• September 24th vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 24th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    Yesterday, I wrote:

    If Jaret Wright can pitch into the 7th tomorrow, I like the Yankees chances to make that (magic) number go down some more.

    What I should have added on to that was: “Of course, if Wright is only able to register three outs and allows 7 runners to cross home plate, then I don’t like the Yankees chances.” Ah, hindsight, it’s so much easier.

    They say that the sun does not shine on the same dog’s ass everyday. Clearly, it was not shining on Wright’s fanny today – for sure. Still, the Yankees had several chances to get back into this game today – and failed. In truth, there were quite a few Yankees’ behinds not feeling the sun’s rays today. What can you do? I guess the Yankees are not a squad of David Dunns? It’s just a shame to waste that wonderful relief effort by Roy Hobbs today in what was ultimately a losing cause.

    And, despite a semi-good fight by the O’s, the Red Sox won today. So, what does this all mean?

    It means that today, and the 173 days that preceded it, are completely irrelevant. Yes, you got it. All the marks on the blackboard have now been erased. Why? Because, as of this moment in time, it’s all been rendered meaningless.

    The only true reality now is that the 2005 season for the Yankees is an 8-game set – no more, no less. And, there’s only one other team in the league: The Boston Red Sox. One of these two teams will win more games than the other in their next 8 contests and that team will be the one to get the glory. Now, it could end up as a tie – but, that should not be the aim of either team. The goal for both sides is the same: Win as many of these 8 games as possible. It’s pretty simple.

    Tomorrow is the only home game for the Yankees in this new eight game season. It would be nice if they took advantage of it, had some fun, and got a win.

    Comments on September 24th vs. The Blue Jays

    1. JohnnyC
      September 24th, 2005 | 11:29 pm

      Wright was awful today and then he got hit again. Does being a “player’s manager” mean that a manager runs his team with the interests of the players placed above the interests of the team…always? I recognize the need for every manager to be a good psychologist, to encourage, and protect the egos of his players. But what was Wright still doing on the mound after giving up 4 runs, 6 hits, and sustaining further mortar fire from the batter’s box? In the first inning, Torre could have taken Wright out and gotten Small as much time to warm up as he needed because of an injury. In the second inning, regardless, has Torre never heard of stalling? Giambi, Posada, and Mel could have paid their respects to Wright in consecutive order while Small heated up in the pen. Why must this man always wait until there’s bases loaded before bringing someone in? Doesn’t he realize that he doesn’t have 6 Ryne Durens in the bullpen? Even without the bad error from Cano, can you expect anything more than holding the Jays to 2 runs in that situation? With two on, he could have prayed for Small to induce the ground ball double play. Did he envision him striking out the side?

    2. September 24th, 2005 | 11:51 pm

      Does anything that Joe does in terms of pitcher handling shock you anymore? For at least 3 years, he’s been terrible there in big spots. Today was nothing new.

    3. Don
      September 25th, 2005 | 2:26 am

      Yeah, all that non-clutch hitting was Torre’s fault too. Was that 15 LOB?

      Or are you expecting this team to run-the-board? I still doubt they’ll make the post season.

    4. September 25th, 2005 | 9:22 am

      //are you expecting this team to run-the-board?//

      Don, no. That’s why I noted that “the sun does not shine on the same dog’s ass everyday.”

      It is starting to look doubtful – because of all those home games for the Sox. But, you never know!

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