You Can’t Win ‘Em All


That’s Casey Stengel, back in his days as a Brooklyn Dodger. I love the picture, and thought well enough to throw it up here on this Subway Series weekend. You have to figure his spirit is present in these games. Casey’s career trajectory, from Yankees to Mets, has been reversed by Joe Torre, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a big-league skipper. Both men managed some titanically awful Mets teams. The Mets don’t stink these days, however—nevermind the recent slide—and the Yanks learned that the hard way last night, despite a fine pitching performance from Roger Clemens. He went 6.1, struck out 8, walked just 1, and allowed but 2 runs. This was not enough to overcome Oliver Perez, who put on a masterful exhibition, repeatedly striking his way out of trouble over 7.1. For one night, at least, Jose Reyes won the Battle of the NY Shortstops, going 3-3 with a homer, 2 rbi, and 3 sb. Derek was 2-4—not shabby either—and might have scored a run or two had Bobby, Alex, and Jorge done a bit better than 1-11 with 4 ks.

In other news, expect to be hearing quite a bit about Lou Piniella’s interview with Deborah Solomon in the NYT Sunday Magazine. Let’s just say Lou won’t be getting any invitations to speak at NOW in the near future, and he can forget about dinner at the Waldmans:

Solomon: Do you think a woman could be a good manager?

Sweet Lou: If she had a good bench coach, why not? I would think she would need a good hardened professional baseball guy that would help her with the x’s and o’s during the ballgame. Someone who knew the intricacies in and out of the game.

Solomon: Plenty of women already know the intricacies of the game.

Sweet Lou: I’m not sure of that. I think some of the sportswriter women probably think they do.

Also, he snubs Joe, continues to pine for Alex, and likes to read the Bible. Elsewhere, the NYT, as a gift to subscribers, stuck a team photo of the 1996 Yankees in with the paper this morning, why I’m not sure. On the back of the thing, it lists individual honors. The Yankee All-Stars: Boggs, Pettitte, Wetteland. WS MVP: Wetteland. Funny, though, they seem to have forgotten a big one. I seem to recall a certain shortstop from that team winning Rookie of the Year…..

7 comments… add one
  • i knew there was a reason i didn’t really want lou to replace joe when that talk was swirling…he’s got a bad attitude about a lot of stuff really…
    and, your headline is right…it defies logic to expect the yanks to have extended their win streak and the sox to have extended their losing streak…so both teams “take a break” with last night’s results and “resume” again today [i hope]…i like joe’s approach for taking on the challenge one step at a time…get to 500, then 5 over, then look around for the next team to go ahead of in the standings…anybody who says we aren’t scoreboard watching, especially the sox, isn’t being honest, but respectability is the most reasonable goal right now, followed by the wild card…

    dc June 16, 2007, 8:26 am
  • sorry yf, i’m off topic with these next 2 comments, but here goes:
    from the “yankees got one right” department: i just read that rj is going back on the dl [15 day variety] because of muscle tightness in his “back”…the report [aol sports–ap] says [no kidding]: “Johnson felt tightness in his buttocks muscle while playing catch…”…it didn’t say if he was playing catch with carl pavano or not, but i wouldn’t bet against it…anyway, someone will make the argument that the yanks didn’t get much back for randy, but my point is just letting him and his salary go appears to have been the right move…
    our old friend, bpud seems to be willing to make an example out of giambi, the only “semi-honest” guy in the whole mess…can we as fans vote to suspend bpud for a season?…i still don’t understand the whole problem…if giambi for example, violated baseball rules, suspend him, and, if he broke a law, arrest him…seems simple to me…

    dc June 16, 2007, 8:41 am
  • I take it Lou hasn’t maxed out his donation to the Hillary campaign…

    SF June 16, 2007, 9:19 am
  • Giambi did violate baseball rules, dc. Performance-enhancing drugs have been illegal in baseball since Fay Vincent said so in the early 1990s.
    Meanwhile, I’m just glad the Sox are back to 8.5. Its amazing how one good win will boost your spirits…

    Paul SF June 16, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • Something about this picture reminds me of that “Sports Heroes” vignette in Woody Allen’s “Radio Days” about the baseball player who lost an arm, then a leg, then went blind, and then tossed a no-hitter for that big team in the sky.

    SF June 16, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • Here’s the bit, I wish I could dig up the picture, the visuals accompanying the narration are simply film of a pitcher on a mound, then a pitcher on a mound throwing with a wooden leg, then one arm, etc.
    Today’s story is about a baseball player. His name was Kirby Kyle. […] He was a kid with a great future. But one day, he went hunting. […] Chasing a rabbit, he stumbled, and his rifle went off. The bullet entered his leg. Two days later it was amputated. […] He had one leg, but he had something more important: he had heart.
    The following winter another accident caused Kirby Kyle an arm. Fortunately not his pitching arm. He had one leg and one arm, but more than that, he had heart.
    The next winter, going after a duck, his gun misfired. He was blind. But he had instinct as to were to throw the baseball. Instinct and heart. The following year, Kirby Kyle was run over by a truck and killed. The following season he won eighteen games in the big league in the Sky.

    SF June 16, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • but paul, why haven’t they suspended him?…?…i just don’t get it…what’s the hook?

    dc June 16, 2007, 1:34 pm

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