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.