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!