Not such great pitching performances by the Yankees in today’s loss to the Tigers in the series finale.
I know it’s only the beginning of the season, but Hughes is reminding me of the Bad Phil of the past. Remember that version? The one without much velocity who threw 50 pitches in two innings and never seemed to get through five without giving up a bunch of runs? Yeah, that guy. Calling Larry Rothschild.
Colon? So far this new arrangement isn’t working out. A “long man” is supposed to eat innings while keeping the opposing team from scoring more runs. Mission not accomplished.
Joba looked like he was getting squeezed a bit by the ump, but still. The Yankees offense had a chance to get back into the game and he didn’t help matters.
On the positive side, who isn’t loving our bats? I mean, Tex. Seriously. Russell Martin, clap clap clap. Swisher, way to join the party. Cano too. And great job adapting to the DH, JoPo.
It would be nice to see Brett Gardner not strike out at the top of the order, but maybe Girardi will move him back to the #9 spot and slide Martin up.
Meanwhile, Jeter’s hit total remains at #2928 – just 72 away from 3,000. So let’s talk about the Derek Jeter Countdown Contest, the winner of which will receive a copy of Derek Jeter: From the Pages of The New York Times.
As I wrote here the other day…
Culled from the pages of The New York Times, the book draws upon more than 5,000 news articles and features from the paper’s superb sports reporters, columnists, and photographers, past and present, including Dave Anderson, Fred R. Conrad, Jack Curry, Chang Lee, Buster Olney, Barton Silverman, and George Vecsey, as well as Tyler Kepner, who has written the introduction. The pages are filled with entertaining stories, penetrating insights, and the voices of not only Jeter, but also George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, Alex Rodriguez, and a host of players. In lively words and action-packed photographs, the volume covers Jeter’s rise, his playing style, his best moments on (and off) the field, his character as a teammate and a leader, and his place in Yankee history.
The book is a really great keepsake item, in other words, and it’s all yours, courtesy of the publisher, if you answer this one tiny question correctly. Ready?
Here it is: When Will Jeter hit #2938?
That’s 10 more hits than he has right now.
I’ll need the following in your answer: the Day and Date he gets #2938 as well as the Opponent (the team, not the pitcher).
Got it? Leave your answer here in a comment by the end of the day on Tuesday. Who knows? If he goes 5-for-5 tomorrow and Tuesday, he could reach the goal before the deadline. So don’t wait if you want this book, people!
One more thing. Has everyone read about Bill White’s new book? Nice piece about it in the NYT.
White had a signing yesterday at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, and Friend of the Blog, Roseann, was there with her sister.
You know who else was there? Joe Pepitone. Roseann said he was his old flirty self.
She also said White spent a lot of time talking about the book during a Q&A with the crowd and remarked that his years in the broadcast booth with Rizzuto were “probably the happiest of my life.”
Thanks for the pics, Roseann. I would loved to have been there too.