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2009 World Series Game One recap

In MLB on October 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Well, as the legendary Ron Burgundy would say, that’s not a good start.

After waiting six years for my beloved Yanks get back to the Fall Classic, this is the best they could do? I couldn’t believe I passed up on watching the season premiere of “Friday Night Lights” for this.

Heading into last night’s game, I considered it a must-win. I know it’s crazy to think of the first game in a seven-game series a must-win, but look at the circumstances this time. The Phillies beat the Yanks’ best pitcher (Sabathia), and now it’s up to the Pie Man himself, A.J. Burnett to even the series. Burnett is good, but he folds like a tent under pressure. Now I’m supposed to believe he’ll be able to keep it together in the Yanks’ biggest game of the year? This is a game that Andy Pettitte should be pitching. He always wins games like this. But, I understand that Andy pitches better on the road and Burnett is stronger at home. I just wish I had a better feeling about Burnett. Who knows, maybe he’ll pitch eight shutout innings or hopefully the Yanks offense will wake up and give A.J. enough of a cushion so he can pitch carefree.

Anyway, that’s enough about tonight’s game, let’s look at what went wrong yesterday:

C.C. was good, but Lee was (much) better: Last night’s match-up of the former Cleveland aces was as good as advertised: for seven innings anyway. If someone told me before the game, that Sabathia’s line would be 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K’s; I’d feel confident the Yanks would win or have a pretty good chance to. Unfortunately, as good as CC was, Lee was that much better. He did everything to the Yankees but say, “Kneel before Zod.” My goodness, he was fantastic. With that said, I don’t get how only Jeter was able to make the adjustments (three hits after striking out in his first AB). Where was hitting coach Kevin Long? Wasn’t Jeter sharing any insight? If he was able to hit Lee, why couldn’t the rest of his millionaire teammates? The Bombers aren’t going very far if Sabathia can’t away with two (although big) mistakes over seven innings.

The bridge to Mariano gets shakier every game: The only thing more frustrating than watching the Yankee hitters flail about trying to hit Cliff Lee was watching the disaster that was the Yankee bullpen. Holy cow, I thought the eight and ninth innings wouldn’t end. Hughes, Robertson and Bruney did nothing but pour gasoline on the fire. That’s becoming more the rule than the exception these days and it’s worrisome. How the heck are the Yanks going to survive close games in this series if their relievers can’t get anyone out? Mo’ can’t pitch two innings every game. It’s sad that the only guy who was effective was Marte, my least favorite Yankee reliever.

So, that was pretty much what doomed the Yanks, too much Lee, a no-show offense and another forgettable bullpen performance. And now it’s up to Burnett to keep this series competitive. Forgive me if I’m not feeling too optimistic. But I will say I am looking forward to tonight: Yankees vs. Pedro at The Stadium. Just like old times. Let’s just hope it’s the Yanks who prevail this time.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “I Saw What I Saw”

In Grey's Anatomy on October 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note:  Sorry for the delay in posting my “Grey’s” recaps: The post below recaps the Oct. 22 episode, “I Saw What I Saw”.

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I watched Thursday’s episode last night during commercial breaks of the Yankees game. Wow, do I love the DVR. Anyway, I loved the episode. I think I actually liked how the episode was done more than the actual episode, but I thought it was all good. I really liked the “Rashomon”-style of story-telling. One of my favorite episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” (“The Longest Day”) was done in this format. For the sake of the plot, trying to find out who was responsible for losing an ER patient, I thought this style of writing was the way to go.

As I’ve said in the past, I think the best “Grey’s” episodes are the ones with fewer storylines. Thursday’s show basically had one story with a few underlying ones, which is part of the reason I thought it was so good. There was nothing goofy going on to detract from the solid stories. All the docs were focused on the task at hand. The challenge here is when there’s only one storyline, the writers better make sure it’s darn interesting because there’s nothing else for the audience to focus on. If the storyline stinks, the episode is doomed, but the whodunit story that was put into action on Thursday was top-notch. Bravo to writers’ room on this one.

