|Brad Lidge: There's that taste again.|
The ol' boneyard had a better night than Brad Lidge, too. The Astros closer has given up two walkoff home runs in his last two relief spots.
Great timing from Tim McCarver setting up the game-winning Podsednik (zero home runs this season; two in the playoffs) home run last night on Fox, the network that turns the grand old game into a Saturday-morning cartoon show, after human kewpie-doll Joe Buck had asked whether Lidge should've worked Game 6 of the NLCS "to get that taste out of his mouth from Pujols' home run."
McCarver: "I don't think that taste is there."
CRACK. Game over.
McCarver: "That taste might be there now."
Um, yeah, maybe. So ended a splendid Game 2. The only shame of it is, after absorbing this kind of mental shrapnel, the general rule is you don't win. This Series is effectively finished: "The guy (the Astros) believe in is no longer believable," writes Greg Couch.
Geoff Baker tells you how it all went down, including a White Sox grand slam that was preceded by the obligatory controversial umpire's call. And Rich Griffin has his take, noting how Lidge took Bobby Jenks off the hook, if not the home plate ump. Meantime, Chris Zelkovich is no big fan of the Fox approach -- hear hear. I'd only add that I miss Lou Piniella, who was along for the previous round, his Prairie Home Companion delivery, if nothing else, keeping the McCarverbiage to a minimum.
Oh, and one more thing: ever notice that every time they show a dugout in this series, someone's drinking coffee?
Some links, all of 'em guaranteed good reads:
At the Canadian International Yesterday, the usual rough running and it was 11-to-1 shot Relaxed Gesture that grabbed the big prize. The winning trainer explains why he came to Woodbine -- "I like to be cold and I like to be wet" -- and Dave Perkins cheers. (Didn't say whether he cashed, which usually means they didn't.)
Still on racing, if you're already looking ahead to this Saturday's Breeders' Cup, here's an early look at the strength of the European challenge, with Andre Fabre (no surprise) holding the strongest cards.
Oh heck, as a York alum I feel duty-bound here to note that the York
Yeomen Lions aren't going to the playoffs this year after losing a close 38-3 decision.
More football: the Argos, having smacked down the Alouettes, will rely on Canuck running back Jeff Johnson in their next outing.
In the NFL, the Washingtons had their biggest scoring day since George Bush Sr. was in the White House. And Garth Woolsey wonders if those '72 Dolphins might finally be joined in the record books by the so-far perfect Colts.
football soccer, Chelsea didn't win, and Jose Mourinho's not real happy about that.
Meantime, strap on your shin pads for a lawsuit that starts in March and could shake the beautiful game to its filthy-rich foundations -- or at least, to Sepp Blatter's Zurich aerie, and here's what's at stake:
"Fifa are getting the most important ingredients - the footballers - for free. In the case of an injury, they (the clubs who pay the players) don't even get any compensation."
No wonder Sepp was running his mouth a couple of weeks back.