• June 26th vs. The Braves

    Posted by on June 26th, 2006 · Comments (6)

    Seeing the Braves’ Bobby Cox come out in the 9th of this game, to beef with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, after getting tossed, was sad. He looks very old. Maybe it’s just the combo of the huge pot belly and the bad legs? But, he looks more like a 75-year old than a 65-year old. Maybe he should retire?

    Hey, a win is a win, right? And, the Yankees won tonight – with Randy Johnson looking great in the process. What’s not to like about the results of this game?

    Actually, two things tonight concern me.

    First, why can’t the Yankees batters play a full nine innings lately? It just seems like, at least to me, again, these days, the Yankees score some runs and then take the rest of the game off.

    This evening, thanks to Giambi, New York got five on the board in the first two. Then what happened?

    3rd inning: They get the first two batters to reach (with no outs!) and score none.

    5th inning: They have a runner on 2nd with one out and cannot get him home.

    6th inning: Same thing as the 5th inning.

    7th inning: They get a runner to 3rd, albeit with two outs, and he’s left there.

    8th inning: The lead-off batter in the inning reaches with the top of the order coming up. And, they cannot move him over and score any runs.

    It just seems like the Yankees line-up is not capable of an A-B-C type attack. And, that’s bad. Good teams can do that.

    Secondly, and this might just be me, but, I did not see many smiles on Yankees faces during the post-game high-five parade tonight. (In fact, the only player that I noticed cracking a smile was A-Rod.)

    What’s up with that? Were they just pissed that Mo had to come into the game and that he was off a bit? Or, is this team not having fun – even when they win?

    I’m just starting to get the feeling that, maybe, this Yankees team is lacking the proper attitude that seems to go with a winner. Maybe they had it in the Spring and all the injures have sucked the life out of them? Or, maybe they never had it at all?

    I don’t know the answer. And, this all may be the wrong take (on my part). But, something just seems missing. I hope that I’m mistaken on this read. Because, if I am right, it’s going to be a long summer in the Bronx.

    Comments on June 26th vs. The Braves

    1. baileywalk
      June 26th, 2006 | 11:41 pm

      What’s with the negativity, dude? On a day where the Red Sox came back and won AGAIN — Papi, of course — the Yankees had a fairly easy win over a decent pitcher. Johnson looked good, and his slider had bite, but he missed location A LOT. In the later innings he was missing by a foot. He had command of his fastball, but his slider, though occasionally devastating, would sail wide.

      If you didn’t see many smiling faces, I would think it’s because it’s humid out and that game felt like it went on forever. Hudson pitched two very long innings to start the game and the game never had much momentum. I think everyone was hot and tired — and a little angry that Mo had to come in. Note to Proctor: you let a man on in the ninth, there’s a five-run lead, please don’t throw that disgustingly hittable curveball to Chipper Jones. Christ. He might as well have set it on a tee. He had a good fastball tonight. Throw it.

      Bobby Cox did look old and trollish. Are his legs two feet long? He looks like he’s getting sucked down into the ground by a gravitational force.

      I think I understand why the Braves are struggling this year: their players are losers. Only losers, when they’re getting dominated by a pitcher, start to bitch and moan about the strikezone and use the ump as an excuse for the loss. From about the sixth inning the Braves’ players started giving it to the home ump, as if it was his fault they couldn’t hit Johnson.

      I really hope they don’t have to DL Cano. Cairo is a miserable hitter. And for the love of God, does Torre have to bat him second? Is that really necessary? He grounded out with men on twice.

    2. June 26th, 2006 | 11:51 pm

      nah…no smiling faces because they have to pretend they aren’t all thinking about Derek Jeter’s Birthday Bash.

    3. brockdc
      June 26th, 2006 | 11:57 pm

      It’s a long season. You may be right about the Yanks’ demeanor tonight, but these NL bottom-feeders aren’t exactly teams that are easy to get fired up about.

      And I’ve actually noticed this particular team to be more cohesive and mirthful than in the recent past. Cano’s smile, Johnny’s hustle, Jeter’s jokes, and Melky/Phillips’ youth seem to be bolstering the morale a bit, IMO.

      My only complaint is the Proctor situation, where there are other guys in the bullpen that haven’t seen the pitcher’s mound in practically a week.

    4. June 27th, 2006 | 12:07 am

      Well, Proctor hasn’t pitched in a few days (I think 5?)

      I had no problem with him being in the game in the first place…my problem was when he started the 9th inning. If Rivera was going to warm to clean up a mess anyway, then Beam or Smith could have pitched it.

    5. Yu Hsing Chen
      June 27th, 2006 | 1:06 am

      Proctor hasn’t pitched in 3 days actually, the off day, Wang’s start, and yesterday’s double header, it just feels more cause

      A. it’s everyday Proctor

      B. the doule header and off day

      I’m not overly worried bout Proctor. his velocity was great and he was hitting good spots today, just a bad pitch that got away really.

      As for the offense, it has been that way for some time now, which have been the main problem, the Yanks are putting a ton of guys on but not getting them back…. hopefully that will improve .. sadly one of the main culprit of the problem was actually Robbie Cano, who managed to be one of the hottest Yankee in June but only batted in 7 runs.

    6. Don
      June 27th, 2006 | 1:19 am

      Yu, agreed.

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>*<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      Matsui says he’ll be back in mid-August and it does look likely.

      Will the Yankees get their future catcher? We should know this weekend.

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