We had a lot of family activites on the schedule today – and I was out of the house from 1 pm ET until about 7:30 pm ET. As such, I only had four quick peeks into this game.
At one point, we were talking to one of my wife’s friends – whose husband, like me, is a big Yankees fan. He was monitoring the game at that time and shared that it was 1-0, Yanks, in the second via an A-Rod homer. And, then, I thought to myself “That’s a good start.”
From that point I was unplugged for about two hours – give or take. But, after that span, I was able to quickly turn on a TV and look into the game for 5 minutes. By this time, it was the bottom of the 8th inning, the YES boys were talking about Teixeira’s long homer, and Posada just walked. It was 5-4, Rays, and I saw on the scoreboard that the Yankees had four runs on three hits. And, then, I thought to myself “Four runs on three hits? That’s strange. Sounds like the Yankees are lucky to even be in this one.”
I had to run again after that chance to see the game. But, I had a feeling that this might be one of those games where the Yankees pulled it out in the end. When I saw Posada walk, I also saw that Rivera was warming up in the pen – in case the Yankees tied the game or took the lead. Maybe seeing that just put the positive thought in my head? (Big mistake there, I learned in the end…)
Later, the opportunity came up to tune in the game on the radio. At this time, Coke just allowed a single to Crawford and Sterling said that made the score 8-5 in favor of the Rays. And, then, I thought to myself “Eight to five, Rays? What the…..?” With that, I allowed the channel to be changed on the radio.
Shortly before five o’clock, I had to check the game again on eight-eighty. Now, Sterling was doing the post-game (or should I say post-mortem?) where I learned how Cabrera tied the game at five – just beating out a DP attempt and Rivera spit the bit in the ninth. I also heard how Crawford’s hit against Coke and an A-Rod error that followed hurt because the Yanks rallied for two in the ninth…but that was not enough. And, then, I thought to myself “Wow. All those poor Yankees fans who watched this whole game on TV – or, worse, in person at the Stadium – what a turd of a performance by New York today.”
I mean…really…I only had four peeks at this game, with an aggregate elapsed time of less than 20 minutes, and I’m feeling like someone delivered a knee to the ‘nads. I think any Yankees fan who watched this whole mess has a right to throw something out of the window in disgust.
So, now, the Yankees are 2-9 against the Red Sox and Rays, combined, this season (to date). You know…the Yankees can rip off as many streaks as they can this year where they go 19-7…but, if they can’t beat the Sox and Rays…that means New York’s October this year is going to be no different than the last three seasons where they played games in October.