The positives first:
- Congratulations go out to Melky Cabrera. He had a good day, highlighted by his first career homer. The legend grows.
- Old Man Bernie continues to tear it up from the right side.
- Robbie Cano’s hitting streak is extended.
- The Yanks are still in first place.
- Julian Tavarez still plays for the Red Sox.
Now, the bad:
- Bases loaded and nobody out. The heart of the order is up. Only 1 run scores.
- Mike Mussina couldn’t handle the Indians bottom of the order.
- Joe Torre obviously did not feel winning was the highest priority today. Sometimes managers get in those moods. They’re content with merely winning a series. A sweep is the cherry on top. So, Torre runs out Aaron Small when the game is still in reach. For those of you obsessed with numbers, Small’s ERA is currently over 8. For those who just like to watch the game, he’s the guy who gives up an earned run almost every inning in which he pitches. A two-run game becomes a 4-run game while Aaron is busy searching for the pixie dust.
- A-Rod strikes out in a key situation. Headline writers sharpen their knives…
- The (potentially) worst news for last: Johnny Damon was pulled in favor of Bubba Crosby late in the game. What does this mean? Another injury?