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October 8, 2007

At Least They Weren't Playing the Nats

Because a baseball season is so long, covering the games can become an exercise in repetition. So when something truly extraordinary happens, many sportswriters and headline editors just can't stop themselves from making excited puns and metaphors. When New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was swarmed by a freak infestation of insects and allowed the tying run against the Cleveland Indians, the sports press rushed to their keyboards like moths to a flame in order to record with the best bug line they could find. Here's what they came up with:

ABC News
Bugs Bite into Yankee Postseason

These were truly sacrifice flies.
Where was the Sultan of Swat when they needed him?

Joba, Yankees can't avoid the plague

New York Post
Yanks Victims of Insecticide
Bombers in 0-2 Hole after Bugging Out

New York Daily News
A Perfect Swarm

All the insect repellent in the world can't chase away this reality.

New York Times
A Plague on the Yankees

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Playoff buzz makes Yankees bug out

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