Turning Points Everywhere! Yanks-ChiSox Gamer V

If you follow the logic of tabloid headlines, there have been 789 turning points during the Yanks’ 2007 season. As an example, it’s only Tuesday and I’ve counted a bunch. During Sunday night’s game against the Sox, the Yanks got out to an early lead as Andy Pettitte shut down the vaunted Sox line-up in the early going. After three, I had officially defined the early innings as a turning point. I took a snapshot of the television screen  and said to myself, After these first three innings, it seems that the Yanks finally have turned around the season! Great! Then the Sox scored a bunch in the fifth. The official turning point in the other direction came when Dustin Pedroia rocked a shot off the wall. Pettitte soon left the game with an injury and we had reached a new nadir. This was a sad turning point. The sadness continued until the next great turning point when A-Rod (of all people! He has 484 homers and he’s in his early 30s. It seems unlikely that he’d hit a homer during a baseball game but somehow it happened!) hit a ninth-inning homerun off of a pitcher who makes a funny face before he throws. And a turning point was forming and officially formed with the Mike Lowell K by Mariano Rivera.

But last night, another turning point occurred, which was almost overshadowed by another turning point. The White Sox had lulled everyone to boredom. Going into the ninth inning it seemed inevitable that the Yanks would lose 6-1. So all that turning point momentum from the night before was lost and the Yanks season had turned back 180 degrees. The Yanks, however, reacted against that turning point to mount a turning point of their own. They scored three runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate…but alas no turning point. Or a turning point, just not the turning point we hoped for.

The Yanks are something like 7 games back in the wildcard race, which is the only one we should be following at this point. Tonight’s matchup does not favor them as the rookie Tyler Clippard (who looks to my eyes like a bigger Thom Yorke) faces Mark Beurhle who is the White Sox ace. Let’s turn this thing around starting now. Go Yanks!

60 comments… add one
  • AMEN NICK, AMEN!
    KT and DeSalvo back down, Henn and Bascak are up.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Who needs the game when we have this gamer? Genius!

    YF June 5, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • This is one of the best game threads ever posted. Bravo, Nick.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Awesome, who doesn’t love watching Miguel Cairo play the game of baseball?

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • SF June 5, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • This is one of those pitching matchups (like Tavarez vs. Halladay earlier this year for the Sox) that you write off and then get pleasantly surprised.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • No way SF Buerhle is soooooo overrated. I feel very confident about this game.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Johnny Damon with a NASTY takeout slide there. Unfortunately, all he took out was an anthill somewhere about 20 feet short of second base. He’s the anti-ARod!

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Trisk, he’s got a 1.02 WHIP, and a .219 BAA this year. Those are very good numbers. I don’t think he’s the reincarnation of Cy Young, but he’s a solid pitcher.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • SF, your post must have seeped into my unconscious.
    Is BEuhrle overrated or underrated? He’s a lot like Zito which means people overrate and underrate him…I think.

    Anonymous June 5, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Yeah I know his numbers, but just not the same fear as you would have if say Liriano or Beckett were hurling.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Wow, it’s the third time I’ve seen him pitch, and Tyler Clippard still shockingly ugly.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • aw, the kid just needs some Clearasil- that’s all.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • An uglier Thom Yorke I say!

    Nick-YF June 5, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Yeah, he does have a little Yorke in him, that’s true. Also a little cotton-eye-joe crossed with eraserhead crossed with that redheaded dude in “American Pie”.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • what’s ugly is miguel cairo at first, but at least he turned that dp.

    YF June 5, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • SF as long as Tavarez plays on your team you have ZERO right to critique the looks of our players, LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • I have always considered MB a very good starter. Not great, or elite, but above-average, more than a little. Zito I thought was just below Buehrle as a pitcher, since Zito always had the benefit of starting in Oakland. Zito to me is definitely overrated. Still solid, but overrated.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Wait, so I can’t consider BOTH Clippard and Tavarez ugly?! To be fair, I was the contrarian SF here in my lone opinion of Kevin Youkilis’ hideous mouth muff.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Well now that I questioned his ability here’s comes the gem.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Youk’s goat is awesome! He is almost to the point of Cpt. Lou Albano, he may need some rubber bands soon.
    SF, you are the man so you can call whoever you want ugly. I on the other hand have no right!
    Well at least it won’t be a long game.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Hey, I am plenty ugly, so I feel like I know it when I see it.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • I heard Ron Jeremy saw Youkilis the other night and had flashbacks to the 1970s.
    (badump bump. and there’s our requisite RJ reference!)

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • And what was that complaining about Cairo at first?

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Girardi providing a counter-view to An Inconvenient Truth. His logic is flawless.
    Anyway, this is to say that I’ve never been enthusiastic about him as a possible heir to Torre. Never liked him. What can I say.

    Nick-YF June 5, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Had the sound down, Nick. What did he say? Something about cold weather in June, I bet?

