It’s a few minutes before midnight on September 11th as I write this. The Yankees game is in a rain-delay, with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, and New York trailing 10-4 (to Baltimore). It’s pretty safe to say you can close the book on this one.
First, the good news: Derek Jeter set the all-time Yankees career hit record in this one. And, it appears that no Yankees player, so far, has been injured in this contest.
But, the bad news: This has been a terribly sloppy game for the Yankees. Just a mess…
What a shame…not because of the standings…as this game means nothing. More so, it’s a shame because this game, with the Jeter record therein, should not have played out this way.
Actually, by the sixth inning, because of the rain-delay at the start of the game, the rain during the game, the fact it was 11 pm ET, and the score (as Damaso Marte began to let the game get away), Yankee Stadium began to empty out…and, now, with this second rain-delay…well…if they do start playing again, there will hardly be any fans there to see it.
In the perfect world, the Yankees would have won this game, and, during the top of the ninth inning, Joe Girardi would have pulled Jeter off the field, and replaced him with Ramiro Pena, defensively. While this was happening, 45,000 Yankees fans would have given Derek a crazy standing ovation, for several minutes, calling him out of the dugout, etc. And, that would have been fitting. But, now, that’s ain’t gonna happen…and, again, in my opinion, that’s a shame.