Yankees in bad mood after loss, reschedulings
Predictably, a 12-5 drubbing at the hands of the Orioles did little to make the New York Yankees feel any better about the rescheduling of tomorrow's games, postponed by Hurricane Irene.
To review, the game, which was scheduled for tomorrow at 1:05 p.m., will be made up on Sept. 8 at a time to be announced. The originally-scheduled 7:05 game, will be played as part of split-admission doubleheader at 7:35 on Sunday.
And to nobody's surprise, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not at all happy.
"It's silly to me. I don't understand why we didn't play a split doubleheader today," he said. "Someone's got to step up, and they did it all over the country. They did it in Philadelphia, they did it in Boston, they did it in Florida. Football games have been moved up. Soccer games. Golf has been canceled, 18 holes. Why we didn't play a split today, I have no idea. And now they want us to give up our off day, the only off day that we truly have as we're coming home from Seattle, and we're going to get to Toronto at 9 or 10 in the morning? We didn't agree to play Sept. 8. They scheduled it, we didn't agree to it, and I really don't understand it."
Orioles player rep Jeremy Guthrie took the high road.
"It’s a very difficult process, a lot of people, a lot of factors involved with both teams," Guthrie said. "Both business operations and so it is very difficult to schedule this many games. It’s unfortunate that it’s a natural disaster and we have to be sensitive to the needs of those who are going to be negatively affected by that. And so, we are just trying to make it work with both sides."
I'm not taking any sides here, but I can at last provide reasoning for the Orioles' reluctance to play a doubleheader today.
One, the Orioles were coming off an 11-day, and 10-game road trip, and they clearly didn't want to arrive at the ballpark early today for a doubleheader after the long trip.
Two, it's obviously been an emotional and taxing time for the organization with the death of Mike Flanagan, and I'm not sure they were too prepared or eager to spend 3/4 of the day at the ballpark.
Three and this is probably the most important one, the Orioles did not want to lose a home night gate against the Yankees. This was supposed to be a huge weekend attendance wise and that's already going to take a hit with the storms.
Four, the Orioles didn't approve of the Yankees' and MLB's rescheduling of the April 12 game at Yankee Stadium. That game was scheduled as part of a doubleheader on July 30, two days after a Yankees' off day. The Orioles had asked to make the game up in September and were denied.
And five, Girardi clearly didn't put his organization in position to gain any favors when he started to campaign for the change through the media a day earlier. The Yankees are one of the least flexible teams in terms of scheduling their home games and accomodating other team's wishes. The Orioles certainly weren't going to back down to them in this case.
Girardi says that the Yankees will fight the rescheduling, but my guess is we'll see him again Sunday, and again on Sept. 8.