Favorite quotes regarding a game I did not experience at all, except for extreme angst while at a bar furiously checking my phone for updates, per Adam Rubin:
Dukes indisputably was in the wrong when he took umbrage at an inside pitch from Mike Pelfrey to start the slugger’s second at-bat. Pelfrey had surrendered a homer to Dukes in their previous encounter and merely wanted to get a ball inside to him to start the next sequence. At least the episode led to some hilarity postgame. Two starts ago in Florida, Cody Ross had inexplicably took exception to a 2-2 pitch from Pelfrey that hit him, leading to a bench-clearing incident. Here’s Smith’s lighthearted take on how Pelfrey handled the imposing Dukes vs. the diminutive Ross: “He was scared. He tells Cody Ross, ‘Let’s go!’ Tells Elijah Dukes, ‘I didn’t do it on purpose.’” As for Manuel, his comedy routine about the Dukes episode went like this: “At first I thought the ball went behind him the way he reacted. … I said to (Brian) Schneider, ‘Where was that ball?’ He said it was almost a strike. I said, ‘What the heck am I doing out here? I might get beat up.’”
I love this team. Congrats to Jose Reyes for breaking Mookie Wilson’s club record for stolen bases. Ho-zay ho-zay ho-zay ho-zay!
I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Orange County Southern California West Coast America for clinching the AL West title yesterday. As I have lived in all six of those places, I have a special place in my heart for the Angels, especially when they beat the Giants in the 2002 World Series. I hope to see more pictures like this:
Except substitute, say, Daniel Murphy, Johan Santana, and David Wright. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?