A 10-game streak and a 5-game streak have spoiled us Yankee fans. I can accept losses, I can't accept blown wins. Girardi was praised for most of the game for his outstanding use of the bullpen, but it all went up in flames last night. "Look, you guys can second-guess me all you want," Girardi said after the game. Okay, I will. Girardi was in his best 'mix-n-match' mode last night. 'Mix-n-match' is manager-speak for "See how much I'm into the game?" and "See how good I manage?" and, finally, "Aren't I smart?" Thursday night, the answers were, "No, no and no." Robertson, whose nickname is 'Houdini' because of his escapes, needs to be able to start with a clean plate until he setttles in. Hopefully, Joe has learned his lesson.
***AROUND THE LEAGUE***
## The Dodgers got beat again and have lost nine of their last ten games. They are really hurting Donnie Baseball's chances to be manager of the year.
## Melky Cabrera went 2-2 with 2 walks last night, thrilling his personal fan club, "The Melk-Maids."
## The Giants recorded their 4th straight shut out last night. Nothing says winning streak like a pitching staff that doesn't allow runs.
## "Are They Crazy?" dept. The Phillies are quietly shopping slugger Jim Thome. Good thinking; who needs a guy with 600 career home runs? This may be the first sign that the Phillies are bagging the season.
## Girardi just apologized again for blowing up the ninth inning. At least the Yanks still have a 5-game lead.
## Nick Johnson is hurt and going on the DL. Congratulations to those of you who had 'Late June' in the pool.
## Cleveland 3rd baseman Jack Hannahan has come up with a good suggestion. When an umpire screws up, as Mike DiMuro did a few days ago, send him to the minors for a few weeks until he "plays himself back into umpiring correctly." It'll never work, it's too good an idea.
## The NBA draft has started. A 'sporting event' (according to ESPN) that I'm not interested in. The only thing worth paying attention to is the various trades teams make, moving up and down in the draft order. For example, the Charlotte Bobcats moved up three spots by trading one future pick and two Kardashians to the Celtics. I'm just kidding: it was only one Kardashian.
***EUROCUP 2012 UPDATE***
It's soccer for those of you living in a cave...or the United States. Here are some of the highlights of the tournament so far:
** Spain & Russia have been fined because of the antics of their fans during the matches.
** A member of the French team, Samir Nasri, has been censured and will probably be fined for cursing a journalist attempting to interview him.
** The German team has been fined $31,200 because their fans displayed a neo-nazi flag during a match.
** A Chinese fan, Jiang Xiaoshan, has died when he stayed up 11 straight nights trying to watch all the matches. He was 26. (True story)
** An unnamed Ukranian team has been disqualified for failure to have a Kardashian associated with one of their players during the tournament. The coach claimed that they tried, but all the Kardashians were busy, what with the NBA draft and all.
There were some actual games played, but I can't seem to get any scores, plus I don't know what "nil" means. I think that Italy and Spain play for the title on Sunday on ESPN 3A at 2:00 AM.
***THEY SAID IT***
"The Kardashian sisters were just interviewed by Oprah. She made them cry twice. Once after asking them a math question." -- Brad Dickson
"Yanks lost Sabathia and Pettitte to injury a day after Toronto signs 49 year old Jamie Moyer. Not to be outdone, Don Larsen, Whitey Ford and Rich Gossage all reported to Yankee Stadium for tryouts today." -- Tony Chong
"I think this is telling - to report on Tropical Storm Debby, NBC sent Ann Curry to Florida to be lashed to a tree." -- Brad Dickson
"Between races at the Olympic Swim Trials, 6-foot flames shoot from the pool deck. This demonstrates the difference between the Swim Trials and the College World Series. At the CWS when you see 6-foot flames, you know the brats are cooked." -- Brad Dickson
"Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a robot with a special built-in sensor that renders it incapable of losing at Rock, Paper, Scissors. Unless, of course, the Pacquiao judges are scoring it." -- Dwight Perry
"CBS's David Letterman, on the 28-mile swim competition around Manhattan Island: "The winner gets a trophy and hepatitis."