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I still think that's a great nickname for Justin Miller, tonight's starter, if for no other reason then that it pays fitting homage to the wonderful Ray Bradbury. But I understand "Tatu" is getting a lot of support from Fantasy Island fans hereabouts. I'll continue to plug my nickname, but it might be worth taking a closer look behind the body art and examine whether Miller's hot start to 2004 can be expected to continue.

Here's Miller's pitching record since 2000, when he was acquired by the Oakland organization:

2000 AA Midland (23): 5-4, 4.55, 18 GS, 87 IP, 74 H, 41 BB, 82 K
2000 AAA Sacramento (23): 4-1, 2.47, 9 GS, 54 IP, 42 H, 13 BB, 34 K

2001 AAA Sacramento (24): 7-10, 4.75, 28 GS, 165 IP, 174 H, 64 BB, 134 K

2002 AAA Syracuse (25): 3-2, 1.61, 8 GS, 44 IP, 34 H, 16 BB, 29 K
2002 MLB Toronto (25): 9-5, 5.54, 25 G, 18 GS, 102 IP, 103 H, 66 BB, 68 K

2004 AAA Syrcause (27): 1-0, 2.16, 3 GS, 16 IP, 16 H, 4 BB, 21 K
2004 MLB Toronto (27): 1-0, 3.00, 18 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 15 K

Miller was reportedly pitching hurt for part of the 2001 season, and the PCL isn't a very pitcher-friendly circuit, so his fine K/BB numbers are even more impressive. In fact, everywhere he's pitched except Toronto in 2002, he's struck out twice the batters he's walked, and not since Midland has he walked a batter less than every couple of innings. But not since Midland has Miller's K/IP approached 1/1 either, and that's what he's been doing in his brief but sterling performance in 2004. So while Miller's success thus far isn't a fluke and does have precedent, it probably won't remain this good. But still, there are exceptions. Miller's always had a dynamite arm (he was a 5th-round draft pick of the Rockies in 1997), and his natural stuff is electric. The folks at Baseball Prospectus like to describe some talented but scuffling pitching prospects as "one walk per nine innings away from greatness." Youneverknow.

It's not often that a pitching matchup with the Red Sox skews to Toronto's benefit, but that might be the case tonight. Derek Lowe is on a skid: he's allowed 15 hits and 13 runs in his last 10 2/3 innings, ballooning his ERA up to 5.01. His history at Skydome is even worse: perhaps because of the turf, this groundballer's career ERA at the Dome is 6.75 in 21 appearances.

After their 12-6 victory last night, the Blue Jays ought to smell blood: the Red Sox bullpen should be tired, and if the Jays batters can knock out Lowe early, Boston has relatively short-stint starters coming up on the weekend in Bronson Arroyo and Pedro Martinez. The Jays can't afford to keep stranding runners; if they cash in on their chances at even an average rate, and continue to get admirable starting pitching throughout this series, then they could deliver a clear message to the BoSox and the rest of the American League: we're not done yet.
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Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#65496) #
It's really simple with Miller. His stuff is good enough; he strikes out enough hitters. His home run rate has always been OK. It comes down to control. If it's good, 2-2.5 walks/9IP, he's a great pitcher. If it's average, 3-3.5/9IP, he's a good pitcher. If it's over 4, he's just another pitcher with troubles. Tonight against Boston is a good test for him.
_my names not st - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#65497) #
I like the nickname Gideon, Seems like a lot of nicknames popping up lately, I still like the CatDog analogy, and the theme song would be a new touch. Here's hoping the illustrated man shows a work of art tonite.
_Cristian - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#65498) #
I hope it's Tattoo that's catching on and not Tatu. Unless of course the nickname is meant to insinuate that Justin Miller is a pair of lesbian pop stars from Russia.
_David Armitage - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:04 PM EDT (#65499) #
Pond gets the start in RF for the Jays tonight, hitting 7th.
_Andrew Edwards - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:29 PM EDT (#65500) #
a pair of lesbian pop stars from Russia

I think you mean "lesbian".

