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Subject: Opening Day report: Yankees vs. Orioles rss

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Spring is here. That means APBA Baseball comes down from the shelf.

The scene was Camden Yards in Baltimore, the occasion: Opening Day. The 1996 Yankees and Orioles squared off in what promised to be a pitcher’s duel between Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina.

When Bernie Williams singled home Wade Boggs with two outs in the first, few suspected that there would only be one more offensive outburst in the whole game. Pettitte loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but with two outs Rafael Palmeiro grounded weakly to second, and Pettitte was out of the only jam he would experience all afternoon.

The excitement of the early to middle innings came from a single source: Brady Anderson, but not for his bat (50 homers in '96!). In the second, with Mussina on the ropes a bit, a two-out single by Tim Raines brought Tino Martinez charging around third in an attempt to score--but Anderson’s throw home was on target. Cloud of dust, runner out!

And then, amazingly, he did it again in the fourth--to the same man. Martinez was standing on second again when Joe Girardi lined one to center. Anderson scooped it up, Martinez was waved around a second time--and BAM! Anderson notched his second assist from the outfield, leaving Tino to stagger back to the dugout with a sad story to tell his grandchildren. A strikeout and a pop fly would be all he could muster for the rest of the game. Worst… opening day… ever.

Andy Pettitte, meanwhile, retired 12 in a row and 22 of 23 going forward; the Orioles had absolutely nothing going on with the sticks. But while the Yankees knocked the ball around, it was all relatively harmless as Mike Mussina steadied himself and never really let New York get to him, though he was pulled in the 7th for Alan Mills and then Jesse Orosco. In the bottom of the 8th, Mike Devereaux reached second with two outs, but B.J. Surhoff stranded him there. Still, there was hope for the Orioles, down 1-0 headed into the 9th. Mariano Rivera began to warm up.

Cecil Fielder grounded to Cal Ripken to lead off the 9th, but then Ripken misplayed the next ball in play, a Joe Girardi grounder. This was followed by a single by Tim Raines, and then a very dark omen indeed: Jesse Orosco was suddenly ejected from the game after arguing balls and strikes! Randy Myers came in to retire Derek Jeter, and he had to get just one more out to send it safely to the bottom of the 9th.

And then, Mariano Duncan came up to the plate.

THWACK!!

Homerun to the opposite field off Myers! Duncan circled the bases and suddenly there was no need for Mariano Rivera. The Yanks had gone up 4-0.

Pettitte finished the Orioles off by mowing Palmeiro down on strikes, completing a 3-hit shutout. He hit two batters along the way and walked one.

Total time of game: Oh, about 35 minutes. Didn’t mean to play a second game, but hell, why not?

APBA, Strat-o-Matic, Statis Pro, or other sports sim players living around DC who feel like casually rolling some dice, let me know…
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sorennarnia wrote:
Jesse Orosco was suddenly ejected from the game after arguing balls and strikes!


Wow - is that really simulated in the game? What do you have to roll to get a Jeffrey Maier?

Thanks for the fun session report/walk down memory lane.
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The APBA basic game has a few rare plays sprinkled throughout the results boards, and that's one of them. I've never had it happen before.

Stay out of the ump's face, Jesse, and do what you're paid to do--get one left-handed batter out and go home...!
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