• June 6th vs. The Rays

    Posted by on June 6th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    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.

    Comments on June 6th vs. The Rays

    1. AndrewYF
      June 6th, 2009 | 9:13 pm

      Honestly, regular season performance means absolutely nothing. Evidence:

      2007 Angels beat the Sox in every single game except the first one. 1-8. Sox couldn’t buy a win against the Angels. Then they creamed them in the postseason.

      2006 Yankees swept the season series against the Tigers. I don’t have to tell you what went on there.

      The only reason to fret about dropping games to the Rays or Sox is how much tougher it makes winning the division or wildcard. And that’s it.

    2. Evan3457
      June 6th, 2009 | 10:25 pm

      …and the Yanks beat the Rays 11-7 in last year’s season series.

      The Yanks are hereby retroactively awarded the 2008 AL Championship.

    3. ken
      June 7th, 2009 | 10:30 am

      I agree with the responses here: regular season record against these teams don’t really matter (so long as you get into the playoffs). What bothers me most about yesterday’s game is CC not getting big outs and not holding leads. That is exactly what he is paid to do.

    4. handtius
      June 7th, 2009 | 12:20 pm

      ken wrote:

      What bothers me most about yesterday’s game is CC not getting big outs and not holding leads. That is exactly what he is paid to do.

      Nobody is perfect. He’s been pitching pretty damn good till this one and he stil managed to go 8. He’s gone 5 starts without giving up more then 3 runs. He is aloud to have a bad night once in a while.

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