Was That Really Necessary?
Did the Yankees need to wait as long as they did to call Friday night’s game? This game should’ve been called around 3 PM so that fans wouldn’t make the trek to the Stadium.
I understand that sports is a business and that the Yankees need to squeeze every conceivable nickel from the paying public so that they can afford all the underachieving multimillionaires they want to sign, but was it truly necessary to extract that (outrageously priced) parking from those who went to the Stadium in hopes that the game would actually be played? They really needed to sell a few thousand more hot dogs and hot chocolates?
Stupid, inconsiderate, and mindlessly, needlessly, greedy. The Opening Day shame is still too fresh for them to have pulled this stunt Friday night.
Then, instead of doing the sensible thing, scheduling a day/night doubleheader for Saturday, when the weather forecast actually indicated that both games might get played, or even for Sunday, when it looked a bit dicier, but still possible, no make-up date is accounced. Apparently the eventual plan will be for another one of those “historic” dual-borough day-night doubleheaders, with one game at Yankee Stadium and one game at Shea.
There is nothing historic about it, of course. An accident of weather. But wouldn’t it have been a novel idea to reschedule the game sooner rather than later so that you avoid the chance of doubleheaders and extra games piling up at very bad times late in the season?
Suppose there is a rainout during the Shea part of the Subway series? We are already carrying a game around against Detroit that hasn’t been scheduled yet . . . one of those is enough.
Bad to the fans. Bad for the team’s play and results. Meet your 2008 New York Yankees.
George Had It Right!
“On the fourth game of that ’84 season, Meacham committed a two-out error that allowed the go-ahead run to score in a 7-6 Texas Rangers victory over the Yankees. After the game, an infuriated Steinbrenner ordered Meacham demoted to the minors, which wound up being Double-A Nashville because Andre Robertson, the Yankees’ first-string shortstop in ’83, was re-habbing at Columbus from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Three years later, Meacham again came into Steinbrenner’s crosshairs when, in a spring training game against the Braves, he committed two errors on a pock-filled infield in West Palm Beach.. It didn’t matter that the Yankees had committed six errors as a team that day, Steinbrenner called GM Woody Woodward and ordered him to “get rid of Meacham.”
The above is from a Daily News article wacing nostalgic about Meacham having returned to the Yankees as third base coach. Meacham played for parts of six seasons with the Yankees, and, as noted above, was a favorite whipping boy of George’s back in the manic days.
Funny thing is, I thought Meacham was done losing games for us twenty years ago. Sadly, I was wrong.
Yesterday, top 3, we lead 2-0 already on Jeter’s 2-run homer. Something about Met pitching, no matter who it is, sets Jeter’s bat on fire.
Damon singles. Abreu doubles. I am loving this game now. I was worried that we wouldn’t do anything with Santana and here we are, knocking the ball around. Yee-hah!
And then it happens. Bobby Meacham, yes, that Bobby Meacham, sends Damon home with no outs and Damon is thrown out at the plate. Abreu apparently was so stunned he forgets to take third on the throw. So instead of second and thrid, no outs, and maybe the sky’s the limit today, it’s man on second, one out, and Santana breathing an audible sigh of relief.
I said to my friend at that exact moment, “this game just turned.” Didn’t take a fortune teller to know that, of course. The next inning the Mets combined an excuse-me, a broken bat, a 12-hopper, a nubber and two walks to take a 3-2 lead and that, effectively, was that. Santana settled right down and the so-called “patient” team that we are allowed him to get six outs on twelve pitches! (More on that in the next segment.) Fonzie coughed up three runs, and we hit a couple of solo homers for cosmetic value that might’ve made Satana feel bad, but didn’t do anything meaningful to the score.
As for Meacham, I don’t want to hear it. With no outs and a big inning a possibility, the runner has to be able to score standing up. Second and thrid, no outs — we could score two runs and make it a 4-0 game by making two of the right kind of outs, for goodness sake.
People say that thrid base coahces only get noticed when they screw up.
True. And the point is . . . what? The number of important decisions third-base coaches have to make are limited . . . as a result, they need to be right pretty much all the time.
So Meacham parties like it’s 1988, and we lose another game we really shouldn’t lose. And it’s got nothing to do with the silly overhyped “Subway Series”; we just need to stop losing stupidly, the way we did Saturday.
Has Mike Francesa Actually Watched Any Yankees Games This Season?
For some reason I subjected myself to a few minutes of Mike and the Mad Dog the other day. Mike’s knees must’ve been bothering him becasue he was even more condescending and dismissive of callers than usual.
A caller suggested that perhaps the Yankees’ problems on offense lately were because they weren’t being patient enough at the plate. Francesa was all over that, jumping the guy in his finest “I’m Mike Francesa and you’re not” style.
The Yankees are one of the most patient teams. Abreu and Giambi are patient to a fault. Bla. And bla. And freaking blaaaaaaa . . .
Does this guy watch Yankee games any more? The patient Yankees, in terms of team concept, are on hiatus. Jeter, once a fairly patient hitter, is hacking at everything that’s not a pitchout. Matsui seems to have caught the bug, too. Melky and Cano, forget it. Molina, it doesn’t matter becasue he hasn’t had a hit in a month, it feels like, regardless of the count.
And it’s not just a feeling. As of today the Yankees are 23rd out of 30 teams in drawing walks. Compare that to 4th in 2007, 3rd in 2006, 3rd in 2005, 2nd in 2004, 1st in 2003, 3rd in 2002. 15th in 2001, and 10th in 2000.
Who on the Yankees is seeing a lot of pitches?
Abreu, yes, at 4.24 pitches per plate appearance is #9 in all of MLB among those with at least 100 plate appearances.
Then . . .
Giambi, #78. (Giambi is “patient to a fault,” let’s not forget. The 77 guys more patient than Jason are really at fault, apparently.)
Melky, #89. Actually more patient than I thought. That horrendous first-pitch swing against Wagner yesterday is still bugging me, I guess.
Jeter, #231. Out of 251.
The truth is, and it’s apparent to anyone who watches the Yankees regularly, that they are not a patient bunch right now. The poor caller who suggested to Francesa that that might be part of the problem wsa trying to make a valid point — they aren’t that patient, and it’s hurting them, becasue they aren’t getting into other teams’ bullpens are quickly, and the middle bullpen is where most teams are weakest.
If Francesa actually took the time to find out instead of relying on what he thinks he “knows,” a reasonable discussion might’ve ensued. And gosh, have a flunky look up some quick numbers (like I just did in about 30 seconds) and talk about how when A-Rod and Posada come back, they’ll see more pitches, how, based on previous years, you’d expect them to move up in getting more walks, etc. You know, actual reasonable discourse on an interesting topic.
But it’s probably just as well. I might’ve fainted from the shock.