• May 17th @ The White Sox

    Posted by on May 17th, 2007 · Comments (13)

    One baseball team from New York was playing a baseball team from Chicago today. New York trailed Chicago by three runs heading into the 9th inning. But, New York was retired in the 9th – three up, three down (with the last batter whiffing).

    Another baseball team from New York was also playing a baseball team from Chicago today. Here, New York trailed Chicago by four runs heading into the 9th inning. However, again, here, New York scored five in the 9th to win the game.

    Next, New York will play New York.

    It’s the tale of two baseball teams in this Yankees fan’s city.

    Oh, the next three games are going to be ugly. It is not the best of times, it may be the worst of times.

    And, then comes Boston.

    Comments on May 17th @ The White Sox

    1. j
      May 17th, 2007 | 8:16 pm

      Chin up. It will be the best of times.

    2. baileywalk
      May 17th, 2007 | 8:20 pm

      Way to keep the faith, Steve! You’re an inspiration to us all.

      It should have looked like this, though:

      One New York team faced closer Ryan Dempster, who isn’t very good, and who had no control (he was taken out of the game).

      The other New York team was facing Bobby Jenks, who was throwing his 100-mph fastball for strikes.

      There’s no reason to be scared of the Mets.

      The Cubs came in struggling and handled them pretty well. Guess you didn’t see those games, huh?

    3. Mike Z
      May 17th, 2007 | 9:29 pm

      Knowing this team, they are just as likely to walk all over the Mets as they are to get crushed. Of course, the latter is always a possibility.

      Seriously, the Yankees need to come with a disclaimer like a mutual fund: “past performance is no guarantee of future results”

    4. Santino53
      May 17th, 2007 | 9:31 pm

      I’m not saying i necessarily want the manager to turn over the buffet table because we know it is not his style. However sometimes i do wonder where the self accountability of the 1996 – 2000 vintage Yankees is on this team . Tino told M. Kay
      in an interview he didn’t think eveyone played with the urgency and passion of Jeter and Posada. Troubling. Does the Captain take charge and challenge some of his teammates?

    5. snowball003
      May 17th, 2007 | 9:36 pm

      A good chunk of my family is comprised of Mets fans. Therefore, during gatherings, we often have to watch Met games. I have noticed, in this somewhat limited viewing of Met games–I also watch when there’s no Yankee game as I am addicted to baseball–I have noticed that when the Mets face good pitchers, they get nothing done. On Easter against the Braves, specifically, they got men on base, but not even Jose “I steal every base ever” Reyes could get anywhere.

      They have some big bats, but can easily be shut down if the pitching is good. Pettitte is Pettitte–he faced virtually this same team last year, I’m sure, with the Astros. Rasner has been relatively good. Have they named a pitcher for Sunday?

      I don’t really see what there is to be afraid of. Perez is good when he’s on–but when he’s not, he is oh-so-bad. Glavine gives up home runs and Maine hasn’t had his best stuff in his past 2 starts. All in all, I think there’s hope yet!

    6. May 17th, 2007 | 9:50 pm

      Damon, Giambi, Abreu, Cano and A-Rod are not exactly ripping the cover off the ball. This means the Yankees are playing with three bats in their line-up against the Mets – with the pitcher also hitting.

      All the Mets have to do is not pitch to Jeter, Posada and Matsui and they should be fine.

    7. RICH
      May 17th, 2007 | 10:02 pm

      Did Tino name names? If he did, fine. If he didn’t, I don’t give his credibility much weight.

    8. Raf
      May 17th, 2007 | 10:16 pm

      Did Tino name names? If he did, fine. If he didn’t, I don’t give his credibility much weight.
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      Yep. And even if he did name names, I wouldn’t give his credibility much weight.

      These guys are professionals, they know “how to play the game” whatever the hell that means.

    9. Don
      May 17th, 2007 | 10:57 pm

      No, all players don’t know how to play the game, least not on the same level. Just as there are different skill levels among players so to there are different levels of knowing how to play. Pitching wins championships. So does knowing how to play the game, which is how you usually get multiple championships only from certain groups of players assembled together.

      It is an ineffable quality.

    10. Jen
      May 18th, 2007 | 12:00 am

      //Oh, the next three games are going to be ugly.//

      I thought we were supposed to take each game as it comes? Or are you doing the “I’m going to lower my expectations so if they come away with a win or 2 it will seem that much better” thing?

    11. Raf
      May 18th, 2007 | 12:43 am

      Pitching wins championships. So does knowing how to play the game, which is how you usually get multiple championships only from certain groups of players assembled together.
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      And they haven’t had that kind of pitching in a looong time.

      Tigers had pitching last year, it didn’t do them a lick of good in the World Series. And speaking of the World Series, Series MVP Eckstein ain’t doing too hot this year. Neither is Yadier Molina or Jeff Weaver, who did quite well in the postseason.

    12. antone
      May 18th, 2007 | 8:19 am

      This is semi-related but it seems like Boston has all these crazy fluke plays to win games this season and the Yankees can’t get one to go their way. You’d think they would get lucky one game and have some fluke play go their way.

      Boston had two this week…the error by the Baltimore pitcher covering the bag and Coco Crisp diving out of the way of a tag against Detroit while running to second base and somehow the umpire thought he didn’t leave the baseline.

      Just seems like they have everything going for them this year and we don’t, but maybe it well even out at some point, that’s all we can hope for right?

    13. snowball003
      May 18th, 2007 | 12:04 pm

      antone-I have been thinking the same things. Ever since that AWFUL tag at 2nd base, I have been seeing no luck for the Yankees.

      It takes more than luck to win games, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!

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