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • What is Girardi talking about? Buehrle broke off the mound fine – Girardi saying that Buehrle didn’t make much of an effort at Cairo’s bunt, but the replay shows nothing of the sort.

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • (and it was a perfect bunt, at that, so what could Buehrle do anyways?)

    SF June 5, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • he was talking about cold weather in Chicago in April and May.

    Nick-YF June 5, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Jeter really looks hobbled, hurt a little. He got up the line really slowly on his last GIDP, and now Mackowiak lines one up the middle past a diving Jeter, though the ball was only 2 or three steps to his left. I know his range is suspect, but he looks like he’s got more going on than just that, particularly on the DP ball.

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Girardi just said that, on the subject of the A-Rod “mine” controversy that “as a player you are taught that, because of the noise in the stadium, you can’t hear anything”. Huh?

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • OK I am back, had to watch the baby for awhile.
    Don’t pick on Girardi, he’s a genius.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Speaking of Girardi, is he our next manager?

    sam YF June 5, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Honestly, that’s the move. Forget Bowa, Mattingly, etc…It’s Girardi, he is our guy once Sleepy either retires or gets canned.
    Nice job Alex!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • What a THROW, wow.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • This is one of those pitching matchups (like Tavarez vs. Halladay earlier this year for the Sox) that you write off and then get pleasantly surprised.
    Like I said…

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • (that is, if you are a YF. I am not “pleasantly surprised”, of course)

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • It’s never too late SF…..

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Dude, come on, this game is OVAH.

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Finally checking in. Nice to see the Yanks with a lead. You know how the Sox don’t lose 3 in a row? The Yanks haven’t won 3 in a row in quite sometime..
    Clippard out after 5. Was hoping he would get another one in after 89 pitches, but then the Yanks had a long inning..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Is it just me or when Joe Torre gets mad, does it seem like he’s doing it because he now is feeling pressure to get angry? Some guys, they only get angry intermittently, and then when they do get angry it really means something. But Torre has almost passed the point of getting angry ever, so now it’s almost like he’s performing “anger” when he acts pissed. It’s very weird. It’s like at an office where the boss doesn’t get mad ever and when they do it sort of feels like a put-on, as opposed to the nice boss who gets mad just enough to freak you out. Torre might have passed the “nice guy” tipping point.

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Wow, Cairo’s stepping up. Who needs Doug or Phelps?

    Lar June 5, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • The Yanks haven’t won 3 in a row in quite sometime..
    And they aren’t going to tonight, or tomorrow, either. They lost last night, Lar, remember?

    SF June 5, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • SF – I was noticing that too. I figured it’s at least half calculated to “fire up the troops”.. or at least showing King George that he’s doing everything he can..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • The White Sox aren’t very disciplined at the plate, are they?

    SF June 5, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • SF vis-a-vis Torre’s anger, sometimes Iagree with you but when he got tossed on Friday it seemed pretty genuine.

    sam YF June 5, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • But weren’t the Yankees like 6 runs up on Friday when he got tossed? I mean, why then? He may have been genuinely angry, but to the point of getting tossed in what was a blowout?

    SF June 5, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Ok, off to the internet-less room to watch the good guys. And by “good guys” I do not mean the rest of the Yankees/White Sox game.
    Go Daisuke!
    Good night, all.

    SF June 5, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • SF – Oh, ya, that’s not what I was saying/hoping. Just that it’s been an observation of mine the last few weeks, and the other thread reminded me.
    See, yesterday’s loss for the Yanks can also easily be chalked up to a “tough loss”, but the problem is they’ve used up their quota already..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • SF, when I said it’s never too late I meant it’s never too late for you to become a Yankees fan.
    As for Torre, ehhhh I have nothing to say about Sleepy. His time has come. Everything he does now seems like he is doing it out of fear of losing or in order to motivate.
    T-Clip 89 pitches, why not let him go one more? It’s a 5-1 game, not 1-1. Over managing.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 5, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • ARod is such a stat padder. 6-1 Yanks.

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Leave it up to Farns to make it exciting. I rather we keep on winning boring games..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Farns gives one back. Luckily, we were up 5 (now 4). Unforunately, Farns is still pitching.
    I hope Mo doesn’t have to pitch, but Torre will probably put him in anyhow..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • ARod pads his stats a little more. 7-2.
    And Posada doubles before I finished the previous sentence. I’m tired early tonight. I hope I don’t wake up disappointed!

    Lar June 5, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Bruney also got in the act of making things exciting. Mo comes in to try to stop the fun..

    Lar June 5, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • That top of the 9th HR by ARod was the turning point.

    Lar June 5, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • well done, Lar. That was indeed the turning point.

    Nick-YF June 5, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • I think me posting that was the turning point. Okay, I think the meme fun is over.. ;)

    Lar June 5, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • wild card

    dc June 5, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Woo 6.5 out!
    Detroit’s pitching ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. A lot like the White Sox after 2005, actually.

    AndrewYF June 5, 2007, 11:52 pm

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