This morning, I “heart” two grown men – Mike Sweeney and Joey Cora. Sweeney got me for taking it to the Red Sox last night. And, Cora got me for not sending Brian Anderson home, and holding him at third, in the bottom of the 9th of the Yankees-Chisox game.
Considering it was Bernie throwing the ball to Cano, which means Cano had to go out and get the lob, and factoring in Anderson’s speed, I’m thinking it’s a tie game if Cora doesn’t throw up the stop sign to Anderson.
How about New York heroes in this one? There were many Yankees who did well in this game, but, in retrospect, if I’m giving out the game ball, it goes to Ron Villone. His work in the 7th is the key to this victory – especially given what Farnsworth and Rivera did in the 8th and 9th.
It was nice to see Randy Johnson be nasty again on the mound. By the way, when did he switch from the black glove to the brown one? Maybe this new mitt is a good luck charm in the making? Still, to be honest, I feel that every start with Unit is “you never know what you’re going to see” material. This start is not going to move me from that position.
Speaking of “see” – is it just me, or, does anyone else see a little Lance Kerwin of “James at 15” fame when they look at Craig Wilson?
OK, now, time for a rant. Has someone dropped acid in Joe Torre’s green tea? He puts Bobby Abreu in CF when Damon has to leave the game? Did you see Ozzie Guillen’s reaction when the umps told him about the switch? (You could read his lips. “Abreu’s in centerfield? Oh, boy!’) Come on now Joe. Why not move Cabrera to CF and then put Wilson in LF? If Melky can play LF in Yankees Stadium, he can play CF in Chicago. And, then, you never have to put Bernie in CF at all.
But, you know what? I think Torre gets off on playing Bernie in CF. It gives him the jollies or something. That has to be the reason. Because, otherwise, any sane man would try and avoid doing that at all costs. And, by putting Abreu in CF, it’s an excuse to later move Bernie from DH to CF in the late innings.
At this point, it’s time to take Sidney Ponson off the 40-man roster and get Bubba Crosby back on the team and admit that cutting Bubba for Veras was a mistake. With this run of games the Yankees are on, and given the nature of Damon’s injury, you need a quality defensive-minded back-up CF on this team – and pronto.