Here's a fun interview with Jeff Locke, who pitched yesterday in the Eastern League finals for the Altoona Curve in their Game Two Defeat of the Yankees' Trenton Thunder affiliate.â†µ
"I'm not a huge Yankees fan," Locke said, understating his lifelong devotion to a certain New England team. "So it's that much more important to me" ...â†µ
Locke got some help in the seventh when d'Arnaud, who homered off Pettitte in Game 1, combined on a spectacular double play. Austin Krum drew a one-out walk before Justin Snyder hit a liner to second off Locke.â†µ
"I got Snyder to ground into the best double play I've ever seen behind me," Locke said. "D'Arnaud is going to his right and does this blindsided, no-look glove flip to Mercer, who throws to first base. At that point, the adrenaline couldn't be going any higher."â†µ
Locke scores points for the Yankees hate, even if he did grow up a Red Sox fan. (Okay, he's expressing distaste for the most annoying fanbase in baseball and claiming allegiance with the second-most annoying. But that's still a positive, right?)â†µ
Anyway, the Altoona-Trenton series is best-of-five, and it's tied 1-1. They play tonight at 7:05 in Trenton. Justin Wilson, one of several solid prospects in a rotation that also includes Locke and Rudy Owens, will start.