In the same way that drunken, desperate sophmores making out with their friends to try to convince guys to hit on them are lesbian.
_Gwyn - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:32 PM EDT (#65501) #
In the same way that drunken, desperate sophmores making out with their friends to try to convince guys to hit on them are lesbian.

I must have been to the wrong schools.
_Mick - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#65502) #
Cristian, I was going to point out the same Tattoo homonym, but prefer to think it might refer to Tatu, the indoor soccer great.
_Cristian - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:38 PM EDT (#65503) #
Andrew, I did mean "lesbians". However my initial comment was flippant enough that I thought the quotation marks would be overkill.
_Jordan - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#65504) #
Justin Miller is a pair of lesbian pop stars from Russia

See, you just can't get this kind of Blue Jays coverage anywhere else.
Craig B - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#65505) #
In the same way that drunken, desperate sophmores making out with their friends to try to convince guys to hit on them are lesbian.

There's just no need for this. Drunken, desperate sophomores need only come to Da Box for a full and impartial hearing. I know of dozens of (other) doughty males here who will be only too pleased to hit on them.

Is this some sort of news? :)
_Dr. Zarco - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#65506) #
Gameday says the roof is closed. Is this true? I thought the weather was pretty nice again...
Craig B - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:49 PM EDT (#65507) #
Gameday is incorrect. I can see the roof from here, it's open.
_Dr. Zarco - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:50 PM EDT (#65508) #
Ahh, thanks Craig, glad to hear it. Pretty sweet place to work, having a nice view of the Dome!
_my names not st - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:55 PM EDT (#65509) #
and to think, i came here because of the educated posters, what a bonus to find several comments arguing lesbianism, man i love this place. :)
Pistol - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:04 PM EDT (#65510) #
Craig reports that the roof is closing as we speak.
_Jonny German - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:11 PM EDT (#65511) #
Jerry Howarth reports Simon Pond is expected to start 9 of the next 10 games. I echo Craig's analysis: Wow. I also wish I had a spot for him on my BBFL roster... lousy injuries...
_Jonny German - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#65512) #
In other news, Damon hits a single on the first pitch of the game and Bellhorn follows with a walk. Cookie Monster at the plate.
_Rob C - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#65513) #
Can someone explain the point of the balk rule in this day and age? I mean, seriously, Miller moved about a half-inch. I don't think I can remember any balk I've ever seen in which there was any danger of baserunners getting tricked.
_Ryan Lind - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:21 PM EDT (#65514) #
I agree completely. The balk call needs to be revised so that it's only called when a pitcher is clearly trying to be deceptive.

IMO, anyway.
_Gwyn - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:26 PM EDT (#65515) #
Having O-Dog in the BBFL is a good thing.
_StephenT - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:28 PM EDT (#65516) #
The WSBK broadcast has an orange tone to it, like they're playing by torch light. (The colour on Sportsnet is normal.)
_Mick - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:37 PM EDT (#65517) #
(other) doughty males

