But, if you recall, it's not just Dana who's pumped; Casey and Dan are also pumped, we're reminded as we go back to the desk. Casey asks Elliot if Rojas pitched today. Thank God, Elliot knows; he tells Dan that Rojas is pitching tomorrow. Dan asks if he pitched in the bullpen yesterday. Elliot says yes and that Kelly (I'm assuming the often-referred-to-but-never-seen Kelly Kirkpatrick) watched him pitch. Dan asks how his fastball looked, and Elliot says it should be crossing the plate just about now. Maybe I should explain that. After all, I realize the number of people who read my recaps and know a lot about sports is far smaller than the number of people who think Josh Charles is sex on wheels, so what Elliot means is that Rojas's fastball isn't looking very good, apparently. No time for that, though, because Allison gets some lines! Yes! My favourite character on this show! The criminally underused Allison tells the guys to have a good show. Casey says they will, and asks if Allison knows why. "Because you're pumped?" she says. Oh, Allison. Listen to the dreck they have you saying. They give you lines less often than I clean my bathroom, and when they do, they involve you in this whole "pumped" nonsense. Then Casey starts bragging about how he speaks four languages, but Dan argues that he speaks only three: Spanish, French, and German. "I dabble in a little English," points out Casey, which was pretty funny, but it was only a momentary digression because Danny says, "The point is we're pumped." Allison asks if she needs to keep standing there. The boys send her away, and my world gets just a little bit darker. Casey tells her to go "get pumped," and she leaves. We find out that Dan gets pumped by Orlando Rojas and Casey gets pumped by grape jelly, which is really weird in both instances. The boys tease the top stories as the show goes live. Right now I'm pumped for some commercials, which we get after Dana finally makes a sincere effort to put Natalie's mind at ease about Jeremy.
The next day, Dan is talking about Orlando Rojas to Rebecca, but she doesn't know who that is. Dan tells her he's a pitcher. "Oh, Orlando Rojas the pitcher!" she says. "I don't know who that is." Heh. Despite the knowledge that she'll break Dan's heart, Rebecca does tend to grow on you. Dan tries to tell her that he's pitching this afternoon, but since she doesn't know who Rojas is, she has a hard time getting excited, or maybe that should be "pumped," about that and she then threatens violence against Dan, picking up a large book and asking if she can hit him with it. He tells her it's Casey's book, and speak of the devil, Casey walks in. Casey gives Rebecca permission to hit Dan with the book. That permission is presumably retracted when Dan finks on Rebecca and tells Casey that Rebecca doesn't know who Orlando Rojas is. "He's a pitcher," says Casey. Heh. Dan explains to Rebecca that, eleven years ago, Rojas pitched a perfect game. "And a perfect game is good?" says Rebecca. Dan and Casey look nonplussed for a moment, then Dan says, "Listen, I know there's a lot of jargon, but some of these are self-explanatory," which really cracked me up. Unfortunately, I can't get too deep into women's lack of sports knowledge, since it's kind of a stereotype. Also, the woman editing my recaps knows more about baseball than I do. ["I did spend several years thinking that 'a perfect game' was a colloquialism meaning that, yeah, the pitcher did pretty well, but also, you had good seats and it wasn't too humid and the hot-dog guy didn't blow you off. My dad finally had to explain to me that it is in fact not open to interpretation. So, for anyone else under the same impression, a perfect game is a game in which nobody reaches base at all -- no walks, no hits, nada." -- Sars]