Monday, August 9, 2021

HoraceClarke66: “I’m Not There.” Or here. Or anywhere, really.

 From the tortured homelife of HoraceClark66...

With apologies to Bob Dylan.

 Yesterday’s defeat at the hands of the Mariners was more than just another, numbing loss to a fellow contender in what has become the eternal Yankees race for a Wild-Card Play-In spot. 

 It was lost because the two men who were supposed to be the pillars of the next Yankees dynasty played as though there was somewhere else they would rather be and something else they would rather be doing.

 First there was Gleyber Torres, injuring himself—perhaps badly—by sliding into second base, hand-first, in the fourth inning. This was despite the fact that there was no throw on the play. And despite the fact that The Gleyber has already hurt himself, badly, by sliding headfirst, delaying his entrance to the majors by a year and perhaps costing us the 2017 World Series.

Next came Aaron Judge, taking the scenic country route to a flyball that Lou Piniella would’ve put in his pocket, and letting it fall for what proved to be the game-winning hit. 

 Judge ensured it would be so an inning later when, as the tying run at the plate, he calmly regarded a ball right down the pike to end the game.

 There were plenty of other contributors to yesterday’s loss on this thoroughly unmotivated Yankees team, including Rougned Odor dropping a one-hop grounder to his glove, and Lucas the Lassitudinous Lugnut turning in his usual, sterling performance.

 But Gleyber and Judge were supposed to be the next superstars, the guys who carried this Yankees team to glory.

 It’s becoming clear that’s never going to happen. Torres is simply terrible, his mysterious decline stretching to almost two seasons now. Judge, by contrast, has proved to be a good, all-around ballplayer (when he can stay on the field).

 But it’s hard to believe that either one of them will ever carry this team—that they will ever give us those big Babe/ Lou/ Joe/ Yogi/ Mickey/ Reggie/ Jeter moments needed to take these Yankees to the next level.

 Sure, time and legend exaggerate, and there were plenty of games in which Reg or The Mick or even The Bambino went for the big, game-winning homer and ended up fanning the air.

 But they were in there swinging. They had their heads in the game, instead of…wherever. They didn’t lead a disinterested, distracted, disengaged team that only seemed to reflect their own inattention.

 Maybe it will turn out that both The Gleyber and Judge have some terrible things going on in their private lives that keep them from paying much attention to their day jobs. If so, I will feel terrible (I won’t, really, but I’d like to think I would.).

 But our attempt to import leadership in the form of Anthony Rizzo has already failed. It’s past time for one of our supposed superstars to step up and play like they really mean it.

75 comments:

ranger_lp said...

For those who didn't watch yesterday, Gleyber had the over mitt on the left hand. He slid into second base with his right hand. In the words of Bill Burr "Now you're thinking!"

ranger_lp said...

oven=over

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


Hoss:

a. To back you up: You would think a guy with Judge's talent would be ready to swing with a 2-strike count, if just a Gardner-in-his-prime attempt to spoil a pitch he does not like. I don't know what freezing in a clutch situation like that does for us, or for him. I know Reggie would have taken a almighty huge swing (and probably missed) in that sitch.

b. My frustration with ballplayers on the NYYs -- and maybe other teams, but I don't follow them -- is their incredible ability to take a 2-and-0 pitch and pop it up, or ground into a DP. Ditto the first pitch of an at-bat.

Also, after the guy ahead of you walks on an 8-pitch AB, you swing at the first pitch??? You probably should give the pitcher a chance to dig himself a deeper hole, but IF YOU DO swing at that first pitch -- it had better be PRECISELY the pitch you want and expect . . . you should bury the freaking thing.

YES: Swinging and missing sucks, all of these strikeouts are horrid. But swinging at a pitch for which you should be totally prepared, as a professional baseball player, and doing NOTHING with it on a favorable count is . . . well, a sin.

I know hitting a baseball isn't easy. I also know Gleyber and Aaron J don't have to be freaking heroes to impose some discipline on themselves. "It's 2-and-0, I'm only going to swing if I can really drive the heck out of the thing," might be the thought in the forebrain.

The scary part is that they might be thinking that way, and yet still seem to accomplish nothing. Who can know if that's the case? If it is with Gleyber, well -- whatever happens to him, I am sorry . . . because I had high hopes. Would he hit better if not stressed out playing shortstop???

c. When the NYYs were wonderful, there was wonderful pitching. I attended many games in the late 1960s (awful) and into the 1970s (better and better). Sparky Lyle made me smile when he came out of the bullpen. Louisiana Lighting was nothing short of amazing.

Yeah, Gossage was very good. But it was hard to smile seeing that guy's demeanor.

Even freaking Ed Figueroa was something to watch: 34 games started, 256 innings pitched, 19-and-10 record, 3.02 ERA -- with 14 COMPLETE GAMES. That was in 1976.

