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Monday, April 11, 2005


Two of My Favorite BP "This Week In Quotes" 


Yankees 和 Red Sox 在 Fenway Park 這個 series 等到下面兩場打完再說,目前看來是 Red Sox 佔優勢,至於結果會是 1-2 還是難看的 0-3 很難講。如果要我猜當然是 Yankees 輸掉明天這一場然後在 series finale 靠 Big Unit 挽回一城,不過棒球這東西有趣的地方就在於只猜一兩場猜錯的機率幾乎跟猜對差不多。

直接看這兩則我覺得有意思的發言:

"Nobody is immune [to being booed]. I heard them boo Mickey Mantle. I was in Philadelphia when Mike Schmidt, who was voted the greatest Phillie ever, got booed more than anybody. ... Mariano realizes it's not personal. It's that he didn't do the job. That's the natural thing that comes out in boos. ... Where much is given, much is expected."

--Jim Kaat on Mariano Rivera getting booed after being pulled out of the game against the Red Sox

Jim Kaat 是老球員了,不過他沒有老到跟 Babe Ruth 打過球,要不然他會把 Babe 的名字也列在上面,而且還可以加入『跳入觀眾席跟球迷打架』。我那天正好在 gym 的 treadmill 上看最後一局,第一個反應是 "You shouldn't boo him, that's Mo"。不過聽到 Kaat 講了上面一段話後,腦袋也冷靜了下來。Mo 打了那麼久的棒球,他應該知道這是球迷表達他們失望的一種情緒發洩,並不是針對他個人,而是針對他那一天的表現。而且 closer 的價值並不是在那幾百個生涯 save 數目上,是在這些特別需要他們的比賽。事後他說那一定是 Red Sox 的球迷,我不知道他是否真的是這樣想的。

在他 blow 掉那個 sv 之後,Red Sox 的球迷應該給他的是掌聲,事實上今天的 Fenway Season Opener 在介紹 Mo 時他得到的就是滿場的掌聲。很高興看到他的回應方式是笑著輕舉帽子示意,而不是用 Kim 的方式回應。話又說回來,Mo 的個性當然做不出那種事情。

另外一則有意思的是:

"[He had] nothing. Probably the worst stuff I've ever seen. The guy throws 83-84 mph. Come on! He was like [Baltimore's] Rodrigo [Lopez] -- very mediocre stuff. You think that we could get 20 hits off a guy like that. That's the way it is in baseball. Sometimes it's hard to explain."

--A’s third baseman Eric Chavez, on opposing pitcher Hideo Nomo, who defeated the A’s this week (Contra Costa Times)

這是 Eric Chavez 對 Hideo Nomo 4/09 那場先發的評語,那場比賽 A's 以 2:11 輸球。Nomo 投了六局只被打出一隻安打,Kotsay 的一分全壘打。有趣的是他拿 Rodrigo Lopez 來跟 Nomo 比較,以說明 Nomo 的 stuff 並不好。他不知道的是第二天 Lopez 居然 dominates Yankees。八局六安打八個三振,只丟了一分,比 Nomo 那天對 A's 的表現更好。

"very mediocre stuff"! Say that to Matsui and Sheffield。Chavez 除了正業當明星三壘手外,也許可以考慮拿算命來做副業。


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