Since there was only one main plot, I can’t really go into a bunch of bullets about what I did and didn’t like about Thursday’s show. I will say that I liked the structure of the episode very much. I also enjoyed the “interrogation” scenes with each doctor; I liked trying to solve the mystery along with the Chief, the HR rep and the board member. One of my favorite scenes came at the end when April was fired and Cristina of all people stood up for her when the other docs were bad-mouthing her. I felt Cristina speaking up there was the first step to bridging the gap between the Seattle Grace and Mercy West residents. But my favorite scene of all was at the very end when Derek was completely honest with the Chief about how flawed his system is. That’s why I picked the line I did. Derek was right; the whole situation was a mess; and it was the end result of the system Richard put into place.

There wasn’t much I disliked about the episode. The one thing I’d like to point out is we’ve had two firings in the last two weeks. Didn’t “House” do something like this a season or two ago, where they let doctors go every week until they got down to their current cast like it was “American Idol”? I don’t watch that show, but I thought I remember hearing about that. I’m just wondering if we should prepare ourselves for more firings as the season goes along. I could have lived without having to see the axe come out of the fireman and blood starting spouting out like a busted pipe, but other than that, I don’t have too many complaints. It would have been nice to have more Bailey, but she made the most with the time that she had. Also, I know Katherine Heigl is going to be in and out filming her movie, but couldn’t we have had a better explanation for her absence than her just leaving Alex a Dear John letter and then going AWOL? I know that led to Alex’s mental state to make him a suspect last night, but still. Honestly, I’m just nitpicking, this was a very good episode.

Here are a few random thoughts…

*After April got fired, I couldn’t help but wonder, what happens to a doctor after something like that? Are they able to find work? If I messed up here and got let go, I’m pretty sure I could find another job. But a doctor’s job is life and death, if he or she makes a mistake like April did that killed a patient, why would another hospital want to hire her? I’ve always been curious about that.

*I liked the misdirect with Alex’s blood donation. Earlier in the episode, it looked like he donated blood and lied to the Chief about it. That was very well-done.

*I never thought I’d say it, but I kind of miss having Meredith in the day-to-day flow of things.

*Some may think Arizona was mean to Lexie, but I liked her “Suck it up and lend a hand” speech. Arizona has really grown on me.

 *Line of the Night: “You should look again at who was responsible.”

*Honorable mentions for “Line of the Night”:

-“We need more uses”

-“(He) better have a brain tumor or something, because that’s unacceptable.”

-“In retrospect, I should have had a cookie.”

-“Nosedive, that’s gonna stick.”

-“He was no toddler, he was five.”

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap:”Invasion”

In Grey's Anatomy on October 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm

As for last night’s episode of “Grey’s” all I can say is, darn. Just yesterday I was touting that the show was off to a great start, and then yesterday we got that odd episode. Notice, I didn’t say bad. It’s rare that an episode of “Grey’s” is bad, it was just odd in my opinion. I guess I felt it was odd because of how the merger was handled. I like the merger plot; I think it’ll give the show a shot in the arm that it desperately needed. Just about everything else has been done, especially since Derek and Meredith are married, kinda sorta. So, I don’t mind it at all, what bothered me last night was how the doctors were acting with one another. I understand when new people invade one’s turf and pose as a threat, the competitive juices will begin to flow. However, I have a tough time believing any doctor would put competition over a patient’s well-being, but that’s happened all night. This is especially ran true with Alex and his “zone partner.” Stealing charts, leaving incomplete reports, seriously?? Everyone seemed to revert back to the third grade; I mean Lexie stole her partner’s private notebook just because she made a suggestion to McDreamy that differed from hers. It was painful to watch at times. And let’s not forget Izzie almost killed her patient because she was distracted by how upset she was over the petty rivalry stuff that was going on.

I felt this episode could have been better and more realistic if say one of the Seattle Gracers was going toe-to-toe with a Mercy Wester. But, by putting everyone in the same state of mind, the tone of the episode rarely changed, with the exception of the stuff with Callie and her father (more on that later). So, for about 40 to 45 minutes we were stuck watching a constant battle of one-upmanship, which got a little tired for me after awhile.

So overall, I didn’t think this episode was bad, just odd. It was watchable, but definitely my least favorite of the four. Thanks goodness next week’s episode looks really good.

On to the high (and low) lights of the evening…

Here’s what I liked about last night’s show….

