Last night’s loss was bad enough. Torre managed poorly, Wang was terrible, Farnsworth blew the save, and Terrence Long lived up to advanced billing. But the really bad news is, of course, injury-related. These are the 2006 Yankees, after all. First, Gary Sheffield is back on the DL, and he might need surgery. And if that’s not scary enough, Mariano Rivera was scratched from last night’s game due to back spasms he suffered while tying his shoe. The question is obvious. Is Mariano really an octogenarian pretending to be the best reliever ever? The latest I’ve heard is that he’s out for the weekend. Let’s hope that’s it. Because what do the Yanks do without Mo? We’re seeing that Kyle might not make a reliable back-up, which brings us to last night:
- On the plus side of things, Melky Cabrera made a leaping catch at the wall. He continues to add to his legend daily. "Yankeemonkey" and I are accepting donations to set up a shrine to him outside of Yankees Stadium.
- Darrel Rasner’s debut with the big club was nice. Joe, why remove him from the game when you did?
- Terrence Long should have been pinch-hit for in his first at bat.
- Kyle Farnsworth obviously did not have it. There’s a guy in the bullpen with a low ERA who’s pitched very well in limited opportunities. Surprisingly, his name is not Mariano Rivera. He’s also not Scott Proctor. Who am I talking about? And why didn’t Joe bring him in when Kyle put a second guy on base?
- Should Yankees fans be happy that the Bombers took 3 out of 4 from the team with the best record in the league? I think so. Let’s chill then. It’s not all bad (at least until the next big injury).