- Last Updated: 5:29 AM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 12:52 AM, July 1, 2012
Good Yes, Bad YES, No YES: Clay Rapada, who this season has been a good relief pitcher for the Yankees, messed up Wednesday night. He went human.
Leading 3-1 in the ninth against the White Sox, he threw away a would-be double play ball, then was removed for David Robertson.
It was then that YES took its first close-up shot of Rapada, who, logically, was looking down, even despondent, in the Yankees dugout.
Next, as Dayan Viciedo batted with two on, YES posted a graphic showing that Chicago has an abundance of home run hitters.
“The White Sox can hit them out,” said Michael Kay.
Two pitches later, Viciedo complied. Chicago led, 4-3. Good, foresight-filled stuff from YES.
At that point, though, YES visually, needlessly — and perhaps even cruelly — piled on Rapada, showing four more close-ups of him in the dugout, as if to make more shame-shame at him — unless YES thought we would catch him telling knock-knock jokes.
In the bottom of the ninth, two more dugout close-ups of Rapada — and another replay of his throwing error. In total, and in less than a full inning, the Rapada-as-goat close-up total hit seven.
When the game ended, the Yankees losers, YES cut to a shot of Rapada leaving the dugout. That made it eight.
We get it! We get it! Why not construct a virtual scaffold, give him a last drag on a virtual Lucky Strike then release the virtual trap floor?
We’re seeing too much of such simplistic cause-and-effect TV these days.
A guy runs a kickoff back for a TD and we get three shots of each team’s special teams coaches, as if one is totally to blame and one deserves full credit, a corresponding impossibility, and, given 22 players were acting at once, an unrealistic visual conclusion.
What YES did to Rapada on Wednesda, ESPN has done to 12-year-old Little League World Series pitchers after they have been eliminated, once showing one crying.
Cruel, but no longer unusual punishment.
Jay-Z can rap slurs, but Amar’e fined for private message
Amar’e Stoudemire last week was fined $50,000 and scolded by the NBA after a privately sent Twitter message that included a homophobic slur became public.
Yet, the NBA has made it clear that one of its partial team owners, Jay-Z — the name, face and lead marketing consultant of the new Brooklyn Nets — is immune from such examination or punishment.
It doesn’t matter that Jay-Z regularly has rapped hateful slurs of gays, including one number in which he speaks a Spanish slur for homosexuals, thus spreading his “love.”
I would think Jay-Z’s social responsibility as an NBA team owner would be greater than Stoudemire’s as a mere player, no? Yet, nothing on the other end.Follow @NYPostsports