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.
I don’t know what to make of Joba or his rules.
It seems that Girardi and the powers that be in the Yankees FO think that the most important objective with Joba is to see that he doesn’t get overworked for the rest of the 09 campaign.
Tonight, it seemed that he just couldn’t understand how his one trick of making batters swing at his slider as it dipped out of the zone didn’t work beyond the first time through the batting order.
I imagine that tactic can work pretty well in the minors….But the Rangers, as most major league line ups are prone to do, were able to make adjustments. And after that, Joba looked tenetive, afraid to throw strikes, unable to get a third our and completely predictable as he walked batters until he threw pitches that were undeniably hittable.
If this is the best he can do on eight days rest, I shudder to think how he will perform with five.
Watching him pitch was truly maddening tonight.
If he is going to be this tenetive and short sighted, it is my suggestion that he has no business being in the starting rotation.
During the post all star break surge, there have been players who have been driving things. Jeter and Matsui with their timely hitting. A Rod and Tex with their power. CC and Pettitte with their solid pitching. Hell, even Cano contributed to the near combeback tonight. (Melky, you better hope that Gardner is going to be out a bit longer, because you’re looking pretty replaceable right now. And I would’ve put AJ in the driver’s seat as well, but it seems like he’s caught in limbo between solid performances and blaming Jorge for not being able to ‘get on the same page’.)
And then there have been a few passangers. Players who have benefitted from the solid play of others.
Right now, Joba is looking like the biggest one of them all. Putting in four and a half to five innings of mediocre work only to sit in the dugout and hope that the line up can, once again, bail him out.
Joba is equal to Sergio Mitre in this regard. But there is a difference between Chamberlain and Mitre: Mitre seems to be able to acknowledge when he doesn’t pitch well. I have the sickening feeling that Joba will try to convince us mere mortals that beyond evidence to the contrary, he really did pitch well tonight….I hope I’m wrong.
But if he does react that way tonight, then it may be time to consider Joba for two things, the bullpen or the trading block.