Thursdays are usually pretty quite in the Majors as teams get set for their weekend series. There were no Jews involved in any games, which strikes me as unusual these days.
Michael Schwimer did not appear in the Phillies’ 2-0 win over the Braves, a game that took just two hours and two minutes.
Craig Breslow did not appear in the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 loss to the Nationals, a 2:26 contest.
Compare this with the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the KC Royals, which took three hours and 20 minute to complete. Maybe that’s because the Yankees and Royals used a combined 10 pitchers, while the D’Backs/Nasts used six and the Phils/Braves just three (Phils’ starter Joe Blanton pitched as complete game). Then again, the Yankees game probably had a lot more TV commercials.
And while we’re at it, recall if you will the blown call by umpire Tim Welke the other day. This was, in fact, his second erroneous call in the past couple of weeks. Pardon The Interruption skewered him for not owning up to his mistake. Every time this happens, you get a hue and cry for the expanded use of instant replay in baseball. I’m not as bothered by that as the simple fact that some refs think they’re infallible and just will not admit when they’ve made a mistake. Jim Joyce, who famously blew a call on what should have been the last batter of a perfect game in 2010, at least had the good grace to apologize for his flub.