• May 9th vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on May 9th, 2006 · Comments (11)

    On stage in the Bronx tonight, a special One-Act comedy, for your perusal. Without further delay, here’s the show…..

    Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, decides to spend a weekend with a stripper in Vegas, posing as a average man.

    Once together, they end up doing the wild thing for 40 hours straight, just about non-stop.

    Afterwards, he felt he should honor the mortal by letting her know who he was.

    I’m Thor!” he proclaimed.

    To which she answered him with:

    You’re Thor?!? I’m so thor I can hardly pith!”

    In this evening’s performance, the role of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, was played by the Boston Red Sox. And, the role of the stripper was played by the New York Yankees. Thank you for attending today’s program and please remember to drive home safely.

    Comments on May 9th vs. The Red Sox

    1. Rich
      May 9th, 2006 | 11:38 pm

      RJ looked AWFUL. He wasn’t hitting spots, he looked scared out there. It was a sad sight. However, although he made that error, Melky played quite well. I’m glad he kept his composure and got a couple of hits. Maybe this game will help Torre realize that magical rides of Sturtze and Small are over. Let’s bring up some more kids and see what happens. Smally got hurt by the defense, but (I stopped watching) gave up a HR to AGon? Ridiculous.

    2. brockdc
      May 9th, 2006 | 11:42 pm

      Kaat and O’neill both mentioned how bat leery Johnson appears, how he’s using his flattened-out slider as his staple due to lack of confidence in his fastball.

      Yet, he was still hitting 93-95 with his fastball and was effective when dealing it. So, the question is, what’s preventing Johnson from throwing his heater when he damn well knows that his hanging slider is batting practice to major league hitters?

    3. JeremyM
      May 10th, 2006 | 12:24 am

      I can only assume that he’s injured. Maybe it doesn’t hurt as bad to throw sliders? I don’t know, but they need to fix him fast, or it’s going to be a long season.

      I think Sturtze is gone. The outburst from Torre and now this should be more than enough. As far as Small, he’ll probably get a few more shots but I expect he’ll be gone as well. I like him, but we’ve got some guys in AAA that we’ll help a lot more, and that’s how it goes.

    4. Yu Hsing Chen
      May 10th, 2006 | 12:25 am

      RJ… god…

      If he isn’t hurt, hope he REALLY straiten it out soon (what is it now? 4 really bad outting in the last 5 start?) and ur simply not going to get away with ur ace sucking when ur playing a good team….

      If he is hurt, plz take the Sheffield approach and rest on the DL ….

      And people were whining about Wang’s performance against the Sox? compared wise Wang looked like a super hero compare to how RJ looked out there.. (And actually.. Wang’s performance wasn’t too far worse off than Josh Beckett’s performance today.. and people are raving about how much better Beckett is … sheese)

    5. JeremyM
      May 10th, 2006 | 12:27 am

      Oh, and Melky is the good thing I’m taking out of this disaster, well, and Giambi’s homer. Yeah, the error was bad but at least he went up and got some hits still and didn’t dwell on it. The error was caused by nerves I’m sure, but he got over it. He might be a keeper.

    6. Jen
      May 10th, 2006 | 1:13 am

      Melky’s error was bad, but that wind was brutal. Didn’t see the replay, but the ball seemed to be headed for shallow center, hovered for a second, took a turn, and ended up in shallow right. Tough play for someone who’s never played right field at the Stadium before. I have faith that he will get better in each outing.

    7. Don
      May 10th, 2006 | 2:56 am

      Or maybe quite simply RJ is washed up and done. He is 42 going on 43. No surprise to me if he’s done.

    8. baileywalk
      May 10th, 2006 | 10:13 am

      Here’s what I take out of last night’s game:

      1) I’m disgusted with Yankee fans. That mock-cheer for Melky was bad enough, but to boo him when he came up to bat? Unbelievable. How do you boo a 21-year-old kid? If you look at the way Cano ran after the ball, it’s obvious the wind took it. That happens. The ball popped out of Melky’s glove. Get over it. That error didn’t lose the game. The pitiful pitching from RJ and Small did. Melky can hit — and he was the only other guy not named Giambi that drove in a run (against Beckett). If Melky can become the everyday rightfielder for this team, it will help them a lot — it gives you the option of not picking up Sheffield’s option or turning him into a DH.

