Aug
29

Complaining about three games in three cities on two coasts in three days

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Brett found a way to relax between games yesterday. (Mitchell Layton/Getty)

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Yankees and Orioles will make up one of this weekend’s games on September 8th at 1pm ET, a mutual off day for the two clubs. Apparently some miscommunication between the O’s and the MLBPA resulted in the decision to postpone the game to that date, which the Yankees most certainly did not want. It was their only true off day of the month, and now they’ve got to play three games in three cities on two coasts in the span of about 60 hours late next week. They’ll play the Orioles in the Bronx on Wednesday, the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday, then fly to the west coast to play the Angels in Anaheim on Friday.

As he’s prone to do, Buck Showalter ran his mouth about the Yankees being “disrespectful” towards the Orioles following Mike Flanagan’s death by wanting to play two games on Friday. “I’m sure if they stopped and thought about it, if the same thing happened to one of their greats, they probably would have given a lot of consideration to how they were going to handle that day,” said Showalter, apparently failing to realize that the Yankees have lost a number of all-time greats in recent years, including George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard last summer. Obviously a tribute to Flanagan was important to the O’s, but they did hide behind that excuse to distract from the real reason why they didn’t want to play two games on Friday: they didn’t want to lose the gate revenue.

Rosters expand this Thursday, so getting the important players rest won’t be too big of a deal down the stretch, but there’s no doubt that the travel schedule is a hassle. The Yankees will play the second of 18 games in 18 days today, a stretch that includes stops in five cities with the last six games on the west coast. By the time they finish up their game with the Mariners on Sept. 14th (10pm ET start) and fly to Toronto, it’ll probably be nine or ten in the morning on the East Coast when they land. Sleep all day before starting the three-game series the next day, and there’s the team’s only scheduled day off the rest of the season. Hardly qualifies as an off day, really.

Thankfully, the Yankees are sitting pretty at the moment, leading the Rays by 6.5 games for the wildcard with only 31 games left to play. If they go 14-14 in their next 28 games, the Rays would need to win 17 of their next 27 games just to make that last series of the year against the Yankees in Tampa interesting, and even then they’d need a sweep to force a Game 163. There’s very little to worry about here, and remember, New York will always be the bad guy. That’s why you have columns supporting the Orioles being written while Josh Beckett gets his ass kissed for complaining about the schedule. The double standard never ceases to amaze.

Hurricane Irene is still causing massive problems in Upstate New York, Vermont, and in parts of New England, so it does feel a little callous to discuss the storm’s ramifications on he Yankees and baseball in general. It’s just a game, a kid’s game, but it’s also part of our lives and a pretty big one for me (and I’m sure several of you). The Orioles were unwilling to be flexible with their schedule, so now the Yankees are going to be stuck feeling the impact of this weekend for another two weeks, if not more. They’ll get through it just fine, but that doesn’t mean they (or us fans) have to like it.

Categories : Rants

60 Comments»

  1. Kostas says:

    There will always be the double standard for the Yankees. As with the Red Sox, the piece was written by the ass kissing Yankee hating Pete Abe.

    Seriously the Yankees need to send every bench player and any call ups to the game on September 8th. Have an empty bench while the starters are all comfortable in LA. The series with the Angels is far more important than a make up game against the hapless Orioles.

    PS. Buck needs to swallow some baseballs. Ever since AZ, he is has progressed to class AAAA asshole.

  2. Buck brining Flanagan into it was really classless and weak, IMO. From what I can tell, the decision about cancelling the double header on Friday had to be made before Flanagan’s death was even made public. Maybe the Orioles FO got the news before anyone else, but I doubt it.

    At least the Yankees will have expanded rosters to work with and can hopefully keep everyone fresh and healthy down the stretch. That’s the most important thing.. a little jetlag shouldn’t hurt the Yankees playoff chances.

  3. Trueblue says:

    I put this in the wrong spot..

    The O’s, Showalter and the rest of the Front Office can all go screw.

