If you would have told me last March that, after 38 games, the Yankees would be a .500 team on the morning of May 16th, I would have said that would be a major disappointment. Yet, given the fact that the Yankees needed to string together a very impressive winning streak to get to .500 at this point, I’m actually feeling pretty good about this team right now.
In some ways, losing 19 of their first 30 games this season may have been a blessing to this team – if there is such a thing. I believe, that maybe, just maybe, it gave this team a hard slap in the face and taught them (the hard way) that you cannot just throw your gloves on the field and expect to win. Hopefully, if this is a lesson learned, it will be one that says with the team right through their 4th win in the World Series.
I’m half-and-half on the big Giambi hit today in the 7th. Half of me says “Big deal. The pitch was centered on the plate. Might as well have been on a Tee.” But, the other half of me says “To his credit, he did exactly what you’re supposed to do with a cookie like that – hit the snot out of it.” Deep down inside, I still find myself rooting against him…….because I know total and absolute failure is the only way to get him off the roster (albeit a pricey measure).
So, Unit fails to strike out a batter for the first time in nearly five years. And, in fact, it was the longest appearance of Johnson’s career without a strikeout. Still, he gets his 250th career win. Baseball is a hoot with stuff like this – time and time again.
I’m starting to see some Robby Alomar is Cano’s swing. And, he just looks like a ballplayer in the field. I hope they keep him.
Tino Martinez = Best.insurance.policy.ever.
He makes the Aflac duck look like Huey, Dewey and Louie’s baby sister.