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Yankees Get Revenge for Crocodile Hunter

Bobby Abreu (now with the Yankees) avenged the Crocodile Hunter’s death with a 7RBI day

About a week ago, the world of nature lovers was stunned by the death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.  Irwin’s show, originally aired only in Australia but later internationally, was among the most popular (and controversial) nature shows in the world.  He died on September 5, at the age of 44, when he was stabbed in the heart by the barb of a stingray.  The only consolation for his fans and relatives was that the Crocodile Hunter died doing what he loved, making movies with dangerous animals; unfortunately he challenged death one time too many. 

At this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with baseball — and here’s the answer!  Today, the New York Yankees, led by Bobby Abreu avenged Steve Irwin’s death — baseball style. 

Today was not a good day to be a Devil Rays player or fan, especially if your name is Tim Corcoran.  The rookie was beaten, battered, shellacked, and destroyed by the Yankees bats, who were led by a 6RBI first-inning from Bobby Abreu, which included a 3-run HR and a 3-run Double by the Bombers’ rightfielder.  Corcoran threw just 31 pitches, recording just 1 out on a Jason Giambi fly-out, while allowing 7 Yankees to reach base, and 7 runs to score.  The Yankees bats were also ruthless with reliever Brian Stokes, who was whacked for 5 runs in 2 innings of work. 

Hideki Matsui was terrific in his return to the Yankees lineup

The other great news for the Yankees was the return of Hideki Matsui, and he was as Godzilla-like as ever.  4-for-4 (4 singles) with a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored was all Hideki Matsui did offensively in his return.  And for the Yankees’ chances of winning the World Series this year, Matsui’s return to greatness will be crucial. 

The final score of the game was 12-4 (Tampa Bay scored 4 runs in the Top of the 9th), and the Yankees’ ruthless bats avenged the Crocodile Hunter’s death in the best possible, baseball-style way. 

No one (except the seemingly danger-immune Crocodile Hunter) would want to take on a stingray (or Devil Ray) 1-on-1, but in baseball, they’re not so dangerous.

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On a related note, I mentioned that Hideki Matsui’s return could vastly improve the Yankees lineup going into the playoffs.  Consider this possibility for Joe Torre’s lineup…

  1. Johnny Damon, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Jason Giambi, 1B
  6. Hideki Matsui, DH
  7. Jorge Posada, C
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Melky Cabrera, LF

That lineup would leave opposing pitchers with one question, “Do I get a break?”.  The answer is a very emphatic NO, because each player in that lineup is a good and patient hitter, has power, and is excellent in clutch situations (with the exception of A-Rod, occasionally).  The Yankees’ only flaw is inconsistency in the starting rotation and bullpen, and that is the only thing that could stop them from winning their 27th World Series. 

Here’s the Question and Answer for yesterday’s trivia question…

Q: Twins have made one spectacular trade and one awful roster move in the past 5 years.  Can you name the two moves, one of which is perhaps the best move in the past decade, and one which might be the worst?


  • GOOD: The Twins acquired Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser from the SF Giants for AJ Pierzynski in 2003
  • BAD: The Twins let David Ortiz go after the 2002 season, thinking he was too injury prone

And today’s question…

The last time the Yankees won the World Series was in 2000, when they defeated their cross-town rival Mets in 5 games.  Who was the Winning Pitcher for the Yankees in Game 5 of that series?

Answer by posting a comment, and you’ll find the correct answer at the end of my next post.


One Response to “Yankees Get Revenge for Crocodile Hunter”

  1. I believe it was Mariano Rivera.

    Very interesting take on tying together the Yankees destruction of the Rays as revenge for the Croc Hunter being killed by a stingray.

    My son was a big fan of Steve Irwin’s show by the way, and I’m a big Yankees fan, so my team avenging the Croc Hunter’s death sounds good.

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