*The potential the show has thanks to this merger storyline. Like I mentioned, I thought this plot was good, it was the execution I had a problem with. But it will add a new wrinkle to the show and keep things fresh. I’m just hoping as time goes by, all the petty competitive stuff subsides a bit.

*Lexie stealing the notebook. I didn’t like the act of her stealing it (it goes along with all the petty stuff I bemoaned earlier), but I liked the comedy that ensued afterwards. I got a kick out of Lexie and the burglar patient giggling over the mantras (“I’m not a good doctor, I’m a great doctor.” “I am the future of medicine.”) If Lexie had left it at those, it would have been really funny, but when she said she noticed the nose job, it turned a little mean. Oh well, at least it was funny for a little while.

*Cristina’s breakdown. I didn’t like that she broke down (I am not that mean), but I liked the scene. Sandra Oh knocked it out of the park. Her voice got really deep while she was trying to talk and cry at the same time though, didn’t it? Anyway, I thought the scene was well-acted, well-written and I loved that she admitted she missed Burke’s tutelage. And that does raise a good question, why haven’t they replaced the head of cardio after Hahn’s departure?

*The “Go Hug Him” scene. I thought it was funny to watch Cristina inch towards Alex to hug him after he said Izzie left him as Alex began to back away. They are probably two of the most emotionless characters on the show (normally), so watching them avoid an embrace helped break up what was a pretty sad scene.

Here is what I didn’t like about last night’s show…

*The placement of Callie’s storyline. I thought Callie and her dad working out their issues was a great story and their scenes were excellent, especially their biblical blowup and their emotional make-up scene at the end. I just felt this storyline was a wrong time, wrong place kind of thing. Seattle Grace has been invaded by another hospital, doctors are tripping over one another to get to patients, and writers decide this is the episode for Callie and her dad to play Dr. Phil? That didn’t make sense to me. And speaking of which, where was Mark? Wouldn’t Callie’s best friend be instrumental in a storyline like this one?

*Izzie’s firing/leaving Alex: Ugh, what a rough scene that was. I admired the Chief for being man enough to actually fire her face-to-face and for his honesty until the HR rep reeled him in and made him go with the script. That was too bad. And did he have to mention that Alex said something? Although, if she had let the Chief finish, he probably was going to say that he was just concerned about her and hoped the Chief would keep her on board. I’d be shocked if they actually got divorced though. When Meredith asked where Izzie went, I wanted to shout at the TV, “She’s off filming a movie.”

OK, a few random thoughts and then I’m done….

*Brilliant move by ABC to have Bailey crossover on last night’s “Private Practice.” I haven’t gotten to watch it yet, but from what I understand, Bailey brings the kidney patient that Izzie almost killed to the hospital near Addison’s practice. So my guess, is we have to watch “PP” to find out the patient’s fate. What a great way for ABC to get viewers who don’t watch the show to stick around for another hour.

*I also really liked Arizona’s scene with Callie’s dad. She’s really starting to grow on me. She’s not as wacky as she was originally written last season.

*Line of the Night, “Oh, you guys raise hands.”

*Honorable mentions for “Line of the Night”:

-“This is an ER, not a school yard.” (I have to admit, that tackle the new guy put on was pretty impressive.)

-“I had a poster of Cindy Crawford on my wall, and I wasn’t looking at her mole.”

-“Are you having a case of the dark and twisties?”

-“I’m pretty sure that is five kinds of illegal.”

-“She’s not a vegetarian is she, because I don’t know how much more I can take.”

Well, I think that just about covers it. I hope you all liked the episode.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “Tainted Obligation”

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Editor’s note: Sorry, I’ve been late posting my “Grey’s Anatomy” recaps. The post below recaps the Oct. 8 episode of “Grey’s”, “Tainted Obligation.”

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I thought last week’s episode was solid. So far “Grey’s” is 3-for-3 in the quality episode department in my opinion. I have to think with the upcoming merger with Mercy West and everyone fearing for their jobs, that the season is only going to get better. Back to last week’s show, there was very little to dislike. I thought it was a great wrinkle putting Meredith in the tough decision to save the life of the father who was never there for her (and what a great way to explain Meredith’s absence when Ellen Pompeo goes on maternity leave). I also thought there were some good lighter, comedic storylines to offset the melodrama of Mer’s decision, namely Sloan’s patient and Cristina looking for surgery, any surgery, because as she put it, “Mama needs to cut.” The best episodes are the ones that mix in decent comedy with the dramatic medical stuff. That’s what made this show so popular in the first place.

