Interesting little game this evening in Toronto.
First, Joba. He’s a wide-body, eh? From the back, he looks just like Clemens – as Rocket looks today. I was suprised to see him come back out for a second inning. I thought the Yankees were going to baby him? Chamberlain was nervous tonight – can you blame him? – but, he was impressive. Don’t ask me why, but, as I watched Joba pitch tonight, I thought about Aurelio “Señor Smoke” Lopez and Juan Berenguer. I know that makes no sense – since Chamberlain is bigger and a better prospect than they were…still, the thought of Joba coming out of the pen, being a big boy, and pumping ninety-eight with that nasty slider coming too…well, let’s just say that I “get it” as to why the Yankees are trying this move with him this season.
On to the game. The Blue Jays have to let it go. The “Ha!” game pissed them off – and I don’t blame them. The goons at MLB told Toronto, when the Jays last came to New York, that they didn’t want to see any fireworks in Yankee Stadium. So, Toronto had to bite down on it and do nothing – until last night when they threw behind A-Rod. That should have been the end of it. But, nooooooo…
The Jays had to go after Alex again tonight – which led to Clemens later nailing Rios. Roger will get a suspension out of this one – it’s an automatic. That’s too bad – with the Yankees schedule being so big this month.
And, I’m sure that some Red Sox fans probably noted Alex’s lips getting a little purple as this game went on today. For those Yankees fans out there with friends in RSN, get prepared to receive an e-mail or two about how the team can thank “Slappy McBlue Lips” for costing the Yankees to have to screw with their rotation now – to cover for Clemens suspension.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the hits, homers, RBI and all the VORP out the yin-yang that Alex provides – like in this season. But, there’s a part of me that would be more than willing to punt some offense for a guy who just plays the game and saves the drama for his mamma.