Game recap first, then drama recap. And there is so much drama for a Wednesday.
Starter Andy Pettitte went into the 7th inning with his 94 pitches. Only one Texas player seemed to have Pettitte’s number to put any dent in the scoreboard. In the 1st inning, the batter hit an RBI single to put the Rangers on top 1-0 until the 6th inning, when the same batter’s solo home run kept the Texas in the lead. Shawn Kelley came on in the 7th with 2 runners on base and no outs and managed to get out of that inning scott-free. But then he allowed a solo home run in the 8th inning, furthering the Rangers’ lead.
Offensively, the Yankees had some rather lackluster moments. Their lone score came in the fateful 6th inning. Brett Gardner singled and advanced to 3rd on a really bad throwing error and complete mess chasing Gardner around the diamond. This put him in the perfect place to score easily on Robinson Cano’s single. They did hit off the newly acquired Rangers’ pitcher, and there were 2 errors made by the less-than-impressive Texas defense (including the one previously mentioned). But the Yankees just weren’t consistent in their offensive attack. Needless to say, the Rangers take their second game in this four game series with a final score of 3-1.
However, the coolest part about tonight’s game was Andy Pettitte passing the great Sandy Koufax on the all-time strikeout list with 2397 strikeouts, making him securely in 39th place, leading the current active players on the list. Teammate CC Sabathia isn’t that far behind him. But the major difference between the two is that Sabathia is a dominant strikeout pitcher, where as Pettitte tends to get batters to ground/fly out. Both still have plenty of time to cement their permanent numbers in the all-time list. But a big congratulations to Andy tonight, and I know we all look forward to watching those numbers continue to climb.
Luis Cruz was moved to the 15-day DL after spraining his right knee after Monday’s game. In his place, they recalled David Adams for that ever-needed infield support. Both Jayson Nix (hamstring) and Curtis Granderson (hand) report to the Tampa Yankees for their rehab assignments. David Phelps (forearm) is rehabbing with AA Trenton. And the Yankees decided to outright Alberto Gonzalez to AAA Scranton, meaning they released him but wanted to keep him nearby in case they need more infield support in the future.
Alex Rodriguez spent time today at the Tampa minor league complex working on his rehab. And because of his injury, his name was circulating all over the internet, Twitter, and sports shows; but not in a good way. Apparently, Rodriguez sought a second opinion on his recent quad strain, but without the consent of the Yankees organization. This is a violation of the standard agreement all players sign. To make matters worse, the doctor not only said there didn’t seem to be a strain, but he was also involved in recent reprimands due to his prescriptions of steroid-like substances. And with the rumors surrounding Rodriguez with the South Florida clinic, the last thing his name needs to be tied with is another questionable medical instance.
Like I said many times before, I won’t fall into assumptions or presumptions. And I won’t comment until solid facts and sentences have been pronounced or names have been exonerated. But when my Twitter is filled up with more of this medical story than the new royal baby, I have to at least mention the story. It’s days like this that I’m glad I changed my major in college from Journalism to English. So I’m not one of those people stalking stories, but rather reflecting on the application and life lessons you can get from the stories.
So what can we learn from today’s story? When you sign a contract, read it and make sure you’re following it. And make sure you steer clear of people who aren’t 100% above-board, especially when you’re currently mired in your own murky circumstances. Maybe you can learn by example, even if you don’t necessarily agree with how the person got to the point from where you’re drawing the conclusion and life application. Seeing as we are all only ever responsible for our own decisions, learning from another’s bad example is a great way to move forward and not repeat their mistakes. But it’s up to them to also learn from their mistakes and move forward, daring to never repeat their own mistakes.
And perhaps that’s the greatest lesson of all — it’s not if you make mistakes (because you will), but how you move forward from them. History is full of great men who failed spectacularly but figured out how to learn from and excel past those failures. That’s why history isn’t written until that person has lived their life and passed into legend, leaving behind legacy and success in the face of failure. If they wrote history in the middle of someone’s life, you can’t imagine the impact, the good that can come from one person, or to use an old phrase, you “can’t see the forest through the trees”. Biographies are better when there’s an end to the story so you can look back and see how all the pieces fit together.
So we’re still in the middle of the story. There’s still so much that can happen and will happen. So I look forward on reflecting on what did happen and how even the worst parts impacted the world for the better.