Orioles 3, Yankees 2. Where's Mo, indeed?
Joe Torre bungled his second game in three days, and in the exact same fashion...by leaving his best pitcher on the bench while a lesser reliever, with an overused, diseased arm, blows the game.
I don't care if the Yankees were at home, on the road, or playing a pick-up game in my backyard...Mariano Rivera needed to be in that game. We want him on that wall. We need him on that wall.
Torre made another key mistake ordering Robinson Cano to bunt in the top of the ninth with Jorge Posada on first and nobody out. Predictably, the low-percentage move backfired and the lead runner was forced at second. Way to take your best remaining bat out of the inning, Joe. I'm sure Miguel Cairo will pick up the slack. Oh, wait...
This loss was sickening, unconscionable, unmanageable, unbearable.
Worse was the way Torre responded after the loss:
"We walked ourselves right out of this game," Torre said. And: "We contributed more than the Orioles did to our demise, with the walks and our play in center field."
Wow. Just...wow. Torre, who used to be so skilled at protecting his players from criticism, now doles it on them himself to protect his own ass. That's simply irresponsible and despicable. Torre was most responsible for the loss, and if he doesn't know that, he's truly an idiot, and should be fired. If he does know it, and is throwing Proctor and Melky Cabrera under the bus to deflect blame, he's a Machiavellian douche, and should be fired.
A Brief Glimpse Inside the Mind of Joe Torre: Hmm, last year, when Alex Rodriguez was really struggling at the plate, I humiliated him in front of the entire world by batting him eighth against the Tigers. That worked out so well, I think I'll try it again with Abreu!
Overheard in the Psycho Fan's Apartment as Scott Proctor Appeared to Start the Ninth Inning: "Why am I the only person in the world who's not retarded?"
Events That Made the Psycho Fan Bash His Head Into a Brick Wall: Kyle Farnsworth's continued existence on this team; Miguel Cairo at first base.