Tag:Kerwin Danley
Posted on: October 24, 2008 2:49 am

Phillies don't get any breaks

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When you strand 11 runners and go 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, as Philadelphia did dropping Game 2 of the World Series to Tampa Bay on Thursday -- the final was 4-2 -- you pretty much deserve whatever fate befalls you.

But before this series heads north to Philadelphia, a quick moment here to say that Charlie Manuel's club got no breaks on Thursday.

Specifically, there were two moments involving plate umpire Kerwin Danley that could have -- should have -- gone Philadelphia's way. Neither did.

The first came in the second inning and cost the Phillies a run. With one out and a runner on first, Phillies starter Brett Myers worked a full count on Rocco Baldelli before unleashing a pitch that sure looked to be in the strike zone -- and it appeared as if, on a check swing, Baldelli went too far.

Danley raised his right arm as if to signal strike three ... then, after hesitating, pointed to first base. Ball four, and Dioner Navarro to second. He scored from there two batters later, on B.J. Upton's single.

Manuel hollered from the dugout and eventually came out to discuss the issue with Danley. From the mound, Myers hollered something else and was visibly angry. He thought it was strike three.

"He swung, for one," Myers said. "And two, I thought the pitch caught some of the plate.

"I can't understand why he didn't call it a strike. He had his hand up. ... He definitely called him out. It cost me a run. But you've got to keep pitching."

Said Manuel: "I thought he called the guy out. But he said he was pointing like that, he pointed to go to first base. But to me, when he brought his hand up, I thought he called the guy out."

The second bad break for the Phillies came in the ninth as they were trying to fight back from a 4-1 defecit.

After catcher Carlos Ruiz led off with a double, rookie David Price came inside with a pitch to shortstop Jimmy Rollins -- far enough inside that television replays showed it clearly grazed Rollins' jersey.

The shortstop pleaded his case, but Danley would not rule it a hit-by-pitch. So instead of two on, none out and the beginnings of a rally against Price, Ruiz remained at second with one out.

"He couldn’t hear it," Rollins said. "With 46,000 people screaming in your ear, it's probably tough to hear."

Rollins then added philosophically, "That's the beauty of sports. Sometimes you get a call, and sometimes you don't."

Rollins came away happy he wasn't injured on the play.

"I'm fortunate it didn't hit the bottom of my rib cage," he said. "That's where it was headed. The first thing I felt was relief. But it did get my jersey."

Posted on: April 27, 2008 10:00 pm

Happy Anniversary

To who?

Why, to the memory of one of the greatest managerial meltdowns in major-league history!

Yes, sports fans, Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of former skipper Lee Elia's all-time classic in Wrigley Field, when he shredded Cubs fans in a profanity-laced tirade that quickly became one of the most bootlegged tapes this side of a Grateful Dead show.

If you haven't heard it yet -- or if you have, but haven't played it in awhile -- it's just one more reason to be thankful for the existence of Youtube. Check Elia's rant out here (be forewarned, it's very R-rated, though exquisitely poetic).

It all started after the Cubs suffered another loss, this one 4-3 to the Dodgers, and some fans tossed beer and hurled insults at Cubs Larry Bowa and Keith Moreland as they came off the field.

"A few moments before, someone was calling MOreland a fat redhead and Bowa a Pygmy shortstop," Elia reminisced last week to the Chicago Sun-Times. "It just set me off."

Uh, yeah.

"We've got all these so-called f------ fans that come out here and say they're Cub fans, who are supposed to be behind you, ripping every f------ thing you do," Elia ranted to reporters on that fateful day. "I tell you one f------ thing, I hope we get f------ hotter than s---. Just to stuff it up them 3,000 f------ people that show up ever f------ day. because if they're the real Chicago f------ fans, they can kiss my f------ ass, right downtown, and print it!"

He went on to note that "85 percent of the world is working, the other 15 percent come out here. A f------ playground for the f------ c----------."

Incredibly, Elia -- whose Cubs were 5-14 at that point, in last place in the NL East -- kept his job for another four months before being fired that August.

All these years later, Elia, now a special assistant to Mariners manager John McLaren and a beloved figure in the Mariners organization, is revisiting the long ago moment that turned him into a sort of cult hero. Through an Illinois-based memorabilia dealer, Elia is selling an autographed baseball that contains a 20-second sound chip in which he parodies his tirade with a positive message to Cubs fans. The ball, which is scheduled to be unveiled Monday at Harry Caray's Restaurant in downtown Chicago, also has the inscription, "And print it!"

