yo la tengo

Yes, classic independent band Yo La Tengo has carved out a 30-year career as one of the best alternative outfits around. But how do they relate to the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays?

Like this. From wikipedia: (The band) chose the name “Yo La Tengo” (Spanish for “I have it”)… from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. 

So. Did the Jays’ 2nd baseman Goins warm up secretly listening to YLT in Kansas City and, come the 6th inning, subliminally “hear” Spanish-speaking teammate Jose Bautista scream the band’s name? Or was someone in the stands near first base blaring “Moby Octopad” as the Royals came to bat?

A blast from the past indeed.


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One of BP’s favourite athletes, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, has made another mark on the world athletics stage in winning the women’s 1500m final in Beijing.

Dibaba’s winning time of 4:08 was stunningly slow – but her final blistering 800m of 1:57 was too much for the rest of the field even after a torpid first 700m.

Up next in Beijing for the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba is the 5000m – more her event than the 1500m.


This is worth nine and a half minutes of your time. Great race, great result, great commentary. Bolt just edges Gatlin at the line, winning in 9.79, only 0.01 sec ahead of Gatlin.

Canada’s 20-year old phenom Andre de Grasse clocks 9.91 to finish third in this world-class field, tying (!) with the US’s Bromell and finishing ahead of Asafa Powell and Mike Rodgers. We’ll see more of de Grasse soon enough, everyone knows.