Bronx, N.Y., October 26, 2003 — Everybody’s talking at me.
I don’t hear a word they’re saying.
Or I guess I don’t want to. I was there for the crushing, stifling Game Six World Series loss last night, as I was for the life-asserting, uplifting ALCS seventh-game win nine days before. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 21, 2003 — Hard-throwing Marlins righty Josh Beckett brought his “A” game Tuesday night, and he was every bit as good as the Yanks had heard. He struck out 10 on the night, and surrendered only three hits before leaving with one out in the eighth. He retired the first 10 Yankee hitters on a mere 35 pitches. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 19, 2003 — The Yankees tied the Marlins at a game apiece Sunday night behind the brilliant pitching of Andy Pettitte. Now, repeat that three times. Because at least three Andy Pettittes appeared in this game, with one taking the mound to start each of the first three innings. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 17, 2003 — Yankee fans, delighted that Roger Clemens had outdueled Pedro Martinez on every level less than a week ago, had grown into a fit of fervor by the time the hard-throwing Yankee righty threw Thursday evening’s first pitch past Johnny Damon for a strike at 8:20. The crescendo of cheers grew as a foul strike and a bouncer to Jeter at short followed. But Todd Walker put a professional at bat on Clemens, and by the time he singled into right on the 10th pitch he saw, the crowd had already grown restive.
Even though Garciaparra followed by lining an 0-1 pitch to right center and Ramirez flied harmlessly to right on six pitches, the Rocket had been tested and pushed to 21 pitches. And Clemens did not come back from a shaky first in any better shape. By the time he had surrendered a single, home run, and double in a sloppy second, the Red Sox had already struck 22 of the 30 strikes he had thrown. You know as much as you need to about Clemens’s night when I tell you that the Yankees managed to hit their 22nd offering tossed up by Pedro Martinez when Bernie Williams fouled off a two-out pitch in the sixth. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 8, 2003 — Well, the Wednesday night American League Championship Series game had a very early turning point. We just didn’t realize how dramatic and conclusive the failure to score in the bottom of the second inning would be. The game was scoreless, and even though Wakefield had retired the first four Yankees in pretty meek fashion on 14 pitches, Yankee fans were excited and upbeat. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 5, 2003 — When you hear that the Yankees broke open a scoreless tie with a six run fourth-inning, the tendency is to wonder at what point Minnesota hurler Johan Santana lost it. Last Tuesday the young lefty with the electric stuff quieted the Yankee bats through the first two innings on 25 pitches, allowing only a two-out single to Jeter in the first, and a similar one to Matsui three outs later. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 4, 2003 — The more I learn about the game of baseball, the more I need to forget everything I’ve learned before. The latest lesson: The way to beat the 2003 Minnesota Twins in the playoffs is to walk Shannon Stewart leading off. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., October 2, 2003 — One of the many games and attractions the Scoreboard personnel at Yankee Stadium utilize to keep the paying customers entertained takes place between halves of the second inning, where they show fans who have been asked to spell a Yankee player’s name failing miserably. The bit wraps up with the player (or another player in the case of a retired favorite not in attendance) providing the correct spelling. In the last few days they have had a lot of fun with Luis Sojo, as finding fans who missed the “j” was obviously not a problem. Continue reading