• June 4th @ The Orioles

    Posted by on June 4th, 2006 · Comments (9)

    I decided to do some power-washing this morning. And, as usual, once I started, I ended up doing it for longer than I expected.

    Power-washing is always too tempting. The plan might be to do just one thing – like today, when it was the north side of the house – and then you decide that you want to do more while you’re at it (and you have everything out and hooked up). So, after doing the house siding, the garage door, two cars, and my entire driveway blacktop, it was just about game time for the Yankees and O’s.

    But, I had to run some errands first with the family. And, once those were done it was then around 3:30 pm (ET). Further, we were in need of a little snack by then – and decided to stop at the local Ralph’s Italian Ices. (I grew up less than 500 feet from the original Ralph’s – and after eating there everyday in the summer for about a decade as a small kid I’ve become addicted to their orange ice.)

    When we got to Ralph’s, there were two (I want to say eighteen year-old) boys in line behind us. I’m going to call them Vanilla Ice Jr. and Marshall Mathers II since that’s what they looked and sounded like – no kidding.

    To be candid, up until this point, I sort of forgot about the Yankees game. I was tired. We had stopped at several stores. The kids wanted a snack. The orange ice was calling to me. There were too many other things on my mind.

    But, then, one of the tweeners behind me asked the other tweener “Are the Yankees playing today?” And, just then, I thought “Shoot, the game, I never checked for a score.” Just as suddenly, Mathers II said to Vanilla Jr. “Man, da Orioles are killin’ ’em, it’s like ten-nuthin’ in da 6th inning.”

    I refused to believe it. My logic: “If this kid is stupid enough to walk around dressed like that and acting like that, then maybe he screwed up the score.” But, I knew that I would have to check the game the minute that I got into the house.

    When we got home, I had my answer.

    I know that the Yankees don’t have many options these days, but, it’s time to return Aaron Small to Columbus. He’s now allowed nine homers in 22.3 innings this season. He’s not fooling anyone – and it’s not like he has this wonderful and robust resume to fall back on. It’s over for him. Last year was great – but that was last year. It was a fluke. We get it now.

    Still, in all, considering all the injuries of late, the fact that the Yankees have won five of their last seven is cool.

    Bring on the Red Sox.

    But, before then, can someone help an old-timer out with a “Are we going to hell in a handbasket” question (related to my tweener-sighting today)?

    What’s with the kids/hoods today with wearing New Era caps and leaving the gold round label on the bill of the cap as they wear it around town? I see it all the time now. Is it a hip-hop thing or just a badge-type thing to signify to the rest of the world that you’re an idiot?

    Comments on June 4th @ The Orioles

    1. Raf
      June 4th, 2006 | 8:26 pm

      What’s with the kids/hoods today with wearing New Era caps and leaving the gold round label on the bill of the cap as they wear it around town? I see it all the time now. Is it a hip-hop thing or just a badge-type thing to signify to the rest of the world that you’re an idiot?
      Yes… LOL

      I guess it’s an improvement over the “Minnie Pearl” look (when all the hip kids were wearing their caps with the price tag still attached).

      I’m still trying to figure out the 3 sizes too large cap look meself…

    2. MJ
      June 4th, 2006 | 8:39 pm

      Steve, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Those kids might look stupid and they might even sound stupid, but they might be good kids…

      …unlike Aaron Small who we can judge on what we’ve seen of him in 2006. I love him for last year and I’ll always have a spot for him at my dinner table but, man, the clock struck midnight on his dream. He’s gotta go.

    3. June 4th, 2006 | 10:28 pm

      MJ, if you would have heard these two kids today talking on their cell phones, well, let’s just say they weren’t boy scouts……..

      Back to more important things, Chacon will be back this week. I say Erickson has to go and then Small can mop up out of the pen – I hope.

    4. JeremyM
      June 4th, 2006 | 10:40 pm

      They can’t be all bad- I didn’t even think kids followed baseball anymore. These kids are Yanks fans, that’s gotta count for something.

    5. June 4th, 2006 | 11:01 pm

      From the sound of one of them, it appeared that they had money on the game.

    6. brockdc
      June 5th, 2006 | 1:17 am

      Being a high school teacher, I spend my day surrounded by teenagers. Some really are good kids; some not so much. One thing is certain – they mimic what they see and whom they grow up with. They are products of their parents, and, to a lesser extent, their elder siblings.

    7. Yu Hsing Chen
      June 5th, 2006 | 5:02 am

      I have to agree with Small:/ He is a great guy but we can’t have him start anymore arragh, then again it’s not like we did it by design or intention. (and as scary as it sounds… we have been getting pretty lucky with pitching injury relative to position players anyway… at least Wright didn’t get drilled by a flying pigeon and Wang / Proctor ‘s shoulder havn’t fell off nor has Moose’s elbow)

    8. Rich
      June 5th, 2006 | 9:29 am

      Erickson and Small pretty much need to go. I can see Small as the “mop-up guy.” If that’s all he’s used for (kind of like Erickson’s role now), then it doesn’t matter. If he’s going to get crucial innings, I say bring Mendoza up. Similar styles, but the edge obviously goes to Mendoza based on previous success. Plus, I miss the guy.

      Think we see TJ Beam this year? He is in Columbus now…

    9. baileywalk
      June 5th, 2006 | 10:59 am

      Rejoice, rejoice, Yankee fans. Finally — finally — T.J. Beam got promoted to AAA. Now he’s just one stop away from helping out the big-league ballclub. Of course, there’s a “but” coming — with the Yankees and their minor leaguers, there’s always a “but”…

      Recently Cashman was talking to Joel Sherman and said he was impressed with Steven White and T.J. Beam, who’s been dominating AA. That’s the good part. The bad part is that he said something like, “But do I expect (him) to help us this year? I wouldn’t go that far…”

      In a way, that’s almost worse than him saying “I will absolutely not use him this year.” So he knows about Beam, knows his numbers, but he’s talking about him like he’s a nineteen year old who was drafted last year. The guy is twenty-five. He’s not Philip Hughes or Tyler Clippard. He needs to make the push now. He’s at that now-or-never stage. If this kid pitches well in AAA, he should be on the big-league club. (Of course, the Yankees are going to have to make some big decisions with the roster and there might not be room for him; Chacon is coming back and so is Dotel — two people will have to leave the bullpen and they’re most likely Erickson, who deserves to leave, and Smith, who does not.)

      I don’t know what’s more frustrating — that Long is on this team, or that Torre is going to play him over Kevin Thompson. Long is like 0-for-20 or something right now, and with one hit, Thompson has more RBIs than him. Is Torre blind? Can’t he see that Long can’t hit? That he hurts the team? In Detroit, Long didn’t get a single hit with men on. In Thompson’s THIRD at-bat in the bigs, he got a hit with men on and drove in three runs. If a guy has more production in one at-bat than another guy in two weeks, it’s obvious who you should play. But apparently Torre thinks Long is “a good guy” who went through a playoff push with the A’s FIVE years ago and that means too much to keep him off the team.

      Anyway, Cashman needs to rid this team of its offal: Long’s job should be given to Thompson; Erickson and Small should be cut; and until things shake out further, I would make the bullpen the following (expanding it even more, because everyone is so worn out): Mo, Farnsworth, Dotel, Proctor, Villone, Smith, Beam, Myers. I know having eight guys in the ‘pen is insane, but the starters simply don’t go long enough into the games.

      I haven’t seen as much of Smith as I have of Beam, but I can tell you one thing with certainty: Beam has better stuff than Proctor. I know everyone oohs and aahs over Proctor’s fastball, but Beam throws just as hard, with more movement.

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