Tag:Emmylou Harris
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Runs down, drought on out West

Major league clubs are scoring the fewest runs per game since 1992, and the drought out west is particularly to blame.

The Angels were shut out Saturday and Sunday by Boston and take a 19-inning scoreless streak into Monday night's series opener against Oakland. No wonder Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter were among those taking early batting practice in Anaheim at 3 Monday afternoon.

The Athletics were shut out in back-to-back games last Thursday and Friday by the Mariners and rank 10th in the American League in runs scored.

The Mariners rank 12th after, in 2010, scoring the fewest runs during a season (513) of any team in the designated-hitter era (since 1972).

Over in the NL, the Padres were shut out in back-to-back games last Thursday and Friday by the Phillies and have scored the fewest runs in the league. If you want to know how feeble to Padres' sticks are, just check in with tonight's starter, Dustin Moseley: The Padres have not scored one single run during the 25 2/3 innings Moseley has been on the mound this season. He's 0-3 with a 1.40 ERA.

The Padres hitters' 186 strikeouts is the most in the majors. Already in games in 2011, the Phillies' Roy Halladay has fanned 14 Padres and the Giants' Tim Lincecum 13. Brad Hawpe has whiffed 22 times in 51 at-bats.

As for the Angels and Athletics, who are set to open a three-game series in Anaheim tonight, the Angels, having been shut out in each of their past two games, have only been blanked three times in a row once in club history. That happened in June, 1978. They've never been shut out three in a row at home.

"Right now, particularly guys we've been counting on to hit in the middle of the lineup, guys are struggling," Angels manager Mike Scioscia says. "We have a  few 3 for 30s -- Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick ... we've got a pretty strong grouping in the middle that has been struggling for probably the last 10 games collectively.

"If it's just one or two guys, you can rotate them around and get better groupings. But that's not really an option for us right now. We just have to let guys who have hit their whole career hit."

As for the A's, they were blanked for 20 consecutive innings before breaking through against Seattle on Saturday and Sunday with 9-1 and 5-2 victories.

Manager Bob Geren pretty much describes the same scenario Scioscia describes with his Angels.

"Collectively, we had nine guys struggling at once," Geren says. "We have three or four guys really coming out of it now, and some others are feeling better.

"There's definitely a lot better feeling each inning now."

The Athletics were 15th in the AL in runs scored on Saturday morning and still have scored the fifth-fewest total in the AL (80). Their 10 homers are the second-fewest in the majors.

Likes: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's current deal taking him through the age of 69. After that? "We'll see," Manuel says. ... The Mets' new custom of periodically having players make phone calls to fans, as explained here by our Evan Brunell in Morning Pepper. ... The return of Treme to HBO on Easter evening. ... Great job, Toyota, bringing back the J.Geils Band -- or, at least their music, in the ad featuring the song Just Can't Wait. ... The new disc due from Emmylou Harris, whose voice is one of this country's great natural resources.

Dislikes: Jose Contreras to the DL. Just when he was in the process of reinventing himself yet again. What a job he's done as a closer. Though for you pitch count aficionados, there's this: Contreras was DL'd after throwing 81 pitches over a five-day span. And the Phils allowed Cole Hamels to throw 126 pitches on Friday and Roy Halladay to throw 130 on Sunday. It was, though, only against the Padres. So it wasn't like every pitch was taxing.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"To workers I'm just another drone
"To Ma Bell I'm just another phone
"I'm just another statistic on a sheet
"To teachers I'm just another child
"To IRS I'm just another file
"I'm just another consensus on the street
"Gonna cruise out of this city
"Head down to the sea
"Gonna shout out at the ocean
"Hey it's me"

-- Bob Seger, Feel Like a Number

 

Posted on: August 18, 2008 3:11 pm
 

Red Dirt and infield dirt

Slow past month for Bull Pennings, largely because I was having some significant computer issues that essentially kept one hand tied behind my back. It was all I could do to get my laptop to cooperate enough to get my regular columns written, let alone blogs and other things.

Now that I'm cruising along on my new laptop, and before the summer heat dissipates, I want to make sure to pass these comments along from … singer Emmylou Harris?

You bet. Not only does she have an incredible voice and a new disc out this summer (All I Intended To Be), not only is she still amazing at 61, but, best of all … she's all this and a passionate baseball fan.

While talking summer tour with the San Diego Union-Tribune a few weeks ago, she was absolutely charming on the subject of baseball.

"How could you not  be a baseball fan?" she asked. "It's such a great game. All I do during baseball season is watch games. I was so pumped the other night when Greg Maddux stole a base! My team is the Braves, but they don't stand much of a chance."

Harris has sung the national anthem at numerous games, and she sang God Bless America at the 2001 World Series. She's a National League fan, is rooting for the Cubs this summer and, from the sounds of it, could use a few more baseball fans in her band (Red Dirt Boys) and traveling entourage.

"We don't really have any baseball fans, except for my stage manager, who is a Cubs fan, and my road manager, who is a Red Sox fan," she said. "Unfortunately for the guys in my band, they have to sit and watch the games. As soon as the show is over, I get on the (tour) bus and watch Baseball Tonight."

Likes: The dog days of August, with fewer than 40 games to play, the stretch run right around the corner and kickoff to the college football season on deck. … The AL Central race, and the total contrast between the home run-dependent Chicago White Sox and the pesky, little-power Minnesota Twins. … I haven't heard their music yet, but I sure do like the idea of The Baseball Project. … The Brewers in a short, post-season series with CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. … Meatballs, on DVD. A blast from the past, but Bill Murray is a crack-up. … Looking forward to seeing the HBO special on Helen Thomas, Thank You, Mr. President. … Jamba Juice.

Dislikes: "Back-to-School" this and "Back-to-School" that. We need to figure out how to implement that title to the old Beach Boys album, Endless Summer. … The AFLAC goose. Or duck. Or whatever that annoying, flea-ridden bird is.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I used to rule the world
"Seas would rise when I gave the word
"Now in the morning I sleep alone
"Sweep the streets I used to own"

-- Coldplay, Viva La Vida

 
 
 
 
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