The Yankees completed the sweep of the Red Sox today in the Bronx (I had a couple friends over and we watched the game on TiVo after our company picnic, sorry for the delay folks.)
Huge series for the Bombers, great performance by Wang today, Schilling is washed up. There's really no need to go in depth, the Yankees flat outplayed the Sox in every facet of the game over the past three days.
Since there's no need to recap the game, I thought I'd spend a little time talking about the top of the ninth. In case you missed it, the Yanks tacked on three runs in the bottom of the eighth to stretch a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead. Joba Chamberlain had already pitched a scoreless eighth, so Joe left him in for the ninth, presumably, to get the kid his first save.
Chamberlain retired David Ortiz on one pitch, then up stepped Kevin Youkilis. Joba threw him a slider away for a ball, then a fastball for a strike. One-one count, one out, no one on base, then Joba threw a fastball over Youkilis' head. Youkilis made a sissy face, not shockingly, adjusted his gloves, and stepped back in. The next pitch was in the exact same spot. Angel Hernandez immediately threw Joba out of the game, for almost
hitting Youkilis. Youkilis obviously immediately started whining to the ump. Here's my contention, Joba was not trying to hit Youkilis. Here's why:
- Why Youkilis? Ortiz led off the inning, and like I said, "You hit our best, we hit your best." Hitting Youkilis as retaliation for Dice-K hitting A-Rod is idiotic, especially when Ortiz was up in a situation where plunking him wouldn't have jeopardized the game.
- Why wait until the count got to 1-1? To hide the fact that you're trying to bean him? If that's the case, then why throw at him twice in a row? Doesn't make sense.
- Like Erin at Blue Thoughts said, Joba has great control. If he was trying to hit him, and had two tries to do it, don't you think he would've gotten the job done? Angel Hernandez is an idiot, but not as much of an idiot as this guy.
Terry Francona's quote following the game, "If that young man was trying to get our attention, well, he's got it."
OOOOOOOOHHHHH!!! Scary stuff coming from Francona. Here's a news flash for you, if you needed one of your guys ALMOST getting hit to get your attention, you must not have been watching these past three games. The Yankees just beat your numbers 1, 2 and 3 starters, and didn't have much trouble doing so. Your offense looked pathetic against the Yankees numbers 1, 2 and 3 starters. That didn't get your attention? How about the fact that your team could've buried the Yankees. Maybe ended their season, had they won this series. Did that get your attention?
OK, let's say you're oblivious to the message sent by the sweep, and it did take Joba's two inside pitches to get the message across, what are you going to do about it? Should A-Rod worry the next time these teams meet? Are you going to hit him...again? Weren't you going to do that anyway? What, exactly are you going to do to Joba? You obviously can't score a run on him. Are you going to tell your team to hit the ball back up the middle, and maybe catch him with a grounder? Please. You're a moron, Francona. Your anger should be focused on your anemic offense, not on a 21 year-old kid who wasn't trying to hit your crybaby first baseman.
Here's the rub, Yankee fans. This team is very much alive in the A.L. East race. They're five games back with 28 to go, 3 of those against the Sox. It's not going to be easy (I think something like 20-8), but it is possible. The three aces just did their jobs against the Sox, now the future needs to arrive. Phil Hughes faces the D-Rays tomorrow night, hoping to make his first good start at the stadium, and Ian Kennedy makes his debut on Saturday. If the kids can keep it rolling, there's no reason the Yanks can't get this done.Player of The Game
: Chien-Ming Wang, 7 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 walks, 5 Ks.
Visual confirmation of crybaby Youkilis immediately whining to Angel Hernandez. (see comments for reason)
The Bitch (about 1 second after the pitch)