Today was just another example of the nightmare this season has been almost every time someone named Wright, Brown, Henn, or May has been given a start. Since Pavano is hit and miss, and only a fool would count on Kevin Brown for anything after the last 15 months, it really would be in the Yankees best interest to find a starter to follow Unit, Mussina and Wang. (And then use Pavano, when he’s back, as the 5th man.)
Today was also another example of the personnel issues with the pen – which brings cause for Torre to use guys for too long or in spots not best suited for them.
Lastly on the “real” game this afternoon, I’m willing to give Cano and Melky buddy passes for today’s execution failures. Hopefully, they will learn from these experiences and not repeat them.
Since there’s not much nice to say about the “game” today, I’ll move right on to some Old Timer’s Day (OTD) comments.
It was very nice to see the young (Cano and Melky) and the old (Tino and Unit) in the dugout soaking in everything that OTD has to offer. Too bad on the rain coming when it did – halting the OTD contest. Still, it was fun to see how fit Kevin Mass and Bye Bye Balboni were today. Good for them. Ratio Man really ripped one out there when he was up against Goose. And, it was nice to see some of the old-timers like Pags, Yog, Mr. Ten Jeans, Whitey, Miguel Rivera, Scooter, Puff, Gator, etc. But, it would have been nicer to see Paul O’Neill as well. It’s been three and a half years since he played. If Justice, Leyritz, and Boggs can come to OTD, then Paulie should not feel bad about coming at his age.
Does anyone know why Gossage and Nettles had “SAM” written on their caps? I’m curious on that one.