Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Call It A Comeback

What if was to tell you that the Yankees would be losing to the Orioles 3-1 in the seventh inning. Is that something you would be interested in? Certainly not I, as the channel changed plenty of times between the fifth and seventh innings. In more ways than the preceding adapted quote, last night's game was much like Sunday's episode of Entourage

(I'll keep this part brief, as I understand that not everyone watches Entourage. But you should.)

We came into last night's game like Eric went into his meeting with Bob Ryan. He figured he was working with one of the all-time great producers and could come up with a project for Vince. The Yankees went into the game against the Orioles knowing they were working with one of the worst teams in the league and could at least maintain their lead over the Red Sox. Things went wrong for Eric when he got to Ryan's house, where there was no project for Vince. Things went wrong for the Yankees when they allowed the Orioles to score three runs before the seventh, and it looked like they wouldn't widen the gap with the Red Sox.

But things turned around for E when he noticed a picture of the Ramones in Ryan's house. Things turned around for the Yankees when Johnny Damon slammed a ball over the right field wall. Ryan and E went over a winning script, and Robinson Cano delivered a winning double. E, Ryan, and Vince went to Ari to close the deal, and Torre went to Mo for the same.

Sometimes it's nice to watch Yankees games with non-fans. I have to stifle my emotions just a bit – though the Damon homer still got a fist pump – but I feel more relaxed when I'm not in a room filled with baseball fans. And, if things get frustrating, the non-fans are more than willing to change the channel. That was the case in the sixth inning, as Miguel Tejada came to the plate with runners on first and third with none out. Dog the Bounty Hunter was on A&E, and while I find that show numbingly boring, it was better option than watching the Yanks collapse to the dismal Os.

There was no way, however, that I could refrain from asking to check a score during commercials. So when I saw Damon at the plate with a runner on third and no outs in the seventh, I kindly asked that the channel stay at 9 for a bit. A few seconds later I was vindicated, and the score was tied 3-3. An Abreu double and a Cano double later, the score was 4-3, and I felt at ease watching the rest of the game uninterrupted.

Before Mo induced a grounder off the bat of Chris Gomez, the out of town scoreboard flashed, revealing that the Red Sox had lost to the Tigers. Actually, I had gotten a text message to that effect a minute earlier. But when Michael Kay revealed that Wily Mo Pena dropped a fly ball that plated the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and then struck out in the bottom half, I was a happy man. The lead is now three, a comfortable margin with which to enter this weekend's series. The best part is that the Yankees have a free chance to gain a half game before then.

The somewhat recovered Cory Lidle squares off against Adam Loewen tonight, and it's high freakin' time that the Yanks laid into this guy like the rest of the league. The scouting report is that he's wild, so when he came out throwing strikes a few Saturdays ago, it surely caught the Yanks off guard. I would hope that they get to him by the second time through the order, but we all know how the Yanks fare against young, struggling pitchers.