Yes, they don't do CGs any more. But it wasn't deep in history, before WWII. Eddy also had a bunch of complete games in 1977 and 1978 -- 38 all told in the 3 years 76-78.

AND: We all remember Mariano, don't we?

I look at Gil and Lasagna as pieces to keep going forward. I thought Deivi might be another, be maybe he ain't. Perhaps Severino? The rest of them are getting older OR exhibiting unadulterated Suckitude, and maybe some are being misused.

Maybe Cole got too much money. Maybe they can get a really good motor scooter and some gasoline in exchange for Chapman.

If I'm on the money on this, 2 or 3 good-to-wonderful pitchers are not going to change things. You need 6 or 7, doncha? With the way Cashmoney wheels and deals, and with the way the team's pitching coaches (at all levels) apparently really need to go back to pumping gas for a living (it's possible that the coaches ruined Deivi....) --- well, it's gonna take more than 1-2 years to build a respectable staff.

TheWinWarblist said...

Recovering from COVID is not going to improve the play of Judge or Torres or Rizzo. It's exhausting. Such dumbasses. I have worked in COVID infested hospitals for 16 months AND I HAVE MANAGED TO STAY UNINFECTED BECAUSE NOT A FUCKING OVERPAID MEATHEAD, THOSE FUCKERS!!!!!

DickAllen said...

When the Yankees are on the cusp of sweeping a series, like they have on a number of occasions recently, they have a nasty habit of falling asleep at the worst time. They simply phoned it in yesterday. What a bunch of_____________________________.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Good point, Winnie you marvelous physician!

And yeah, Joe FOB, I could not agree more.

While Reggie still holds the all-time record for strikeouts with 2,597, he averaged a little under124 a season, which I doubt would get him into the top 20 in the AL today. Jackson always seemed to have a plan when he went to the plate, and he thought constantly about hitting.

Even in his most famous fail on a big stage, being struck out by Bob Welch in Game Two of the 1978 World Series, it took Welch 9 pitches. And Reggie learned and adjusted. Two games later, in extra innings, he shortened his swing and hit a single against Welch, putting a runner on second, from where Piniella drove him home. Three games after that, he hit a long home run to wrap up the Series clincher in Game Six.

I have never seen any Yankee on this current team—with the exceptions of LeMahieu, and Gardy back in the old days—take such studied approaches to the game.

Some interesting stats on pitching tomorrow!

ranger_lp said...

More roster moves...

Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:
•Placed INF Gleyber Torres on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain.
•Recalled RHP Nick Nelson (#79) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
•Signed INF Andrew Velazquez (#71) to a Major League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

TheWinWarblist said...

Also prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees made the following roster move:
-The Yankees organization applied a rotatory cheese grater to the gonads of their entire fanbase.




FUCKERS.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

Lol

HoraceClarke66 said...

Huh. Imagine if we had Thairo Estrada (.303, .824). Or Hoy Park (.320, .850).

But why would we want those guys, when we have Tyler Wade? (.231, .584; .198, .577 lifetime)

JM said...

Disgusted.

TheWinWarblist said...

Gio has had a "little" setback. He won't be on this trip. Some fellow named Serverinioio is going to pitch in the minors? Like I care.

JM said...

Not a great lineup.

Anonymous Bosch said...

As much as I try to cling to the positive aspects of what used to be Brett Gardner, batting him first is utterly perverse. At least he coaxed a walk...

HoraceClarke66 said...

Is Ma Boone physically chained to the dugout? LeMahieu just hit two consecutive balls that looked like they might be out, and the umps are now consulting about it.

But somehow, Boone is still in the dugout, neither asking for a clarification of the rules or trying to establish where either ball hit.

Maybe he has arthritis or something.

Anonymous Bosch said...

"The Yankees have established a franchise record with 41 injured-list stints this season" says Hoch, ignoring that we still have eight more weeks to see what more damage can be done.

Hey, JM - just you and me again. I read your blog to which you haven't contributed for over seven years - too bad, as I really enjoyed it, especially it premise.

TheWinWarblist said...

How the FUCK did we end up with no infielders!?

JM said...

Bosch, I had a blog? Was that the ass crack blog?

Anonymous Bosch said...

JM: you got it!

TheWinWarblist said...

Of course it was JM, of course.


We will definitely lose this game. The Yankees haven't scored in 17 innings. Because the whole franchise reeks.

Anonymous Bosch said...

Jesus, this is like watching paint dry, or grass grow. Crabgrass.

JM said...

Bosch, however did you find that? I had actually forgotten it existed.

I think the Yankees miss Rizzo. Gio, too, but Rizzo more. When was the last time you saw anyone else on this team choke up when he has two strikes on him? Just trying to get a hit, and not swinging for the fences like Voit?

TheWinWarblist said...

Isn't review of the replay supposed to HELP THE FUCKING UMPIRES CALL THINGS CORRECTLY !!!?!?!?!?!?!?

JM said...

Of course, my comment meant Voit would get a hit.

Anonymous said...

