The New York Yankees opened the doors to their new home for the first time. The Cleveland Indians were supposed to be the sacrificial lamb to help aid the baptism of a new park. Cleveland turned out to be the rudest of guests, scoring nine times in the 7th inning and riding their best pitching start of the year to slap the Yankees, 10-2.
Cliff Lee looked sharp for six innings giving up just a homer to Jorge Posada. Lee gave up seven hits and struck out four lowering his season ERA to 6.75. Other than Posada’s bomb, Lee seemed to have good stuff and bent but didn’t break. This has to be, by far, the best effort by a starting pitcher for The Tribe in all ten games.
Grady Sizemore had a grand slam and Victor Martinez homered for Cleveland as well. Martinez is batting .381 and has been consistently productive. Kelly Shoppach tacked on a couple of hits.
First Bank of Steinbrenner investment known as CC Sabathia, an overweight and overpaid baseball pitcher who happens to be worth half as much as the entire Florida Marlins roster, went 5 2/3 giving up five hits and walking five. Sabathia didn’t figure into the decision.
Few things should make Cleveland sports fans happier than what happened in New York today. The Indians, playing with their backs against the wall, played a complete game against the financially secure bullies. This may well be the wake-up call Eric Wedge was hoping for.
I’m sure Yankee fans everywhere will be making excuses, they have gotten really good at that in the last few years. “What do you expect, we didn’t have A-Roid“, will be a popular one. Here is one for the Yankee faithful from me. One of your worst investments in recent times, and there have been plenty, failed to pitch his team to victory today.