The Yankees are playing for a split with the Royals. Who would have thunk that KC could extract such a high price? Some Yank had better hit something today, because a dinger from Russell Martin won't hunt. Phil Hughes is pitching. Confidence level: low.
Gotta love lounging on a lazy Sunday watching the games, watching other people go to work. Clay Buchholz has had a dismal season. He gets the start today with the hope of turning things around against Tommy Hunter and the Orioles. Comment away.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I know I am. Teeball was in the morning, 15lbs of pork shoulder just came out of the smoker after 15 hours for pulled pork tacos for the gerbil family and friends this evening. Mmm. Sox lost. Yes, a good day so far.
Hiroki Kuroda has pitched well his last two times on the mound. Felipe Paulino is coming off the DL and gets his first start of the season for the Royals.
Boston is leading Baltimore at Fenway, while the Yankees are knotted up with KC. Can't say I am too worked up over games right now, what with my Cinco De Mayo planning messing up my general malaise and all, but I hope you all enjoy the action.
For 17+ years Mariano Rivera has been as close to invincible as any pitcher to ever play the game. A perfect, seemingly effortless delivery producing devastatingly accurate pitches painting and stretching the corners of the strike zone with wicked late movement.
608 saves, 5 championships, and countless broken bats, dribblers, and bewildered hitters later, a fluke accident while shagging pre-game flies in Kansas City may have ended Mariano's sterling career before he was ready to hang 'em up.
Now is not the time for a tribute to Mariano. That time will come and it will be glorious (just consider - if he is done, he'll close out with a sub-1.000 career WHIP...only two other pitchers can claim that and their last pitches were thrown in 1910 and 1917 respectively). Besides, it may well be premature. As Jack Curry said in the post-game analysis, it's certinaly possible - perhaps even likely - that Mariano refuses to go out this way and decides to pitch again once his knee is healed.
But if indeed this is it...if we've seen him throw his last pitch without knowing we were watching his last pitch, then there is simply no other way to say it: