The Keep-Farnsworth-Out-of-the-Game Rally

The specter of Kyle Farnsworth coming into the game in the 10th served to create the urgency for the Yanks to win in the bottom of the 9th.  A perfect swinging suicide squeeze by Jeter eeked this one out, with the big hit in the inning coming from Giambi (who should be in the lineup instead of Damon anyway).

Rivera actually looked worse yesterday when he hung on for the save than he did tonight when he got foiled by three bloops.  The game would not have reached the bottom of 9 squibber climax had Abreu come up with a throw home in the top of 9 that was not in the vicinity of a pitch that Cano would swing at. 

Other unnerving defense is Posada’s habit of taking throws behind the plate and opening up the front door to baserunners.  It didn’t cost them this time, but almost.  Can’t Tony Pena take him aside with a telestrater in hand?  Wasn’t it Posada who scored the winning run in the Yanks last World Series victory because Piazza did the same thing?

By the way, I was hoping they would replace the Kate Smith “God Bless America” 7th inning strrrrrretch with the theme from Jeopardy as a nod to Merv Griffin.  I should be in their marketing department.

I was also sad to lose Mr. Tom Snyder recently, despite that he turned me down to have a picture taken with him a few years ago outside a book store in Santa Monica.  He wasn’t rude about it.  He just politely said he was trying to catch up with his family (Ma Snyder, perhaps?).  I’m not a Rupert Pupkin celebrity stalker, but every time I boot up my computer, I think, gosh, that picture would have made fine wallpaper.  **** Cavett, if you browse through bookstores in Santa Monica, I’m gunnin’ for you.

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    Just a note to let you know, as the baseball season draws down, that the NY Yankee baseball team’s claim to have “won more sports championships than any other team” is not correct. This clam seems to be made once in every TV broadcast of Yankee games.

    At least one team, the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Kerry Team (the Kingdom is the nickname) has won 34 to date and is going to try for their 35th on Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Kerry won their first championship, beating London in 1903, the year the Yankees moved their franchise from Baltimore to New York. Kerry lost at the old NY Giants field, the Polo Grounds in 1947. That much-recounted championship game was replayed as a National League game on its 50th anniversary in 1997 in NYC at Downing Stadium on Randal’s Island of west 125 street.

    Kerry won this rematch in a well attend game that drew spectators from Europe, Australia and the Far East. Former Mayor Giuliani was part of the festivities. I talked with him myself. I also attended the 1947 game at the Polo Grounds.

    From Wikipedia Encyclopedia


    “Gaelic football History

    Kerry are the most successful team in Gaelic football. They have won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on 34 occasions. The county holds a number of distinctive records in football championship history. Kerry has played in more All-Ireland finals than any other team – 52 in all as of 17 September 2006. Although Wexford has the honour of being the first team to win four-in-a-row, Kerry has won four consecutive titles on two occasions (1929-1932 and 1978-1981).

    The Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s is considered one of the greatest of all time. Of the 20 All-Ireland finals held during those two decades, Kerry participated in 12, with victory coming on 9 occasions. In 1982, Kerry came within one minute of winning an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland title in a row. However, a late goal by Offaly’s Séamus Darby snatched victory away from the Kingdom. This goal was voted third in a poll to find the Top 20 GAA Moments.

    Towards the end of the 1980s Kerry went into decline and failed to appear in an All-Ireland final for 10 years having last appeared in 1986 and not again until 1997. This however markeed the beginning of another Kerry golden era of sorts. Of the last 10 all Irelands, Kerry have contested 6 and won 4. Many have spoke of teams like Armagh and Tyrone, who have both beaten Kerry in recent finals, as becoming successors to Kerry’s reign but Kerry have come back time and again and are the current 2006 champions. All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 34

    1903, 1904, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 ”

    Also, check the Webb at

    All the best

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