• Almost 3 Years To The Day, Yanks Embarrassed Again By The Full Wind-Up

    Posted by on April 26th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    During tonight’s Yankees-Red Sox, on April 26th, Boston had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th inning, with Jacoby Ellsbury on third, and two out. On a 2-2 pitch to J.D. Drew, New York’s Andy Pettitte, throwing from a full wind-up, allowed Ellsbury to steal home.

    Let’s flash back to April 21, 2006. Remember what happened then, when the Yankees told Worm Killer Wang to pitch from the full wind-up, on a 3-2 count, with two outs, and the bases loaded? Via Tyler Kepner back in the day:

    With two outs and Millar on second, Wang lost his control, walking Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to load the bases. From the bench, the Yankees told Wang to work from the windup, thinking he would be more comfortable.

    But Wang is slow from the windup, and on the 3-2 pitch to Melvin Mora, Roberts and Markakis took enormous leads. Mora smacked a grounder to shortstop Derek Jeter, but his only play was to first, and his throw pulled Andy Phillips off the base.

    By the time Phillips landed on the bag, Mora had slid in safely. He also had accomplished a rarity, knocking in two runs on an infield single.

    Brian Roberts, three years ago, took the Yankees to school on what can happen when you go to the full wind-up with the bases juiced, two outs, and a full count…and, this evening, Jacoby Ellsbury showed us that New York learned nothing three years ago…because, again, the Yanks got embarrassed by sleeping on the field in a big spot.

    Yeah, I know it was a 2-2 count this time. But, that’s close enough to it being a full count in a situation like this…

    Comments on Almost 3 Years To The Day, Yanks Embarrassed Again By The Full Wind-Up

    1. Pat F
      April 26th, 2009 | 10:37 pm

      the aaron hill steal off pettitte in toronto two years ago is probably even more apropos because it was another steal of home, but i get what you are saying situationally. either way, it’s all embarrassing.

      is it too much to ask girardi to play someone capable of playing third at third base? you’re not getting any offense from third until alex returns. so play the best glove. pena is by so far and away better at third base than berroa (and ransom for that matter), it’s almost incomprehensible that girardi plays berroa on back to back days. to say nothing of pena being able to hit lefty against a righty sinkerballer, and NOTHING of pena beating out berroa in spring training. he is becoming and infuriating manger to root for.

    2. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 1:06 am

      it’s almost incomprehensible that girardi plays berroa on back to back days.

      “untested rookie” vs “proven veteran”

    3. butchie22
      April 27th, 2009 | 8:33 am

      The Aaron Hill stolen base at the Bluebird’s Skydome came immediately to mind. That was a deja vu-like flashback to that pathetic event. I’ll give the Red Sox credit BUT Ellsbury should have been buzzed! You can’t let him get away with a run like that. Just for the record, I would say the same thing if a Yankee did it as well.

    4. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 10:07 am

      I’ll give the Red Sox credit BUT Ellsbury should have been buzzed!
      ————
      Nah, it’s not his fault that the defense was caught napping.

    5. April 27th, 2009 | 10:28 am

      Agreed.

    6. YankCrank
      April 27th, 2009 | 10:29 am

      I’ll give the Red Sox credit BUT Ellsbury should have been buzzed!
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      I’ll disagree with this. Why buzz somebody if they have the skills set to steal home? Do we buzz players simply because they steal 2b, or 3b, or if they make a diving grab? It’s part of the game and if somebody from another team one-ups us you have to accept it and not throw at them. Save the buzz’s for if somebody hits A-Rod in the back or something.

    7. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 10:42 am

      Nah, it’s not his fault that the defense was caught napping.
      ———–
      That and the fact that the shift was on for Drew, Berroa was more towards SS than 3b. Of course, it could be argued that the Yanks shouldn’t have shifted with Ellsbury on 3rd, or Pettitte should not have gone with a full windup.

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