way.

I was hoping to get three more runs to “even” the deal but winning and beating Pedro was great.

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I don’t think you should shut up, predictions are exactly that: guesses. Whether you get them wrong or right they’re still just guesses and in your case, as a Yankees fan, you were simply worried and saw those changes as perhaps wreckless choices by Joe Girardi to avoid disaster. Girardi has gotten them this far — whether it’s in spite of him or because of him, he’s piloting the ship.

Regardless (and you’ll probably disagree with this) whatever happens on the field, strike out, home run, double play or bad call, it’s all a matter of luck — good or bad. Or if you prefer, chance.

Jose Molina could turn out to be the Yankee hero this year — home many unlikely World Series heroes have there been throughout the years.

More importantly, (if importance can even be lent to baseball) how many expected heroes have actually come through?

“If you and your colleagues blew as many big decisions in as short a span, either you’d all be fired or your company would be out of business by now.”

That’s an old-fashioned sentiment only meant for the little guy. The Bush years changed all that. Reward the incompetent and stupid!

The Yanks avoided the sweep. See you at the Bank!

Hi Keith,

A non baseball related comment, just thought you’d like to see my homage to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BUMYFANOLA

Laura

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