Aura and Mystique

So Major League Baseball suspended Kyle Farnsworth. And the Yankees are pissing and moaning about it. If they knew what was good for them, and had any class, they’d shut up and dump the pitcher.

On the surface, what Farnsworth did was throw a fastball behind Manny Ramirez‘s head, after Ramirez had hit two home runs already in the game. The part just below the surface, which seems to me taboo for baseball to broach, is that what he did was admit that he, and his team by extensions, are losers and whining, petulant jerks.

It works like this: the Yankees pitch to Ramirez to try and get him out, he hits two home runs, they then throw at him. Ergo, they by their actions admit that they cannot get him out, that he is too great a ballplayer for them to play against and so they must throw at him because they are upset he is better than they are. The only logical end to this is that the Yankees are losers.

Of course, we all know that. They could say that they welcome the suspension and don’t want a loser like Farnsworth on their club, but instead they gnash their teeth and rend their garments about not having a guy with a lifetime ERA of 4.47 available. They take on the loser mantle to protect and defend another loser. Hey guys, be my guest!

Oh, let’s not forget the spoiled idiocy too. The apples don’t fall far from the tree. Since they feel 1st place is their entitlement they have no answers for when it’s not handed to them, except to bitch and moan that Joe Girardi is not starting Joba Chamberlain. Part of this is the weird idea in contemporary baseball that relief pitching is hard and important – thank you, Tony LaRussa. The latter has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, but as for the former, the reason guys pitch in relief is that they are too limited to start. Joba can throw 101 miles an hour for three outs. What do you think he’d be throwing after three innings? Lots of doubles off the wall. But, the Yankees are welcome to try. They can’t get into their rebuilding phase soon enough for me.


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.