• September 16th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 16th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    No question about it. If this game was in the first half of the season, the Yankees would have not held on – and would have blown it. What a difference three months make.

    Fieldin Culbreth.

    With a name like that, I’m sure he got his butt kicked more than a few times during recess in grammar school. Maybe that’s the reason for the short fuse and the chip on his shoulder? Without going further on him, or Johnson, on this issue, what I want to bring up here is Joe Torre.

    It’s September. You’re a game back in the loss column. There are just 17 games left – including the game you’re in. Your ace just gets tossed in the 2nd inning.

    You have to get yourself run in this spot if you’re the manager. You have to make a scene – and a statement at the same time. It’s a statement to your team, the umpires, and the league – “You do something to get in our way, and we’re not going to take it like sheep.” (And, it’s not that big a deal to get tossed – you can still manage from the runway.) Oh, well, at least the Yankees bats came back and made that statement in place of Torre.

    Still on Torre: It’s the bottom of the 6th and you’re up by seven. The bases are loaded and Reed Johnson is up – who is Pat Tabler-ish with the sacks juiced. And, you bring in Felix Rodriguez? Gosh, that’s where the Blue Jays got back into this game. Just what is in that green tea?

    On the subject of Rodriguez, let me bring up Total Paquete for a moment.

    Stupid Yabu! Sorry, I had the A’s-Bosox game on as I was writing this and he just hit Manny with a pitch to hand Boston the game.

    Anyway, back to Alex. He hits the monster HR in the 4th with no outs, when the Yankees were up by 3, to make the score (then) 8 to 3. Now, the “Ortiz for MVP” camps will scream “Not clutch!” here. However, in a normal world – where Torre does not allow F-Rod to pitch to Johnson – Total Paquete’s bomb here is the blow that ices the game for New York. Maybe it’s not the 8th inning. And, maybe it was not a one-run game at the time. But, that’s still a big and important homerun. It’s a shame that more people don’t get that.

    Lastly, we might have to start calling Robinson Cano “Little Papi” if he continues to blast these homers. And, please, can Mo get a day or two off soon – before his arm falls off?

    The Yankees magic number is 18. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 18 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East.

    16 games to go.

    Comments on September 16th @ The Blue Jays

    1. Bozo
      September 17th, 2005 | 8:08 am

      Steve I’m not sure I understand, but how can 15 be the magic number for the Yankees, if they trail by 1 in the loss column and they have 16 games to go? I would figure the magic number would have to be 17? Tell me what I’m missing.

    2. hopbitters
      September 17th, 2005 | 10:36 am

      Why does Torre arguing with an ump always look like he’s making a dinner reservation when he should be reacting like Della Reese to Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights?

    3. September 17th, 2005 | 10:51 am

      I’m with you hop. Why bother even going out there if all you’re going to do is say “Are you sure?” or something like that?

      Bozo – I’m getting the numbers from here: http://riot.ieor.berkeley.edu/~baseball/american_league.html

      I think the catch is that Boston has one less game.

    4. Raf
      September 17th, 2005 | 1:20 pm

      Why should Torre get run? How exactly does that help? If the players need that to “pump themselves up,” then they have bigger problems on their hands. They’re trailing in both the divisional & WC standings. Both are within reach. THAT’S their motivation.

      Felix came in b/c they were up by 6.

      Sterling mentioned something about a “Gentleman’s Agreement” WRT running up the score. I say screw that. Unless they’re going to end the game right then and there, run up the score until the final out.

      Anyone else hear “f–king bulls–t” before RJ got tossed? (:. I was suprised Culbreth didn’t tell him to “knock it off”

    5. September 17th, 2005 | 1:41 pm

      Torre was too busy asking the ump why his Subway sandwich wasn’t fresh-toasted.

      The notion that one guy’s 40-plus HRs and 110-plus RBIs are any less valuable than another’s is bunk. Throw in A-Rod ability to win games with his smarts on the bases, speed and defense and you have a clearly more complete player than Ortiz.

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