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Fenway Curse gets the Rays again

 

 

Red Sox 5, Rays 1

 

When this roadtrip started, I stated that we might just see what kind of squad we really have here in Tampa Bay. What I am seeing is a hard fighting, slick pitching team that is a bit shellshocked by the last two games.

Rays manager Joe Maddon stated earlier this season that any playoff hopes for anyone in the AL would go through Boston. I truly feel that it is up to this squad to re-energize and focus to strive to get thing back into order. The last two series between these teams were sweeps by the home squad. Tomorrow’s early evening start will tell what will happen totally for the Rays on this roadtrip.

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

Ty Cobb hit .300 for 23 consecutive seasons, the longest such run of any major leaguer.

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                                                       The Good

Evan Longoria is stepping up in the absence of slugger Carlos Pena and trying to produce some extra offensive “pop” into the lineup. Longoria went 2-3 tonight and also got a walk in the 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Longoria hit a blast to deep center that went for a doulbe and scored the teams’ only run after a Eric Hinske single in the 4th inning. Evan has upped his average to .244 recently and ajusted his swing to get better contact on the ball. His .960 Fielding Percentage is second in the AL, trailing only Boston’s Mike Lowell.

 

Honorable Mention “Good Guys”:                

 

***  BJ Upton got his 7th outfield assist tonight on Manny Ramirez trying to score in the bottom of the 7th inning. B J  is currently second in the AL, trailing only Nick Markakis of the Orioles for the lead.

B J  is the Rays best road hitter this season hitting .310 away from the Trop.

**  Akinora Iwamura hit two great shots to right tonight that were robbed by Boston’s J D Drew.  He got two singles later in the night to center and right to up his average to .276.. He has handled the ball 265 times this season.

Eric Hinske knows that he will be the guy the Rays look towards to fill the offensive void left by Carlos Pena’s visit to the DL today. Eric responded  by hitting a rocketing double and a single to score Evan Longoria for the Rays only run tonight. 

 Eric also stole third on Josh Beckett to the amazement of the Rays bench and to the Red Sox’s catcher, Jason Varitek. He  leads the Rays with 20 extra base hits, and is would rank 7th in the AL in Slugging Percentage (.513 ), if qualified.

                                         The Bad

 

Rays long reliever, Jason Hammel has to develop a faster delivery to the plate with men on base. Baserunners have now stolen a base 7 out of 7 times on Hammel this season. With his long extended windup, runners are getting great jumps on him and catcher Dioner Navarro doesn’t have a chance to get an out on them.

The Rays have now visited Boston 25 times without winning a series from the Red Sox. For the Rays to go to the next level of their development, they need to win in the hostile land of  Fenway Park. The playoff will probably go through this park, so the Rays need to develop a better plan of attack on the Red Sox in their next series here September 8-10th.  A mateer of weeks before the playoffs start for the American League.

 

                              

                                              The Ugly

The Rays put slugger Carlos Pena on the 15 Day Disabled List today because of a  crack in his finger after being Hit By a Pitch in the game Tuesday night.  Pena went through the game and produced a double and a homer before developing a throbbing pain in the evening at the team hotel.

Pena was examined by Rays Trainer Ron Porterfield in the room and informed Rays Manager Joe Maddon. Pena wanted to try and play through the injury, but the team doctors’ convinced him that the situation could get worse and he could be spending even more time away from the diamond.

The Rays are still optimistic that the team will rally around the injury and other members of the team will step up for the Rays. Eric Hinske and Wily Aybar will get the bulk of the time at first base in Pena’s absence.

“It’s a pretty good test right now,” Maddon said. “It’s equivalent to the SATs in some respects right now. You have to play through these kinds of things to be good. And we have very worthy replacements. The lineup we’re putting out there tonight is a pretty good lineup, also. Of course you never want to lose Carlos and you never want to lose Percy or Carl, but it happens. In the course of a championship season, it happens. And we just have to deal with it and move on, like everybody else does.”

“I’m extremely heartbroken, because I want to be out there playing,” Pena said. “It is what it is, but at this moment, I’m just going to go through the process to get better.”

“We understand we have to overcome adversity to become a championship team,” Pena said. “We have all the necessary tools, including the most important one, which is character. This is a team, not a one-player scene here. My absence should have no effect on how we go.”

