The Monday Night Massacre…

Somehow I knew that tonight spelled disaster with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays’ Scott Kazmir. Wang hasn’t been right for some time, and I was fearful that he’d crater in tonight’s performance…and he did…and then some…

This might be the worst Yankees performance that I’ve ever seen…well, Game 6 of the 2001 World Series was pretty bad, but still… Wang gave up a total of eight runs in one inning plus, and has a lofty ERA of 28.93.

I wonder if Brett Tomko would have given up that grand slam to Carlos Pena? Hey, it’s easy to second guess when you’re a fan!

The final score was Rays 15, Yankees 5.  The 9th inning included a pitching stint by Nick Swisher, who had one of the better pitching lines of the night.

The Yankees played like little leaguers…

So, how much longer until A-Rod is ready to return? They really need to do something about third base. Cody Ransom is not the answer. Try Ramiro Pena, try Justin Leone, try Eric Duncan, try the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but Ransom’s got to go…

What can you say with a game like this? It is miserable to watch, and of course, you want to say that hopefully they’ll learn something from this impending defeat. But what? It’s a loss, and there is nothing they can do about it. The Yanks fell to 3-4, but at least Boston lost too.  I don’t get mad with these types of games. The Yanks are notorious for throwing up a few clunkers each year, and this is just one of those times.  You just turn around and walk away…

On the bright side, tomorrow is a new day…and A.J. Burnett will be on the mound!

DISASTERS HAPPEN IN 3’S

They always say that disasters happen in 3’s…

First, we lost promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

AP

Now, two more legendary figures in Major League Baseball have passed away.

Shortly after lunch, word came that long-time Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas had died. He was in Washington preparing for the Phillies game against the Nationals and he collapsed in the broadcast booth. He taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

George Widman/AP

Harry the K was also well known for his voiceover work with NFL Films. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but the voice was known by all. Sadly and much too soon, he’s “outta here!”

 

Courtesy YouTube by Lahawk

For those who can remember 1976, who can forget the legendary antics of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. With the curly blonde hair poking out of the Tigers hat, it became a familiar scene to see Fidrych talking to the baseball and the various other antics that he performed leading up to his pitches. None of it was contrived, and it was completely his free spirit.

Unfortunately, an accident at his Northborough, Massachusetts farm prematurely ended Fidrych’s life today. Shoulder and knee injuries prevented what could have been a great career, but for 1976, there were not many better players than Fidrych. He went 19-9 with 2.34 ERA, and had 24 complete games. That was a special season and he was so fun to watch. You didn’t have to be a fan of the Tigers to appreciate Fidrych.

The past week has been difficult, and we’ve lost three outstanding men that can never be replaced. They will all be missed…

A-ROD’S BACK ON THE FIELD

Alex Rodriguez reported to the Yankees minor league complex and participated in a 48 minute workout. He is looking to begin minor league rehab games in 7 to 10 days, and is taking one day at a time.

 

Alex Rodriguez works out after hip surgery
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Courtesy The Star-Ledger

If I had hip surgery five weeks ago, I’d probably be in a little worse shape than A-Rod.

I am sure that his superior physical conditioning has aided his recovery. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks as Alex’s continues his march for the Bronx.

Mark Teixeira was also at the minor league complex receiving treatment for his sore left wrist. He had a MRI which revealed no major issues. He thinks it would be a disappointment if he’s not back on the field Tuesday night.

NOTES

  • The Associated Press is reporting that former Yankees pitcher David Wells has signed a multi-year deal to be an analyst for TBS. C’mon, David, tell us what’s really on your mind!
  • Manny Ramirez is saying that he wants to play for the Cleveland Indians once more before he calls it a career? I bet that really endears him to the Dodger fans that have so fully embraced him despite his history in Boston. Nope, I’m not going to say it but I guess you could say that it is expected behavior.
  • The speculation of Pedro Martinez to the Los Angeles Angels makes sense. When I heard earlier that he was going to sign with Baltimore, it seemed very foolish if true. Fortunately, it was not. Pedro has the luxury of picking his spot (to a degree) and he still has what it takes to help a contender. No, the years as an ace are long gone, but he’s still a competitor who knows how to win.
  • Regardless of what he said about his hometown of Woodland, CA, Dustin Pedroia is not a jerk. Of course, I may feel differently after the Yankees play the Red Sox later this month. But for now, Pedroia doesn’t deserve death threats or the criticism that he’s received.
  • Julia, to answer your question, Wally has been wondering what the odor is above his head! Hmmm, he had better get used to it!

Goodnight, Everyone!

-Scott

10 Comments

Scott – I don’t even know what to say – not a good night! I remember “The Bird” pitching and sadly yes – deaths come in three, according to my Irish Nana. And Manny wants to go back to Cleveland. How nice. I guess he is getting old! Be nice to Wally and perhaps we can work out something about the hat! lol! umm..15-5 now. Sorry!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Scott – Swisher pitched tonight??

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Guess I don’t have to write a “That’s My Other Scotty” post tonight. (15-5) But I will write it soon…just you wait and see! :)
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

yea we had a tough one tonight. Wang was horrific, the guy has a 23.00 ERA! This can’t be the real Wang. Anyway, hopefully AJ wins tomorrow. It is too bad Harry Kalas and Mark Fidyrich passed away recently, along with Nick Adenhart. All 3 were great men who meant a lot to baseball
shortporch http://shortporch.mlblogs.com/

It was a RIOT to see Swisher pitch. Is he going to make the rotation? Or is that left to the Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man? ;) Hey, we ain’t exactly shutting em down, either. Makes that wager a little more interesting for you and Julia! :/ Hmmm…

“The 9th inning included a pitching stint by Nick Swisher, who had one of the better pitching lines of the night.”

Uh, it was teh 8th inning and he was the only pitcher to not give up a run! They really should have had him follow Wang and let him pitch five innings!

At least the Yankees have one guy who can pitch effectively out of the bullpen. I wish I could say the same.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

I’m with you on the hip surgery, Scott. If I’d been the patient, I would still be hobbling around with a walker, as opposed to getting ready to play major league ball! Let’s hope our guys pull it together tonight behind brilliant pitching by AJ and flawless defense all around. (Well, that’s my hope anyway.)

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Scott,
Yes, Boston did lose as well :p. It was NOT fun to watch either. My poor, poor Jon Lester. And playing against Nomar… I just didn’t have fun. I got a laugh when Swish pitched though haha.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Scott – looks like your guys are going to win tonight – can you send some of that “winning stuff” my Red Sox way? lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

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