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While You Were Sleeping

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On Monday afternoon, the Canadian Olympic baseball team won a back-and-forth game against Taiwan critical to their chances of qualifying for the Olympics (which will be the last for a while since Baseball is no longer an Olympic sport as of 2012).

After holding on to the ball through a collision that stopped Jim Van Ostrand (at right) from scoring the game-tying run in the eighth, the Taiwanese catcher flipped the ball back at Van Ostrand, who took exception and confronted him. The benches cleared, and the raucous home crowd started throwing junk on the field until the police intervened.

Down to their last out in the ninth inning Stubby Clapp singled and then scored to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Then in the 10th, Van Ostrand got the best revenge by doubling home the winning run on a hit-and-run. (Recap/Box Score). He called it “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life on the baseball field”, and his manager called it “one of the greatest games I have ever been involved in with Team Canada”.

Fortunately, Sportsnet was neither distracted by this epic tilt, or the Halladay/Oswalt pitching duel between the Jays and the Astros in spring training. We were instead treated to the Red Sox playing the Mets to a tie, which as one of the announcers pointed out was as satisfying as “kissing your sister”.

He then added. “I always wanted a sister. Seriously!”



Written by halejon

March 10, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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  1. Hey, nothing to do with this arcitle, but couldn’t find a link to email you directly… just been on a work trip to Istanbul and you might be intestesded to know your blog is BANNED in Turkey… DrunkJaysFans… fine, All your bases… fine. But ttry to connect to the Mockingbird and you get the message

    Bu siteye erişim mahkeme kararıyla engellenmiştir.

    T.C. Fatih 2.Asliye Hukuk Mahkemesi 2007/195 Nolu Kararı gereği bu siteye erişim engellenmiştir.

    Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance.

    Just what did you so to upset the Turk’s so much ?


    March 11, 2008 at 2:12 pm

  2. It’s because mockery is illegal in Turkey. As are brightly coloured balloons.

    Well, that would have made my day but all of WordPress has been banned in Turkey over some creationist flap.

    Since I’m in the doghouse anyway, killing a million Armenians does count as genocide! So there!


    March 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

  3. Way to grind that axe with…….Turkey?!?

    Isn’t blogging great! I say we celebrate with BBQ and Beer!


    March 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

  4. And that announcer’s name was…………….Keith Hernandez

    So fitting.


    March 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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