"You'd have to be there," General Manager Brian Cashman said, when asked about Steinbrenner's mood. "It's not a good time if you're with the Yankees right now." (N.Y. Times)
The Yankees look as if they are playing under water. Everything is slowed down, dulled, arduous. The Headline in the Times today reads: "Sinking Yankees Nearly Hit Bottom." I wonder when they'll get there all ready. Hear that ticking? We know what that's about. At this point, Yankee fans must be thinking: When will Steinbrenner finally explode? (Yeah, firing the first base coach, now that's the answer).
The Devil Rays made short work of Sean Henn last night (a key error by Robinson Cano didn't help matters, but Henn looked doomed regardless). Though the Yankee offense battled back, the Devil Rays continued to tack on runs against the Bomber pen, as Tampa beat New York, 11-8. Eight runs should be enough to win. Heck, you should feel good when your team puts up eight runs, but that wasn't the case last night. It's hard to get too excited when your pitching staff can't retire the Devil Rays in order.
A Few Things
One funny moment came in the eighth inning when rookieDamon Hollins made another mistake in the field. It occured in the top of the eighth inning and contributed to two Yankee runs. Piniella was furious. He cursed and muttered to his coaches for the rest of the inning, always an entertaining sight. Hollins led off the bottom of the eighth and parked Flash Gordon's first pitch into the left field seats, his third hit and fourth RBI of the night. Even Piniella smiled, before quickly changing back to his game face.
Say what you want about Joe Torre as a manager, he's always impressed me as a person. Of course, I don't know him, but the way he treats his players is admirable. When he came to the mound to get Sean Henn, he looked directly at the young pitcher, his eyes open wide and earnest, and had some words of encouragement for the kid. Torre's face was blocked almost as soon as he started talking, but you could tell he went out of his way to make a point.
Jason Giambi was hit in the helmet last night. The pitch got him on the ear flap. He didn't fall down but was immediately removed from the game. It was a scary moment, but he seems to be okay.
According to the Daily News, Bernie Williams will be limited to pinch-hitting duties until he has an MRI on his right elbow.
My girlfriend just can't get over Hideo Nomo's wind up; she laughs pretty much every time he throws a pitch from the stretch. "How did he learn that? I mean, didn't his mother teach him anything?" My mighty Ms. Optimism has her work cut out for her these days. Before the game started last night, I was moaning about how difficult it will be for the Yankees to turn this thing around and make the playoffs. She told me I had to have faith. I told her I have precious little faith in this team. "History is against them," I whined. And she told me, "F*** history: F*** history, hard." Keep hope alive.