Good morning, Pinstripe Alley!
Last night, the Yankees dropped another game to the Boston Red Sox by the score of 11-6. They've lost seven of eight games against Boston this year, including five straight in the Bronx. Let's hope they turn it around tonight.
This will likely appear again on our new "Twitter Tuesday" post, but it's far too great to not mention for another five days. Dwight "Doc" Gooden tweeted this yesterday in response to David Ortiz's antics during the 6-4 Boston win on Tuesday.
@DocGooden16: "In the 80s Ortiz would be laying on his ass right now after the stunt he pulled last night"
You know what, Doc? I bet other fans were hoping that would be the case tonight. Especially after Ortiz went yard again in the first inning. Interestingly enough, Ortiz has had nearly 700 plate appearances against the Yankees (yes, enough for an entire season) and he has never been hit by a pitch.
All of a sudden, the Yankees are experiencing the injury bug. Russell Martin is day-to-day with a strained back and Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained flexor tendon in his arm. Joba could potentially be out until the All Star Break.
For those that were unaware, Hardball Talk explains why Jorge Posada wasn't at the stadium yesterday.
Jorge Posada left the Yankees to be with his 11-year-old son as he undergoes surgery. The Posada family is hoping that this ninth operation is the final surgery for Jorge III, who was born with craniosynostosis, a condition involving the bones of the skull.
Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to Jorge, his son and his family.
Onto the links.
The New York Times refers to the Yankees as polite and hospitable to Boston. I'm beginning to agree. The Red Sox seem undaunted by Yankee Stadium these days.
NY1 reports that Paul McCartney will be playing at Yankee Stadium on July 15. That should be a heck of a concert. Just don't leave the outfield grass looking terrible.
Sporting News debates whether or not Derek Jeter will go down as the greatest shortstop in MLB history. DJ3K count is now 11.
Oh, and A.J. Burnett is sick of hearing about the past.
Question of the morning: Who was/is your favorite Yankee reliever other than Mariano Rivera?