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(Major League Baseball)   Ortiz hits first homer of the year. This is not a repeat from earlier today   (mlb.mlb.com) divider line 38
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2009-05-20 11:55:07 PM  
It was a bomb too. Eck was pretty jazzed up about it.

/Eck says 'cheese' more often than a bus load of fatties at a deli
 
2009-05-21 12:23:26 AM  
I was at the game - had some pretty good seats, too.

The place went crazy for Papi when he finally hit it.

Past that, Tek hitting two out, a 6 run inning, and Ellsbury tying the ML record for putouts by an outfielder. It was a pretty entertaining game.
 
2009-05-21 12:24:46 AM  
They were interviewing Ortiz after the game. His dad showed up for the game and Ortiz alluded to his dad 'having some things going on' - it sounded like he may have some health issues. Hopefully he'll be okay.
 
2009-05-21 12:46:01 AM  
Demetrius: They were interviewing Ortiz after the game. His dad showed up for the game and Ortiz alluded to his dad 'having some things going on' - it sounded like he may have some health issues. Hopefully he'll be okay.

That kind of shiat can really throw a player off his game, especially a guy who seems happy-go-lucky like Ortiz.
 
2009-05-21 05:12:35 AM  
Demetrius: I was at the game - had some pretty good seats, too.

The place went crazy for Papi when he finally hit it.

Past that, Tek hitting two out, a 6 run inning, and Ellsbury tying the ML record for putouts by an outfielder. It was a pretty entertaining game.


I like how the players waiting for him at home gave Ortiz a big hug... seems like it really was a big deal in that clubhouse. Makes you think that perhaps there might be more to it, like his father's health or something. Maybe.
 
2009-05-21 05:18:12 AM  
Holy crap, my first greenlight!
 
2009-05-21 05:21:21 AM  
So nice to see a guy that cannot use steroids anymore get a homerun.
 
2009-05-21 05:31:06 AM  
He's on pace to hit 4 this year. Couldn't happen to a roidier guy.
 
2009-05-21 05:46:43 AM  
djslowdive: Holy crap, my first greenlight!

I just discovered a few minutes ago that my first (and only, so far) greenlight was something that I submitted about a week ago and forgot -- obviously thread the is closed now, so I'm no longer capable of exclaiming it to the world like you :(

Enjoy, bub. Enjoy it....
 
2009-05-21 06:30:18 AM  
I saw this on the news this morning. They pointed out that the last time Big Papi homered, the Dow was over 11,000, oil was $130/bbl, and George Bush was president.
 
2009-05-21 06:33:32 AM  
pandabear: I saw this on the news this morning. They pointed out that the last time Big Papi homered, the Dow was over 11,000, oil was $130/bbl, and George Bush was president.

The last time Papi homered Roosevelt was still alive, disco was still on the rise, the Nazi party wasn't in control yet, and people still thought Amy Winehouse was actually attractive.
 
2009-05-21 07:04:26 AM  
Bee Roo Ga Ho Shee: pandabear: I saw this on the news this morning. They pointed out that the last time Big Papi homered, the Dow was over 11,000, oil was $130/bbl, and George Bush was president.

The last time Papi homered Roosevelt was still alive, disco was still on the rise, the Nazi party wasn't in control yet, and people still thought Amy Winehouse was actually attractive.


Hold on a second there buddy. People never thought Amy Windehouse was attractive.
 
2009-05-21 08:36:12 AM  
I'm just happy nobody on the Phillies ever messed with steroids ever.
 
2009-05-21 08:37:08 AM  
moogrum: I'm just happy nobody on the Phillies ever messed with steroids ever.

Except Romero.
 
2009-05-21 08:48:10 AM  
Bee Roo Ga Ho Shee: pandabear: I saw this on the news this morning. They pointed out that the last time Big Papi homered, the Dow was over 11,000, oil was $130/bbl, and George Bush was president.

The last time Papi homered Roosevelt was still alive, disco was still on the rise, the Nazi party wasn't in control yet, and people still thought Amy Winehouse was actually attractive.


