New Yorkers fail to bring the Manny-hate

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New York fans — who take pride in their passion and hostility, even when it’s misguided — need to take a long look in the mirror today after being shamed in the pages of a Los Angeles newspaper:

Reporting from New York — Manny Ramirez, you’re not in San Diego anymore. Or are you?

The Dodgers’ left fielder sparked some boos Tuesday night during an
abbreviated appearance, but he mostly generated indifference from a
Citi Field crowd that displayed something resembling SoCal cool. The
heckling was especially mild among those seated behind Ramirez in left
field during the 4 1/2 innings he played before being ejected for
scattering his bat, helmet and arm guard on the field after a called
third strike.

“I’ve been in some hostile environments,” Daniel Nussen, a Santa
Monica-born Dodgers fan who now lives in Manhattan, said from his seat
in left field. “This is just like another Mets game.”

The only possible explanations for this are (a) Citi Field has priced
out your typical, obnoxious Mets fan in favor of a bunch of
mild-mannered white collar types; (b) the Mets’ recent struggles have
simply demoralized the fan base, to the point where they can’t get
their dander up over much of anything; or (c) Manny Ramirez isn’t
nearly the villain in the eyes of fans that the press desperately wants
him to be. What say you, Manny?

“I get that support everywhere I go. “The fans have been great to me, especially in L.A. . . . People really like me.”

Makes sense to me. Now, can we finally get over the phony outrage?

Photo of the Day: Colby Rasmus just wants to love on everybody

Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus hit a big home run last night to set off the scoring and to set the tone for the Astros.

After the game he spoke to Jeff Passan of Yahoo and voiced some nice perspective and maturity as well, acknowledging that his time and St. Louis and Toronto left him with a reputation that he’d rather not have follow him around forever, saying “I don’t want them to say Colby Rasmus was a piece of crap because he had all of this time and just wanted to be a douche. I just try to love on everybody.”

Fair. By the way, this is what Rasmus looked like either just before or just after telling reporters that he “just tries to love on everybody.”


Ready for some lovin’?

There’s no one to blame in Yankees’ loss

Joe Girardi

You’re going to boo All-Star Brett Gardner for striking out against a Cy Young contender?

You’re going to bash Alex Rodriguez for going hitless in another postseason game, three years after his last one?

Maybe you’d prefer to put it all on Masahiro Tanaka for giving up two solo homers to a lineup full of 20-homer guys?

The truth is that the Yankees were supposed to lose tonight. They were facing an outstanding left-hander with their forever-lefty-heavy lineup, and they simply didn’t have anyone pitching like an ace to set themselves up nicely for a one-game, winner-take-all showdown. The 3-0 result… well, that’s how this was supposed to go down.

It didn’t necessarily mean it would; what fun would it be if the better team always won? And the Astros might not even be a better team than the Yankees. However, the Astros with Dallas Keuchel on the mound were certainly a better team than the Yankees with whoever they picked to throw.

I just don’t see where it’s worth putting any blame tonight. Joe Girardi? He could have started John Ryan Murphy over Brian McCann against the tough lefty, but he wasn’t willing to risk Tanaka losing his comfort zone by using a backup catcher.

The front office could have added more talent, perhaps outbidding the Blue Jays for David Price or the Royals for Johnny Cueto, and set themselves up better for the postseason. However, that would have cost them Luis Severino and/or Greg Bird, both of whom went on to play key roles as the Yankees secured the wild card. Would it really have been worth it? I don’t think so.

Tanaka gave the Yankees what they should have expected. Had Keuchel’s stuff been a little off on short rest, Tanaka’s performance would have kept the Yankees in the game.

Keuchel, though, was on his game from the first pitch. The Astros bullpen might have been a bit more vulnerable, and late at-bats from Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Rodriguez and McCann definitely left something to be desired. Still, on the whole, the lack of offense was quite a team effort.

The Yankees got beat by a better team tonight.  I’m not sure the Astros would have been better in Games 2-7 in a longer series, but they had everything in their favor in this one.