• September 16th vs. The Red Sox – Game 1

    Posted by on September 16th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    O.K., the loss in this game means nothing to the Yankees. Sure, it kills Wang’s shot at 20 wins. But, that’s an individual thing – and a ring will make up for that.

    I should preface what comes next with a declaration that I’m a Derek Jeter fan – and I think Jeter should be the A.L. MVP this year. But, to be honest, I do believe that, if the Yankees had a “World-Class” fielding SS in the game today, it’s a lot closer game this afternoon.

    And, I’m not even talking about the muff by Jeter in the 4th on the ball hit by Hinske. More so, it was the “hit” that followed by Mirabelli. That was a grounder located not that far to Jeter’s left. Personally, I think someone like Adam Everett grabs that ball, turns two, and the inning is over – and the Yankees then leave the 4th with a 2-0 lead.

    But, then again, Adam Everett couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

    And, of course, if Johnny Damon doesn’t bang into a DP in the 2nd, and gets a hit instead, maybe Beckett is done.

    Lots of chances in this game for New York. They just didn’t get it done. Still, as stated in the opening, no biggie – the loss means nothing.

    Lastly, very classy of the guys on FOX to give Kaat a couple of innings today. Very classy, indeed. Nice to see that.

    Comments on September 16th vs. The Red Sox – Game 1

    1. RICH
      September 16th, 2006 | 8:24 pm

      “I do believe that, if the Yankees had a “World-Class” fielding SS in the game today, it’s a lot closer game this afternoon”

      And if you had wings they’d call you a bird.

      You’re pretty ungrateful.

    2. September 17th, 2006 | 12:23 am

      One man’s “ungrateful” is another man’s “objective” – or, at the least, that’s my position on your claim.

    3. JeterReggieGuidry
      September 17th, 2006 | 12:37 am

      I’m just glad the second game showed we can scrape together a win and still rest some people.

      I’m thinking we’re splitting this series.

      I’m also thinking, that the only shortstop I can think of who is as good a hitter as Jeter and yet a great fielder (as opposed to a solid one, which Jeter is) is the guy playing 3rd base next to him.

      So if “world class” shortstop means he makes those plays but can’t hit, I’ll “settle” for Jeter.

    4. September 17th, 2006 | 12:48 am

      FWIW, I’m not sold that A-Rod can play SS anymore – heck, he can barely play 3B.

      Hey, Jeter is the league MVP – he can play SS on any team he wants – and I’m glad he’s here – all I meant was that he’s still got that issue with balls hit to his left. The range that way was zero on that play today.

      Lots of other SS come close to it – and the great gloves make the play. Again, it’s just an observation/opinion in the name of remaining objective.

    5. JeterReggieGuidry
      September 17th, 2006 | 1:15 am

      Oh I agree about Jeter having a “weak side” to his fielding. It becomes more obvious the more games one watches of other teams with solid defensive shortstops. There’s a real shortness in range on one side.

      And AROD – well – his defensive yips seem to have faded (now that he has that new glove?) so I imagine he could still be a heck of a SS if he was back in that position.

      Its amazing how good his numbers this year will probably end up considering he’s having a “horrible” year. Everyone in baseball should be so lucky!

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