(hi to all, i’m blazon and Alex has asked me to do Friday game recaps which is fine by me…i joined this blog just a few months before Mac died but it was time enough to see he had created something special and i wanted to hang around…i’m an expat Brit living the retired life in Appalachia on the tail end of a rural DSL line that ekes out a mighty 2MB, just enough to catch my beloved Braves each night….saw my first ever game of baseball at the old Comiskey Park in ’74 – had no idea of the rules and was puzzled why the home crowd was warmly applauding the opposing pitcher – Nolan Ryan’s no-hitter was broken up by Dick Allen’s infield hit in the 9th…living then in Florida Atlanta was the nearest baseball, that and TBS hooked me quick…)
i am of a generation in Britain, where Latin and Greek were on the syllabus from age 11 up, like it or not…to get into University, whatever your chosen field, Latin was mandatory….why tell you this? because this adds up to a lot of words, in three languages, where ours at its roots is based on theirs…you can fall in love with words, later on i did…thus the poets and the fine writers and in the last few years attempts to write limericks and parodies…baseball is a wonderful subject for the poet…high drama/pathos/anguish/delight all stretched out over three long hours at its own languid pace which, suddenly, can burst into action so fast and disparate you can’t follow all of it…so i enjoy writing rhyming stuff about baseball in general, the Bravos in particular, and Andrelton and Gattis all the time; to me Gattis is pure classical hero fresh back from the ampitheater, blood still dripping from his bat, and Andrelton an innocent naif out of Avatar – they both look their parts…i love them both…
while we wait for the first pitch…a word from Keats who few know was the first poet to empathize with the ails of the slumping slugger, an alliteration he particularly enjoyed…he would find rich pickings among our mighty men…
LA GRANDE SLAM? MERCY!
O what can ail thee brave Jay Up
alone and palely loitering
the tar is withered from thy bat
and no balls sing.
i see a frown upon his brow
the videos, the BP too
he tries to check, the umpires rule
thou goest, true.
Jay Up then showed his home run trot
such memories, he sighed full sore
and then he shut his wild, wild eyes
so strike outs, four.
so this is why he sojourns here
unhappily, two fifty two
go out with Fredi, reassess
and bunt a few.
to the game then…home cooking and it better be good, we’ve had enough of the other lately… looking forward to the renewal of the Georgia youth rivalry – in this series last year we only took one and when Buster made an out it was usually a smacked line drive at the right fielder, he seems to be a level above Jason at the plate and has two rings and an MVP to prove it…but who knows…he’s 2 years older and his defensive contribution is not on par…btw, it’s quite likely you know more about baseball than i do, in some cases a lot more – don’t let that bother you, it doesn’t me…)-
|1st||Giants hitters come in hot , waste no time proving it…Medlen poor control at big counts, lucky it’s just one…1/0|
|same old same old offence…2 strike outs, one looking, guess who…(count the times Posey swings and misses)…|
|2nd||Jason falls, Medlen struggles on, Blanco again…2/0 Giants|
|1,2,3…so obediently do we go down…4 strikeouts says Chip- well, well…|
|3rd||Posey line drive then possible double play ends badly…good joke from Joe on Skip(Belt)..Medlen 2 K’s.. 3/0|
|now we’re being told Baumgarden is God, maybe he is…this is an old song we’re singing…Medlen good AB|
|4th||1,2,3 – wow…this is SD deja vu for the pitchers…throw away a few runs early on, then some improvement…yuk|
|Jason losing s/o contest with Buster.. belter grab by Belt…still being no hit…|
|5th||Posey double, ho hum..Medlen awful on 0/2 counts-the adjective is merited, earned… 4/0 Giants|
|Base Runner!! Steal!! can’t stand called strike 3 with RISP – Dan must lead the league….umpire flaky? swing!|
|6th||1,2,3…maybe his last…could watch Andrelton’s routine throws all night…of such things is beauty made…|
|was his last..CJ pinch hits…bloop! no hitter gone…DP…Andrlt seems to have no BABIP luck, needs to go to right|
|7th||will be good to see Alex W…3rd double, RBI, for Posey…believe me now?! Alex, 2k’s, 3 walks,baulk,2R 6/0|
|Joe’s Baumgarden rocking chair analogy spot on, so smooth…10 K’s…100pitches..FF’s AB’s our best, a fighter…|
|8th||Vavaro pitching…nice DP…poor old Alex – specs problem??|
|BJ, 2 bobbles, still thrown out – trying ?? 1,2,3… talk to me baby, get my mind off this…|
|9th||Carpenter pitching… Posey with a Posey out…for me we have no hitter in his class…am i wrong?|
|We reach the warning track-success! first time tonight? Jason, great hustle, but DP…Ball Game, 6/0 Giants.|
games like these, to watch, sheer punishment…someone has suggested an alternative…
a sabermetrician we know
suggests we don’t bother to go
he could tell in advance
that we don’t have a chance
the hell with the ebb and the flow.
cheers and thanks for your patience. Better luck tomorrow. Some ebb and flow please!