Peter Abraham said it best, late last night:
The Red Sox lost five straight games against the Devil Rays and Royals and the Yankees picked up only two games in the standings. When you have a chance to throw your rivals under the train, you have to do it. The Red Sox are in a free-fall but they’re one series away from being back in first.
Like the game on Tuesday against the Chisox, this was a tough game to lose.
Forget about the defensive play (or lack there of) of A-Rod, Melky, Posada and Cano in the 2nd inning of this game – at least for a moment. Let’s just look at the Yankees batting last night in this one-run loss.
1st inning: Yankees have runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. A-Rod strikes out swinging.
2nd inning: Cano doubles to lead it off. Wilson and Cabrera cannot move him along.
4th inning: Yankees have the bases loaded – albeit with two outs. Giambi strikes out looking.
6th inning: Yankees have runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. A-Rod flies out and Giambi strikes out.
9th inning: Yankees have runners on 1st and 2nd – but with two outs. Damon grounds out to end the game.
Giambi and A-Rod’s name seems to come up a lot in the above comments, no?
Still, Giambi did have a 2-run homer in this game. And, A-Rod did have the big, inexcusable, throwing error in the 2nd.
But, if I were to say now “The Yankees lost this game, for the most part, because Alex Rodriguez played it like it was the 2005 ALDS” what would be the reaction (by many Yankees fans) to that statement?
“Oh, there goes the A-Rod basher again!”
“What are you obsessed with A-Rod?”
And, those would probably be the polite responses.
So, I’m going to say that Mickey Klutts lost this game for the Yankees against the White Sox. Yes, I know that Klutts last played for the Yankees in 1978. But, I’d rather have people come after me today for that statement than listen to complaints about getting on A-Rod – even if Alex had a huge hand in losing this game.