Joe Buck can’t hold tongue. Hamels doesn’t have it.
Posted by athomeatfenway on November 1, 2009
Happy Halloween. The night of costumes came to us with Game 3 of the 105th World Series wrapped inside it.
Speaking of costumes, there was a day in 1999 that I eschewed my Red Sox garb and went to Yankee Stadium dressed in UConn paraphernalia. Standing in the line for the tinkle room, New Yorkers extended congrats for UConn’s recent National Title. They paired knowing nods with arrogant, conceited sentiments like, “There’s nothing like a championship. We ought to know. We’ve got 26 of ‘em.”
Screw you, Yankee Fan. Bleeping bleepers.
It is nothing in particular and everything in general that makes me root against the Yankees. Thus, I settled into my couch, notepad in lap, on Oct. 31, 2009, to observe game 3, hoping against hope for my Yankee-hating peeps in Philly.
Top of 1st
With Jeter retired, and a 2-1 count on Damon, the “Yankees Suck !Yankees Suck !” chant breaks out in Citizens Bank Park. A sign of good things to come, I thought.
Bottom of 1st
With Rollins perched on 2nd and Pettitte facing Victorino, a new chant broke out: “You Use steroids ! You Use Steroids !”. Nicely done, Philly Fans.
End of 1: Hamels looks locked in. Pettitte wriggles out of a jam. 0-0.
Top of 2nd
Fox cheats America, showing a commercial instead of Cole Hamels plunking A-Rod. With Mr. Kate Hudson at first, Fox’s Joe Buck calls a balk on Hamels. The Umps do not agree. Shut up, Joe Buck.
Soon, Cano is batting and his batting glove moves take on an OCD-like quality. Pull, pull, pull, snappity, snappity, snap. Get the hell back in the box, dude. He strikes out, missing the ball by three feet.
They earn $201 Million, but they were as hapless as the Washington Nationals.
Bottom of 2nd
Jason Werth’s awkward, reaching half-swing on a 3-2 pitch catches the jet stream and lands 10 rows in front of Harry the K’s restaurant, about 20 rows past the left center wall. A 394 footer. Liberty 1, Evil 0.
Feliz then shows he too can reach awkwardly across the plate and make contact, doubling to right. And Ruiz walks. Then Cole Hamels, who batted .148 this season, drops a perfect BUNT in an impossible place for a single to load the bases. Joy spreads across New England as Jimmy Rollins strides to the plate. It’s looking bad for Big Andy. He walks Rollins, gifting him an RBI. Then, after getting ahead 0-2 to Victorino, Pettitte forgets how to keep it out of the strike zone and the Flyin’ Hawaiian strokes a sac fly to center.
End of 2: Hamel looks solid. Pettitte melts down. Phillies 3, NYY 0.
Top of 3rd:
It just can’t be more efficient. Jeter makes Hamel throw him 6 pitches to get a line out, but Cabrera and Pettitte only require 3 total pitches combined to be retired.
Bottom of 3rd
Ryan Howard K’s for the 8th time in 11 WS at bats. Werth and Ibanez give it a ride, but Andrew Eugene Pettitte has a 1-2-3 inning.
Somewhere Susan Waldman is saying Andy looks just like Sandy Koufax.
End of 3: Crisp, exciting pitching. Keep it going and we’ll all be in bed at 10:30, dreaming happy Phillie dreams. Good guys lead, 3-0.
Top of 4th
Damon, batting .125 and looking every bit of 36 now, lifts a weak fly to RF. They are going down like lambs. Then, after Tex waves at a 1-1 pitch, Joe Buck announces that Hamel hasn’t allowed a hit. It’s Top of the Fourth and the Fox play-by-play man strikes the first drum beat for a nationally televised no-hitter, breaking all the rules of Baseball mojo !!!! The Baseball Gods react quickly to the Buck boondoggle. Teixeira walks on a pitch that looks like a strike out on replay. A-Rod doubles. No, wait, the ball hit a TV camera on the Right Field wall. The play is under review as “Yankees Suck !” begins anew. Whoops. The Umps reverse their original call; it’s a 2 run HR.
Screw you, Joe Buck. Keep your mouth shut next time.
Bottom of 4th
Pettitte comes out sharp, getting ahead of Feliz 1-2, inducing a grounder to 3rd. But A-Rod then shows why his zone rating is below average, throwing wildly. E-5. Runner at first. Was the Curse of A Rod setting the stage for a Phil’s rally ? Nope. A grounder, a sac bunt, and a soft fly to RF later, and no damage is done.
End of 4: Bad things happen to good people. (Non-Yankees.) Phils 3, Yankees 2.
Top of 5th
When Hamels can’t get Swisher to swing at two crap pitches on 0-2, the Son of Steve lined a double to left. Hamels then gets 0-2 on Cabrera, and K’s him on a change in the dirt. With one out and a man at second, Pettitte steps into the box for an easy out via the Cole Hamel express. But wait, Hamels declines the heater and tosses a curve that Andy times for a solid single to CF. Swisher then beats Victorino’s throw to the plate. On the very next pitch, the first pitch to Jeter, the Yankee captain flairs a safety to almost the exact same spot in CF that Pettitte reached. Two on, one out, and Damon, now batting .111, neatly lines an 0-1 pitch to the gap in RF for a 2 RBI double.
Suddenly, the Phillies’ clear advantage in pitching evaporates.
Tex walks. Hamels yields to Happ. Arod lines out. Posada pops out. The damage is done.
Bottom of 5th
As Pettitte gets Victorino to line out to CF, I realize that with two consecutive World Series appearances Shane Victorino has become as recognizable to me as the mailman.
October is now a Philadelphia thing.
Pettitte retires Utley, 3-1, busting his bulk up the line to nip the fleet Phillie. Howard pops weakly to Jeter to end it.
End of 5: How quickly things change. Yankees 5-3.
Top of 6th
After registering one out, Happ allows a moonshot to Swisher. Yankees, 6 – 3.
I cheerily recalled how in April I had seen the Phils win 13-11 in the only game I ever attended in Philly. The Phils came from behind four times, over coming 5 homers by the Nats. No lead is safe in Citizens Bank Park.
Middle of the 6th
And on that happy note, I retired for the evening after 36 outs, in the middle of the 6th, with New York ahead by 3 runs.
I had a lot planned for Sunday morning.
It was 11:24 pm, EST.
I would arise to the bad news. Yankees win. Y-A-N-K-E-E-S win.
But I won’t let one win bother me. They won have 112 games in 2009.
I’m OK if they win one more.
But only one more.
My ultimate prize this year is to see the stuffed shirts in the boroughs denied the right to crow about a 28th Championship like it was their birthright.