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Worst. Loss. Ever.

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Is there a worse way to lose/blow a save than a balk? Not only did the other team not have to do anything to beat you, but you didn’t really do anything either. Jeremy Accardo stepped off the mound poorly last night, and the Yankees won a game that was fought tooth and nail the entire way, a game that was the triumphant return of our ace, a game that we really, absolutlely, no kidding, 100% positively needed to win in order to continue to delude ourselves that there is anything more to play for this season.

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Some possibilities:

 

  1. Catcher’s interference on a swing drives in winning run
  2. Error with the lineup order makes the final out
  3. Runners pass on basepaths after what should be a walk-off home run
  4. The George Brett pine tar incident
  5. Not having enough players to continue after an injury

And an honourable mention from a little league Ontario championship game I saw once: in the last inning, the home team was down by 3. With a man (boy) on first, a monster of a 12-year-old hit a huge home run to center field (which was unheard of in that park at that age) to tie the game. As he was approaching home plate, his catcher came out out of the line of kids waiting to mob him at home plate and gave him a giant bear hug, lifting him off the ground. The umpire, an eager beaver 16-year-old, called the runner out instantly. That would be worse. Not much worse than tonight, but worse.

Written by halejon

July 18, 2007 at 6:18 am

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  1. Man, I’m so pissed off about that loss. It all began when Gibbons brought in Stairs to pinch hit in the 8th with a lead and first base open.

    And this was Doc’s best game in a while.

    Rios, buddy, I feel so sorry for you. That throw from right (at the time, to save the game) was insane.

    ————————-

    How about:

    Bases loaded, none out, bottom of the ninth, your team down a run, and then lightning strikes, canceling the game, giving your opponents the win.

    That would suck too.

    hroman

    July 18, 2007 at 2:37 pm

  2. What, you wanna let Royce bat there?

    I was so worried for the Doc after the first inning. Felt like an undisclosed injury was about to be announced, but maybe not.

    I can’t believe teams are starting to run on Rios again. Ortiz even said “I didn’t know he had a cannon, you know?” the other day after he was pegged at the plate. And incidentally that was a pretty dumb send- they could have had first and third with none out and the top of the order coming up, and instead that block by Zaun should have gotten the Jays out of the inning.

    halejon

    July 18, 2007 at 3:54 pm

  3. Extra props to Zaun on “blocking the plate like it was his little siters ovaries”.

    Thanks DJFs.

    After that awful balk, I nearly threw a whole container of ranch dip at the TV. Is Yankee stadium really that hard to pitch at?

    That was two “rookies” getting devoured. And one seasoned vet where it’s all just “water off a duck’s back”.

    Dan

    July 18, 2007 at 4:39 pm

  4. I couldn’t believe that throw. It’s not like the ball was hit on a line right to him. I think Overbay tipped the ball to slow it down a little, so it was pretty much rolling when it got to Rios. I thought Cairo was going to score for sure, and yelled out so loud that they heard me on the 22nd floor.

    Something has to be done about catching stealers though. This getting ri-goddamn-diculous. I don’t care if it’s the pitchers’ or the catchers’ fault…f@cking throw someone out. 11% is atrocious.

    Chris

    July 19, 2007 at 12:25 am

  5. A big part of it is Burnett. Here are the numbers:

    Janssen: 1
    Downs: 0
    Frasor: 3
    Tallet: 5
    Accardo: 7

    Yikes- goes to show what a decent pickoff move can do for a catcher. In the rotation: (SB/Innings pitched)

    Marcum: 3/88 (has a good move)
    Towers: 10/76
    McGowan: 13/76
    Halladay: 15/121 (and a team leading 4 cs- so they’re probably trying to force the issue against the ace a lot more…15/19 stolen bases is not terrible.)
    Burnett: 23/94 (0 CS. WOW.)

    Jon

    July 19, 2007 at 7:03 pm

  6. I think after that meltdown, the word might be out on Accardo. Run, run, run!

    Dan

    July 19, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  7. […] or that more of a crowd would have a very slight benefit for the home team (remember Accardo melting down under the pressure of the New York […]


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