September 30, 2013
• With a national C-SPAN television audience and a packed house at Yankee Stadium looking on, and two top pitchers from the AL squaring off against one another, the Yankees turned an expected nailbiter into a surprise blowout, bombing the Indians 8-0 yesterday behind the 4-hit pitching of 16-game winner Ron Guidry and home runs from Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, and Reggie Jackson. For Jackson, his HR was his second grand slam of the season, and seventh of his career. Rick Waits, pitching beyond reason for a dismal Tribe squad, saw his record drop to a still-spectacular 14-4.
• With the loss of Mickey Rivers and Paul Blair to injuries on July 16th, the Yankees now have just four players capable of outfield duty on their roster: Lou Piniella, Reggie Jackson, Roy White, and Gary Thomasson. And with no outfielders available in their farm system, another bone-jarring collision of the Rivers-Blair variety could spell OF trouble for the Bronx Bombers. Catcher Thurman Munson played 13 games in right field in 1978, and could be used in a pinch if things suddenly go awry.
• The countdown to AZ8’s 200th game continues as the all-time leading games-hosted site saw its total reach 189 yesterday; at the current rate of one game played per week, the site should reach the magic 200 mark during the weekend of December 14-15, 2013.
• After completing April statistics for the New York Mets, it was discovered that, while team totals verified that 21 games were played by the team for the month, some players had stats that somehow showed 22 games played! This gross miscalculation will now require me to re-evaluate all Mets stats–and no doubt those of another team–for the entire month of April. For more knee-slapping SP78 gaffes, check out a related post here.