When Kim Jones, the YES network reporter, mentioned to Jorge Posada that the game “apparently ended with some laughs,” Posada cut off the question. He had caught the first seven innings and did not seem to see the humor in Swisher’s stunt.
“Nobody was laughing,” Posada said. “I think today was embarrassing. It’s just one of those days that everything went for them and nothing went for us. We didn’t pitch; we didn’t do the things we were supposed to do. Nobody was laughing.”
Even the ever stoic Derek Jeter was able joke about Swisher, who was the only Yankee to have a scoreless appearance yesterday. Posada’s anger is understandable, the loss was embarrassing and if this were to happen again in the near future it would be pretty gruesome for the Yankees. But really, how can you be so worked up that for a half an inning you can’t enjoy yourself while your first baseman throws side arm changeups on the mound? Are there really any Yankee followers who didn’t take a bit of enjoyment out of that overall terrible game? Oh wait, I found some! Better yet, they all work in the Yankees’ booth.
John Flaherty: “It’s not a good feeling for the hitter, it’s not a good feeling for Nick Swisher, it’s not a good feeling for Molina behind the plate.”
Swish was laughing it up on the mound, and Molina looked like he was giggling like crazy behind the plate. He even pumped his fist after Swisher got a strikeout.
Michael Kay: “He just took the ball and he tossed it into the dugout. I don’t think that’s pretty cool, you’re in the middle of a game right here, and it’s also embarrassing to Kapler.”
Kapler probably should feel silly, for one. Second, his team is up by ten, I think he’ll sleep okay. Smiling is not the Yankee way! If he did a Joba scream and fist pump after the strikeout I might get the problem, but that wasn’t the case. None of this was as bad as Joe Buck freaking out over Randy Moss fake-mooning the Packer fans who actually mooned him, but still.
By the way, A-rod has moved his rehab to Florida at the Yankees spring training complex, and seems wel on his way to getting back. It isn;t even halfway through April, so his May 15th projection seems pretty accurate, and he’ll even have a shot of getting back a week or so before then. The way Cody Ransom is not only struggling at the plate, but having trouble in the field, he can not return wuick enough.