 

Rays Take Series Against the Birds

 

Rays 4, Orioles 2

 

What a thrill it is to turn on your car radio just as Jonny Gomes is rounding third on his way home after touching  Baltimore starter Brian Burgess for a blast to leftfield.

 

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

In 1960, White Sox owner Bill Veek was the first to put the player’s names on their uniforms.

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                                                 The Good

 

The Rays’ Carl Crawford hit a single to center in the top of the 7th inning to secure the win for the Rays’ 4-2. Carl Crawford also scored a run and currently is the American League leader in runs scored.  Carl currently has 26 runs and the closest player to him is White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin with 21 runs.

 

 

Honorable mention “Good” guys:

 

*** Carlos Pena grounded out to secons base in the top of the 1st inning, but got an RBI when Crawford crossed the plate to put the Rays up early 1-0.

 

** DH/outfielder Jonny Gomes hit a blast to leftfield off Brian Burgess in the 4th inning. It was Gome’s third homer of the year.

 

                                            

 

* Rays closer Troy Percival recorded his 6th save of the year. In recording the save, Percival now has 330 saves for his career. that ties him with John Wetteland for 10th place on the all-time save list. Up next for Troy is former Oakland A’s pitcher and moustache pirate Rollie Fingers with 341 saves. 

 

 

                                                   The Bad

 

Only two Rays did not get a hit today in the game. Aki Iwamura and Evan Longoria put up goose eggs in the hits department today. The Rays offense also stranded 10 men on the bases today.

 

 

A near disaster almost happened in the 4th inning today. An unexpected rain shower began to pelt the turf before the grounds crew could get the tarp out on the pitching mound. After tossing dry on the mound and working the dirt, the crew got the mound in shape to resume the game

 

Had the game been cancelled, it would have been a double re-scheduling for the Rays against the Orioles this year. In the opening series, the Rays had their second game of the season cancelled by rain.

 

 

                                                The Ugly

 

B J Upton went to the turf in the top of the fifth inning while in the batter’s box. B J had just swung on a pitch and camw out of the box grabbing his shoulder area.

 

After Rays head trainer Ron Porterfield examined Upton, he was replaced by Nathan Haynes at the plate and in the field. Upton is going to be re-evaluated in the morning, and is listed as day-to-day right now. Upton’s injury would have been a major blow to the Rays offense and outfield defense.

 

 

Former Rays Player of the Night:

Alot of Rays faithful might not remember Joe Biemel. He was with the club in 2005, and appeared in 7 games for the team. Biemel was traded to the L A Dodgers at the deadline in 2005 and has been with the team since that trade.

Today Biemel got another win for the dodgers. Joe currently is tied for 13th in the win category with 3 for the year. As a reliever, it is unusual for a relief pitcher to have three wins at this point in the season. Biemel currently has a .90 ERA in 10 games this year.

 

 

The Rays are currently enroute to Boston for their weekend three game series that will decide the early leader in the American League East. Boston and Tampa Bay are currently only a half a game apart before the Thursday night result of Boston’s game against the Blue Jays.

If Boston falls to Toronto, the Rays could find themselves in first before their game tomrrow night at 7:05 P.M.

UPDATE   11 P.M.

As of an hour ago, we are tied for first, but in first position because of winning percentage only. Winner of this series does alot to set the bar for the rest of the series aginst each other.  Do not forget we play each other 17 times a year, and this thing is far from over folks.

 

 

An Afternoon Celebration

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Daily Trivia fact.

On August 23,1953, Phil Paine became the
first ex-major-leaguer to play baseball professionally in
Japan.

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Now onto today’s edition of The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly


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                                                 The
Really, Really Good     



Edwin Jackson has been feeling more at ease
on the mound in recent outings, and today he turned in a gem of a pitching
performance for the Rays.   Jackson pitched 8 innings of two-hit ball and with
the help of   lefty reliever Trevor Miller closed out a 7-0 shutout of the
Seattle Mariners.


