Monday, May 31, 2010

Post-Game 51 Thread: Balk-off

DODGERS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4

"The D-backs, like a last place team, always find a way to lose."

—Vin Scully

All you need to know is this: Bills was awful, then he was great. The Dodgers were down 4-2 going into the eighth, but tied it up on two unearned runs courtesy of D'backs second baseman Kelly Johnson. The Dodgers had first and second with nobody out in the ninth, but Loney tried to pull a Johnny Damon by stealing an unattended third base. Didn't work. Martin advanced Casey Blake to third and...remember when Blake called out Ted Lilly for balking? This time he baited D'backs reliver Esmerling Vasquez into balking in the game-winning run. Walk-off balk. All hail the Beard!

59 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

Hooray us!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard power!

Dusty Baker said...

I bow before the Beard.

Dusty Baker said...

Lyons - STFU. You're a house man. If we wanted real, fair, unbiased and informative commentary we'd just rewind Vin from the telecast.

Fred's Brim said...

unbelievable! What a stupid game! I am glad we were on the positive end of it!

NicJ said...

seriously lyons, SHUT UP!

Paul said...

Oh jeez Zona's bullpen was going to lose it anyways

NicJ said...

playing party in the USA in the clubhouse, dont tell josh s.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny's probably leading the dancing.

Josh S. said...

Seriously, NO ONE knew what happened. I only caught on because Beard was pointing, and I have been trained to know what that means.

Fred's Brim said...

is Lyons saying it wasn't a balk?

NicJ said...

Is Lyons from AZ or something?

Paul said...

FB

yes he is or maybe he is saying his hair looks great. I dont really listen to him.

Fred's Brim said...

how do the Mets manage to give up 12 runs (so far) in San Diego? The Padres go homestands without scoring 12 runs in that park

Fred's Brim said...

@Paul - probably for the best. I should consider myself lucky I can't hear him

chexxum said...

I'm with Lyons here, I don't know why that was called a balk. DeWitt wasn't in the box, the catcher was standing up, the pitcher decides to step off the rubber and point at 3rd. Doesn't seem very balky but I'll take it!

Steve Sax said...

No bullshit, I have Dodgers Live on mute

Fred's Brim said...

he definitely flexes his left leg before stepping off the rubber with his right. Does the batter and catcher have to be ready to receive a pitch for it to be a balk?

rbnlaw TIME! said...

A win is a win is a win is a win.

Paul said...

I never really know why a balk is called anytime. I am waiting for the one pitcher who winds up motions to throw and just stops. Then I will scream balk!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Balks are the most complex things in baseball. It's really tough to tell what is and what isn't a balk. This pitcher basically "disengaged the rubber" in a wrong way.

Mr. Customer said...

Jesus, the Mets couldn't have spared some incompetence for us?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

8.01(a) The Windup Position. The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free. From this position any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without interruption or alteration. He shall not raise either foot from the ground, except that in his actual delivery of the ball to the batter, he may take one step backward, and one step forward with his free foot.

MR. F said...

I'll take it!

rbnlaw TIME! said...

That AZsnakepit is a funny place. Over 900 comments and one like this:
"Our hand is A two of clubs, a five of diamonds, a king of hearts, a joker, and a Red 5 Uno card"

Funny shit. And the whole fuck ban is hilarity.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Steve Lyons=doosh

Paul said...

So basically he made the movement before he stepped off the rubber make sense to me that is was a judgment call but not a no brain wrong call like Lyons stated.

Thanks for the rule.

NicJ said...

a nice sunday...

I mean monday.

karina said...

@Mr Customer I bet there's more incompetence where it came from. I don't know what's more incredible, the Pod rays scoring 17 at Petco or a walk off balk :)

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

I've got not great love for the Mets, but I would appreciate if they hold off their meltdown for another two games, at least.

karina said...

@Mr Customer BELIEVE!

Josh S. said...

I think I need to get me one of them white hats to commemorate this effin' crazy night.

MotoMikey said...

If Dewitt K's or grounds out, then dr dre is due up 4th in the 9th. That game was over.

Given the Dodgers didn't win, the Dbacks LOST

Hail beard

Paul said...

Playing the D backs is fuuun.

The Padres don't get to play Bmore this year do they?

Paul said...

Shit they do. But they get Tampa as well. Game on!

Mr. Customer said...

I have a sudden and inexplicable urge to watch online video

Dusty Baker said...

People need to make sure they don't disengage the rubber in the wrong way these days. No one wants any unwanted runs or pregnancies.

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr C

You are so trendy.

Paul said...

Oops signed in on my trends and gossips Id. Paul is my super ego.

I have a sudden urge for pringles. I swear Timmy wasn't hanging out tonight !

Dusty Baker said...

Wash your hair, Timmeh!!!

Paul said...

I stole all his taco bell nachos back in the day. Oh wait that was Weaver.

Sad day for Fresno State baseball. We didn't make a regional for the first time since 05 and only the 3rd time in 20 years. 08's national championship and me ending up Half passed And cheering at the dog house seem so far away.

Mr. Customer said...

Paul is your super-ego?

It must be nice! Mine never lets me have any fun.

Dusty Baker said...

Sorry to hear re Fresno St, Paul.

How 'bout my Diamond Hogs!

cc Professor, SSS

Paul said...

Go hogs!!

Mr C. My super ego isn't that super. It just knows the dishes won't wash themselves.

Paul said...

Meanwhile my Id says "watch this film. Take that shot. Steal Timmah's pringles.

Mr. Customer said...

I try never to leave home without some form of id. Better unsafe than sorry.

Freudian humor? That's a holiday job well done!

Paul said...

For the fourth of July let's try our Nietzsche one liners.

Steve Sax said...

It could indeed make us stronger.

Or kill us.

I'm sorry, but I Kant go on.

Fred's Brim said...

has anybody else noticed that Matty uses Dre's bats and Dre was using one of Matt's bats last night? Dre broke his first bat during the game, the one with the tape on the knob, and he took a new bat with "27" on the knob. Matty's been using bats with "16" on the end for a while now, maybe all season

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

Apparently Dre is prone to jsut picking up any old bat and using it, only using his own if that happens to be the one he picks up.

Clerly it works. Sort of begets the phrase "Shut up and hit," doesn't it?

Fred's Brim said...

Yeah if you can hit, I suppose it doesn't really matter what you are swinging. It's the same way Tiger Woods could pick up some old Tommy Armour clubs from Sears and play sub-scratch golf

Dusty Baker said...

I have some old Tommy Armour clubs way back in the garage. They're the clubs I re-learned on. Even though I have far better clubs now, sometimes I miss those old things.

Dusty Baker said...

LA Times today:

The Diamondbacks didn't protest the call by first base umpire Tim Timmons.

"He flinched," Manager A.J. Hinch said of his second-year reliever. "His legs buckled. He balked. It was pretty plain and simple."

Josh S. said...

My pics from last night.

Michael said...

cool pics Josh. i got to admit, the first photo with the youth jersey is pretty funny!

Michael said...

also white hats were pretty sick, although i could see that thing getting stained with dirt and mustard in less than 3 minutes on me, lol

Fred's Brim said...

@Josh - great pics. Thanks for posting them up

Fred's Brim said...

@DB - your current avatar, for some reason, reminds me of the Funkadelic Maggot Brain album cover. At a reduced size, it looks like somebody buried up to his neck but wearing the patriotic LA hat

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