Sunday, August 13, 2006

O'Neill Catches Ball In Cap

From the baseball rulebook:

"A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove."

This tells me that if you've got the ball in your catcher's mask, and you touch the mask to the runner, he would be SAFE.

In the first inning of today's Dunbar game, Posada did this. And the umpire called the runner out at home. He'd been holding his mask when Wang fielded a grounder and tossed the ball to him. The ball ended up in the mask. Posada put his glove hand and his mask-hand in toward the runner. Then, with the ump behind him, he transferred the ball to his glove, held it up, and the guy makes the out call. (As a Stein-bonus, it appeared the guy's foot touched home before Jorge put the mask-with-ball-in-it on his body. Only in The Bronx.)

However, minutes after that play, on which Michael Kay bragged how well Wang fields his position, Wang botched an easy grounder, bobbling it twice before giving up. He gave up three in the first all told, and got out of it with a double play. Even when Wang is stinking, he can always get out of a jam with a DP. Very frustrating.

Sorry, I have to interrupt myself. Kay just took a shot at Sox fans that only we would even realize is a shot:

"Orlando Cabrera played for the 2004 champion Red Sox. Whenever he goes back there, he gets treated quite warmly. [After all], he played shortstop for a team that won the World Series when they hadn't won it for 86 years."

In other words, "and they don't treat Damon warmly when he did the same thing."

As if there's no difference between the two. Do I need to make the Dunbar analogy AGAIN for Kay? Jesus.

Another evil Kayism from earlier: He said that Abreu was having a "vitamin" hit streak: "One-a-day." Ha ha, really funny, dick. Anyway, he quickly checked his stats to find out that he was actually wrong, since Abreu had 17 hits over the 10-game hit streak. So Jim Kaat chimed in with, "Joe DiMaggio had a whole lot of those multiple vitamins." Okay. We weren't talking about multis, we were talking about one-a-days. Unless he was subtly correcting Kay. But he'd already corrected himself. Either way, Kay then sneaks in "Manny Ramirez is on a vitamin streak himself." Implying he also is getting one hit a day, hence a "cheaper" streak. Even though with the multi version and the one-a-day version, we've now established that they're ALL "vitamin streaks." Great job, guys.

Another inning, another rally-killing DP by Wang. 3-0 Angels in the scond. And on a ground ball base hit up the middle, Kay says, "Anoth ground ball that finds a hole," implying that it was a mere ground out that happened to not get fielded. Uh, Kay, it was a hard grounder. It got through. Base hit. Of your "ace if we say 'he's the ace' enough times," Wang.

Kay is the personification of evil.

Tim Mc Carver has NOTHING on this guy, Kay.

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