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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

McAnulty Called Up...

to replace Dave Roberts in centerfield, of course!

I don't know what this has to do with the Padres, but I read the most amazing thing EVER at David Pinto's "Baseball Musings today. The Yankees overcame a 10-2 deficit to defeat the Devil Rays by a score of 20-11 this week. But there is precedent for such a humiliating loss.

On May 7, 1999, the Devil Rays jumped on the Indians' Doc Gooden (did any of you forget he pitched for Cleveland?) for seven runs in 3.2 innings, and continued to pile it on, eventually leading, you guessed it, 10-2.

Bobby Witt was having his own problems, and the Indians made a game of it. Then they made a mockery of it, embarrassing Tampa to the tune of 20-11. Tampa Bay allowed 8, count 'em, EIGHT, unearned runs, compared to a mere 5 unearned runs allowed by Cleveland. This must have been a wonderful game to watch.

The notion of this happening to THE SAME FRANCHISE twice is at once mind-boggling and also so funny I could pee myself. The humor faded, however, when I saw that the National League Champion Padres defeated the Braves that day to improve their record to 11-17.

(Retrosheet rules, doesn't it?!?)


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