May 22, 2005
May 22nd @ The Mets
I missed the game today. So, I cannot offer too many comments - other than I enjoyed seeing Mango being denied a "W" yet again thanks to the Boys from the Bronx.
Instead of watching the game, I went to see Sparky Lyle's Somerset Patriots play (with the family of course!). You just cannot beat an experience where you walk up to the ballpark 45 minutes before the first pitch, and can buy four seats that are four rows behind the dugout, for a combined price that is less than the cost of one seat in the Loge at the Stadium. And, just to show support for the boys, our kids were dressed appropriately today:
Could a three and one-year old be dressed any better on a Sunday?
You know, Nettles' kid plays for the Patriots. Maybe on an off-day, he can come up to the Bronx and give A-Rod a refresher course on manning the hot corner? He seems to need it this year. (No complaints on his batting this season though. This is what I expected.)
On A-Rod, I saw that he called today the biggest regular-season win in his 1½ seasons with the Yankees (according to ESPN.com). Hey, Alex, I still have the stubs and parking lot ticket from 7/1/04. Should I send them to you to make you remember?
Nice to see Pavano get the win today. And, is the Giambi thing over yet? His last 10 ABs have not been impressive - have they? And, you can't blame them on rust - right? He played 5 days in a row (FT) coming into them.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 22, 2005 08:39 PM
Because SL has gone all James Lileks on us and put pictures of his children up today, and because this is a classy weblog, I will restrain my criticism of Yankees management to the following analogy:
Japan's big banks STILL have defaulted real estate loans from the early 90's on their balance sheets that they will not write off. No one's sure why: Pride (or honor, or face saving) is probably a major reason.
It's very hard to admit a mistake. Giambi was an artificially inflated (literally) asset that must be written off. I am in shock that Tino did not play yesterday.
The best player (certainly for the last month) is not playing due to non-baseball reasons. It does not reflect well on the Yankees.
Posted by: Jason O. at May 23, 2005 09:21 AM
Graig Nettles once said of Stein........
"The more we lose, the more Steinbrenner will fly in. And the more he flies, the better the chance there will be for a plane crash."
Maybe that's what the Yankees are doing with Giambi? The more he plays, the greater the chance he ends up on the DL?
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 23, 2005 10:57 AM
Great picture, cute kids!!
And I agree with you Steve, what the hell is A-Rod doing at 3B this year? He looks awful.
Posted by: Wahoo Sam at May 24, 2005 01:36 PM
FWIW, A-Rod did say something like that he was too worried about his D last year and it carried to the plate. And, he is hitting much better this year.........Paul D, in Moneyball, said this is the way to go......right?
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 24, 2005 02:03 PM
I believe the "plane crash" comment was attributed to Dock Ellis. He was traded shortly after that
Posted by: Raf at May 24, 2005 09:27 PM
Google shows lots of credits to Puff, FWIW.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 24, 2005 10:52 PM