Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Posted by Alphonso at 10:58 AM
So I settle back into my bark-a lounger and dial up the Yankee game.
At first I thought; " This is great. An olde fashioned pitchers' duel. Tension on every pitch. No margin for error on defense."
Then, I realized something else; this Yankee team cannot hit and, by definition, cannot hit when it matters ( in the clutch for those new to baseball).
We surged ahead in the bottom of the 5th, to lead 2-1. I didn't actually notice how we scored that run. Nonetheless, as I poured another re-fill from my pitcher of, "Crown Royal manhattans," it hit me;
"The 2 Run Limit."
The Yankees had already reached it and, unless we could pitch shut-out baseball through the 9th, we were going to lose. We don't ever win at home when we go into extra innings. Because, due to baseball folklore ( and who does the predictable thing more often than Girardi?), we will have used both Betances and Miller to keep the game tied for us, so we could walk-it-off in the bottom of the 9th.
Only thing is, we never win in that scenario. Maybe if it is 12-12. But not if it is 2-2, and the Yankees haven't threatened for 2 hours.
So I watched pointlessly as the zeros mounted. I think the Yankees always went out 1-2-3. Maybe I missed one inning when a Yankee reached base. But nothing happened. Not a damn thing. My adrenaline never once wiggled ( until I noticed the manhattan pitcher was on empty ). There was not a second of positive expectation for the Yankees.
Didi made two great defensive plays. I remember them.
Next thing I know, the 2-2 tie proceeds as I surmised, and now we are into the 10th and 11th, with the Scranton no names, replacing our real relievers.
It is so inevitable. And so draining.
My anticipation for watching a Yankee game is like looking forward to dusting the attic.
A-Rod added to his statistical collection ( a hit, an rbi ). What else matters?
I wonder how Mason Williams is doing?