Wednesday, July 25, 2012
King Coward Felix: A-Bad Break for A-Rod
After allowing 3 runs in the first 3 innings, Freddy settled down and retired 15 in a row. Then, with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th, and the Yanks trailing 3-2, with the runs scoring on Curtis Granderson's 27th homer and a double by Mariner-turned-Yankee Ichiro Suzuki (so far, so good with that trade), Joe Girardi blew it again.
He took Garcia out, and replaced him with Clay Rapada. That didn't work, so he replaced him with Chad Qualls. That didn't work, so he replaced him with Boone Logan. That didn't work, so he replaced him with Cody Eppley. Five pitchers in one inning. Incredibly, only 1 run scored, but it ruined the Yankees' momentum.
On WCBS, John Sterling called it "a nightmare of an inning." So what would he call the 12th inning of the Mets' Sunday game, when they allowed 5 runs in Los Angeles? Or the 10th inning of the Mets' Monday game, when they allowed 6 runs in Washington?
Had Girardi simply let Garcia pitch the 8th, the Yankees still might have lost, but it would have looked a lot less like Girardi doesn't know how to handle a pitching staff.
I am thisclose to saying, "Joe, thank you for 2009, but it's time to move on." Alas, I do not get to make that decision.
And that's hardly the story, either.
"King" Felix hit 3 Yankee batters. His ex-teammate Ichiro. Stay classy, Felix. Derek Jeter. Big deal, every headhunter hits Jeter. And Alex Rodriguez. In this case, the pitch broke A-Rod's hand.
This was all within the space of 5 batters, over 2 innings. And "King" Felix wasn't thrown out of the game after any of these incidents. Although Mariner manager Eric Wedge did go to his bullpen after "King" Felix plunked A-Rod.
Jeter said, "It wasn't intentional. I mean, it was a close game at the time. I think Al got hit with a changeup. It's just one of those freak things. You wish it didn't happen. Obviously, when somebody gets injured, it's pretty bad."
Three batters out of five. Three batters, each with over 2,500 hits in the majors.
Derek has been a Yankee for 17 years. He knows damn well when it's intentional.
Felix Hernandez, you are not a king. You are a goddamned coward. You think the Yankees should trade for you? I don't want you on the Yankees.
(Yeah, I know, I said that about Roger Clemens, too. I was wrong. But I also said it about Randy Johnson, and I turned out to be right. I also said it about Pedro Martinez, and, wisely, Brian Cashman never tested it.)
Most likely, Eric Chavez will be the everyday 3rd baseman until A-Rod comes back. No word yet on how long he'll be out, or on who will be called up from Scranton, or activated from the Disabled List, to replace him.
My concern is that A-Rod will be back just in time for the postseason, but not be back enough. Which would certainly give him a viable excuse for not hitting well in October.
A few years back, I joked that the only way the Yankees would win a World Series with A-Rod on the payroll would be if he caught the flu. Not a 24-hour virus, a 24-day virus, keeping him out for the postseason. In other words, they only way he would get a ring would be if he wasn't on the roster.
I'd been saying A-Rod would get his 3,000th hit next June, with the qualifier "barring injury." As that great Yankee Fan Richard Schiff would say, "You don't want to tempt the wrath of the thing from on high."
Let's just hope he's ready for the postseason. A-Rod, that is, not Schiff, best known for playing Toby Ziegler on The West Wing. I'd rather go in with no excuses.
This bitch of a West Coast roadtrip concludes with a 3:40 PM (12:40 local time) start today, Ivan Nova going against Hisashi Iwakuma.