Voit is adriot!

Doug K.

Anonymous Bosch said...

JM: If you click on the username of some IIH… contributors (especially the usual suspects) it takes you to a blogger link. When I click on “JM” it opens a profile page which tells me that you contribute to IIH, Ass Crack, and #TruncatedLyrics (which is empty).

Some games are so soul-crunchingly boring that I look at other sites, and I read most of the Ass Crack posts. Great writing and social commentary!

It was also fascinating to learn about 13Bit and his production company. Interesting blog there, too.

JM said...

How about that? Bit has a production company? Who knew?

TheWinWarblist said...

I'm not giving any of my fucking cars to any fucking kids.

TheWinWarblist said...

Umm, JM, we all knew that? Pretty sure, we all did. Company's called 13bit?

TheWinWarblist said...

A single. Pitcher error, the a balk. You didn't think we had a chance to win?

Anonymous Bosch said...

Why does Voit always make me think of Bavarian Weisswurst?

Anonymous said...

So let me see if I have this right...

Judge scores. Is called out.

Valazques (sp) walks. Is called out.

Lasagna is given a phantom balk. KC ties the game.

Boone is tossed before he even gets on the field.

Hmmmnnn. Draft Kings?

Doug K.

Anonymous said...


"Why does Voit always make me think of Bavarian Weisswurst?"

Sounds like a player from the 1800's

Doug K.

Anonymous said...

Judge's foot was elevated when the tag was applied. The called third strike on Vazquez nicked the upper right corner of the electronic strike zone. Rewind your DVR, Doug K.

Anonymous said...

Don't have one.

Doug K.

13bit said...

That company was real, but it has not been active for 10 years. We made four movies and then it blew up. I just happen to use it here because it’s my only Google account. I hate Google. I have been taking photos and writing for the last 10 years. I’ll point you towards my other websites tomorrow, when I’m not in bed. Let me know who wins.

Anonymous Bosch said...

We'll wake the kids and phone the neighbours.

JM said...

Well, I didn't know about Bit. Or I forgot. Lot of brain cells gone over time.

ranger_lp said...

Luke!!!

Anonymous Bosch said...

I was thinking "How can we screw this up?" just as the announcer said "Zack Britton is warming up."

JM said...

Voit proving me wrong. Happily.

JM said...

Goddamn it.

Anonymous Bosch said...

Just like Chinese Water Torture.

ranger_lp said...

Fuck

Anonymous Bosch said...

I mean: Just like the dreaded Chinese Water Torture.

JM said...

Higgy got beat twice.

ranger_lp said...

Anyone think this run survives the bottom of the inning?

JM said...

Holmes has been good. Maybe.

JM said...

Wow, Gardner too.

Anonymous Bosch said...

Grampa's off his rocker!

JM said...

Lol!!

JM said...

Didn't Joey Gallo get gunned down outside of Sparks steakhouse in the 80s? I was working late just up Third Ave. at the time. We watched all the cop cars convene there.

Mustang said...

Just got here and looking back over this thread... and nobody snickered at the name Dick Lovelady?? Am I the last one left in 3rd grade?

ranger_lp said...

Yes but it 70s @ Umbertos

Anonymous Bosch said...

Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy, whilst celebrating his 43rd birthday in 1972.

JM said...

Was another guy at Sparks. Paul Castellano.

Anonymous Bosch said...

John Gotti ordered hits on two of Gambino’s guys at Spark’s in December 1985. Must have been that.

JM said...

Mustang, I think Lovelady is it's own joke.

Holmes making it interesting. Not in a good way.

JM said...

That's it, Bosch.

JM said...

Oh fuck.

ranger_lp said...

@JM maybe not…

JM said...

That's it for me. Going to bed.

Jesus Christ.

Anonymous said...

"Anything you can do, I can do better ..."

BernBabyBern said...

This game is going to go 49 innings and end up 93-92.

HoraceClarke66 said...

This new rule work so well at limiting extra inning games.

Anonymous said...

Susan just said 350 pitches. Still top of the 11th.

Doug K.

Anonymous Bosch said...

Stanton - 0 for 5 - ends the top of the 11th. What an asset he's been!

DickAllen said...

Good thing the Royals suck

DickAllen said...

And it’s beginning to look like the Yankees suck too

ranger_lp said...

Finally…

HoraceClarke66 said...

4 hours and 52 minutes. And Rougned manages to snow-cone this one. Hey, a win is a win.

The magic number is 20.

DickAllen said...

Goodnight all!

That are still awake

BernBabyBern said...

Well, winning dumpster-fire games is better than losing dumpster-fire games.

So, progress.

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


Record-setter! From piece on MLB.com on the dumpster fire:

With a relentless offense, the Royals became the first team in the Modern Era to erase a deficit in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings of the same game.

- - -

So there's that.

Kevin said...

Got to hand it to 2/3 of team which is the Yankees. But surely this can't go on, RIGHT?