I hate to do this again, but, I gotta. This one just hurts too much for me to comment on it at this time. And, I need time to cool off. Check back for more later this evening – much later.
For now, I’ll just offer that this loss really, really, stings. I’m not sure if I want to throw up, punch something, or cry…heck, I might have to do all three to help offset the pain of this one.
Update, 8/19/08, 11:55 pm ET: O.K., some more thoughts on this one…
Darrell Rasner probably feels like dung right now. But, he should not. For six innings, Rasner was as good as he possibly could be…shoot, he was probably as good as Greg Maddux could be…in his prime. Sure, that 3-2 pitch to Adam Lind, down and in, with one out, in his last inning, was a mistake. But, even with that, it’s just one run allowed by Rasner in this game – - and he brought his team into 7th inning. What more can you ask from Darrell Rasner? Man, I feel bad for him right now.
Know what? I feel bad for Johnny Damon too. Yeah, that ball in the 8th inning has to be caught. But, in fairness to Damon, in five of his seven games before this one, he was the DH and not playing the field. And, this was only the 4th time in his last 41 games where he has played in centerfield. In a way, maybe it made sense to have Matsui break his way back into the line-up slowly – and avoid throwing Damon out there in center…in a big game like this one…where runs allowed were very important. This is really a bummer for Damon – who deserves not to be in this spot…since he’s been one of the Yankees better players this season.
A-Rod and Giambi…some night for those two, huh? Obviously, it’s not as easy to hit off A.J. A.J. Burnett as it is to hit off Brian Bannister…and then some. And, as far as that A-Rod situation in the 9th…well, I’m not sure. I can see the sense of urgency to try to get into scoring position. And, that was a great play by Overbay to nail him. But, was Alex busting it out of the batter’s box on that hit? That’s going to be the subject of debate on Wednesday.
Back to Burnett…he was a horse in this one. You have to tip your cap, of course. But, considering the effort from Rasner, you just hoped that the Yankees would win this one, 1-0, or, at the least, win it in extra innings. Then again, when Joe Inglett reached against Veras with two outs in the eighth…well, you just started to get that Dave Roberts feeling…
Well, at least I did. This Yankees team can do that to a guy.
Again, just a terrible, terrible, terrible game to lose – considering the manner in which it was lost, the calendar, the impact on the standings, with the Red Sox, Twins and Rays all winning…
It will be very interesting to see how the Yankees bounce back from this one tomorrow…if they do. I’m glad that Andy Pettitte is pitching for New York.
David Purcey is pitching for the Jays. In case you’ve never heard of him, he was taken in the 2004 draft by Toronto…just eight picks before the Yankees took Phil Hughes. Purcey’s minor league stats before this season were not great. But, he’s a big lefty. And, he has pitched O.K. in Toronto this season (as compared to his road games).
And, I don’t care how they do it, but, the Yankees better win tomorrow.