The Yankees summarily destroyed the D-Rays 21-4 yesterday in a game that I ventured up to the Bronx to watch. Sexy friends, it wasn't pretty. And I'm not talking about the Yankees' 25 hits (six of which were home runs), their ten-run 4th inning, or the look of utter dejection most Rays had by the end of the game. I'm talking about the fans. As the 4th inning continued to get out of hand (six run-scoring singles before Shelley Duncan's three-run homer), the fans' desire to grind a bad team into the ground — a day after a double-header sweep ended with a 17-5 Yanks' win — grew louder and more bloodthirsty. When A-Rod's two-run homer in the 6th inning made it 18-3, the sheer joy of humiliating another team crossed over into depraved.
It was like watching 55,000 people cheer a snuff film. Troubling. Snuff films should only be enjoyed quietly, and in the privacy of a locked room.
Other MLB scores: Battle of Socks: Chicago lands in the AL Central cellar — holy crap, behind Kansas City? — after losing to Red Sox 8-5 in Fenway… East Coast bias: Mets take three of four from Dodgers behind Chip Ambres's 10th inning go-ahead hit, his first MLB hit since 2005 (or longer if you take into account that that hit was with the Royals)… Canadian Rakin': three Blue Jay home runs are more than enough as Roy Halladay tosses 3-hit shutout against Seattle, the Mariners' second straight scoreless game.