The Mariners accounted for  only three hits
all day, with   Mariners’ third baseman, Adrian Beltre getting two hits. In the effort, Jackson lower his ERA to an
impressive .064, and had 6 strikeouts for the day.  He was effectively getting
his pitches over and was in cool command of the mound today. The small afternoon crowd even boo-ed Rays
Manager Joe Maddon’s decision to not let Edwin get the complete game. In the
post game interview, Jackson looked relaxed and  showed a renewed air of
confidence.

                                                Way to go “Action!!!!”     



Honorable Mentions
Kudos
:

 

*** Jonny Gome went 2-2 with 2 runs scored,
and upped his average to .294 for the year.



** Carl Crawford made a diving backhand catch
on a dying ball hit to left center field in the Top of the 4th to end the Seattle
inning.



* Rays backup catcher, Mike DeFelice went
2-4, with both hits being broken bat singles.  He also had 3 RBIs for the day.
And to top it off, he called a great game behind the plate giving Edwin a great
target to pitch to all day.


                                         
The Bad

                        

For a change, the bad will be short and hopefully to the
point here.  The first four batters in the Rays order today did some damage,
but  we still have two of our prime hitters under the Mendoza line for the
season.  Akinora Iwamura had two hits today to
raise his average to .222, which is
tops for the first four hitters.


A hopeful sign for a positive weekend series, is the
sheer fact all four scored at least one run today. This might be a sign that the
sleeping giant is awaking again. The only other Bad thing U have to add, is the fact that
Hillsborough County kids have this week off for Spring Break, and the Trop. was
only 28.8 percent full. That worked out to 11,898 souls if you were wondering.
That is better than a week night game, but I would have expected a bit more
people to trot over and do an afternoon under the dome.


                                         The Really Ugly



I was hoping I might not have an “ugly” after such a
great game today, but such is life. It is a recycled event that has plagued this
team for almost a week now.


Another player has been in the Training room today with
Ron Porterfield and is showing signs of pain. After his great game last night,
Rays third baseman Willy Aybar was scratched from the game with soreness in the
hamstring area. Aybar has been fighting a hamstring situation since the
beginning of Spring Training and might have reinjured his leg during  his slide
into home plate last night.

“He’s been getting all the treatments, doing all the right things, he’s
been working his butt off to stay out there,” Maddon said. “It’s just that play
took a little bit out of him.” Those are the kind of things that really mess you up,” Maddon said. “He’s
been sore the last couple days and he’s been playing through the cold weather
… just extended on that play and he just felt it a little bit.” Maddon, always the wordsmith, even put a
positive spin on the latest injury.


“Right now we are way up there on ice — ice and injections,” Maddon said.

In the meantime, Eric Hinske will probably
get most of the reps at third until Aybar return. Hinske broke in at third base with the
Toronto Blue Jays and has ample experience for the
position.



Former Rays spotlight of the
night:


The former Ray who is in the spotlight is Astros starting pitcher
Brandon Backe. He was seen during last night’s batting practice jawing with
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. It seems that Backe to exception the 8th
inning play the previous night during a home plate situation where Pujols roughed up rookie
catcher J R Towles .

Pujols collided with Towles hard that inning and while first
looking like a clean play,not everyone took it that way. We can bet Brandon was in the “not clean” group about the hard
slide.



Tomorrow  The Baltimore Orioles and former
Ray Aubrey Huff brings their merry band of closet Karaoke men to the Trop for a
three game series.  This should be an interesting series for both
teams.

      

Garza Goes Down

Instead of a Trivia question during the daily recaps, I will give you a wild
fact to soak in your baseball-filled minds are evolve with your
subconscious fluids to use at any SABRE convention,or for a possible free
beverage at your local pub/wing joint.

During a double header on May 2,1954,  St. Louis Cardinal, Stan Musial became
the first player to hit five (5) Home runs in the same day.


I  have been thinking for about a week on what to use this season to
illustrate the positives, negatives and so forth that happen in every game this
season.

                                              

I decided to use my favorite spaghetti western as a basis for my daily look
at the prior night’s contest. I have always been a huge Clint Eastwood fan. My
Dad used to take us on the Sunday night Drive-In movie experience as a kid. This
generation has no idea of the great times, and wild weather, kids and antics
that can happen at an outdoor movie.

