A few random thoughts on the series …
Hey, Derek Jeter, how to stick up for your manager. The Captain tried to play off the Steinbrenner threat like it was no big deal and is now 1 for 12 in the series. Two double plays, and a strikeout last night. He should be on the griddle A-Rod was on.
I don’t know about you, but I may purposely never watch “Frank TV” in protest of all the commercials on TBS. Doesn’t anybody in television understand the idea of overkill?
Phil Hughes became a man last night. The Franchise put the Yankees on his back for a few innings and afterward was poised as can be while talking about it. He gets it. That’s the best way I can put it. I think he wins 15 games next season.
Once Brian Cashman figures out A-Rod, Abreu, Posada and Rivera, he needs to trade Kyle Farnsworth. This guy is getting huge money for a set-up man and he was parked on the bench with a five-run lead in the eighth inning. And you know what? Torre had no choice. Farnsworth would have put two guys on and forced Mo into the game.
There can be no trading Johnny Damon. However, he should be informed to show up in Tampa in shape. His 2008 season needs to start in April or May, not July.
Somebody needs to explain to me why Don Mattingly get the loudest cheers of anybody. I know he is a member of the Hall of Very Good, but why does he get more love than Jeter, A-Rod or Mo?
Dan Graziano of the Star-Ledger had a good line about Paul Byrd. He looked the girl from the Blair Witch Project. “I’ve … never … been … so … scared.”
Chien-Ming Wang was quite pleased when told he would be pitching tonight.
Finally, get somebody in a limo, go to Westchester and get Bernie Williams to throw out the first pitch tonight. I know there are people with the Yankees who read this blog. Make that happen and the crowd will explode. Oh, and have Torre catch the pitch.
Check back later for the lineups and any news.