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WS Game 1: Ex-Yank Nunez’ 3-run PH HR ices game for Boston, 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez hit a 3-run, PH HR in the bottom of the seventh to cap off an 8-4 Boston victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series.

Boston jumped on Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw for 2 runs in the first, thanks to an RBI single by Andrew Benintendi, who had four hits in the game. Matt Kemp homered for LA in the top of the second to cut it to 2-1.

Manny Machado, who drove in the other 3 Dodgers’ runs, tied it in the top of the third, but but J.D. Martinez, who singled in a run in the first, doubled in a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2 Boston.

LA tied it in the top of the fifth, but Boston got two in the bottom of the fifth to go up 5-3. In the top of the seventh, the Dodgers got a run to cut it to 5-4, but Nunez’ HR in the bottom of the seventh iced it for Boston.

Dodgers: Turner 3 hits, Freese 2 hits, Machado 3 RBI. Kemp HR. Kershaw the loss.
Red Sox: Benintendi 4 hits, Martinez 2 hits and 2 RBI, Nunez HR, 3 RBI. Leon 2 hits. Barnes the Win.

For Clayton Kershaw, another postseason dud. For all his regular season success…

Neither he nor Chris Sale pitched more than 4 innings.



On 11/27/10, I wrote that history wasn’t on Jeter’s side. Heck, even as late as the 4th of July of this year, history wasn’t on his side.

For on July 9th, the date Jeter went 5 for 5 and got his 3000th hit, the Captain was only hitting .257 at the game’s beginning.

Prior to this year, only nine SS in MLB history hit .270 or better at the age of 37 or beyond.

With an average of .297 right now, Jeter will join the list that includes Wagner, Wills, Bancroft, Smith, Aparicio, Appling, Larkin, Maranville and Vizquel. It’s a significant accomplishment, and one, not even three months ago, we doubted he would succeed in this year, or maybe ever.

Meanwhile, Matt Kemp has a shot at the Triple Crown. He leads or co-leads the NL in HR and RBI and is just three points behind Jose Reyes of the Mets for the batting crown. The last player to win the Triple Crown was Carl Yastrzemski of Boston in 1967. The last in the NL? Joe “Ducky” Medwick of St. Louis in 1937.

Yet Kemp is a very long longshot for the MVP award. The late Ted Williams would know how Kemp would then feel. Williams hit .406 in 1941, won the Triple Crown in both 1942 and 1947, and didn’t get the MVP in ANY of those years.

Remember a few years ago when we were discussing possibly trading for Kemp?

Jack Kemp dies. Ex-Bill, Congressman, VP candidate.

I won’t make this post too long. This is an obit that could run forever. What a life.

It’s one thing to be QB of two title teams. Granted those teams are overlooked because it was in the old AFL. AFL title teams before the NY Jets SB III win will tend to be overlooked. Maybe not fair, but that’s the way it is.

Kemp was QB of the Buffalo Bills, who won the last two AFL titles pre-super bowl. 1964 and 1965.

Even before he led the Bills to two AFL titles, he had led the Chargers to the AFL title game in 1960 and 1961, but they lost both title games to Houston (QB’d by George Blanda).

After winning the two titles for Buffalo, Kemp helped lead Buffalo to the title game in 1966 but they lost to KC for the AFL title (and KC lost to the Packers in SB I). For a time, Kemp and Daryle Lamonica (who led the Raiders to SB II) were the two QBs for the Bills.

He eventually was elected to Congress, and became Secretary of Hud during the Bush (the Elder) administration.

In 1996, he was the VP nominee for president on the GOP ticket. The Dole-Kemp ticket lost as Clinton-Gore was re-elected.  

He had run for President himself in the 1988 primaries.

Thanks to Wikipedia. I wanted to keep this short, but feel free to go there to flesh things out.

Title winning QB. Respected long-term Congressman. Cabinet member. Presidential prospect. VP nominee.

A varied and fulfilling life. One that showed much leadership in varied roles.

God bless him and his family. 

Off day news and rumors.

The Yankee brass met in Tampa today to discuss the trade deadine.

Pete Abraham has some interesting news. First:

Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner acknowledged he’d mention Barry Bonds, the indicted home run king who became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back.

“I’ll mention it. We’ll cover everything,” Steinbrenner said before the meetings began. “No stone will be left unturned.”

In addition to Hank Steinbrenner, his brother, co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and special adviser Gene Michael were among those at the meetings.

My take? Yeah, he’ll MENTION him, and then after he is beaten up, tarred and feathered and then bound and gagged by Hal, Stick, Cashman and the rest of the contingent, will then be silent for the rest of the meeting. If he speaks again, he gets turned over to Tim the Wizard and myself for more torture. Chinese Water Torture, the Iron Maiden, and whatever else Tim comes up with.

Pete also reports:

One trade the Yankees could make now if they wanted would be Kei Igawa and a B-level prospect to Seattle for LHP Jarrod Washburn and DH/1B Jose Vidro. The Yankees would take on $16 million (plus a $500,000 buyout for Vidro) while shedding the $9.4 million owed to Igawa.

