As Steve Lombardi noted, the game ended early enough for him to catch NUMB3RS. For me, it ended early to go out, have some beers and come back before it got too late. So here are my half-sober ramblings on tonight’s loss.
First, the Yanks are now ten games out for the first time since September 22, 1995. I was 12 then, and I don’t remember seeing that 10 in the GB column. These are dark days for the Yanks, and they now find themselves 6.5 games behind Detroit for that Wild Card spot. It is only May, but still.
Johnny Damon: What are you doing? Seriously. Top of the first, just stay at first base. That singlehandedly killed the Yanks. Instead of having two on and no one out, the Yanks were down an out on a base hit. This guy has gotta go on the DL if he’s hurting that badly. He was out by ten feet at second base.
Bobby Abreu: Quality at-bat there off the bench. Way to, once again, take a called third strike. I hope that doesn’t earn him a spot in the lineup later today against Tom Glavine.
Alex Rodriguez: 4 for 37 translates to a .108 batting average. He’s got 1 HR in his last 78 at bats. That hot start seems like another season right now.
Andy Pettite: Should be 6-1. Tonight, his one bad pitch â€” a high, 88-mph fastball on what should have been a bunt â€” killed him. It’s the same old story.
With Tom Glavine vs. Darrell Rasner and then John Maine facing off against Tyler Clippard, things are looking bleak for the Yankees. This was their best game to win, and they lost it.
Maybe Green Day was talking about this baseball season when they said wake me up when September ends.