Monday, August 10, 2009

My Weekend in 3 Parts: Part I - Friday Night's Yankee Game

One of the things I don't do on the Sabbath is watch TV, use the computer, or listen to the radio. So imagine my frustration when I saw in Saturday's paper that Friday's Yankee game ended too late for the paper. I go through similar frustrations when the Yanks play on the West Coast, but I felt a higher sense of urgency to know the result since they were playing Boston and Josh Beckett, Boston's ace, was on the mound.

On my way to synagogue I met up with a few friends. Instead of using the traditional Sabbath greeting, "Shabbat Shalom (or Gut Shabbos)," the first words out of our mouths were "what did the Yankees do?" Since we all get the same paper no one knew.

The same scenario played out when I got to synagogue. Each time someone, who we knew was a Yankee fan, walked into synagogue the same question was asked, "What did the Yankee do last night?" No one knew the result of Friday night's game!

Around 10:00 a.m., a friend's son lets his father and those sitting around him (yes we talk during services) know that the Yanks won 2-0 in the bottom of the 15h courtesy of an A-Bomb from A-Rod. So how did we find out? We have the synagogue custodian to thank for that. He's not much of a sports fan, but he was nice enough to go back to his car and report back. Needless to say, the topic of conversation during the walk home was about the Yankees. How Burnett matched Beckett pitch for pitch, how the Yankees bullpen held Boston to no runs and 4 hits in 15 innings, how A-Rod finally came through in the clutch, etc...

One of the first things I usually do once the Sabbath ends Saturday evening, is turn on the TV and find out what the Yankees did on Saturday. Imagine my glee when I saw that the Yankees shutout Boston 5-0. Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen held Boston to no runs and 4 hits. I usually do not check the highlights from Friday's game. This past Saturday evening I made sure to get on-line and read all about Friday night's game.

1 comment:

Payam said...

A-Rod gets so much grief from Yankee fans but he constantly puts up great numbers. You've inspired me to check out some stats from this site:
http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/cl_batr_dat.htm

SIT AB OBP SLG OPS AVG+ SLG+ BPS
NO-RISP 4202 0.378 0.577 0.954 0.305 0.577 0.882
RISP 1388 0.391 0.564 0.955 0.293 0.541 0.835

hopefully the numbers line up so you can make sense of the stats but otherwise, scroll down on that webpage to A-Rod's info. It seems like he doesn't step it up much with runners in scoring position but there isnt much of a dropoff either.

By the way, I'm a Mets fan who has given up on the season and I will rejoice the day they fire Omar.