    1. Granderson is one of the more well respected guys in the game, if he says the Yanks weren’t consulted prior to the unilateral decision than I have to believe him.
    2. The O’s steadfast refusal to play a DH on Friday (like the Marlins did the day before) was a bush league move. Don’t whine about the hurricane when you had the opportunity to move the game up and be PROACTIVE.. Dicks.
    3. Showalter- get off the soapbox about how we needed to be more respectful of Flannigan. Have a tasteful ceremony of your choosing (not trying to sound callous here), but a guy who kills himself should be the reason for impacting the playing of a schedule in a reasonable manner.

    The O’s are so far removed from October baseball they have no idea what stripping a day off can do. Enjoy the extra gate assholes.

  4. Yankees fans should boycott that make-up game in Baltimore. Let the Orioles enjoy the huge attendance number they’ll attract from solely O’s fans on a September mid-week afternoon.

    • Meh. Easy to say for people who get to see the Yankees in person on any regular basis.

      Not so easy to say for those of us in the Baltimore Metro area who only get to see the Yanks when they’re in the area or when we trek up to YSIII.

      • It’s not like I’m telling people in that area to never go to a game in Baltimore. It’s one day, in the middle of the week, and the Yanks play in Baltimore 9 times every season.

        • Well, not that it really matters, but I believe the Yankees get part of the gate from road games too, so it’d be hurting them too.

          • Aren’t the tickets already sold, for the most part, since it’s a make-up game? So the Yanks get their portion of that gate anyway, and the O’s lose out on concessions. Not that the Yanks’s portion of that gate is really going to put must of a dent in their bottom-line either way, really.

            Whatever, it was a throw-away joke of a comment, I didn’t intend to get into a serious discussion about whether boycotting the game in Baltimore is fair to Yankees fans in Baltimore or what percentage of revenues are allocated to visiting teams. Forget I dropped in.

            /RABfatigue’d

            • I didn’t mean to take it that far, your comment sounded less jokey, and more serious-y.

              And it was really frustration at the seemingly overwhelming majority of people to believe that sticking it to baltimore implies doing something to hurt them financially rather than winning by 40.

              • “And it was really frustration at the seemingly overwhelming majority of people to believe that sticking it to baltimore implies doing something to hurt them financially rather than winning by 40.”

                Coming back to this way late, but another thought: Baltimore is going nowhere this year and they want to play that game on the 8th instead of in a doubleheader so that the don’t lose the gate money, so no, beating the Orioles on the field isn’t necessarily the best way to ‘stick it to them.’ Who cares if the Orioles win or lose a game, at this point in the season? This decision was made based on financial considerations. Boycotting in some way doesn’t necessarily do all that much, but it probably does more to throw some sand in their face than beating them in a meaningless September game.

                If Buck has a pitcher throw at a Yankee then, yes, beating them on the field is the best revenge. In this situation? I’d have no problem with letting Baltimore be embarrassed by having next-to-nobody in the seats and dinging their bottom-line, even if relatively marginally.

            • jsbrendog says:

              i agree with you but it isn’t rabfatigue, it is rabcommentfatigue. take nothing away from our mighty overseers

        • No, it’s one game, late in the season, that also happens to be the last time the Yankees play here this year.

          My interest in seeing the Yankees >>>>> my interest in depriving Baltimore of the extra 5,000 tickets in gate revenue. They aren’t going to spend it intelligently anyway.

  5. jsbrendog says:

    they should only play aaa guys and send the starters to west coast early.

  6. Billy Pilgrim says:

    What Buck did was dissrespectful to Mike Flanigan. To use his death as an excuse to collect more money at the gate and hide behind that tregedy is just dispicable. We still played basbeall on Friday so there was no reason that we couldn’t have played a DH and they still could have had their tribute during the night game.

    MLB does nothing and ended up blacking out mlb.tv users from watching the ballgame last night because it violated some antiquated blackout policy. Shame on MLB, the Os organization, and Buck Showalter.

