The New York Yankees entered play Thursday with a pep in their step, riding a five-game winning streak into their series finale with the Houston Astros.
Unfortunately, they’ll leave play Friday on the kind of two-game heater that distinguishes division winners from Wild Card pretenders.
The Bombers took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning of play on Thursday before Jose Altuve punked them with a revenge home run. Revenge for what? Uh…his own actions? Whatever.
On Friday, the carnage continued, as the usually untouchable Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa teamed up to break a 3-3 tie with six runs in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals. Mix in an error from Aaron Judge, an error from DJ LeMahieu and an error from Gleyber Torres, and buddy, you had yourself an unforgettable s***show.
So, who was responsible for the Bombers’ second straight bullpen meltdown? Blame Loaisiga? Blame Cessa? Blame Chad Green?
Well, we’re going to go ahead and blame the most incorrect man in sports media, otherwise known as Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
He’s cursed…well, every team in Major League Baseball at some point over the past several years. Whenever he tweets a positive trend, it’s bad news for the focus of the message. A few days after sending the “13-2 Dodgers” into oblivion, Nightengale took aim at the Yankees’ team ERA, only to watch the entire team fold in a two-day span.
Bob Nightengale cursed the Yankees’ pitching staff.
I mean…that really happened quickly. How did that…possibly kick in so fast? Nightengale’s powers may only be gaining steam.
Bob…we mean this from the bottom of our hears: delete your account during our games, and only tweet about Alex Cora’s success.
Based on what we watched during the dreaded eighth inning Friday, Nightengale’s curse somehow extended to the entire Yankees roster, especially the defense.
Aaron Judge misplayed a line drive single for his first error since 2018, and two more ghastly errors followed. Torres’, specifically, was among the most bewitched you’ll ever see.
What did we just watch? Not sure. It was extremely unpleasant, and might continue unless Nightengale issues a retraction.
We’re still waiting, sir.