Well, That Went Well – Not

April 1st, 2014 by Jane Heller
Photo: nytimes.com

Photo: nytimes.com

The last thing I wanted to see in tonight’s first inning was Jeter getting drilled. Not that it won’t happen periodically throughout the season. He does lean in and pitchers pitch in, so it’s not unusual for his hand/wrist/arm to be vulnerable. I just figured it wouldn’t be in the season opener in Houston. But there were other reasons to hide my eyes.

CC’s early innings were ugly. The defense went awry behind him. Nobody looked good at the plate, except (surprisingly) Teixeira. By contrast, Houston – this was the Astros we were playing, right? – looked like World Series champions and it was a little like David kicking Goliath around. But that’s baseball. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I kept thinking….maybe this game is an April Fool’s joke or maybe the Yankees are still in spring training mode. And then I reminded myself it’s a loooong season and they won’t win every game.

Earlier in the day came the news that the Yanks had DFA-ed Nunez. Startling, considering how much they’d relied on him the past couple of years. It was shocking enough that he didn’t make the cut for opening day, but to literally cut him loose? I didn’t see that one coming and I’m sure he didn’t either. But they did give him chances to claim the shortstop job and he never did. I hope he makes it elsewhere.

On to the next….and the next. Let’s go Yankees.

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6 Responses to “Well, That Went Well – Not”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    Yes, C.C. was very disappointing, especially after how good he looked during spring training. I realize that the training games are not “real” but I didn’t think we’d see a completely different C.C. Hopefully he can turn it around. And the bats…they didn’t wake up until the 8th inning. And this was against the ML team with the lowest salary count. Anyway, let’s hope it was just a blip and not a sign. It was nice to see Jeter get a hit and score a run but we obviously need to score more. I’m not worried yet, but I do have to tell you that when I woke up this morning my necklace (Yankee) was broken and the Yankee insignia was on the ground. Not a good sign, but let’s think positively. GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Terry says:

    I remember watching CC making his first opening day start for the Yankees. It was 2009 in Baltimore. He was dreadful. I was worried. It worked out just fine.

  3. john says:

    Terry, that was 5 years ago and 6 mph more!

    Anything he threw straight got hit. His curve ball was his only effective pitch.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I’m afraid I have to agree with John on this one, Terry. While it’s true that CC tends to get off to rocky starts as opposed to some who have better first halves, his velocity is down to the extent that location is everything now. He really will have to adapt or get hit hard.

  5. jane says:

    I hadn’t heard about the Nunez cut. Although he’s had his struggles, I thought his day would come and he’d get in the groove necessary to claim the ss spot. I guess not. I will miss reading the comments about “Scissorhands.” :) I wish him well.

  6. Jane Heller says:

    Nope. No more Scissorhands comments, Jane. I guess it’s possible he could be back at some point, but the Yankees have made it clear he’s not in their plans now.