Baseball Toaster Catfish Stew
STOP CASTING POROSITY! An Oakland Athletics blog.
Frozen Toast
Google Search
Catfish Stew

02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  01 

12  09  08  01 

12  11  10  09  08 
Email Us

Ken: catfish AT zombia d.o.t. com
Ryan: rarmbrust AT gmail d.o.t. com
Philip: kingchimp AT alamedanet d.o.t net

Ken's Greatest Hits
28 Aug 2003
12 Jan 2004
31 May 2005
11 May 2005
29 Jun 2005
8 Jun 2005
19 Jul 2005
11 Aug 2005
7 Sep 2005
20 Sep 2005
22 Sep 2005
26 Sep 2005
28 Sep 2005
29 Sep 2005
18 Oct 2005
9 Nov 2005
15 Nov 2005
20 Nov 2005

13 Dec 2005
19 Jan 2006
28 Jan 2006
21 Feb 2006
10 Apr 2006
16 Apr 2006
22 Apr 2006
7 May 2006
25 May 2006
31 May 2006
18 Jun 2006
22 Jun 2006
6 Jul 2006
17 Jul 2006
13 Aug 2006
15 Aug 2006
16 Aug 2006
20 Aug 2006
11 Oct 2006
31 Oct 2006
29 Dec 2006
4 Jan 2006
12 Jan 2006
27 Jan 2007
17 Feb 2007
30 Apr 2007
27 Aug 2007
5 Sep 2007
19 Oct 2007
23 Nov 2007
5 Jan 2008
16 Jan 2008
4 Feb 2008
7 May 2008
20 Jun 2008
4 Feb 2008
2007-06-02 23:02
by Ken Arneson

Thank goodness the baserunner in this photograph is not A-Rod. Otherwise, we'd probably never hear the end of it:

Instead, this play is probably doomed to be forgotten because (a) it had no effect on the final score, (b) nobody got hurt, (b) the Twins turned the double play anyway. How exactly Luis "Joe Montana" Castillo managed to release the ball over the head of Jack "Too Tall" Cust and into the hands of Justin "Clark caught a touchdown" Morneau in time to turn the 4-3 double play, I'll never quite understand.

What will be remembered from this game is the performance of Joe Blanton. Blanton had had two rocky outings since becoming the victim a triple-whammy curse placed on him when (a) Ryan gave him some solid Catfish Stew praise, (b) Rob Neyer spread that praise by (subscribers-only) linking to it on, and (c) Ryan followed up his praise by attending his next start. Let this be a lesson to you all: no good can ever come of such optimistic behavior.

Fortunately, I am happy to report that I was able reverse that whammy by attending Saturday's game, and saying nothing of it or my expections about Joe Blanton to anyone in advance. As a result, Blanton pitched a three-hit, complete game shutout. You may all thank me in the comments below.

Blanton was masterful today, with great control of all of his pitches. Combine Blanton's sharpness with Carlos Silva pitching at his ground-ball inducing best (including the one that started the double play above), and you had a recipe for one of the fastest games I've ever seen: one hour and 48 minutes. The two pitchers were so good today that they not only removed all the fireworks from the two teams' offenses (the game's only run scored on, yes, a double play), they kept fireworks out of the sky as well. The game was over so fast, we had to wait for a full hour after the game for the sky to get dark enough to begin the scheduled post-game fireworks show.

I've been pretty busy with travel and work stuff lately, and I have some more busy times coming soon, but I shall try to squeeze in some more whammy-reversing whenever I can. I haven't even been able to get in any player fasting or anything this year. Travis Buck and Milton Bradley both left the game early with (guess what?) ailments of some sort. I can only do so much.  But does this team need me, or what?

2007-06-03 00:12:21
1.   Ken Arneson
Also, I'm not sure: is the umpire shooting Cust or Castillo with his finger gun?
2007-06-03 07:13:40
2.   Johan
2007-06-03 11:08:11
3.   mehmattski
Or if it were Mike Lowell, then it would be something to be praised. See: front cover of today's Boston Herald.
2007-06-03 15:06:33
4.   trainwreck
That is the Casilla everyone has been waiting for.
2007-06-03 15:22:06
5.   Jason Wojciechowski
Yeah, Lowell really leveled Cano, didn't he?

Didn't one of Mark Mulder's trademark lightning-fast games also force people to sit around and wait for a fireworks show?

2007-06-03 22:34:54
6.   BruceR
Let's see...Cust is clearly out of the base line so doesn't that automatically make it a double play even if the batter beats the throw (similar to going out of the base line after a fielder turning the double play at the bag) ??? On the other hand, if Cust was not called out for being out of the base line, how would he be out since Castillo appears to have released the ball prior to having tagged out Cust ???
2007-06-04 08:29:59
7.   Ken Arneson
6 It looks bad because you assume from this shot that Cust is moving forwards, but actually he's going sideways and pulling his arms up to try to avoid being tagged. But he would have been better off jumping to his right than to his left, because Castillo's momentum was taking him in that direction as well. Castillo tagged him and then threw over him (with both players moving towards the infield together), but how he managed to do accomplish that is a minor miracle.
2007-06-04 22:27:46
8.   BruceR
Correctomundo on your assumption of my assumption. And it makes it all the more remarkable that Castillo was able to get enough on the throw to get it to first in time. Who was the batter ???

BTW, as I write this, Mark Ellis just singled to complete his cycle. Very cool !!! Even extra-inning cycles deserve major kudos.

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.