Can’t tell if Johan is excited about SeeYouInOctober being back or his no-hitter? It’s a toss-up really.
Hold on is that SeeYouInOctober’s music?
Well it certainly has been a while hasn’t it. A month and a half? Really? Well no longer SeeYouInOctober is back starting today. There sure has been a lot that has happened in that time period so in the first post back we’ll try to put some insights on all that happened since The Avengers came out.
What can you say about the Boston Celtics this season. They were gritty and tough and every other adjective that NBA talking heads use to mean not fun to watch. Hoenstly that got annoying. We get it, Kevin Garnett is 36 but if he’s putting up numbers does it really have to be mentioned that he’s old. Can’t he just be really good?
Regardless KG and the Big Three gave it one last run and really it was one to remember, even if the end is something I’d like wiped from my brain like something out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Some of the best highlights of the run to the cusp of the NBA finals include the resurgence of the Big Ticket. The 44-point monster effort by Rondo that should have ended in a win if, you know, NBA refs called fouls when Dwyane Wade decapitates dudes. (Check the tape below) Paul Pierce gutting out double-doubles, throwing down dunks in Shane Battier’s grillmix and the three he nailed from the wing in LeBron’s mug to seal Game Five. Honestly top-five favorite Pierce shots for me. If they win that series it’s easily number one. Brandon Bass heating up and knocking down everything and the tea bag dunk on Dwayne Wade.
But it wasn’t all good. In fact it got really bad. Going into game five of the Eastern conference finals I was just happy the Celtics had showed up and made it a series. But then they won and suddenly I stopped thinking “I’m glad we played tough” and switched into “Holy S—, the Celtics could win this thing.” But it all fell apart as the torture of getting blown out at home and losing a winnable game seven happened just three days later.
I think I’ve made it pretty apparent before that I don’t like the Heat a whole bunch. Seeing the Celtics lose to the Heat really hurt and watching those D-bags go on to win the title was one of the more disappointing sports events I’ve witnessed. But goddamnit can LeBron James play basketball. I’ve railed on him a lot before and although I’ll still root hard against him and never like him as a dude he is obviously the best basketball player out there by far and he without a doubt carried that team to a title. I have to give him credit and begrudging respect for that. Now let me move on before I start punch my computer screen with face.
The Celtics aren’t the only NBA teams that did things during the hiatus, although their’s were much less exciting. The Knicks big moves included winning one playoff game, which might warrant a banner with how bad they’ve been in the postseason in the past decade, and Amar’e Stoudemire rocking a cut off jean jacket with glasses and a fidora court-side (Seriously bro?) and sending out loving messages to his fans.
The Nets meanwhile are making desperate appeals to Deron Williams sense of loyalty, I guess, while putting out one of my favorite NBA shirts ever. Seriously, for a nanosecond I thought about throwing in 22 years of Celtics fanhood just so I could rock that shirt. I still might grab one and just wear it in the offseason.
This shirt is straight flames.
But enough about basketball, this blog was built on baseball and although you might not know it by looking at our posting schedule it is baseball season.
Who could have guessed how well the Mets season is going? A 40-36 record that puts them right in the NL East race while the hated Phillies lag behind in last place is certainly not what was predicted coming into this season. It is a mystery to me how they’re doing it. R.A. Dickey has looked like the next coming of Sandy Koufax while David Wright has hit the cover off the ball but after that what do the Mets have? They just seem like a team that plays loose and gets the big hit from anybody at the right time. Plus I really like how Terry Collins is handling that team. Great hire by the orange and blue.
It also can’t go without being mentioned that Johan Santana finally tossed a no-no for the fans in Flushing. Can’t say I’ve ever been that invested in a baseball team outside of the Sox more than I was then. Pretty awesome for the Mets. As far as the blown call in that game goes, there are blown calls all the time and if that was the closest thing to a hit they could get who cares.
Speaking of bad calls how about that Dewayne Wise catch that wasn’t a catch? That is some pretty awful umpiring when you don’t even ask to see the ball and the fan who actually has it is waving it around right in your eyeball. Plus ejecting the batter after he argued just shows the power trip some umpires have. But it hasn’t all been stupid calls for the Yankees. I will now bedgrudgingly mention that Derek Jeter is playing great and they have the best record in baseball.
Still there are some not great parts like CC and Pettitte both going down. Rivera losing his ankle on a fly ball before a game and the fact that this team doesn’t score unless someone is socking it out of the park. Although with how frequent that is it clearly isn’t a problem.
Finally we get to the main event, at least to me. The Boston Red Sox said goodbye last week to one of my favorite Red Sox players in recent years. It is really hard to see Youk go. I always loved his fire. How much he gave and how much he cared. Plusit was awesome to see a guy that just didn’t fit the mold of a great baseball player turn into one of the best hitters in the bigs. Other than Ortiz he is the only remaining member of the 2004 World Series team. Wow is that depressing. It’s sad to see him go but I hope he crushes it with Chicago (unless they’re playing Boston then he can go 0-for-4 with 4 Ks).
In terms of players still on the team the Sox are pretty head scratching. What happened to Jon Lester? I guess he’ll never be the ace we want but just a really good No. 2. I believe Clay Bucholz was checked into the hospital because he was attacked by a face-hugger from Alien and was carrying one inside his stomach. Daniel Bard as a starter? That sure lasted awhile huh? You mean when you can’t throwing anything but a fastball and don’t throw strikes you can’t start? Then there’s Adrian “Singles” Gonazalez. He is inching dangerously close to J.D. Drew territory for me. All he does is hit singles and doubles. He never seems to get the big hit (although he did last night) and he just seems to play and look the same no matter if he strikes out swinging or hits a home run. Not good.
Negatives aside, I will say that this Red Sox team is a hell of a lot of fun to watch. David Ortiz is busy just pounding into the ground the
YOOOOOOOOOUUKKKKKKKKK! Really going to miss that.
“Edgar Martinez is the best DH of all-time” argument. Then there are all the no names and dirt dogs that are just killing it. Cody Ross smacking home runs left and right. I loved that signing because he just seemed built for Boston and Fenway Park and so far I couldn’t be more right. Salty just swinging for the fences every at bat, and a bunch of times reaching them. And Scott Atchison taking time from his slow pitch softball league to fill in as a dominant reliever.
But what crowns it all is the guy who sent Youk packing. You can keep your Bryce Harper and your Mike Trout, give me Will Middlebrooks. Tim Kurkjian said Middlebrooks reminds him a lot of Ryan Zimmerman and I agree. Very similar swing with a bunch of pop. I forgot how awesome it was to watch Ellsbury come up and kill it or Pedroia coast to Rookie of the Year and that’s happening again with Middlebrooks.
Oh and the Devils made the Stanley Cup or something.
I think that about covers it. Phew! A lot sure happens in a month and a half. It’s good to be back.
Did we miss something big that happened? How about the end of the NBA season and the Heats title? Baseball thoughts? As always let us know on Twitter (@seeuinoctober) or sound off in the comments.