Game 98: Let me get this straight. You come out of the break with a tidy little sweep over a hot team. You’ve picked up 2 games in standings, sitting now at only 3 back. You begin a four-game set at home against a team that has won only 4 of it’s last 28 games, and face a pitcher with a double-digit ERA.
The outcome? An ugly 4-2 loss in a lifeless effort against the visiting Texas Rangers. That performance should have been saved for Yu Darvish on Wednesday. That would have been understandable.
Here’s the box score. You don’t want to read the recap. Tomorrow is another day.
MEMORY LANE: On July 21st, 2011 the Yankees signed Marcus Thames (pronounced ‘timms’) as a free agent. Thames’ history with the club didn’t start there. He was drafted by the Yanks in the 30th round of the 1996 Amateur Draft, as the 899th pick. The Texas State University (San Marcos) product hammered 115 home runs in 640 games.
After five years in the minors, Thames made his major league debut on June 10, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in an Inter-league game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. And Yankees fans will never forget this one. Facing no less than Randy Johnson in his prime, Thames hammered the first pitch he saw from The Big Unit (video) — a no-doubter over the left-centerfield wall. Personally, seeing it live on TV, I will never forget the look on Johnson’s face.’ Gobsmacked’, as they say in jolly old England!
How crazy is this? In 2003, the Yanks traded Thames to Texas for Rubén Sierra — and Thames homers in his first at-bat for the Rangers! After Texas, and weaving in two additional stints with the Yankees, Thames played with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring at the age of 35 in 2013.
On January 10, 2013, Thames was named the hitting coach of the Class A-Advanced Tampa Yankees. In 2014, he was named the hitting coach of the Double-A affiliate the Trenton Thunder, where his work is not going unnoticed by Yankees fans.
MORE TO KNOW ABOUT THE MAN: Thames served in the United States National Guard from 1994 to 1998.
On July 21st, 2007, the Yankees traded minor leaguer Jeff Kennard to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Jose Molina. Molina, now catching for the rival Toronto Blue Jays, earned a ring with the 2009 World Series Champion Yankees, and has the distinction of hitting the final home run at old Yankee Stadium.