      2) RJ is hurt. That has to be it. Don’t believe that crusty, bitter asshole Jim Kaat. RJ wasn’t scared of his fastball. He just couldn’t locate anything. That’s how you know something is physically wrong with him. His control was impeccable in the spring and to start the season. Something is up with his back or knees. Four straight balls to a lefty? Walking Alex Gonzalez? Guy is hurt. And with him hurt, it’s imperative Carl Pavano gets back here and pitches well. If he does, it won’t be too big of a deal if RJ goes on the DL. (Actually, if RJ goes down for a long time you can just plug in DeSalvo or White or whoever and the team would probably be better — RJ seems to drag on this team.)

      3) Small is done. I love Small like everyone else, but he’s been horrible. I thought he could at least be a reliever for a year, but his control is gone and he throws everything over the plate. He had his one great moment. It’s over.

      4) Sturtze has to be the one who goes first when Pavano gets back. He’s awful. In a no-pressure situation where he can come in and throw fastballs, he can’t get anyone out. Time to take him out to the shed.

      5) Yankees need to cut Small and Sturtze and maybe trade (if they can) Wright. Then Pavano and Dotel get back, and they call up either Beam, Cox, or Smith. (In a perfect world, both Beam and Cox would come up together this year, but there’s no room. But they’ll both be here next year anyway.)

    9. MJ
      May 10th, 2006 | 10:33 am

      Bailey, I’m with you on #1. Melky shouldn’t have been booed although I guess the folks that paid money to see RJ pitch were probably in a bad mood at that point. Certainly doesn’t excuse them, though.

      I’m not sure I agree that Kaat is a “bitter asshole”, as you put it, nor do I agree that Carl Pavano is going to be some savior for this team. Considering the guy hasn’t faced big league hitters in 11 months and only has a short track record of success in the big leagues with a longer list of DL appearances than most guys, we should really temper expectations that Pavano might be mediocre, at best. Anything beyond 7 wins and a 4.25 ERA from Pavano is gravy in my book.

    10. JohnnyC
      May 10th, 2006 | 10:52 am

      Unlike Rocket who, you will recall, spent a month on the DL in his first season with the team, the Yankees’ practically medieval and suspicious attitude toward pitchers with possible injuries…Vazquez, El Duque, Wells, Contreras, Brown, Pavano, Wright, Wang, and now, perhaps, RJ…forces them to pitch hurt…and that’s never good. Those who say “but, look, they’re usually so careful with players’ injuries” forget that it’s the DL only AFTER the problem is undeniable and downtime unavoidable. Instead of preaching caution and early treatment, they’re asked to suck it up and pitch through “minor” injuries. In part, if this is what you mean in referring to Kaat, an old-schooler, as a “bitter asshole,” then you’re right. The size of someone’s contract shouldn’t cloud one’s judgement not only in terms of the individual’s welfare but the team’s as well. RJ being on the DL for a while wouldn’t kill the team and might be the catalyst for the the front office to develop a deeper staff that would benefit the team in the long run, not only this year but into the future.

    11. hopbitters
      May 10th, 2006 | 12:46 pm

      1) Agreed on Melky. It was an error, but it wasn’t a 14-run error. Give the kid a chance.

      2) Johnson’s pitching is not the fault of Posada, but did you see where he set up for the 4-pitch walk? Outside, outside, outside, outside. And that’s where Randy pitched.

      3) Coming into the game, Small had a WPA over 7%. He’d been adding to the probability that they’d win, right?

      4, 5) Agreed. Pavano is the league average pitcher (when he’s healthy), but league average would be an improvement at this point. Get some new blood in there.

      What was up with Bernie chucking his helmet? If he finally realized he’s awful, that only leaves Torre as the sole holdout against reality.

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