I missed most of this one. We took the kids to see “Underdog” today – and then went out for an early dinner afterwards. (Comments on the movie to follow.)
It was nice to find out later today that the Yankees won this game. (It was 4-0, New York, in the bottom of the second, when I left to go to the movies.) Good to see that Mussina pitched well – and for more than five innings. Most importantly, it’s great to see where the Yankees are now in the Wildcard chase. New York was 9 1/2 games back in the Wildcard standings after their game of July 7th – and now they’re a half-game back of Detroit in that chase, one full game in the loss column. Picking up nine games in just about a month is amazing.
Now, the fun begins. The next 23 games should make or break the Yankees chances to win the Wildcard.
The next 6 are on the road – including 3 in Cleveland. The 7 after that are at home – but against the now pesky O’s and the Tigers. The Yankees have to win 9 of these 13 games.
After the Jays, Tribe, O’s and Tigers, the Yankees have 10 games from hell: Three at the Angels, four at the Tigers, and then three in the Bronx against the Red Sox. You want to see the Yankees win 6 or 7 of these ten games. But, that’s going to be a tall order.
If the Yankees win 15 of their next 23 games, I think they can start to print their post-season tickets. If New York goes something like 11-12 (or worse) in these games, that may just kill their hopes for some October baseball.
Now, back to the movie. As a kid, I was a big fan of Underdog – and the Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat, Tennessee Tuxedo, Commander McBragg side dishes that came with the show. To be candid, when I heard they were doing a live-action movie version of the show, I was less than thrilled. My first thoughts were “Didn’t the learn anything from the movie version of ‘The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle‘?” But, my kids wanted to see this movie, after spying the commericals for it – so, off we went to see it anyway, despite my concerns.
However, I was pleasantly surprised at watching “Underdog” today. My kids (ages 3 and 5) were a little freaked by the character Simon Barsinister as well as some of the scenes in the movie that had a little tension. (They were not the only ones – as I heard a kid behind me crying a few times.) It’s probably a movie better served for kids over the age of seven. Still, I thought that the film makers did a nice job of adapting the story, having some fun with the characters and script, while also being respectful of what made the cartoon so popular. It could be the result of me going into this one with very low expectations, but, I give it a thumbs up. Even as an adult, I found it entertaining.