                                            

The best was sitting on the swings underneath the huge  three story screen
and watching the actors as 100 foot action figures. Anyways, this is the
premiere of the Rays’ “Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

 

 

                                                The
Good

   

 

The good is a two-fold version today. Major
kudos  for the Rays’ backup catcher Shawn Riggans. Riggs is hitting the cover
off the ball, and connected last night for a beautiful second row left-center
shot into the seats. Shawn also called a great game behind the plate and is
showing the potential we all knew he had to be our starting catcher. Shawn might
have only 14 at bats this season, but he has a .333 batting average at this
moment and is showing power by having 4 RBI’s and two extra base hits in his 4
hits this season.  Way to go Shawn.


Second is a no-brainer to me. Carlos Pena
might not be picking up where he left off last year, but he is surely hitting
the cover off the ball. Early in the game he hit one of the longest Sacrifice
fly in the Trop in a long time to Ichiro. The ball was only a few feet from the
warning track and was hit on a frozen rope. Of course, later the game he
hit his third homer of the young season to Right field to ignite the crowd.
Carlos now has 6 RBIs to go with his 3 H Rs.

 

                                                             The
Bad

Matt Garza leaves with head trainer Ron Porterfield after a nerve injury in the third.



Matt Garza has had a situation with  a radial
nerve irritation for a long time. He has said he usually can fight the pain and
pitch, but tonight the pain hit a new threshold and he could not control the
ball correctly anymore. He had thrown 4 straight balls to Mariners’ DH Jose
Vidro, and did not seem to be able to hit the edges of the
plate. He immediately called for Rays trainer Ron
Porterfield and after a short discussion with Ron and Joe Maddon, was replaced
by Scott Dohmann. Matt has been placed on the 15 day disabled list at the time
of this posting.


This is bad, since it opens another hole in
the rotation early in the season. What was once a solid top three rotation is
now becoming more patchwork as the days roll by here. The Rays subsequently
recalled pitcher  Jae Kuk Ryu from Durham, but his job will be in t Bullpen, not
to start any of the future games.

                                


                                                And the
Ugly….really Ugly



The Umpire crew was not having a great
night.  Rays catcher Shawn Riggans had  asked for a “timeout” after catching a
foul ball behind the plate off the bat of Adrian Beltre. But the home plate umpire did not register
or grant the timeout. So in a bizzare, but heads up play, Seattles Jose Lopez
tagged up and moved to second to put the Mariners in scoring
position

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Riggans “thought he called timeout,” Maddon said. “That’s a good base running
play by them. You can’t call timeout if the runner’s actually moving,” Maddon said. “The
umpires did the right thing by not permitting time out. There was nothing to
argue right there, but I did want to appeal it. Once I found out specifically
what [home-plate umpire] Marvin [Hudson] thought, I wanted to appeal to see if
the other umpires saw what he saw.”



But that was only the start of the wild and
weird on this opening night. Later in the night, B J Upton laced a beauty
down the rightfield line into the corner where it hit the wall and bounced out
in a wild angle. Upton, who lost his right shoe after leaving the batter’s box,
did not stop at second, but proceeded to slide into third
base. Post game photos and video showed after the
game that B J was safe and did not hit Beltre’s foot blocking the base. He had
snuck in the backdoor on him and was coming up safe when  the third base umpire
called B J out. After a short animated  look at the umpire, BJ headed to the
dugout as manager Joe Maddon was heading to third to debate the
call.


After that, there was a close play at first
that went against the Rays. Throughout the rest of the night, the umpire crew
took a huge vocal response from the home crowd that made me proud. The crowd had
gotten into the game and were very vocal on the Upton play and on any close play
the rest of the night. After the game, as the umpiring crew was
leaving the field, they were met by another chorus of the “boo-birds” until
finally disappearing into the tunnel.

 

O's 'fun' continues vs. Texas


Ex Ray,and current Baltimore Oriole, Aubrey Huff went 4-4
last night with 4 RBI’s.  Huff’s night did not totally go without controversy.
In the sixth inning, he hit a  long fly ball that hit the yellow line on the top
of the Right field  outfield fence. The play was initially called a three-run
homer, but was overturned by the on field umpiring crew and changed to a two-run
double off the wall. “I initially thought it hit the red part behind the yellow line,” said Huff.
“That’s the way I saw it. I was giving [second-base umpire Sam Holbrook] the
business out there at second. After I came in and looked at the tape and saw
they were right, I was fortunate to get back on second and I said, ‘Sam, I’m
sorry.’ He said, ‘I know, I got it right.’ He knew.”