  7. Cuso says:

    You stay classy, you Baltimore bastards.

  8. Peepee Hands says:

    Its easy to see that Buck is still bitter about his brief stint as Yankee manager. The guy won’t stop finding ways to bash the Yankees or their stars or their Front Office… Let it go Buck.

    • jsbrendog says:

      we should hope buck stays manager of the os for a long time, cause every team he has managed befor e has done exponentially better after his departure

      • Baltimore as it stands is a shithole regardless of who the manager is, fortunately for the rest of the AL East.

        Showalter is just one in a long line of blue-collar, lunch-pail preaching managers who “does things the right way”.

        The O’s and Showalter deserve each other.

        • CS Yankee says:

          Baltimore…

          Best crab cakes
          Great ballpark
          Very good BBQ (Boog’s)
          Good history
          Decent amount of young talent
          Average manager
          Below average product
          Piss-poor owner

  9. Stevis says:

    …… Buck rhymes with SCHMUCK
    the guy is one annoying Turd

  10. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Why didn’t they just play another doubleheader today?

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      I would not want to play 4 games in 2 days right before a Boston series.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

        But I thought they really wanted that day off…

        /devils advocate’d

        • A.D. says:

          Apparently not that badly.

        • Al says:

          They’re honestly making too big of a deal over this…they should have just played 2 straight doubleheaders if it mattered THAT much, you know? Just send the star players to the West Coast and let the young/scrub players from expanded rosters play.

          • CP says:

            No, they should have planned ahead for the hurricane and played a double header of Friday.

            It’s not like the hurricane was a surprise.

    • Pasqua says:

      I’m guessing it’s a union issue. There might be something spelled out in the CBA about #’s of games played in a certain time period. Just a guess.

  11. CS Yankee says:

    Much ado about nothing.

    The O’s should perserve their gates as they are in the business of making money.

    I understand the Yankees position, but the whole “Buck versus the Big Boys” rant is getting tiresome. The Rays (as visitors) had the right to avoid a DH, and the Yankees had the right to ask for one but not mandate (as visitors) one. Home rules should apply for the most part.

    The whole Granderson point was iffy (but nowhere Beckett jerkish like), real bad that the O’s played the Flanny & storm issue, but points to the issue of they don’t react well under pressure.

    In the end the correct decision was made for both parties, while I wish they were proactive and worked together like the Sox & A’s did, we need to be realistic and know that “Buckism” is in affect and revenue is all they have.

    Even their “RF Nick” is inferior to ours…and he is their main (or top 3) guy there.

  12. Monteroisdinero says:

    Just send our starting pitcher ahead to both Baltimore and LA one day before. We’ll have Montero then too.

    No big deal.

    • Pasqua says:

      Agreed. Teams have been incovenienced before, and they will be inconvenienced again. The chatter about this has been widely driven by the posturing of both teams. If Girardi and Buck had kept their mouths shut, I doubt there wold be much discussion in the media.

  13. Hall and Nokes says:

    Could be worse. Philly had to schedule a doubleheader on their only off day remaining this year.

  14. Alibaba says:

    I was upset in the beginning, but here is what I have since decided.

    Even after all this, including the boorishness of Buck,
    1) Sun will shine,
    2) Roses will smell nice,
    3) …

    Good luck to anyone who has been affected by the hurricane. Lots of areas are still flooded and many are without power.

  15. MannyGeee says:

    I guess I get the logic behind re-scheduling the game, but I am terribly offended still that Showalter would use Flannigan’s death to hide behind, instead of telling the truth of losing revenue and trouble of logistics for a last minute DH.

    Karmically, that is gonna bite him in the ass.

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      Clearly, when it comes to the Yanks, he is a hater. Hate takes a lot more effort/energy than it’s opposite…and causes far more stress. That said, he was fired by the Yanks and certainly feels like he was betrayed/wronged. He than burned over the next 5 years as the Yanks took 4 W.S. Championships. Judging by the fact that he’s had a lot of jobs since then, I would say he isn’t easy to employ.

