Sunday, July 5, 2009

Yankees go forth on the Fourth of July

Hope everybody is enjoying the Fourth of July weekend. A few thoughts on yesterday's game:

Nice gesture by MLB honoring Lou Gehrig, and raising money for ALS research as well. But I thought the reading of his "Luckiest Man" speech was going to be done during the game, so I missed it! (Apparently it was done before the game.) Bummer.

George Steinbrenner turned 79 yesterday. Happy B-Day to the Boss.

Poor Chien-Ming Wang. Just when he seemed to get it together and be a semi-decent starter again, he gets hurt. I know that they're saying he'll be back in a month, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him out longer. Shoulder strains are nothing to sneeze at.

Today's game is still going on as I write this, but I'm glad that Joe Girardi finally moved Robinson Cano down in the lineup. It doesn't do the team much good to have a hitter who is 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position.

And how about Cano bunting on a 3-0 count? What the heck was he thinking?

And I wonder what Jorge Posada was thinking about the pie being thrown at him. It would have been nice to see and hear his reaction live. But the YES Network cut away live from it to show a clip of Posada's hit. Way to stay in the moment, guys.

David Cone made a reference in today's broadcast to Posada not liking it very much, but then Cone gave a very impassioned defense of A.J. Burnett and the whole idea of pie-throwing as being a team-building mechanism. Michael Kay, who had claimed back in May that Cone and O'Neill "were not really cool" with that way of fun, didn't seem to react at all to Cone's comments. It figures.

What do you think? Leave us a comment!


"Nutball Gazette" said...

I really think Posada liked the pie
As far as Wang goes, I am afraid he is done, at least for the season.

BooksAddict said...

I believe Wang will do better next season.

Robert Johnson

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

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Anonymous said...

As I said before what can Jeter say when the "El Juez" (the Kangaroo Court Judge) Mo Rivera tells Burnett "don't mess with karma" and go get a whipped cream pie ready?

I'm a fan of Jeter but the "Judge" trumps the "Captian" on this one. LOL!

Posada needs to get off off that pedastal and learn to enjoy the moment. Baseball is supposed to be ENTERTAINMENT; it's not fighting a war or working in a coal mine.

It's great to see the new guys have some fun; new blood in the clubhouse and bring in some fresh air. You can tell Johnny Damon is greatful for it. Good for them. If helps them win I'm all for it.

Riddering said...

I think the only gripping tension in the clubhouse between the old, serious, professional players and the new, scrappy, fun-loving players is in Kay's mind.

When Mo tells A.J. to get the pies ready, that's all you need to know about how everyone is meshing.

Yesterday Kay made some comment about how Jeter will never be pied and that just made me laugh. If Posada can get one in the face and everyone lives to tell the tale, why on earth would anyone fear the consequences of getting Jete? So many people want to see those two as headmasters even when they're not.

It's a shame Wang is having shoulder problems again when he really seemed to be dealing again on the mound. Hopefully everything works out with him.

On the other hand, I think CC, A.J. and Dave Eiland need to have an intervention with Joba. Whatever it takes to get him back to the feisty, strike-throwing pitcher we know and love!

(BTW: If you watch the Post Game Plus video on YES' website, you can see the entire Jorgie Pie incident.)

"Nutball Gazette" said...

It appeared to me that Jorge enjoyed the pie in the face,
As far as Joba is concerned, Someone needs to slap him on the side of the head.

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