Sunday, April 10, 2005

Portrait of a Loss as a Singing Kettle

Some innings (mostly of the one-run variety) resemble someone flushing a toilet while you're in the shower. You're scalded momentarily, but you get over it and keep scrubbing behind your ears. Some innings are like a shaken two-liter of soda; they're barely started before it seems like you need to mop the whole floor.

The fifth inning Matt Clement had today against the Blue Jays was a tea kettle inning. Part of this effect comes from the mind-numbingly deliberate pace at which he starts working with runners on base. Part of it is the fact that nothing was hit really hard. The heat just keeps rising, gradually but undeniably, until you hear this long whistle and you're down two runs.

Sometimes the line between a tea kettle inning and a shaken soda inning is fine indeed. It looked like the Sox might have a soda inning going in the top of the ninth: the tying runs already in, runners at the corners, and Manny at the plate. Alas, the Blue Jays faithful found themselves stirred, but not shaken.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Up until today, every inning the Mets had played turned out to be Natural Light innings -- unhealthy, fairly god-awful, and leaving a foul ass taste in your mouth.

Today, however, there were nothing but Pedro Martinis on the menu. I think most Mets fans were three sheets to the wind by the eighth...

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