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.