Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Everyone But....

That should be the headline tomorrow as seven Yankees hit home runs (Matsui twice) while A-Rod flailed away. The lightbulbs at the Stadium were blinding every time he got an at-bat. But the sixth home run, people were dissolving in good-natured laughter. I'd like to think A-Rod was joking with his teams or getting teased by them during all this (maybe it would relax him), but the only glimpse I saw of him on a monitor in the dugout after someone else's home run showed him all business. Did anyone see it on TV who can speak to the atmosphere among the players? And what the heck was the home plate umpire freaking out over? I thought he was gonna toss the entire Whie Sox team and not just one manager. 53,000+ fans on a Tuesday continued the Yankees' recent run of making every game feel like a playoff. And (here's my obligatory dig), trust A-Rod to turn even a positive milestone like his 500th home run into angst and drama. I tried to get people to chant "Relax A-Rod" but it didn't catch on.

5 comments:

joe said...

My obligatory ARod defense: he hit two balls to the warning track! And its not like El Capitan did anything worth mentioning...

Poor ARod...

Justin said...

He doesn't seem to perform well under pressure. I imagine once he hits 500, and people stop caring, he'll then go on and hit 10 more in 10 days.

Michael in New York said...

Dead on, Justin. And Joe, Jeter was trying to make A-Rod feel good by not showing him up. We'd won the game so he didn't need to score runs and of course we know Jeter doesn't care about personal stats. El Capitan was trying to shield the poor guy.

joe said...

His performance in the 9th inning of games this year would seem to contradict the "can't perform under pressure" school of thought. How many walk off homers do the Yanks have this year, and how many were hit by ARod?

Again -- he hit two balls to the warning track. In some parks those are homers. It's not like he struck out five times. He's in a bit of a slump which happens -- but I think he'll be fine.

Michael in New York said...

Oh he'll be fine. And this season he's hit so many and so often that you can't accuse him of not being clutch. Just teasing.