Monday, April 5, 2010

Yankees Drop Opener

The Good

Posada scored the first run of the season on a home run in the second inning. Curtis Granderson also hit a home run in the same inning, coming on his first at-bat as a Yankee. The offense was alive and well, limiting Beckett to 4.2 innings of work and making his children cry.

The Bad

As Sabathia put it, he "nibbled too much." Sabathia continued, "By the end of the fifth, I was hungry. I had a bag of Cheez-its and Fig Newtons in my glove, and I was just nibbling too much, hands got greasy, left some balls over the plate. I was also upset because every time Jorge would toss the ball back to me he'd crush my Cheez-its. He didn't have to throw so hard, you know?"

The Ugly

As Granderson headed to the dugout after his second inning home run, one less than impressed Red Sox fan yelled out to him, "You suck, Granderson!" Granderson, seeing his first opportunity to get involved in the rivalry retorted, "Oh yeah, well you live in Boston and I live in New York City." The whole stadium fell silent as the realization of the inferiority of their city hit the Boston fans. Most didn't even cheer on the win from their home town team, too depressed to even bother.

"I spoke to him about it afterward," said Girardi to a distraught Boston media. "Sometimes, when you're in the thick of it, you say things that, while true, you don't mean. I told Granderson it's okay to strike back, but you don't need to go that far. You're trying to razz them, not hurt them."

Respect Jeter's Gangster Is for the Children

The Yanks lead the Majors with two home runs, one each from Granderson and Posada. I actually have no idea what's going on on the donations front, so I'm just going to tally some numbers and let my brother figure that out.

Posada 1hr = $1
Granderson 1hr = $1
Total = $2


Rich Mahogany said...

Nice recap. I think "The Ugly" should have included the fact that the game started at 8:00, since Yankees/Sox games go on like cricket matches.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I hate the ESPN start times. One of my biggest pet peeves. But after you've watched an entire ESPN broadcast of a Yankees game, there are so many other things to be pissed about that the late start completely slipped my mind.

Rich Mahogany said...

Fortunately for me, the game was also on YES. YES is always a major improvement over ESPN, even if I'm increasingly convinced that Al Leiter has Asperger's Syndrome.

lady gaganonymous said...

ESPN New York has already declared the season over, the bullpen terrible, and Granderson a bust. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

hey Rick, "YES is always a major improvement over ESPN"- not in red sox land. No Yes, no ESPN. NESN, only NESN! The life of a Yankees fan in Massachusetts.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I spent a lot of years in MA, and NESN is not fun, though I don't mind Remy so much, since he doesn't really call the game as much as make inside jokes, play the Manny cut-off tape, and play the fan getting hit with pizza tape.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Beckett has signed a four year extension worth $68M. Good move by the Red Sox? What do you think?

Rich Mahogany said...

It's a good move for the Sox. Four years is not a terribly long time for a 30-year old pitcher, the money is comparable to the Burnett/Lackey deals, and Beckett has shown that he is a reliable performer in the AL East.

He also the right mix of personal qualities that make him a perfect fit on the Sox. Of course, I consider all those qualities to be those of a douchebag, but to each his own.

Nathan said...

Any opinion on Sterling's "Something sort of grandish!" Granderson call.

It left this listener cold.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I didn't hear the call, but just reading that is awful. It must sound like punching a baby panda in the face. That's awful.

Rich Mahogany said...

Something sweet,
Something sort of grandish
Sweeps my soul
When thou art near.
My heart feels so sugar candish
My hand feels so ginger beer.

This song should not be associated with any Yankee player ever. Curse you John Sterling. Curse you.

Rich Mahogany said...

Another aside: RJG deserves credit for scooping the rest of the media on Jeter's answers to questions for the rest of the season. His statement from last night:

"It's only one game. If it's something that happens continually over a long period of time, you might start to worry about it, but not after one day."

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Yep, we've always been prescient like that. That's why the establishment tries to hold us down.

lady gaganonymous said...

lol @ Sterling's Granderson HR call