The Reds have a crucial Game 5 of the NLDS upcoming against the Giants on Thursday afternoon, and Brandon Phillips looked ready for it on Wednesday night despite his team’s loss. After San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 8-3 to even the series at 2-2, Phillips rocked his Ray Ban sunglasses while talking to reporters.
Some of you may think this a good look, but others will probably point to the fact that Phillips was wearing his sunglasses at night, was indoors and was trying to make a fashion statement after a loss. Until he starts wearing gnarly jean jackets and ridiculous shoes to his press conferences after playoff games (win or lose), the Reds second baseman will not be on Russell Westbrook’s level. But wearing Ray Ban’s at a completely inappropriate time is certainly a start.
Yankees relief pitcher David Aardsma missed most of the season recovering from elbow surgery, but he didn’t miss a chance to mock Tigers closer Jose Valverde after Detroit blew a 3-1 lead during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.
Aardsma wrote the following message on his Twitter account shortly after the Tigers lost 4-3:
So does Valverde jump around and do all his antics when he blows a save? #sotiredGreat finish
— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) October 11, 2012
Valverde’s final stat line for the night: 0.2 innings, four hits, three earned runs, a blown save, a loss, and one zinger.
And one question: Why didn’t Tigers manager Jim Leyland replace Valverde after he allowed three hard-hit balls to start the inning?
If you haven’t seen the flamboyant closer’s antics, check out these videos.
Ibanez pinch-hit for DH Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and hit a solo home run to tie the game at two and send it to extra innings. Despite being pinch-hit for, A-Rod was leading the way cheering his teammate.
Then in the 12th, Ibanez led off the bottom of the inning with a second-deck walk-off home run to win the game 3-2.
Video of the remarkable clutch hit below:
The Orioles center fielder was seen blowing a bubble with his gum while trying to track a fly ball off the bat of Derek Jeter during Game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles on Wednesday.
Jones got a bad jump on the ball and did not start going back for it immediately. Not only that, but the bubble-blowing gave off the appearance that he wasn’t giving max effort.
The ball ended up going over his head for a run-scoring triple to tie the game at one. With the Yankees tying the game in the 9th on Raul Ibanez’s pinch-hit solo home run and losing on his homer in the 12th, there is little doubt that play turned out to be costly. Had he caught it, that would have ended the inning.
Photo via Dustin Fox
Alex Rodriguez could have been embarrassed and pouted after being replaced in the bottom of the 9th inning during Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday, but the Yankees DH was leading the cheers after pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez delivered an improbable game-tying home run in his place, and later another home run to win it.
Rodriguez had been struggling during the series, going 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games against Baltimore, and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Wednesday. Despite calls for him to be dropped in the batting order, manager Joe Girardi kept the struggling slugger in the third spot. But with one out and the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the 9th inning, Girardi opted to pinch-hit for A-Rod with Ibanez.
Ibanez, who was 1-for-3 in the series, crushed a home run off Orioles closer Jim Johnson to tie the game at two and send it to extra innings. He later clubbed a second-deck walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 12th and win the game 3-2.
A-Rod spoke after the game about being a good teammate despite a personally embarrassing situation.
“Joe (Girardi) and I had a discussion and we’ve preached all year that it’s about 25 guys, it’s about doing whatever it takes to win. I’m one of the leaders of this team. Maybe 10 years ago I react in a much different way, but I’m at a place right now in my career where team is everything. I don’t think anybody in the ballpark was more excited for [Ibanez] than me.”
The clutch home runs will no doubt put Ibanez in a heralded class of Yankees postseason heroes. The bold move by Girardi paid off. And those who questioned whether Rodriguez was more focused on individual production rather than team success might have to evaluate their thinking.
Crisp raced back and perfectly timed a jump at the wall in right center to rob Fielder of a potential extra-base hit.
The catch helped the A’s maintain their 1-0 lead. The play was redemption for Crisp, who committed a costly two-run error in a Game 2 loss on Sunday:
Bryce Harper’s postseason debut has not gone as well as he would like, but the Nationals are heading back home for three game with their NLDS series against the Cardinals knotted at 1-1. After lighting up the Cardinals in the regular season with a .429 average, Harper is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against them through the first two games of the series. When a reporter implied that nerves are the problem, Harper was not happy.
“Do I look overanxious?” he asked.” Do you think so?”
“Yes,” the reporter answered.
“Yeah, maybe you should be the hitting coach,” Harper snapped back.
As Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog pointed out, the reporter was identified as Rick Hummel from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After he was clearly frustrated, Harper did a good job of going right back to answering questions in a friendly manner. Perhaps nerves are getting the best of young Bryce, but you would think reporters would know by now to keep their clown questions to themselves.