- CC’s lack of command.
- The insane number of runners left in scoring position.
- Girardi’s managerial decisions.
- Joe Maddon’s managerial decisions.
- Joe West’s strike zone.
- The nearly four hours it took to play the game.
- And especially Mo’s meltdown.
It was all too weird, and I spent the entire night while I was out for dinner with friends wishing we could have a do-over. Mo told the media there was just one pitch he wanted to have back, but the truth was he was up over the plate to all the batters he faced and looked as wobbly as CC did in the early innings. And then there was Robertson. He was getting squeezed, yes, but does he really have to put guys on base in order to play Houdini? If so, it’ll be a long season for my blood pressure.
So many missed opportunities. And not the way anybody wanted Opening Day to go. I know I’m supposed to say, “Oh, it was just one game,” but I’m disappointed. Can’t help it.
Were there bright spots? Of course. The Yankees played incredible defense – from Swisher and Gardner to A-Rod and Tex. And how about A-Rod’s offensive day? Very nice to see.
But the Rays are not supposed to dominant the Yanks and that’s what they’ve been doing lately. I hope their streak ends tomorrow night.