I'm 51 years old. I've seen 11 Pennants and 7 World Series wins. I've seen Hall-of-Famers, legends, and historic moments.
I've been to 2 Opening Days, 8 Old-Timers' Days, and a Playoff game. I've seen Joe DiMaggio throw out a first pitch and Mickey Mantle wear his Number 7 uniform.
I've seen Bill Dickey, a Yankee who played as far back as 1928; and watched the actual regular-season game-play of Roy White, a Yankee who suited up as far back as 1965.
I've seen the Yankees win at Shea Stadium, Fenway Park, Veterans Stadium, Camden Yards, and whatever Cleveland is calling its ballpark this year. I've seen a Yankee's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Cooperstown.
Fault for the loss: The Yankee hitters, who got only 1 run over the 1st 7 innings.
So, with 1 week's worth of games in the books for this season, let's review:
* In all 6 games, the Yankees have held the opposition to no more than 3 runs in the 1st 9 innings. We began the season with pitching as our biggest worry. So far, it has been our biggest strength.
* In 3 games, the Yankees have scored at least 5 runs. They've won all 3.
* In the other 3 games, the Yankees have scored no more than 2 runs in the 1st 9 innings. They've lost all 3.
Conclusion: Cashman's strategy of "Outhit the opposition" isn't working.
And that's why this one loss bothers me. It's the same thing I said after the Yankees lost on Opening Day: I quoted Mark Twain, "Life is one damn thing after another," and then I quoted Edna St. Vincent Millay's rebuttal: "It's the same damn thing over and over."
What bothers me is not this one preventable loss, it's that it seems like every loss is preventable for the same reason.
Twain did say the line quoted above. However, he gets a lot of quotes incorrectly attributed to him. So does Albert Einstein. This line didn't appear in public until over a quarter of a century after his death, but it applies to Cashman's baseball philosophy: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result."
The Yankees have a travel day today. Tomorrow, they begin a series in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays.
A weekend in Florida? Seems like sufficient punishment. I hope they're all vaccinated.