First of all. I know it’s been far too long since I’ve written anything. Doing this really makes me respect people like Jerome Preisler. I don’t know how anyone can consistantly write a column or a blog and have the energy/wherewithal to keep it interesting.
Those men and women have my utmost respect.
The Yankees are the World Champions! I watched the blessed event from a hotel room as I was sent to a work conference. The Yankees victory took my mind off of a miserable travel/work experience.
But I digress.
What a season. After losing the first eight games in a row to the delight of John Kruk and Steve Phillips, it was a site to see the boys catch fire and win when it really counted.
While Kruk was dismayed at A Rod’s home run off of the camera in Philly and Phillips was in the process of losing his job and entering rehab, the Yankees had their victory parade.
It almost made up for not winning in 2001 after the horrible events of 9/11. That’s why this Yankee championship means a bit more to me personally. I don’t think the wounds from that event can be healed by a sporting event or even time itself, but seeing that parade on tv brought tears to my eyes.
May we never forget…
I was really sorry to see Matsui go. I can see the logic of not bringing him back. But he’s been a great Yankee.
Damon?….I think he’s got nine toes out the door. I can’t deny that he’s been good for the Yankees. But if he is indeed gone, I won’t be as sorry to see him go as I was Matsui.
Curtis Granderson is a good pickup. I think he’ll be able to do some really good things in pinstripes.
Nick Johnson’s back in the fold….If he can stay healthy….If…..
Melky’s gone too…..I don’t like that. I always liked him as a player.
My first reaction when the Yankees traded for Javier Vazquez was “Are you FRIEKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!” with the echos of 2004 in my head.
But at this point I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt….for now.
And speaking of 2004, I just saw a piece on ESPN news about how the Red Sox reversed the curse that year. How the poor long suffering Red Sox nation finally got one over on those big, bad entitled Yankee fans.
No longer did they need to bitch about how they were robbed by a known steroid user in 2003 when Giambi’s home run helped the Yankees win the ALCS that year and how the Yankees should give the league title to the Red Sox on principal, NO! They had they’re own championship now….One that was powered by the natural talent and pure hard work of Curt Schilling, Johnny Damon and that formidable offensive one-two punch in David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
Had the Mitchell Report been the last word on the effects of performance enhancing drugs in baseball, that would’ve been the way things would have stayed.
But it’s not that way is it?
No, What Red Sox homer George Mitchell and Bud “Gutless” Selig didn’t mention in their dog and pony show of a report was that the Yankees weren’t the only club who had players who juiced.
Turns out that formidable offensive one-two punch had some chemical assistance as well.
It does my heart good that there hasn’t been an outcry from Yankee fans calling on the Red Sox to forfit the 04 ALCS title….It’s better that way. It’s like knowing that someone has done you wrong and knowing that throwing in their face isn’t really necessary….All you have to do is be quiet and look them in the eye when they happen to glance in your direction as if to say “I know what you did”.
That’s OK Red Sox nation….Celebrate the fact that the 04 Red Sox broke the curse of the big bad Bambino. And tell yourselves that Manny and Papi’s PED usage probably had nothing to do with it….And eventually, even you will come to mostly beleive it.
But the moral highground that you thought you had on us has been proven to be nonexistant. And no amount of ESPN kissing your collective *** will erase that fact.
And futhermore, let’s be clear, since 2004 you have shown yourself to be every bit as entitled and slightly more annoying than Yankee fans. The truth is that all the times before 04 that I ever heard a Red Sox fan say “All it would take for me to let my bitterness against the Yankees go and die happy is for the Sawx to win one world championship….JUST ONE” have also been proven to be a crock. Red Sox fans are still obsessed with hating the Yankees above all else. And winning two World Championships wasn’t enough to change that.
Your heros are just a suspect as ours.
And you’re just as greedy for championships as we are.
The difference is the only time we celebrate Red Sox losses is when it means something in the pennant race or the playoffs.
I get the feeling Red Sox fans would celebrate the Yankees losing even if the Red Sox were twenty games out of first place.
I could be wrong….But I don’t think so.
Hope you all have a Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year.