I got home when the game was already in the 9th with the score tied.
When Joachin Benoit came on to pitch, I noticed that his infected boil/in-grown hair/facial deformity was all better; no giant Band-Aid necessary.
I’m bringing this up because it reminded me how Girardi intervened in our game against the Tigers and asked the umps to get Benoit to remove the Band-Aid. Was it gamesmanship? Would our hitters have been distracted by the Band-Aid? Was the complaint legitimate?
Who cares. I love the fact that Girardi jumped in to do something, anything, to try to give the Yankees an edge in that game. For me the incident served in sharp contrast to the 2007 ALDS against Cleveland when the midges attacked Joba.
Joe Torre stood there while his pitcher and infielders were distracted by way more than a Band-Aid. He should have pulled the team off the field and didn’t, and he said as much in his book. I bet Girardi would have acted differently. He’s a more proactive manager, sometimes excessively so, but there it is.
My other thought while watching tonight was about Nelson Cruz. The Rangers’ right fielder is doing it all this postseason. I think Nick Swisher is a lot of fun and a much better player than I expected. But I always wanted the Yankees to go after Cruz (I did a post about it on my old blog, so this isn’t just me jumping on his bandwagon).
Oh. One more thing. Valverde was due for a beat down, and I can’t say I was sorry to see him get it.