Was that …last year? Pinstripes on the Park? Yankees in Toronto? Joe Torre told the boys to show up late with no practice because they’d been pressing? Newly re-signed (does anyone come back a 3rd time?) Roger Clemens got up on stage in the middle of Manhattan, in Bryant Park right behind the public library’s main branch, and tried mightily to heave-ho us into headiness for playoffs the Yanks had not looked ready to secure lately. I had to admire his The crowd did not look ready to welcome Roger. Not rude, just not, well, warm. Definitely wary. Maybe it was because he wouldn’t say how great it was to be a Yankee again, to come back and fix Boston. There was a need to hear that and, surely, a way to say it.
David Wells Loses His Win Again 6IP, 1ER. June 26, 2007
San Diego beat the Giants 2-1, but a blown save by, of all people, the very reliever whose retention he had championed offseason (Scott Linebrink) took away his W. A tightly-pitched game overall, though Wells gave up an unusually high number of walks (3), for him. Maybe it is more accurate to describe it as a tightly-managed pitching game, at least by the Padres, who used 6 pitchers to keep the Giants from scoring more than 1 run in 10 innings The 6th was Trevor Hoffman, who earned his 20th save. Only Zito — who went 8 innings — and Meredith pitched for the Giants, and they kept the Pads to 2 runs in 10. Not bad, eh?
Ever wonder what it’s like being Doug Balsley, the pitching coach for Padres’ manager Bud Black? As pitching coach for the Angels in his previous job, he looked intense and hands-on, if you know what I mean.
**SPECIAL NOTE** I have a bad feeling that Andy Pettitte is going to win the YEAH, YEAH, YEAH Award of the year. Today fit the bill, and I haven’t the heart to explain. If you can stand it, listen to the game, bad umpire calls and all. Calls that favored the Yankees, mind you.