That’s what Yankee manager Joe Girardi said last night about Brett Gardner’s HR after Russell Martin was hit by a Josh Rupe pitch. When you start giving up HRs to the Brett Gardner’s of the world, you might want to call your uncle with the plumbing business and tell him to leave a job open for you. There’s a good chance you’ll need it. Here’s what O’s manager Buck Showalter had to say about the incident from last night:
Buck Showalter: “We asked (Rupe) after the game. He said, ‘I know what it looked like. I was trying to go in.’ It did not look good. I didn’t like it at all. But I choose to believe my pitcher and I’ve known Josh for a long time. I think he’d be very straight with me. But I do understand what it looked like and it didn’t look good. Martin had a great night tonight. He’s had a good season for them, was a great pickup. He’s hard enough to get out without the way it looked. They responded the way good teams do. That’s why they’re as good a team as they are and are going to be. That’s a good example of it.”
Hopefully, this ends right here. The Yanks made their statement on the field with their resounding 15-3 win last night. The last thing we need is for Camden Yards to turn into a scene from one of the local McDonald’s restaurants. It might make some fans happy, but the Yanks have more to lose than the O’s do. The Yankee prize is in October, not April.
With that out of the way, here’s your game thread for this afternoon’s contest. Freddy Garcia goes for the Yanks with Jake Arrieta pitching for the Birds. The Yanks just saw Arrieta a week ago, which typically is bad news for the pitcher. But Garcia won’t be pitching in the cold, rainy conditions that favored him last week in Yankee stadium. Game time temp is a balmy 74 degrees going up to 83 this afternoon. Strap yourselves in folks, this could be a bumpy ride.