4-6-5-6-5-3-4. No, that’s not the combination to my bike lock in elementary school (although it is eerily close). That’s the box score of the triple play that the Yankees pulled off last night. And if you haven’t seen it, you should (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=11493214&content_id=26230559). Not only is it a weird play that stopped Baltimore dead in its tracks, but it emotionally ignited an infield that is still getting used to playing together. Could it be the traceable bonding event that turns this motley crew into the New York Yankees? Only time will tell.
But after last night’s win, there is one thing that I do know with certainty: Never blow a bubblegum bubble when trying to catch a flyball in center field. You should check this one out as well. http://i.imgur.com/4LdFxfa.gif (from DERP over at River Avenue Blues)
Oriole outfielder Adam Jones will never do that again. He proved the classic “never walk and chew gum at the same time” theory, as the Yankees scored three runs on his error. Jones even poked himself in the eye during spring training when he tried to rub his belly and pat his head simultaneously. It will be interesting to see if Jones continues his chewing gum habit in the remaining games of the series. In any event, let’s hope the Yanks’ bubble doesn’t burst (couldn’t resist) and they continue this winning streak.
And speaking of streaks, one streak that you might not know about came to a whimpering end this week. The Boston Red Sox had a humongous sell-out streak going over at their dumpy Fenway Park. It started on May 15, 2003 (which was a great year—thank you, Aaron Boone!) and went 794 regular season games, 820 if you include the postseason. For one thing, it helps if your rickety stadium only seats around 37,000. (I believe Yankee Stadium holds at least 51,000.) The Red Sox home attendance streak should have ended last season, when their players cared more about fried chicken and beer instead of performance; their fans were fed up. But it was allowed to continue because the Sox management considers attendance as all tickets distributed, instead of actual turnstile counts. All tickets distributed? Really? If you go by that logic, I could sell out a performance of me playing my daughter’s old recorder at Madison Square Garden, just by handing out tickets at Times Square. Selling out games is important from a revenue perspective, but it’s not more important than actually winning the games, which is the perspective of the fans.
It gets late early out there.