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….
I need some form of new wave light therapy…a mood enhancer…to get me outta this gray-skied, rain-induced funk I’m in…how many others get this way?
Yesterday, I’m all fired up to drive in to work and talk a little Yankees-A’s…next thing I know, I get the call from producer Billy Boles…”Bob, early decision on rainout. You don’t need to come in.” So that means…no baseball for me Monday, OR Tuesday (My9 game), OR Wednesday (my one game off this month), OR Thursday (off day for Yanks). I’m gonna go out of my mind! Is there a list of stuff for me to do around the house? Sure! But do I really want to get to it?! Of course not! I love doing the pre and postgames, and when there’s a four-day drought (no weather pun intended), it’s brutal.
But here’s the good news! Ladies and Gentlemen, in his first appearance of the year, Friday night and Friday night only!…In studio, one of Baltimore’s favorite sons…KEN SINGLETON!!! That’s right, in the most limited of engagements, Kenny will be in studio with me for Friday night’s series opener at Fenway vs. the Red Sox. Can’t wait. Hoping for plenty of Blobbable moments…because let’s be honest…when it’s just me in studio, there’s not as much Blob-worthy material…”Hey, I realized in the C-Block I had lint on my left shoulder and you could see it on camera…in HD!” Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Unless you want to know the eating habits of Chris, Paul, George, Terry and Quags in the studio? Because I’d be more than happy to share that with you. Goodness knows Kim Jones and the game crew have quite a foodie following every night! BTW, I’m thinking of bringing a digital camera to work and taking pics of the studio, guys in the studio, Kenny sitting next to me, etc. Things I see from my vantage point. I could even extend that to the control room, break room, bathrooms…no wait, I don’t need any lawsuits…I’ll stay out of the loos…But if the other pics are of interest to you, let me know and I’ll do it.
This WASN’T on my list Like KJ, I got sucked into the vortex of Dancing With the Stars last night, since we were rained out…I am not a follower or fan of the show, although I do appreciate the, shall we say, athleticism of the female dancers???…But I knew the wife watches the show, so I figured I’d take one for the team and watch with her. And I lived to Blob about it. By the way, I have never read this anywhere, I’m only making this observation from watching, but does Tom Bergeron despise Samantha Harris? Watch how, when it’s her turn to talk, he kinda drops his mike off to the side with a slight smirk on his face and never really looks directly at her. He sort of looks off to the side of her. I notice this because, when I worked in local TV years ago, we had a male anchor who thought he was far superior to his female co-anchor and they didn’t get along, so when they were on a two-shot together ****-chatting, he’d always look off at the monitor to his right, where she sat, and not directly at her as she was speaking. He’d barely tolerate what she had to say, until it was his turn to speak again. Just sayin’…same thing on DWTS?
A Couple Answers to Your Questions From a previous Blob comment…both theduchess and makemeshiver would like me to detail David Cone’s game schedule on The Blob. They want to meet him. Oh, but why? David’s awfully shy, doesn’t get out much and prefers to sit quietly in a small room and read a good book….while drinking chocolate milk or a Fresca…but only when he’s visiting Neptune. And makemeshiver added this…”Please tell A.J. Burnett his pitching is very sexy”. Absolutely! Next time I see him, it’s the first thing I’ll say to him…”Hey, AJ, what’s up, Dude? Your pitching is very sexy! Uh, wait, no…that’s not me saying that! Come back here. That’s makemeshiver. No, I’m not saying YOU makemeshiver…it part of the Blob. No, I didn’t say you’re a blob, A.J. You have a great body. I mean, wait…it’s clear that you work out. How much do you bench, Dude?” You know what? I think I’ll just tell him to read the Blob. Have a great day!