Huff was blasted by the Orioles fans during the Rays opening series for
comments he made about the town on the nationally syndicated “Bubba the Love
Sponge Show” in the off season. Huff , who is also batting .333 this season,
 might be finally back in the good graces of the Baltimore faithful since his 11
RBI’s is leading the M L B at this posting. By the Way, Aubrey brings his karaoke Krew into the Trop this weekend for a
three game series. Maybe we can have “Huffapaloosa II this weekend at a local
watering hole?

Rocco Baldelli News Conference and Tidbits

 

Trivia Question:


When was the first match up between a deaf pitcher and a hitter in baseball, and who were the participants?

 Answer at the bottom of the Blog.

 

Rocco Baldelli was once called “Joe’s twin,” by professional Scout Al LaMacchia. This of course, is referring to the great Joe DiMaggio. Rocco had been compared to the Yankee great since his prep days at Bishop Hendricken H.S. in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Baldelli was drafted by the Tampa Bay (Devil)rays in the first round of the 2000 Amateur draft. Rocco worked his way up the Rays’ minor league ladder to be named the team’s starting Center fielder for the 2003 MLB season. Rocco debuted on March 31, 2003 and hit and powered his way to a third place finish in the Rookie of the Year ballot that year.

 In 2004, Rocco was the returning Center fielder and was looking to improve on his 2003 stats. His 2003, .289 average, with 11 HRs and 27 stolen bases was just a glimpse of what might be in store for Rays fans in the future. In 2004, Rocco led all MLB Center fielders in range factor with a 3.3.

Range Factor (commonly abbreviated RF) is a baseball statistic developed by Bill James. It is calculated by dividing putouts and assists by number of innings or games played at a given defense position. [1] The statistic is premised on the notion that the total number of outs that a player participates in is more relevant in evaluating his defensive play than the percentage of cleanly handled chances as calculated by the conventional statistic fielding percentage.

 In 2005, Rocco began the year with a ACL tear while playing ball in his R.I. backyard with his younger brother. He was on schedule to be back by the All-Star break in 2005, but he sustained a elbow in jury and was lost for the rest of the season. Rocco had “Tommy John’s” surgery to repair his elbow and rehabbed at the Minor League complex in St. Petersburg,Florida.

Rocco was fired up and ready to roll in 2006, and finally got back on the turf versus the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim on June 7, 2008.  Baldelli played throughout the rest of the season ending with a .302 average,16 HRs, and 57 RBI’s in only 364 at bats.

In 2007, Rocco began his trip onto the D L after pulling his hamstring during Spring Training. the injury seemed to slowly heal, but while on a Minor League rehab assignment, the injury became worse. Rocco spent the rest of the year inactive, but a very important part of the team. He could be seen on the bench either taking down the pitch stats, or purposely watching the opposing pitcher for signs of him tipping off his pitches or pitch outs to first base. Joe Maddon felt that Rocco had an energy and a positive attitude that was beneficial to his young squad and took him on away games the rest of the season.

During this time, Ron Porterfield, the Rays’ Head Trainer, and the medical staff did exclusive tests on Rocco to try and pinpoint the situation and maybe finally get some positive results.

During  the Spring Training in 2008, Rocco was an early arrival to camp. He was out there every day trying to get his body to function correctly so he could get back on the field with his comrades. He was used sparingly this Spring until on March12, 2008, Rocco released the following statement to the press:

 

This off season, because of the physical problems I’ve been having, I started along with the team’s help to search them out and go see some doctors and try to find out what’s going on.

I was having a lot of problems the last couple years with my muscles and muscle strains. I think a good way to describe it is literally muscle fatigue and cramping, way before my body should be feeling these things. I would go out there and I was pretty much incapable of doing basic baseball activities as far as running and hitting and throwing.

These were things that I had done my whole life pretty easily and at some point in the last two years – we’re not exactly sure why – these things started to change. It was tough for me to deal with, but with the team’s help, they sent me to specialists, basically flying me around all over the country to try to figure out what was going on.

