LADY AT THE BAT: Looking Back: The Orioles Series (The Hit-By-Pitch Edition)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Looking Back: The Orioles Series (The Hit-By-Pitch Edition)

For the Yankees, there's nothing like playing a series in Yankee Yards Camden Yards to help turn a six-game losing streak into a distant memory. They have put up monster numbers in the place ever since it opened back in 1992. This latest two-game set was no different. Once again, they pounded Orioles pitching, winning both games. And, once again, Orioles pitching pounded them, resuming an on-again, off-again beanball war that has been going on for years against the two teams.

Robinson Cano and Chris Dickerson are only the latest casualties. Look back over the years and you'll be reminded of how former Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera would plunk Yankee hitters with regularity. Look back further and you'll remember the infamous Armando Benitez, throwing at and hitting Tino Martinez after giving up a home-run to Bernie Williams.

Yes, the beaning has been going on for years. But, until recently, the way the Yankees responded to it was different. Back then, they answered being hit by pitches by trying to win the game. Big deal. Don't get me wrong. Of course I want my team to win the game when this happens. But things always seemed so unsettled when they didn't retaliate, whether they won the game or not. They seemed so wimpy. Now, thanks to people like CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, retaliation is part of the Yankees game plan, and I am loving it.

I would love it even more if happened against the Mets in this weekend's Subway Series. Something has got to happen to make this annual snore-fest start appealing to me again. The novelty wore off many years ago. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm sick of the Subway Series and I'm sick of interleague play.


Chrissy said...

Definitely not a fan of beanball wars in general but I must admit that I wasn't at all displeased with CC yesterday. Send a message: Enough with the boys getting hit already.

I wish there was a way he could have plunked Showalter instead though. I was livid after Russ was hit in the earlier series and have no doubt that was called by Showalter no matter what he says. Let's see how eager he is to try this garbage with interleague games coming up. I hope the clubhouse revolts and he resigns. That's how distasteful his "managing style" is to me.

And I'm a huge fan of interleague games! At least against the Mets. There's bragging rights up for grabs here! Not to mention the right to see the Empire State building lit up in that beautiful Yankeee blue and white!

Bernadette Pasley said...

I'm not sure Showalter orders his pitchers to hit Yankee batters, but I AM sure the change in Yankee managers (from Torre to Girardi) has something to do with the fact that the Yankees are retaliating. That and the fact that pitchers like CC and AJ are in the rotation. Unlike guys such as Mike Mussina, CC and AJ don't think twice about standing up for their teammates, and that's a good thing!