Craig, you spelled my last name wrong. It's d-o-h-e-r-t-y, though the doughty family name comes from the same Irish clan, O'Docartaigh.
Joe - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#65518) #
The Cheer Club, complete with drum, is clearly, loudly audible on the Sportsnet broadcast. Good show!
_StephenT - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:44 PM EDT (#65519) #
Bill James has suggested dropping the balk rule, but if a pitcher throws to a base and the runner gets back safely, the runner gets to move up a base. This would eliminate a lot of throws to first base (currently there is no limit on those). As I understand it, this change would make it okay to fake a throw to a base (which you sometimes see now except the pitcher has to step off the rubber first). And a pitcher could also fake a pitch home, spin, and try to pick off a runner. Overall, I think a baserunner could take a bigger lead, but would find it harder to get a big jump.
_Chris B. - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#65520) #
C'mon Jmill, no walks!!! Keep throwing that devestating slider on 2 strike counts.
_Jonny German - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#65521) #
Gwyn, you're a filthy dog. No more BBFL tips from me.
_Gwyn - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:07 PM EDT (#65522) #
Jonny - Great minds think alike! As soon as I heard the nine starts thing I was logging in.
_Gwyn - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:08 PM EDT (#65523) #
Although it's true I am a filthy dog.
_Jonny German - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#65524) #
Of course you are. I'll forgive you this one provided you hang on to Pond all season. The chances of the Mashers meeting Glyndwr again this year are minimal - I expect to be fighting to avoid relegation, nevermind making the playoffs.
_NDG - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#65525) #
Today was a good day not to start Gil Meche.
Joe - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#65526) #
THE HAMMER has just appeared on Sportsnet; Hinske, you know what your job is.
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#65527) #
They just showed the Cheer Club banging their big black drum. Yee Hooo
_Ron Fields - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#65528) #
What's with the Clowns in the 5th deck with the drum?
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#65529) #
They just showed the Cheer Club banging their big black drum. Yee Hooo
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:55 PM EDT (#65530) #
Whoops, double post but well worth it. You guys are becoming more famous than Amos. Woo hoo
_David S. - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:55 PM EDT (#65531) #
_Ron Fields - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:56 PM EDT (#65532) #
What's with the Clowns in the 5th deck with the drum?
_Ron Fields - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:56 PM EDT (#65533) #
What's with the Clowns in the 5th deck with the drum?
_David S. - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#65534) #
Funny how the Jays have picked it up since the drum was shown...even Pond is on base!!!
_Ron Fields - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#65535) #
What's with the Clowns in the 5th deck with the drum?
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#65536) #
Faulds just said, "beating the drum for the Blue Jays" and it was coming in loud and clear. What did you guys do during the Hinske steal and the Pond walk in the fifth. Relief drummer. Now an error and the run scores tie game. Yeah Hank, I'm starting to believe in your mystical optimisim.
_David S. - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#65537) #
Forget the Rally Monkey...The 516 DRUM RULES!!!
_Ron Fields - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#65538) #
What's with the Clowns in the 5th deck with the drum?
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#65539) #
"and the drum line continues to hammer away on the fith deck" says Faulds. Hit batter bases loaded. Come on one more run and make a winner outta Miller. WhooaaaH.

Lowe out!!
Joe - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#65540) #
I just had to restrain myself from screaming "OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH" at the screen.

Ok Ron, we get it.
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#65541) #
Com'on O-Dog Com'on
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:06 PM EDT (#65542) #
Great job from the 26th men out in 518!
_David S. - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#65543) #
Finally a 3-up, 3-down by a left-handed reliever
_mathesond - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#65544) #
I'm sure something else could have gone wrong this inning, but it's difficult to imagine what
_Ryan Lind - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#65545) #

This is just wow.

Thank you Reese for the free out.
_Fawaz K - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#65546) #
And this guy was supposed to be the bullpen saviour? His numbers are just fine, but he's played badly in just about every tight game.
_Fawaz K - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:37 PM EDT (#65547) #
What are the chances that Boston's Bullpen stinks 2 nights in a row? Somebody toss something smelly into their bullpen...
_Cristian - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#65548) #
I agree Fawaz. I checked Ligtenberg's game log after this inning and apparently he's been having a decent season so far. However, I can't shake my subjective feeling that Ligtenberg has been horrible in every tough spot this year. I cringed when I saw him take the mound.
_Ryan Lind - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#65549) #
I'm sure something else could have gone wrong this inning, but it's difficult to imagine what

At least nobody got injured...
_Fawaz K - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:52 PM EDT (#65550) #
Well, the Jays turned it around last season after a massive comeback against KC...OK, I'm reaching.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#65551) #
Bullpen woes were the order of the day in the minor league system too. Every single one of the affiliates were ahead or tied when the starter left, but nary a win.
_Mike in CT - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 09:54 PM EDT (#65552) #
It doesn't seem like we have anyone in the bullpen with the intestinal fortitude to pitch in tight spots. They look fine when games are out of hand but that's a not true indication of how effective a reliever is. Once again it appears we do not have a major league quality relief staff and it costing us game after game after game. It will be a long season with this crew.
_Ryan Lind - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:00 PM EDT (#65553) #
I'm more upset with the bats to be honest. Yesterday they blew a ton of chances early to get to Schilling, including bases loaded, runner on 3rd with no out, etc. I realize they scored 12 runs, but that was more because of the terrible defense that the Sox played I thought. O-Dog and Cat were awesome though of course.