And people wore onions on their belts because it was the style at the time.
 
2009-05-21 08:50:59 AM  
The seal has been broken!
 
2009-05-21 09:04:29 AM  
Dammit, I didn't want this to happen agains the league-leading Jays. Still, we've all been expecting them to swoon at some point. Hopefully they can pull one out tonight and keep the momentum going.

C'mon, Robert Ray! (who?)
 
2009-05-21 09:04:36 AM  
I suspect Ortiz will start hitting home runs like he's shown he can now that he's gotten this weight off his shoulders. Now that he doesn't have to worry so much about it, he can relax at the plate.
 
2009-05-21 09:12:03 AM  
blacksportsonline.com

Proud.
 
2009-05-21 09:32:26 AM  
rbaron71: Dammit, I didn't want this to happen agains the league-leading Jays. Still, we've all been expecting them to swoon at some point. Hopefully they can pull one out tonight and keep the momentum going.

This depends on if Cito Gaston takes his Ambien before tonight's game as well.

Was he WATCHING last night? At all? Does anyone know? Anyone that slow-moving to yank a 22 year old pitcher in clear distress should probably be looked at by a trained professional, by which I mean a coroner.
 
2009-05-21 09:36:39 AM  
AtticusFinchEsq: rbaron71: Dammit, I didn't want this to happen agains the league-leading Jays. Still, we've all been expecting them to swoon at some point. Hopefully they can pull one out tonight and keep the momentum going.

This depends on if Cito Gaston takes his Ambien before tonight's game as well.

Was he WATCHING last night? At all? Does anyone know? Anyone that slow-moving to yank a 22 year old pitcher in clear distress should probably be looked at by a trained professional, by which I mean a coroner.


That's always been Cito's MO though. He puts his guys in and then lets them go until they prove they CAN'T do it.

Same reason Ray and Cecil and Tallet are all still in the rotation despite Romero and Janssen being pretty much ready to go.

I'm just sad that we have to play this supposedly huge series, which everyone will then use to judge if the "Jays are for real" without a single start from Halladay. Boo.
 
2009-05-21 09:42:49 AM  
nice to see he's back on the juice
 
2009-05-21 09:48:53 AM  
I'm happy for him, and really want him to do well. But did you see his next at-bat? Swung through two horrible pitches, then watched a meatball down the middle of the plate for called strike three. He's gotta get his swing back, so I'm just hoping the HR wasn't a lucky fluke.

/crushed that ball though, which was nice.
 
2009-05-21 10:03:01 AM  
I gave him a standing ovation from my living room.
 
2009-05-21 10:24:27 AM  
moogrum: I'm just happy nobody on the Phillies ever messed with steroids ever.

As a White Sox fan it pains me to say this, but I think you are wrong and Jim Thome might have touched some of the juice along the way
 
2009-05-21 10:31:04 AM  
AtticusFinchEsq: Was he WATCHING last night? At all? Does anyone know? Anyone that slow-moving to yank a 22 year old pitcher in clear distress should probably be looked at by a trained professional, by which I mean a coroner.

Hard to get a guy ready in the bullpen over the course of 6 pitches.
 
2009-05-21 10:33:25 AM  
RedEyedWings: AtticusFinchEsq: rbaron71: Dammit, I didn't want this to happen agains the league-leading Jays. Still, we've all been expecting them to swoon at some point. Hopefully they can pull one out tonight and keep the momentum going.

This depends on if Cito Gaston takes his Ambien before tonight's game as well.

Was he WATCHING last night? At all? Does anyone know? Anyone that slow-moving to yank a 22 year old pitcher in clear distress should probably be looked at by a trained professional, by which I mean a coroner.

That's always been Cito's MO though. He puts his guys in and then lets them go until they prove they CAN'T do it.

Same reason Ray and Cecil and Tallet are all still in the rotation despite Romero and Janssen being pretty much ready to go.