I think the only thing I didn’t care for during the hour was Callie’s wishy-washy approach to trying to get her job back. It seemed out of character for such a confident and strong personality like Callie. If she had enough guts to tell the Chief off in front of the entire hospital, would it really be so hard for her to muster up the courage to ask for her job back? But, if a an out-of-character action is my biggest problem, I guess it was a pretty quality hour of TV.

On to my quick-hit thoughts…

*Best storyline: It had to be Thatcher’s need for a liver transplant right? There were so many layers to this story, that the whole hour could have been dedicated to it. This was the first time Meredith and Lexie’s sisterly bond was truly tested, we got to watch Meredith deal with a real, personal dilemma (trying to decide between McVet and McDreamy a few years ago paled in comparison, right?), we got some good Thatcher-Chief stuff (one of my favorite recurring storylines) and it looks like a bridge towards Mer and Thatcher’s reconciliation may have been built. I was happy to see Meredith had a chance of heart about helping her dad, if not for him, but for Lexie. Throughout the show, I didn’t think she was going to do it. My only complaint about this storyline, I could have lived without seeing Thatcher spitting up blood, but that’s just me.

*My favorite storyline: McSteamy and his patient. House Rules probably prevent me from going too much into detail about what his patient needed, but this was hands-down the most entertaining plot of the evening for me. It led to a lot of funny lines (more on that later), and it showed a little of Mark’s insecurity about getting older and dating a younger woman. It also led to the funny scene of Cristina finding out what surgery she finally landed after searching high and low all day for some OR time.

*Weakest storyline: As I mentioned in my intro, I thought Callie fretting over getting her job back was not very interesting. I was glad Arizona called her out on it made her realize how ridiculous she sounded worrying about it. While on the subject, is it me or does it now seem like Callie storming out of Seattle Grace only to come back a few months later was a big waste of time? What was the point of that? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her just to come back when the hospital merged? That just seemed odd to me.

As for the other episode highlights….

*I loved watching Cristina trying to sniff out surgeries. Nothing was better than when she was patrolling the assignment board like a street walker.

*Along those same comedic lines, I thoroughly enjoyed the last of Alex and Izzie’s “Great Outdoors” adventure. It didn’t get much better than hearing tough as nails Alex shriek like a schoolgirl at a Jonah Bros. concert when he saw that bear. In fairness, I probably would have screamed as well. I also liked that Alex was willing to suck it up to keep Izzie happy. Who would have thought it would be Cristina who gave him marriage advice? Fortunately for Alex, Izzie saw for herself that it wasn’t a raccoon that Alex saw.

OK, a few more random thoughts and I’m finished…

*As happy as I was to see Thatcher and Meredith survive the transplant, it was just as sad to see Izzie and Owen’s patient not make it. If Izzie survives the merger, it’ll be interesting to see if she, as Owen put it, be a doctor instead of a patient when she’s dealing with cancer patients. Speaking of tugging at the heartstrings, it was tough hearing Bailey remind us that during Meredith’s operation that three of her fellow interns had been on her table and one died and the other had cancer. Hopefully Alex can remain off of Bailey’s table and avoid completing the quad-fecta.

*Speaking of Bailey, If you don’t watch “Private Practice’ normally, you may want to check it out tonight. She will be making a crossover appearance.

*Line of the night: “I had to throw a 10-ounce steak and run for my life.”

*Honorable mentions for “Quote of the Night”:

-“I couldn’t get into an OR if I was bleeding half to death.”

-“I’m not demented, I’m just old.”

-“There’s gotta be more to life than eating pudding and watching ‘CSI.’” (They could have picked any show there, but I loved that they used “Grey’s” main competition.)

-“He bathed it in gin.”

-“She’s my tomorrow.”

-“My parents were lounge lizards. I was raised in a bar.”

-“I married Lewis and Clark!”

-“All the guy wants is a woody.

-“Does the Chief pay special attention to all patients, or just the ones whose wives he had affairs with?”