A couple things:
I couldn’t help but notice the drubbing that took place in the Bronx on Saturday. With a bit of glee. Even though the Tribe are in the same division as the Twins, I just couldn’t help but smile with awe when I first caught the score on CBS Sportsline. Knowing that Wang was scheduled to start that game though, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. If the league gave out an anti-Cy-Young-award, I think he would have already won it for the season. And on Sunday morning I caught the New York Post headline that made my day prior to the Twins’ sweep of the Angels that I attended later on:
Of course, it hit me later that I had seen this before. Looks like the Post stole the Daily News headline from a few years ago, when the Yankees were crushed 22-0:
And who gave ’em that 22-0 thrashing? The Indians. Aug. 31, 2004. When I checked for that date earlier today, I ran across this tidbit — prior to that game, their worst loss was way back in July 1928, a 24-6 defeat. The team? Who else!? The Indians. Albeit, that one took place in Cleveland, so it might not be as mystical as first appears. ESPN.com ran a great side tidbit on the context of the Indians-blowing-out-the-Yankees dynamic though. Take a look:
Interesting. Maybe this was just another serendipitous moment in Tribe-Bombers baseball. Probably not though. Sure seems to me (and everyone else for that matter) that the new Yankee Stadium is the Coors Field of the East. When pop flies and end of the bat tips end up in the seats, there is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with. If the Yanks had a left handed slugger like Ruth or Maris today, they’d have a good chance of hitting 80 or 90 home runs in a season. Maybe they should have tried to sign Adam Dunn in the offseason?
Something’s gotta give here — New York has just retooled to rely less on power, and are relying heavily on right-handers in their pitching department. This is a recipe for disaster. The opposition has the advantage, it seems, in the Bronx now, whatever the opposition happens to be. Let’s not discount the notion that out-of-town players are no longer intimidated by the haunted mystique that the old Stadium oozed. It sure seems that, payroll or no, the Yankees have become just another American League team this year. They’re still the Yankees, but Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle…. they never stepped foot in this building. I don’t think it’s far fetched to equate it to the Senators leaving for Minnesota, yet a Senators team showed up in DC in ’61 anyway. Yeah, they’re the Senators, but, also, they’re not.
The other thing that has bugged the heck outta me was what I noticed while watching the Twins game on Saturday night. The Twins, wearing their (arguably) 1982 throwback Saturday-NIght-Specials!!! at the Metrodome, need to get on the same page. We’ve got Redmond behind the plate, as well as Jerry White and and Scotty Ullger at the first and third base coaching boxes, respectively, wearing the late ’70’s flapless helmets; we’ve got the hitters wearing the current navy helmets, which, with the uniforms, harkens to the 1973 unis, and on the field, we’ve got the “throwback” red caps, even though they are actually just the alternates from a couple years ago. Real throwbacks wouldn’t be as dark of a blue on the brim or logo, and the logo wouldn’t have as much raising in the embroidery. Sheesh.
But the kicker is that someone completely forgot to sew Delmon Young’s number on the front of his jersey. Everyone but the bat boys have the front #s, but for some reason Delmon was left out of the group. Was this some sort of statement, or just a bush-league screw-up from the clubhouse people?