Squawker Jon and I went out for Easter brunch in Westchester. We were listening to the game on the radio on the way home. The Yankees started winning when I turned off the radio while getting gas. But everything fell apart after I got home and put on the game.
Joe Girardi took out Damaso Marte, then Jose Veras walked Billy Butler, then Phil Coke blew the game. And fans across the blogosphere are outraged, suggesting that Girardi messed up, among other things, by pulling Joba Chamberlain after 88 pitches, not letting Marte face Butler, putting Coke in too intense a situation, and not pitching Mariano Rivera.
While I can see fans' points on most of this decisions, I don't think bringing Mo in to get four outs against Kansas City in an April game would have been a good move, given that he is coming off shoulder surgery. Joe probably got a little too cute overmanaging, but I'm not ready to jump off the ledge yet over it.
Besides, I blame my self for jinxing after I starting to watch the game on TV!
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In other news, I did see a clip of the Josh Beckett/Bobby Abreu confrontation. Let me get this straight - Beckett hurls a fastball inches from Abreu's head, after the batter had called time. When Bobby, understandably, gets mad, Beckett gets off the mound and walks toward him. And the only people thrown out of the game are the Angels angry about what Beckett did? Sheesh.
On a lighter note, I was listening to the new Bernie Williams album "Moving Forward" on the way to pick up Squawker Jon. Good stuff!
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