Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Classic Example Of A Date Rape

Thank god, it was only one game.

Would it be a grotesque understatement if I said that that was the worst Yankee game that I ever witnessed in person?

I came up with an interesting dating analogy to last night's game. It was sort like a big first date or prom date with a girl you're really hot for. You're nervous and excited about the meeting. The butterflies in your stomach are wearing brass knuckles.

You arrived at the party spot. You go to get them a drink or talk to a friend. When you get back, you horrified by what you see....

Some guy is breaking off your date something proper.

Well.

At that moment, you feel like Little Bill played by William H Macy in Boogie Nights. You're watching it, but there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

To add insult to injury, she asks you to close the door when you leave so they finish in private.

That's how Yankee fans felt watching last night's game. Like someone was nailing their significant other and smiling while you were watching.

A couple of points:

I don't want to hear about how A-Rod is a Gold-Glove caliber third basemen anymore from the YES pundits. Gold Glovers don't botch routine plays in big games. They raise the level of their defense. Brooks Robinson and Greg Nettles made playoff games and pennant races their personal showcases. Here's what A-Rod is...he's a solid third baseman who will occasionally make a nice play. That's it. He's not a Gold Glover. He's not Scott Rolen, Eric Chavez or even Joe Crede. To tell the truth, he's not even a Gold Glove shortstop. It's not uncommon for the voters to give a superior offense player at a specific position a Gold Glove for being adequate defensively. Bernie Williams and most recently Derek Jeter have won Gold Gloves for being decent defenders who were great hitters. It gives the award a higher profile when you give it to a star as oppose to a player who is only average with the bat. Some players like Bill Mazeroski, Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel are exceptions to the rule. But if it's close, you know the guy with the bat is going to win.

Randy Johnson is not the ace of the Yankee staff. Moose is. He's been the stopper, not Randy. Aces don't walk the number nine hitter who's hitting .200. Johnson has been awful the last three starts. They didn't do a thing to hurt him. He couldn't hit the plate if they allowed him to walk the ball to Jorgie. Those two need to get on the same page. Quick.

This had nothing to do with the loss, but the umpiring was awful. Just awful. The umpire changed strike zones at least three times that game. Beckett was okay, but when the other team can't field or throw the ball and you're spotted a lead, most good pitchers are going to make it work for them. They had him on the ropes early. Then Unit and A-Rod worked their elfen magic and turned the tide for the Sox. Then the zone got a little wider as the game a little colder. That call on Bernie to give him golden sombrero was a joke. I can see why Delmon Young threw his bat at an ump.

Don't even get me started on Melky. That's a whole other blog entry.

I left a game early for the first time in years. One can only hope Moose can pick us up. This Sox is not that good that they should be pounding them like this.

2 Comments:

Blogger kigogal said...

Date Rape. Ha ha, that's funny. Also, nice similes. (William H. Macy.)

Thank God we got a little redemption last night. I was quite happy and took the high road by not calling all my friends who blasphemed the night before.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Darth Marc said...

Hopefully you got the Tribe Called Quest reference with that....Glad you got the Boogie Nights theme. I love that movie....

11:27 AM  

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