Monday, March 7, 2011

So Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee Pitched This Weekend

Great Weekends In Life

April 6-7, 1991: Playing in the North Catholic Invitational CYO basketball tournament, ZWR solidifies his seventh man of the year status by setting two crucial screens and tipping a pass in a consolation bracket semifinal win over St. Philip Neri. In the 5th Place game, Zoo shines under the bright lights once more, tying a season high with four points. Afterwards, he tops his buddy Norbeck in a nugget eating contest at the celebratory team dinner, capping off a victorious weekend.

January 6-7, 1996: Nearly 30 inches of snow fall over a 24 hour stretch within a greater storm of the century (a "century" being actually more like three years if I recall correctly- just saying, not complaining), and a Christmas face breaking ZWR and his buddies take the circumstances as opportunity to play an entire, drunken 82 game season of NHL 95 with ourselves created as members of the San Jose Sharks. Three players break the 60 goal/400 penalty minute plateau, an epic conference final against the Detroit Red Wings sees Stevie Y fall victin to the "teal trap", and 13 bags of cool ranch doritos are housed as the lone source of food-based caloric intake. 

August 16-17, 2003
: In the series-clinching game five of a beach wiffle ball tournament, your beloved penguin strikes out 23 in character as Grey Goose Gossage (owing to his trademark Big Gulp of Slurpee and vodka), knocks in five, and draws a Wertzian nine walks.
Later in the day, ZWR would manage to destroy more than half a Mack/Manco pizza while not complaining one bit about the 9th degree sunburn on his neck and shoulders.

Saturday, March 5, 2011: Roy Halladay throws three scoreless innings and breaks 9 Pirate faces (not including his 4 strikeouts) in a Grapefruit League matchup against the Pirates of Pittsburgh. Roy would uncharacteristically walk two batters during the outing, but again--it was the Pirates--and, he would later indicate the free passes were quasi-intentional so that he could work on his (seldom needed during the regular season) pickoff move to first base.

Getty images

Sunday, March 6, 2011: CLIFF LEE tosses four shutout innings while allowing zero walks and two hits and striking out five in an on-its-surface meaningless spring training game that would later be noted in a post by a semi-popular Phillies bolg as the beginning of a stretch of total team pitching dominance not yet witnessed in the history of mankind.


  1. This makes me happy.

  2. 3 players break the 60 goal barrier? Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour all had a 150+ goal season each in my NHL 95' hockey campaign.

  3. As if NHL '95 wasn't enough, you had me at Mack & Manco's.

  4. Did you have line changes on?!

  5. Blizzard of '96 was some crazy stuff. I didn't finish school until the last week of June because we were out so long.


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