FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS

Monday, August 15, 2016

Severino sobers the last-ditch hopes

Last-ditch hope is a weird concept. It's the feeling you have after she dumped you, but then the phone rings, and for a moment, you're absolutely sure it's her. It's the sense you have that, even though you're lying paralyzed on the side of the road at 2 a.m., the hobo rifling through your wallet is looking for a phone to call 911. It's the belief that all the polls are wrong, and you're going to win in a landslide, just like in the movies.

In the movies, last-ditch hopes come true.

Well, we're down to our final ditches. Sorry to be so bi-polar, but right now, every loss is a Lou "The Toe" Groza 50-yard field goal attempt directly to the balls. Today, the Yankees are a measly three games above .500 - five behind Boston in the Wild Card race - with 45 left to play.

Either we win the three game series with Toronto, or we should kiss the last-ditch vestige of last-ditch hopes goodbye. Right? If we lose this series, it's over, right? The phone rings, and we don't run to answer, right?

Ah, but that's not how last-ditch hope works, is it? Nope, we'll tell ourselves that we still have 42 games left, and there remains a mathematical chance that the Yankees win 12 in a row, led by Ray Milland and a secret wood-repellent potion, or some 12-year-old whose arm became super-charged by elbow surgery. Once again, Lucy will set the ball in place, and we will imagine that we are Lou The Toe.

But then comes Luis Severino... Mr. Reality Check.

Last spring, Sevy perked my greatest 2016 scenarios. He'd become our ace, our breakout pitcher, our all-star starter, our Pedro. When a certain ESPN pundit projected him as bullpen chum, the Yankiverse erupted with fury: More proof of the Yankee-hating media. At 21, Severino was poised to take NYC by storm.

Well, at 22, Severino is heading back to Scranton.. Of course, the key is "22" - he's two years younger than the "kids" now playing OF. Still, watching Severino get cuffed around by a slappy Rays lineup - ugh - not this year.

My last-ditch hopes just fell into the last and deepest ditch.

2 comments:

ranger_lp said...

Sevy needs to be a setup man. I've seen this script before....

Anonymous said...

PAINFUL TO WATCH AS A STARTER.....A REVELATION AS A RELIEVER..... REMINDS ME EXACTLY OF PHIL HUGHES.....REMEMBER HOW GOOD HUGHES WAS OUT OF THE PEN THAT ONE YEAR?.... WHY CAN'T OUR YOUNG PITCHERS LEARN A DECENT THIRD PITCH, AND USE IT!?..... WITHOUT IT, IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, YOU JUST WON'T CUT IT....MAYBE YOU CAN IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, BUT NOT THE AL......