It is Monday July 6th and the Yankees just lost a nail biter to the Blue Jays as they were again dominated by a rookie pitcher who didn’t seem all that intimidated by the big bad Yankees.
By the way, a lot of folks seem to be upset that Girardi got tossed from today’s game after arguing that Jeter was safe after it appeared that the third baseman missed the tag when Jeter was trying to steal third at the bottom of the first inning with nobody out.
But I’m upset that in the bottom of the first with no outs WHY THE HELL WAS JETER TRYING TO STEAL THIRD IN THE FIRST DAMNED PLACE!?!?!?!? ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT SWISHER GOT A HIT RIGHT AFTER THAT!!!!
It would’ve been another glorious comeback for the Yankees had they been able to pull it off. But the seven runs given up by Pettitte and Bruney were too much to overcome.
This leads me to reiterate a point that I’ve made before:
Comeback wins are great, but the point of paying CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett enough money to rival the gross national product of some third world countries, signing Damaso Marte to be a lefty out of the pen, promoting Joba to the rotation as a full time starter and bringing Pettitte back for another year was so that the Yankees could dominate games from the mound so that it wouldn’t be necessary to rely on the dramatic walk off dinger.
Such is not the case. At this point, CC is showing a knack for dominating teams like the Royals but spitting the bit when push comes to shove against the Red Sox.
AJ has done well lately, but he’s not done that well against the Red Sox either.
Damaso Marte is showing himself to be 2009’s answer to Steve Karsay.
Joba’s last few starts have really kind of kicked the whole notion of him really belonging to the bullpen back into overdrive. (And his assessment that he pitched well yesterday is along the lines of Ian Kennedy disturbing.)
And while Andy has pitched well at times, I’m glad he scoffed at the twelve million dollar contract that the Yankees originally offered him.
All in all and up to this point in the season, the Yankees rotation hasn’t really been all that has been advertised. That along with the embarrassment over the price of premium seats at the new stadium has got to be embarrassing to Hal and Hank.
But you wouldn’t know it because, apparently, they don’t seem to feel the need to express frustration via the press like George did.
I for one miss that. Love him or hate him, it was always somewhat reassuring to know that George was just as po’d over the Yankees poor play as I was. I suppose there is sound reasoning behind the new regime’s public policies. But their unwillingness to spout off combined with the out of fricken controls of the premium ticket prices at the new digs tends to come off as aloof….In my humble opinion, anyway.
So here comes a road trip to Minnesota before the All Star Break. Hopefully they’ll do well.
But whether or not this team is successful for the rest of the year is going to depend on having some success against the Red Sox. I don’t even think that they need to win out, but winning some games will go a long way, if for no other reason but to get the idea in their heads that they CAN beat those guys.
And if they don’t do that, I fully expect for the Yankees to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row and for Joe Girardi’s tenure as manager of the New York Yankees to be over with.
Take care and have a good week.