When Dave Robertson entered last night’s Rangers/Yanks game during the top of the 9th, the score was 2-0 and the Bronx Bombers still had visions of a comeback in their final at-bat. When Robertson departed the game six batters later, the score was 7-0 and the game was out of reach.
What went wrong? The answer was right there in front of 50,000 people as Robertson walked to the mound, although I doubt any of them noticed. The source of Robertson’s troubles was obvious as the number on his back: It was the wrong font.
Take another look at the photo above — notice anything amiss in Robertson’s uni number? The problem becomes more evident in this post-meltdown shot of Robertson alongside third base coach Rob Thomson, and it’s even more stark if we compare Robertson’s jersey to Nick Swisher’s.
Imagine that: The vaunted New York Yankees sending one of their pitchers to the mound in an aberrant uniform. No wonder Robertson couldn’t get anyone out. It’s like sending Superman into battle without telling him his belt buckle is made of kryptonite.
Robertson’s previous appearance at Yankee Stadium was during Game 3 of the Yanks/Twins series, and he had the wrong font for that game too (but got away with it, since the Twins were already in the tank by that point). But he had the proper font for his final two home appearances of the regular season. So he’s apparently wearing a new jersey for the playoffs.
So who’s responsible for this snafu — the Yanks or Majestic? I know a bunch of you Majestic folks are reading this. If any of you would like to weigh in (anonymously, of course), I’m all ears.
(Special thanks to readers Peter Fahey and Steve Dodell for helping to spot and document Robertson’s font snafu.)
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