I'm just sad that we have to play this supposedly huge series, which everyone will then use to judge if the "Jays are for real" without a single start from Halladay. Boo.


Let's be honest, nobody's using Halladay as a barometer for whether the Jays are for real or not. Dude's money in the bank. It's the other guys on staff who will determine how competitive the Jays will be. Jury's still out there.
 
2009-05-21 10:38:29 AM  
Darling Clementine: I'm happy for him, and really want him to do well. But did you see his next at-bat? Swung through two horrible pitches, then watched a meatball down the middle of the plate for called strike three. He's gotta get his swing back, so I'm just hoping the HR wasn't a lucky fluke.

/crushed that ball though, which was nice.


Yeah but then he hit a double in the next at bat after that, so two well hit balls in one night bodes well.
 
2009-05-21 10:40:46 AM  
jaylectricity: Hard to get a guy ready in the bullpen over the course of 6 pitches.

You make a fair point, but it's not like it's never been done. The kid was laboring out there and it was obvious after the second dinger. Send out your pitching coach to stall a bit and then yank this kid before you turn him into Rick Ankiel: the Return.

I know that Eck beat it into the ground on NESN last night, but he's only 22 and got the fast-track up. An inning like that can really rip a kid up.
 
2009-05-21 11:26:01 AM  
AtticusFinchEsq: An inning like that can really rip a kid up.

Definitely...I saw the look on the kid's face. To say he looked dejected would be an understatement.
 
2009-05-21 12:28:52 PM  
stevie1der: Let's be honest, nobody's using Halladay as a barometer for whether the Jays are for real or not. Dude's money in the bank. It's the other guys on staff who will determine how competitive the Jays will be. Jury's still out there.

Small sample size aside, so far the Jays are 1-4 against the Yankees and Boston, with the one win coming from Halladay. They haven't played the Rays yet, but these are the teams they are going to need to beat over the course of the season.
 
2009-05-21 12:32:58 PM  
Nice, Jobu finally learned how to hit the curveball!
 
2009-05-21 12:44:53 PM  
THE PATH IS ALIVE
 
2009-05-21 12:46:27 PM  
Wise_Guy: Small sample size aside, so far the Jays are 1-4 against the Yankees and Boston, with the one win coming from Halladay. They haven't played the Rays yet, but these are the teams they are going to need to beat over the course of the season.

And you also make a great point: how many times have Boston and the Rays played? How many times have Boston and the Yanks played? I recognize that the O's were hot early, but the Jays' schedule so far hasn't been as tough as those for the 3 teams who typically compete for the lead in the AL East.

I love competition as much as the next guy, and I'm not saying anything to belittle the Jays, but I think they've got a lot of proving to do as we approach the second quarter of the season.
 
2009-05-21 12:54:23 PM  
AtticusFinchEsq: jaylectricity: Hard to get a guy ready in the bullpen over the course of 6 pitches.

You make a fair point, but it's not like it's never been done. The kid was laboring out there and it was obvious after the second dinger. Send out your pitching coach to stall a bit and then yank this kid before you turn him into Rick Ankiel: the Return.

I know that Eck beat it into the ground on NESN last night, but he's only 22 and got the fast-track up. An inning like that can really rip a kid up.


If that destroys a pitchers confidence you don't want him around, anyway.

Halladay holds the record for highest ERA in major league baseball in a season with at least 50 innings pitched (10 point something). He got over it. So will Cecil.
 
2009-05-21 01:02:12 PM  
hat....for bat
 
2009-05-21 01:06:10 PM  
bigmf: If that destroys a pitchers confidence you don't want him around, anyway.

Oh, sure, to be a world-class pitcher one has to have tougher skin (and a more stable brain) than that. Doesn't mean it isn't stupid to leave the kid out there and let him get shelled in one of his first outings.

Imagine the career Ankiel might've had if things had gone different? You can't baby them, but working with them during the rough patches is something a prudent manager would do. And by "prudent manager" I mean "not Cito Gaston."
 
2009-05-21 02:31:36 PM  
Great game, great game
 
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