Derek Jeter was robbed on the first play of the game last night, which set the tone for the evening as the the Bombers fell to the lowly Royals, 5-3 in Kansas City. Robinson Cano made a key error, Tony Womack got himself picked off of first to thwart a rally in the seventh, and the Yankees managed only five hits all night (including two doubles by Bernie Williams and a dinger–yes a long ball–by Godziller Matsui). They chased “Baby-faced Finster” Grenike early enough but then didn’t do anything against the Royals’ bullpen. Oy veh. It was one of those games. The kind where I find myself getting way too emotional about things I’ve got absolutely no control over, grinding my teeth, mumbling to myself. So, without getting irrational about it, let’s just say that it was a discouraging performance by the Yanks.
While I’m moaning, in the late edition of the New York Times sports section today, there is a tiny picture of Greinke, a slightly larger one of Jose Reyes and a huge one of Johnny Damon. I know the Times owns a piece of the Red Sox, but for a regular season game, that editorial choice was insulting for New York baseball fans. However, there is a nice piece of a great Yankee fan in the Metro section, which makes up for the papers’ New Englandish disposition.