A million musings from the ballpark

1. It feels particularly humid and sticky (my hair really doesn’t like that) but if we can avoid rain tonight, the grounds crew – and the YES crew – will do a no-rain dance. Or jig. Or some kind of celebration. They players and coaches might even join in. It’s been a rough homestand for everyone. The grounds crew has had the tarp on and off the field 20 times in the past week. And when there’s rain on the tarp, it’s very heavy. Those guys work their tails off.

arod_250.jpg2. Alex Rodriguez should be grateful to Selena Roberts and Manny Ramirez. Roberts’ book has done, in some camps, what Alex himself never could: Turned him into a sympathetic figure. And Manny’s logic-defying explanation of the performance-enhancing reason for his suspension makes Alex seem completely forthright by comparison.

3. Alex’s return comes at a pivotal point of this Yankees season and of his own career. The team desperately needs him to make a difference. And how he responds over these next few months will help to define the next chapter of his career.

4. It’s funny how not one player we found – not one of a dozen or so – voiced surprise or shock as his initial reaction to Manny’s situation. That’s telling.

5. In answer to comments from you, Jeter responds. Jeter’s favorite on American Idol was Allison. “My girl got eliminated last night!” he said. As for where Jeter goes from here with the show, he said, “I’m an emotional wreck!” Then he laughed.

5. Milking this conversation with Jeter for all it’s worth. Some of you are very perceptive, wondering why he isn’t chewing gum anymore. “I’m just not,” Jeter said. “I’m in gum rehab.” See, told you he is funny.

6. The Yankees really need a win. Really. (Hey, you don’t get this kind of analysis everywhere.) But it seems like more than four consecutive losses. And the Yankees have never lost five in a row under Girardi.

7. Back-to-back topics on ESPN this afternoon were Manny and 50-game ban and Favre and his flirtation with the Vikings. We wonder which story induces more fan fatigue. Probably anything steroid related. Probably.

8. Last night’s game – after the Teixeira double — is usually one the Yankees win. Teixeira made a decent point, saying the rain delay that immediately followed took away any momentum. It’s also true that the Rays had a chance to regroup and did. In their former life, as the Devil Rays, the Rays would’ve spent the rain delay dwelling on a way to cough up that game. No more.

9. There is some sentiment – perhaps most vociferously from Francesa on the Fan on YES – that Mariano should have pitched the 10th after he threw 18 pitches in the ninth. Those people have some company – some – in the Yankees clubhouse. Mariano might not love two-inning outings at this point, but he’s been used rather sparingly lately. Over the past 12 days, he’s pitched 2 1/3 innings and thrown 39 pitches.

10. How much do the Yankees miss Bruney? Bruney didn’t even want to go on the DL, and now he could miss a month (15-day DL, April 25). Bruney said he initially felt the pull in his elbow in spring training. Marte said his shoulder hurt in the spring. Ransom said his quad was initially injured in the spring. Maybe it’s their competitiveness – or maybe no one wants to be perceived as a Pavano — but it would benefit these players in the long run to be more open and honest with the training staff.

11. Anyone else notice that Pavano and Ponson got wins last night? What are those odds?

12. Thanks to a Turkey Hill promotion, there’s plenty of ice cream in the booth tonight. The guys are eating it. (Kay apparently believes ice cream is part of Atkins.) We’re passing. Let’s face it, the food updates are more fun when O’Neill works.

9 Comments

Kim, we might need you to get out there and start pitching !!

Kim- Can you please ask Michael Kay and the guys in the booth why they vote and decide on the “play of the game”& “drive of the game” in the 8th inning????? The game isn’t even over yet!!!!! It’s exasperating to watch!

Watching this team is like getting gut puched repeatedly. You keep getting up, but in the end it?s only pain.

No excuses for Mo?s slow start. He is not the same pitcher. Period.
Melancon better get real good real fast.

GREAT JOB KIM – AS ALWAYS – I LOVED ANDYS ANSWER TO YOU ABOUT A-ROD COMING BACK. I THINK EVERYONE (EXCEPT KAY) REALIZES THAT ALEX STANDING AT 3RD WASN’T CHANGING THE FACT THAT ANDY GAVE UP 4 HR’S AND MO 2 HR’S. PLEASE ASK KAY HOW MUCH ALEX PAYS HIM TO PRAISE HIM EVERY 20 MINUTES ON HIS RADIO SHOW. I KNOW HOW MUCH KAY LOVES MONEY BUT ITS GETTING SICKENING. HE NEEDS TO STOP KISSING HIS RING (OOPPS, HE DON’T HAVE ONE). REGARDLESS – HE’S BACK!!! LET THE WINNING BEGIN.
HATS-ALL-FOLKS.COM

I don’t know hats-all-folks. As an A-Rod fan for years, and having to constantly deal with irational comments of complete hatred for the guy, it is nice to hear someone speaking positive about A-Rod for a change. Let’s hope we win tonight in Baltimore. Great job Kim!!!!

The Yankees might start thinking real hard to put Joba in the pen, not to pitch the 8th , but to close. Mariano has not been the old mariano for a while and it is clear he is on the way down..hope it’s a slow ride down but they should be ready if he continues to fail. This team has real problems and Mr. Cashman should take the fall..

Jtwo, you said it. What’s worse is that they give the “Player of the Game” choices in like the 6th inning…there’s still a lot of baseball to play that can affect the outcome of the game, and half the time the person who deserves it by the time the game is over wasn’t even on that list.

Congrats to the Yanks!! Especially ARod and CC. I’m hoping we see more players step up in critical situations like this.

Let’s hope Hughes has a big outing and the Yanks bats come alive. The parts are there….it’s just putting them all together and making them work.

HEY KIM THIS IS FRANK FROM PHILADELPHIA BIG YANKEE FAN JUST WATCHING THE GAMES ON YES IT LOOKS LIKE TEX IS PRESSING TO IMPRESS I THINK THE YANKS WITH GIRARDI ,CASH AND THE COACHING STAFF SHOULD START THINKING ABOUT INSTALLING JOBA IN THE PEN YOU CAN SEE MARIANO IS ONE YEAR OLDER AND IT IS WISE FOR THEM TO START THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE CLOSER START NOW AND DONT WAIT ALSO I THINK CASH SHOULD TAKE LESSONS FROM THEO EPSTEIN ON HOW HE CONFIGURES A BULLPEN AND A BENCH OUR BENCH HAS BEEN THIN FOR YEARS NO FEAR COMING OFF THE BENCH LIKE IN 96 CASH MAY BE ON HIS WAY OUT IF THINGS DONT GET ANY BETTER

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