March 12, 2008

AND WITH TORRE GOES THEIR LAST SHRED OF CLASS:

YANKS, RAYS BRAWL: DUNCAN'S SLIDE POSSIBLE PAYBACK (MARK HALE, March 12, 2008, NY Post)

n the bottom of the first inning, Yankees pitcher Heath Phillips hit Rays batter Evan Longoria with a pitch, and Phillips was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

In the top of the second, Shelley Duncan attempted to leg out a double, and sure enough, there was a play at second base. Duncan slid high into Akinori Iwamura, cleats up, and was called out. But following the slide, Tampa Bay right fielder Jonny Gomes raced in and shoved Duncan.

That set things off, and there was a huge scrum on the infield with both teams, with Zimmer actually walking onto the field eventually. There appeared to be some pushing and shoving before the teams walked off. As they walked off, someone on Tampa Bay was yelling at the Yankees' side, though it's unclear who that was or who specifically his target was.


The Yankees better get used to having the Rays run over them. It's going to happen for the next decade.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 3:28 PM
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Teams have spent the better part of the last decade throwing at the Yanks and otherwise trying to intimidate them.

Hasn't worked, but it's better to put a marker down now. This year, if Tek tries to pick a fight wearing his facemask, as is his wont, Shelly will have Tek choking on his own teeth.

Meanwhile, the Yanks are the only team in the AL East positioned to compete with the Rays going forward. And, incidentally, I saw a compelation today of various predictive systems for the coming year -- PECOTA etal -- that had the Yanks at 98 wins, the Sawx at 89, and the Rays breathing down there neck.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 12, 2008 5:06 PM

Bingo! Now the Yankees are the team that has to try intimidating their betters.

Posted by: oj at March 12, 2008 8:17 PM
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