Mike Mussina started this game for the Yankees and was dealing 86 MPH fastballs out of the chute. He was pretty much around 86 MPH most of the night – although he did touch 89 MPH a few times. And, in his last frame of work, he was down to 84 MPH. And, the Blue Jays batters handled Moose, accordingly.
A.J. Burnett started this game for the Blue Jays and he was pumping gas. And, he handled the Yankees batters, accordingly.
That was pretty much the story for this game.
Oh, and, it was cold at the Stadium. I lost the feeling in my toes around the 8th inning.
By the way, where were all the Yankees fans for this one? There were probably only about 40,000 there, in person, for this game. And, by the end of the 7th inning, there was probably only about 20,000 fans left. In the 9th inning, there was probably only about 10,000 people in the stands.
Sure, it was cold. And, sure, Mussina was not great and the Yankees bats, outside of an A-bomb from A-Rod, were so-so. But, the Yanks had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th with less than 2 outs. It was not a blow-out. Where did everyone go?
The Yankees can talk about drawing 4 million and selling out every game, but, when you see how the fans came out for this one, and how they left early, well, you have to wonder about who’s buying the tickets for these games…the diehards or somebody else.