Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Oh, Danny Boy...

I can only imagine that Dan Uggla can't wait get out of Yankee Stadium. A rally-ending double play ball in the top of the 10th with the go-ahead run on 3rd, followed by consecutive errors in the bottom of the 10th almost made him the feel-bad story of the night. Fortunatly for Uggla, Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook induced 3 straight ground balls to get out of the bases loaded, no one out jam. Then, in the top of the 12th, with the bases loaded and 1 out, Uggla stepped to the plate... and struck out on 3 straight pitches. You'd think that would complete the night, but no. The ball found him again with the winning run on 2nd in the bottom of the 12th, and Uggla bobbled that one. This time he was able to regroup in time to get the out. And wouldn't you know it, bottom of the 13th... E4. Uggla sets the record for most errors by a player in an All-Star game. (To be fair, the error in the 13th was excuseable. The ball took a wicked nasty hop right before getting to Uggla.) Oh yea, Uggla added a 3rd strikeout in the 15th. And to top it all off, the American League won.

The only good news about all this is that much of Uggla's action happened in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Half the stadium was empty, and I can't imagine too many people were still watching. If only there wasn't a SportsCenter...

1 comment:

Frank A said...

Anyone else think it was classless and selfish of Yankees fans to boo and chant "over-rated" to Papelbon while Uggla was having his first all-star at-bat ever?

Very selfish to take a moment like that away from a good guy and a deserving player just to indulge in their own petty differences with one player when there are other players on the field who don't need to be hearing that crap.

Who knows if those boos and "over-rated" chants from 50,000 people somehow got into Uggla's head, causing him to strike out and beginning his downward spiral in the game.

Anyone agree? Disagree?