May 28, 2007


Yankees hold hour-long meeting before Monday night's game in Toronto (CBS, May 28, 2007)

His team stuck in a rut, manager Joe Torre wanted to talk to the New York Yankees.

For an hour.

Sensing an attitude problem on his struggling team, Torre held a lengthy meeting before Monday night's game in Toronto. The session ran so long the Yankees were nearly a half-hour late taking the field for stretching and batting practice.

"I've seen some tentativeness," Torre said. "If there's a word to characterize this whole thing, it's 'frustration."'

Attitude? Unless the meeting was to introduce six or seven new pitchers, you get more of this.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2007 8:36 PM

In the meantime, could someone please explain to me what the heck happened with Casey Blake against Papelbon tonight? How is he told to go to first, then told to go back to the plate, and then told he's out despite no one tagging him and the ball hitting the backstop?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 28, 2007 10:43 PM

Posted by: oj at May 28, 2007 11:57 PM

He obviously wasn't trying to swing and, as he noted in the article, he didn't have upper-body rotation. This is all obvious on the replay. Although I'm not completely certain, it also appears that he was hit on the hand and should've been able to load the bases with one out.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 29, 2007 1:12 AM

If you break the plane of homeplate you swung, which was a close call. Intent is immaterial.

Posted by: oj at May 29, 2007 5:48 AM

It should have been ruled a foul ball. The hands when gripping the bat are part of the bat, and if one swings the bat and the ball his a hand attached to the bat, it is the same as if it the ball hit only the bat.

Posted by: GER at May 29, 2007 12:15 PM