Revvin Up The Rivalry
1:20am Wow, that ended up being a really weird kind of night, didn’t it? Ken and I were only half-joking during commercial break of the postgame when we said it felt like we were doing breaking news on CNN…Bruney’s elbow barking, Ransom’s quad landing him on the DL, requiring one undecided roster move, while Wang being DL’d required another (David Robertson coming up Saturday, at least for a day or two). All that depth when the Yankees broke camp seems to have evaporated into thin air, doesn’t it?
As for Mo, the point I tried to make with the guys in the booth on the postgame, which came out like “pajoesj flfjvhoiu fjefjdoif jdsli;fj foofoo” when I said it (I’m quite the wordsmith), is that on one hand, Mo’s blown save is understandable…he can’t always be perfect. On the other hand, it’s hard to just shrug your shoulders at it given the intensity of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry…Mo is really a victim sometimes of his own greatness…there are worse things in life, though, than to be considered lock-down, fail-safe great, right? Let’s just all raise a glass to Mo and look forward to Burnett vs. Beckett Saturday. As Singy said, there are still 17 meetings between the 2 teams this season.
PS Enjoy the sunshine and the weekend!
9:00pm An Italian food update for you on 2 fronts…first of all, with Ken in studio, we ordered out…a little Spazzio’s…Kenny went with the Insalata Caprese to start (and he pronounced it in perfect Italian), and a chunk o’ lasagna the size of yer head for his entree. I went Broccoli Rabe with Sausage for an app, Penne Alla Vodka after that. Now, here’s the other thing… Kenny makes pretty good spaghetti. Know how I know this? While sitting in my office, post-meal, watching the game, Ken asked me if I had read his wife’s blog…huh?! Where’s her blog, I ask. At yesnetwork.com…check out the blog section. So I point and click, and lo and behold, there it is…”Mrs. Singy”…turns out Ken’s wife Suzanne is quite the accomplished writer! And she’s already written a few blog entries…the first mused about the renewal of spring baseball and Ken heading off to Tampa. That’s where I learned about his ability to make spaghetti, along with a variety of other domestic talents. So I asked Kenny, the former switch-hitter extraordinaire, if he could flip flapjacks with both his left and right hands…Nope, just left-handed. But I’ll bet they’re delicious!
Strap yourselves in! For the next three days, it’s Yankees-Red Sox…first showdown of the season. And for this night…the Friday night opener…hang on extra tight to something, because Ken Singleton is in the hizzouse! (That’s about as “hip” as I can get without actually breaking my hip).
I always love it when Kenny’s in the studio. Last year, he made his first trip here and I was blown away how easily he picked up the highlights and video on the monitors and talked about what we were seeing…not that I didn’t expect greatness from him, but here’s the hook…After Ken’s playing days were over, he was a sports anchor for one of the local Baltimore TV stations! So, OF COURSE he knew how to segue right from being on camera to picking up the video highlights! I think I can learn a thing or three from him…but hitting from the right side of the plate will not be one of them! I’m a lefty all the way (here’s where I would normally brag about my lifetime .340 batting average, if it weren’t really, like, .218). I do, however, golf right-handed. That’s because when I was a pup, my Pappy said, “Learn right-handed like your brother. I’m not paying for left-handed clubs, there, Zippy.” OK, he called me Bobby, not Zippy…but the rest of it’s true.
My Eyes Are Burning! No joke…as I was typing that last line, I looked up at the monitor in my office and saw Chris Shearn doing a Time Out spot during the Mike Francesa Show wearing a bright yellow shirt, powder blue tie and navy blazer. I have GOT to get him on the Garanimals wardrobe system for sportscasters! Whew! (No offense, Chris, but that combo was way outside even YOUR wheelhouse, Bro.)
The Blob Loves PeteAbe Some people rely on American Idol to achieve fame…others Rock of Love…and still others, Flava of Love…for bloggers, it’s getting a mention on Pete Abraham’s World Famous LoHud Blog. First of all, Pete has something like 380,000,000 followers. His work is terrific AND entertaining. And if he ENDORSES your blog?! Forget it…it’s like a blessing from the Pope…or Oprah…or Poperah. Kim Jones got the blessing and now, there’s no Keeping Up With the Jones!!!! Her blog’s on fire. Here’s hoping my respectful and overly gratuitous mention of Pete Abe launches The Blob into the stratosphere!
More Blobbin’ to come as the night rolls on….