Jesse Hahn’s Two-Run Mistake

I awoke and watched CBS This Morning. Chef Sylvain Delpique brought his signature dishes: Four story hills duck breast with carrot-fennell puree and cherry gastrique, lobster gratinée, heirloom tomato and spring Vegetables, pommes soufflé, New York cheesecake with passion fruit coulis and almond streusel, and a South Side cocktail. On the morning news, I heard about the tie in the National Spelling Bee. Are there new rules for this spelling bee? I went over to the coffee shop, where I had a peach smoothie and looked at the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs for May 28, 1977 were “Feels Like the First Time,” “Lonely Boy,” “Lucille,” “Couldn’t Get It Right,” “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from ‘Rocky’),” “Got to Give It Up, Part 1,” “Dreams,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “When I Need You,” and “Sir Duke.” I went to work and had a forgettable day. I took the bus over to the Rockridge BART station and made my way to the stadium early. I think I should have taken my time and visited the record store first. I took a seat and read through three chapters of my Tolstoy book before getting in line. There was no giveaway for this Saturday night game. We heard the news that Sean Doolittle suffered another injury. He and Coco Crisp were supposed to be two of the biggest stars on the team, and they haven’t been playing. The person who sat in front of me recognized me and asked me how much Warriors tickets cost. I said that the ones I saw were $475. The last time we saw Jesse Hahn pitch, it was on Memorial Day against the Detroit Tigers, and it was a shutout. It seemed like it was a lot to ask him two great games in a row. He started off by allowing three singles in the first inning, giving the Yankees the advantage with a 1-0 score. The radio announcers talked about how the Yankees have declined as a box office attraction in their road games. The A’s came back in the bottom of the third inning with three consecutive singles by Billy Burns, Marcus Semien, and Stephen Vogt, followed by a sacrifice fly from Billy Butler and a single for an RBI from Josh Reddick. Brett Lawrie and Max Muncy made outs. It was a shame that the A’s scored only two runs from all that action. The A’s did score another run in the fourth inning when Eric Sogard singled and eventually scored on a Semien single. Hahn couldn’t come up with the shutdown inning, as two hits and an error by Brett Lawrie produced the dreaded unearned run. The ball popped out of Lawrie’s glove onto the ground, and he didn’t see where the ball landed until it was too late to throw the runner out at first. In the sixth inning, Hahn came bog mistakes with allowing a walk, and then the big home run that gave the Yankees the lead at 4-3. We watched a Big Head race in which Rollie Fingers tried to catch up to Rickey Henderson before the finish line but couldn’t quite do it. We had a girl run out onto the field and get tackled by a security guard. They had to drag this girl away, as she tried to show some dance moves. She looked like she had too much to drink. The A’s gave up another run with Arnold Leon pitching. After giving up a hit, Leon didn’t pay attention to the runner at first, and no one else warned him, and so a stolen base was given away too easily. A hit drove in the Yankees’ fifth run. The deficit of two runs seemed too much for the A’s with the hard-throwing relief pitchers that the Yankees had. Their relief pitchers, in fact would get 13 of the last 14 A’s batters out, allowing just a single by Josh Reddick. We heard “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” during the seventh inning stretch. During the eighth inning, I noticed a small black rectangle on the scoreboard. After spending all those millions of dollars, the video screen had flaws before the end of the second month of the season. They must have cut corners in the language of everyday people. The A’s went down to defeat quietly, and their winning streak ended with this 5-3 loss. The game moved slowly, beginning at 7:08 and ending at 10:14. Attendance was 25,223. The Yankees fans didn’t behave like their usual boastful selves. I listened to the radio postgame show until they went over the scores of the other games. At least the Giants lost. The Houston Astros keep winning. One A’s player who has been a pleasant surprise is Billy Burns. I hurried back to BART and took the 10-car train back home. I bought a chicken fajita burrito to eat as I watched television. I saw James Stewart and Mamie Van Doren in episodes of The Jack Benny Program. Stewart suffered peanuts dropped on his head. I thought back on one of his appearances on The Tonight Show. On CBS Sunday Morning, I saw a segment with Mo Rocca washing the windows of a skyscraper. It looked like a very frightening job. I think that I would like a tea that produced music with its steam. Anthony Mason spoke with Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry said that “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” was an idea that Internet outlets weren’t eager to pick up. He said he liked math, science, and structure. He doesn’t want to be spared the grime. The griminess is what he likes, and he thinks it is what made him good. He didn’t have to come down off that flying saucer, and he thinks that a lot of people stay inside the flying saucer. I wondered if the flying saucer was the same one that was in “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” In fact, I wondered why it was a flying saucer in the first place and not a tower or a penthouse. Some of the people who died on May 31 include Tintoretto (1594), Joseph Haydn (1809), Billy Strayhorn (1967), William Castle (1977), Timothy Leary (1996), and Arlene Francis (2001). Today is a birthday for Lea Thompson (54), Chris Elliott (55), Tom Berenger (66), Joe Namath (72), and Clint Eastwood (85). My choices for the Top 5 Biggest Jerks of May 2015 are: 5. Sherri Shepherd, 4. Art Garfunkel, 3. Manny Pacquiao, 2. Colin Kaepernick, and 1. Ray McDonald.

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