      • Pasqua says:

        Not sure that Buck is a Yankee hater so much as an insufferable asshole. As you mention, he basically wears out his welcome everywhere he goes. There’s got to be a connection there.

  16. Kiersten says:

    What I don’t get was when the Yankees wanted to play a doubleheader with the Rays before the ASB, they were allowed to say no. So it’s OK for the Orioles to make their schedule to suit their fans and their business, but the Yankees don’t even have control over their schedule when they’re the home team. So they just keep getting screwed and no matter what they’re always wrong and the other team is always right.

    Not to mention how the Yankees always have getaway days for other teams, but Seattle is making the Yankees play a 7/10 p.m. game before they have to fly back to the east coast. The Yankees need to start being assholes to other teams, everyone already bashes them no matter what they do anyway.

    • Pasqua says:

      I think the double-header issue is a union issue (I THINK), so those decisions are theoretically in place to protect the players, not just the financial bottom line. I could be wrong.

  17. Pasqua says:

    Yes, there is surely nothing more disrespectful to the memory of a former Major League ball player than playing baseball.

    The Orioles even suck at spin doctoring.

  18. Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost says:

    Thoughts before I get to the main point of my post:

    -Buck Showalter is a scumbag
    -The Orioles are a dumpsterfire of an organization.

    However, I read somewhere that the reason the Orioles didn’t opt for the Friday DH was because they were coming off an 11 game road trip that started on the West Coast.

    I think they were shady in the way they handled it, and it would have been a standup move if they decided to agree to a Friday DH, but if the roles were reversed and someone wanted to play a DH on a day where the Yankees were coming from the West Coast I wouldn’t want that either.

  19. James says:

    I love how they play the “honor” card with Flanagan, but when Mike Cuellar died in 2010 (I think it was Cuellar, somebody correct me if I’m wrong) ONE Oriole showed up for his funeral–Melvin Mora. Quite a rich tradition of “honoring” their fallen players.

    • James says:

      Sorry, my mistake: It was Elrod Hendricks’ funeral that was attended by only one Oriole (Mora) and it was 2009. Granted, not a player of Flanagan’s stature, but still not representative of a club that can’t play a double-header because of “grief”.

  20. stumpy says:

    Interesting note about all the O’s and the gate revenue (money), when I went to an O’s game against the Yankees earlier in the season the official O’s team store was selling AROD and Jeter shirts INSIDE the stadium. I think that says all that really needs to be said about that organization.

    • stumpy says:

      Oh yeah, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees fined if they sent their stars ahead to the West Coast and played minor leaguers. Would love to see it though.

  21. rcman says:

    Every other team in the corridor scheduled DH’s to avoid these problems. The O’s gate is increased as are all other teams when they play the Yankees. The only way to show dissapproval is to not go to the game or to not use the concessions if you already bought tickets. Eat before or after the game, not in the park. The yankees didn’t create scheduling log jams with other teams when icons passed away, there’s no excuse using that argument here. I guess there is a guarentee that none of the o’s games in NY will rain out that week. Be a shame if the 9/7 game rains out somehow. I guess the O’s will have to move thier whole club back to NY for a meaningless game in Oct.
    They better not make any travel reservations an anticipation of the off-season.

  22. Bob Michaels says:

    Showalter never made the Bigs as a Player. He has a miner league mind in a Major league Uniform.His mental picayune mistakes cost us the Alcs in 95 and a possible WS title the same yr.Thats the main reason why George fired his little ASS.

  23. Bill says:

    Eh it hopefully shouldn’t be a big deal. In the end with the storm the Yankees got to push AJ’s next start back to September 1st when they can call up some extra arms and afford to have a really quick hook (hopefully). Although I’m still holding out hope that the Sept 1st start allows them to give his spot to someone else as that’s basically a throw away as is.

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