I feel much better now about not getting jazzed over the win last night. My Yankee-fan-sense must have been telling me that it was a transitory high, a fluke in a way, and nothing to get too worked up over.
Today was a day of yard work and such – therefore, I only had a few quick peeks at the game. One time, I saw a shot of Joe Torre doing his best Al Bundy, sitting on the bench with both of his hands in his pants. I’m starting to think that the “look at me, I’m calm and therefore you should be as well” thing was fine when you were playing .600 ball and would lose some games as part of the natural order of things. But, now, I think I would prefer to see some fire from Joe – and let that be the message that he sends to the troops. Don’t sit there like a lump with your hands in your pants.
Also, today, I have to give Bernie a quick slap. I saw him come into the game to play CF after pinch hitting – with Matsui moving to LF and Womack coming out of the game. I’ve always liked Bernie despite his airhead ways. I even have an autographed picture of him from the 1996 ALCS up on the wall in front of me as I type this entry. But, it was at least a week ago that reports started about him taking balls in LF during BP, etc. Why are we still seeing Williams play in CF when he is in the field? I mean, shoot, Tony Womack was a second baseman and got about two days notice that he was moving to LF – and he more than holds his own out there.
If Bernie could play LF, it would help the team on defense because then Matsui is in CF (and not Williams) and it helps the team on offense because then Bernie is in the line-up (and not Womack). Bernie, by being a baby about playing LF in a game, is hurting the team. Grow up already Mr. Williams and start playing LF, OK?
For what it’s worth, you know, if the Yankees were a patient, and they went to a doctor for what is currently ailing them, the doctor would probably suggest a full frontal lobotomy followed by an enema. At this late stage of the losing-play-disease, there’s not much else you can do.
Big Stein, are you listening? They need a new man in charge and get rid of the blockages on the roster. It can’t hurt at his point.