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Sidney Ponson will be on the mound tonight as the Yankees complete their three-game series with the Texas Rangers, playing on after Hank Steinbrenner publicly called the team out for its lackadaisical offense. We just grabbed Brian Cashman on the field and he wasn’t taken by surprise when Hank unloaded, speaking to the Associated Press:
“He’s right,” Cashman said. “The offense has underperformed and we’ve got to figure it out. The strength of this team, more than anything, is supposed to be the offense. It’s a weakness for us right now and we’ve got to fight our way through it and get guys going in the right direction. It’s simple as that.”
They’ll get their first chance tonight — the Yankees’ 388 runs scored are their fewest since 1992, when they had 374 runs and a 42-42 record after 84 games. In case you’re wondering — and I was — the ’92 Yanks lost that 85th game too, with Scott Sanderson allowing four runs over 7 2/3 innings. They fell to the Mariners, 5-2, when Dave Fleming threw a gem, making one mistake over eight innings — a two-run Danny Tartabull home run.
Imagine if this blog was around then?
Back in 2008, Melky Cabrera isn’t in the lineup, with the Yankees hoping to get his head right after a 0-for-19 drought. It’s looking like Hideki Matsui won’t be back before the All-Star Break; meanwhile, Chris Britton (strained left ribcage) threw a scoreless inning on rehab with the GCL Yankees on Tuesday. Humberto Sanchez (Tommy John surgery rehab) also appeared in the game, throwing a scoreless inning in his third rehab appearance.
“Good evening and welcome to Teepee Talk! Hey, in case you haven’t
noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t … the Indians have
managed to scrape together a few wins and are threatening to climb out
of the cellar!”
I can never pass up an opportunity to quote Bob Uecker or Major League. Here in Cleveland, the Yankees are a little bit reconfigured, having placed Brian Bruney on the 15-day disabled list with a potentially season-ending Lisfranc injury and adding pitchers Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton. Catcher Chad Moeller has been sent out into baseball limbo, where he’ll reside for the next 72 hours to see if a team claims him. If not, he’ll report to Triple-A. In the meantime, Moeller gets to fly home to Arizona and see his 2-year-old and 4-year-old children for the first time in a month.
The Progressive Field (still getting used to that name) visiting clubhouse has to be one of the coolest in baseball. I walked in today around 3:30 p.m. ET and saw Kyle Farnsworth sitting in a chair, cocking a shotgun and blasting various woodland animals on the arcade version of Big Buck Hunter Pro. We all crowded around and watched Farnsworth really give it to all of these poor virtual animals. Joe Girardi checked in and said, “A four pointer? That’s not even worth it. That’s like shooting Bambi!”
For those not inclined to violent guns and ammo games, the Indians also provided an arcade standup of Golden Tee, the golf game. The high score belongs to “VER.” Could that be the Tigers’ Justin Verlander?
For me, though, the kicker was seeing the original Nintendo Entertainment System sitting on the floor below a flat-screen HDTV. The 8-bit Bases Loaded cartridge was there, begging to be played, but I guess the guys just aren’t that old school anymore.