Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Fat Lady Sings - Dinner with Stumpy & Routledge - Baseball Predictions

Wednesday==>As legend has it, IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS! 

Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, last night at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, the fat lady sang, loud and clear, as the Houston Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 on a stellar outing from Dallas Keuchel and the long-ball from Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez.

The Yankees were held to 3 hits and only 5 base runners as we were totally dominated by Astros pitching. Frankly, after the second inning we were never in the game. It was almost as if we were sleep-walking. Our bats were D E A D.

Yep, our 2015 season ended, not with a bang but with a whimper.

For Yankee fans it was an extremely frustrating way for our post-season hopes to end and the sold-out stadium was rocked with boos in the later innings.

With the win the Astros move on to the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals, in KC on Thursday.

Now that the AL schedule is settled, Bill Pod will share with you his predictions ...

American League Division Series ...

Astros/Royals. Winner==>Royals

Rangers/Blue Jays. Winner==>Blue Jays

American League Championship Series ...

Royals/Blue Jays. Winner==>Blue Jays

That’s it for the AL. When the NL wild card is settled tonight I will then share with you my predictions for the NL and the World Series.

You are so very welcome.

Moving on ...

Had a wonderful time last night with my fraternity brother Stumpy Harris and his son Routledge, who is in the 6th grade. Yes, that is the correct spelling.

They picked me up and then we went to the Vietnamese restaurant, Little Saigon, located on E. Colonial Drive in Orlando.

As I wrote yesterday, this was my first visit to a Vietnamese restaurant, but I was in good hands because Stumpy is a longtime patron of this particular place.

Stumpy and I had Tom Xao Toi (garlic shrimp with white rice). I also had two Goi Coun (summer rolls - shrimp, pork and vegetables, with peanut sauce).

Routledge had only Goi Coun.

The food was delicious and very filling.

We spent a lot of time doing some catching up and also talking ... tada ... sports. Routledge is a very knowledgeable sports fan and is already an avid Florida Gator.

On the way back to the apartment we stopped by Krispy Kreme for some of those evil chocolate glazed donuts.

They had me back at the apartment in time for the first pitch of the Yankee/Astros game.

So ... Stumpy and Routledge, it was great being with you.

Moving on ...

At the moment my plans for the evening are to remain in the comfortable confines of my apartment to watch ... tada ... baseball ...

8:00pm==>Cubs/Pirates,  NL wild card game, from Pittsburgh, carried on TBS.

On the mound for the Cubs will be Jake Arrieta (22-6) vs. Gerrit Cole (19-8) for the Pirates.

Billi Pod will be pulling for the Cubs.

In closing==>the cooler weather has permitted me to do more walking and wandering. At 1:30pm it is 83º and partly cloudy so I will do a major walking session as soon as I finish this posting.

So ... let’s just ...



Yesterday’s mileage==>5.08 miles (or, 11,115 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>1,123.23 miles (average 4.03 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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