So for roughly $7.1 million, you get Washburn for this year and next and Vidro for this season. Washburn would likely want something to waive his no-trade clause, which includes the Yankees.

Washburn would be the No. 4 or No. 5 starter while Vidro would come off the bench. Neither has been very good this season, but they would replace Darrell Rasner and Justin Christian.

Washburn has pitched well of late, making it a deal worth pursuing. Dropping $7 million is pocket change for the Yankees. Take Vidro and DFA him if he’s awful. What difference would it make? Washburn is an upgrade for the rotation.

Washburn’s last eight starts: 51 IP, 54 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 29 K, 2.65 ERA .722 opposing OPS.

Rasner’s last eight starts: 42.1 IP, 60 H 30 ER 17 BB 29 K, 6.38 ERA, .914 opposing OPS.

No. I gave reasons before why I don’t want Washburn. “Only” 7.1 million? Do you really want to pay $7.1 million for a pitcher who is 22-38, 4.63 since the end of 2005? Yes, his numbers have been fine lately. Washburn had a 6.99 ERA on May 22nd. An upgrade? Let me ask this. Do you think Rasner could have gone 22-38, 4.63 in 2 2/3 years? If so, then Washburn is NOT an upgrade. Definitely not an upgrade worth $7.1 million. He is a name from the past, like other Yankee signings. I must admit, it IS very tempting because of the joy of giving up Igawa, but how good really is Washburn? He had ONE good year. 2002, when the Angels won the WS and Washburn was 18-6. His career record is 97-95. Take away 2002 and you have 79-89 for his career. Significant upgrade? Other than 2002, he has NEVER won more than 11 games in a season. Yet the NY media are ONLY looking at 2002 and that W.S. Never mind the REST of his career and the fact that he was 0-2, 9.31 in the 2002 WS. Or the 0-1, 10.80 against Boston in the 2004 ALDS, which ended when Washburn gave up a Series-ending walkoff to Big Papi. What are reporters seeing in the guy other than a name?

Here. Check out his numbers. Please tell me what, outside of 2002, really stands out? Not to mention he’ll be 34 soon. Another mid-30’s guy on the downside. Wonderful.

As for Rasner, keep him with Moeller and see what happens. The numbers show a stark difference with Moeller as his “personal catcher.” Save the $7.1 million and invest better than Washburn.

As far as Vidro is concerned, NO there too. Where would Vidro play? Since 2006, he’s played only 10 games at 2B (not that he’d play there with Cano there now). He’s been primarily a DH the last two years with some 1B thrown in. Gee whiz. Another 1B and/or DH. Bonds talk. Giambi, Sexson, Posada if he returns. Betemit. Damon DHing as of now (we’ll see when he goes back to LF). Matsui if he returns. I guess you can’t have enough 1b or DH’s. Give me a ****ing break. Not to mention that Vidro, 34 soon, is at .229-6-43, OPS+ a lousy 66 for this year.

Another reason Melky can go….I put his regression in a previous post this week. His head-first slides into first and lack of thinking (swinging on a 1-0 pitch, down a run, bases-loaded, two out in the bottom of the 9th…not taking a strike and making the pitcher work) on the field….Now this. The error Melky made the other night? He was going after the batted ball and in so doing, TRYING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLL CALL AT THE SAME TIME. Needless to say, the coaches got on him for that. Word is that he is still trying to pry his head out of his ass after that bonehead move.

The Post replies that the Dodgers have interest in Cano and might be willing to deal Derek Lowe and Matt Kemp (Lowe is 35, and 7-8, 3.97…the Boston/AL East been through it pedigree may help. Kemp is intriguing. 23, CF, .290-11-55, Righty bat. OPS+ 107. But 108 whiffs in 366 AB). I don’t know what the Dodgers plans would be for 40 year old Jeff Kent. Don’t expect this. For one thing, if Cano is dealt, who plays 2b? Gonzalez? Surely not Betemit. (and please don’t say Vidro through the other deal).

Interesting stat from Larry Brooks. The last pitcher to have 10 or more CG in a season was the Big Unit with 12 in 1999.

Lastly, the guys who host the local sports radio show for the FOX are downright terrible. It’s the Phils station around here, and here are some gems from this week. The host couldn’t remember the name of the Mets manager, Jerry Manuel. Gee, he’s a diehard Phillie fan, and Charlie Manuel is the Phils’ manager. Must have been too much of a stretch.

Then, to top it all off, he says that the double by So Taguchi in the Phils’ big 9th inning comeback win over the Mets the other night was the biggest hit of Taguchi’s life. Ok, I know he’s a Phillie homer and it’s a satellite station for the Phils, but…

Game 2, 2006 NLCS. Taguchi with the Cardinals. Score tied, top of the 9th. Mets won Game 1 of the Series. Taguchi leads off the inning with a homer off Billy Wagner. The Cardinals win the game 9-6 and even the series. They win the NLCS in seven and go on to win the World Series. You think this clown might think THAT was the biggest hit of the guy’s life?