Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yankees Push Over, Let Rays Drive

The Good

Hughes pitched pretty well. Jeter showed that he's been taking acting tips from Minka.

The Bad

Another loss, another day in second place. For whatever reason, the Yankees are a different team without Swish and Gardner. I suspect Swish more than Gardner. Swish has some pop and can hit the ball out of the infield. Gardner basically runs really fast. That's cool, but you can't score a man from second on an infield single.

The Ugly

The New York Times is reporting that criminals in New York are often wearing Yankees caps when they commit their crimes.

The average mugging in New York goes something like this:

[Mugger approaches wearing Yankees cap]

Mugger: Give me all your money!

Victim: Okay. Here. Hey do you know the score?

Mugger: Yeah, the Yanks won. CC went 8, only gave up 2 runs.

Victim: Mo closed it?

Mugger: No, he was unavailable after pitching the last two days. Robertson closed.

Victim: Thanks.

Of course, the causal connections are unclear. Does wearing a Yankees hat, by endowing you with the team's sense of entitlement, make you feel like you can get away with any crime? Do the crimes generally happen after Yankee losses, in which case they are totally understandable? Could it be that the criminals simply live in New York? There's no way to tell.

Regardless, the best sentence in the article is the following: "The Queens robbery suspect was last seen with a Yankees cap on his head." Damn. Robbed in Queens by a guy with a Yankees hat? That's just adding insult to injury. Touche.

Those Acting Classes Are Finally Paying Off

With Jeter on base after his HBP, Granderson hit a two-run home run, putting the Yankees ahead for an entire half inning.

Posada 18hr = $36
Granderson 18hr = $36
Cano 27hr = $54
Swisher 26hr = $52
Jeter 10hr = $20
Johnson 2hr = $4
Rodriguez 23hr = $46
Teixeira 30hr = $60
Thames 11hr = $22
Gardner 5hr = $10
Winn 1hr = $2
Miranda 3hr = $6
Curtis 1hr = $2
Kearns 2hr = $4
Nunez 1hr = $2
Total = $356


Fernando Alejandro said...

I saw that article. Wasn't sure what to make of it either.

Rich Mahogany said...

Maybe Jay-Z should change his lyrics to "I made the Yankee hat more famous than a distressingly large percentage of the criminal population who wear them while committing crimes (the sociological connections between the Yankee cap and said crimes remain unclear) can."

After the Times explains why criminals wear Yankee caps, next it can tackle why so many people leave the stickers on their caps.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I'm sure Jay-Z can still somehow make that line work.

Amazing reporting by the NYT on this one. People in New York being mugged by people wearing New York hats is an anamoly well worthy of print.

Rich Mahogany said...

I agree that this is riveting, hard-hitting journalism by the Times. In related news, Ben Affleck taught me that criminals in Boston eschew hats entirely in favor of dressing up as nuns.