Yankees embarrass themselves with another ejection trying to pin poor play on umpires

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

Someone who's listening to this game on the radio would know home plate umpire Don Iassonga was calling a terrible game. His strike zone has been awful for both the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on Thursday afternoon.

But you know what? One team was able to overcome that, and we'll give you a hint: it wasn't the New York Yankees. The Orioles erupted for seven runs from innings 3-5, capitalizing on yet another error from Gleyber Torres and some bad pitches from Carlos Rodón, who started the game very nicely but got far too in his head after allowing a solo home run to Ryan Mountcastle.

Want some more context? 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Seven runners left on base. Dominated by Kyle Bradish, who hasn't pitched since October. Absolutely no fight through seven innings.

To make matters more embarrassing for New York, hitting coach James Rowson was ejected in the seventh inning after Iassonga called a low strike on Juan Soto that ended up not even affecting the at-bat.

The Yankees are losing this game because they are failures at executing -- they are failures far beyond the concept that baseball is a "game of failure." At this point, they're not even playing the sport.

The Yankees were already in a bad position Monday when fans and broadcaster Michael Kay complained about the new dimensions at Camden Yards that took a home run away from them. Again, blaming irrelevant circumstances for this team's vast inabilities.

Everything continues to happen at the worst possible time, too. Furious about Iassonga's strike zone? You should've blown your lid after the second inning, because at that point, you knew you were in for a nightmarish afternoon. Don't do it in the seventh after you already made your bed.

It's not the umpire's fault the hitters are unprepared and putting up competitive at-bats multiple times per inning. It's not the umpire's fault Torres tried to bare-hand a ball on a double-play attempt. It's not the umpire's fault Aaron Judge can't make contact. It's not the umpire's fault the Yankees didn't capitalize when they loaded the bases in the first inning and had a golden opportunity to chase Bradish from the game.

This team leaves the door open for most of their opponents to remain in the game or make them pay. They very rarely step on their opponents' throats. It's legitimately scary to wonder if the "bleh" culture that existed before Juan Soto's and Alex Verdugo's arrivals will swallow them up, too.

The coaching staff can't even get ejected properly. Yes, the Yankees have 20 wins, but everything else about this team doesn't exactly instill confidence, and it'll all begin to correct itself soon enough if they don't discover a semblance of consistency.