"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Bricker-Bracker, Fire-Cracker, Sis, Boom, Bah…

As Grady Seasons said in “The Color of Money”: It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.

The Yanks lost nine-in-a-row to the Rays in Tampa coming into this afternoon’s game and had to deal with David Price. The Rays’ ace was on his game too, throwing his fastball in the upper 90s and breaking off a nasty slider and change-up to boot.

Now, whadda ya gunna do with that?

Not much. The Yanks didn’t put a runner on base until the fourth (a walk by Curtis Granderson), get their first hit until the fifth (and that runner was erased on an inning-ending double play), or put a run on the board until the seventh (a solo home run by Mark Teixeira). The score was tied, 1-1, on the strength of a good start by David Phelps.

After Teixeira’s homer, Alex Rodriguez doubled and with one out, Nick Swisher walked. Andruw Jones was at the plate when Rodriguez took off for third. The catcher stepped back and his hand knocked into the home plate umpire’s mask and the call came to do it over, a head-scratcher for sure. Jones flew out to right field and Rodriguez stole third with Russell Martin batting but was stranded there when Martin grounded out to short.

And that’s how it’s been for the Yanks in Tampa. Double-down on that, in fact, because Carlos Pena hit a long two-run home run against reliever Boone Logan in the bottom of the seventh. I would have taken more time to appreciate what an impressive shot it was if I hadn’t been so pissed off watching it sail into the seats.

That put the Rays up, 3-1 and well, this Fourth of July party looked to be another dud for the Yankees.

Relief came in the form of an old friend, however, one Kyle Fransworth who walked the bases loaded in the eighth inning. He did strike out Derek Jeter but the bases were juiced for Rodriguez. Now, I’m sure there was some joking going on for Yankee fans watching at home. And those jokes turned to groans when Rodriguez swung through a 2-1 fastball around his shoulders. The count went full and Rodriguez took a slider off the outside corner for ball four and an RBI. It was a close pitch but it was a ball.

That knocked Farnsworth out of the game and narrowed Tampa’s lead to 3-2. Jake McGee, a lefty, replaced him and got ahead of Robinson Cano. Made him looked silly on one swing. But on the 2-2 pitch, a fastball, low and over the plate, Cano delivered a hard-hit ball up the middle, good for a base hit and a couple of RBI and the Yanks were ahead. He was right on the pitch and nailed it.

Never mind that they reloaded the bases two more times (Martin, who is in the depths off a miserable slump, flew out to end the eighth; Cano hit a bullet line drive to deep center to end the top of the ninth), David Robertson worked around a two out walk in the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched a clean ninth to give the Yanks a satisfying 4-3 win.

Reason to cheer. The Boss would be happy.

[Photo Credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images; Mike Carlson/AP]


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1 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 4, 2012 7:01 pm

Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny, rah, rah, rah! Come on boys!

Bugs playing basketball with himself. Classic.

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 4, 2012 8:02 pm

Wow, I missed the Krazy Kyle adventure. Game thread must have been humming, will check it out later.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 4, 2012 9:08 pm
4 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 4, 2012 11:02 pm

Have you guys noticed that A-Rod does this thing after a Soriano save, where he goes over and helps to pull Sori's shirt out a little more.

It's pretty cute. And I suppose it's a validation.

5 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 4, 2012 11:07 pm

[3] I still don't get the McDonald move. They have someone who is, right now anyway, a better, Wiser version of McDonald. Now they have to send Phelps down....

If Ol' McDonald can't hit in Fenway on a team starving for offense, what's he going to do for the Yankees.

6 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 4, 2012 11:12 pm

Holy crap. I drove to a fourth party and had the game on the radio. We got there around the top of the 6th with the Yanks down 1-0 still. It's crazy reading a game recap and not being sure of the outcome. Whatta comeback!

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Jul 4, 2012 11:16 pm

Hah! I just watched The Color of Money again the other night for the first time in years. I loved that guy as Grady Seasons. He was a real pool player, but it was a fictitious name - real name was Keith McCready. He wore some seriously hideous outfits in that flick.

8 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 5, 2012 1:14 am

[7] I love the scene with Forest Whitaker, when he hustles Newman. At one point he says something, like "Tell, me, do you think I need to lose weight?"

9 RIYank   ~  Jul 5, 2012 6:26 am

Forest Whitaker was my favorite actor at the time. I know "Color of Money" was his first big gig, but then "Good Morning Vietnam", "Platoon", and of course "Bird" (can't remember what order). I lost track of him after that.
"The Color of Money" was so good, it was a worthy sequel to "The Hustler", and that doesn't happen so much.

10 RIYank   ~  Jul 5, 2012 6:38 am

[5] Darnell is right handed and has a little power, which makes him more valuable this weekend. And maybe they'll play him in the Fenway outfield. And maybe after that he'll be gone -- I wouldn't be surprised. I bet David Phelps spends more time on the 25-man than McDonald does.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 5, 2012 12:52 pm

[9] "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai", "The Last King of Scotland"; yunnow, no big deal >;)

12 NoamSane   ~  Jul 5, 2012 1:05 pm

[9] [11] Another vote for "Ghost Dog".

13 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 5, 2012 1:54 pm

That's a nomination for classic scene stealer by Forrest Whitaker.

Grady looks like George Thorogood's cousin in that.

I love Paul Newman in that movie.

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