Elia, a surivor of prostate cancer, has designated a portion of the proceeds for Chicago Baseball Cancer charities. Best part of all might be that the ball also will come with an mp3 copy of the unedited tirade.

For more information, call 1-800-581-8661 or go to www.leeunplugged.com.

Likes: Umpire Kerwin Danley released from the hospital. What a scary moment Saturday night, when he was drilled with Brad Penny's mid-90s fastball and he lost consciousness. And  what a blessing that he wasn't seriously hurt. ... Tampa Bay in first place, even if the Rays are tied. What a thing in the AL East in the final days of April. ... The Lee Elia rant. I've had a copy of the tape for years, and it is just so staggeringly entertaining. And to think how times have changed: That happened today, it would be all over ESPN, CNN, other assorted cable channels, the Internet, national radio, etc., within the hour. Back then, one radio guy who was in Elia's office had his tape recorder, and it went out on a Chicago radio station and then those in the inner circle of the Chicago media got themselves tapes of it, and it spread from there.

Dislikes: That one of the Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore? C.C. Sabathia? Fausto Carmona? -- has yet to show up at a Cavaliers NBA playoff game wearing a Washington Wizards cap. You may recall Cavaliers star LeBron James showing up at Jacobs Field during the Cleveland-New York playoffs last fall wearing a Yankees cap?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"She's like so whatever
"You can do so much better
"I think we should get together now
"And that's what everyone's talking about"

-- Avril Lavigne, Girlfriend

Posted on: February 21, 2008 5:24 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2008 5:25 pm

The Name -- and Mapquest -- Game

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- So I'm cruising across Metro Parkway toward the Red Sox camp in Fort Myers about 8 a.m. Thursday, still working on waking up, when I pass Danley St. and it starts again.

Within a split-second, I think of Kerwin Danley, the major-league umpire.

Twisted, I know. Whacked, I admit.

But I'm guessing I'm not alone here.

Anybody else out there have an issue with automatically associating street names with players?

Long ago, I'd be driving on I-5 in Southern California, my stomach would start growling and I'd know exactly where to exit for the In-N-Out burger: Steve Avery Parkway.

OK, truth be told, it probably isn't named for the old Atlanta left-hander. Especially because it's actual name is Avery Parkway.

A few springs ago I got turned around heading to dinner at Le Tub, a marvelous old gas station-turned-into-a-grill on Florida's intracoastal waterway.

Now I know exactly where to exit I-95. Sheridan St. How could I forget Pat Sheridan, who played outfield in the 1980s for Kansas City and Detroit?

On and on it goes. The exit leading off of I-75 in Florida that takes me to Minnesota's camp isn't Daniels Parkway, it's Kal Daniels Parkway. A tip of the cap to the Cincinnati outfielder who led the National League in on-base percentage in 1988.

The exit off of I-10 in Arizona that takes me to Peoria Stadium (home of the Mariners and Padres) is Bell Rd. -- which never fails to remind of wacky outfielder Derek Bell. He played with a number of teams, but I'll always fondly recall the time he took his uniform pants back to the Blue Jays equipment manager and asked for a longer pair.

"How long?" the equipment guy asked.

"For the whole season," Bell replied.

I could go on, but it's late afternoon and I'd sure like to get a run in before dinner and a night of prepping for tomorrow's stop, Twins camp.

Of course, when I drive back to the hotel from Boston's complex here, the route will take me on Fowler St., during which I'll no doubt think of Billy Martin's old pitching coach, Art Fowler. ...

Likes: Manny being Manny. ... Full squad workouts starting. ... Exceptional tribute to the late Bob Howsam, the highly respected former Reds executive who passed away a few days ago, from Sparky Anderson in this piece. ... Nino's Pizza and Italian Ristaurante at Daniels Crossing. Had an outstanding pizza -- New York thin crust -- from there last night, and meals there remain one of the highlights of the Florida tour. Graziano and his staff serve terrific meals with impressively fresh ingredients.

Dislikes: Fort Myers traffic has grown exponentially since I first started coming down here in 1994. It's the old joke -- Daniels Parkway, one of the main thoroughfares, is called a Parkway because you spent a whole lot of time parked on the asphalt. ... Physical exams. Everybody goes through them, of course -- such as Boston on Thursday -- but they really throw the day's schedule off.

Sunblock day? Little rain in the morning but the sun came out shortly after 9 a.m.

Rock-n-Roll lyric of the day:

"In the garbage disposal of you dreams I've been ground up, dear
"On the river of your plans I'm up the creek
"Up the elevator of your future I've been shafted
"On the calendar of your events I'm last week"

-- Johnny Cash, Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart

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