Though Masahiro Tanaka's Opening Day failure was tough to stomach, it wasn't as hard to take as the other failure fans witnessed in the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays yesterday at the Stadium. Even if you didn't actually witness it, even if you heard nothing about the game until you came to this site, you could probably guess what that failure was.
The Yankees were held hitless until Brian McCann's single to right in the bottom of the fourth. They scored their lone run when Brett Gardner homered to right in the bottom of the sixth. Both pulled the ball to the same part of the ballpark and got results.
Seven other Yankee at-bats in which the ball was pulled to right field got no results. Waiting to catch the ball at the end of each of those at-bats was Jose Bautista. Bautista made a total of eight put-outs yesterday, which would be enough for an entire series in some cases.
I know that Bautista is an excellent right fielder but, I couldn't help wondering why batters continued to hit balls to him all afternoon, in some cases right at him. Watching him make put-out after put-out made me think of the definition of insanity: repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results.
The Yankees repeatedly lined/flied out to right over and over again expecting Yankee Stadium Home Runs. If this is the strategy of Jeff Pentland, the team's new hitting coach, it's going to be a long season.