There is absolutely nothing in this life like getting your rear end handed to you by the Miguel Tejada-less Baltimore Orioles. A-Rod hit a homerun his first game back to account for the only offense the Yankees had tonight. I guess that's alright. The only good, and this is just sheer speculation, is that the Yankees can call this rock bottom and turn it around from here. I would have called the two game sweep by the Mets against our two best pitchers the rock bottom, but that's just me. Who knows, maybe tomorrow they lose 20 - 2 and tonights game will look like they really hustled.
Pick any category and I can tell you the bad. Offense? How's 2 RBI's in 5 of our last 6 games. Cano still can't hit, and Cabrera is still slumping. Damon is extremely lackluster at the top of that lineup. Jeter's doubleplay ball in the first took out any chance of us scoring after a horrible first. 7 hits and only 1 for extra bases. Pitching? How's 2/3 of an inning from our starter Mike Mussina. Or the 12 runs given up by the parade of pitchers tonight. Defense? Well, that goes into the ugly.
Derek Jeter's awful throw in the first cost the Yankees 6 unearned run. He seemed upset that Cano wasn't covering the bag at second, which he should have been, but that's a routine throw to first. Make that extremely routine play, and you're out of the inning with 1 run. If Damon remembers how to field a routine fly ball, that's another 2 unearned runs that don't score. Mariano having to pitch the last inning of this game was a disgrace.
Jeter got hit by a pitch and is day to day...at least Hawkins backed him up. I'm done with these brush back pitches though. Someone just needs to get pegged.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. The only good thing about tonight is that A-Rod hasn't lost his swing. That's one more for the cause:
Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 5hr = $5.00
Hideki Matsui 6 hr = $6.00
Bobby Abreu 5hr = $5.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 8hr = $8.00
Johnny Damon 5hr = $5.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 4hr = $4.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 2hr = $2.00
Total = $45.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.