Gustavo Watch, Part 9

Jinxed_10If you rearrange the letters in “Gustavo Chacin,” you get “angst via couch,” and because the Blue Jays have been eliminated from the playoffs, that’s exactly what The Ball Thief will be getting when he’s forced to watch them from home. Yes, that’s right, even though our little friend managed to string together a few decent outings earlier this month, the Hample Jinx struck him—and his team—down in the end. Last night, in his final game of the season, Chacin was tagged for five runs on seven hits and a walk (and hit a batter) in just 4 2/3 innings. Not only did he suffer the loss, but his ERA ballooned to a career-worst 5.05.
Have a nice winter/life, Gus.

28 comments

  1. boodleheimer1@aol.com

    Z –

    “Couch” is a dandy double dis for The Ball Thief:

    (1) Due to interfering with a snag, his butt will be on one instead of on a dugout bench this post season.

    (2) If he doesn’t recover from the funk of failure by the start of spring training, he’ll have to lie on a shrink’s to dope out how to counter the effects of the Hample Jinx.

  2. kayleexxx@aol.com

    and julian tavarez won again last night how come he can start and win but s*cks at releiving?

  3. kayleexxx@aol.com

    okay i guess they can count on el duque.Like i care who pitches i just care that shawn green plays.

  4. Zack

    KAYLEE-
    Did you see Green’s blast tonight?

    JONELI-

    Thanks. I was probably playing around with the letters for about half an hour. I’m a Scrabble player, so I’ve been well trained in such endeavors.

  5. Umair

    Hahaha

    Oh man I’m loving your blog, and great post! Sorry i havent been on that much, I’ve stop coming online lately, moving on to new and better things in life u can say lol.

    About this Chacin character, I live in Toronto, and I hear about him a lot. He actually has a colonge out. The advertisement for that colonge is actually very cheesy, it’s a bunch of bikini women running towards him, in normal clothing, just because he smells awesome. Oh and last year the jays had an offer, if you purchase season tickets, for all 81 home games, you get to meet Chacin and shake hands with him. Whoopie?

  6. Zack

    JONELI-
    I guess I have an advantage because I come from a family of wordsmiths.

    KAYLEE-

    Cool. Glad you got see the bomb.

    UMAIR-

    Better things than this blog?! Oh my god, I’m shocked and offended. :-)

    I heard about the cologne. That’s just stupid. Who wants to smell like a Jinx?

  7. dodgerdude511@aol.com

    Hey Zack!

    Spur of the moment yesterday, and Im at Angel Stadium

    I played the game so well. My A’s hat got me a ball from some A’s player and an autograph from Eric Chavez. I got another tossed by Angels Pitcher Chris Bootcheck, and I was able to run 50 feet to my right to catch a BP home run that bounced off a seat!

    Than, we snuck into the seats right behind the A’s Dugout, and we missed a Tim Salmon foul ball by two feet.

    Magically, as I was buying peanuts, I saw Nick Swisher (who was playing 1st) Runing into the dugout after an inning. I stood up, and lifted my hands, and he tossed the ball right to me, BAREHAND! wahoo!

    And, I consider a game ball to be a ball I watched in action, given by a player involved in the action, that was my first game ball!.

    If the Angels hadn’t made a comeback win in the 8th, followed by K rod’s franchise-record-setting save… It may have been quiet enough in the stadium for me to get lineup cards :(

    Oh well, ONTO THE PLAYOFFS! GO DODGERS!

    -Ethan

  8. Zack

    ETHAN-
    That’s an amazing day. One highlight after another. Congrats on your strong end to the regular season.

    BRADY-

    Bleh.

  9. Brady

    GUESS WHAT? WE PLAY THE PADRES! CARPENTER GOES IN GAME ONE! WOOOOT! hahaha Zack, this is hilarious man. LOOK AT MY PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS ON MY BLOG!! ROFL!

    -B

  10. dodgerdude511@aol.com

    NOOO lol… dont go for the padres.

    Well, Either way, If the dodgers make it to the Championship series, they will most likely get rocked.

    they absolutely **** vs. SD or STL

  11. Zack

    Sorry, but I have my reasons for rooting for the Padres. The biggest one is that I had a GREAT time in San Diego this season so I’m thinking lots of happy thoughts about the team and their fans.

  12. Zoe

    Ha. What’s the *opposite* of the Hample Curse, and can you give the Hample Luck to the Mets for postseason? After all, they’ve been good to you, right!? Especially Cliff, who gave you a bat! And who now has an mlblog!
    http://pickmeup.mlblogs.com

  13. kayleexxx@aol.com

    twins are lucky that detroit lost yesterday now they get to play oakland not the forever hated yankees!Detroit better whoop the yankees!
    Go mets!hopefully el duque can pitch them to a victory!and shawn green gets some hits!

    -kaylee

  14. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Since the Astros are not in I’m going for the Padres and Twins. I like Morneau and Mauer on the Twins and Hoffman and Peavy along with the young guns on those teams. Gotta make an interesting post season. ANyway off to see my beloved Packers on TV GO FAVRE!

  15. boodleheimer1@aol.com

    Zack,

    The concept posted by Zoe @ 11:56 AM:

    (“What’s the *opposite* of the Hample Curse, and can you give the Hample Luck to the Mets for postseason”) –

    is EXCELLENT! Will you work on it?

  16. Zack

    ZOE-
    Cliffy has an MLBlog now? Cool! There’s not an official opposite of the Hample Jinx, but since he did give me that bat, I shall send EXTRA good vibes his way, effective immediately.

    KAYLEE-

    I think the Tigers are gonna get creamed.

    JIMMY-

    I’m pulling for the A’s. I read MONEYBALL, and I’ve liked them ever since.

    BOODLEHEIMER-

    I agree, and yes, I’m on it!

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