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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Moving Day 

Well, as I alluded to earlier this week, The Midnight Hour is on the move. Starting now you can find The Midnight Hour at http://www.themidnighthour.squarespace.com.

Anyone who has been kind enough to include me in their links/blogroll, if you could please update the link I'd appreciate it.

If you stop by please leave a comment to let me know what you think of the new format. The new site isn't fully up and running yet. I haven't fleshed out all the content areas or migrated the archives, and the links section is still under construction, but please give it a whirl.
# posted by Steve : 6:14 PM

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

A's v. Yankees: A running stream of consciousness 

Interested to see Zito with his struggles so far this season. Handled A-Rod and Giambi well the first time through the lineup, spotting his fastball but not going to the curve that much through 2.

Sheffield almost spun himself into the ground on a homer to left center. Pitch was a hanging curve.

Posada follows by going to the mall and picking up a sweater and a jean jacket at the gap.

Matsui has a .411 OBP coming into this game. Singles off Zito, Yankees didn't waste much time timing the fastball. Morgan is criticizing Zito's location and selection. He says Barry is throwing to their strengths.
Clark and Cairo rememeber they are Clark and Cairo and don't get anyone home.

A-Rod looks like a pro at third. Tough play on Dye but made it smooth as glass.

Hatteberg homers, sign in the outfield "Fear Mecir" they're kidding right?

Just noticed that Jeter is out with a stomach ache. Cairo, 'rique, and Tony Clark in the lineup tonight, not good times.

Sheffield almost screws himself into the ground again, this time he whiffs

Every single yankee other than a-rod has an awkward stance

Giambi homers off zito to tie the game

duel of the game: Gabe White v. Chavez game tied at 2 first and third, Chavez stinks against lefties, lets see if Gabe gets out of this...nope, Chavez singles to left, matsui throws behind byrnes who overran the bag, but cairo misses the tag. Good call by the ump. Umps take too much heat, they get most of the tough calls right and i can't say the same about NFL ref's.

These unoffical Wendy's guy ads are fucking annoying.

A's up 3-2, Yanks have 2 innings to scratch together at least one run.

Morgan should get credit for his in game analysis, when it comes to the nuts and bolts of hitting, how hitters approach at bats, different swing types and their limitations, he's very very educational. Lineup construction, book reviews and critiquing approaches to winning aren't his strong suit, but between the lines he knows what he's talking about.

Quantrill is money. This bullpen plays like it's the most expensive bullpen ever assembled. Oh. Right.

Infield single for matsui, Hammond D'oh!

Anytime the Yankees are playing a team with Arthur Rhodes as the closer they must feel pretty good.

Mecir is coming in. I have NO fear! Well, Joe leaves Tony the Ex-Tiger in and has him bat lefty, not good. I mean if ever you should pinch hit now is the time to do it. Ruben has his hat on. Tony Clark chases a bunch of crap and strikes out, ugly.

Ruben pinch hits for Cairo. I feel like the ruben express is almost out of gas.

1-12 lifetime v. Mecir. Morgan makes a good point, just because Ruben is hot doesn't make this a good matchup. Ruben's a fastball hitter and Mecir throws screwballs, no fastballs for Ruben unless Mecir falls behind. Well, Ruben gets a 2-0 fastball, and fouls it off. prolly won't get another fasty. Why don't more guys throw the screwball? Sierra bounces out. Potentially a DP but Bobby Crosby boots it, noone out. I think Morgan would make a great coach. I'm not kidding either.

Homer Bush in to pinch run, that's a porno name right? Rique gonna try to cash it in...he prolly won't. Actually he sucks. But you know pitchers must hate pitching to the Yankees, now that Soriano is gone there isn't a guy in the lineup who swings at balls. Unfortunately Wilson didn't swing at a strike and he's outta there. Wilson, for the record, didn't like the call.

Bernie! Bernie! :( Bernie flys out to right. Yanks have left a carton of eggs on base tonight. (that means 12 runners. yeah, it's late, bite me.)

It's sad that the Valvoline ad that shows the little baby underneath the car being taught how to change the oil by it's dad, has to have a disclaimer that says, "Don't Attempt." I weep for the future.

Did I mention Quantrill is money?

Bunting with two outs is like, I don't know, spending the last of the rent money on crack. It's probably not going to help.

Arthur Rhodes really does look like that dude from E.R.

A-Rod don't play no whole lotta mess, do he? First pitch, dead center, later. We gotta brand new ball game.

Think Arthur Rhodes wants to renegotiate his contract to include a " I don't pitch to the #*@#($'n Yankees anymore," clause? 14 HR's in his career. At least he can fall back on medicine.

Giambi walks because he's so money. And the Godfather doesn't pinch run for him. If Morgan says "Dead Red" one more time, I'm calling ESPN. Rhodes has the Contreras Face working.

I would definitely make an exception to my "athletes should not ever fucking rap" rule for Sheffield. He's the 2Pac of baseball. 2Sheff, GIDdyuP's on a sweet play by Chavez.

Posada used to chase balls out of the zone early in his career and he almost never does it anymore. He walks and it's up to Matsui......On the phone with ESPN......

ESPN: Hello ESPN
ME: Can you tell Joe Morgan to stop saying "Dead Red"
ESPN:....
ME: Seriously
ESPN: Sir did you know we're offering a free fleece with every paid subscription?
ME: Screw that, what about the Joe Morgan thing?
ESPN: Who's Joe Morgan?
ME: Nevemind. I'll take the fleece.

Matsui singles, Tony Clark up with runners at the corners, Clark swings at a pitch over his head. I'm not really kidding. It was like, OVER HIS HEAD.

Clark doubles, Yankees lead. It's Mo Betta time.

I see Kenny Lofton has taken a page from the Jayson Stark fashion handbook and shaved off his cookie duster. It just looks weird.

Rivera has a .55 ERA! Damian Miller just hit the hardest ball I've ever seen Rivera give up. Single up the middle. Mo's even a great frickin fielder! Are you kidding me? First and second, Kotsay bunts, Rivera chases it down, boots it, stays with it and flips to A-rod to get the lead runner, he is cool as the other side of the pillow.

Mo must have been still feeling the adrenaline and he almost takes Eric Byrnes head off. Byrnes grounds out.

First and third for Chavez...pop out, Homer does the macarena trying to catch the popup but finally gets it. Game over.

Good Night.
# posted by Steve : 9:23 PM

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Gentlemen, Lets Broaden our Minds! 

Out of respect for the two or three loyal readers I have, I should apologize for not posting in several days, and explain that my hiatus is a result of some organizational changes here at The Midnight Hour. I've fired the CEO and replaced him with a Howler Monkey. But I kid.

No offense to Blogger, but I have started to feel that it is tedious and bougeois. I also had a vision for the Midnight Hour that transcended the meager capabilities of Blogger and since the folks at Blogger aren't currently selling upgraded memberships I found it necessary to find new hosting. The result will be a more content rich, more eclectic and most importantly, more visually appealing site.

I've almost got the new digs freshened up enough for company...so stay tuned there will be a redirect and new URL coming shortly!

Seriously, to all the people who read this blog daily or weekly or whenever Pinto or Belth link to me, THANKS. All comments, even the ones that say I'm stupid for advocating putting Enrique Wilson or as I like to call him, 'Rique, at the top of the batting order, are appreciated.


# posted by Steve : 4:45 PM

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