I wish vacation had interfered with my blogging — alas times have been tough. Thank goodness for baseball. If the Yankees can come from behind, take first place, and hold it for weeds, all with the "B" team, I can take inspiration, and consider blogging baseball a survival tool. I will use this spot today to note a few players and games that have meant something to me over the last few weeks.
- After recovering from abdominal strain, CC Sabathia found his form, and with an August record of 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 6 starts, his season took root, as did that of the Indians’. (He has also pitched 5 complete games, the most of anyone at this point.) Cleveland might have gained more momentum had manager Eric Wedge not felt the fatherly urge to send poor young Fausto Carmona out to face the Monster — the intimidating crowd at Fenway — again, after his first disastrous attempt at closing there. This is when those late inning walk-off wins of David Ortiz really took off, when the Yankees were neck-and-neck with the Red Sox. (CC did win in Boston, by the way.)
- Also injured and spotty early this season, Esteban Loaiza has had a great August.