The Cleat’s On The Other Foot!

When I left work on Friday afternoon, the Angels were down 4 runs to the Yankees in the second game of their four game series.  By the time I pulled into the parking lot at Fry’s to buy a new laptop, they were ahead by two runs after scoring 6 in the 6th.  I shoved the newspaper ad in the computer guy’s face and said, “One of these, please!” and raced back out to the car.  It was a good thing my windows were rolled up because I immediately let loose with a “Wooo hooo!” upon hearing they’d scored 3 more “insurance” runs in the 7th.  I hopped back on the freeway for the 20 minute ride home, feeling good about the laptop and my Angels.  20 minutes later, I sat parked in front of my house, engine still running, in a complete state of shock as the Angels bullpen once again crumbled like a:

          

I didn’t want my neighbors seeing me beat my head against the steering wheel so I grabbed my new laptop and made a mad dash into the house.  By the time I turned on the TV, the Yankees had scored 4 runs and I had a very ominous feeling that the Angels’ insurance runs weren’t going to be enough.  Not even the “Ohmygosh…Mommy’s home!” squawks and kisses of my fids (feathered kids) could console me. 

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Sunny and Sushi…Angels fans since birth.  Or hatch.

And I was right.  New (well, to the Angels anyway) closer, Brian Fuentes, promptly loaded the bases in the 9th and gave up a walk-off 2 run hit to Jorge Posada.  I knew this series with the Yankees was going to be tough but Friday night’s game was an excruciating test of my loyalty.  And my unwavering devotion was rewarded ten-fold on Saturday! 

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Kendrick, Morales, Rivera and Wood each had a 2 hit game and helped the Angels score 5 runs on the mighty CC.  Yankees fans saw their bullpen lose steam, something Angels fans have been experiencing all too frequently in the past few weeks.  And even though the Yankees managed to squeeze out 3 more runs in the 9th, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win like they did the night before.  But the most exciting part of the game was undoubtedly Matt Palmer, who in his fifth major league start could not be rattled by the star power at the plate or the sparkle of the new stadium as he retired 14 Yankee bats in a row!  I’m sure Mike Scioscia (it’s really quite easy…SCI-O, SCI-A) couldn’t have been more tickled by Palmer’s performance as he came up to “pinch” pitch for the Angels’ ailing starters.  He was unflappable, giving up only one run and three hits in 6 and 1/3 innings.  Angels fans had a terrific Saturday and now have a new hero…Matt Palmer!

    

 

Baseball…because I’m worth it!

3 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Love your fids, Lori! And I totally relate to your deck of cards crumbling from a bullpen meltdown. That game Friday night was a wild one and yesterday’s was a good one for Palmer. (Can’t help my spelling problems with So-sha. For some reason I have to look it up every time I write it, so now I’m just lazy. It took me a whole season to get Mientkiewicz right and then he left the Yankees!) Today’s game should be a good one, although I heard it’s raining in the Bronx.

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