Simply a drop dead gorgeous day at Bright House Network Field today.
Speaking of drop dead gorgeous, I’m as fond of the Hooters concept as the next guy, but something has to be done about these catastrophic honorary ballgirls down the left field line before somebody gets hurt. Click on the video from today’s ballgame featuring the Domonic Brown blast over the right field berm, and you’ll hear Sarge say at the opening: “She’s not gonna do this again, I can tell you this right now, okay?” He’s referring to the young woman in the Hooters outfit looking very detached, who sat there like a statue in her chair while the Yankees’ left fielder, third baseman, and shortstop all converged rapidly on a fly ball that feel just beyond her folding chair.
She seemed to have the opposite problem of the honorary ballgirls in two previous games, who interfered with a ball in play turning it into a ground rule double. I don’t know, folks, I’m thinking these Hooters girls just aren’t up for the job. I say give the Tilted Kilt girls a chance to put a glove on and show they understand when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em (I’m referring to their chair, of course).
(Tilted Kilt photo courtesy of Steve Cooper.)
The game itself began with Derek Jeter scratched from his slated start at shortstop due to a cranky ankle. So this was not exactly a fearsome lineup that Kyle Kendrick was facing, but KK sure looked sharp. Not only did he have great stuff on the mound and field his position well (ok, we’ll cut him slack on the barehanded play where he fired the ball in the dirt to Ryan “I don’t do windows at first base” Howard), but he was so relaxed before heading to the plate that he decided to rest on a fan’s head near the on deck circle.
I must say that the Yankees fans who were out in full at Bright House today were very well mannered. Seeing a young lady sporting her allegiance to the Phillies with this message on her back reminded me of a story I read in the papers the other day.
Remember Ruth Ann Steinhagen? Probably not (she wasn’t the most famous Ruth in the game) – but she was the crazed 19 year old fan who had a crush on Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Eddie Waitkus. Though never having met him, she was crushed when the Cubs shipped him to the Phillies in 1949. When the Phils visited Wrigley Field in June of that year, Ruth Ann sent him a note asking him to meet her in her hotel room and shot him with a rifle.
Waitkus survived, and helped the Phillies win one of their rare pennants in 1950 before losing four straight to the Yankees in the Series. Ruth Ann passed away in obscurity a few months ago, Eddie long having passed in 1972, well before Robert Redford played his role in the movie, The Natural. A major star of that 1950 Phils team of course was #1, Richie Ashburn. I wore a jersey honoring that era to the game today, and an old timer from Connie Mack actually stopped me and asked if he could take a photo with his iPad.
Once again, I was mobbed after the game, by fans seeking autographs from Len the Blogger. Thankfully Joe, the head usher, was able to provide protection.