Oh, my. The day got off to a sour start when I heard that Yogi had fallen and wouldn’t be at Old Timer’s Day. So glad he’s okay, but still. Then I learned I was blacked out by Fox and had to watch Yankees-Rays on Fox’s Spanish station, which would have been fine except that I don’t speak a word of Spanish. And then I switched to the MLB app on my phone and heard John Sterling say that A.J. was coming out of the game because of “lacerations on his hands; that he tripped up the stairs en route from the clubhouse and tried to break his fall on the concrete floor.” Well, Spanish or English, if anyone believed that, I have two words for you: Kevin Brown.
We all get frustrated. We all want to punch something at times. But you’re pitching for the New York Yankees with former Yankee greats in attendance, on a day full of tributes to Steinbrenner and Sheppard, when you’re supposed to be doing your best against the contending Rays, and you slam your hands against plexi-glass doors between innings because you’re feeling “out of whack?” And you thought we’d buy your “I fell” excuse?
I really hope A.J. learns from this experience and that his teammates express their displeasure but then move on. There’s a division to conquer and today represented a setback. It wasn’t all A.J.’s fault either. It was nice to see Jeter finally get a hit, but where’s he been? And when will we have an effective bullpen? I tip my cap to the Rays for outperforming us today, but giving up 10 runs is pretty lame.