Saturday, July 23, 2011
NEW YORK — Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira held his pointer finger just apart from his thumb in an attempt to illustrate how narrowly the barrel of his bat missed a cut fastball that could have won the game in the ninth inning today.
Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, a Haddon Township native, rarely throws the cutter, which is designed to zip back toward the hitter at the last second. It was just enough of a shift in movement to keep Teixeira from getting all of the ball, and rounding the bases with a three-run homer.
I am glad I chose to go see a matinee of Captain America instead of this game. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, I am going to guarantee two things.
1) Seattle will enter their series with the Yankees on Monday mired in a 15 game losing streak.
2) Seattle will leave that series with their losing streak over.