Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Overreactions and Conflict Put Damper on Cy Young Matchup

The Good

The Torrid Yankee offense put together 15 hits. 5 for extra bases!

The Bad

Well, Mitre was pretty much as advertised, and the mop up squad of Ramirez, Melancon and Dunn didn't exactly help get the Yankees back in the game.

I never knew how you could have 15 hits and only drive in 4 runs, but the Yankees showed us how last night.

The Ugly

By now, I'm sure everyone has heard or seen the fight that broke out. A couple pitchers threw at a couple of hitters, which is pretty much what you would call baseball. Posada got upset after Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson threw behind him about waist high. This was after Mark Melancon had drilled Aaron Hill in the back, and not for nothing but we got Hill good. Posada had some words with Carlson and the benches cleared, but nothing came of it. It happens, and it should have ended there. But then later, when Posada was crossing home plate on a double by Gardner, he threw a little forearm at Carlson who was backing up the throw on the play. Carlson swore at Posada, the umpire tossed Posada, Posada charged Carlson, and a brawl broke out. Though people have seriously exagerated Posada's elbow, the point of the matter is that nudge or not, he should have just crossed homeplate, gone to the dugout, and sat down. It really didn't need to be anything else. If Carlson was standing on homeplate, I could sort of understand it, but he wasn't. It was immature on Posada's part, and frankly I agree with what most beat writers are saying (See Pete Abe, Mark Feinsand, and Tyler Kepner) that the Yankees can't risk injuring one of their players because a middle reliever on a 4th place team threw behind you. Not to mention that it was in retaliation, and he did it cleanly (ie. he didn't throw at the head).

Carlson had a monster knot on his head after the brawl, and apparently Girardi has a bruise and a small cut over his ear. It was dumb.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run 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. No homeruns as Halladay did his thing, and the Yankees didn't.

Jorge Posada 21hr = $21.00
Hideki Matsui 24hr = $24.00
Derek Jeter 17hr = $17.00
Mark Teixeira 35hr = $35.00
Nick Swisher 27hr = $27.00
Robinson Cano 23hr = $23.00
Johnny Damon 24hr = $24.00
Melky Cabrera 12hr = $12.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 25hr = $25.00
Brett Gardner 3hr = $3.00
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $1.00
Eric Hinske 7hr = $7.00
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2hr = $2.00
Total = $222.00

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.

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