But perhaps the most outrageous part is that there is no outrage; we’re now expected to accept as acceptable the way things are done. Thursday in Toronto second inning of the Yankees’ latest most important game of the season. Career home plate-poser Rafael Soriano led off with a shot into the left-field corner. Presuming he had an easy double Soriano ran as if his feet hurt. Not until he realized that his presumption was wrong did he turn it on. Too late. He was thrown out at second on a hustling retrieval and good throw by Anthony Gose minor league call-up. Outrageous! Instead of the Yanks having a runner on second no one out in the biggest game of their season there was one out none on — in a game the Yanks would lose 6-2. On YES where see/speak-no-evil-of-the-Yankees is systemic — viewers are too stupid to know what they’re watching — neither Michael Kay nor John Flaherty could pretend they/we didn’t know better. They softly noted Soriano easily should have made second. But there was no expression of even mild wonder-filled condemnation of Soriano for playing such a desperately important game as if he couldn’t be bothered. And from then through the next day Soriano’s outrageous disregard for tee ball-fundamental winning baseball was given the silent treatment by our local sports media. Joba Chamberlain who at least tried became the stinker. Soriano’s indefensible inexcusable base-trotting was forgiven forgotten or simply ignored. Why? Apparently this is how professional ball at its highest level and at its most crucial times is played thus how we’re to expect and accept it. In August after Soriano’s presumptive base-running unplugged a second inning threat — he was doubled off second in a loss at Fenway — FOX’s Tim McCarver told a national audience “That’s a bad baserunning play by a good baserunner.” Baloney. As many well recall Soriano was a style-first guy during his first Yankee seasons and he has returned having never corrected that. And such media “expertise” — we don’t know any better — is another modern outrage we’re supposed to expect accept.
Soriano baserunning ignored, just like Kelly’s Oregon past
New York Post | Sep 22