This game, well, once again it seems they're taking advantage thanks to mistakes and miscues more than anything. It kinda sucked watching Delgado drive another ball to the track and settling for a sac fly. Sac flies are nice, but damn...

And that's another thing, is it just me, or is the team not hitting nearly as many HRs as they were last year? Hmm...: They are ninth in the league in TB's though.

Boston's bringing in Foulke with a 6 run lead. That's just mean.
_Fawaz K - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#65554) #
If it's any consolation, I don't think this one was Tosca's fault (I still think he's cost the Jays more games than anyone else...)
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:14 PM EDT (#65555) #
I cannot disagree more vociferously in the assertion that the bullpen is crap. Last year it was crap, no it was worse than crap but then they really didn't have a reliever who was historically decent. This season they have a pen full of decent veterans and youngsters. Cripes if I am anyone, I am the Anti-Hank in terms of blind faith. Yes there is no closer. No one probably argued in this space louder or more beligerently than me last season and the off season, but lets just get over it now and not just point at the middle relievers. You have to look alot farther up than that and examine the budget that does not allow for the steely nerved ninth inning man.

Ligtenberg, Spier and Adams are all pitchers who would make virually any big league club. Nakamura and Frasor have pitched well, within their roles and perhaps limtations.

Statistically this pen is going to perform over the course of the season, garaunteed. The starters are rounding into fine form, Vernon who some wanted to bench is raising his game quickly to historical levels, Delgado will come back too. Gotta relax a little. This is a decent team and should challange for third in the devision.

Hows that Named for Hank? Now I gotta get my ritolyn.
_Nicholas - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:24 PM EDT (#65556) #
Look at Boston's pen from this year to last. Almost all the same names, plus Foulke. They are much better this year. I believe you build a pen from the closer. If you don't have one go-to-guy your pen's in trouble...
_Lefty - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:32 PM EDT (#65557) #
Yeah Nicholas, I agree with you %100. This notion of committee is not condusive to stability. Especially when the manager is playing around with roles so much. What must Frasor be thinking now. He's rightfully well thought of and one slip-up and he yesterdays man.

But to fair Bostons bullpen excelled down the stretch last year particularly after they aquired Williamson. Not to mention Kim, which i think further illustrates your point.
_Fawaz K - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#65558) #
I understand that you can't put it all on the middle relievers, but the problem isn't restricted to closing games out; this bullpen is terrible with inherited runners. There have been a few times where Tosca's left the starter in to put somebody on base when he should have pulled him between innings, but shouldn't a major league pitcher be able to work from the stretch?
Craig B - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 11:18 PM EDT (#65559) #
So instead of watching or listening to the game tonight (I heard the first couple of innings on the radio on the way home), since Jay went to bed early tonight Sonya and I decided to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1, which we'd had sitting on the shelf for a month without watching and which I'd been dying to see for a year.

Let me assure you... 9-3 loss, or no 9-3 loss, you all had a much better time than I did. What a piece of crap.
_Mike in CT - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 11:25 PM EDT (#65560) #
Props to the Cheer Club!! The Canadian Press game story tonight said, "Best heckle of the night: A group of Jays fans pounded on a drum and chanted: "Aaron Boone." That's great! I wish I could be up there to join you guys. If my plan to move to Toronto next year works out, I'll be there every game. Let's hope the immigration department approves my application for permanent residency.

Go Jays Go!!
_gid - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 11:51 PM EDT (#65561) #
In the Jays' inning where they scored, that Wells double was pretty close.. Damon might have caught it. Vernon probably would have caught it if he was playing out there. After the play, it sort of looked like Damon was asking Vernon (who was then standing on second) how he was supposed to play that ball, and Vernon was gesturing to him, "a little over to the left" or someting like that.

