Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Yanks Take Opener from Os, Posada Allergic to Guthrie

The Good

Sabathia threw 8 innings of one-run ball. Randy Winn remembered he was a major leaguer and hit a three-run home run. No batters were harmed in the making of this Jeremy Guthrie start.

The Bad

One batter was harmed in the making of this Jeremy Guthrie start. Posada left the game after the fifth with a strained calf. How the calf got into Yankee Stadium is still a mystery, but the renowned animal lover, Posada, wanted to make sure it got back to its family.

The Ugly

While Sabathia left this start in a much brighter mood than his last against the Orioles, he blatantly disrespected the game in the seventh when he tried to show up home-plate umpire, Bill Hohn.

Sabathia, frustrated with the strike zone, threw his arms in the air, yelled something, walked up to Hohn and demonstrated how one calls a strike, then he drew an imaginary box with his throwing hand where the strike zone should be and told Hohn that when a pitch is in that box, he needed to call a strike as Sabathia had just demonstrated. Sabathia then stood in the batters box glaring at the hitter, just to show him up too. Then, when Girardi came out to calm him down, he grabbed Girardi's cap and used all 6'7" of him to play keep away. This lasted for five minutes.

"I don't care about baseball," explained Sabathia after the game. "I care that my money gets paid to me via direct deposit and that I get the chance to talk to all my friends on opposing teams. That's why I play."

This edition of 'The Ugly' brought to you by Tracy Ringolsby

Wow, Your Stance Is Weird

Despite a fairly awkward looking batting stance, Randy Winn managed to hit a three-run bomb, totally taking the wind out of the sails of the hapless (save when they play the BoSox) Orioles.

Posada 5hr = $5
Granderson 2hr = $2
Cano 9hr = $9
Swisher 3hr = $3
Jeter 4hr = $4
Johnson 1hr = $1
Rodriguez 2hr = $2
Teixeira 2hr = $2
Thames 1hr = $1
Gardner 1hr = $1
Winn 1hr = $1
Total = $31


Rich Mahogany said...

YES is abusing its "YES-MO" slow motion gimmick. It was cool at first, but now YES is using it for everything and the slow-mo is slow to the point of being disturbing. I don't want to see Cano's face ripple as he turns a double play. This isn't Raging Bull.

Ensberg wrote a good critique of the Ringolsby article. I took another look at the article and noticed that Ringolsby has since edited the article. He put in a few paragraphs about ARod's PED use, but even they didn't make any sense. He also deleted the part about how wrong it is for players on opposing teams to talk to each other.

The really frightening thing, though, is that Ensberg pointed out that Ringolsby is in the Hall of Fame. Ringolsby is to HOF writers as Jim Rice is to HOF players.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

When I first read the article, I couldn't believe this guy was a HOF baseball writer. Granted, one column should not speak for an entire corpus, but as best I can tell, everyone thinks he's crazy. I don't know what is required to become a HOF writer, but I gotta think I qualify at this point.

lady gaganonymous said...

Yeesh. At least Gammons was important in a pre-internet era when it came to baseball reporting and he's far from stupid, just a homer.

Randy Winn really DOES have a stupid stance.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Agreed on Gammons.

Rob B said...

"then he drew an imaginary box with his throwing hand where the strike zone should be and told Hohn that when a pitch is in that box"

Did CC really do that? I missed the game last night, which is why I ask. But I kept thinking as I read this that it is all farce; especially since I remember one former Boston-Met-Philly pitcher who really did do that in a game.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

No, I made up the whole tirade. It would've been great if he had though. That's the best tirade ever.

Rob B said...

Well, you sort of made it up. It did happen, but it was some jerk pitcher from the Dominican that did it, not CC. That's why I figured it didn't really happen last night.