As a sportswriter, there are few things worse then having a nice 700-word story done in the 8th inning than watching the bullpen blow the lead.
I should post my “Yankees win” story, it wasn’t bad. But that would be bad mojo.
What stands out for me after this: Torre always seems to get burned whenever he runs for Giambi. But it’s hard to blame him for pinch running with a four-run lead. … So what’s the deal with Kyle Farnsworth now? … Mariano Rivera swears nothing his wrong with his arm and the gun readings bear that out. … That was easily the biggest hit Coco Crisp has ever had. … You had to think A-Rod was going to clock one off Okajima. Guy made a nice pitch, jamming him with a cutter. He could be a heck of a signing by Boston.
Jorge Posada said he will be out a couple of days. Wil Nieves can catch but there’s no backup outside of Josh Phelps, who last caught in the majors in 2001 and never caught in spring training. Nieves, by the way, is 0 for 21 since his last hit in 2002.
Here are two audio clips I thought were worth you hearing. The first is from Alex Rodriguez:
The second is from Mariano Rivera. If you are a Yankees fan, be proud of this guy. He suffered what had to be a gut-wrenching loss and he stood there and answered every question from a pack of reporters in a noisy concourse outside the clubhouse.
Trust me when I tell you, that’s not easy. Rivera could have easily said “not tonight.” But he stood and faced the music and walked away classy as ever.
Does that translate into success? I’d like to think it does. I do know that whenever anybody asks me who is a good guy on the team, I mention him in the first sentence.
Thanks for reading tonight. We’ll do it again tomorrow.