God Is A Yankee Fan???

// October 6th, 2007

We Yankee fans like to say that god is a Yankees fan too. It makes all the sense in the world - the legends, the mystique, the championships. Yet last night, the Lord showed that he/she/it might actually not be a Yankee fan at all - that is, unless he/she/it is trying to wake us up or something.

You couldn’t even make up what occurred during last night’s ALDS Game 2 between our beloved Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. A pitching gem between Andy Pettitte and Fausto Carmona yielded only 1 run through 7 innings, that one coming from Melky Cabrera’s solo home run. Never mind the fact that the Yanks’ heart of the lineup has been absolutely atrocious, with A-Rod, Hideki, and Jorge all hitless, Jeter & Damon with not much more.

In relief of Pettitte came our wunderkind Joba Chamberlain, who has been lights out all season. But at the same time, a swarm of midges or Canadian Soldiers or whatever you call these gnats, descended upon Jacobs Field and all over Joba’s neck, face, and uniform. Joba was clearly distracted & lost his control, walking one batter, throwing 2 wild pitches, hitting one batter & almost hitting another. And so, by the grace of god, the Indians were able to tie the game, which ended in the 11th when Luis Vizcaino gave up a bases loaded single to Travis Hafner aka Pronk.

Where was Joe Torre to ask the umps to stop the game for the swarm to pass? Why did he leave Joba hung out to dry out there? Had Joba been able to pitch under normal conditions, he most likely would’ve shut down the Indians in the inning and set up the game for Mariano Rivera to save, giving the Yankees a hard-fought 1-0 win. Instead, we’re heading back to the Bronx down 0-2 and wondering yet again what’s gone wrong with our team in the postseason.

For what it’s worth, Joba refused to blame the insect swarm:

Bugs are bugs. It’s not the first time I had a bug near me. You just keep your mouth closed. No excuses. I let my guys down. Disappointed is an understatement.

Apparently, Torre did go out in the 8th inning to umpire chief Bruce Froemming to ask for a game delay, but in Froemming’s opinion, “It was just a little irritation. We’ve had bugs before. I’ve seen bugs and mosquitoes since I started umpiring.” However, that didn’t stop a game between the Indians and Angels in September 2004 from being stopped several times for the same reason. And this is the playoffs!

From Y! Sports:

Perhaps, after all these years and all these Cleveland losses, God decided to become an Indians fan. He certainly couldn’t have picked a better time or the better Old Testament vengeance for fouling up the Yankees.Drought, mildew and famine would have lacked the immediate impact. Pestilence would have been too mean; fire mixed with blood too messy; grasshoppers, probably too obvious.

The midges were just enough.

Of course, neither divine intervention nor the fly patterns of gnat-like insects are responsible for the pathetic Yankees offense.

Biblical, Hitchcockian, bizarre - call it what you may - but I’ve never seen a thing like this before. Maybe it’s a sign from god. Canadian soldiers invaded the field of Jacob to bring the pestilence of an insect swarm over the Yankees, the symbol for America. Is our country on the brink? If god’s no longer a Yankee fan, I fear it may be so…

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