Here is Joe Torre’s postgame interview:
A few points on this thing:
Scott Proctor threw a pitch at the head of Kevin Youkilis on June 1 that grazed him and Proctor was ejected. Coincidence or not, it happened to the same player again today.
Youkilis is clearly one of those guys who gets under the skin of opposing teams. He’s also adept at hanging in for long at-bats, flicking away pitches to stay alive. The Yankees play Boston three more times and could well meet them again in the ALCS. Maybe this was a message for Youkilis not to dig in so much.
Roger Clemens is on this team now and has the locker right next to Joba Chamberlain. Roger is as old school as it gets in baseball. I have no idea if Roger told him to dust Youkilis. But would I bet my house against it?
We’ve watched the kid throw 131 pitches in his first 10 innings and he had three walks, two in his first game, and no hit batsmen. He doesn’t have good control, he has the kind of control that enabled him to hit the outer half of the plate against Vlad Guerrero with a 100-mph heater.
One pitch gets away? OK. Two pitches? Now you start to wonder.
Don’t misunderstand me. Intimidation is part of the game and Chamberlain is well within his rights to back a guy off. But the umpires are well within their rights to eject a pitcher before somebody gets hurt, too.
Again, I am not accusing Chamberlain of anything. But there’s plenty of evidence that suggests this may not have been an accident. Pitchers have been trying to make hitters think for 100 years.
This is why Yanks-Sox is what it is and the rest of baseball and only envy the passion. There is nothing like it in the sport.