Anyway, after Delgado hit that deep sac fly to score Cat and move Vernon over to third, on I think the very next pitch Lowe nails Phelps. Intentional or not? The crowd sure jumped on Lowe. In any case, it did come back to haunt Lowe, because Hinske replaced Phelps at first and eventually came around to score. The box score says 4 total HBP, and there were also a couple close brush-backs. So, things could get ugly in the next couple games.
_MatO - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:04 AM EDT (#65562) #
Miller pitched even better than it shows. He got screwed on a 3-2 pitch to Bellhorn in the first that should have been a strike-em-out throw-em-out double play with Damon running and out by a mile but the pitch was called ball 4. The ump was all over the place the whole game.
_Lefty - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:12 AM EDT (#65563) #
Yeah I thought The Illustrated Man pitched pretty well too, though it looked like he was starting to run out of steam. I'm glad C.T. pulled him oout in the sixth. Lets not forget the man missed a yr. of baseball and will likely have a few issues along the way. But man he looks like a great five starter. I won't be dumping him off my roto team yet.
_Lefty - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:14 AM EDT (#65564) #
Oh yeah, Mike in CT. You can always hope the Bush Administration reinvokes the draft. If you get called up you would likely qualify as a refugee, Gitz too.
_S.K. - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:21 AM EDT (#65565) #
On the bullpen issue: BP's Reliever Reports rank the Jays bullpen as the 12th-best in baseball with 8.9 Adjusted Runs Prevented. Individually, Frasor shows up as outstanding, and Adams has been excellent as well. The only ones below average are DeLosSantos (barely down at -0.8), and Kershner (-4.0) and Lopez (-5.1). None of those three are playing big roles, really. I'm not worried about the pen.
_S.K. - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:23 AM EDT (#65566) #
Sorry, COMN in the above post for all the Reliever info at BP.
_Jobu - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:39 AM EDT (#65567) #
Just got in from the game, needless to say one of the best i've ever attended despite the score. I cant believe how much props the drum got on radio and the fact that THE HAMMER was all over the jumbotron and apparently the TV TOO!!! I was honoured to be given control of the drum for an inning or two while BD went to heckle some Boston fans.

We were approached several times by Blue Jays personel praising us for our enthusiasm, they told us specificaly they were going to cut to us on the Jumbotron to lead a cheer and we did. We really got the place going till the blow out started. The recognition we got was nuts. I still feel the reverb in my hands from pounding those skins. If only THE HAMMER came through.

Aside from the Aaron Boone chant, which we only used once, we had alot of fun with the "NINE-TEEN EIGHT-TEEN" chant. The chant even worked as I was walking back to the subway with my headphones on and small pockets of foriegners burst into "LETS GO RED SOX" chants, and I was amazed that all it took was one loud "NINE-TEEN EIGHT-TEEN" to shut them up.

If i missed anything, im sure BD will recap. Alas, I can not be at the game Saturday, but I will definatly be there Sunday. BD COMN to email me if you do wind up leaving the drum in the care of the skydome and i'll put it too good use with whatever cheer club we bring out on Sunday.
_Cristian - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:45 AM EDT (#65568) #
I caught the drum on TV. Congratulations guys. Can I make one suggestion? You guys need a Cheer Club banner on the facing of the upper deck. It wouldn't hurt to get some name recognition. Hopefully, it'll swell your ranks as well. I'd join but I'm marooned in Deadmonton. Oh well, once the Trappers leave town after this season I'll have no choice but to join you guys in Toronto.
_Jobu - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 01:06 AM EDT (#65569) #
Holy Crap... we WERE mentioned by the Canadian Press. This drum is freakin me out now. Cant believe I have to miss tomorrow's game!!! Hopefully something will happen to allow the drum to be present at Sunday's game which should have a great turn out. Cheer Club wise and regular.
Thomas - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 01:38 AM EDT (#65570) #
Just a further update on the drum.

There were about 5 of us out in the outfield in 103 for a while, but we were stuck at the back of the section. With the overhang the noise really echoes aad there was a group of old people nearby who yelled at us to be quiet and complained to the usher. It was really only two or three people, but we had to tone it down. That may have been why you didn't hear us for a while, if that was the case. We had some chants going at a noisy section of Bostonians, chanting "1918" and "Aaron Boone." I liked the Boone chant and I thought it would be a good second option to the classic "Nine-teen Eight-teen", but I'm suprised to see it merited a mention in the press.

