Take your "MINE!" and shove it

Last post, I asked the Yankees where the evil was. There it is! Well, A-Rod, that was really, really low. Some might say it was clever, it was something ballsy to win the game. But if it was really an okay thing to do, wouldn't more guys do it? It's not like it's hard to do, like stealing signs or something. I guarantee he wouldn't try that if Troy was at third. And the response should've been a plunking of an already sore Giambi. So Giambi is Arod's problem, on top of whatever fun things the Jays are going to do to him in July. They all sat on the bench after the game, watching the Yanks high five after their win. Normally, they file out quickly.

Two outs, Posada pops up to 3B Howie Clark. All of a sudden, Clark pulls off. Ball drops. Run scores. Replays show A-Rod yelling "MINE!" to Clark. Clark thinks it's JMac, pulls off. ARod grins like a stupid kid, while Gibby protests.

Officialy, if a player is guilty of interference, he is out. There is a big section on interference in the official rules, but nothing specifically on yelling at the defense. However, there are several mentions of prohibiting conduct that creates confusion.

It was a good game until then. Jesse Litsch was rocked in the first inning and only lasted 2/3 of an inning. But Brian "Bitch,Please" Tallet, Sparrow (who was finally used after 11 days of dust gathering) and Jason Frasor all pitched decently. Lexi, Stairs and JMac contributed HRs for the Jays 5 runs.

Yankees 10 Jays 5

Pink. Round. Efficient.

It was a magical sort of evening last night for young Jesse Litsch. Call up from Double A, was a bat boy for the Devil Rays five years ago, pitched like a demon and it was his dad's birthday. He tore out a page from the Halladay Book of Ass-Kicking by getting ground ball after ground ball (21 ground ball outs), turning a deep shade of pink while pitching and going 8 2/3 innings. The little Jays hatchling was then pied for his efforts. V-Dub also had a pie for Litsch Sr. Best game all season. And the Sox lost!! (Thanks Magglio!)

Other awesome things: Lexi's lead off HR. Troy's punch single in the 6th to score Rios to take the lead. Aaron (A-Dog) Hill's spin throw to get Corey Patterson in the 6th.

On ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick evaluates off-season pitching aquisitions based on their performances so far. Eeyore, who left the Jays for the Cubs, is number 1 (with Jason Marquis). This amused me:

"Lilly brought a 59-58 record to Chicago, but showed he could compete in the American League East, with a tenacity that figured to endear him to Cubs manager Lou Piniella. The two enjoyed a novel bonding moment recently when Lilly informed Piniella that his fly was unzipped during a conference at the mound." Along with his attention to Pinella's pants, Eeyore has a 48-8 K:BB ratio. Sigh.