Yankees Blame Loss on Midge Hatch

October 6, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

Not even a swarm of sacrifice flies could save the Yankees from a bug-infested loss to the Cleveland Indians Friday night. Yankees player Derek Jeter suggested it was an unfair home-field advantage when players began choking on midges as they rounded the bases. “Swarming bugs, millions and millions of them, bombarded the New York Yankees at the worst possible time Friday night, covering and rattling rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain and helping the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win in 11 innings and a two-game lead in their AL playoff series.”