Yankees:That was real classy Rivera...

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by John Corn, Apr 16, 2002.

  1. John Corn

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    What a bum. Anyone noticing a trend on the Yankees?

    Anytime that a Yankee pitcher gets tooled on by another player, they go head hunting. :mad:

    Personally, I agree that pitching inside is a must. However, headhunting is something completely different. IMHO Rivera threw at Shea's head, and it seemed fairly obvious to me. If Rivera feels Shea is crowding the plate, and he's got to send a message to Shea, he should bowtie him. Today, Rivera's pitch was right at Shea's ear with a tail on it! From my perspective, Rivera's lost some mph on his fastball, b/c the old Rivera never would have needed to headhunt, nor would he have gotten beaten by Shea Hillenbrand. This is not unlike the shift Clemens underwent from his prime Boston days to his current style in NY. When Roger was a red sox he had pinpoint control and hit triple digits on his heat. The last five plus seasons he's been in the mid 90s, and he's had to throw at guys to keep them honest. Personally, I understand why pitchers do it, and I think Pedro's gonna have to put some fear in hitters soon too, but I personally don't have to like it! Who knows what will happen to Rivera, but he's not invicible anymore! He wasn't throwing 97 the last two days, he was throwing 93mph!

    Another thing to think about was the hour of the day. What made this worse in my eyes, was the fact that the shadows in Fenway at the time were such that is difficult to pick up a pitch. Thus, it really could have made for a dangerous combination. Helmets are great, but these guys don't wear helmets that protect you from a 93mph fastball at your ear!


    Classy organization all right.
     
  2. Maniacal1

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    From what I've seen of Rivera this season, he's definitely not himself. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see that there's a stint on the disabled list in his future.

    There's absolutely no doubt that he threw at Hillenbrand's head intentionally. Shea doesn't crowd the plate at all. And, you're right, it's a totally classless act from a team that is usually classy. I was amazed that there was no warning issued.

    I don't know how much of the New York-Boston series you saw, but the Rivera incident was only the middle part of a long beanball war that lasted through all four games. It started when Pedro hit Giambi twice. He didn't drill him intentionally, but he was trying to pitch inside. Giambi hangs over way over the plate, and Pedro's still looking for his control after his injury. David Wells followed that one up by pitching behind Trot Nixon. That caused the umpires to issue the only warning of the series.

    In the Monday morning game, Derek Lowe retaliated for Hillenbrand by drilling Nick Johnson in his big soft rump. Personally, I thought he'd wait for Soriano to come to the plate, since he's sort of Hillenbrand's equivalent on the Yankees.

    And thanks to the unbalanced schedule, there are only 15 Boston-New York games left this season. :)
     

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