BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Conditions in Yankees’ Game 2 loss bug Clemens

first_imgFrom news services If Roger Clemens had been making the call, the New York Yankees really would have bugged out. Clemens viewed Friday night’s insect invasion at Jacobs Field from both the dugout and a television in the clubhouse, and he concluded it was too distracting an environment to pitch in. “I would have probably pulled us off the field,” Clemens said Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Yankees rookie Joba Chamberlain was covered with the midges, an insect related to mosquitoes. He threw two wild pitches that allowed the tying run to score in the eighth, and Cleveland went on to win, 2-1, in 11 innings and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. “It’s hard enough for our young kids to go out there and concentrate in that situation to have something like that happen,” said Clemens, the Yankees’ Game 3 starter today. Asked whether he would have pulled the team off the field had he been an umpire or manager, Clemens didn’t give a direct answer and then said his earlier response benefited from hindsight. “It’s easy to say now because it only lasted about 40 minutes,” Clemens said. Yankees first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said playfully that the gnat-like nuisance was caused by the cologne brand of the team captain. “The joke around the guys was that we all have Derek Jeter’s `Driven’ on,” he said. “Joba looked like the movie, `Bees.’ He had them all over his neck and his back. But then again, so did their guys.” Can’t get no satisfaction Philadelphia closer Brett Myers suggested before Game 3 of their NLDS with Colorado that the Phillies might have been satisfied with just reaching the playoffs. “I think we won a division championship and have been content with that,” Myers said. “Hopefully, we can change that and go out and just win, play like we have played all year instead of worrying about just being the division champs.” Coolbaugh remembered Never had two pitches in the dirt drawn such a loud ovation from a crowd. Jake, 3, and Joey Coolbaugh, 5, the sons of Rockies minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed by a line drive on July 22, trotted to the mound with their uncle, Scott Coolbaugh, and bounced their pitches in front of home plate. The crowd gave them as much applause as when the Rockies took the field. Earlier this week, Rockies players voted to give a full playoff share to the family. “The Coolbaughs have a special place in our hearts,” Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd said before Game 3 of the NL Division Series with Philadelphia. “And they always will. I’m sure Mike’s up there and has got a lot to do with what’s happening to our club right now.” O’Dowd said he learned of the players’ voting the playoff share while thumbing through paperwork and saw Coolbaugh’s name. “I started almost crying,” O’Dowd said. “It was very emotional for me. It really went to the core of the character we’ve worked so hard to bring to this organization.” Coolbaugh’s wife, Mandy, was supposed to attend but couldn’t make it because she’s due to give birth to the couple’s third child this month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img