Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-10-8

10/8/2007
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Monday, October 08, 2007

Top of the 1st
HELLO LIFE, GOODBYE COLUMBUS
For those readers in the United States of Erikson, Happy Columbus Day!

We will have an abbreviated Billy-Ball today because so many of you are sleeping, but for those of you who are working (like me) I would like to share with you a couple scenes from my screenplay that I am developing about Christopher Columbus with music by the Association.

One of the scenes of my movie has Christopher Columbus, played by Joe Torre, as he is preparing for his trip to discover the New England. We see him expressing his love for Queen Isabella, played by George Steinbrenner, by singing “Cherish”:

“Cherish is the word I use to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I had told you
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could hold you
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could mold you
Into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you”

As the music continues in the background we see Columbus’ crew preparing for the voyage. Dressed in period garb are Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrara, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada and others. Limping down to the docks is an old, old man played by Roger Clemens. Carrying the life boats are rookies Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain.

There are three vessels preparing for the journey, Torre as Columbus captains the first ship, Derek Jeter is the Captain of the second ship. The third ship is manned by Alex Rodriguez playing the first mate who threatens to go off on his own journey following the completion of this voyage. You all know the names of the boats from your history books: the Hurdle, the Melvin, and the Francona.

Simply boarding the boats is a struggle. As they attempt to move on to New England they encounter many battles along the way, none more deadly than their battle with the Indians. Yes, this Tribe wants to be the group that moves on, they want to be the ones who have the opportunity to battle the New Englanders.

At the start it looked very bad for Torre’s men. These Indians had massive leaders, named Sabathia and Carmona, who rendered them helpless. Queen Isabella explained to her court that if Torre could not conquer the Indians, he would never even have the chance to beat the sox off the New Englanders and then could never be champions of the world. She exclaimed, “If Christopher cannot do this with all the gold I have provided him, I will get Girardi to replace him!” She then starts singing, “Goodbye, Columbus”;
“Hello life, goodbye Columbus
I’ve got a feelin’ that you’re gonna hear from us
You’re gonna know that we’ve taken the world by surprise
Got that look in our eyes
Its a lucky day, just for changin’
Leavin’ the old world behind
Lucky day for walkin’ a new road
Just to clear your mind
It’s a day for startin’ a new way
Tellin’ the old one goodbye
Lucky day for gettin’ above it
Spread your wings and fly”

As she sings, Columbus’ men overhear her and unite for Joe. The old man tries but he is simply too old, too tired, too out of HGH. But this team of men is not yet done. As if able to control the skies, they shift the wind in their favor. Together they sing “Windy”:
“And Windy has stormy eyes
That flash at the sound of lies
And Windy has wings to fly
Above the clouds.
Above the clouds.”

They decide to strike back, to hit with anger and fury. They change their course and take a new route: the Westbrook. Cheered on by their legions they battle victoriously, but that is just the first step. They are far from success. In fact the Tribe still holds the advantage as it remains life or death for Team Torre, er, Chris’ Crew.

As the two sides prepare to battle another night we see the manager/Columbus alone on the deck, as his men prepare for a night of Byrd hunting, singing a reprise of “Cherish”:
“Perish is the word that more than applies
To the hope in my heart each time I realize
That I am not gonna be the one to share your dreams
That I am not gonna be the one to share your schemes
That I am not gonna be the one to share what seems to be
The life that you could cherish as much as I do yours

Oh, I’m beginning to think that man has never found
The words that could make you want me
That have the right amount of letters, just the right sound
That could make you hear, make you see
That you are driving me out of my mind”

And as the camera pulls away, we fade to the bedroom of the Queen who is singing the same song, alone in her bed:
“Cherish is the word I use to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I had told you
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could hold you
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could mold you
Into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you
And I do cherish you
And I do cherish you
Cherish is the word”

Well, that’s all of written so far. I hope to have another scene done by tomorrow.

Happy Columbus Day!

Top of the 2nd
POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
N.Y. Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Gm Date Site Time (TV)/Result
1 Thurs., Oct. 4 @ CLE CLE 12, NYY 3
W: C.C. Sabathia (1-0) L: C. Wang (0-1)
2 Fri., Oct. 5 @ CLE CLE 2, NYY 1
W: R. Perez (1-0) L: L. Vizcaino (0-1)
3 Sun., Oct. 7 @ NYY NYY 8, CLE 4
W: P. Hughes (1-0) L: J. Westbrook (0-1)
*4 Mon., Oct. 8 @ NYY 6 p.m. ET (TBS)
CLE: P. Byrd (15-8, 4.59) NYY: C. Wang (0-1, 15.43)
*5 Wed., Oct. 10 @ CLE 5 p.m. ET (TBS)
NYY: TBD CLE: C.C. Sabathia (1-0, 5.40)
* if necessary
Indians lead series 2-1

AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Gm Date Time (TV)
1 Fri., Oct. 12 at Boston FOX
2 Sat., Oct. 13 at Boston FOX
3 Mon., Oct. 15 at NY/Cleveland FOX
4 Tues., Oct. 16 at NY/Cleveland FOX
* 5 Thurs., Oct. 18 at NY/Cleveland FOX
* 6 Sat., Oct. 20 at Boston FOX
* 7 Sun., Oct. 21 at Boston FOX
* if necessary

NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Gm Date Time (TV)
1 Thurs., Oct. 11 at Arizona TBS
2 Fri., Oct. 12 at Arizona TBS
3 Sun., Oct. 14 at Colorado TBS
4 Mon,. Oct. 15 at Colorado TBS
* 5 Wed., Oct. 17 at Colorado TBS
* 6 Fri., Oct. 19 at Arizona TBS
* 7 Sat., Oct. 20 at Arizona TBS
* if necessary

