The Maytag Repairmen of 2009

Well there have been exciting games played in this post season, but the series themselves have been pretty decisive.

How bad is it getting?

I am asking “I wonder which players haven’t gotten a chance to play in the 2009 postseason?”

I’m now paying attention to who hasn’t gotten in yet, and as a former bench warmer, I am rooting for each active player of each team currently playing in the League Championship to get into at least one post season game.

Tonight, the Yankees brought in their last remaining player, Chad Gaudin, to throw the last inning of the blow out in Anaheim.

And with the Angels losing 10-1, I would ask Mike Scioscia “You couldn’t bring in Bobby Wilson for one at bat? Or Robb Quinlan to take a cut? Were you expecting a big rally?”

So, because there is little else to wonder about the LCS (I really hope you weren’t expecting a “Freeway Series”) let’s list which players haven’t busted a box score this post season who still could.

BRAD AUSMUS – Dodgers backup Catcher.

A long time Astro, Brad appeared in the 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 post seasons in Houston including the ’05 World Series.

PAUL BAKO – Phillies backup Catcher

A former Brave and personal catcher to Greg Maddux (who just HATED pitching to Javy Lopez), Bako appeared in the 2000 and 2001 playoffs with the Braves and later in 2003 with the ill fated Chicago Cubs.

ROBB QUINLAN – Angels pinch hitter

The perennial prospect played in the 2005 and 2007 playoffs with the Angels.

BOBBY WILSON – Angels reserve catcher.

He has 19 games of big league experience total over two season under his belt. And with Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli already on the roster, playing time is scarce for him.

Plus as a 26 year old rookie, he probably isn’t going to be a big league star.

He has no post season experience… and now I want him to play just once.

So if the results of the LCS are no longer suspenseful, at least we can hope everyone gets to play.

And then of course go out for pizza afterwards.

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There are now no longer any valid reasons AGAINST instant replay

None.

Zilch.

Don’t even bother writing a comment because you are wrong. It has moved beyond opinion… it has entered the world of fact.

Tim McClelland was standing right THERE and saw what we all saw with out bare eyes… Mike Napoli tagged Robbie Cano and Jorge Posada and neither were standing on the bag.

It looked that way in regular speed.
It looked that way from a high and awkward camera angle.
And guess what? The replay showed it… WHILE THE MANAGER WAS STILL ON THE FIELD ARGUING.

So there goes the whole “it will slow down the game” argument. NOT having instant replay slowed down the game.

And the call was wrong.
Now did it cost the Angels the game? No… they were already down 5-0 to Sabathia and they lost 10-1.

But as I argued in my 1987 World Series post about instant replay, a game is the sum total of all the plays. And alter one play here or there could have a great impact on the later parts of the game. And shouldn’t there be as few blown calls to mess up that sum total of plays?

In 1987, there were 3 blown calls in Game 7 of the World Series… a game that ended with a close 4-2 final score. Who knows how the game could have unfolded differently if the calls were made correctly.

Yeah two years earlier, Don Denkinger didn’t cause the Cardinals to let up the two runs in the 9th of Game 6 and he didn’t let up 11 runs in Game 7… but his rancid call and the inability to correct it disrupted the sum of the plays.

Maybe the Royals score two… maybe they don’t. But why is it left to human error?

This post season we’ve seen the Tigers denied a go ahead run in an extra inning winner take all playoff game that they would lose…

A series of blown calls at first base in the Red Sox/Angels series…

The Twins denied an extra inning lead off double in a game they would lose…

The Phillies catching a break when a batted ball hit Chase Utley and should have been called foul was called fair and sparked a game winning 9th inning rally.

And now a call that would get a little league umpire fired.

It’s going to happen in the World Series folks… there will be a new Denkinger… or maybe a Todd Tichenor who is eager to put his own stamp on the series.

The solution is so easy. Have another umpire in the booth and if a big call is missed, the video ump can call down to the crew chief and say “Hey… you missed it…and nobody will remember you missed it.”

It will be an ump, not Jack Buck, Chip Carey or some other son of an actually talented broadcaster who will be making the call.

And that ump will be in the umpire union! Hey! A new job!

And during the 30 second huddle, the TV station can run a beer ad!

See, it pays for itself. And we get to see fewer blown calls.

Isn’t it better to take those 30 seconds (and it never takes that long) to prevent us from EVER knowing the name of an Umpire ever again?

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I am fascinated by Saturn’s moon Titan

I am currently hooked on the History program The Universe.

The episode I am watching tonight is covering Titan, the 6th moon orbiting Saturn. It has a thick atmosphere that is more dense than Earth’s. And it has lakes and oceans that resemble Earth… only the lakes are not filled with water but liquid methane, crashing against a shore made of solid ice.

The weather on Titan is intense with rainstorms that help create giant lakes and rivers. And because it is a moon of Saturn, it orbits the sun at a much slower rate. Each season lasts 7 years as it takes 30 Earth years to revolve around the sun once.

Perhaps life can form on Titan. Not life that could sustain on Earth, but perhaps life that evolves not with water as its source but methane.

It is an enlightening program… one that sparks thought… one that presents the wonders of the solar system in a comprehensible and yet mind boggling manner.

And I wouldn’t have learned ANY of that had I been watching the Angels being massacred by the Yankees tonight.

I knew by the 4th inning this game (and series) was over.

And during that 4th inning, I had no clue about the oceans of Titan.

Now I do.

And so do you.

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