Brian Tallet. ‘Nuf said.
If you follow me on twitter (which you should: JaysSOTB), I’ve said that a few times, already. Does that really surprise anyone, though?
The most frustrating part of this was the circumstances. You’re tied 3-3, going into the bottom of the 11th. Brian Tallet,almost certainly the Jays worst reliever, has already pitched two scoreless (although, tense) innings of relief.
So, can someone please explain to me what he was doing coming back out? Another shining example of Cito’s managerial skills. Or not.
Of course, Tallet gives up the winning run as the Orioles walk off. But it just didn’t make any sense to me? Where was everyone else? You’ve got a bullpen chock-full of young arms and you decide to test the waters of Brian Tallet, again?
If it was up to me, Tallet would be in Vegas. Or somewhere else. I really don’t care, as long as hes not in Toronto. But, this man-crush that Cito has is getting a little old. Maybe Cito should take a trip to Vegas. It’s the first rule in gambling (which I would say that pitching Brian Tallet is, regardless of the situation, let alone for 3 innings)…
Quit while you’re ahead. You got two innings where he didn’t blow the game. Take it and run. You’ve got the arms. With the power that Toronto has, a quick lead is not out of reach. Leave it to Gregg to blow. But no. Blame Brian Tallet. And Cito. Again.
NEXT ON THE DOCKET…
The other Hill makes his second start for the Jays tonight in Camden Yards. I cant say I was impressed with his last start (uhm, at all) but it certainly wasn’t Rzepczyski-esque. We’ll see what happens. I’ll be tweeting the game, make sure you follow me for all the updates, commentary and rude remarks. Lineups coming atchya. Go Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
September 14, 2010
Overbay (Hashtagless), 1B
Hill (Hashtagless), 2B
Lind (Hashtagless), DH
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So, about yesterdays game quick…
I dont think there is a whole lot TO say. The Jays roughed up those other birds to get a 10-1 win and a sweep. Toronto is now 9-0 vs the Orioles this season. Thats the first time Toronto has won its first 9 games vs any opponant during any season. That being said, I think thats more of a testament to the Oriole’s skill level than it is to the Jays. Nice stat tho.
The undisputed MVP for yesterdays game was the nw guy, Yunel Escobar, who is fast wearing out that title. He was 3 for 4 yesterday with his first home run and Toronto’s first grand slam, 5 RBI’s and two runs scored. I like this kid! As far as I’ve heard, hes already making a lot of fans in Toronto and justifyably. I officially coined a new nickname for Escobar yesterday. He is…the Yuni-Bomber. Get it? Well, whatever, I like it. Go Yuni-Bomber!
I wanted to wait to post about what I did during Saturday’s game in Baltimore. We were in Baltimore vacationing so my mom and aunt passed that on to a few people in the Toronto camp that knew my uncle…namely Jerry Howarth, who was very good friends with him. I got to do a few things the casual fan couldnt have done. My dad and I got a few press passes to go on the field during BP. Jerry took us down to chat witha few people in the dugout and behind home plate. Cito was down in the dugout chatting with a few people. He was the hitting coach and later the manager when my uncle was pitching so Jerry took us over to meet him. I should add that Cito is a lot bigger than you would expect! I shook his hand and we chatted with him and Buck Martinez (who played and broadcasted with my uncle), Pat Tabler (who broadcasted with my uncle), Jose Bautista (who didnt know my uncle, but I met him and shook his hand!), Ron Sandelli (who knew my uncle as a broadcaster) and a few others.
We went up to the booth with Jerry and Alan Ashby for a few innings later on in the game to watch the masters at work. It was especially cool because thats who I listen to at home because I dont get Rogers. We chatted with them and Tom Young, the producer (who also knew my uncle as a broadcaster), and finally went back down to watch the Jays finish off the O’s.
Anyway, whoever we talked to, the conversations usually came back to my uncle. cito assured me that he and everyone there miss him. Tom Young told us about how he used to stop by the booth during broadcasts and silently say “good job” than run back to his own booth. Golf was also a big topic. A lot of people may not know that my uncle was a very avid and very good golfer. Most of the people I talked to, including Cito, Buck, Ron and Jerry had all golfed with him. Cito laughed about how far he could hit the ball and Ron joked about a story that was very smilar to the one my dad just told him about my uncle golfing with Roger Clemens (which I can get to on another day – remind me).
It was an amazing experience and something that I am extremely lucky to have had, expecially as a Jays fan. Hopefully thats not the last thing I get to do like that. Thanks to everyone to helped me out and who talked to me!
You know what? Screw Kevin Gregg. I definitely don’t believe you have to both live and die by your closer. The closer had a job and last night, Gregg didn’t do his job.
Of course, I’m talking about the ninth inning during which Gregg got two outs while at the same time walking the bases loaded. In any other game, I would say he should’ve been left in but in a one-run game I think Cito made the right decision in yanking him for Shawn Camp. Like I said, Gregg didn’t do his job. Sure, I dont blame him for being mad. Maybe he did have it but than again, maybe he couldve walked in the tying run. Cito didn’t want to stick around and play that game and I don’t blame him. I think everyone needs to relax about this. Saw this as I was writing…
@MLBastian: Kevin Gregg had no interest in talking more about last night’s controversy: “Yesterday’s over. We won. That’s first and foremost.”
Well thank you! By the way, Bastian, what made this so much of a “controversy”? Nobody was murdered, there wasnt a bad call. A manager, pulled his closer after he walked the bases loaded. I’m just not getting this…
On to other game notes…
Once again, the Jays only runs came on homers. Fred Lewis launched the first pitch of the game over the outfield walls for his 6th home run. His personal best over an entire season is 9 dingers. After the O’s scored a couple a few innings later, Jose Bautista blasted his MLB leading 25th home run. The two run shot gave the Jays their 3-2 lead that they would finish with. You can imagine how excited I was to see my first live #BautistaBomb! Adam Lind also doubled in the top of the fourth to extend his hit streak to 10 games.
Cito was doing some managing yesterday, on and off the field. Some interesting roster moves both before and after the game. Marcum will be starting today, frech off the DL. Both Litsch and Rzep will start in the upcoming days, giving the Jays a temporary 6 man rotation. This was intended to give Morrow some time off and make sure he can pitch into September…which I cant say I’m against. Not having to loose a bunch of arms at the end of the year would be great. However, to be able to do that, the Jays are sitting one man down on the bench…also meaning Travis Snider will be stuck in Double-A for at least 10 days. I like Snider a lot and its nice to hear he was doing so well down in the minors and I’d like to see him up with the big club again. I feel like AA could’ve done something else or put someone else down so he could be back on top…unless he’s planning something before the deadline. Sneaky. Oh and Nick Green was designated for assignment. Okay, whatever.
Yesterday was a sweet day for me, too, but I’ll have that in another post. I’m also planning on doing an intro into why I hate the Yankees so much. Just so we’re clear on that. Should be good. So yea, pass this site on, subscribe to me on Twitter and enjoy! Go Jays.