• July 18th vs. The Mariners

    Posted by on July 19th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    There’s going to be some tired ball players in the Bronx for the day game today.

    What a thrill to wake up this morning and see the score of this game – and how they won.

    Just the other day, I said: “I’d rather be lucky than good any day.” So, I’ll gladly take that call at first on Posada.

    As far as Ponson, as much as the YES crew was painting him to be the greatest find of the century, let’s remember that his ERA for this game is 5.40. And, that’s about right for him.

    On ESPN News this morning, they showed Damon catching Melky’s helmet at home plate, and then spiking it like it was a TD catch. Very funny and cool.

    Comments on July 18th vs. The Mariners

    1. MJ
      July 19th, 2006 | 11:23 am

      The thing I love most about Johnny Damon is that he’s a happy guy. He always seems to be smiling or laughing, joking around with the other team’s first baseman, generally enjoying himself and letting it show. I loved that clip of him catching the helmet and spiking it. But the highlight of the year for me with Johnny was his reaction to Melky’s HR-saving catch on 6/7/06 vs. Boston. Cooler than the catch was seeing Johnny literally freaking out and pumping his fist, happy for his team and for his teammate.

      PS – When I woke up this morning my eyes were so blurry that the first time ESPN’s bottom line scrolled through, I thought it said SEA 5 NYY 4 F/11. 15 minutes later my eyes cleared up and I saw the real score. My mood did a 180 before breakfast.

    2. Rich
      July 19th, 2006 | 11:35 am

      If Ponson pitches as well as he did after the first inning every time out, I think we’ll all gladly take that. Seattle has a pretty decent lineup, and Ponson looked a lot sharper than I expected. After that bad pitch to Sexson in the first he really kept it together and avoided letting the game get out of hand. As a #5 guy, he’s more than acceptable at the moment. If he can pitch late into games and eat innings while limiting the damage, I think he’ll give the team a shot to win at least 50% of the games he pitches in.

      It is a shame that Chacon is probably done in NY, but thems the breaks. If he is traded, I hope he goes to the NL or the AL west or something where he doesn’t come back to bite us. He’s a competitor out there and he can win ballgames.

    3. Seamus
      July 19th, 2006 | 11:40 am

      What was impressive about Ponson was that after the 1st inning, where he was obviously resty and tentative, he was much better than a 5.4 ERA pitcher. He threw a legitimate game for the rest of the game.

    4. July 19th, 2006 | 11:43 am

      FWIW, as Kaat said, I agree, good or bad last night, you have to see Ponson for about 5 starts before you know anything about him for sure.

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