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:
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