Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rainout In Cincinnati Forces Doubleheader

How does that Beatles song go?

When the rain comes
they run and hide their heads.
The Cincinnati Reds.
When the rain comes.

Not buyin' that, are ya?

Anyway, the Yankees and Reds will play a day-night doubleheader today, 12:30 and 7:00. Not to be confused with a phenomenon that, while not exactly common, did happen a few times per team per year when I was a kid, the "twi-night doubleheader," the first starting at 5:00 and the second about 45 minutes after the first ended. A regular doubleheader would be noted on the team's schedule by 2 circles, a twi-nighter by 2 moons.

The starting pitchers for the first game will be Freddy Garcia for the Yankees, the unfortunately named Mike Leake for the Reds. (Not to be confused with Kelly Leak, the character played by Jackie Earle Haley in The Bad News Bears.) The second game will have recent signing Brian Gordon against Johnny Cueto.

The Reds won the NL Central last season, their first appearance in the postseason since 1999, their first real such appearance (1999 was a Wild Card play-in game against the Mets, which they lost) since 1995, and are looking for their first Pennant and World Championship since 1990. I haven't seen too many references to this, but this could be a World Series preview.

The Red Sox lost last night, to the San Diego Padres, so now the Yanks are just one game behind The Scum in the AL East -- and even in the AILC, the All-Important Loss Column.

Tonight, the U.S. plays Panama in the Semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. If they win, they will play the winner of the second game of this Semifinal doubleheader, Mexico (more likely) or El Salvador, in the Final at the Rose Bowl outside Los Angeles on Saturday night.

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Days until the Red Bulls play again: 1, tomorrow night, away to the Seattle Sounders. They'll have to do it without Thierry Henry, who's suspended due to that whacked-out ending in the Portland game; and without U.S. National Team stars Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo, and Mexico's Captain, Rafa Marquez, all still away at the Gold Cup.

Days until Derek Jeter collects his 3,000th career hit: 11. Now that he's hurt, and comes off the Disabled List on June 29, I'm guessing he gets it on Sunday, July 3, at Pity Field against The Other Team. He needs 6 hits.

Days until the Red Bulls play another "derby": 17, against the team that is usually considered their biggest rivals, D.C. United, on Saturday, July 9, at Red Bull Arena. They play their REAL rivals, the New England Revolution, on Saturday, August 20, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. And they next play their CLOSEST rivals, the Philadelphia Union, in their regular season finale, on Thursday night, October 20, at Red Bull Arena.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins: 44, on Friday, August 5, at Fenway Park.

Days until Arsenal play again in a competitive match: 52, on Saturday, August 13, against Newcastle United at St. James Park. The schedule -- sorry, forgot to speak English there, the fixture list for the 2011-12 Premier League season has been released, and the Gunners and their Gooners will face the Magpies and their Geordies, returning to the scene of the crime, where Phil Dowd's biased refereeing turned a 4-0 Arsenal lead after 26 minutes, still held a 4-0 after 67 minutes (roughly the three-quarter mark of a soccer game/football match) into a 4-4 draw. Newcastle fans (a.k.a. Geordies) still think they earned that unbelievable draw. Anybody who believes that also believes that England would have beaten Germany had Frank Lampard's goal been allowed in last year's World Cup. (They wouldn't.)

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 71, on Thursday, September 1, home to North Carolina Central. 13 weeks.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 79, on Friday night, September 9, at Monroe.

Days until the next North London Derby: 101, on Saturday, October 1, at White Hart Lane. As yet unknown. The 2011-12 Premier League season begins on August 13, so it can't be any earlier than that. The schedule -- sorry, forgot to speak English there, the fixture list -- is usually released in the 2nd week in June.

Days until the Devils play another local rival: As yet unknown. The next season's schedule hasn't been released yet, save for the season-openers at the neutral but hockey-loving site of Helsinki, Finland, games that will include the Rangers. That will be on October 7. Figure the Devils' season opener will be the next day, which is 177 days from now. Figure they'll probably play a local rival, either the Rangers, the Islanders, or the Flyers soon thereafter, maybe a week after, so, tentatively, I'm going to say the number of days is: 108.

Days until the Rutgers-Army football game at Yankee Stadium: 143.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 155.

Days until the last Nets game in New Jersey: 305 (estimated, as the 3rd Sunday in April 2012 is the 22nd). Unless new owner Mikhail Prokhorov decides he'll stay in the Prudential Center, the great new arena he's already got.

Days until the 2012 Olympics begin in London: 401 (July 27).

Days until Alex Rodriguez collects his 3,000th career hit: 712 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 700th career home run: 843 (estimated).

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 956 (tentatively scheduled for February 2, 2014, although it could end up being moved back a week or 2).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 756th career home run to surpass all-time leader Hank Aaron: 1,454 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 763rd career home run to become as close to a "real" all-time leader as we are likely to have: 1,568 (estimated).

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