One month ago, the question came up: Will Jeter be the 2006 AL Batting Champ?
Well, he’s sure off to some start, huh?
OK, when The Farns threw that 0-1 pitch to Ty Wigginton in the 8th, and the YES gun said “100 MPH,” I have to confess that I yelled out “Whoa!” – even though I was watching the game by myself. (And, by the way, did the ump miss that pitch, or what?)
I was happy to see Matsui get the big hit tonight. Of all the Yankees, when they’re not going well, I worry about him the most. Think of who he was (and/or is) in his country and how important it is for his people for him to do well here (at this level). Then, factor in the cultural implications for him with respect to not losing face. It’s got to kill him more so than most Yankees not to do well. That’s why I feel for Matsui the most when he’s struggling.
Speaking of happy, how cool was it to see the Red Sox’ Josh Beckett get batted around this evening like a piñata on Cinco de Mayo?
Lastly, I have to comment on Tanyon Sturtze starting the 9th inning tonight. Clearly, Torre was looking to get lucky there – and it blew up in his face in a hurry.
It was like the guy who needs a hammer to drive in a nail, but, he’s too lazy to go get the hammer. So, instead, he picks up a rock and tries to bang in the nail by whacking it with the stone. And, after one smack, he realizes he’s going to screw up the whole thing if he doesn’t go get the proper tool – the hammer. Thus, in trying to be creative, in the end, he was just wasting time and assuming risk.
That’s not smart.