"You don’t have to have a whole lot of experience to understand that
the game hasn’t changed. That’s what I’ve been talking to the guys about: Go out there and play baseball." – Kenny Lofton
Leading today’s gamer with a quote from current Tribesman and ex-Yankee Kenny Lofton may seem odd at best and a taunt of the mystic at worst, but the simple nugget of truth in Lofton’s message is the most honest thing I have read in the days of speculation, taunting, and prognostication surrounding the Yankee’s current "dilemma". Four days ago, Lofton produced four RBIs while leading the Indians to a 12-3 thrashing of Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees. Then Carmona and Pettitte treated fans to a fine pitcher’s duel for the ages, regardless of insect insurgency. Their backs to the wall, the Yankees went out there and played baseball yesterday, capitalizing on missed pitches and defensive miscues, not letting three early runs stand in the way of their taking adavantage of the opportunities offered to play baseball again tonight.
Chien-Ming Wang is eager for his chance at redemption and picks up the ball for the Bombers on three days rest. Cleveland sends Paul Byrd, who lost his final two starts of the season while giving up 10 runs and 20 hits over 10.2 innings, his last appearance being September 27th. The Yankees faced Byrd August 11th and chased him after two innings.
There will be plenty of time to talk about contracts and clutchness, to say fond farewells and good riddances, to argue what ifs and what nexts, whether that conversation starts tomorrow or several weeks hence. Right now, go out there and play baseball, lads. Lineups will follow when I find them, comment away.
Pete Abraham recently reported that Ron Villone has been added to the roster in place of Roger Clemens.