WORLD SERIES
Gm Date Site Time (TV)
1 Wed., Oct. 24 AL hosts FOX
2 Thurs., Oct. 25 AL hosts FOX
3 Sat., Oct. 27 NL hosts FOX
4 Sun., Oct. 28 NL hosts FOX
* 5 Mon., Oct. 29 NL hosts FOX
* 6 Wed., Oct. 31 AL hosts FOX
* 7 Thurs., Nov. 1 AL hosts FOX

Top of the 3rd
ROCKTOBER
Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Gm Date Site Time ET (TV)/Result
1 Wed., Oct. 3 @ PHI COL 4, PHI 2
W: J. Francis (1-0) L: C. Hamels (0-1)
2 Thurs., Oct. 4 @ PHI COL 10, PHI 5
W: J. Fogg (1-0) L: K. Kendrick (0-1) S: M. Corpas (2)
3 Sat., Oct. 6 @ COL COL 2, PHI 1
W: B. Fuentes (1-0) L: J. Romero (0-1)
Rockies win series 3-0

Top of the 4th
D-BACKTOBER
Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Gm Date Site Time ET (TV)/Result
1 Wed., Oct. 3 @ ARI ARI 3, CHC 1
W: B. Webb (1-0) L: C. Marmol (0-1)
2 Thurs., Oct. 4 @ ARI ARI 8, CHC 4
W: D. Davis (1-0) L: Ted Lilly (0-1)
3 Sat., Oct. 6 @ CHC ARI 5, CHC 1
W: L. Hernandez (1-0) L: R. Hill (0-1)
Diamondbacks win series 3-0

Top of the 5th
SOXTOBER
L.A. Angels vs. Boston Red Sox
Gm Date Site Time ET (TV)/Result
1 Wed., Oct. 3 @ BOS BOS 4, LAA 0
W: J. Beckett (1-0) L: J. Lackey (0-1)
2 Fri., Oct. 5 @ BOS BOS 6, ANA 3
W: J. Papelbon (1-0) L: J. Speier (0-1)
3 Sun., Oct. 7 @ LAA BOS 9, LAA 1
W: C. Schilling (1-0) L: J. Weaver (0-1)
Red Sox win series 3-0

Top of the 6th
WILL HE SHOOT THE HORSE?
George Steinbrenner’s star horse, the two-year-old Majestic Warrior turned in an Alex Rodriguez-like performance with a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

Top of the 7th
PROBABLE PITCHERS
CLE: P. Byrd (15-8, 4.59) NYY: C. Wang (0-1, 15.43)
* Paul Byrd had second-worst hits-per-9 innings rate of MLB pitchers (minimum 162 IP): 11.18.
* He is 1-0, 5.02 ERA in three career postseason starts (20.65 ERA in two career October regular-season starts).
* In September, Byrd was 2-3 with a 5.21 ERA with 48 hits allowed in 38 innings.
* Byrd led the American League with 1.31 walks per nine innings but gave up 239 hits in 192 1/3 innings.
* Wang hasn’t lost consecutive starts since April 24 and 29, his first two starts of the season
* He has a record of 10-4, 2.75 ERA at home in 2007, compared to 9-3 with a 4.91 ERA on the road, and his 21 home victories over the past two years leads the big leagues.
* Victor Martinez moves to first for the Indians because Byrd’s personal catcher is Kelly Shoppach. This means that the Tribe will be without Ryan Garko.
* The Indians batted .262 on the road in the regular season (.275 at home).
* On 8/11/07 – New York, 11-2 (at Cle – WP: Mussina; LP: Byrd)
* On 6/13/06 – New York, 1-0 (at NY – WP: Wang; LP: Byrd)
* On 7/05/06 – New York, 11-3 (at Cle – WP: Mussina; LP: Byrd)
* On 7/08/05 – New York, 5-4 (at NY – WP: Wang; LP: Lee)

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
Of the five possible World Series matchups that could have been repeated when this postseason began, 2001, Arizona vs New York; 1950, Philadelphia vs New York; 1932 and 1938, Chicago vs New York; 1918, Chicago vs Boston; 1915, Philadelphia vs Boston; only the first tenuously remains.

Top of the 9th
TRACY GONE
The Pittsburgh Pirates fired manager Jim Tracy Friday after two years filled with long losing streaks and little progress by a team that has had 15 consecutive losing seasons, one short of the major league record. Tracy’s teams were 67-95 in 2006 and 68-94 this season. Tracy has managed since 2001, going 427-383 with one division title in five seasons with the Dodgers and 135-189 with Pittsburgh. His 280 losses over the last three seasons were the most in the majors. He is due $1 million for next season, as was Littlefield.

Tracy, a 51-year-old former outfielder for the Cubs, becomes the fourth manager to be fired or to leave the Pirates during their 15-year run of losing seasons, one short of the 1933-48 Phillies’ major league record. Gene Lamont (1997-2000), Lloyd McClendon (2001-05) and Tracy were let go and Jim Leyland asked out of his contract following the 1996 season to manage the Marlins.

Also fired were senior director of player development Brian Graham, who once worked with new Pirates general manager Neal Huntington in Cleveland; scouting director Ed Creech and director of baseball operations Jon Mercurio. Huntington hinted the Pirates’ inability to draft and develop prospects, and evaluate players at all levels, created the shakeup.

Coaches Jim Lett, Jim Colborn, Jeff Manto, Jeff Cox, John Shelby and Bobby Cuellar, all under contract until the end of this month, were encouraged to seek other jobs. The new manager will be allowed to choose his coaches.

“It became very clear to me we needed some change,” Huntington said. “We needed to change our leadership.”

Or, the Pirates could spend some money.

Bottom of the 9th
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