Love him or hate him? The opinion on Mike Lowell from the Yankee blogosphere is downright schizophrenic after his four-RBI, two-collision performance last night. On the one hand are the commenters at Bronx Banter, who were positive — positive! — that Lowell intentionally plowed into Doug Mientkewicz. I believe he used a second gunman, just to be sure.
- "Did anyone see a stutter step there? Was that totally clean?" — bobtaco
- "He’s out there trying to hurt people. Its clean, but so is breaking his arm with a fastball." — Mattpat11
- "Are we allowed to hit Lowell in the skull yet? Perhaps by a Farnsworth 100 mpher.." — matt nokes forever
Thankfully, cooler heads (including our own guest poster Emma Span) explained that Lowell was in the basepath, ran through the bag and looked back in concern before moving to second because the ball was still in play.
On the other hand, many commenters on LoHud want the Yankees to sign Lowell this offseason (assuming A-Rod walks, of course). They use such adjectives as "gritty" and "gamer," which of course it’s easy to be when you’re hitting .330 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI in early June.
- "sometimes baseball is about toughness. lowell got drilled yesterday and took it to the yankees today. he hit the homer, knocked cano on his ass and annililated mienkiewicz. lowell is kicking the yankee’s $%$#% today. anyone on the yankees maybe want to match his intensity level ?" — randy1
- "You can bang on Lowell all you want. If he was on the Yankees, you would all be calling him ‘gritty’ and a ‘winner’. We used have players like Lowell on the Yankees. Hopefully, we get him next year." — SJ44
- "[The Yankees] should have never traded lowell in the first place" — the todd
The commenters mostly agree on two basic principles, though:
- That Joe Torre mismanaged the Yankees into another momentum-stifling, humilating loss to the Boston Red Sox,
- That Brian Casman is somehow to blame for the latest Roger Clemens fiasco.
The cries for blood are growing louder, and I wonder if a loss tonight might result in a head (or two) on the pinstriped floor.