Last night, at 6 p.m., I remembered Major Howard and the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. That was a highlight before considering this debacle of a Braves game.
Coppollella took a risk. The last 2 years 42 and 43 year old Bartolo Colon had been an ABOVE AVERAGE starting pitcher. But, baseball history is littered with guys that suddenly dove off the cliff.
The Brewster Buffalo was the “navalized” version of the P 35 fighter plane. The P 35 competed in the Bendix Cup airplane races in the late 1930’s. It was the first steel frame and skin, monoplane fighter of the United States Army Air Corps.
But during the desperation of a war of total industrial commitment, technology can become outdated at an extraordinary clip. By 1941, Gen. Claire Chennault had already pointed out to the Army Air Corps how the P 35 could not handle the Zeros (but, how with the right tactics, P 40’s could).
Last Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the most crucial day in the Battle of Midway. As the first Japanese air assault came toward Midway, the Marine flyers on the island entered their planes to defend their base. 20 of the 26 planes were Brewster Buffalos. Only 7 of those made it back to Midway and only 2 of the 6 F4F’s. The Buffalo never saw a serious front line fighting role again. The time for the Buffalo had gone.
And thus after taking advantage of the Mets by not bidding for Julio Franco when his ageless magic was ready to decline, the Braves and Mets have gotten even with the Braves bringing on the Bartolo Colon of the expired date. By the time Colon got 2 outs in the 4th, there were also 7 runs in. I haven’t checked Win Probability Added tables, but I am guessing that at a 7 to 0 deficit, the Braves had a 5% chance (assuming they were playing somebody as bad as these Phillies).
Are there any good takeaways from this one. Johan Comargo needs to be on a Major League roster. Luke Jackson may be pretty good.
By the way, Eric O’Flaherty is another Brewster Buffalo.
So, is the Fast Carrier Task Force sitting to the northeast ready to come in or not? Maybe Lucas Sims can be a Spruance.
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