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“Sold Out” Crowd


It was a dark and dreary night. Suddenly, the bottom fell out…

And that’s as far as I could go with this game before lapsing into headache-inducing ennui as we watched the home team; already missing Jacoby Ellsbury due to a sore hand, bore the peanut gallery with mediocre at-bats and mainly apathetic play.  Oh sure, Teix hit his second homer in two games and was on base more often than not, and sure Solarte continues to be a solid Everywhere Man while leading the team in RBI, and there seemed to be a bit of rally left in them from yesterday in the ninth from what I’ve read, but there just wasn’t overcoming another night where C.C. Sabathia didn’t even break 90 mph with his fastball, making his 80-83 mph change rather hittable and his other pitches treated with indifference by the Mariner bats.  It wasn’t so bad, he struck out 6 given that he was facing one of the weakest lineups in the AL, but that didn’t stop him from giving up four runs and nine hits in five innings, also brushing two.  For the second time in a row, the Yanks’ starting pitcher didn’t have much control., but this time he couldn’t gut it out (and it’s becoming debatable whether or not his missing gut is to blame). Hopefully it will warm up enough so we can see whether it’s just the inconsistent weather messing with everyone’s mechanics or if it’s decidedly the far side of C.C.’s career as an elite pitcher.

But that’s not what most people were concerned with; no, many wanted to know how Robbie was going to be received in his first return home.  I couldn’t really tell; I was listening on the radio (which didn’t help with the headache one bit), but when Robbie came up the first time, I thought I heard more booing than cheering.  Predictably, John and Suzyn thought they heard more cheering, while everyone else in the media thought the whole city of New York was booing.  Regardless, Robbie didn’t get the kind of welcome he was anticipating, striking out on three pitches.  His was a nervous energy that threatened to sabotage him all night, but after he and the Mariners gouged out four runs in the fifth against C.C., he came back in the seventh with an infield single, a stolen base (!) and a run scored on a Dustin Ackley single.  I think it was about this time that I (and apparently a number of others) decided to find something else to do. I tried to hang on, but the combination of Yankees empty at-bats and John & Suzyn on the radio beat me into submission and I popped in a DVD of cartoons.

All-in-all, this was just one of those games I wish I’d skipped; it was not demoralizing, but it was draining.  Like the lineup, I can’t bring myself to exaggerate the finer points of this game; it just left me with a headache and a lot of unanswered questions.

Is on/off what we can expect from C.C. for the rest of this season, never mind his contract? Is the rest of the starting pitching going to be able to hold up to the All-Star break without being decimated with injuries or fatigue/old age? Is carrying three position players on your bench (with one back-up catcher) really the best thing to do, even with the fact that your designated number five pitcher basically screwed your rotation and bullpen and now may have screwed it some more with an injury? Are Ichiro and Solarte really your best hitters right now? Is there a way that this team can break the funk they have against pitchers nobody really gives two spits about? Why can’t the stadium fans understand the word “irony”? And why, why does Yankee pitching seem to be the ambrosia for weak or badly slumping hitters on every team they’ve faced?

Tune in, turn on, drop out. I’m going back to bed…

[Photo Credit: Days of Our Trailer]






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1 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 30, 2014 4:36 am

Great headline! We could also call it a "Sell-Out Crowd," which I would call any Yankee fans sitting in that stately pleasure dome booing Cano.

This season is already going to hell in a hand basket. Sigh.

2 rbj   ~  Apr 30, 2014 7:44 am

Second time in a week where I have to pretend last night didn't happen.

New game tonight!

3 MSM35   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:03 am

Let's wait until the weather gets better. I hate baseball in the cold and rain. A joyless exercise.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:11 am

Draining. That's a good call, Will.

5 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:38 am

I seem to detect the inevitable sighs of Yankee fans who are sure doom is near whenever their winning percentage falls below .600.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:43 am

[5] Maybe. But it sure isn't fun to watch a team lose that way, whether you're on top or not.

Say, it may not last but ESPN stole my headline...

7 seamus   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:58 am

[6] nice!

8 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Apr 30, 2014 9:59 am

[6] kudos on the headline steal!

9 BobbyB   ~  Apr 30, 2014 10:16 am

Truth is CC hasn't looked like the same pitcher he was before his drastic weight loss and it makes you wonder if the loss of speed in his fastball is due to his age or his "healthier" body mass. Whatever the reason, I don't think we can expect him to be an ace or stopper or even a very good no/3 pitcher. Shame that Nova will be out. Cash-man better start looking for another starter pronto or this early winning start could flatten out quickly. It still looks to me that the American League East is still the premier division in the AL and without Nova the Yankees are going to scramble. On the other hand, I kind of like the way the offense is balanced this year. For
the first time in a long time the team has a lot of speed which they need to continue to take advantage of.

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