• July 4th Vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on July 5th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Man was it hot. So hot, I literally got a sun burn in the shade. So hot, that I knew there’d be extra innings when I first got to the park.

    Hughes absolutely stunk. I don’t even want to talk about him.

    Loved how there was Send Swisher logos in any direction that you looked. They really are pushing hard for him to make the team, which is great. Must be really hard to watch though if your name is Brett Gardner. He deserves it every bit as much as Swisher does, if not more.

    Speaking of Gardner, this game was a gift. That “inside-the-park” home run for Gardner was a routine fly ball to center that was booted. I’m not quite sure how they don’t call that an error. For all those detractors, Tex has finally heated up. Since June 18, he’s hitting .328/.394/.586 in 66 PA with 9 XBH and 15 RBI. This is just in the nick of time as it counters Cano’s poor performance during that stretch.

    Lastly, I’m starting to grow bored with the pie in the face routine after walk offs. Every team is doing it this year, we did it last year, it’s time to let it go.

    Comments on July 4th Vs. The Blue Jays

    1. 77yankees
      July 5th, 2010 | 10:06 am

      Understand what you’re saying about Gardner’s ITPHR, but you figure the official scorer perceived it was a no-fault misplay by the OF because of the sun, so they gave him the HR.

      Don’t know if it was the same official scorer, but A-Rod’s lost pop with the bases loaded Saturday was ruled a double, so at least they’re consistent.

      I’d be shocked if Swisher wins that vote. Yankee fans by and large aren’t amped by that sort of thing, and I think if you polled the regulars (cough, Steve) most of them would say they had no plans to vote.

    2. Corey Italiano
      July 5th, 2010 | 10:11 am

      @ 77yankees:
      Having been there, I can say it was pretty routine fly ball..

    3. Corey Italiano
      July 5th, 2010 | 10:12 am

      I actually already voted for him. Although, if it were Gardner up there with Swish, I’d vote Gardner.

    4. K-V-C
      July 5th, 2010 | 11:21 am

      The scoring at the stadium has become a joke.

      Brett’s HR, Arod’s double the day before, and Cano had a ground ball bounce off his glove, yet he batter was given a hit. Total and Complete hometown scoring.

    5. Evan3457
      July 5th, 2010 | 12:00 pm

      A-Rod’s double has to be a hit. The ball was lost in the sun, and the fielder never touched it.

      Never seen that scored anything other than a hit.

      The key phrase is “ordinary effort”.

      The old Stadium (Stadium II) had brutal sunfields in left and left center. Though the announcers say the angle of orientation of the Stadium III is the same as Stadium II, it’s not really true. It’s been rotated slightly counter-clockwise (see here: http://www.delawareonline.com/blogs/uploaded_images/Yankee-Stadium-Baseba_Corm-723271.JPG), and the result is that the entire outfield is a brutal sun field. Left and left center are still worse, but right field tough as well.

    6. Evan3457
      July 5th, 2010 | 12:01 pm

      Sorry, that link didn’t work.

      Hope this one does:

      http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/09/12/nyregion/yankee_600a.jpg

    7. K-V-C
      July 5th, 2010 | 3:24 pm

      Arod’s Double – Lost in the sun because the outfielder was too stupid to flip down his sun glasses, that sounds like an error to me.

    8. Evan3457
      July 5th, 2010 | 3:28 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Arod’s Double – Lost in the sun because the outfielder was too stupid to flip down his sun glasses, that sounds like an error to me.

      Errors are not given for mental mistakes. There’s no section in the scoring rules for giving an error for failing to flip down glasses. Or for putting a career infielder in left field in Yankee Stadium.

      That’s a blunder, but it’s not a scored error.

    9. 77yankees
      July 5th, 2010 | 8:58 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The key phrase is “ordinary effort”.

      Spot on – pretty much can’t catch it if you don’t see it.

    10. K-V-C
      July 5th, 2010 | 9:28 pm

      I just think the scoring at the stadium is horrible. This is the major leagues. There were three or four plays during the weekend which could be argued, and there wasn’t an error in any of them.

    11. July 5th, 2010 | 10:12 pm

      Not for nuttin’ but, without the sun on A-Rod’s “hit” and Gardy’s insider, would the Jays have had a much better series?

    12. Evan3457
      July 6th, 2010 | 2:30 am

      They’d have won two of three. Probably.
      Yanks were already up 8-2 on Saturday when A-Rod’s ball fell in.

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