For the Yankees, there's nothing like playing a series in Yankee Yards Camden Yards to help turn a six-game losing streak into a distant memory. They have put up monster numbers in the place ever since it opened back in 1992.
This latest two-game set was no different.
Once again, they pounded Orioles pitching, winning both games. And, once again, Orioles pitching pounded them, resuming an on-again, off-again beanball war that has been going on for years against the two teams.
Robinson Cano and Chris Dickerson are only the latest casualties.
Look back over the years and you'll be reminded of how former Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera would plunk Yankee hitters with regularity. Look back further and you'll remember the infamous Armando Benitez, throwing at and hitting Tino Martinez after giving up a home run to Bernie Williams.
Yes, the beaning has been going on for years. But until recently, the way the Yankees responded to it was different. Back then, they answered being hit by pitches by trying to win the game.
Big deal. Don't get me wrong. Of course I want my team to win the game when this happens. But things always seemed so unsettled when they didn't retaliate, whether they won the game or not. They seemed so wimpy. Now, thanks to people like CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, retaliation is part of the Yankees game plan, and I am loving it.
I would love it even more if happened against the Mets in this weekend's Subway Series. Something has got to happen to make this annual snore-fest start appealing to me again.
The novelty wore off many years ago. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm sick of the Subway Series and I'm sick of interleague play.