Watching Jeter last night was torture. Forget the 0-for-7, the double play, the last at bat in the 12th. What frightens me is the way he now fields grounders to his third base side. Instead of staying in front of the ball, he crouches, almost like a catcher, and snares it. (Kids, don't try that at home.) You could say he's crafty and efficient, and that he made the plays, so what's the worry? But it's all wrong.
Watching the Yankees come back last night was torture. Two home runs, back to back, or as The Master says, "belly to belly." After that moment, we had scored four runs - all on HRs. Instead of a batting order, we have nine guys individually trying to slam the ball to New Jersey. Only Ellsbury could hit a single in a critical situation. I think it's because he's still new to the Yankee way. Give him another month, and will he be trying to put everything in the upper deck. Every time we hit a home run, the odds are nobody is on base - because the guy before him was trying to hit a home run.
|Thirteen runs in five games before last night. Ugh.|
|When it comes to "cruel and unusual punishment," |
the state of Oklahoma has nothing on us.
I don't know what Joe Girardi or Brian Cashman can do to fix this listing, broken barge of a team. No bench player or prospect at Scranton will make a difference. Kevin Long won't restructure anybody's swing. Nobody's going to start beating the over-shifts. Last night, the YES announcers spoke of Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann possibly bunting to take advantage of defensive realignments so over-the-top that are practically an "in-your-face" dare, an insult. The announcers noted that these highly valued sluggers seldom bunt, so we cannot expect them to suddenly start bunting in games. Yeah, right. I guess we should also not expect them to practice bunting, too. That way, they can just keep merrily and haplessly swinging away. Maybe they'll hit a home run. Wouldn't want to miss that, eh?
But today, Tanaka! For one day, we have hope.