So, on 7/7/07, the 13th was the unlucky inning for the Yankees today. Ouch, this one hurts. Wasted a gem by Clemens. Gave the Halos a gift run in the 13th. And, had a chance in the 13th – with a runner on 3rd and one out – to tie the game. But, Melky capped off a nightmare of a game with his 5th “K” of the contest in the big spot. Add the lack of execution in the 7th for the Yankees – and, this is not a shining example of how to win a tight game via small ball.
With this loss, it’s a lock that the Yankees will not be a .500 team at the 2007 All-Star break. How many people saw that coming before this season started?
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve always had a theory on Old Timer’s Day (OTD) – although it’s based on memory, and not fact. It seems to me that the Yankees often lose on OTD – and I think that’s because the clubhouse is such a zoo on that day that it’s a distraction to the team.
Was that the reason why the Yankees, sans Clemens and Rivera, seemed like they were playing this game tapped out? I mean, com’on, 14 K’s in 13 innings? Lackey, Sheilds and K-Rod are good. But, are they that good? Maybe the Yankees were just tired from all their scoring in the last game? Or, maybe it is the OTD thing?
As much as I love to see some guys come back for a day in the sun, you have to wonder if it’s worth it. Do we need to see Ken Clay, George Zeber, and Homer Bush, again, that badly? Maybe it just makes more sense to have a day for select groups throughout the season?
You know…like a day where you salute the ’77 Yanks. And, a day where you salute the living former Yankees in Cooperstown. Stuff like that…with a small ceremony before the game. And, then, you take away the distraction of having 20-30 extra bodies and more media in the clubhouse before a game that you need to win.
I’m not saying that I’m sure on this idea…but, it’s an idea worth considering…if it’s true that OTD creates a mess for the team before the game.