What the doctors eventually found through all of this was I have some type of metabolic and/or mitochondrial abnormalities. Basically, somewhere along the line in my body – I don’t want to get too deep into the medicine because it’s not really my expertise, but either my body isn’t making or producing or storing ATP the right way and therefore not allowing, apparently, my muscles to work as they should and, especially, recover on a day-to-day basis. So it becomes very difficult to get on the field every day and play.

When I say fatigue, I go out there and my body is literally spent after a very short amount of time out on the field, which makes it extremely frustrating and difficult, but it’s something that’s kind of a reality right now and something we’re dealing with the best that we can.

As far as my baseball career, I’m not here to stand in front of you telling you I’m retiring. We’re still going to pursue every avenue that we can to try to figure out what is going on, have a better understanding of what is going on. But at this time, throughout all of the extensive testing that we’ve done, we don’t have a concrete answer. The doctors’ consensus is that these are the problems that I’m experiencing and there’s a lot of medical proof of these things, but they’ve been unable to specifically identify an exact reason or an exact problem down to a specific name. That’s kind of frustrating, but that’s why we’re going to continue along with the team’s help to find out what’s going on.


I feel comfortable about this because the team has been so good to me and supported me in every possible way I could imagine. Without that, I don’t know really where I’d be right now, because this is as probably as difficult and frustrating a thing as I’ve ever had to deal with as a person. Like I said, we’re going to do everything we can to fix and hopefully solve this problem, and that’s pretty much where I’m at right now.

 

Rocco Baldelli announced that he has a mitochondrial metabolic abnormality during a press conference on Wednesday.

 I put his entire statement here to reflect and hope that a solution or a cure can be found for this promising player. I have personally chatted with Rocco on occasion, and I can tell you there is no better guy in the clubhouse than him. He knows what was expected of him on Day 1, and he has done his best to make it back onto the diamond.

The Rays’ are in a pickle here tho. They were looking for Rocco to be a Center field back-up this season to give BJ Upton some needed rest during the season. Maybe the Rays will look at their Minor leaguer’s in camp, or sign a veteran like Kenny Lofton to relieve B J, and Jonny Gomes through the year.

Here is a guy who could have rewritten a few passages in the books, and now might be done in because a metabolic nightmare within his body. I hope the doctors’ can find a solution soon, and have a positive prognosis so we can get this great talent back on the field sometime in the not to near future.

I will miss not seeing Rocco out there on another Opening Day in Baltimore on March 31,but his health is more important than the game right now.

Here is  a short example of what ATP and the human body have in common. I found this on a website, and I hope it is easy to comprehend and understand.

For your muscles, in fact, for every cell in your body — the source of energy that keeps everything going is called ATP. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the biochemical way to store and use energy.

The entire reaction that turns ATP into energy is a bit complicated, but here is a good summary:

  • Chemically, ATP is an adenine nucleotide bound to three phosphates.
  • There is a lot of energy stored in the bond between the second and third phosphate groups that can be used to fuel chemical reactions.
  • When a cell needs energy, it breaks this bond to form adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and a free phosphate molecule.
  • In some instances, the second phosphate group can also be broken to form adenosine monophosphate (AMP).
  • When the cell has excess energy, it stores this energy by forming ATP from ADP and phosphate.

ATP is required for the biochemical reactions involved in any muscle contraction. As the work of the muscle increases, more and more ATP gets consumed and must be replaced in order for the muscle to keep moving.

Because ATP is so important, the body has several different systems to create ATP. These systems work together in phases. The interesting thing is that different forms of exercise use different systems, so a sprinter is getting ATP in a completely different way from a marathon runner!

 

 Trivia Question Answer:

 It happened on may 16, 1902, featuring William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy of the Washington Nationals in the batters box, against New York Giant pitcher Luther “Dummy” Taylor.   the opponents greeted each other in sign language, then hoy knocked out a single against Taylor.

The wording in quotes above is the listing in the Baseball reference material I used for the Trivia question. I, in no manner, used the phrasing, “dummy” as a cruel reference or in a demeaning nature here concerning these fine ballplayers. 

 

 

 

 

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