The sun is rising in Kansas City, and the Yankees are happy to put Sunday behind them. It’s hard to stomach any loss in K.C., much less a loss when A.J. Burnett pitches a complete game and the mighty Yankees are flummoxed by a guy named Bryan Bullington.
What stood out from the postgame clubhouse comments was the fact Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Lance Berkman — three proven, veteran hitters — each said Bullington was effective because he threw early strikes and worked ahead in the count. That simply was not true. It must have felt that way to the Yankees, but in reality they had no better answers after the game than during it.
They were beaten, and they didn’t know why.
What stood out in the postgame blog comments was a notion that the Yankees were all talk with no action. That after a game like Sunday they needed to work harder and get better. This was a road trip that saw Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson make mechanical changes that showed immediate results. It saw Marcus Thames and Austin Kearns play their part-time roles to perfection in Texas. Previously slumping Jeter had eight hits in four days before yesterday.
If not for the inexplicable goose egg against an unknown pitcher, we’d be talking about what a success this road trip was.
Games like yesterday take a toll, and Sunday turned a successful trip into a failure. It was a bad way to go out, so it’s nice when the sun rises and a new day begins. Especially when that new day is the start of HOPE Week.
The Delta beat writer express takes off in 40 minutes. There is apparently a Continental beat writer express leaving later this morning, but my flight is packed with the Wall Street Journal, ESPN New York, Newsday and WFAN. I love it here in Missouri, but I’m looking forward to getting home.
See you in New York.