• July 7th vs. The Angels

    Posted by on July 7th, 2007 · Comments (15)

    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.

    Comments on July 7th vs. The Angels

    1. baileywalk
      July 7th, 2007 | 9:07 pm

      That was the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in the Stadium. It was boiling hot in the sun, and with the Old-Timers’ Game and the extra-innings affair, we were there for about six hours. Then to go through all that — basically melted to the seat — and have them lose like THIS was just disgusting.

      Lackey, Shields and K-Rod abused the hitters with their curves (K-Rod calls his a slider, but whatever). They simply could not hit it.

      Clemens must be an alien or something. He can’t be of this planet. He was amazing and a joy to watch. I wish his teammates hadn’t fallen asleep on him.

    2. rbj
      July 7th, 2007 | 9:26 pm

      I think both teams were worn out from all the scoring. Dunno about the old-timers being a distraction, this is New York afterall and there are lots of distractions. Just a lack of fundamental execution in the bottom of the 13th — Bobby has to get a bunt down. And Jorge leading off with a double and not scoring? Inexcusable on teams that (should) go to the post season.

    3. RICH
      July 7th, 2007 | 9:41 pm

      Why the need to find a reason that the Yankees lost to a better team? The Angels didn’t play so well but they were “less bad”.

    4. j
      July 7th, 2007 | 11:20 pm

      Certainly a good point about the OTD. And with all the press junkies so in love with the fact that they get to see the old guys, you can expect to never get ground truth about what it’s like today for the guys that have to go out and play an important game.

      Why not schedule it on a day off during a homestand? Seems like that wouldn’t be too hard.

      4 K’s is the golden sombrero. 5 K’s is what? The golden dunce cap maybe. Dammit Melky.

    5. JeremyM
      July 7th, 2007 | 11:41 pm

      This team is comatose, a 44-year old man pitches one-run ball (should’ve been 0 runs, but bobbles happen) against a great-hitting team and they can only muster one run to match? The only thing I can think to say positive is that at least Clemens didn’t have to take an ‘L.’

    6. JeremyM
      July 7th, 2007 | 11:50 pm

      One last thing, I want to congratulate Anaheim on winning the World Series—oh, you mean “K-Rod” celebrates like that after every game?!? My mistake. God, I hate that guy and his antics.

    7. Jen
      July 8th, 2007 | 1:27 am

      As I was walking out of the Stadium I was thinking to myself “Steve is probably writing his annual ‘Yankees lose focus on OTD’ post”:-)

      I think the distraction danger is more for the starting pitcher than the rest of the team. And obviously Clemens didn’t get distracted today (it’s the high socks I tell ya. The entire team needs to go with the high socks.) I think I even spotted him on the bench during introductions at one point.

      I agree with rbj. They failed to capitalize on their few opportunities. But I also give credit to the Angels pitching staff. They’re not exactly slouches.

      Now, as for doing away with the current Old Timer’s Day format, sorry Steve, no way. It’s an institution. Teams all over baseball have days honoring special years and whatnot. But no one does OTD anymore. Call me weird, but I like seeing guys like Homer Bush next to Reggie and Yogi and everyone else. Besides, you need some of the youngers guys there to play during the game. And that’s another thing. If you split up the ceremonies, I guess you’re have to do away with the game, right? You can’t take my OTD game away, Steve.

      Ok, I looked it up. In the Torre era, the Yanks are 5-6 with 1 rain out on Old Timers Day. I haven’t looked beyond ’96 because I’m tired.

      07: L
      06: rain out
      05: L
      04: W
      03: W
      02: L
      01: L
      00: W
      99: L
      98: L
      97: W
      96: W

    8. July 8th, 2007 | 7:44 am

      Jen – how about a deal? Do away with Fan Appreciation Day and have OTD on the last home game of the season?

      ~~~I want to congratulate Anaheim on winning the World Series—oh, you mean “K-Rod” celebrates like that after every game?!? My mistake. God, I hate that guy and his antics.~~~

      Big ditto. Remember that when he’s a FA this winter and some Yankees fans start to holler that they want him.

    9. baileywalk
      July 8th, 2007 | 7:53 am

      Big ditto. Remember that when he’s a FA this winter and some Yankees fans start to holler that they want him.
      ——

      He may be a dumbass, but I wouldn’t mind him being OUR dumbass. If the Yankees don’t pursue A-Rod, they’re insane. He’s one of the best closers in the game and he’s young. When they invented the term “filthy stuff,” they had someone like K-Rod in mind. He throws mid-90s and has a slider that can be simply unhittable. No one makes hitters look sillier.

      That roar-up-to-God yesterday was absurd, but I’d still take him any day. Mo can’t pitch forever, and there’s no replacement for him just yet from within (plenty of good young guys, but nothing definitive).

      By the way… bottom of the ninth — Cairo gets to third with one out — Melky up at the dish… would anyone have minded another shot at a squeeze? K-Rod is probably one of the hardest guys to make contact with, and Melky was having an awful day. Just a thought.

    10. Jen
      July 8th, 2007 | 11:11 am

      //Jen – how about a deal? Do away with Fan Appreciation Day and have OTD on the last home game of the season?//

      Nope. There’s nothing wrong with the way it is now. You’re only saying this because of the current state of the Yankees. Sometimes they win on OTD, sometimes they lose.

    11. Raf
      July 8th, 2007 | 11:18 am

      One last thing, I want to congratulate Anaheim on winning the World Series—oh, you mean “K-Rod” celebrates like that after every game?!? My mistake. God, I hate that guy and his antics.
      ============
      Only after every Angels win he’s involved in.

      I thought the Yanks needed players with “fire” and “intensity” and “heart” and “emotion?”

    12. Santino53
      July 8th, 2007 | 12:27 pm

      Anyone wonder where Mrs. Mantle was to represent the Mick given the appearance of the Mrs.’ Howard, Hunter and Munson? I am reading “7 The
      Mickey Mantle novel” by Peter Golenbock and that may explain it. The book borders on soft porn
      with Mick and Billy as costars. Merlyn took some serious abuse.

    13. July 8th, 2007 | 1:54 pm

      The widows and Billy Martin’s son were there to celebrate the 1977 team.

      Next year’s Old Timer’s Day has the potential to be very emotional with the Stadium closing down.

    14. Santino53
      July 8th, 2007 | 2:42 pm

      I’m may be having a brain cramp…what was Ellie Howard ‘s atttachment to the ’77 team?

    15. July 8th, 2007 | 3:54 pm

      It’s before my time, but I think he might have been a coach.

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