Here we are at LaGuardia, chilling in the USAirways Terminal waiting for a flight to Baltimore. This is my fourth pre-8:30 a.m. flight in the last eight days. I didn’t sign up for this … Oh, wait, I did.
Kyle Farnsworth’s purpose pitch to Manny Ramirez last night is the story of the day in the papers. Nothing sells the rivalry like a little head-hunting.
Here’s what makes me laugh: If you’re going to throw a pitch at somebody, at least be a man and admit it.
“It slipped,” Farnsworth said. “I was trying to throw inside.”
“He just tried to throw 100 miles per hour. He overthrew it and it got away, that’s what I saw,” said Joe Girardi.
Of course. A 97-mph fastball just happened to slip behind the neck of a player the Yankees can’t get out. That happens all the time.
Remember last August when Roger Clemens drilled Toronto’s Alex Rios and got suspended for five games? He didn’t fight the suspension and admitted he was retaliating for the Jays throwing at A-Rod. He also did it right and hit Rios in the back.
Farnsworth threw behind Ramirez’s neck then denied it. Wink, wink, it just slipped. Then Farnsworth had the nerve to say he enjoyed the cheers he received from the fans. Well, at least he finally got some cheers. It took three years.
The Yankees and Red Sox don’t play again until July. I’m sure Manny will be terrified. Just like A-Rod was terrified after the Red Sox hit him on Wednesday.
He may have had PEDs for breakfast, but we miss Clemens. At least he owned up to his actions on the field.