Anyhow, the Blue Jays people came by and praised our effort, but said we had to be respectful of others and so forth. They tried to accomodate us in a different section, but for some reason even the nearly empty 200s were no good, nor were the tops of sections like 113 or 130. So we headed up to the 500s and that's were you may have seen us the rest of the time. We were on the Jumbotron a couple of times, and it sounds like we were on TV, or at least the drum was mentioned.

The Jays personel were quite enthusiastic about the whole thing, but I think they are wary about us being in the lower levels, and would prefer the 500s.

Regardless, BD and I will be there tomorrow in 515/518 area, and anyone who wants to come is welcome. Sunday is a question mark, but I hope to have something arranged.
_Jobu - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 01:48 AM EDT (#65571) #
Thats cool, keep me informed about Sunday if you guys can.

While I understand your preferance to sit low, I must confess Im quite glad you guys came up and intend to do that for the near future. I have the STARPASS and so do my friends who I sometimes forceably drag to games so I really couldn't justify spending 25 for 100's when I have the magic card in my pocket.

Plus the 500's seem alot more receptive, alot more space to do our thing, better away fans too. Bleachers just seem like the natural home of wacko fans with a big ass drum.

Here's to hoping the 500's remain the way to go, and to hoping the Jays allow us to store the drum there somewhere so BD, or myself, or whoever is there can get some cheers going if the others are killed in the line of duty.... or unable to make it to the game. Either or.
_Lefty - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 02:12 AM EDT (#65572) #
Yup you guys were on TV, fifth inning I think. It looked like about nine people. I take it Named for Hank wasn't there by the sounds of it. Too bad if thats the case. I suggest if you cheer Aaron Boone on Saturday you drop the Boone and think of Hank if absent tomorrow.

Congrats, you all are now offically "a movement".
_Matt - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 02:38 AM EDT (#65573) #
yeah awesome!!! I saw that on the broadcast too... I remember someone wearing an orange and black polo or something... That looks like fun.. I'll have to join you guys in september when I get back to t.o.....

An MLB team has to be earned ilike they're not doing in mtl... and this is how it is done... well played gentlemen....

During the Lilly start vs the sox a few wks ago v Wakefield, I yelled 'Theodore Roosevelt is my favourite president!!!!' and noone seemed to get it!!!
_Matt - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 05:08 AM EDT (#65574) #
On another unrelated note... I just finally finally finished moneyball (excluding the afterword) and I've noticed that A's farmhand catcher Jeremy Brown is struggling horribly this year (sub 200 avg and a 10/20 bb/k)... in addition to which, he hasn't even gotten the nod in AA midland for the last 3 games... what gives??? Is he not actually as good as Lewis claims he is???

AWESOME AWESOME book tho (thats news).... a solid candidate to be read twice...
_Matthew E - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#65575) #
I was at last night's game, in 523. Surrounded by Red Sox fans. There was one guy behind us who was loudly and constantly urging on the Sox players - nothing wrong with that, of course; more power to him - but he had no repertoire. Every time a Boston batter would take a pitch for a ball, he'd shout, "Good eye!" Every. Time.
_Jacko - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#65577) #

Ligtenberg is a bigger problem than is being stated. A desperation signing when Worrell went to the Phils, his whip is awful and was bad before last nite. I'll bet the team would love to unload that 2.5 for next year they owe him. With very little disposable salary room givent the raises do and other budget issues, 2.5 for a guy who can't get lefties out at all is way out of proportion.

The only way to move him is to get him to produce respectable numbers. If that means a lot of short 2 or 3 batter appearances, then so be it.
_Brent - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#65578) #
I decided to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1, which we'd had sitting on the shelf for a month without watching and which I'd been dying to see for a year.

After spending most of my youth watching horribly cheesy kung-fu and gore flicks, watching anything similar on the big screen got me excited. The first volume, in my opinion, was stylized and cheesy. The second borrows from a completely different set of movie genres. If you are a fan of old spaghetti westerns, you might want to see the second movie. But, alas, it is still Tarantino.
_S.K. - Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#65579) #
Loved both Kill Bills. The climactic meeting at the end made me giddy.
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